Breaking: Tinubu orders release of 102,000 metric tons of food items

February 8, 2024 Blueprint News 0

President Bola Tinubu has directed the immediate release of over 100, 000 metric tons of assorted food items from the strategic reserve and the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria as a short-term response to the rising food shortage in the country. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, disclosed this to journalists at the State House after a Read More

The $500m food security fund

February 6, 2024 Admin II 0

Barely a fortnight after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared an immediate State of Emergency on food insecurity to tackle the increase in food prices, his spokesperson said, Nigeria has mobilised over half a billion dollars for innovative, profitable, equitable and sustainable food systems transformation initiatives. This development, indeed, portends a good omen for the agriculture sector. Vice President Kashim Shettima Read More

Food Security: Agro-dealers launch compliance team

February 2, 2024 John Oba 0

The Nigeria Agro Input Dealers Association, (NAIDA), have launched the Agro-dealers’ Compliance Monitoring Team on Agricultural Input Distribution/Sales in Nigeria. This is even as it vows to deal with any of their members found to be adult rating or involved in round-tripping in the distribution of agro-inputs in the country. President of NAIDA, Alhaji Kabir Umar Fara in his welcome Read More

Nigeria, other West African countries to witness food inflation in 2024 — FAO

January 4, 2024 Segun Odunewu 0

Nigeria and other countries across the West Africa region are projected to see increased prices of staple foods such as rice, maize, millet, cereals, etc in 2024. This is according to a report titled “West Africa Regional Supply and Market Outlook” published jointly by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), and others. According to the report, Read More

Bishop Yahaya to Tinubu: Address insecurity, agriculture, power, refineries, Ajaokuta 

January 1, 2024 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Archbishop of Kaduna Province, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev Timothy Yahaya has urged President Bola Tinubu to address insecurity, fix refineries, complete Ajaokuta steel complex, boost power supply and agriculture in 2024 for Nigeria to progress socio-economic challenges facing the country.  Speaking while giving his New Year message at St Michael Anglican Church, Kaduna on Monday, Rev. Yahaya said insecurity Read More

Food prices soared in November – NBS

December 30, 2023 Admin III 0

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that prices of beef, rice, beans, onion, tomato, and other food items increased in November. Average price of 1kg of boneless beef increased by 29.61 per cent from N2, 337.46 recorded in November 2022 to N3, 029.50 in November 2023. “On a month-on-month basis, the price of 1kg boneless beef increased by Read More

Precarious food security in Nigeria: Can Tinubu change the narrative? (2)

December 27, 2023 Prof. MK Othman 0

My last week’s piece closed with a poser: Are the two Ministers of Agriculture and Food Security, Senators Kyari and Abdullahi, capable of breaking the jinx of poverty and hunger associated with Nigerians? Answering this question requires an in-depth analysis of Tinubu’s policy and direction towards achieving food security for Nigeria. Petroleum subsidy withdrawal skyrocketed the fuel price by 217% Read More

Food Security: Oyo begins disbursement of N1bn SAfER loan to farmers

December 15, 2023 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and chairman, SAfER Food Security Sub-Committee, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, has said the state government has kicked off the disbursement of N1 billion Agric Support Loan to farmers across the state. He made this known Wednesday at the symbolic presentation of the cheques to beneficiaries and participating Microfinance Banks, through the Agricultural Credit Corporation Read More

Environmental matters and food sufficiency

November 27, 2023 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

Discourse revolving around the environment and food sufficiency would continue to be relevant as long as man continues to live on the planet. This is a reality that we must not shy away from such that necessary machinery should be put in place by ensuring that our environment is safe for all without going hungry. It is on this note Read More

Food security, safety, sustainable economic growth government’s priority – Nnaji

November 23, 2023 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji Geoffrey, has said that for the country to maintain sustainable and national development, food security, safety and economic growth becomes a priority. According to the Minister, reducing the risk of food insecurity in the country will require technological solutions towards collaborative efforts across agriculture, food science and technology, nutrition and Read More

The food security fund

November 21, 2023 Admin III 0

Barely a fortnight after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared an immediate State of Emergency on food insecurity to tackle the increase in food prices, his spokesperson said, Nigeria has mobilised over half a billion dollars for innovative, profitable, equitable and sustainable food systems transformation initiatives. This development, indeed, portends a good omen for the agriculture sector. Vice President Kashim Shettima Read More

Food security: Senate urges FG to address flood from River Benue

November 7, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

  The Senate Monday urged the Federal Government to address flood from River Benue in Adamawa state, causing loss of lives, displacement of people and destruction of farm lands . It warned that the problem if left unaddressed, portends  danger of food insecurity . The Red Chamber, therefore, resolved to  facilitate the inclusion of the dredging of River Benue project Read More

