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Osun: Boosting Agriculture Through Institutional Partnerships

By Femi Babatunde With the recent signing of the agreement between the globally renowned International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the State of Osun government led by the energetic yet visionary helmsman, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Osun is apparently treading an uncommon path of agricultural revolution capable of permanently changing her economic fortunes. The agreement is a culmination of a ...

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Ogbeh Hails Adesina, Make Case For Youths In Agriculture

Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has thanked the immediate past Minister of Agriculture, now President of the African Development Bank (AFDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for laying a very solid foundation in the agricultural sector. The Minister disclosed this when he received a delegation of the African Development Bank (AfDB) led by the institution’s Vice President ...

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Nigerian Women Farmers Seek Domestication Of 2005 Maputo Declaration

Women Farmers in Nigeria under the auspices of Women in Agriculture (Kogi), have called on Federal Government and states to implement the 2005 Maputo Declaration. According to them, the declaration recommends that 10 per cent of annual budgets of the governments should go to agriculture sector. In a communiqué issued at the end of their 2015 Annual Women Farmers Forum ...

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LCCI, AFAN to Partner Foreign Investors On Agriculture

By Augustine Adah Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) are to collaborate with foreign investors in capacity building and agriculture finance in Nigeria.  The Chairman of AFAN, Lagos State chapter, Otunba Femi Oke made the statement in Lagos during the meeting of farmers and group of foreign investors in Lagos.  Oke ...

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IITA, SON To Partner On Cassava Weed Management Project

The Cassava Weed Management Project, which is being managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria that ensures manufactured products entering Nigerian market give the required degree of satisfaction to consumers through compliance with government policies on standardization ...

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BoI Urges Agro Businesses To Access N15bn Before December

The Bank of Industry on Thursday urged feed millers in agro business to access the N15 billion credit before December. Mr Waheed Olagunju, the Executive Director of the bank, made the call during Animal Feed Workshop held in Lagos. Olagunju said the bank was ready to support such business owners on a sustainable basis so that the N15billion lending target, ...

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Food security: Don Advocates Establishment Of Pest Control Agency

By Michael David, Lafia A Professor of Entomology at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Prof. Folorunso Ajayi, has advocated for the establishment of a Pest Regulatory Agency in order to tackle food insecurity in the country. Ajayi made the called while delivering a lecture titled “Insects, Plants and Humanity: The Organic Agriculture and Stored Products Protection Axis” at the 10th ...

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Afdb Creates $300m Loan Facility To Assist Women In Agri-Business

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African Development Bank (AfDB) has created 300 million US dollar financing facility to fund African women in agri-business to accelerate agriculture within the next 12 months. This is contained in the October Newsletter Edition of the AfDB, made available to the (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. The Newsletter quoted the President, AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, as announcing the decision during ...

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FG To Mainstream Nutrition Into Agriculture

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to build nutrition into its mainstream agricultural activities, using bio-fortification, home fortification and large and medium scale fortification in a value chain approach. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono, at the International  Nutritious Food Fair which took place at the International ...

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Nigeria’s Poultry Farmers Yearn To Fill Five Million Job Gap

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Poultry farmers in the country under the aegis of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) on Tuesday, said its member were capable of creating five million jobs and unlock a trillion naira industry if they are provided with enabling environment and support by the government. The body at the annual Nigeria poultry show in Abeokuta, the Ogun ...

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Ekiti to explore agric opportunities with Israel – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the state will further explore agricultural opportunities which he discovered during his recent pilgrimage to Israel. In a statement by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the governor made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after arriving from Israel. "My trip to Israel was both religious ...

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FG May Suspend Payment Of Compensation To Poultry Farmers

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Stories by Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase Lagos The Federal Government has warned that it may suspend the payment of compensation to poultry farmers whose farms were infected by Avian Influenza (AI) pending when substantial progress on bio-security and other containment measures are put in place by the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and state veterinary services. Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture ...

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Aquaculture, Viable Option For Improved Domestic Fish Production – Olusoga

Aquaculture farming has been identified as the next viable option for increasing domestic fish production. A veteran fish farmer and a former Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Adedoyin Olusoga, made this known while speaking at the closing ceremony of the 11th annual executive training on ‘Investment Opportunities in Fish Farming’ in Lagos at the weekend. She said the downward ...

