AGRICULTURE

The chairman Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) Kano State Chapter Mr. Danladi Sani standing infront of the newly purchased tomato crates. (Photo Credit: Mary Izuaka)

After losing millions years past, Nigeria tomato farmers find ways to cut post-harvest losses

New storage method and seed variety are improving productivity for tomato farmers in the country.

FILE: A farmer in Marnona, Sokoto State, Nigeria

Nigeria doing poorly in agric research — Senate President

Nigeria has some 23 agricultural research institutes, most of them specialised.

Officials of the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and other groups have urged young Nigerian students to ensure environmental sustainability through planting of trees and creation of gardens

International Day of Forests: PTCIJ, others take campaign to schools

Exotic economic trees were planted at strategic locations within the schools’ premises by students under the supervision of flower experts.

Nnimmo Bassey

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can benefit from maintaining forests – Nnimmo Bassey

Protecting our forests, supporting our local farmers with access to markets through rural infrastructure, storage and processing facilities will reduce pressure on forests and secure food availability.

Cowpea

Cowpea: Nigeria to come out of EU ban in 2021

In January 2013, the European Union (EU) first suspended imports of dried beans from Nigeria over excessive use of chemicals by Nigerian farmers to control a pest and to preserve harvests

A farmer displays freshly harvested cocoa bean.

Despite governments’ promises, no rebound for Nigeria’s struggling cocoa sector

Nigeria has failed for decades to reclaim its pre-oil global cocoa production ranking despite promises by various governments. Things are no different now.

The white giraffe was discovered in 2017, the first of its kind.

Poachers kill Kenya’s white giraffes

Their deaths leave just one white giraffe alive in the world.

Sorghum plantation

Nigeria to begin export of sorghum — Crops Institute

Mr Hakeem stated that while implementing the federal government founded Agricultural Transformation Support Project, sorghum moved from a substituent crop to an industrial crop.

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

Anchor Borrowers Programme: Reps deny summoning BOA over N81 billion loan

House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture says unpaid loans crippling Anchor Borrowers Programme.

Adedeji Rasheed, the Director of Cocoa Research Department of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN)

INTERVIEW: Insincerity of Nigerian farmers affecting efforts to revive cocoa production – CRIN Director

The expert believes more support for current efforts will boost production of cocoa and return Nigeria to leadership in the global market.

Aliko Dangote on his fertilizer plant. [PHOTO CREDIT: THISDAYLIVE]

Dangote Fertiliser begins pre-testing of $2bn plant ahead of inauguration

The company says Nigeria would save $500 million from import substitution and provide $400 million from exports of products from the fertiliser plant

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

Kano farmers hail Anchor Borrowers Programme, seek increased funding for agriculture

The farmers said the agriculture sector needs more investment to make Nigeria food sufficient by 2030.

Nigeria Sugar Masterplan: Expert criticises poor implementation

The masterplan seeks the attainment of sugar self-sufficiency, and estimates that the country’s demand will reach 1.7 million metric tonnes by 2020.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigeria partners AfDB for Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones

A workshop was held in Abuja from February 17 to 18 to address the categorisation and location of the SAPZs.

Akinwumi Adesina, the President of African Development Bank (AfDB)

AfDB earmarks $500 million for four agro zones in Nigeria

The agro zones would be similar to the free trade zone, where thousands of direct and indirect jobs would be created for Nigerians.

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

CBN seeks partnership with FCDA, states for dairy production

The CBN requested the FCT Minister to expedite action on the allocation of land to three major dairy companies.

Photograph of trees lining a path. {NASA Climate Kids}

Afforestation: Nigeria to plant 300 millon trees in 2020 — Official

The seedlings will also be made available this year to every Nigerian at locations close to them to plant.

A large farmland used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Africa Business Classroom]

How Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo govts failed Nigeria on key agric funding treaty

For 17 years, Nigeria has consistently failed to implement the terms of the Maputo protocol adopted to promote the development of agriculture in the continent.

catfish [Photo Credit: Game & Fish Mag]

Nigeria mulls banning fish importation in 2022 – Minister

He noted that measures were already been put in place by the government to actualise the plan.

African Development Bank President (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina

Africa’s food, agriculture will be worth $1 trillion by 2030 -AfDB president

“The size of food and agriculture in Africa will rise to $1 trillion by 2030. The population of Africa… will double to 2.5 billion by 2050. They all must eat. And only through food and agribusiness can this be achieved,” the official said.

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Nigeria may export rice in two years — Minister

Mr Nanono said the country’s land border closure has resulted in increased output by many rice milling plants.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanono, State Minister, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry with members of the Green Imperative Programme

Nigerian seeks $1 billion loan to boost mechanised farming – Minister

“With this funds, the country is expected to purchase 10,000 units of tractors, 50,000 units of assorted implements and equipment for assembly in Nigeria,” the minister said.

Rains

Climate Change: How Changing Weather Patterns Impacted Agriculture, Health, other key sectors in Nigeria in 2019 – Report

Agriculture, Aviation, Transportation and health are among key developmental sectors which were affected by Intensifying heat and flooding, according to the report.

Farmers land

Why Nigerian Farmers should practice late farming in 2020 — NiMet

Farmers were encouraged to adopt climate smart agricultural practices that will boost the output for the year.

Moringa

MAN to establish N9bn Moringa plantation

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family “moringaceae.”