NAFDAC, GAIN move to check malnutrition with fortification

Apparently worried by the growing level of malnutrition particularly among infants, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition have teamed up to fight the setback with food fortification across the country.
This strategy was unveiled at a two-day joint regulatory agencies retreat on food fortification organized by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Kaduna.
The Country Director of GAIN, Dr. Michael Ojo, noted with dismay the absence of fortified foods for majority of the citizens especially in poorer countries including Nigeria and said that the agency was determined to reverse the ugly trend in the interest of the people.
Dr. Ojo, who was represented by the Project Manager of GAIN, Dr. Augustine Okoruwa, disclosed that the organisation has been helping to fortify many types of foods with vital vitamins in the past 12 years and would continue to do more in the y ears ahead so as to address the challenges…

KWSG disburses N1billion to 500 farmers.

ILORIN-Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has disclosed that his administration has disbursed about N1billion to five hundred small holders farmers and fourty commercial farmers in the state. Besides, he said 381 kilometers of rural roads will be rehabilitated in 2018 under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) in partnership with the World Bank and the Federal Government. Speaking at the opening of the 2nd Harmony Agriculture International Fair (HAGIF) at Banquet Hall, Ilorin, he said the small holder farmers were also provided access to 2550 hectares of land across the state. The Governor said the Off-Takers Demand Driving Agriculture (ODDA) Scheme is an empowerment programme formulated to drive employment, boost food production and diversify the state’s economy by matching farmers with Off-Takers. He noted that over the years, his administration has embarked on various intervention programmes aimed at entrenching attitudinal change towards agriculture i…

IFAD supports 4,000 Benue youths in rice and cassava production

MAKURDI.........About 4,000 Benue youths are currently being supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Value Chain Development Programme, IFAD-VCDP, to boost rice and cassava production in the state.

Benue State Project Coordinator IFAD-VCDP, Mr. Emmanuel Igbaukum made this known yesterday at the opening of a one day Intra-State Youth Forum and Bootcamp on Agribusiness and Value Addition for Youths in Rice and Cassava value chain.

Igbaukum said, "the programme has exposed the benefiting youths to good agronomy practices, especially in the areas of land preparation, farm management, distribution of improved seedlings, planting technics and harvesting.

"When we started, our rice production level was at the range of 0.9 to 1.5 metric tonnes per hectare but today our farmers are making an average of 5.5 metric tonnes per hectare, that is the unprecedented achievement this programme has given us."

On her part, Nkiruka Nnaemego, Founder of Fresh and Young …

Nigeria gets N212.73bn from agricultural exports in 2016 – Report

By Deji Abdulwahab  Nigeria realised N212.73 billion from agricultural product exports at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016.
The was disclosed in excerpts of a book entitled: ‘‘Making steady, sustainable progress for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity: a mid-term scorecard on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,’’
It was authored by the Presidential Media Team.
The book, which will be presented to the public on Nov. 16 in Abuja, was sighted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“At the end of 2016, agricultural goods, as share of total trade, got N212.73 billion and 4.02 per cent.
“Agricultural goods’ exports were 2.7 per cent higher in the fourth quarter of 2016 than third quarter of the year.’’
It stated that the products, which contributed most to agricultural product exports in the fourth quarter, were sesame seeds with N6.46 billion, frozen shrimps and prawns with N4.4 billion.
According to the report, flour and meals of soya beans contribute N2.59 billion; cashew nuts …

Obaseki to revamp College of Agriculture Iguoriakhi, Edo State Polytechnic Usen

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured the people of Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state that the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi and Edo State Polytechnic Usen, will be revamped to enable it produce employable graduates. Obaseki gave the assurance at Ovia South West Local Government Council during the last leg of his thank-you-tour of the 18 Local Government Areas to appreciate party members for their votes and support. He said the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, was closed earlier because it was not worthy of being a school of agriculture due to its poor standard. "I shut down the school to enable me invest money and bring it up to standard. I will revamp the school so that the graduates will be employable." He said he is in talks with Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) and PRESCO Plc., to join hands with his administration to revamp the school, help train students and provide them with employm…

Agric Business Group to provide improved seedlings to tomato farmers in Nigeria

The Nigeria Agric Business Group (NABG) on Thursday said it would provide improved tomato seedlings to tomato farmers to boost their production nationwide.
The Vice President of the group, Mr Emmanuel Ejiwere, made the promise in Kaduna during a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai.
He said the group was interested in finding workable solution to the issues of tomato production in the country
Ejiwere said that his group would also ensure that processors had regular source of supply, while consumers would purchase at an affordable price.
He said that even in Kaduna, which is the largest producer of tomato in the country, farmers used only one per cent of improved seedlings, thereby making production low.
Ejiwere said that his group was in Kaduna to bring together experts in tomato production who had written reports on various challenges and possible solutions to improve the sector.
According to him, “these experts include different representations drawn from th…

Brass Fertilizer Plant in Bayelsa to generate 20,000 jobs

Brass Fertilizer Plant in Bayelsa to generate 20,000 jobs ...Dickson grants 2 years waiver, ‎other incentives‎ YENAGOA THE Executive Vice Chairman of the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company Ltd, Chief Ben Okoye says, the $3.6 billion fertilizer plant project is expected to generate 15,000 jobs during the construction phase of the project and 5,000 permanent employment opportunities, when completed. Chief Okoye announced this, yesterday while receiving the Certificate of Occupancy, (C of O) for the land allocated for the construction of the plant at the Brass Island, in Brass Local Government Area of the state from Governor Seriake Dickson in Government House, Yenagoa. A Government House statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, Francis Agbo, noted that the Executive Vice Chairman, who highlighted the components of the fertilizer plant, explained that, it would accommodate a Methanol, Urea Ammonia, Gas Processing Plants as well as a 35-kilometr…