AFDB to invest $24bn in agriculture in Africa—Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AFDB) says the bank will invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa over the next 10 years.
Adesina made the disclosure at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan on Monday.
The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years.
Adesina said that AFDB had decided to work with IITA to help drive Africa’s agricultural sector transformation and unlock its full potentials.
“At the core of this is getting technologies to millions of farmers and the bank has developed the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) together with IITA and other centres as a technology platform.
“ This is to help take high yielding technologies to farmers for an African green revolution.
“AFDB and the World Bank expect to invest up to $800 mi…

Obasanjo advocates Africa without hunger

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, called for a world without hunger in Africa through deliberate investment in infrastructure, research and development.
Obasanjo made the call in his keynote address during the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan.
According to the former president, the current population growth has made it imperative to put the context of food security on the front burner, to avoid impending famine.
“From time immemorial, man’s history has been dotted with bouts of hunger and famine; attempts have been made to explain the nexus between famine and population.
“Current prognosis suggests that if current trends continue, the world’s population in 2050 will be in the neighborhood of 9.7 billion.
“It is in this context that food security of the world for present and future generations need to be discussed,” he said.
He said that Africa needed to embark on a path of agricultural transformation tha…

Benue will soon take over FG's agro export initiative

MAKURDI...........Benue state government has declared its quest to dominate the Federal government's agricultural produce export initiative by producing over 70 percent of all exportable farm produce from the country in the very near future.
The state government maintained that as a major stakeholder in the initiative, it had already keyed into the policy through the Agricultural Revolution introduced by the Governor Samuel Ortom led administration.
Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Terver Akaser who spoke yesterday against the backdrop of recent reports of large quantity of Benue yam exported to Europe and America said the development indicated that the state was already living up to its "Food Basket of the Nation" status.
Akaser said, "the people of the state have embraced completely the return to farm mantra of the Samuel Ortom administration. That singular policy has turned around the fortune of our farming populace.
"As we speak the state gover…

Food Insecurity: Famine, Malnutrition Looms in Nigeria, International Experts Warn

ABUJA- INTERNATIONAL Agricultural experts warned yesterday that famine and malnutrition looms in the country unless the federal government as a matter of urgency, puts in place, measures that would help address the problem of insecurity. The experts said that while Agricultural research ratings of countries like Brazil, India , China etc, are moving upward, that of Nigeria is sliding downward on yearly basis with attendant increased food insecurity in the land portending danger of malnutrition if not practically addressed. Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, APC Niger North, the Director-General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr Shenggen Fan who led the two-man experts said that the federal government must engage in research- driven agricultural programmes on yearly basis to the problem of malnutrition that ma envelope the country in the next few…

Commercialise results of your research, Osinbajo tells IITA

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday advised the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),Ibadan, to commercialise the results of its research in order to promote universal application.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, gave the advice at the 50th anniversary celebration of IITA in Ibadan.
The acting president, who commended IITA over its initiatives, said that research was not enough if it was not marketed for universal application.
“ In a society where the vast majority of farmers are small-holders and not educated, more needs to be done by making research work available for them to understand how it is used.
“ You have to commercialise the result of your research and create subsidiaries as it is done in India.
“ These companies can then multiply your findings and market them for larger application.
“Government would provide necessary legal instrument to enable the institute achieve this…

Cross River Govt. eyes top position in cocoa production — Dep. Gov.

The Deputy Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ivara Esu, says the state government targeting to be first in cocoa production and, therefore, is taking the necessary measures boost the production of the cash crop.
Esu said this on Monday at Ikom during the Tree Crops Development Cocoa Value Chain Capacity Building workshop for cocoa estate managers, farmers and agricultural officers.
The workshop, Esu said, is expected to impact on management and extension delivery system for high quality and increased yield in cocoa production in the state.
He said it was time the state returned to agriculture as an alternative source of income in view of the dwindling federal allocation.
He, therefore, enjoined all participants to take the workshop serious for the benefit of farmers and the state.
He said that the workshop, organised by the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of the participants for effective and safe usage of agro-chemical…

Osun govt. to provide farmers with agro-chemicals

The Osun Government has promised to assist farmers in the state with all necessary agro-chemicals and farm inputs to boost their productivity.
Dr Yemi Adegoke, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Osun State Produce Board, made the promise on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting with cocoa farmers and merchants in Osogbo.
He said that the produce board would place order for the supply of high-quality agro-chemicals and farm inputs, including implements, and sell them to farmers at subsidised rates to improve their production.
He said that the produce board was established to increase farmers’ income via improved productivity and ensure massive food production in the state.
Adegoke said that the board had been linking farmers with available markets to facilitate the sale of their produce and enable them to make more profits without any hitches.
He, however, said that cocoa grading and haulage could not solely boost cocoa production, adding that this could be achieved thr…