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Shoprite Grants Farmers Access to Sell Directly to their Customers

 

  Nigerian farmers will have the opportunity to sell their fruit and vegetables directly to Shoprite customers on Saturday, 28 November, as part of the retailer’s ‘Meet the Farmer’ initiative.

According to the statement on Monday by the Shoprite outlet at Adeniran Ogunsanya in Surulere area of Lagos State will host a fresh produce supplier from 10am to 4pm.

A large percentage of the fresh fruit and vegetables sold in Shoprite Nigeria’s 25 stores is sourced locally and by hosting these events the retailer gives the farmers the experience of selling in a formal retail setting, the statement added.

Nwaorisa Chinedu Prosper, owner of AMET Farm Ventures, who has been supplying Shoprite for five years said that, “They were very surprised that the majority of the produce available at Shoprite is locally sourced.”

“I’m also grateful for the opportunity to market my business directly to customers. This is particularly good for smaller farmers as it could lead to people from their community buying directly from them in order to save some money,”

Another participant in the Meet the Farmer, Chinyere Abade, spokesperson for CSS Global Integrated Farms recommends that growers participate in initiatives like these because of the invaluable feedback from shoppers,

“The customers tell you what’s good about your produce and what’s not, so you have a very clear idea where improvements are needed to attract even more customers,” she added.

 

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Nigeria’s Wheat Production Projected to rise to 450,000MT


    Nigeria’s wheat production has been projected to rise to 450,000MT. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, revealed this in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Information, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

This came as Nigeria wheat farmers have increased the forecast for the country’s wheat harvest for 2020/2021 by seven per cent on the basis of the availability of improved seeds.

The President, Wheat Growers Association of Nigeria, Salim Muhammad, confirmed to newsmen on Tuesday that wheat production is now projected to yield 450,000 metric tonnes for the 2020/2021, from 420,000 metric tonnes produced by farmers in the last season.

He said, “In total, we are thinking of cultivating over 150,000 hectares this season. Our projection for this season based on the test we conducted and available planting materials, we are expecting not less than three tonnes per hectare, meaning we are looking at 450,000 metric tonnes.”

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Muhammad said the Central Bank of Nigeria is not only supplying farmers with improved seed but would also act as off-takers of the seeds and make them available to farmers in the next planting season.

“This season, the CBN has two programmes for wheat. The Seed Multiplication programme covers about 80,000 hectares and the programme is going specifically for wheat seed multiplication against next season,”

“CBN will off-take whatever seeds have been produced and recirculate them in the next season for the farmers to plant.” He said.

Nigeria’s wheat production has been hampered by inadequate seed and lack of technical knowledge transfer on the production of improved seeds so Nigeria makes up for the production deficit by importing the product from other countries.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that durum wheat valued at N127.85bn was imported from the United States, Latvia, Canada, Argentina, Russia and Lithuania in the first quarter of the year.

While speaking last week at the National Wheat Stakeholders Workshop in Kano State, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, stated that through the wheat value chain of the FMARD, it had put in place measures to increase wheat production and reduce its import bill.

The minister said the ministry had procured 30MT of breeder seeds, which would translate to 1,650MT of foundation seeds; and 50MT of foundation seeds, which would also translate to 2,500MT of certified seeds.

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Nanono Calls for Greater Involvement of Youth and Women in Agriculture.

     The Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, has called for a greater involvement of the youth and women in agriculture.

He made this call on Tuesday in Abuja during the “Debriefing of Outcomes of Socio-economic Surveys in Nigeria’’ carried out by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and its partners.

In his address, he said that, “I hope this meeting will also address the link between agriculture and industrialisation and look at the value chain by looking at a higher level of value chain. We have to start thinking along that line and see how we can remove a large number of youths from our streets.

” The minister said Nigeria need to look at crops such as soya bean and sesame seed which, according to him, are crops with good potential for export and the crops have the potential to create jobs for the youth.

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Nanono also called on women to wake up and come out of their closets, be aggressive and proactive in participating in farming business.

He urged women and the youth to be involved in agriculture as this is key moving the nation forward.

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Organic Agriculture: Untapped Potential

    A member of House of Representatives, Hon. Daniel Asuquo, has called on stakeholders to harness the untapped potential in organic agriculture.

