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AFDB to invest $24bn in agriculture in Africa—Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AFDB) says the bank will invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa over the next 10 years.
Adesina made the disclosure at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan on Monday.
The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years.
Adesina said that AFDB had decided to work with IITA to help drive Africa’s agricultural sector transformation and unlock its full potentials.
“At the core of this is getting technologies to millions of farmers and the bank has developed the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) together with IITA and other centres as a technology platform.
“ This is to help take high yielding technologies to farmers for an African green revolution.
“AFDB and the World Bank expect to invest up to $800 mi…

Obasanjo advocates Africa without hunger

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, called for a world without hunger in Africa through deliberate investment in infrastructure, research and development.
Obasanjo made the call in his keynote address during the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan.
According to the former president, the current population growth has made it imperative to put the context of food security on the front burner, to avoid impending famine.
“From time immemorial, man’s history has been dotted with bouts of hunger and famine; attempts have been made to explain the nexus between famine and population.
“Current prognosis suggests that if current trends continue, the world’s population in 2050 will be in the neighborhood of 9.7 billion.
“It is in this context that food security of the world for present and future generations need to be discussed,” he said.
He said that Africa needed to embark on a path of agricultural transformation tha…

Benue will soon take over FG's agro export initiative

MAKURDI...........Benue state government has declared its quest to dominate the Federal government's agricultural produce export initiative by producing over 70 percent of all exportable farm produce from the country in the very near future.
The state government maintained that as a major stakeholder in the initiative, it had already keyed into the policy through the Agricultural Revolution introduced by the Governor Samuel Ortom led administration.
Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Terver Akaser who spoke yesterday against the backdrop of recent reports of large quantity of Benue yam exported to Europe and America said the development indicated that the state was already living up to its "Food Basket of the Nation" status.
Akaser said, "the people of the state have embraced completely the return to farm mantra of the Samuel Ortom administration. That singular policy has turned around the fortune of our farming populace.
"As we speak the state gover…

Food Insecurity: Famine, Malnutrition Looms in Nigeria, International Experts Warn

ABUJA- INTERNATIONAL Agricultural experts warned yesterday that famine and malnutrition looms in the country unless the federal government as a matter of urgency, puts in place, measures that would help address the problem of insecurity. The experts said that while Agricultural research ratings of countries like Brazil, India , China etc, are moving upward, that of Nigeria is sliding downward on yearly basis with attendant increased food insecurity in the land portending danger of malnutrition if not practically addressed. Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, APC Niger North, the Director-General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr Shenggen Fan who led the two-man experts said that the federal government must engage in research- driven agricultural programmes on yearly basis to the problem of malnutrition that ma envelope the country in the next few…

Commercialise results of your research, Osinbajo tells IITA

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday advised the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),Ibadan, to commercialise the results of its research in order to promote universal application.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, gave the advice at the 50th anniversary celebration of IITA in Ibadan.
The acting president, who commended IITA over its initiatives, said that research was not enough if it was not marketed for universal application.
“ In a society where the vast majority of farmers are small-holders and not educated, more needs to be done by making research work available for them to understand how it is used.
“ You have to commercialise the result of your research and create subsidiaries as it is done in India.
“ These companies can then multiply your findings and market them for larger application.
“Government would provide necessary legal instrument to enable the institute achieve this…

Cross River Govt. eyes top position in cocoa production — Dep. Gov.

