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INTERVIEW: Why local rice costs as much as imported rice — Expert

A senior rice specialist at the Africa Rice Centre explains what the government can do to reduce cost.

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during his visit to Jalingo

Buhari salutes farmers for ‘saving Nigeria billions of naira from food importation’

Mr Buhari described farmers as “our authentic heroes, not only for today, but for tomorrow and evermore.”


Why I sponsored bill to protect Nigerian donkeys — Lawmaker

The donkey bill was passed by the House on Thursday.

Two Nigerian innovators shortlisted for Africa Prize

The 16-strong shortlist was announced today in Cape Town, South Africa.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

How African farmers can tap into billion-dollar agro-business chain – Experts

The experts said Africa needs to treat agriculture as a business.

Bags of rice

Border closure: Rice millers make brisk businesses in Gombe

President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 28 at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) in Japan said the closure was due to massive smuggling activities, especially of rice at the country’s borders.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

African ministers strategize on adapting agriculture to Climate Change

The Declaration was made Tuesday at the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative (AAA)

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Border Closure: Nigerian rice farmers smiling to the bank – Minister

The minister said the measure has created more jobs, not only in rice production but also livestock and other commodities

Customs intercept bags of foreign rice

Price of rice will soon drop across Nigeria – Gov. Bagudu

“The bumper harvest the rice farmers have recorded this rainy season will bring down the price…”

IITA unveils digital tools for agricultural transformation

Sanginga marks 8 years in IITA as Director General.

Nigerian govt launches ‘gender policy on agriculture’

The official said it is time for women to be prominent in the agricultural sector.

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Flood: Adamawa rice farmers want CBN to reschedule loan repayment plan

The farmers say many of them were beneficiaries of the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ scheme and were expected to repay their loan soon.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

Excessive rain, changing rainfall pattern worry Nigerian farmers

“For us in Jigawa, rainfall season ends by September, but we are surprised that we are still having rains”

A farm land.

Foreign direct investment alone cannot transform Nigeria’s agriculture – ex IFAD President

Mr Nwanze said agricultural transformation depends on what the Nigerian citizens can do by themselves.

A cross-section of stakeholders at the signing ceremony

Nigeria must stop smuggling to revive cotton, textile, garment sub-sector – Emefiele

Mr Emefiele said he had since directed that accounts of identified smugglers be frozen in all banks

Onions (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

‘Strange’ diseases destroy N1bn onions in Kebbi – Farmers Association

“We have never witnessed such kind of diseases in decades as no fewer than 20,000 farmers are now affected by the bizarre scourge” the farmers said.

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.

Farmers 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.