Water minister advocates strategic repositioning of water, sanitation sectors

October 1, 2023 John Oba 0

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, has called for more innovative solutions that will reposition Nigeria’s water resources and sanitation sectors in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu. Utsev made this call at the opening of a three-day Top Management Retreat with the theme, “Strategic Planning for Achieving Ministerial Mandate’’ Thursday in Read More

Plastic waste in drainages, water ways responsible for flooding in Benin City-ERA/FoEN 

October 1, 2023 John Oba 0

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has urged the Edo State government to compel Coca Cola Company, Seven Up Bottling Company and other producers of plastic to engage in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) by taking responsibility for the plastic waste they produce. According to ERA/FoEN, the flooding experienced in Benin City and its environs is fueled by plastic waste Read More

Experts train journalist, health practitioners on  communicable risk  of Zoonotic diseases

September 25, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

As part of efforts to improve public uptake of protective health behaviours, including reporting instance of high risk diseases outbreak and contributing to early detection of potential emergencies, a team of Breakthrough Action Staff, independent consultants and government partners have conducted a four-day training for journalist, Veterinarians and health practitioners across the country. The training jointly sponsored by Food and Read More

SPIN’ll address Nigeria’s food sufficiency challenges

September 25, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Terlumun Utsev, has highlighted the significant achievements of Nigeria’s ongoing Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria, (TRIMING) Project. Prof. Utsev explained that the Sustainable Power and Irrigation Project for Nigeria (SPIN) by the World Bank which will be replacing the TRIMING project will address the country’s pressing challenges relating to food sufficiency. Read More

AfDB assists 30 Africa countries produce $12bn worth of food – Adewunmi

September 25, 2023 John Oba 0

African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has revealed that the bank has assisted more than 30 African countries to produce $12bn worth of food, insisting that the bank’s $25bn objective is “well on track”. “As far as I’m concerned, we shouldn’t be talking about food security in Africa more than five years from now. There’s no reason for Read More

Agric solution to global water crisis, food security – FAO

September 17, 2023 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has stated that agriculture can help conserve the world’s water resources and ensure nations have enough to eat and drink. This is even as the Organisation’s Food Price Index Report showed that global food commodity prices declined in August, led by staples other than rice and sugar. In his remarks at the Read More

Degradation claims 500m hectares of ‘healthy’ land in 5 years – FAO report

September 17, 2023 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned that land degradation remains a major concern, as the world lost at least 100 million hectares of healthy and productive land annually between 2015 and 2019. The report entitled Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2023 published on Friday, revealed that while the world’s forest area continues to decrease, the rate of decline slowed compared Read More

Agric journalists get new executives

September 10, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

The Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN) has elected new executive to steer the affairs of the Association for the next two years. ACAN founded in 2012 with over 25 members has been in the forefront of reporting agriculture objectively by embarking on investigative journalism and analysis of the agricultural sector. The new executive took over the running of the Read More

Funding research’ll boost Nigeria’s economy through FDI – RIKE-SD

September 10, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

The Executive Director and Global Impact Lead of Research for Impact and Knowledge Economy for Sustainable Development (RIKESD), Dr. Mustapha Popoola, says Nigeria’s economy would be boosted by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that would be attracted by his organisation through the funding of research. Speaking during the launch of the organisation in Abuja recently, Popoola said Nigeria can earn more Read More

Addressing food insecurity through investment in Irish potato production

September 10, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

Irish potato is one of the world’s leading most nutritious foods only behind corn, wheat and rice. With Nigeria having the potential to be one of the world’s leading producers, analysts say a sustained investment in potato can help address the country’s food insecurity. JOHN OBA writes. According to Statista, the area of potatoes harvested globally generally decreased from 2002 to 2020, Read More

900m Africans facing food, water shortages – Official 

September 3, 2023 John Oba 0

As the African Climate Summit kicks draws near, a group of 500 Civil Society Organisations in Africa have demanded for the repayment of climate debt to the continent.  This is just as they called for just and decolonisation of the continent’s economic systems.   The climate summit holds in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 17. The CSOs under the auspices of The Read More

Nigeria now has 500 seeds companies – NASC

August 13, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

As the Federal Government seeks to ensure food security in Nigeria, the Acting Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) Dr. Ishiaku Khalid has revealed that the nation now has about 500 Seeds companies. This is even as he also revealed that the Council has been supporting seed companies that are qualified to establish outlets in the rural communities to Read More