The Deputy Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ivara Esu, says the state government targeting to be first in cocoa production and, therefore, is taking the necessary measures boost the production of the cash crop.
Esu said this on Monday at Ikom during the Tree Crops Development Cocoa Value Chain Capacity Building workshop for cocoa estate managers, farmers and agricultural officers.
The workshop, Esu said, is expected to impact on management and extension delivery system for high quality and increased yield in cocoa production in the state.
He said it was time the state returned to agriculture as an alternative source of income in view of the dwindling federal allocation.
He, therefore, enjoined all participants to take the workshop serious for the benefit of farmers and the state.
He said that the workshop, organised by the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of the participants for effective and safe usage of agro-chemical…

Osun govt. to provide farmers with agro-chemicals

The Osun Government has promised to assist farmers in the state with all necessary agro-chemicals and farm inputs to boost their productivity.
Dr Yemi Adegoke, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Osun State Produce Board, made the promise on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting with cocoa farmers and merchants in Osogbo.
He said that the produce board would place order for the supply of high-quality agro-chemicals and farm inputs, including implements, and sell them to farmers at subsidised rates to improve their production.
He said that the produce board was established to increase farmers’ income via improved productivity and ensure massive food production in the state.
Adegoke said that the board had been linking farmers with available markets to facilitate the sale of their produce and enable them to make more profits without any hitches.
He, however, said that cocoa grading and haulage could not solely boost cocoa production, adding that this could be achieved thr…

Fadama lll trains 300 unemployed graduates in Ondo

The Fadama lll Additional Financing Project has trained no fewer than 300 unemployed graduates in Ondo State to acquire vocational skills in agricultural enterprises.
Mr Olusiji Olatunji, the state Project Coordinator, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the programme at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) in Akure on Monday.
He said that the exercise would run for two weeks in three centres across the state.
Olatunji said that the higher institutions selected for the programme were FUTA, Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.
The coordinator said that the training programme was initiated by the Federal Government through the Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youth Support (Fadama GUYS) programme.
“The training aims to empower unemployed young graduates in Nigeria by making them self reliant and employers of labour. “Leaving these youths unattended to will give them opportunity to dissipate their energy in all forms of me…

Fadama III disburses N193m inputs for 2017 in Anambra — Coordinator

The Fadama III Additional Financing Project in Anambra has so far disbursed inputs worth over N193 million to 2,000 rice farmers for the 2017 wet season farming.
The State Project Coordinator, Mr Chukwuka Egbueh, made this known in an interview in Onitsha on Monday.
Egbueh said that the wet season rice input disbursement, which started in June, was expected to end on July 31.
According to him, after that date, further implementation of input disbursement for wet season rice planting will end.
The coordinator noted that the 200 production groups that had accessed the inputs cut across the eight participating local government areas of the state.
They are Ayamelum, Awka North, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ihiala, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South. “Farmers under the cassava value chain are already accessing their inputs; over 1,500 cassava farmers are expected to benefit by the end of August.
“No fewer than 6,000 farmers are expected to benefit from both wet and dry season rice and …

Yobe has 8m livestock with investment potential –Official

Dr Mustapha Gaidam, Manager, Yobe Pilot Livestock Development Programme, says the state has over eight million livestock with huge investment opportunities. Gaidam, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Friday, said that there were over two million herds of cattle, three million goats, 2.6 million sheep and 600, 000 camels in the state. “There is a great economic potential that could be exploited in beef and dairy products in every part of the state because every household in Yobe State is engaged in livestock farming. “These livestock deposits, when harnessed, will provide employment opportunities and boost the economy of the state,’’ he said. Gaidam said that the abundance of livestock in Yobe would provide adequate and steady supply of raw materials for any meat and dairy factory in the state. He said that the road constructed by the Yobe Government, linking Yunusari, Giedam, Yusufari, Machina and Nguru local government areas, had increase…

Borno govt. distributes fertilisers, other inputs to 5, 000 farmers

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday distributed fertilisers and other farming inputs to 5,000 rice farmers for this cropping season.
Shettima, who launched the exercise at Gongonlon Zabalmari Rice Plantation in Jere Local Government Area of the state, said that the gesture was to assist farmers and boost agricultural production.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammad Dili, said that the inputs were provided for farmers under the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
Dili said that all farmers who registered under ABP would be provided with fertilisers, seeds, chemicals, water pumps, knapsack sprayers and funds to pay for ploughing, harrowing, harvesting as well as produce packaging and transportation.
He said that the benefiting farmers were drawn from Jere, Konduga, Biu and Shani Local Government Areas.
“We are starting with four local government areas, following the return of peace and improved security situation.
“The programme will lat…

