Flood: Nigeria’s agriculture in stormy petrel

The recent flood and outbreak of fungal disease amid heavy rainfall across Nigeria have threatened food security, as many farms have been destroyed in the process. Taiwo Hassan examines the economic implications of these   The rainy season is the time of the year when most of a regions’ average annual rainfall occurs, the average in this part of the world is approximately 180cm (70in) in the West to about 430cm (170in) in certain part of the East, but only 50cm (20in) in the extreme North. The rainy season is…

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Restructuring of cotton industry lauded

The Cotton Ginners Association of Nigeria has affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in the country’s agricultural sector has created more jobs for cotton farmers. A member of the association and cotton farmer in Gombe State, Alhaji Abbas Na-Bingi, disclosed this in an interview in Gombe . He said President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in the country’s agricultural sector has created more jobs for cotton farmers. He said he had abandoned cotton farming before President Buhari’s administration as a result of poor motivation, adding that the Federal Government’s seriousness towards the…

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Seed licence: Agenda to enhance food security

To enhance food security, the Federal Government has licensed 158 seed companies to commence production of quality seeds. Taiwo Hassan reports     The use of improved quality crop seed by farmers has been recognised as the most important effort in boosting agricultural production and ensuring food security. Improved quality seed is not only the cheapest and basic potential for increasing yield but also fundamental in raising the efficiency of other inputs like fertilisers, agro-chemicals and agro-machinery. In fact, greater percentage of improvement in agricultural production has come from the…

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Tilapia fish import: Can Nigeria meet local needs?

Recently, the Tilapia and Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN) urged the Federal Government to include Tilapia, a farmed fish species on its import prohibition to encourage local production. But can Nigeria meet local needs, Taiwo Hassan asks in this report?     Fish gap With Nigeria’s budding population estimated at over 180 million, availability of fish to feed the growing populace is very essential. But in spite of the abundant opportunity endowed in the country’s local fish industry, it is saddening that most of the fishes consumed by Nigerians…

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Katsina Govt leases Songhai farm to Dangote group

Katsina State Government has leased its Songhai Farm located in Dutsinma to Dangote Group at the cost of N500 million. Gov. Aminu Masari who signed the agreement on Thursday in Katsina said that the lease would run for 10 years. “The Katsina government is happy that a competent investor like Aliko Dangote has indicated interest to make proper use of the Songhai farm which has been laying unused for some years. “The government is ready to provide several incentives for more investors to come to the state; government is also…

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Biotechnology: Gateway to Nigeria’s food sufficiency

When the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) was introduced into Nigeria, it faced stiff opposition because it was not part of the nation’s farming culture. But Nigeria embraces the adoption of bio-technology as conventional agriculture to boost food security, productivity. CALEB ONWE writes     The tortuous journey to creating food security through bio-technology has been undulating, but it is a sacrifice worth making by stakeholders who have been involved in the processes. Over the years, farmers’ productivity and profitability have continued to decline in Nigeria and other developing countries, due…

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Food production: Banking on organic farming

In preparation for the 2018 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in Lagos, stakeholders have indicated willingness to work extensively for complete development of the value chain for organic produce in Nigeria. Taiwo Hassan reports     Unlike other African countries, Nigeria is yet to develop its potential in terms of organic farming, even though she is an agrarian country with a track record of being the world’s leading producer of some crops at one time or the other. Organic farming in an organized manner is still at an infancy stage…

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CIIN stimulates graduates’ internship drive

As part of its enlightenment campaign, the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) has further stimulated young Nigerian graduates’ interest in insurance as a profession. Under its youth empowerment programme tagged: “Catch them Young” the institute empowered over 700 youth corps members at the Iyana-Ipaja Camp, Lagos. Disclosing this while presenting her scorecard in Lagos, the President of the institute, Mrs. Funmi Babington-Ashaye, said at the end of the programme, insurance agency certificates were issued to them with referral letters to aid their internship in insurance firms during the course…

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Nigeria’s agric and the challenges

Recently, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, linked private sector investments to the growing transformation in Nigeria’s agric sector. But these investors still have to contend with myriad of challenges. TAIWO HASSAN reports   On attaining the mantle of leadership as Nigeria’s president on May 29th, Muhammadu Buhari, without compromising his administration’s role, explained that he would give top priority to the agric sector. Particularly, President Buhari wooed the private sector to invest in agriculture, saying that this is the next ‘big thing’ in the country…

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Dogara’s wife assists 7, 000 women farmers in Bauchi

As part of efforts to encourage women farmers, the wife of the Speaker House of Representatives Mrs Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara has distributed farms seeding to seven thousand women farmers in Bauchi state‎. ‎Mrs. Dogara represented by the Coordinator of the Sun Of Hope Foundation Mrs Darambi Kefas explained that the organization had supported 3, 500 women farmers in the constituency last year to cultivate rice which became so scarce for some time now saying 3, 500 youths were included in this year to cultivate maize with a view to eradicating…

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