Asuquo made this call at the ongoing 2020 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom with the theme “Harnessing the Potential of Organic Agriculture for National Development’’.

He noted that organic agriculture in Nigeria was still in its formative stage even with the increasing awareness of various opportunities in the sector at the national and global levels.

Asuquo highlighted some of the challenges faced by organic agriculture practitioners which include lack of understanding of its principles and practices, technical knowledge and certification.

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“Others are poorly developed value chains for organic agricultural enterprises and poor understanding of business opportunities derivable from organic agriculture,”

“Certification in organic agriculture guides against counterfeit and poor quality products that can hinder the development of organic agriculture in our country.This is one area where I will use my position as a member of the House of Representatives to pursue in order to contribute towards harnessing the potential of organic agriculture,” Asuquo stated.

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Dispute Between Farmers and Herdsmen in Oyo

 

      The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Oyo State Chapter has denied the allegation levied against some its member by herdsmen in some part of the state. That some of its members were allegedly involved in the poisoning of the water sources available to the herdsmen and their cattle.

Some groups of herdsmen in Oyo had in a statement on Sunday alleged that some members of AFAN in the state had allegedly poisoned the water sources that is been used by the herdsmen and their cows and also laced their grazing routes with poisonous substances.

The herdsmen urged Gov. Seyi Makinde and Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, to intervene in the matter as they claim that over 10 of their members and their cows have died from water poisoning and other deadly substances in the last three months.

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The Association’s Chairman, Mr John Olateru, said that the allegation of the herdsmen was contrary to what was happening, adding that several of their members’ farmlands had allegedly been destroyed by their herds.

According to him, “A maize farmland of five acres was destroyed by their cattle and the owner of the farm had serious machete wounds. He only escaped being killed with the intervention of other farmers.

“A similar scenario occurred in Ila area and Iseyin. The truth is that these farmers always rush to the press to make fictitious allegations whenever they have committed heinous acts.’’

Olateru alleged that the herdsmen had persistently flouted the laws which prohibit them from grazing their cattle in the farmlands of AFAN members.

“What is our interest in the grazing routes? They have been destroying our farmlands and attacking our members whenever we complain.

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“Several of our members cannot go to their farms again because they are afraid of being killed. Also, AFAN members are afraid of investing so much in the farms, only for them to be destroyed by the herdsmen and their cows,” he said.

Olateru also said that all the allegations levelled against farmers by the herdsmen were untrue, urging the governor and the state police commissioner to call them to order.

 

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FG to support farmers with interest-free loans – Nanono

The Federal Government has said it would support farmers across the country with interest-free loans.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known while receiving the 2020 Wet Agricultural Performance Survey in Abuja on Sunday.

According to a statement issued by an information official of his ministry, Ezeaja Ikemefuna, Nanono stated that his ministry would work with the Central Bank of Nigeria in provide the interest free loans.

“The ministry would support the farmers with agricultural inputs and zero interest loans through the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 and the recent flooding especially in Kebbi, Jigawa and Kano States,”He said.

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On the survey, he said the exercise had shown that effective input subsidisation would boost productivity in the agricultural sector.

He ecouraged farmers to intensify efforts and focus on achieving more successes during the dry season farming in order to cushion the loses caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

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Friesland to Lunch Dairy Development Centre to transform Dairy Value Chain in Nigeria

 

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, to launch Nigeria’s first expertise Center in partnership with certain key stakeholders for dairy development in Nigeria. The expert center: Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD) will work to improve the productivity and sustainability of the dairy value chain in Nigeria using the Dutch expertise of more than a century.

In a statement issued in Lagos, by the Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, Ben Langat, “The Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development will engage and promote cooperation between the government, private sector, academics, students and dairy farmers. It will undertake activities that will improve the dairy chain in Nigeria, focusing on both the upstream and downstream sides of the chain.”

The CNDDD will be the expert research and training institute for dairy development, focusing on breeding, feed management, quality control, and productivity.

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Langat also explained that the Nigerian dairy sector is presently facing certain challenges, but FrieslandCampina is determined to transform the sector from its current subsistence phase to a commercial quality-focused model in partnership with the Federal Government.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO considering the growing population of Nigeria, saw the establishment of a viable agricultural sector as a major pillar for economic development in Nigeria.

Langat said, “with FrieslandCampina’s dairy expertise and grass-to-glass philosophy, we are committed to growing the local dairy industry. From our experience, close co-operation between the public and private sectors has proven to be a key success factor.”