Kogi govt. targets massive production of rice by December

The Kogi Government says it expects a massive rice production from the 3,000 hectares of rice farms across the state by December.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, said this on Friday, while inspecting one of the rice farms at Ujoh, Bassa Local Government Area. Oloruntoba said that consumer products of the rice production, executed under the FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF) project, would be available in the market as from December.
The 80-hectare Ujoh rice farm is part of a cluster farm, which includes Ogbah rice farm (120 hectares) and Biroko rice farm (100 hectares).
The commissioner’s visit to the Ujoh farm marks that onset of his tour of all the rice farms in the state.
Oloruntoba said that the massive rice production in Kogi was aimed at repositioning the state to become one of the major rice-producing states of the country.
He said that a rice mill, which was capable of processing 50 tonnes of rice daily, was under construction at Omi in Yagba West…

Expert calls for commitment to transformation of agriculture sector

An Agriculturalist, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, on Friday advocated genuine commitment from stakeholders in the agriculture sector in order to achieve the desired transformation.
Bogoro made the assertion in a keynote address he delivered at the 4th Convocation of Landmark University in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.
Bogoro is an Animal Scientist in the Department of Animal Production, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
He spoke on “Revolutionising Agriculture: A Catalyst for Up-Scaling Development and Transformation in Africa.’’
Bogoro said that in order to achieve a sustainable agricultural development regime, there was the need to boost agriculture budget at all three levels of government in line with global practices.
According to him, such commitment is needed as a catalyst for up-scaling development and transformation of agriculture in Nigeria and other African countries, especially in an era of recession.
“All stakeholders including universities, re…

Anambra to commence rice export in 2018

The Acting Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Anambra, Mr Jude Nwankwo says plans are underway to commence export of rice from the state in 2018.
Nwankwo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Awka.
“By the grace of God, Anambra will commence rice export after our harvest this year’’, he said.
He assured that the state will produce more than 500,000 tonnes of rice in the 2017 harvest year based on projections from the field.
He said that the figure would be 300, 000 higher than what was recorded in 2016.
“In 2016, we projected 180, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but we surpassed it by 20, 000. In 2017 our target is to produce 500, 000 metric tonness of rice, but the information from the field indicates that the figure will even go higher again’’, he said.
He said that more rice farmers were being supported by government to cultivate rice in Orumba North, Ayame­lum, Awka North, Anam­bra East and Anambra West Local Gov…


Jos - In order to encourage women farmers, address lack of access to land and boost food security, the Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture has concluded plan to provide farmlands across the three Senatorial zones of the State for small scale rural farmers.
This was disclosed by the National President of Small-scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria, SWOFON, Mrs. Mary Afan while speaking with journalists in Jos.
Afan stated that investment in food security will ensure other forms of security not only in the State but the nation adding that the provision of farm inputs and giving rural women access to land would contribute immensely in addressing poverty in the land.
She further called for increase in budgetary allocation and timely release of funds to the agricultural sub-sector by all tiers of government and urged rural women not to see farming as a hobby but a means of investment and livelihood.
According to her, “SWOFON works with rural women farmers and our vision is to buil…

IFAD-VCDP spends N96.9m on cassava, rice processing facilities in Niger

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), spent over N96.9 million for construction and rehabilitation of cassava and rice processing facilities in Niger, the programme coordinator, has said. The State Coordinator, Dr Mathew Ahmed, spoke on Saturday at the 5th Supervision Mission of the fund in Wushishi and Bida local government areas of the state. He said: ” IFAD-VCDP has assisted farmer groups in Niger to construct and rehabilitate cassava and rice processing centres in Wushishi and Bida local government areas at the cost of N96, 9 million. “The projects are modern cassava processing centre on matching grant basis for Lokogoma cluster at the cost of N40.3million,” he said. Ahmed said that the project contributed N36.2 million, being 90 per cent of the cost and technical expertise, while the farmers contributed 10 per cent by providing the land and assisting workers at the site. The project coordinator said that the project als…

