By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Federal government through the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has sought the inclusion of Nigeria into Brazil More Food Programme, as a means to improving the nations agriculture. The Minister stated this when he received a 14 man delegation from Brazil led by its Minister of External Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira in Abuja on Thursday. According to Ogbeh "We know you started the More Food Program as a policy of cooperation between the South South nations of the world and we are very excited by it. He said "we have been in Brazil twice e and with your visit like to strengthen our demand and request that Nigeria be included on the lists of beneficiaries of the program.We have made our submissions and are waiting for the response from Brazil". Ogbeh noted that "Nigeria has many deficiencies and do not have enough machines,tractors and...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos A horde of Nigeria’s first class traditional rulers yesterday thronged the 2017 Nigerian Agri-Food Investment Forum in Lagos to demonstrate their unflinching solidarity towards President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic diversification policy, which has placed top priority to agriculture. The forum organized by Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), a non-governmental organization (NGO), attracted potential investors mainly from the United States and Britain, and largely mobilized by the United States Mission in Nigeria. Etsu Nupe, and chairman, coordinating committee of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, who was the chairman of the occasion, said the event came at a time the country is at a crossroad at containing insecurity and other vices mostly perpetrated by the youths. The royal father said he is impressed by the initiative, which is driven by the youths for the youths of the country, adding that engaging the youths in...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has said the invaluable health benefit of the Nigeria home grown rice cannot be overemphasized which contains all the vital food nutrient that our body requires to stay healthy and strong. He said comparatively the foreign rice are of far lower quality to the home grown rice when the food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma visited him in his Office in Abuja as he resumed office in Nigeria. Speaking further the Minister said "agriculture is the most important sector in the Nigerian economy. More so with the dwindling Oil price the present Administration of President Buhari is committed to redirecting Nigerians back to traditional agriculture and also determined to improve on mechanized farming from subsistence farming to enhance increase productivity". The Minister stressed the importance of collaborative partnership with...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP) have helped On-farm demonstrations in Ogun produce average yields of 27 tons per hectare. In a statement to LEADERSHIP, Wednesday, it said this surpasses the national average of about 8 tons/ha. The statement revealed that the demonstrations were conducted in 2016 in the three senatorial districts of Ogun states using an integrated weed control package developed by the IITA-CWMP. Presenting the results during the Joint Quarterly Review Meeting of the project in Abeokuta,a scientist at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Dr Patience Olorunmaiye, said "the yield from the demonstration plots were impressive and a proof of concept that if farmers adopted improved weed management practices, they would be better off" The highest yield from the demonstration farms was 32 tons/ha with 96 percent of the demonstration farms recording more than 20 tons/ha. Principal Investigator of the...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassadors yesterday began the training of 50 farmers in Kaduna State Under the Sustainable Development Goals Fund(SDGF). Speaking at a briefing with Journalists in Abuja yesterday, UN resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon said the Goodwill Ambassadors( the Roca Brothers) who are acclaimed master chefs are passionate advocates for Food that is locally grown and produced in an environmentally friendly way. He said "It is the SDG Funds Joint programme,Food Africa which they are implementing together with the Food And Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO),International Trade Centre( ITC), Kaduna State Government and Sahara Foundation" Kallon said "Josep Roca is joined on the mission by El Celler de Can Roca's head of catering from the neighboring Gambia Ismalia Joof and they are there to deliver their first training on food preservation techniques". He said "The training will span over two days to...
BY BAYO AMODU The Nigeria Incentive Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has successfully disbursed N2.63 billion to 24,732 rice farmers for the 2017 planting season. This is in continuation of its mandate to facilitate the flow of finance to the agriculture sector and help achieve the objectives of the Economy Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Buhari administration to diversify the economy, attain self-sufficiency in food production and entrench inclusive economic growth. The managing director/chief executive officer, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed stated this yesterday while delivering a key note address at the 6th AGRIKEXPO & NABG Conference 2017 under the theme “Harnessing Agricultural Potential for Food Security, Youth Development, Nutrition and Wealth Creation” at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja. Abdulhameed stated that the disbursement is part of a N17billion NIRSAL nationwide support program for rice growers that is being implemented under the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Program (ABP). The NIRSAL chief executive also...
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is blazing a trail with resuscitation of moribund and dead government-owned industries in the state, starting with Edo State Fertilizer and Chemical Company. PATRICK OCHOGA, writes Tuesday, September 5, 2015, it was cheery news in Edo State following the grand commissioning Edo State Fertilizer and Chemical Company and Bua Cement Company by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Auchi, Etsako West local government area and Okpella, Etsako East local government area respectively both are multi-billion naira industries. The landmark occasion signposted the commitment of the Godwin Obaseki-led administration in ensuring that dead and moribund industries in the state resurrect to life from their ashes. Therefore, it was no surprise particularly at the commissioning site of the Edo Fertilizer Plant which had attracted personalities irrespective of political lining who witnessed the operation of the plant for the first time in 14 years shortly after it was commissioned by...

Sokoto Man Quelea Birds Obey

ANKELI EMMANUEL writes that after all measures failed Goronyo Dam rice farmers in Sokoto State, they seem to have found a better solution to the challenge from quelea birds in the hands of an Islamic mystic, who tells the devourer birds to leave and they obey. Hence, men have learnt to shoot without missing, Iweke the bird has equally learnt to fly without perching. This is an instructive line from Chinua Achebe’s popular novel, ‘Things Fall Apart.’ It somehow aptly captures the solution seeking module of beneficiaries of federal government anchor borrowers scheme in Sokoto. The scheme, as designed by federal government was amongst other benefits aimed at encouraging farmers via provision of farm imputes and finance to boost investment in the apicultural sector. However, rather than coasting home with joy from the outcome of of the federal government’s initiative, a large proportion of beneficiaries of the anchor borrowers scheme in Sokoto...
The Federal Government has deployed 711 N-Power agricultural extension agents to Edo to boost agricultural activities in the state. The Programme Manager of the State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Mr Peter Aikhuomobhoebe, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday. Aikhuomobhoebe also disclosed that the Federal Government provided another 100 Knapsack sprayers to the state. He said that state’s extension agents was increased to 746 from its former 35, adding that state farmers would feel the direct impact of this intervention. He said the agents would be deployed across the three senatorial districts of the state to provide more technological support to farmers. He, however, said the state would still need additional 698 extension agents to effectively provide the needed support to farmers across the state. “We have not had it this good in the area of extension agents for a very long time now. What we...
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has commended the Federal Government on its renewed efforts on agriculture aimed at re-positioning  the nation’s economy for sustainable development. The governor gave the commendation on Sunday in Ilorin when the  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu Gambari paid him Sallah homage. Ahmed described the agricultural programme of the Federal Government as a focal point for diversification of the Nigerian economy. The governor, who noted that the youths in the state have embraced agriculture, said the state had since commenced sustainable agricultural programme under the Off-Taker Demand Driven Scheme. He said that this  was to translate agriculture into wealth creation for the teeming youths. Gov. Ahmed urged Local Government Transition Implementation Committees (TIC) in the state and the in-coming local government authorities to embrace agriculture as a major economic activity for driving the economic affairs of their areas. According to him, reliance on federation allocation and 10 per cent...