FMAN tasks FG on revival of dams, irrigation land for wheat farming

August 13, 2023 Content Administrator I 0

Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), has tasked the Federal Government on the need to revive non-functional dams and to rehabilitate damaged irrigation land across Nigeria. According to them, by doing it, the government would encourage wheat production in the country. Speaking during the launching of an upgraded MASC laboratory in Abuja recently, the Executive Secretary of FMAN, Alhaji Olalekan Read More

Burning vessel with stolen crude: Group chides military for ecosystem destruction

August 13, 2023 John Oba 0

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has decried the burning and destruction of vessels laden with stolen crude oil, describing it as a worrisome and environmentally unfriendly way of curbing oil theft. ERA/FoEN’s Executive Director, Barr. Chima Williams, in a statement signed by Communication Officer, Elvira Jordan, recently stated that the burning of crude oil laden vessels disposes Read More

Don’t consider FISS pesticide-related bill, ANNP tells NASS

July 30, 2023 John Oba 0

Alliance for Actions on Pesticides in Nigeria (ANNP), Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and other stakeholders has called on members of the 10th National Assembly not to consider any of the pesticide-related bills presented by the Farm Input Support Service (FISS) Department of FMARD, as they lack transparency, accountability, openness and provisions for public participation. Stating this as part of Read More

Improve your agric productivity, experts tell ECOWAS states  

July 30, 2023 John Oba 0

Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been advised to fast-track the implementation of measures that would help boost agricultural productivity, improve the use of safety nets and the monitoring of the poverty rate in the region. Prof Gbolagade Ayoola and Dr. Manson Nwafor, gave the counsel at the 2023 joint regional review of the agriculture sector performance in West Read More

2024 budget: Stakeholders seek N883bn allocation for agriculture

July 30, 2023 John Oba 0

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector has proposed the allocation of N882,663,657,892 as allocation for the sector in the 2024 budget. They would be part of the federal government’s effort to meet the 10 per cent Malabo declaration requirement and support a 6 per cent growth rate for Read More

Food production: Farmers urge FG to provide security, mechanisation

Nigerian farmers on Saturday called on the federal government to provide security, affordable farm inputs like seeds, insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers to boost food production. Mr Kabir Ibrahim, President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, that farmers needed some level of mechanisation. He said insecurity prevented farmers from Read More

PAN wants quick release of 60,000mt of maize

July 24, 2023 John Oba 0

The leadership of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the federal government to direct both Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which manages the Strategic Maize Reserve Programme (SMRP) and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to release 60,000metric tons of maize to it members. The Association in a statement signed by Read More

FAO action plan for ambitious climate strategy’ll actualise agrifood system – Official

July 24, 2023 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General QU Dongyu, has revealed that the Organisation’s Action Plan designed to support the implementation of its ambitious Strategy on Climate Change 2022-2031 will help actualise agrifood system solutions to climate change. Speaking recently at the launch of the Plan, Dongyu, said the strategy aims to scale up the visibility, Read More

Nigeria: AfDB, partners mobilise $520m for first phase of SAPZs

July 16, 2023 John Oba 0

The President of the Africa Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, revealed that the Bank and its partners have already mobilized $520 million towards the first phase of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones in Nigeria The processing zones according to Adesina, is expected to create at least 1.5 million jobs. The AfDB President while delivering a keynote address at the Business Day Read More

Pasture planting’ll encourage year round fodder availability – Official

July 16, 2023 John Oba 0

As Nigeria marks the National Pasture Planting Days (NPPD), the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, has stated that pasture planting will ensure all year round fodder availability. This is even as the President, National Association for Livestock Feeds Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria, (NAFLiPPMON), Mal. Muhammad Ali Baba says the livestock feed Read More

Nigeria’s pesticides: How poor law, regulation is breeding deaths 

Banned pesticides across Europe and the West find their way into the Nigeria’s agricultural space resulting in several deaths and great economy losses due to lack of laws and weak regulations; JOHN OBA reports Hazardous pesticides Statistics have shown that despite Nigeria oil wealth, agriculture still tops the chart as the backbone of the country’s economy. Agriculture in 2021 accounted Read More

World Milk Day: Seeking new pathways to dairy financing in Nigeria

The 2023 World Milk Day celebration has brought to light the investment potentials in Nigeria’s dairy sector. Stakeholders have called for more investment and development of indigenous dairy breeds; JOHN OBA reports. The World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance and contribution of the dairy industry to nutrition, livelihoods, and the environment. Read More