RIFAN seeks collaboration with African countries on rice production

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says it is seeking collaboration with Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) and other African countries to increase rice production and export within the continent.
CARI is to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected countries in the sub-region by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply.
CARI is implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania with the aim of reaching 120,000 African rice producers.
The direct beneficiaries of this project are male and female smallholder rice farmers with a daily income below 2 US$.
Secondary beneficiaries are rural service providers and rice millers improving their sourcing capacity of quality supply.
Malam Sadiq Daware, National Treasurer, RIFAN, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, that the association had also finalised talk with Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.
RIFAN official said that it had become imperat…

Yobe Govt. vaccinates 5m livestock to ensure healthy meat, dairy products

The Yobe Pilot Livestock Development Programme said on Tuesday that it has vaccinated over five million livestock in the state to ensure consumption of healthy meat and dairy products.
Dr Mustapha Gaidam, the Programme Manager, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.

He said, “Yobe government through the mass annual vaccination has inoculated over 5.6 million herds of cattle, sheep, goat and dogs against trans boundary diseases in the last seven years.
“The animals were vaccinated against Contagious Bovine Pluro Pneumonia (CBPP), Black Quarter (BQ) and Pest Petit Ruminants (PPR) and Anti-Rabies (AR).
“This has grossly reduced animal’s transmission of diseases through meat and dairy products to humans.
“I can say without fear of contradiction that Yobe is a leading state in production and consumption of safe and healthy meat and dairy products in Nigeria,” he said.
The official said that the state government introduced a lot of incentives includi…

Yam growers bemoan non-inclusion in FG’s yam export drive

The Yam Growers Association of Nigeria (YAGAN) has accused the Federal Government of neglecting the country’s yam farmers in its nascent yam export drive.
Alhaji Shuaibu Idris, the President of the association, expressed the viewpoint on Tuesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that the government had failed to carry the association along in its yam export initiative.
He underscored the need to involve YAGAN in all the processes of the yam export programme, saying that its contribution to the success of the initiative should not be underestimated.
“We are the growers and the producers, we know where it pinches and what to do to fill the gaps; everything is not about research alone, we should be considered relevant to the project,’’ he said.

Idris noted that the Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme (TCNYEP), in its assignment, liaised with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the National Root Crops Research I…

AFAN warns FG against maize importation

The All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Tuesday warned the Federal Government against importation of maize into the country. Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of AFAN, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria. He said that maize importation would be inimical to the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government. He noted that farmers across the country had invested heavily in agriculture, with little or no subsidy from government. “President Muhammadu Buhari directed us to go back to the farm; we have actually accepted the directive in good faith. “But to our greatest dismay, the Federal Government is now importing maize from outside; we learnt that a ship, laden with 50,000 tonnes of maize, had recently arrived Nigeria,” he said. Aminu however, appealed to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to look into the matter, with a view to proffering solutions to the problem. He said that the in…

35 years after, Ogbeh moved to tears at Iseyin

THIRTY-five years after the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh witnessed the supply of turbines to Okere Gorge Dam in Iseyin, Oke-Ogun, the minister was moved to tears when he saw abandoned dam.
He visited the dam as part of his two-day working visit to the state.
He said the dam was capable of providing irrigation services to 2.8million hectares of arable lands. According to him, the dam which is the second highest in Nigeria, ranked among the 22 dams that are in Oyo State.
As part of the visit, Ogbeh held a town hall meeting with farmers, youths, women and other stakeholders at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
Ogbeh said that he served as the Federal Minister of Communication between 1982 and 1983 noting that he was at Ikere Gorge Dam in 1982 when the FG brought turbines to complete the project.
He said, "I remembered that we visited the dam in 1982 and brought the required turbines to complete the project. I alm…