Sept. inflation report: Further concerns as food prices soar

November 3, 2023 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

On a daily basis, Nigerians have continued to lament the increase in prices of goods and services. Many have blamed it on the removal of petrol subsidies. With the September Consumer Price Index report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), analysts have said food inflation might just continue to push up inflation; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. In the September 2023 Read More

Nigeria’s long road to food security

November 2, 2023 Musa Ilallah 0

Disturbed by the trend of increasing number of people living in extreme poverty which began in 2013, former President Muhammadu Buhari quickly moved into action by strategically putting in place two key policies of a national social investment programme and a national food security plan to boost farming activities by introducing the Anchor Borrower’s programme aimed at making it easier Read More

World Food Day and challenges of food security in Nigeria

October 27, 2023 Admin III 0

Despite frequent assurances on food security by successive governments there are indications that Nigeria can’t feed its teeming population as its continues to gapple with myriads of challenges in the agriculture sector, IDACHABA SUNNY writes. Majority of Nigerians are hungry and there is no doubt about it even though it is not a new phenomenon in the country. The development Read More

Tackle food insecurity

October 20, 2023 Samuel Mshelia 0

Food security is a pressing concern in Nigeria, exacerbated by economic hardships. It’s a critical issue with the rapidly growing population and various challenges that hinder the availability, accessibility and utilisation of nutritious food. Food security in Nigeria requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach by the government. A lot of households in Nigeria today can hardly afford three square meals Read More

Harnessing river basins’ potentials for food securi

October 16, 2023 Admin III 0

River basins across the country have all it takes to sustain food production, if well harnessed. UMAR ABDULWAHAB reports. The minister of water resources and sanitation Professor Joseph Utsev recently started a nation-wide tour of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), an agency under his ministry, with Kwara being his first port of call.  The minister said the choice Read More

Tips on healthy food

October 3, 2023 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

A professor of human nutrition, Ibiyemi Olayiwola, has charged governments at all levels to ensure prompt payment of pensions and gratuity of retirees in order for them to achieve good nutritional status and have appropriate nutrition in the evening of their life (old age). Prof. Olayiwola gave the charge at the lecture. According to her, there is need for operative Read More

Address food price hike

September 28, 2023 Admin III 0

The rise in prices of food items, gas, and fuel is a cause of worry. A bag of local rice now costs N45,000, and rice is Nigeria’s staple food, not to mention the price of a basket of tomatoes. These essential food items have become increasingly unaffordable. When we compare the increase in food prices vis-à-vis the minimum wage of Read More

Warning against killer foods

September 15, 2023 Admin III 0

In recent times, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been up and running in its determination to save Nigerians from themselves through what they eat. The agency has been in its campaign to dissuade them from the habit of consuming fruits ripened with dangerous chemicals. Attention now need to be shifted to consumption of Read More

Fear as 200 people suffer food poisoning

August 7, 2023 Admin III 0

Up to 200 people have suffered from food poisoning in the eastern part of Afghanistan. The incident occurred in Satkai village of Zazai Maidan district on Sunday evening when the villagers attended a charity meal. According to an official, all the victims have been taken to nearby hospitals and clinics, said provincial police spokesman Mustaghfar Garbaz. Without providing more details, Read More

The $500m food security fund

August 1, 2023 Admin III 0

Barely a fortnight after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared a state of emergency on food insecurity to tackle the increase in food prices, Nigeria has mobilised over half a billion dollars for innovative, profitable, equitable and sustainable food systems transformation initiatives. This development, indeed, portends a good omen for the agriculture sector. Vice President Kashim Shettima made the disclosure last Read More

International food fair will enhance economic, diplomatic ties among countries – Mexico Envoy

July 24, 2023 Kehinde Osasona Abuja 0

The Mexico Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alfredo Miranda, has restated the economic, social and cultural importance of the annual International Food Fair. He said if sustained it was capable of enhancing both economic and diplomatic ties among participating countries. International Food Fair is an event organised to showcase foods, beverages, clothings, crafts among others for the diplomatic community and Read More

On necessity of declaring emergency on food security…

July 21, 2023 Admin III 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) rating shows that Nigeria ranked 94th out of 113 nations in 2019 with a 48.4/100 score, which puts the country below Ethiopia, Niger and Cameroon. In addition, Nigeria has overtaken India as the world’s most impoverished country. Around 25.3 million people, if no adequate measures are quickly taken, could face Read More

Tinubu, please tackle food insecurity

July 20, 2023 Admin III 0

Nigeria is endowed with very fertile soil. That is why several food and cash crops are cultivated in Africa’s most populous nation. Some decades ago, agriculture was the mainstay of the nation’s economy. That was before the discovery of crude oil. Unfortunately, agriculture become a shadow of itself. Lack of government attention and the activities of criminal elements have contributed Read More