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Lagos Empowers Farmers To Boost Rice Production

In order to boost the production of rice, the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture has empowered rice farmers in the state with input support like land preparation, seeds, fertiliser and water pumps to boost production during this dry season farming. Speaking at this year’s flag-off of dry season rice farming and distribution of agriculural inputs and small ...

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See Agriculture As Serious Business, Bashorun Tells Youths

Stories by Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase Lagos Nigerians youths have been advised to look at agriculture as business and not as subsistence as people perceive it. Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Olajide Bashorun, gave the advice while speaking at the end of the two weeks intensive programme of 2015 Agric-Yes Summer School at the Agric Training Institute, ...

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Harvesting The Economic Potential Of Africa’s Bumper Crop Of Youth

By Agnes Kalibata This week, hundreds of agriculture experts from the public and private sector will converge on Lusaka, Zambia for the 2015 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).  A key priority of this year’s meeting is to move aggressively to incorporate Africa’s soaring youth population—the 226 million people between 15 and 24 who have made Africa the world’s youngest continent—into ...

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Osinbajo Reiterates FG’s Commitment To Agric Devt

By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has affirmed that the Federal Government is committed to improving the economy of the country through the development of agriculture. He stated this at the 7th Convocation ceremony of Redeemer University (RUN), Ede, Osun State, stressing that the Federal Government is collaborating with seven states for the development of agriculture ...

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Lagos CADP Graduates 55 Women, Youth Trainees In Poultry

By Nkasiobi Oluikpe Lagos The Lagos State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) has graduated 55 women and youths after one week intensive training in rice, aquaculture and poultry value chains. The permanent secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Olajide Basorun, hinted that the beneficiaries were those under the World Bank Assisted Women and Youth Empowerment CADP project, and were trained ...

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Boosting Nigeria’s Quest For Self-Sufficiency In Rice Production

By Oyeniran Apata and Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase Lagos In order to make Nigeria a self-sufficiency country in rice production and processing, GEMS4 last week organized a three- day rice fair to create effective awareness on Nigerian rice. The fair, which took place at the LTV ground, Alausa, Lagos, had over 10 exhibitors in attendance, which displayed various varieties of Nigerian rice. ...

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Appoint Agropreneur As Agric Minister – NAAJ Tells Buhari

By Oladunjoye Phillip, Lagos Nigerian Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a businessman, who is an agricultural expert, as the next minister of agriculture so that the nation can be self-sufficient in the area of food production. The association made this plea in a press release jointly signed by the President, Mr. Stanley Ihedigbo ...

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NSIA, Lafarge Africa Partner To Support Ogun State Forest Landscape Restoration Project

By Oyeniran Apata, Lagos The Ogun State Government in partnership with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lafarge Africa Plc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the joint development of the Ogun State Forest Landscape Restoration Project. Signed during a state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to France, the MOU would enable the creation of a legal ...

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Yam Production: Stakeholders Lament Lack Of Planting Materials

By Oladele Ogunsola, Ibadan Stakeholders on yam production have identified scarcity of planting materials as the major constraint to yam production in Nigeria and called upon the Federal Government to support the setting up of public-private initiative to facilitate an emerging tissue culture based yam seed in the country. This was contained in a Communiqué arising from a Yam Seed ...

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Bird Flu: NIAS, Others Issue Minimum Operating Standards To Curb Its Spread

By  Chibuzor Emejor, Abuja Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in collaboration with the Federal Department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services has produced and distributed Minimum Operating Standards (MOS) aimed at curbing further spread of bird flu in Nigeria. Speaking at the 7th Annual General Meeting and Induction Ceremony of the Institute at the International Conference Centre, University of ...

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Experts Unveil New Hybrid Maize In Nigeria

A team of experts in agricultural development at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IART), Obafemi Awolowo University in Ibadan, has successfully released two new maize hybrids – Ife Maizehyb-07 and Ife Maizehyb-08. According to a statement made available from the institute, the team leader, Dr. Samuel Adelowo Olakojo, stated that the new hybrids have potential yields of 7.0/ha ...

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Probe N10b Cassava Bread Intervention Fund, Stakeholders Urge FG

Some stakeholders in the agriculture sector have urged President Muhammed Buhari-led Federal Government to probe the N10b cassava bread intervention fund granted to farmers and others by immediate past administration. They said that the executive members of the cassava group and others benefited immensely from former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, but with little or no development made on the cassava ...

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