BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina Niger Republic has urged Nigeria to allow for more easy passage of herdsmen from the Francophone country to graze their animals. The Speaker of Maradi State House of Assembly, Bala Bokwai, gave the charge when he visited his Katsina assembly counterpart, Abubakar Yahaya Kusada, yesterday. Bokwai said his delegation was at the assembly to intimate the Katsina law makers on the efforts being made by the government of Niger Republic towards ensuring peaceful co-existence between citizens of both countries. He, however, commended Katsina State Government for maintaining good relationship and mutual respect with Niger Republic and called for sustenance of such efforts. Receiving the delegation, the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Abubakar Yahaya Kusada, emphasized the need for effective bi-lateral ties between Nigeria and Niger Republic to ensure lasting solution to farmers, herdsmen conflicts. Kusada noted that it was only through mutual engagement between the two governments that persistent...
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 on a business exploration last month. According to him, after  a close examination of other Chinese companies, BEIDOU company was considered the most competent in the manufacturing of the fertilizer blending equipment with over  four different categories of the blending equipment that attracted the interest of the state government. Al-Makura  said to develop a robust agricultural sector the state government decided to prucure equipment which is capable of producing 30-40 tonnes of fertilizers per hour in order to supply to farmers on time and at subsidised rate. He added that when the machines are fully installed the state would only consume only a...
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says it has began the implementation of the National Roadmap toward increasing the country’s irrigated agriculture from 100,000 to 130, 000 hectares by 2020. The Minister, Mr Suleiman Adamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in Monday, that this was part of the ministry’s plan to boosting food production and generating foreign earnings. “I will say it’s work in progress, between now and 2020, we hope to bring an additional 30,000 hectares based on what we have on ground and other intervention programmes. “When we are able to complete all the projects on ground, we will be able to get 130,000 hectares by 2020. ‘‘I think that is a good step, of course we can’t do much now until we get the 2017 budget passed.” He further said the ministry had made some progress by bringing on board a National Irrigation and Drainage Policy, which...
The Bank of Agriculture (BOI) says it has injected more than N9 billion into the South East to stimulate agriculture in line with Federal Government programme. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, the Managing Director of the bank, Mr Kabiru Mohammed said the move was part of efforts to diversify the economy and attain food security. Mohammed said that the bank had the mandate of providing agricultural credit and non-agricultural micro-credit with a view to curbing poverty. He, however, said that the amount so far disbursed in the zone fell below the expected target for the region considering the abundant opportunities in the area. “Our bank and its stakeholders are making concerted efforts to curb all known challenges to agro-entrepreneurship to widen the space for more participation,” he said. Kabiru said that most of their credit facilities were directed at women whom he said had suffered from neglect, chronic under...
Hundreds of irrigation farmers using water from Musawa dam in Katsina State are counting their losses following sudden drying up of the dam. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that crops at various stages of maturity have wilted, forcing some of the farmers to commence early harvest to salvage what they could of the crops. Alhaji Idris Abdullahi, the Chairman of Musawa Irrigation Farmers Association,  told NAN on Monday that more than 150 farmers were affected. Abdullahi put the estimated losses incurred by the farmers to around N30 million, and loss of jobs to about 1,000 farm hands. He said about 150 hectares of tomato, potato, wheat, maize, onion and other vegetables were damaged. The chairman said that the dam, constructed 60 years ago was only dredged once, and called on the Katsina State Government to intervene. He said that the government should dredge the dam before the rains set in, and support farmers affected...
Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has stated that the state government would establish an Institute of Agriculture in Lafia to boost agricultural research, food production and create employment in the state. Al-Makura made this known during the 5th combined convocation ceremony of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in Keffi local government area of the state. The governor said that agriculture does not only provide food, fight poverty, hunger, unemployment but would also improve on the revenue base of the country. Al-Makura also urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the university by adding values to the lives of their communities through the sound knowledge they had acquired in the institution. “My administration has invested so much in the education sector because no society can achieve meaningful progress without qualitative education, hence the need for my administration’s commitment to invest massively in the education sector.” “This administration is committed in transforming all...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa state house of assembly has passed a resolution urging the state government to ensure early and timely distribution of fertilizers and others farm inputs at affordable rate to farmers in order to boost food production in the state. Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the speaker of the House made the call on Friday after Mr Abubakar Kana, the chairman, house committee on agriculture, raised the issue under the matters of public importance during the house proceedings in Lafia. Balarabe-Abdullahi commended Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura for his efforts in the agricultural sector which had impacted positively on the lives of farmers in the state and called for more concerted efforts in that direction. He said that timely distribution of fertilizers at affordable rate to farmers in the state would not only boost food production but would also fight hunger, poverty as well as boost the revenue base of the state...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja Groups on the platform of the HOMEF have called for the repeal of the Repeal of the National Biosafety Management Agency Act 2015. They also called for the revocation of Monsanto’s GMO permits as well as the protection of the nation’s food and environment. The call was contained in a statement jointly signed by HOMEF Director Nnimmo Bassey Convener of Nigerians against GMOs, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Food Sovereignty Programme, Friends of the Earth Nigeria/Africa Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje and the African Health Magazine Dr. Ifeyinwa Aniebo. According to the group “Besides the lack of elegance in the drafting of the law, some provisions do not make sense at all and in some places, references are made to incorrect sections or to nonexistent sections. “In our objections to the applications by Monsanto and NABDA, we raised serious concerns that would have led to the rejection of the unwarranted applications if they had...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The federal government is set to revive the School of Agriculture in Rivers state in order to put into good use the naturally endowed land and water resources as well as train the youths in the south-south region in agricultural production. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu  Ogbeh disclosed this when he paid  a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Rivers state, Barrister Nyesom Wike  on the sideline of the 42nd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development held from 24-26th April,2017 Ogbeh said a lot of agricultural potentials are inherent in Rivers state which requires supports of governments for them to be fully developed, saying that the School of Agriculture in Rivers state would be revived in partnership with the state government. He said “we think that we should revive the School of Agriculture and provide the place...
Mrs Chi Tola, the Founder, Mushroom Development Foundation (MDF) Nigeria, on Tuesday in Lagos said that a well-cultured Oyster mushroom could adequately replace maize in fish feed production. Tola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that fish feed was a major constraint to aquaculture development, hence, the need for alternatives for sustainability. She said that researches conducted showed that graded levels of oyster mushroom of between 0 to 100 per cent of Cultured Dried Whole Mushroom (DCM) supported growth of fingerling, O.niloticus. “Fish feed is a major constraint to aquaculture development in developing countries like Nigeria, where maize is the main carbohydrate energy source in fish diets. “This is due to its overuse in livestock feeds and human consumption, which makes it relatively expensive and scarce; hence, the need for alternatives for sustainability. “Oyster mushroom and Pleurotus ostreatus are edible fungus widely cultured for its ease of cultivation, nutritional and medicinal qualities. “Now, we...