NAQS urges FG to grant its return to airports to curb import of unsafe agric produce

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has appealed to the Federal Government to allow it return to the country’s airports so as to curb the importation of unwholesome agricultural products.
Dr Vincent Isegbe, Coordinating Director of NAQS, told newsmen in Abuja on Monday that the withdrawal of NAQS officers from airports would enable unscrupulous persons to import unsafe products that could engender the spread of diseases and pests.
He said the certification of agricultural products would save for the country billions of naira which would have been used for disease-control measures. Recall that the Federal Government on May 18 ordered that NAQS, NDLEA and Nigerian Immigration Services, among others, should cease to function at the airports.
The government said that the aim of the new policy was to quicken the ease of doing business and that all necessary checks should be done in designated areas.
Isegbe said that barely 12 hours after dislodging NAQS from the airpor…

World needs to pre-empt devastating drought impacts through better preparedness

Seminar at FAO seeks to rekindle international cooperation, wider use of existing tools and approaches 19 June 2017, Rome - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
"Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an international seminar on drought organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters.
Recalling the 2011 drought in Somalia that saw over 250,000 people perish from hunger, Graziano da Silva said: "People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought - because their livelihoods are not resilient enough."
"For years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive," Graziano da Silva said…

Ogun flags off 20,000 tonnes fertilizer sales to boost farming

ABEOKUTA-The Ogun State Government under the aegis of the Federal Government Presidential Fertilizer Initiatives, has flagged off the sales of 20,000 tonnes of fertilizers at a subsidized prize of N5,500 to farmers.
The NPK 20-10-10 Golden fertilizer is said to be available across the state's warehouses in Asero, Ilaro, Ikene and Ijebu-Ode where it is sold to farmers at the subsidized prize.
Speaking at one of the warehouses in Asero, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State, Adepeju Adebajo, lauded the efforts of the state government toward supporting agricultural development in the state.
She noted that the state is first in South West to implement the fertilizer initiative sales, adding that the Governor is working towards protecting the interest of small scale and average farmers to get a profitable harvest.
"Ogun state has signed up to receiving 20,000 tonnes of fertilizers and we are here to launch the sales. This was the vision of the presidency under t…

Sokoto establishes poultry agency

Sokoto - Sokoto State Government has established an agency for poultry development to aimed at attracting about two million people that would tap from the sector.
Malam Imam Imam, media aide to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in a statement explained that the agency would work with the Federal ministry of Agriculture to achieve the desired results.
"The new agency will work closely with all stakeholders, notably the Department of Livestock Development of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, to introduce policy guidelines that will lead to the development of the sector for the benefit of the citizens. It will also equip citizens with needed technical expertise that will assist them in efforts to maximally benefit from the sector.
“Our target is to be the leading state in poultry production in the country, and to serve neighbouring countries in the near future,” the statement read.
It added that about two million people would be engaged in the sector in the next few years in orde…

RUFIN has empowered women economically, women groups say

Some women groups, which benefitted from the Rural Finance Institution Programme (RUFIN), said that the programme had particularly empowered women economically. The beneficiary groups from Agbowa-Ikosi, Ejirin and Mutaku communities in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State commended RUFIN for improving the lot of women and households in the neighbourhood. Representatives of the women groups told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Agbowa-Ikosi on Tuesday that the programme had made women to become more relevant in their various households. Mrs Bridget Okute, President, God’s Time Cooperative Society, said that since the women now had a stable source of income, their husbands had been showing more respect for them. She said that members of her group were now able to feed their families and take care of other domestic tasks, adding that they also garnered more respect from their husbands. “Our husbands do not chastise us again because we now assist them financially; unlike before when w…

Katsina AFAN wants FG to empower large scale farmers

The Katsina State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has called on the Federal Government to identify and empower large scale farmers grow food and cash crops for local consumption and export.
The state AFAN Chairman, Alhaji Yau Gojo-Gojo, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his Tafkin Bauna farm located in Mai’adua Local Government on Tuesday.
He also advised the government to establish demonstration farms to support local farmers with new farming techniques and improved seeds.
Gojo-Gojo said the government should serve as uptakers for all produce so as to ensure the success of the national food security programme.
According to him, the policy if implemented will promote agriculture, encourage consumption of locally produced food and make farmers more committed to recording higher yield.
He said for the programme to succeed, the federal government needed to have a comprehensive list of genuine farmers to partake in the food…

FG, IFAD support Niger farmers with N125m inputs

The Federal Government and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) have said they are supporting farmers in Niger with N125 million worth of farm inputs. Dr Mathew Ahmed, the Programme Coordinator in Niger, made this known in Kontagora at the inauguration of distribution of inputs for this year’s wet season farming in the state. “We are assisting our farmers with N125 million, being 50 per cent of the total cost of the inputs, as the farmers are to pay a balance of N125 million to redeem their inputs,’’ he said. Ahmed said that there were 255 VCDP farmers’ organisations in the state with 5, 238 members.
He said that the farmers comprising 4, 212 males, and 1,026 females would cultivate rice and cassava crops on 4, 991 hectares of land. According to him, the expected yield of rice from the farmers will be 20, 000 metric tonnes for the season. He said that redemption of the inputs was one month, beginning from June 12 to July12. …