AGRICULTURE

A farmland used to tell the story

Dry Season Farming: Over 350,000 Kebbi farmers unable to participate this year – AFAN

The group says its records reveal only 150,000 farmers are farming, out of the 500,000 who participated in the 2018 dry season farming

Anam Yams

Nigeria’s yam exporters want duty-free export to Europe

The yam exporters shared what they learnt from Ghana.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian govt urges farmers to acquire 40% of BoA shares

Mr Ogbeh said that move would help to create a viable and virile farmers’ bank.

Cassava used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian farmers to obtain free advisory on cassava production via mobile phones

This move will complement the extension work we are doing in Nigeria by offering farmers the information they need in real time.

The Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh

Why Nigerian govt is restructuring Bank of Agriculture – BPE

Government agencies equity in the bank to be reduced to 40 per cent.

audu-ogbeh

FG to finalise BoA recapitalisation in 90 days

The recapitalisation will be done with an estimated N250 billion.

Nnimmo Bassey

Why Nigeria Should Develop own Indigenous Plant Variety Protection Laws – Experts

Nigeria currently does not participate in the multibillion-dollar global seed trade as a result of lack of a Plant Variety Protection law in the country.

National Agriculture Seeds Council (NASC), conference.

Nigerian agency to begin electronic verification of seeds – DG

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) says e-certification will enable easy tracking of seeds to the source

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

Technocrats bane of agriculture development in Nigeria – Senator

Stakeholders say extensuion services need to be promoted in order to modernise agriculture in Nigeria.

Nigerian entrepreneur Fajemi Gognaje, 35 years old, started a new business in 2016, selling agricultural inputs like seed and fertilizer. The Feed the Future project, implemented by Catholic Relief Services and local partners in Nigeria, was the catalyst by connecting him to private sector suppliers and manufacturers that give him credit. Background: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), Mercy Corps, the Federation for Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Making Cents International, is implementing the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project. This is a 5-year program with support from USAID and cost share from CRS and partners. The Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project is based in rural communities in Northern Nigeria’s Sokoto and Kebbi states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and is using a multi-sector approach that will help 42,000 very poor households (HHs) grow their agriculture production, incomes and improve nutrition. Photo by Michael Stulman/Catholic Relief Services

USAID launches $300 million agribusiness investment in Nigeria

Over the course of the five-year award, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $200 million in new lending.

Bags of rice

Over 70% of rice in Nigerian markets is foreign – Report

The Economic Confidential conducted a survey in major markets across Nigeria where rice is sold.

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

Ogbeh laments ‘extremely disturbing’ delay clearing Nigeria’s agricultural products for exports

“It has been brought to our notice that cashew nuts worth 300 million dollars destined for export to Vietnam have been stuck in Lagos,” Audu Ogbeh says.

Cashew nuts used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nuts.com]

Nigeria to set up cashew processing plants in four states — Ogbeh

Mr Ogbeh said the move would also reduce the waste of cashew fruits and delay in the export of raw nuts out of the country.

Cattle on farm [Photo: View Point Nigeria]

Why Nigeria cannot export animal products – Expert

The President of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association says Nigeria needs to move away from the traditional livestock farms

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria to eliminate chemical fertilisers – Ogbeh

The minister says Nigeria will gradually turn to organic fertilisers.

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Early rains boost prospects for rice production – Nigerian farmers

The boost increases the likelihood of lower import by the country as Nigeria’s rice importation figures kept reducing since 2015.

Professor Ashamo

How Nigeria can control pests without endangering public health — Professor Ashamo

Mr Ashamo advocates deliberate cultivation of medicinal plants in plantations, saying many of the medicinal plants used for treating diseases of humans have effective agents for control of insects.

Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda speaking at the opening ceremony of the event on Monday. The ministry is a co-host of the event.

#AHAIC2019 (LIVE UPDATES): Nigerian delegation holds session to bridge child, family health funding gaps

Nigeria hosted the 2001 conference now known as “the Abuja Declaration”, where African leaders pledged at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to their health sectors.

Kuramo Beach Lagos ocean surge

International Wildlife Day: Nigerian conservationists speak on human actions, impacts

The International Wildlife Day is marked March 3 to raise awareness of the multiple benefits of conservation.

Chickens [Photo: Naijagist]

How to make poultry products affordable in Nigeria

A poultry farmer advises people to produce feeds for the birds.

Anam Yams

Why some countries reject Nigeria’s exports – Presidential Aide

“It is better to be self-sufficient in food production than to rely on the importation of such food items.”

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

Nigerian govt to ban tomato paste before the end of 2019 — Audu Ogbeh

The minister of agriculture and natural resources, Audu Ogbeh, said the ban will encourage local massive tomato production.

Mixture of dried lentils, peas, soybeans, beans

Despite controversy, Nigeria ‘approves’ first genetically modified crop

Nigerian officials express excitement over the development.

Rice farm

Flood: CBN approves ‘compensation’ for 550,000 rice farmers

Only selected farmers would benefit from the ‘compensation’.

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

ANALYSIS: How Nigeria’s Agric ministry fared in three years of Audu Ogbeh’s leadership

Mr Ogbeh, a former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), from 2001 until January 2005, left politics briefly and became a farmer in 2009.