“FrieslandCampina is pleased to be able to share its 150 years’ experience in dairy farming and production with its Nigerian partners through the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD).” He added.

 

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Farmers will Reap Benefits of our Policies

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigerian farmers stand to reap the benefits of his government’s reforms as his government continues to give the highest priority to agriculture.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said Buhari said this when he meet with the Katsina State Elders Forum in Abuja.

The president, described agriculture as the country’s largest employer of labour and engine of growth, which his administration would continue to take steps to enhance output and productivity.

Buhari said that, this will be achieved by ensuring the availability of cheap agricultural credits, farm inputs, fertiliser and the introduction of latest technologies.

He said the choice of practicing farmers as ministers in charge of agriculture, first Chief Audu Ogbe and now, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, was a reflection of his strong wish to protect the interest of farmers and the attainment of national food self-sufficiency.

Buhari agreed to look into the request of the elders for the expansion of existing irrigation schemes at Zobe and Sabke dams to enhance employment and profitability in agriculture.

He maintained that a situation in which 60 per cent of the state is productive in rain-fed agriculture for three to four months, and idle for the rest of the year, was unacceptable.

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The president told the meeting that he had charged his ministers of agriculture to work with the states to rediscover the lost animal grazing routes and reserves as a means to ending the frequent outbreak of violence between farmers and herders.

He also spoke on the necessity of educating school-age children, that “once the opportunity of early education is lost, it often turns out very difficult for them to make up.

“This is the best preparation we can give to them. We destroy their lives by denying children education,” he pointed out.

Buhari also spoke on the issue of armed banditry and kidnapping that had tormented Katsina and other northwestern states, and said that the situation was being tackled the same way the farmer-herders attacks were subdued.

 

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Suspend Anchor Borrower’s loan Repayment till 2022 - Kebbi Farmers

Rice Farmers Association of Kebbi, have called on the Federal and the Central Bank as well as the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) to suspend the anchor borrower’s loan repayment until 2021 to 2022.

This appeal was made in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday by the chairman of the association, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar-Zaki, while briefing newsmen on the devastating effect of flood to farmlands across the state.

He said rice farmers in the state, have lost all their planted crops to the flood, and could not, in any way, sustain the repayment of the loans.

Abubakar-Zaki stated that, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the farmers were committed to the repayment, which almost all their members have paid a part of their loan and their plan was to complete the repayment after this year’s harvest. He said this would not be possible again with the resultant effect of the flood as the farmers don’t even have farmlands to plant now.

Abubakar-Zaki said the association is still assessing the magnitude of the destruction and losses as the flood is still wreaking havoc to farmlands in the state.

He also called on governments to further assist the farmers with agricultural inputs in order to ensure massive dry season farming when the water receded.

 

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N10 billion lost to flood disaster in Kebbi State - Reps

The lawmakers representing Kebbi State in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, revealed that the state had lost an estimate of N10 billion to flood disaster which recently ravaged some parts of the state with many areas submerged. Recall that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had forecasted that some parts of the country will experience flood and Kebbi state, happens to be among the states forecasted to be hit by flood this year.

While speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Kebbi representatives in the House led by the Chairman, Muhammad Jega said the flood has created a serious setback towards addressing food security in the country as Kebbi contributes 60% to rice production in the country.

The lawmakers said the government needs to address the shortfall of the food supply chain to reduce the hardship and cost of food items in the market by assisting the farmers in the state through adequate and early preparation for dry-season farming and reconstruction of major infrastructure affected in the state.

They commiserated with the government and people of Kebbi state over the flood disaster that has ravaged the entire state being the focal point of the Federal Government policy for rice production in the country. The Kebbi representatives also urged the Federal Government to commission a study with the aim of providing a lasting solution to the perennial flood disaster in the state.

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COCOA FARMERS AND EXPORTERS DECRY NEGLECT BY GOVERNMENT

Cocoa farmers and exporters have expressed dismay over the neglect of the cocoa industry by both Federal and State Governments, that it is high time for the government to support the private sector so as to increase production and enhance the value of the product.

