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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS HOME GROWN NATIONAL SCHOOL FEED PROGRAMME …Celebrates World Food Day

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS HOME GROWN NATIONAL SCHOOL FEED PROGRAMME …Celebrates World Food Day

By Tony Ohaeri The Federal Government has intensified efforts towards the introduction of a home grown National School Feeding programme targeted at the valuable segments of the population. The programme would enhance and sensitization school enrolment, address poverty, malnutrition and stunted growth, stated the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono. Arc. Echono, while addressing the media at a Press Briefing on Friday, 16th October, 2015, to commemorate the 35th World Food Day Celebration in Abuja, stated the need to create business opportunities in the rural areas and stimulate the growth of micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), He emphasized the need to improve the incomes of farmers, saying, “All players in the agricultural sector must re-double efforts by taking advantage provided for massive food production.” The Permanent Secreta…

NIGERIA TO PROMOTE CLIMATE - SMART AGRICULTURE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF RURAL POVERTY

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By Tony Ohaeri  To tackle the cycle of rural poverty and other problems in agriculture associated with flooding and climate change, the Federal Government has resolved to promote a policy of climate smart agricultural programme. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono disclosed this in a Press Briefing on the 2015 World Food Day Celebration held in Abuja on Friday October 16, 2015. He said that the policy will among others include increased use of flood resistant and early maturing seed varieties; adoption and use of organic nutrients including fertiliser, provision and use of irrigation facilities and mechanization. According to him, the policy will also pursue an expanded dry season farming which has significantly increased yield and translated into enhance incomed for Nigerian farmers. Participants at the Sensitization Walk to commemorate the World Food Day displaying their farm produce.
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World Food Day: IITA Cassava Weed Management Project steps up engagement with extension partners in weed control research

World Food Day: IITA Cassava Weed Management Project steps up engagement with extension partners in weed control research As the world marks another World Food Day on 16 October, the Cassava Weed Management Project which is being managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partners has organized a series of field demonstration visits targeting extension staff, researchers and farmers across the cassava growing zones of Nigeria. The aim of the field visits, which was conducted in Benue, Abia, Oyo and Ogun states, was to demonstrate early but yet promising results being recorded in weed management in cassava farming systems, and to put key partners on the same page. More than 150 persons comprising mostly staff of Agricultural Development Programs in the four states (Benue, Abia, Oyo and Ogun states), and farmers participated in the well-planned exercise. In Benue, the Program Manager, Benue Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (BNARDA), Mr James Ker com…