Urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rome-Managing urbanization sustainably poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit both cities and the countryside, according to a new report presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and FAO.Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of whom derive their livelihoods from small and family farm agriculture, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "This could generate much-needed employment and development prospects for the people who will remain in the countryside of developing countries while also making healthier food easier to access in cities.""But growing urban demand will not automatically benefit small farmers,, so we must look for solutions that can seize on the opportunities, and avoid the downside of increasing urbanization," he added, noting the pressure the expected changes will put on nutritional needs, scarce natur…

RIFAN urges FG to sustain ban on rice importation to boost local production

The Kaduna State chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has appealed to Federal Government to maintain its ban on rice importation so as to boost local production.The State Secretary of RIFAN, Mr Ishaya Audu, made the appeal in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.Audu urged the government to ignore calls from various quarters to lift the ban on rice importation through the country’s land borders, saying that the ban should be sustained to encourage rice farmers to increase their productivity.“Our farmers produce at a loss due to their lack of access to fertilisers, agro-chemicals, high-yield seeds, tractors and loan facilities to expand rice production in the state.“We were among those who encouraged the Federal Government’s ban on importation of rice, although we cannot meet up with the current demand for the commodity due to these challenges.“We still insist that the ban be sustained while all these challenges are addressed. Certainly, …

Researchers to unveil techniques for controlling weeds in cassava

Researchers working under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) will this week share findings and recommendations on how to tackle weeds in cassava farming systems.
The sharing of research findings is part of activities marked for a week-long annual review and planning meeting and Steering Committee meeting scheduled to hold 27-30 March 2017 at IITA in Ibadan.
“We are optimistic that the key findings from our research will help farmers to tackle the problem of weeds in cassava, with the view to having more yield,” says the Project Leader of IITA-CWMP, Dr Alfred Dixon, who is also a Director with IITA on Monday.
Declaring the meeting open, Dr Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnership for Delivery, said the goal of the project was to take off drudgery due to weeding in cassava farming systems.
“I am happy that this meeting will share findings that will impact positively on weed control,” Dr Dashiell said.

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250,000 Kebbi farmers to become millionaires by end of 2017 – CBN Gov.

Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has assured farmers in Kebbi that 250,000 millionaire farmers will be created in the state by the end of 2017. Emefiele gave the assurance when he visited the WACOT Rice Factory in Argungu on Thursday. “I was told by a permanent secretary that 88,000 millionaires had been created through rice and agricultural revolution. “I am assuring you that by the end of this year, 200,000 to 250,000 farmer millionaires will be created through the revolution,” he said. He also assured farmers in the state that government would buy off whatever quantity of rice they were able to produce. Emefiele commended the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Mere, for providing land for the company and for his desire to stimulate agricultural revolution in the country. He, however, called on other royal fathers to emulate the monarch’s desire to drive agricultural revolution in the country. Also speaking, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Deve…

Katsina wheat farmers cultivate 7,500 hectares – WFAN

Wheat farmers in Katsina State say they have cultivated 7,500 hectares this season, an increase of 5, 000 hectares from the previous season.
Alhaji Hassan Salihu-Kwai, Katsina State Chairman, Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that more farmers were engaged in wheat cultivation because of its huge profits.
“Wheat cultivation started in four local government areas in Katsina State and has expanded to 34 local government areas with larger number of people,’’ he said.
He commended the Federal Government for its support to wheat farmers and called for increased supply of fertilizer and inputs to enable more farmers embrace wheat production across the country.
“More inputs should be provided to our members to encourage them to expand the scope of production,’’ he said.
According to him, the association and flour mills support farmers with water pumping machines, improved seedlings, fertilizer, chemicals and other inputs.
He appealed to Go…

Gombe govt. procures 20, 000 tonnes of fertiliser for 2017 farming season – Dankwambo

The Gombe State Government has procured 20, 000 tonnes of fertiliser for distribution to farmers for the 2017 farming season.
Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State disclosed this at the inauguration of Agrochemical plaza in Gombe on Saturday.
The governor, who was represented by Alhaji Shehu Durbi, Commissioner for Land and Survey, said that the fertiliser would be disbursed at subsidised rate to farmers.
He said that the state government would assist farmers in the state to improve their yields.
Dankwambo also commended the owner of the newly constructed plaza, adding that it would contribute positively to the economic development of the state.
He said such agro-chemicals were the essential ingredient for farming and would complement government’s efforts in agricultural development at the state and federal levels.
The plaza’s owner, Alhaji Uba Abdullahi, said that he constructed the plaza to boost business and to complement efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in giving priority to…

Kogi govt. declares state of emergency on agric, clears land for farmers

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi says it has become a policy of the state government to clear land for farmers to boost agriculture and transform it into a business initiative. The governor said this on Friday when he inaugurated a factory that would process cassava peels into animal feeds in Ojapata, Ankpa Local Government Area of the state. Bello, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Agriculture, Mr David Apeh, said that his administration had also declared a state of emergency on the agriculture sector. “We want to use agriculture to create jobs in the state; it is now a policy of the state government to clear lands for farmers, as no farmer can clear much land with hoe and cutlass. “And as part of efforts to encourage farmers, government has ordered 500 tonnes of fertiliser for distribution from this month.” Bello said that a bag of the fertiliser would not cost more than N5, 000, urging the citizens to engage in agriculture and cultivate the vast arable lands of the state. Sp…