During the SHIPS & PORTS Virtual Dialogue with the theme, “Maximizing the Gains of Nigeria’s Cocoa Export” in Lagos, the outgoing president, Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Sayina Riman, said that Nigeria used to be the highest producer of cocoa but since the onset of crude oil, the government ignored the sector despite its huge potential.

Advocating that 5 per cent of the oil revenue should be ploughed back to the cocoa industry, Mr Riman identified lack of finance, Nigeria’s low production per hectare, neglect of extension service and lack of encouragement for youth participation in farming as some of the factors responsible for the constant decline of Nigeria’s cocoa output.

In his words, “Cocoa built the foundation of the oil industry and it sustained the economy in time past in the '80s. But because of the discovery of oil which Cocoa monies were used to build, what we have seen today is the total neglect of the industry. Cocoa is now being priced internationally because it is not a product of concern. Internationally cocoa is being priced because those who produce cocoa do not consume and those who consume cannot produce it at a competitive price,” he said.

 

Furthermore, Mr Riman said that banks that give loan to cocoa farmers are expecting the farmers to pay back within 24 months when the Produce has three to four years gestation period before any return. “Cocoa farmers and the private sectors have not failed the country but the country has failed those who still produce what we still call the golden egg. If cocoa has given so much to Nigeria, what has Nigeria given into cocoa?” he asked.

 

He then stated that the cocoa sector has a huge potential to be one of the country’s large employer of labour if given the needed attention. The Managing director, Multimix Academy, Mr Obiora Madu, also spoke on how the cocoa sector had been neglected by governments. Saying that cocoa used to be the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy. “Cocoa used to be the mainstay of Nigeria export in the days of Cocoa House in Ibadan, Cocoa Research Institute but things fell apart after structural adjustment and the commodity board was the first victim of that. It has not been easy for that industry. What we are getting as Value out of the chocolate industry is probably 3 per cent, which is sad and the obvious reason why we are lagging behind is neglect by the government.

“Each time they say the oil prices go down to a frightening level, everybody starts scampering and talking about non-oil export but once it starts to pick up a little everybody just forgets that they ever mentioned that. So the point is that it is neglect,” he said.

The executive secretary, Institute of Export Operations and Management, Mr Ofon Udofia, said that it is high time the government partnered with the private sector to assist farmers in terms of training to enable them to get the needed certification that would meet international standards.

 

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POULTRY FARMERS CRY OUT AS SCARCITY OF MAIZE BITES HARDER

Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria, (PAN) Ondo State Chapter have cried out over the scarcity of maize and other feed ingredients, that the scarcity has imposed on the poultry business in the country. The association has joined its voice in calling the attention of the federal government and other stakeholders to the serious setback that the industry is facing, that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should lift the ban on forex for the importation of maize as the ban is doing more harm than good to the industry already affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The state chairman of PAN, Mr Gideon Oluleye, while speaking during a press conference in Akure, Ondo state capital, said the supply of maize which makes up over 50 per cent of poultry feed ingredients has become very scare while the price of maize has gone overboard beyond the reach of most poultry farmers.

 

Oluleye, said despite the poultry subsector being one of the main sectors in the agric industry contributing immensely to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and food security in the country, the federal government has paid little or no attention to the sector, that if nothing is done urgently to address the situation, it would add more to the unemployment problem in the country as farmers are closing down while many birds had been lost due to scarcity feeds.

 

“Poultry business employs millions of people in the country. This sector is under serious threat as a result of the acute shortage of maize in the country. “To worsen this case, recently the CBN also banned the importation of maize. This has further worsened the problem of the poultry farmers in the country to the extent that this sector may soon collapse. “The cost of a ton of maize is now about N210, 000, as against what we bought in February 2020 for N80, 000, this is just too high. No small or medium-scale farmers can survive under this condition.

“We are now crying to the federal and state governments to assist the farmers by releasing maize to the farmers to cushion the effects of maize scarcity on the poultry sector” He, however, appealed to the federal government to allow farmers import maize into the country as the local production had been drastically reduced due to Insurgency, attack on farmers by herders and banditry challenges in the north.

“We, however, plead with the Federal and state governments to intervene in the production of maize and other input to poultry farmers at a subsidised rate and that the CBN should open an emergency window for farmers to be able to import maize for a short while to supplement this acute shortage in order to save poultry subsector from total collapse.” He added.

