Food Security: NYC tasks FG, private sector on organic farming

Nigeria Youth Congress (NYC) has called on Federal Government and those in private sector to embrace technology-based organic farming, in order to guarantee Nigeria’s food security and create more employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths. The Congress made this known in Abuja while honouring the Chairman and Founder, CONTEC Global, Dr. Benoy Berry, as ‘Champion of Youth Empowerment’. This stemmed from his bold investment in organic farming through the deployment of science and ICT across the six geopolitical zones of the country. President of NYC, Dr. Yakubu Shendam, urged…

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Tackling climate change challenge

At a round-table meeting in Abuja recently, agriculture experts said that climate change has brought additional uncertainty and risk to Nigeria’s largely small-scale food system. TAIWO HASSAN reports   Indeed, the Federal Government’s clarion calls on Nigerians to embrace agriculture as a way of changing the country’s economic paradigm is already yielding positive results, especially with the involvement of the private sector in the country’s agric sector. Nevertheless, the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has prioritised agriculture, solid minerals and manufacturing as key sectors of the economy in a…

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Taming Nigeria’s food import bills

Recently, the Federal Government announced that Nigeria’s food importation has dropped drastically, linking it to its agricultural policies. Taiwo Hassan reports     Effects of food imports For many decades, the Nigerian markets have been the toast for renowned agric countries in the world, particularly for importation of foreign food items to compliment local production. Indeed, the massive importation of foreign food items was seen as an alternative to sustaining the country’s food sufficiency profile amid the notion that local farmers were not doing enough to cater for the Nigerian…

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Food sufficiency: FG, NAERLS give conflicting reports

Despite Federal Government’s claim that food production has increased across the country, the 2017 wet season National Agricultural Performance Survey report revealed otherwise. TAIWO HASSAN reports   Indeed, the study highlighted challenges that affected food production during the 2017 wet season farming to include: climate change, absence of government input support, insecurity, kidnapping and poor support for agricultural extension. The study carried out by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, domiciled at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, noted…

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Katsina government committed to agricultural mechanization – DG media

The Director-General, Katsina Media and Publicity, Malam Ibrahim Muazzam says Katsina State government remains committed to agricultural mechanization to ease farming activities in the state. Speaking to newsmen in Katsina, the DG Media said the state government has already procured 225 latest model tractors from an Indian firm, Springfield Agro Ltd. He said the tractors will be distributed to farmers through the Tractors Owners Association to enhance the farmers productivity. Malam Ibrahim Muazzam said already, over five dams across the state were under rehabilitation to facilitate dry season farming which…

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FAO, USAID to train 4,700 vet experts

  A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-FAO partnership has with on year succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The partnership has been working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals. The FAO-provided technical trainings according to a statement, covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease surveillance and forecasting, laboratory operations, biosafety and biosecurity, prevention and control methods and outbreak response strategies. About 3,266 vets in Asia, 619…

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Controversy trails FG’s cattle colony programme

The announcement by the Federal Government to set up ‘cattle colonies’ nationwide as antidote for the incessant clashes between farmers and cattle herdsmen appears to have been jettisoned following the uproar that greeted the policy. TAIWO HASSAN and CALEB ONWE write     Indeed, last January, at a retreat for special advisers and directors of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said that the government had concluded plans to establish ‘cattle colonies’ across the country…

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Sokoto introduces tractor hire scheme

Sokoto state government said it will start a tractor hire scheme to boost mechanization in farms and assist farmers to enhance their production capacity. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Kware LGA when he inspected agricultural processing machines to be distributed to farmers under the state’s FADAMA III additional funding scheme. “We are starting with 30 tractors, with each of the three senatorial districts to have 10 tractors each. This initiative will be implemented with the collaboration of the FADAMA III coordinating office, the state ministry of agriculture and…

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GMO: Who blinks first – NBMA or HOMEF?

Efforts to establish Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria are currently enmeshed in controversy as two key agencies- National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) accuse each other of sabotaging the nation’s food security. Taiwo Hassan reports   Nigeria’s agriculture Indeed, Nigeria is one of the luckiest countries in the world that is blessed with large span of arable lands for planting of crops to ensure food productivity and security. But in spite of the oil, which currently account for 90 per cent of Nigeria’s…

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FG okays 2nd consignment of yam export to UK, U.S.

  Nigerian yam exporters are set to export second consignment of yams to the United Kingdom and United States of America in the first quarter of this year. Prof. Simon Irtwang, Chairman, Technical Committee on Yam Export inaugurated by the Federal Government, disclosed this in Abuja. The move, according to the committee, would eclipsed the 72 tonnes of yam that left the shore of Nigeria through the Apapa port to the U.S. and UK in June last year, which was widely reported as being rejected because it did not meet…

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