AFAN chapter demands reversal of caretaker committee

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), South West zone, has called for reversal of the caretaker committee sworn in by the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the association, Admiral Murtala Nyako, recently based on constitutional void. Chairman of AFAN, Lagos Chapter and the South West zone, Dr. Femi Oke, who made the disclosure in a conference in Lagos recently, said the inauguration of the caretaker committee followed illegal dissolution of its duly elected national executives by  Nyako. Expressing disappointment over the inauguration, which they alleged was done in…

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ABP: Loan repayment excites CBN

Recently, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reported that out of a total of N622 billion disbursed by the bank to commercial banks under the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS), about N387.2 billion has been repaid. This signifies that Nigerian farmers are meeting up with loan repayment under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). Taiwo Hassan reports       Indeed, one of the biggest obstacles confronting the country’s agric sector from attaining its potential to enhance national food security and productivity has been the issue of accessibility to credit facility.…

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Edo: Two persons killed in clash between herders, farmers

From Cajetan Mmuta, Benin The clash between herdsmen and farmers in Sobe in Owan West Council area of Edo State has led to the death of two persons in the area. Trouble was said to have started on Sunday when an 11-year old boy was allegedly slaughtered inside the bush by suspected herders. The boy was said to have gone to the bush to pick firewood when he was killed. Witnesses said the boy’s relatives had quickly mobilised and went after the herders killing one of them in the process.…

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Gunmen kill 2 farmers in Kaduna

Two persons were yesterday reported killed by gunmen at Agon village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The killing followed an attack on houses of the victims early Thursday, two days after three policemen were gruesomely murdered by gunmen at a checkpoint between Fadan Karshi and Aboro village in the area. The incident left the villagers in fear as according to residents, there was no provocation to warrant the killing. The Vice Chairman of Sanga LGA, Alhaji Abba Abubakar Abba Umar, said those killed were Monday Kura and…

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Japanese firm empowers farmers in Cross River

A Japanese farming group, the Sasakawa Africa Group, has trained 5,500 farmers in Cross River State since 2015. The training is on how to adapt modern technology to increase agricultural yields. The group clustered the farmers and deployed their technical experts to regularly guide them on the latest researches on particular crops and cultivation. This was disclosed to newsmen in Calabar by the group’s state coordinator, Ekok  Ntum, before their experts, led by the group’s country director, Prof Sani Miko, visited farm settlements in central and northern parts of the state.…

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Afghanistan: US confirms drone attack that killed 30 farmers

The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them. At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government. A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan confirmed on Thursday that the drone attack was conducted by the US with the intention of destroying a hideout used by the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and…

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3 farmers arraigned over alleged assault, felony

Three farmers: Omolara Ogunbayo, Boluwaji Ayara and Anu Idilogbe, were on Monday brought before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, over alleged felony and assault. Ogunbayo, 25; Ayara, 41; and Idilogbe, 25, who are of no fixed addresses, are standing trial on a three-count charge of felony, assault and forceful entering a parcel of land. The prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendants on March 13, at 8:30 a.m., unlawfully entered farmland located along the Okitipupa-Aye Road, Okitipupa. Orogbemi said that the land belonged to…

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Firm partners local farmers to boost food production

  In a bid to enhance the optimisation of Nigeria’s agric sector, Corteva Agriscience, agriculture division of DowDuPont, is partnering with Nigerian farmers on seed development technology to boost food productivity in the country. President, Corteva Agriscience, Africa Middle East, Prabdeep Bajwa, disclosed this during this year’s seed connect conference and expo organised by the National Agricultural Seeds Council in Abuja. He noted that the country’s agricultural sector is vital to the overall economy because of its importance to the economy. According to him, the agric sector is only second…

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Productivity: BATN rewards 322 farmers

  British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) has rewarded 322 farmers for driving responsible production and championing efforts to put an end to child labour in the agricultural sector. This gesture was expressed at the BATN 2019 Farmers’ Productivity awards ceremony in Iseyin, Oyo State. The awards according to a statement, is an initiative of the company designed to recognise tobacco farmers for attaining and delivering the planned tobacco leaf volumes through sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices, and their commitment towards the eradication of child labour. In an opening address,…

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ARCN: We create sustainable employment for farmers

The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) has said that its commitment into the training of young farmers is to create an avenue for sustainable employment for the young and unemployed. Declaring this in keffi, Nasarawa state during one of its training programmes, the Acting Executive Secretary of the council, Alhaji Saidu Auakar Madagwa, said the training was designed to create sustainable employment in order the cut down on the craze for white collar jobs. The training, which covered about 100 young farmers from selected geo-political zones, was on agricultural…

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