 

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NANONO UNVEILS ALTERNATIVE TO CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS TO FARMERS

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Sabo Nanono has unveiled an alternative to chemical fertilizer to Nigerian farmers. The Minister made this known in his keynote address during the official flag-off of planting fertilizer tree in Garki local Government area of Jigawa state.

He said planting of fertilizer trees on the farm to increase soil fertility and productivity has been one of the traditional methods used by farmers, that if a farmer has fifteen fertilizer trees in his one hectare, it is sufficient for him without any additional chemical fertilizer in his farmland. “The introduction of “Faidherbia albida” fertilizer tree is the right step in improving soil fertility without the use of chemical fertilizer” he stated.

 

The Minister added that the development is part of series of government interventions across the country by the Buhari led administration to solve the issues of climate change and degraded farmlands to make them become more productive for enhanced food security and regeneration of the natural ecosystem.

The minister, however, warned farmers against cutting down of trees illegally in the country that has resulted in desertification and climate change. “In Niger Republic, no one is allowed to cut down a tree without permission, in Nigeria it is different, people cut down trees at any time they wish and this has a negative effect on our environment.” He said. He called on the traditional institutions to assist the government in its efforts of stopping continual deforestation in the country.

 

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NON-OIL AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS EXPORTERS RAISED CONCERN OVER STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS

Non-oil and agricultural products exporters have raised concern over the stringent requirements exporters are expected to fulfil before accessing international markets, saying these requirements are costly and tedious.

According to the communiqué issued at the end of its first virtual dialogue which was convened by the Department for International Development (DFID), Policy Development Facility (PDF) Bridge Programme, the exporters complained of the multiple charges and levies been collected by government agencies. That the charges and levies be streamlined in line with international best practices.

The commodities with huge export prospects are very good opportunities for Nigeria to boost foreign exchange earnings. The need for urgent restructuring of Nigeria’s international trade is very important so as to cut the dependence of the country on crude oil.

“With dwindling crude oil prices further exacerbated by the effects of COVID 19, the Nigerian economy which is largely reliant on the oil and gas sector is especially vulnerable. Government both at the federal and state levels must prioritize the development of the non-oil sector,” it stated. It further stressed on the importance of creating an enabling or business-friendly environment in order to boost the MSMEs level of productivity.

“Implementation of enabling policies and provision of infrastructure which includes physical, human and process infrastructure came up as strategic imperatives for boosting local production. This will enable producers to meet up with market demands both locally and internationally,” it said.

 

Mr Don Ebubeogu, the Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Foods, stated that there is still need for government to do more to encourage capacity utilization and boost export trade even though the government had through the Central Bank introduced certain policies to enable foreign trade like AGSMEIS loan and reduction of interest rate from 10 to 5 per cent during this year among others.

“The bulk of our non-oil export comes from agriculture. Apart from sesame seeds, hibiscus and a few other items, the bulk of our exportable items are also consumed in large quantities in Nigeria, thus putting pressure on export trade. We cannot maximize export when food security is threatened locally. Therefore, the government should focus more to boost food production by providing direct technical intervention to rural farmers. Intervention that will aid the farmers embrace good Agricultural practice and also to reduce post-harvest losses.

 

“We have thrown away a lot of money to farmers without getting the expected results. This is time to throw in technical assistance and equipment without necessarily providing money to the rural farmers,” he stated.

 

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NIGERIA INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE PARTNERS MINISTRY TO ENHANCE FOOD PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY

 The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has made a request for the collaboration of the Ministry of Science and Technology to enhance food production and sustainable environment.

The Registrar of NISS, Prof. Victor Chude, made this appeal during a courtesy visit of some members of staff of the institute to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Umar, on Friday in Abuja. Prof. Chude, who was represented by the Head, Regulatory Affairs, NISS, Mr Oderinde Lanre, said the visit was to seek the ministry’s collaboration in to support to the institute in achieving its `Five Year Action Plan’ for the management and protection of soil resources in the country.

He said that the plan is to be implemented between 2020 and 2025, which the general idea is to increase food production, the sustainability of the environment among others. “Our main target is to see possible areas on how we can collaborate with relevant agencies to achieve the Five Year Action Plan. We are trying to reach out to as many bodies that are relevant including the ministry to let them know what we are doing, how we can better collaborate to ensure that Nigeria soil, especially food production in the country is enhanced.”

