Kano govt. to supply 400,000 bags of fertiliser to farmers

The Kano State Government says it will supply 400,000 bags of fertiliser to farmers to enable them to record bumper harvests in this year’s farming season.

Alhaji Bala Muhammed, the Managing Director of Kano State Agricultural Supply Company Limited (KASCO), said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Thursday.
Muhammed said that the state government had provided the company with the needed equipment to blend the “NPK 10-10’’ fertiliser and meet the farmers’ needs.
“KASCO will also supply improved maize, rice, sorghum, soya bean, tomato and cucumber seeds to enhance agricultural production this year,’’ he said.
He said that the state government would invite prominent agricultural companies to collaborate with KASCO, with a view to expanding its fertiliser blending capacity.
He said that the company was targeting the production of between 25 tonnes and 30 tonnes of fertiliser per hour. Muhammed urged the chairmen of the 44 local government councils in the st…

Double taxation on feed raw materials affecting fish price — Association

The Catfish and Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) on Thursday said that double taxation on raw materials for fish feed production was affecting the overall market price of the commodity.
The National President of CAFAN, Mr Rotimi Oloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that there was need for the Federal Government to urgently look into that area of concern.
Oloye said that members of the association, who wished to produce cheap but quality fish, however, were limited by the issue of taxation.
“The biggest challenge to produce cheaper and quality fish is the tax imposed on imported raw materials like maize, soya beans and other additives.
“Government needs to address this because when these products are imported, taxes are paid on them.
“Then, when we want to produce the feed locally, another government agency will ask for value addition tax.
“To us, that is double taxation; and by this, there is no way the consumer will not have an overwhelming effect…

World Bank earmarks $200m for Fadama III financing in Nigeria

The World Bank says it has earmarked 200 million dollars or N7.2 billion for Fadama III Additional Financing of projects in Nigeria.
The World Bank Consultant on the project, Dr Idris Badiru, made the disclosure on Thursday in Calabar at the opening of the Fadama III Additional Financing Mid-Term Review Mission to Cross River.
“Cross River is moving in the right direction; we hope they will continue to improve.
“We are happy with them; however, we are still in the planting season, until when it is time for harvest, we will then know the positive impact on the people.
“The whole package is from the World Bank is 200 million dollars (N7.2 billion) for the project.
“They should also know that the money is in the pool; if you perform better, you draw more,’’ he said.
Also, the National Project Coordinator, Mr Tayo Adewumi, said they felt concerned about the success of Cross River in the project last year due to their late start.
“But today, from what we have seen in the field, it is obvi…

Food security: Association begins agro-processing entrepreneurship programme for youths

The Concerned Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria, Abuja, on Thursday commenced agro-entrepreneurship programme for youths in the country.
The National President of the association, Mr Noble Adaelu, told newsmen at the opening of the maiden edition of the programme, that it was geared toward promoting youth’s involvement in agriculture.
He said the programme was organised in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC).
While expressing concern at the increasing rate of hunger in the country, Adaelu said the programme was also aimed at promoting and sustaining the demand and supply of locally made goods.
He said that the beneficiaries would be sensitised on the processing, preservation and packaging agro-products; food and vegetable production, fisheries, feed making, poultry and nutrition.
Adaelu said the programme would be replicated in the six geo-political zones of the country to stir…

Nigeria needs 1.9m metric tons to meet national fish demand

Prof. Olujimi Faturoti, Chaiman, Council of Fellows, Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), on Thursday in Lagos said that Nigeria had a deficit of 1.9 million metric tons of national fish demand.
He also said that the society and other stakeholders were also debunking the fact that catfish was bad for consumption because of a fictitious story that it had “bad fat” content.
Faturoti, who made the disclosure at news conference, said the national fish demand was about 2.7 million metric tons per annum whereas the current domestic production was estimated at 800,000 metric tons.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the conference is “Health Benefits of Eating Catfish: Debunking the Myth of Catfish Bad Fat’’.
However, Faturoti said that aquaculture farming in Nigeria had greatly assisted in bridging the gap between fish demand and supply.
“In the last 20 years, fish production from aquaculture has increased from 70,000 metric tons to more than 350,000 metric tons.

Osun Govt. provides 15 hectares of land for commercial farming

The Osun State Government on Thursday said it had provided about 15 hectares of land for large scale cultivation to boost food production in the state.
Dr Bukola Aluko, the coordinating director, Osun state Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Youths Engagement, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
According to Aluko, the state government is collaborating with investors that will facilitate farming on large and commercial scales in the state.
“Through this collaboration, billions of naira will be invested in agriculture: planting, processing and packaging of farm produce.
“Currently, farmers that are interested in partnering the state government have started importing their raw materials.
“The state government on its part has provided between 10 hectares and 15 hectares of land to investors for cultivation of farm crops, “ he said.
He said that the state government would allocate plots of lands to farmers to cultivate crops like cass…

FG to establish staple crop processing zones –Lokpobiri

The Federal Government plans to tackle post-harvest losses put at nine billion dollars annually through multiple approaches, including setting up of staple crops processing zones.
Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture, made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja, at a stakeholders’ conference organised by Akassa Development Foundation (ADF).
Akassa is a community in Bayelsa in the southernmost part of Nigeria.
The theme of the stakeholders’ conference is: “ Sustainable Development and Security in the Niger Delta beyond Oil.’’
The minister, represented by Eniye Amloakederem, Senior Technical Adviser on Agric-business, listed the approaches to include-storage, development of cold chains, improving infrastructure, improving product handling, among others.
He said that staple crops processing zones would be set up in “ areas of high food production.’’
According to the minister, the government will utilise “ fiscal and infrastructure incentives’’ to attract private food …