1,000 sesame farmers to benefit from CBN programme

More than 1,000 farmers in Nasarawa State, are to benefit from the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the production of sesame seeds in 2017.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Jameel Zakari, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia.
He said that Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of the state, had approved the constitution of a management team for the project, which he would head, in concert with the Director of the CBN in the state.
Zakari said that members of the committee were drawn from a wide range of stakeholders.
The commissioner said that the State Government had indicated interest to participate in the Anchor Borrowers Programme for rice and sesame seed production, where it had a comparative advantage.
“However, we keyed into the programme a little late in 2016 and decided to leave out rice because of the possibility that it might not yield the desired benefits for our farmers.
“We are concentr…

Kwara rice ready for harvest by November, says Commissioner

The Kwara Government said on Thursday that by November it would begin to harvest the rice cultivated by its small holder farmers under CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
Mr Adegoke Bamidele, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources , disclosed this in Ilorin while receiving a Community Scorecard on smallholder farmers’ accessibility to Agriculture financing in Nigeria.
The scorecard was presented by the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE), a partner of Actionaid Nigeria.
Also speaking, Malam Ahmed Mohammed, the Director, Agricultural Engineering and Services in the ministry, said the government started programme with the cultivation of 50 hectares of rice at Tsada Tshonga in Edu Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed explained that the state keyed into the programme under the Hyst Global Business Limited/Anchor Borrower programme.
Hyst is a rice milling company based in Abuja.
He added that another 3,000 hectares would be culti…

Kano State Govt. approves N10m for production of one million tree seedlings

Kano State Government has ‎approved N10 million for the production one million tree seedlings for the cultivation of eight new lines ‎of shelterbelt.
The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, made this known on Thursday in Kano when he briefed newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
He said that the move was part of the government’s renewed efforts to check desert encroachment in some parts of the state.
He said that the tree seedlings would be produced in designated nursery centres located across the state.
Besides, Garba said that N114 million was approved for the completion and equipping of the library of the College of Arts Science and Remedial Studies.
He said that the state government also approved N57 million for the procurement of sporting materials and equipment for various sports in the state.
The commissioner said that N20 million was approved for the re-accreditation of 10 new courses at Audu Bako College Agriculture, Dambatta.

UNN develops technology incubator to curb post-harvest losses, says VC

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has developed a technological incubation centre which would be used to tackle post-harvest losses plaguing farmers across the country.
Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, made this known in Abuja on Thursday when he appeared on a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum.
Ozumba, who said that UNN was probably the first university in West Africa to have a technological incubation centre, said that the institution was also planning to develop and build a world-class science park.
“University of Nigeria is the first university, possibly in West Africa, to have technological incubator.
“There is a group called `AGROMESS’ that has developed an appliance which can be used to market agriculture products.
“One of the hazards, one of the big problems in agriculture is post-harvest wastage. People produce things like maize, if they don’t sell through the evening, the rest will be wastage.
“But now, when you have capacity to market th…

Researchers introduce new technology to speed up cassava multiplication

Scientists are now using Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to speed up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials. Mr Godwin Atser, the Communication Expert of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), made this known via a news statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the use of SAH technology for cassava multiplication was the brainchild of the “Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Seed System for Cassava (BASICS)’’ project.
He said that the SAH technology involved the use of modified soil, holding plant roots in planting pots with little water.
“Usually the trays are filled with a little amount of water and the soil transports the moisture up to the plant roots; yet the top of the soil remains relatively dry.
“The roots are encouraged to grow down, and the dry soil on top discourages damp-off and other diseases caused by excess moisture,’’ he said.

Dr Peter Kulakow, a cassava breeder with IITA, said that the beauty of the new techno…

Agriculture: APC’s achievementS fantastic but under reported – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had recorded tremendous achievements in agriculture.
He disclosed in Abuja that the feats of the party in agriculture were, however, not adequately reported.
He berated some media houses for always making headlines with negative stories while ignoring such success stories.
The President of the Senate noted that in the area of rice farming and processing, Nigeria under the APC government, had risen to a point where it would soon be completely self sufficient.
“You can see what the APC government is doing in agriculture but this is something we don’t talk about, the success that the APC government has made is tremendous.
“Am sure in a few years time we will be self sufficient in rice and that is a major achievement for a country that is always importing rice to now get to the stage where we no longer have to import rice.
“But how often do you report it, how often does it ma…

Jigawa Govt. to distribute mini rice mills, harvesters to young farmers

Jigawa Government on Tuesday announced plans to distribute ultra-modern mini rice mills, harvesters and other implements to boost rice production in the state.
Alhaji Jamilu Usaman-Danmalam, Special Adviser to the state governor on Rice Production and Value Chain said the implements would be distributed to youths under the government cluster farming scheme.
The special adviser said in an interview on Tuesday in Dutse, that the items would be issued to the young farmers on loan.
He listed the farming implements to include 100 mini rice milling machines, 100 single row planters, 100 double row planters, 100 mini thrashers, 300 handheld harvesters and 574 manual sprayers.
“The government has concluded all arrangements for this exercise and all the items are on ground.
“We are done with compiling the names of the beneficiaries and we will soon call them for distribution.
“This is part of our plans to empower and encourage youths to go into farming.
“The government is providing these …