 

Prof. Chude stated that the action plan had been categorized into five pillars which include the promotion of sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation, and sustainable productivity, encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, and extension in soil. “The third pillar is to promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities, and synergies with related productive, environmental, and social development actions by assessing and prioritizing soil-related research gaps.

 

“Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information, data collection and generation, analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines. “The fifth pillar is the harmonisation of methods, measurements, and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources. “For the successful management of our soil there must be policy, technical cooperation in different areas, there must be awareness, education from primary school, secondary and university and then increase in extension services for people to be able to aware. “So the institute is championing the course of ensuring that there is policy, cooperation, there is awareness and also an extension on soil matter,” Prof Chude stated.

He, however, said that soil was not given the needed attention in the country, however, described Soil as a resource that “cannot be used at will, so it has to be well managed”. “The institute is established by the Federal Government Act 2017 to promote soil quality management, educate the public on soil science activities, and cooperate with relevant associations and soil science bodies locally and internationally among others. “With the increasing population in Nigeria and globally coupled with climate change, land degradation, and all the rest, we all agreed that there is a serious need to manage our soil properly. “And in order to fulfill our mandate as an institute, we have set out five-year action plans in line with what is also obtainable at the international level. “So in the next five years, we want to see how we can back up our research institutes with science and technology that are practicable for farmers and as well useful to everyone.”

 

In response to the institute’s request, the permanent secretary of the ministry, who was represented by Mr Ken Onwumbiko, the Director Planning, Research and Policy Analysis of the ministry, assured the institute of the ministry’s collaboration in the area of soil research and would liaise with relevant agencies under the ministry.

 

He said that agencies such as National Biotechnology, Development Agency (NABDA), National Institute for Research and Development (NIRD), Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory and Technology (NISLT) and others will all be carried along in every necessary area.

 

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AFAN CALLS ON FG TO ESTABLISH COMMODITY BOARD FOR EXCESS FARM PRODUCE

The Lagos State Chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has called on the Federal Government to set up a commodity board that will be responsible for buying off excess farm produce from farmers in the country. This appeal was made by Its General Secretary, Mrs Abimbola Fagoyinbo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.

 

She said that the establishment of commodity aboard was long expected and considering the current challenges faced globally that necessitate countries all over the world to re-strategise their plans for the future: that the board when established, would take up excess farm produce and store them in food reserves in preparedness for future crises, pandemic and food scarcity among others.

 

Mrs Fagoyinbo said that in doing this, the country would be able to manage the availability of certain farm produce during its on-and-off season. That the board would also reduce the burden on farmers, who have always sold their produce at a loss every year because of lack of storage facilities in the country. In her Statement, the commodity board will be responsible for buying the excess farm produce from the farmers and store them for future purpose and whenever there is need for it. “This may be done by bringing it out as a government and re-sell it to the masses at the normal price, thereby bridging the gap between plenty and scarcity seasons. The board will also address the problem of food wastage which is a very big challenge to the agric space. “About 40 per cent to 60 per cent of food production in the country is wasted due to lack of proper storage facilities: temporary or permanent. The board will be prepared to address any impending food shortage that may be caused by climate change, pandemic and plan for the period that falls between plenty and scarcity in the country. The essence of the board is to ensure that there will not be a gap between plenty and scarcity.”

 

Mrs Fagoyinbo said that the Federal Government should initiate the board so that it can serve as a template for state governments to implement. “Once it is in place at the federal level, the state governments will key into it and that way, it will go down to the local government levels. At least, let the government be able to mop-up the excess produce from the farm and let the government absorb it. By so doing when there is a need, they will release it to the market,” she added.

 

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OYO PAN CHALLENGES ALL STAKEHOLDERS ON THE PLIGHT OF POULTRY FARMERS

Poultry Association of Nigeria Oyo State chapter has challenged the various stakeholders in the industry over the untold hardship been experienced by its member due to COVID-19 pandemic which was also worsened by Federal Government policy of the recent ban on the importation of maize.

In the statement shared on WhatsApp and attributed to the chairman of PAN Oyo; He lamented the huge debts that is been incurred by poultry farmers due to the unfavourable conditions in the poultry industry which has led to farms been closed daily. “Meanwhile, with due respect, I want to empathize with everyone for huge debts incurred during this period of hardship and unfavourable condition in the poultry industry.”

