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NIMET gives farmers early warning

Stories by Helen Oji Abuja Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Borno farmers against early planting of crops, despite heavy rain and windstorm that lasted for an hour in Maiduguri, the state capital. N I M E T N o ...

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FG launches 10-year nutrition strategy

By John Oba Abuja Th e federal government has launched the Agricultural Sector Food Security and Nutrition Strategy 2016 to 2025 to guide the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and the wider agricultural sector for improved nutrition. Addressing the ...

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NIMET, ARCAN partner to equip farmers with information

By Ime Akpan Lagos Th e director general and chief executive offi cer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Prof. Sani Mashi has called for collaboration with nongovernmental organisations, private and corporate organizations to equip local farmers with adequate information ...

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FG flags off 8th graduate youth farmers scheme

In line with this present administration’s effort to increase food production, improve standard of living through the provision of irrigation infrastructure and provide enabling environment for job creation for youths, the Federal Government has flagged off its 8th Graduates Farmers ...

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Saving Nigeria seafood industry

There is no doubt that Nigeria derive much of its protein needs from fish and seafood products. With the total fish demand of 3.5 million metric tons per year with 800,000 tons produced locally and 2.1 million tons deficit the ...

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NASC develops seed e-certification platform

The National Agricultural Seeds Council, (NASC), has developed e-certification and quality control platform to ascertain quantity and quality of all traded seed online. The director general of the Council, Dr Philip Ojo, stated this recently a 2-day Stakeholders Workshop on ...

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••• To collaborate with CARD on rice seed breeding

The West African Agricultural Productivity Programme Nigeria (WAAPP-Nigeria) and the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) has expressed readiness to collaborate on rice development in Nigeria especially in the area of rice seed breeding. Both organisations revealed this recently when ...

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Agro biz: Foundation empowers 50 women

A group, Social Safety Net Foundation has empowered 50 people through its Rural Relief and Empowerment Programme (R-REP). President of the organisation, Mr Olalekan Babalola said the women were trained on Agribusiness, and other subjects such as Exclusive Breastfeeding and ...

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Group enlists 250,000 youth into farming

The United Young Farmers Forum (UYFF), revealed at the weekend that it has mobilized over 250,000 youths into agriculture across the value chains. It therefore called the federal government, development partners and Civil Society Organisations support its initiatives. UYFF President, ...

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Odd brand: Gorigo from Okene

Th e current economic recession is pushing the business acumen of Nigerians beyond limits. Imagine if this packaged sesame seed, locally known as Gorigo in Ebira language, was in place since I fi rst introduced the product to my friends ...

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FG inaugurates NTWG on GAP standard

The federal government has inaugurated a National Technical Working Group (NTWG) for the development of Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Standard in Nigeria. Speaking with the 61 members working group, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator ...

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Agric seeds council sensitises sellers

As efforts to shift Nigeria’s revenue focus from crude oil to non-oil ventures, particularly agribusiness intensifies, the nation’s Chief Seeds Inspector and Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philips Olusegun Ojo led a team of seed inspectors to ...

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FAO scaling up assistance for IDPs

Buoyed by the prospect of restarting life through agricultural livelihoods, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North East Nigeria are returning to farms supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Under the ongoing Restoring Agricultural ...

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Agric institutions as bedrock of devt

The place of research and technological innovation cannot be over emphasized in modern agricultural development of any nation. Statistics has shown that agricultural research currently reduces the number of poor by 2.3 million or 0.8% annually. JOHN OBA writes. While ...

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FG to grow economy, boost fish sector

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government has reaffirmed its determination and commitment to boost the fish sector in the agricultural value chain programme.  This is in order to achieve the diversification of the economy and increase home grown ...

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••• Inaugurates river basin management

The federal government has inaugurated the management of the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA). Inaugurating the management team of the RBDA recently in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu charged the newly inaugurated managing directors and ...

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2016/2017 dry season farming flags off

The federal government has flagged-off the distribution of farm inputs via the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) under the 2016/2017 dry season farming and Wet Season Farming. Flagging off the ceremony in Kano, the Minister of State for Agriculture Senator ...

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… Expresses fear over metal poisoning

Worried by increasing incidents of metal poisoning in the country, the federal government has advocated the use of stainless steel grinding machines. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, speaking at a public presentation of the machine ...

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Deepening nutrition through agriculture

The federal government has re-inaugurated the inter-ministerial agriculture working committee on nutrition and food security. The 35-man committee is charged with working out modalities to mitigate malnutrition among others. JOHN OBA reports. March 2015, the federal government inaugurated the inter-ministerial ...

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2016 records low food prices

Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, some 1.5 percent below their 2015 levels. Bumper harvests and prospects for staple cereals offset upward ...

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