AGRICULTURE

Milk products to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Food Safety Helpline]

FG inaugurates milk collection centre in Kano

The Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, said that the centre would alleviate the plight of milk sellers and improve their business.

Uncultivated farmland, Argungu

Nigeria has succeeded in preventing ‘invasive plant pests’- Minister

The technical session came up as a result of food insecurity caused by pests and diseases and the rising population, the organisers say.

New bridge constructed by Union members

INVESTIGATION: Inside story of unexecuted, abandoned N224 million constituency projects in Plateau

In this second part of an investigative report from Plateau undertaken by UDEME & Premium Times, the reporter brings to limelight the hardship faced by community dwellers in the Home of Peace and Tourism.

Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

Low level of mechanisation makes rice milling in Nigeria tedious and wasteful, keeping local production at below half of potential.

Farm land

Five young Nigerian farmers, other Africans get agriculture fellowship

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation will award annual Borlaug-Adesina Fellowships to young Africans.

How small-holder farmers can attract funding – Business Heads

The business leads say groups and cooperatives are important structures if small-holder farmers want to be attractive for funding.

Pupils during the feeding programme

Healthy diet can prevent 45% of under-5 mortality – Official

“Without good diet, the body is prone to diseases, infection, fatigue, poor performance and malnutrition.’

Obasanjo Research Station

Obasanjo urges DR Congo to invest in agric to help Africa cut $50bn food import bill

A research station has been named “The President Olusegun Obasanjo Research Station”, in honour of the ex-President.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian banks give only 4% of their loans to agriculture

“We must find other alternatives to support agriculture. The facility will not support agriculture as we want it,” an economist says.

Locally produced Rice in Ogun State

Nigeria’s border policy leaves concerns about rice shortage

Rice is the most popular food staple in Nigeria with local demand in excess of seven million tonnes.

Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria livestock industry worth N30 trillion — Minister

The minister says the Nigerian livestock industry should be treated with care.

Nigerian economy improved slightly in 2016, but remains in recession -- NBS [Photo Credit: naija247news.com]

Why Nigeria’s economic growth is slow – Report

“It is clear that the estimates, projections and expectations for GDP growth have been significantly different from the actual outcome.”

From L to R: Mr Uchendu Nwabara CEO IAYADS and Mr Suge Kanu Kingsley CEO CK Empire during the training on the new Farmers Market Platform

Online farmers’ market debuts in Nigeria

The market targets one million jobs.

Ndubuisi Ekekwe

How technology in agriculture can reduce extreme poverty — Nigeria’s Robotic Engineer

Ndubuisi Ekekwe holds four master’s degrees and two doctorates in electronics engineering, and has designed a new technology that can improve farming.

Green Apple Seeds

Why Nigerian rural farmers have no access to quality seeds – Seed Expert

Most of the 300 seed companies and 50 seed inspectors in the country are not functioning

foodstuffs

Adesina, others make strong plea for food security in Africa

The African Development Bank has launched the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) to help take technologies to scale for millions of farmers across Africa.

Wildlife experts estimate that nine out of 10 illegally trafficked pangolins are not detected by authorities. Credit: Tsai Yao-Cheng / The Reporter

Global Investigation: Pangolins: Trafficked to Extinction

Criminal syndicates in Africa and Asia are working together — and competing — to meet the seemingly insatiable demand for pangolins in China and other markets. Over 30 journalists investigate how illegal pangolin trafficking is leading the species to become extinct.

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Four Nigerian firms begin local production of milk

An official says four other companies have shown interest in operating dairy farms.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN, Nigerian governors ‘agree to develop agric sector’ – Official

Mr Emefiele used the meeting to highlight some of the achievements of the CBN in the various sub-sectors of the economy.

Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria to spend N100 billion on new plan for cattle, other animals

The federal government adopts the National Livestock Transformation Plan, and will contribute N80 billion.

Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni

Governor Buni: Why we organised Yobe Agric summit

Governor Buni says ”it was high time Yobe state began to take its rich agricultural potential to the next level”.

Aliko Dangote

Dangote firm optimistic FG’s import restriction will aid operations

Mr Dangote wants the government to enforce its decision to cut the importation of tomato-paste to reduce dumping of subsidised paste.

Lake-Chad

Nigeria partners Niger, Chad on rehabilitation of Lake Chad Basin

The project includes the promotion of agroforestry and livestock development in the three participating countries.

Nigerian agricultural seed agency unveils five-year plan

The five-year plan aims at strengthening the agency to better regulate the sector in Nigeria.

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

How Nigeria can turn maize production to revenue spinner – DFID

The DFID established that maize is majorly cultivated by poor smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria, who are facing challenges.