“However, I humbly wish to challenge all livestock Professional Associations, all Practicing stakeholders and all other Associations that matter in the industry not to fold their hands on the current plights ravaging the poultry industry in Nigeria. Farms are being closed down daily with huge debts, losses and death.”

 

He stated that there are some cabals that are hoarding what should have been used to support the poultry industry. He challenged leaders, the southwest and National body of the association on why they kept quiet despite all that is happening to the poultry industry. “Several other agricultural sectors got palliatives and support from the federal government and agencies. Some selfish cliques and cabals collected and are currently hoarding what rightly belongs to the Poultry industry in Nigeria to the detriment of innocent suffering teaming grassroots farmers.

 

“When eggs were being buried in tears, when Maize was being shared, when wrong policies were being made, to place an embargo on Maize importation at the very annual peak period of its scarcity in Nigeria, when farmers could not mill again for themselves because of maize scarcity. Where are the professional bodies? Why did our professional associations & leaders in the industry keep quiet? Why are National PAN and Southwest PAN quiet?”

 

He, however,  said that it is time for every poultry farmer to wake up and stop the attempt to hijack and monopolize the industry by some cabals. “Its high time we realized that the there is an attempt to hijack and monopolize this industry by a set of certain nefarious, greedy and selfish cabals purposely to promote their personal businesses and enrich themselves mercilessly. I charge every poultry farmer in this industry to wake up from our slumber and arise to resist this wicked cabal.”

 

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FG TO COMMENCE LOCAL PRODUCTION OF COPPER SULFATE FOR HERBICIDES AND PESTICIDES

The federal government has said it would soon commence local production of copper sulfate which is a primary raw material used for the production of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. This became necessary in order to address the high cost of herbicides for farmers as well as adulterated herbicides and pesticides in the markets. It has resulted in low yield per hectare especially for smallholder farmers and has affected the country’s food sufficiency drive.

 

Professor Hussaini D. Ibrahim, the Director-General, Raw Materials Research Development Council, said the agricultural industry accounts for more than half of the copper sulfate consumption globally as herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. And it is also used as a raw material for the production of chromate copper arsenate which is widely used in the production of wood preservatives. He said the demand for copper sulfate is increasing as it is used on a large scale across the globe due to its various application and industrial uses. And the need in Nigeria is mostly met through importation.

 

“The importation of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides for use in the agricultural sector is high and increasing. One of the reasons for this trend is the decreasing number of years lands are now allowed to lie fallow as a result of increasing population density.

 

"Thus, to maintain a high level of land productivity, adequate production inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides must be applied. This annually increases the import statistics as evidenced by increasing expenditure of foreign exchange on agro-inputs,’’ he said.

 

He said Nigeria spent over N7 billion to import wood preservations for use in the building and construction industry in 2018, adding that the importation of laboratory chemicals and reagent into the country in 2018 was in excess of N20 billion. This, he said, indicated the need to put in place necessary measures to facilitate local production of some of these chemicals, most especially copper sulfate in view of its diverse applications. Considering this, Professor Ibrahim said the council had successfully facilitated and completed a pilot plant for the production of copper sulfate from copper scraps generated from some industrial activities.

 

The plant, which is said to have the capacity to produce 1000kg per day and will also employ 80 workers. He said that the pilot plant had been test-run and the products tested and the council was working in collaboration with the National Research Institute of Chemical Technology to expand the capacity of the plant to five tonnes per day so as to be able to serve commercial purposes.

 

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N42M DONKEY SKIN BOUND FOR EXPORT DESTROYED

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has on Monday destroyed N42 million worth of illegally processed donkey skin Bound for export in Abuja. This followed after NAQS with a detachment of men of the Nigerian Police from the Force Animal Branch (FAB) carried out informed raids of underground donkey skin warehouses and slaughter camps across the country after the operators have been several warned to shut down those warehouses and stop the decimation of Nigerian donkeys.

The Coordinator of Operations and Deputy Comptroller-General of Quarantine, Sunday Audu, in a statement signed by the Head of Media, Communications and Strategies, Gozie Nwodo, said that donkeys are an endangered species all around the world adding and Nigeria is bound by a commitment to protect endangered species based on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species signed by the country.

