by Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has called on countries to reap benefits of food trade by engaging in standard setting. In a joint publication issued by the FAO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 12, it stated that participation in the development...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The director, system and site integration, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Kwesi Atta-Krah, has urged investors in seed production plants to help meet the demand for improved seeds. He said this will enhance quality seed availability as more stakeholders, will have access to more...
Nigeria and other West African nations have been losing a whooping N2 trillion annually to the pillage of African fishing grounds by Asian and European countries. This rip-off will continue unless concrete steps are taken to halt the trend, LEADERSHIP Sunday investigations have uncovered. According to the Africa Progress Report launched...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Nigeria Agribusiness Group, a think tank group that advises government on ways to grow the country’s agriculture sector, has said that with the successes already recorded in rice production the stage is now set for the country to move from rice importation to rice exportation. The...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia Nasarawa state House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura to arrest, prosecute and relieve any government official found culpable in diverting fertilizer meant for farmers in the state. Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the speaker of  the House made the call in Lafia...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Federal government through the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has again expressed the political will and commitment to creating business employment in agriculture. The Minister restated this commitment when he received a delegation of Nestle Nigeria Plc led by...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said food prices have remained high because the nation’s currency value fell by almost 80 per cent in two years. The minister who spoke in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP over the Weekend said “our...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has pledged support for yam producers, saying the country is pushing to become the number one exporter of the commodity in the world. He made the allusion recently at the end of the meeting with...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa state government and a chinese company, BEIDOU Group, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  for the procurement of fertilizer blending equipments. Governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, said the meeting was a fallout of his recent visit with other northern governors to China...
BY BAYO AMODU, Abuja and CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos Disturbed by the surge in prices of food stuffs and its attendant impact on Nigerians, the federal government has concluded plans to crash the prices of rice and other foodstuffs within the next two weeks. To ensure that this is fully implemented, government...