Mozambique, World Bank, FAO sign agreement to grow forest sector reform

Multi-year project will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals 11 July 2017, Rome - The Government of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have announced a new project that will strengthen sustainable forest management and contribute to Mozambique achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 on forests. The $6 million project is part of the World Bank-funded $47 million Mozambique Forest Investment Project. The project aims to stem the rapid pace of deforestation and support investment in the forest sector while creating new income and livelihood opportunities from sustainable forest management for rural communities.
Under the newly-signed agreement, FAO will provide technical support to develop a 20-year national strategy for the forestry sector, institutional frameworks for forest concessions will be revised to ensure greater transparency, accountability, equity and sustainability of forest production, and ‘model' …

West Africa Fertile for Agriculture and Agribusiness Investment to Boost Regional Food Security

ACCRA, Ghana, July 10 2017 - More than 250 business executives will gather in Ghana's capital Accra this week to discuss trade opportunities in fertilizers, a key input in boosting food productivity in West Africa - a growing investment destination and agriculture hub in the region.

The West Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference is the second special collaboration between CRU Events and The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP). After the success of the Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness 2016 conference, held in Dar es Salaam in October 2016, CRU and AFAP have partnered once again to focus on the West African region. By continuing this unique partnership we can offer unrivalled networking opportunities with senior decision makers from the biggest fertilizer buyers and manufacturers in some of the world's fastest growing fertilizer markets. Building on the outcomes from last year's event, the conference sessions will be centered on three central pillars of…

Ogbeh ‎advises critics of FG yam export policy to grow yam

Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has advised critics of the Federal Government yam export policy to grow the commodity.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Ogbeh dismissed the criticisms of the policy, saying that the effort was in the best interest of the nation’s economy.
He said the energies being dissipated by critics in condemning the initiative could be better used to produce yam, a staple in most parts of the country.
The minister allayed the fears of some Nigerians who believed that the policy would lead to shortage of yam in the country.
According to him, there is currently a glut in yam production in the domestic market.
“I have seen attacks on the social media. There are questions all over as to why we are exporting yam when Nigerians are said to be hungry.
“With all due respect, Nigeria accounts for 61 per cent of the world output of yam. We have 60 varieties of yam in this country.
“In fact, 30 per cent of the yams we produce get r…

NAQS will not be too visible at airports, says agric minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) will, henceforth, no longer be too visible at the nation’s airports. The minister said this in Abuja on Monday while addressing newsmen in reaction to the recent disagreement between the NAQS and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). He said that meetings were underway to address the conflict between the two Federal Government-owned agencies. He said that a meeting was also held with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, with a view to bringing the two agencies to work together. Ogbeh said that the Federal Government was trying to reduce the number of its officials at the airport terminals. “The role of NAQS is very important in safeguarding the movement of agricultural products in and out of the country. “We had a meeting with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, few days ago. NAQS will not be too visible in the airports because scanner…

Commissioner urges farmers to apply fertilisers to boost agricultural production

Mr Abdulhamid Kwara, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, on Monday urged farmers in the state to apply the fertilisers distributed to them to their crops to boost agricultural productivity. Kwara, who is also the Chairman, Fertilisers Distribution Committee of Wamba Local Government Area of the state, gave the advice while distributing fertilisers to farmers in the council area.
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, had, on July 5, inaugurated the sale of fertilisers to farmers in Jenkwe, Obi Local Government Area, at a subsidised rate of N4, 000 per bag. The governor then said that the state government would spend N1 billion on the procurement of 10,000 tonnes of fertilisers for the 2017 cropping season. Kwara said: “Gov. Al-Makura is doing his best in boosting agricultural production in the state through his good agricultural policies in order to fight hunger, poverty and to ensure food security in the state. “The state government would not spare anyone trying to sabotage the good effort…