RIFAN: Portfolio farmers limiting rice production in Bayelsa

Apart from the recent flooding, portfolio farmers are also impeding the development of rice production in the state, the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Bayelsa chapter, has said. Chairman of the association, Ezekiel Ogbianko, made this known in Yenagoa. He appealed to the Federal and State Governments to bail them out of this problem because it is affecting rice growers’ businesses in the state. “Accessing the lands are difficult; we want the three tiers of government to help us; in the season’s harvest, we are expecting 4, 000 tonnes…

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CBN’s Anchor Borrowers game changer

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele while flagging-off input distribution for the 2018 wet season farming in Cross River State recently, revealed that over 400,000 farmers had so far received its support under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) to cultivate 12 crops that will aid food sufficiency. This is an innovative approach to ensure food adequacy, TAIWO HASSAN writes   The value addition in the CBN’s ABP in the lives of many farmers in the country and the economy in general cannot be quantified. In fact, the ABP,…

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5,654 farmers to benefit from ABP in Kastina

The Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) plans to give loans to over 5,654 rice farmers in Daura and Sandamu Local Government Areas of Katsina State this wet planting season. This was disclosed by the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Chairman, Daura Local Government, Alhaji Nura Baure, during the official launch of the programme in the local government. Baure, who said about 2,961 farmers had registered from his district, vowed they would ensure that they reach the set target. He added that about 900 women were among those whose…

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Herdsmen/farmers crisis: NAF commits over 1300 officers

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has said the Force has committed 1300 officers to the herdsmen/ farmers crisis.   Abubakar said this on Saturday in Makurdi during his operational visit at NAF Tactical Air Command Headquarters, Makurdi where he commissioned the Single Officers’ Quarters and a Cancer Screening Centre.   “Regarding the security situation in Benue state, NAF on its part has actively participated in the efforts to curbing the challenges with the commitment of over 1000 troops and 300 Special Forces to Nguroje, Agatu,…

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Institute to farmers, govts: Embrace GAP

In a bid to improve the standard of Nigeria’s agricultural products for export, the Institute of Export Operations and Management, Nigeria has called on the Nigerian farmers and state governments to embrace the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) specifications to enable them carve a space in the international market. Executive Secretary of the institute, Mr. Ofon Udofia, made this call in an interview. He said that supermarkets abroad wanted to be sure of what they were selling, which necessitated the enthronement of GAP specification with its headquarters in Germany. “So, in…

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Court remands farmer for stealing 200 tubers of yam

An Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, on Wednesday, ordered the remand of a 35-year-old farmer, Rotimi Fabiyi, docked for stealing 200 tubers of yam valued at N35,000. The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni, ordered that Fabiyi, who admitted committing the offence, be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case until May 14. Fabiyi was docked on a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy. Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the accused and one other at large, on March 17, around 4.30 p.m. at a farmland…

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Gunmen kill 22 farmers in Ortom’s town

•Govt confirms recovery of 10 corpses •Over 80 houses burnt, residents flee As Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, continues with his annual leave in China, gunmen clad in Nigerian Army uniforms believed to be armed Fulani herdsmen yesterday, invaded some communities in Guma, home of the governor and killed 22 people. The armed herdsmen, who made an incursion into the local government Friday at about 12: 30 am, opened attack on the people which continued till the early hours of yesterday, leaving women, children and old people dead. The…

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Herdsmen, farmers’ clash threat to food security, says Okowa

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday described the incessant clashes and attacks between Herdsmen and Farmers across the country “as great threat to sustainable food production.”   Speaking at the Governor’s first quarterly media interaction in 2018 in Asaba, the state capital, the governor decried the threat posed by herdsmen attacks to food production across the country.   According to him, “If we are going to encourage agriculture in this country, we must address the massive loss of farm produce through these security challenges posed by herdsmen-farmers’ clashes” across the…

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IFAD, Ogun empower 6,533 farmers

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ogun State government have trained and empowered no fewer than 6,533 farmers on value chain development programme for cassava and rice production in the state. Coordinator of VCDP/ IFAD Programme in the state, Samuel Adeogun disclosed this in Abeokuta during the mid-term review mission of the Federal Government-assisted programme. Adeogun, who recalled how the project began in 2014, said it had achieved an increase in yield of cassava from baseline figure 10.1 metric tonnes to 25.0 metric tonnes while rice rose…

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‘Radio can be used to check herdsmen/farmers’ clashes’

Mrs. Alison Data Phido is the Executive Director, African Radio Drama Association (ARDA). ARDA was launched in Nigeria in 1996 and has more than 30 radio stations across the country. She speaks with FLORA ONWUDIWE on some of their executed projects in form of drama and jingles which have been syndicated to other countries in Africa and broadcast on the BBC in Hausa. Mrs. Phido also suggested the methodology to put an end to Fulani herdsmen and farmers’ clashes   What informed establishing the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA)?  …

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