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Rotten Yams: My yams passed through 12 ports before arriving USA- Exporter

Rotten Yams: My yams passed through 12 ports before arriving USA- Exporter ...says rejection of exported yams untrue By Gabriel Ewepu ABUJA- FOLLOWING the alleged rejection of Nigerian yams recently, one of the exporters of the commodity, Managing Director, Wan Nyikwagh Farms Nigeria Limited, Mr Yandev Amaabai, revealed that after the official flag-off of the policy on June 29, 2017, his yams were made to pass 12 ports before arriving the United States of America, USA. Amaabai stated this while explaining why some of the exported yams got rotten, which he also debunked some reports on social and conventional media that alleged that there was outright rejection of exported yams from the country. According to him all his exported yams were bought on arrival, which was because by all standards yams from Nigeria were far better in terms of quality and taste, and now they are out of stock. He said: “I moved my yams from Benue to Lagos on 25 and 26 of June, 2017, while the flag-off for the…

FAO to G7: agriculture and rural development crucial in responses to conflicts, hunger

FAO to G7: agriculture and rural development crucial in responses to conflicts, hunger and migration Director-General hails G7 Agriculture Ministers focus on food systems, role of women, youth in food security At the G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting today, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva stressed the role of agriculture and rural development in addressing prevention and responses related to conflicts, migration, and food security. The G7 ministers were informed by the Director-General about FAO's intention, as co-chair - with the International Organization for Migration - in 2018, of the United Nations Global Migration Group (GMG), to emphasize the linkages between agricultural and rural development and migration. Addressing the G7 ministers, Graziano da Silva cited FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) joint brief which includes five pathways towards durable and sustainable solutions to help to prevent conflicts and address some of th…

Rice farmers call for rollover of Anchor Borrowers Scheme in C- River

CALABAR- RICE farmers in Cross River State have requested for a rollover of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Anchor Borrowers Rice Scheme in the state from the 2017 to 2018 rice-planting season occasioned by the numerous problems affecting the scheme. The call, according to the farmers follows the inability of the committee set up by the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade and headed by his Special Adviser on Revenue, Mr Godwin Akwaji to efficiently distribute the inputs to majority of the 5,746 farmers who are participating in the scheme. The farmers during an interaction with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Pastor Justin Ugbe who went round the three senatorial zones of the state at the weekend to meet with the participants on the scheme was told that the scheme did not meet the expected target on rice production and loan repayment by the farmers because of glaring lapses. Mr David Esese who spoke on behalf of farmers in the southern senatorial district to…

AGRIC REVOLUTION: Adeyemi eulogised Gov Bello on Omi Rice Mill

AGRIC REVOLUTION: Adeyemi eulogised Gov Bello on Omi Rice Mill **Galvanized support for his administration By Boluwaji OBAHOPO
Lokoja - Senator Smart Adeyemi has commended Kogi state government for the rice mill project at Omi dam, in Yagba East LGA of the State, said the laudable project will reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the state.
The former senator of the district who made this known in a statement issued yesterday in Lokoja and made available to newsmen also eulogised the APC led Federal Government for turning attention to the area especially for awarding the Egbe - Lokoja road.
Adeyemi said the State government partnering with Agric Integrated Africa Services Limited to build a 50 tonnes Rice Processing Mill in Omi was a welcome development.
He said, "The agricultural revolution by the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello will go along way in improving the economy of the state and the nation in general. The rice mill project will definitely reduced youth restiven…

Edo farmers to cultivate 250,000 hectares of land in 2 years - ObasekiGroup Picture Caption: Rt. Hon. Justin Okonoboh, former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly (2nd from left); Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki (4th from left); Barr. Mathew Egbadon, President, Association of Esan Professionals (5th from left); Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon. Osahon Amiolemen, Commissioner for Infrastructure (7th from left) at the 13th Esan Economic Empowerment Workshop, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

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...harps on modern farming methods The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that the goal of his administration in the next two years is to ensure that farmers in the State cultivate a minimum of 250,000 hectares of farmland. Obaseki said this on Saturday at the 13th Esan Economic Empowerment Workshop, with the theme: “Modernising Agri-business in Esan Land for Economic Empowerment,” organised by the Association of Esan Professionals. He explained that agriculture is at the centre of the economic reconstruction programme of the Federal Government as well as Edo State government due to the sector's potential to create millions of jobs. “This initiative is in line with my administration's commitment to create 200,000 jobs for Edo people, which we promised during our electioneering campaign," the governor said. He said agriculture is being embraced in Edo State due to the incentives his administration is providing to make access to land, fertiliser and o…

Report Rates Hunger “Serious”, “Alarming” or “Extremely Alarming” in 52 countries

The Inequalities of Hunger: Global Hunger Index Spotlights Uneven Progress in Reducing Hunger · Report Rates Hunger “Serious”, “Alarming” or “Extremely Alarming” in 52 countries · 27 Percent Reduction in Global Hunger Index Scores Since 2000 October 12, 2017—Global hunger levels have fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but more recent rising hunger scores of several countries in the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) underline how uneven this progress has been and how precarious it is to maintain. Famine has cast a shadow over four countries in the past year while conflict and climate change continue to hit the poorest the hardest. The Global Hunger Index this year indicates that beyond these acute crises, long term obstacles to reducing hunger in several countries may also be threatening efforts to reach zero hunger. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa south of the Sahara, where revised data place the Central African Republic in the “extremely alarming” catego…

Farmers to access BT Cowpea, Cotton in 2018- OFAB

….seed companies sensitized for commercialisationBy Gabriel Ewepu and Chiamaka AjeamoABUJA- THE Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB, on Thursday disclosed that farmers will have access to Biotechnology Cowpea, and Biotechnology Cotton, BT Cotton, in 2018.The disclosure was made by the National Coordinator, OFAB Nigeria, Dr Rose Gidado, while answering questions from newsmen during a ‘Sensitisation Workshop for Nigerian Seed Industry on GM Seeds’ organised by the National Agriculture Seed Council, NASC, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF, Africa Harvest, Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB, and Seed Enterprises Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria, SEEDAN, which was held at the conference room of NASC in Abuja.Crop scientists in Nigeria have embarked on research to biologically enhance cowpea using the Biotechnology (BT) method, which manipulates living organisms for purposes of developing another product in a bid to improve its quality and eradicate…