By DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia - The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue State Chapter, has appealed to the federal government to prevail on the Benue State government, to withdraw the implementation of its Anti-Open Grazing Law, which took effect on 1st November. MACBAN, made the call during a press briefing at the weekend held at the Dunoma Hotel, Bukan Sidi, Lafia in Nasarawa State. The North Central zonal chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Danladi Ciroma, said the call has become necessary because the right of his people as Nigerians, has been trampled upon by the Anti-grazing Law, in Benue State. Parts of the new anti-grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination to another, in the state is hereby prohibited. Such movement shall only be by rail wagon, truck or pick up wagon. (5) Any person(s) found moving livestock on foot across urban centers,...
 BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi Ahead of the implementation of the anti- open grazing today,Makurdi the Benue State capital yesterday went agog as thousand of people and different communities residing within the state capital joined the smart- land one million Benue peaceful walk to support the implementation of the law. The groups who were carrying placards with various inscriptions- Ndi igbo community in Benue support the implementation of the law, Yoruba community in Benue are solidly behind the implementation of the law, our land is for farming not grazing, Benue Valley our inheritance etc, said it attention have been drawn to the alleged security threat by the leadership of Miyetti Allah which they said is wearing the face of terrorism against the people of Benue State. According to the spokesman of the group, Gbakhir Sevendaga, “going by the 1999 constitution as amended, section 41(1) guarantees the right to freedom of movement to all...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) yesterday said it has inducted the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame. In a statement to LEADERSHIP yesterday signed by the  Programme Manager, Freedom of Information, Ridwan Sulaimon, it said the indictment of the institution is for its failure to implement the FOI Act, 2011 and its “unjustifiable assault on the rights of citizens to demand information from public institutions.” Announcing the selection of the Ministry as the week’s inductee into the FOI Hall of Shame, MRA’s Legal Officer, Ms Chioma Nwaodike, said the institution was not only in complete breach of all its obligations under the FOI Act, but had also exhibited an inexcusable intolerance for the rights of citizens and civic groups to hold public institutions accountable in accordance with the Law. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture is charged with...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi 48 hours to the implementation of the November 1st Benue Anti-open Grazing Law, the NKST Universal Reformed Christian Church worldwide has reaffirmed its support in the implementation of the law. This was made known by the leadership of the NKST worldwide Rev. Ayohol Ate and the State chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN rev.Akpen Leva during a press briefing at the NUJ house in makurdi  where they condemned and described the hate speech made by miyetti Allah kautal Hore (MAKH)  as inflammatory and capable  of causing war. "as a concerned Religious group and a major stakeholder in the state, the church has suspect a hidden agenda in the open statement which the association boastfully declared that herdsmen must converge on Benue borders from November to thwart  the  implementation of the law. We wonder why this statements were made right under the watch of the Federal government and up till now...
By Ruth Tene Natsa Abuja. Young farmers on the platform of Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative yesterday launched the National Youth Manifesto on Agriculture for Nigeria. CEO and Founder of the Initiative,Barr. Nkiruka Nnaemego said the Youth Manifesto developed in 2013 would be a national Blueprint to guide government and her partners on the felt needs and aspirations of Nigerian youth in agriculture. The CEO stated this in her remarks at the 2nd African Youth Agric Festival on Agribusiness and United for Food Campaign hosted under the Initiative Youth Farm Project (Y-FARM),with the theme: Youth at the Centre of Business Revolution in Africa and Naija Jamz for Food respectively. Barr. Nnaemego said "The Manifesto was developed in 2013 by our organisation with support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, OXFAM Nigeria, Voices for Food Security, Trust Africa as well as Youth and Farmers Organisations. She said "The Y-Farm Project adopts...
By RUTH TENE, Abuja and ABEBAYO WAHEED, Ibadan Forty thousand millionaires have been created from the ranks of ordinary people in Kebbi State through agriculture since the coming of the present administration two years ago. This was disclosed by Audu Ogbe, the minister of agriculture in an exclusive interview with our correspondent. He also disclosed that 68 per cent of those who went for the hajj this year in the state paid their way themselves and didn’t depend on the state government as obtained in the past. The minister described the Kebbi State example as a great success story and an example of how agriculture can transform the lives of the people. He commended the governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his extraordinary  and focused leadership in the field of agriculture and urged other governors to study and implement the Kebbi model in their states. The minister further noted that...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja Herdsmen on the platform of Confederation of Traditional Stockbreeders Organisations in Africa (CORET), have called on the federal government to create a livestock Ministry, seperate from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to ensure inclusive growth and development of the sector. This according to them will bring the sector out of the background and allow them benefit from existing programmes. CORET Program Coordinator, Alhassan Jaoji made the call while fielding questions from Journalist at the 10th Re-source Sustainability Academy which held in Abuja, with the theme" Climate Change, Pastoralism Land and Conflicts" The academy was organised by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in collaboration with CORET,while participants were drawn from herdsmen,farmers, CSOs, Community Leaders, Policy makers and International Organisations among others According to Mallam Jaoji "There is a need for the creation of a livestock Ministry which is the practice in most parts of...
As Nigeria joins the global world to celebrate the World Food Day (WFD), indications arising from various stakeholders have shown that the nation is far from achieving food security, RUTH TENE NATSA writes. A free publication, light of the world, defines food security as a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. Unfortunately this cannot be said to be the case in Nigeria which still suffers nutritious food depravity despite the huge existing opportunities to become a food secured nation. LEADERSHIP recalls that the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF), in July 2016 claimed over 2.5 million Nigerian children were suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. Similarly the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the UN had reported that some 7.1 million people are now severely...
 By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and Chairman Coordinating Committee, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, has said that the current policy direction of government towards boosting the agriculture sector would require partnerships with international firms with knowledge of modern agriculture technology to help rural farmers acquire new skills. The royal father, who was the chairman at the a two- day Nigerian Agri-Food Investment Forum, organized by “ Youths Off The Street” YOTSI, in Lagos, said concerted efforts should be made in the area of attracting foreign investors as the sector is showing greater signs of improvement. He said, no doubt that president Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated genuine commitment in stimulating appetite of investors to move into the sector and through policy initiative the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has made various interventions to support farmers. Etsu Nupe declared that the country has no excuse to fail as...
by Suffyan Koroma FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16th October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us to celebrate the progress we have already made towards reaching Zero Hunger. The theme of this years’ World Food Day: Change the future of migration - Invest in food security and rural development is highly relevant as over 65 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict, violence and persecution in 2015. Root causes of distress migration It is important to differentiate between migration, which is the result of a choice for better...