AGRICULTURE

Maize

USAID to facilitate $300m investment in five crops in seven Nigerian states

According to USAID, the programme will reach at least 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Head, Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO), Mr Kelvin Uwaibi (right), addressing stakeholders at the Okomu Smallholder Farm Development Project organised in collaboration with ESIPO and Terra Agriculture, in Benin City, Edo State.

5000 hectares oil palm project set for Edo

The coordinator said the project would promote complete value chain development of oil palm business in the state.

Food sellers

Nigeria’s quarantine agency denies foodstuff dealers’ extortion allegations

Food vendors had accused officials of the agency of extorting them at control posts

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

FG to Set Up Cassava Processing Plants in Arochukwu

The programme, which was initiated by the FIIRO, has already trained farmers in Abia on modern processing of cassava.

World Bank

21,000 Nigerians to benefit from $200m World Bank agribusiness initiative

The six states slated to benefit from the project are Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Enugu and Cross River.

A view of the land at Gayawa kano, Jigawa state for farmers

Farmers groan as Chinese firm grabs land in northern Nigeria

Powerful forces in Kano and Jigawa states, including elected officials, collude with a Chinese industrialist to grab land from thousands of small farmers

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

CBN denies banning milk importation, insists on Forex restriction

“For the avoidance of doubt, milk importation is not banned. Indeed, the CBN has no such power. All we will do is to restrict the sale of FOREX for its importation.

NSCDC personnel used to illustrate the story will be protecting farmlands

NSCDC to deploy 1,500 personnel to farmlands to ensure security

The corps says it created an Agro-Ranger unit after the government requested security for a proposed 250 cattle ranches in the country.

A Pangolin

Top states where pangolins can be found in Nigeria — Expert

The expert also laments Nigerian government’s failure to rein in poachers and illicit pangolin traders across the country.

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

Milk production in Nigeria below expectation — Official

Nigeria’s milk production accounts for less than 40 percent of local consumption.

5. Wheat farm in Wurno

Nigerian scientists, experts disagree on GM foods

“It has been said that GMOs have higher yield simply because they are made in the laboratory. This is not borne out by facts.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Niger Govt. to acquire N1.8bn tractors for 2019 farming season

The government says fertilisers and other agro-chemicals would be sold to genuine farmers at FG’s approved rate.

Cowpea

Nigeria to earn N48bn annually from new cowpea variety

The variety was developed by the Institute of Agricultural Research, Zaria.

Cross River govt threatens to sanction indebted cocoa farmers

Mr Ofuka directed the debtors to pay the money into the cocoa project account without further delay or face possible sanctions.

2019 Budget: Jigawa govt paying ‘lip service’ to agriculture

This year’s paltry allocation is despite the state government’s much-vaunted claim of making agriculture its priority.

Boko Haram: Displaced women turn to cashew in Abuja, and are ‘making it’

The women at the Abuja IDP camp say they have found a new means of livelihood.

Farm lands

Kano farmers sensitised on access to financial services

Between 2016 and 2018, Nigeria included 2.6 million more people in the formal banking system.

Cigarette smoking

World No Tobacco Day: Ten reasons you should quit smoking

Tobacco has grave consequences on the health of both the users and people around the users who inhale the smoke.

Abandoned farmland 1

Nigeria to provide 6.5 million ‘smart cards’ for improved seeds – Official

Two million farmers are expected to benefit.

A farmland used to tell the story

World Hunger Day: Nigerian farmers appeal for government support

Some farmers interviewed advised President Buhari to improve the agricultural sector through funding and sound policies.

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Tobacco control groups jubilant as National Assembly approves draft regulations

The groups said the regulations would safeguard current and future generation of Nigerians from tobacco harms.

President Muhammadu Buhari at a Federal Executive Council meeting

Buhari reappoints Ojo as Seed Council D-G

Mr Ojo was first appointed in May 2015.

A tired "Baba" heading home after work on the farm.

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the world of Nigeria’s financially excluded farmers

Many farmers across Nigeria are unbanked. They share their stories in this special report.

L-R- Former Nigeria President, and IITA Goodwill Ambassador, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga; and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the commissioning of projects in IITA today (Saturday)

IITA inaugurates projects to accelerate agricultural research in Africa

IITA also presents agricultural policy framework to Oyo State.

Pupils during the feeding programme

School Feeding Programme: Each meal per child costs N70 — Govt

The government says it feeds 9.7 million children daily.