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...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, makurdi Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has  constituted a committee to sensitized herdsmen and farmers on the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law as deadline for its commencement in November this year draws near. The governor who announced the constitution of the committee in Makurdi during a meeting with traditional rulers, security council as well as herdsmen and council chairmen across the state said the sensitization of the stakeholders on the components of the law was necessary to create better understanding and to ensure its peaceful and effective implementation. The committee which comprises the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security,  representatives of herdsmen as well as relevant security agencies in the state were to mobilised and carry out sensitization to herdsmen and farmers the importance of the law. According to the Governor, the mandate of the committee, apart from sensitization, include identification of alien herdsmen...
The minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the federal government will soon establish commodities’ certification centres across the six geo-political zones to aid certification and standardization. Ogbeh made the disclosure in Kano, yesterday during the flag-off of the nationwide advocacy on agricultural quality control and standardisation. The minister was represented at the occasion by a Director in the Ministry, Dr Aminu Babandi. He said that the Federal  Government received 48 notifications from European Union on aflatoxin and other contaminants in the last one year. He said that the country received 48 notifications between July 2016 and June 2017 from EU on export goods due to aflatoxin and many other contaminants either biological or chemical. “We will establish commodities certification centres across the zones to aid certification, standardization and traceability. “The ban on dry beans from Nigerian origin by EU therefore geared our attention to what is an eye opener that we have actually been...
All is set for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to Edo on Tuesday to inaugurate a 60,000 metric tonnes-capacity fertilizer plant in Auchi, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Alhaji Sadiq Kassim, spokesman of Wacot, the company managing the plant, told NAN on Monday in Auchi that the plant would create about 500 direct jobs for people in the area. He said that the Edo State-owned fertilizer plant was rehabilitated by Wacot under the presidential fertilizer initiative to boost farming nationwide. “The plant will provide immediate 500 direct jobs to indigenes of Edo State as soon as the Vice President commissions it tomorrow. “We are managing the plant under a long term lease with Edo government,” he said. Kassim did not disclose the company’s financial involvement. “All I can say is that we plan extension of the project in few years to scale up the capacity and turnout which will be in billions of naira,” he...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja  Nigeria’s first private commodities exchange AFEX,licensed in 2014 by the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has said its goal is to make a direct impact on the livelihood of one million Nigerian farmers by the end of the year 2020. In a statement to Leadership yesterday, it stated that it was licenced by the SEC to provide a structured market for the transparent trading of agricultural commodities between farmers, traders, exporters and processors in West Africa, starting in Nigeria Leadership recalls that AFEX Nigeria took to the media to protest the forceful break-in to their warehouse in Zaria on 8th July, 2017, by officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF). The Company had alleged that the NPF had  seized 5,571 bags of dry maize (100kg each) valued at Eighty Five Million Naira (N85, 000,000.00), after which the Inspector General of Police (IGP), through the Head of Police Complaint...
BY BAYO AMODU and RUTH TENE NATSA, Abuja Nigeria will be saving about N300 billion it spends annually on importation of rice as local production of the commodity has now reached 15 million metric tonnes, the federal ministry of Agriculture disclosed yesterday. The director of Agriculture at the Kano office of the ministry, Muhammad Adamu, who gave the hint, while inaugurating the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) in the state, said in Kano alone, 1.2 million metric tonnes of rice was produced in 2016. He noted that, with the significant increase in local production and the effort to make the local variety qualitative and more attractive to Nigerians, the country expects to begin exporting rice to West African countries between 2018 and 2019. Adamu said presently, 34 states in Nigeria are producing rice, with most of them now producing three times in a year. He disclosed that investigation carried out by the federal...