”The volume of donkey skin we are destroying today bears witness to the fact that there is an insidious scorched earth war on Nigerian donkeys. This public destruction of the illegally processed export-bound donkey skin is meant to send a clear signal to all and sundry that the government will not countenance the overexploitation of Nigerian donkeys.

“This is one of the few standing bastions of donkeys on the planet. As such, the onus is on the country to ensure that its local donkey breeds don’t disappear from the face of the earth.”

He further added that there had been an escalating threat of extinction of donkeys across the country due to overexploitation. “Donkeys have a unique place in the human story and their existence ought to enjoy continuity in civilization. So we cannot be indifferent to the escalating threat of overexploitation of donkeys across the country. Overexploitation will drive them to the brink of extinction. And we don’t want Nigerian donkeys to fade into oblivion like dinosaurs.”

Audu charged people in the donkey business value chain to comply with the NAQS regulations based on the acceptable standard and conduct for people involved in donkey value chain businesses. “The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service recently unveiled the principles of a blueprint to structure the donkey value chain.

The blueprint lays out a model of donkey exploitation that is interwoven with the irreducible minimum of proportional restocking”. “The aim of the blueprint is to create a win-win climate of a virtuous cycle of growth in which the donkeys live and thrive and serve as a dependable base for the sustainable prosperity of donkey businesses”,  He said.

 

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RESEARCH INSTITUTE: NIGERIA LOST $1.4BN TO CHEMICAL IMPORTATION IN 2019

Prof. Jeffrey Barminas, the Director-General, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria, said that Nigeria lost $1.4bn to the importation of chemicals in 2019. He made this known during an interactive session in Abuja with the Senate Committee on Science and Technology chaired by Sen. Uche Ekwunife on Thursday.

 

According to his statement, “We are highly dependent on the importation of chemicals and chemical products into this country. “Just in 2019 alone, this country has lost over $1.4bn on the importation of chemicals. And how can we handle this? We as a nation can produce chemicals and chemical products based on the natural resources that God has endowed us with. Because of our dependence on petroleum for a long time, we left our indigenous chemical technology and that’s why today we are losing a lot in terms of importation.”

 

He said that if we do the right things as a country in our research and infrastructure in chemical technology, we would be able to cover up the gap in the importation of chemicals. Barminas further said that one of the institute’s achievements was the production of fertilizer and that the fertilizer was not a chemical fertilizer that would affect the soil when applied over a long period. It is an organic fertilizer that is need-based.

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2,743 FARMERS TO BE EMPOWERED UNDER LAGOS 2020 AGRIC PROGRAMME

The Lagos State Government is set to empower 2,743 farmers and other agric. value chain operators with agricultural inputs and productive assets under its 2020 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme. This was made known by the Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement, on Tuesday in Lagos.

In her statement, “only representatives of farmer associations will receive the inputs on behalf of other members on July 28 to observe the government social distancing rule on COVID-19. Thereafter, input redemption by other beneficiaries will take place in three other centres at Agege, Ikorodu and Epe,” she said.

She stated that the programme was designed to increase the state’s self-sufficiency in food production to 40 per cent by 2023, that the programme would significantly improve the standard of living of farmers, fishermen, marketers, butchers, marketers and agro-processors in the state through the expansion of their food production activities.

She said that though farmers are the direct beneficiaries of the programme, it would also include service providers such as transporters, input manufacturers and suppliers within the system for the successful implementation of the project.

 

“The programme will further contribute to the achievement of the vision of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy and to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will address SDGs on poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality, responsible consumption and production” she said.

 

Olusanya also stated that since the inception of the empowerment programme in 2014, a total of 11,233 farmers, fishermen, butchers, processors and marketers had benefited. Which had increase food supply in Lagos from 18 per cent in 2014 to 25 per cent in 2019.

 

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FISH ASSOCIATION CRY FOR FG'S INTERVENTION TO SALVAGE FISH FARMERS LOSSES

National Fish Association of Nigeria (NFAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of its members who have incurred losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This appeal was made by The National President of the association, Dr Gabriel Ogunsanya, through a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Chidike Uko in Abuja on Sunday.

He said that its members had suffered huge losses in the first two months of the lockdown in the country due to the pandemic and have not been able to recover from it. He said that the transportation of fish and input supply services only started in late April when the Association’s leadership argued for an exemption duty pass for its members.

Ogunsanya lamented that so many losses had been incurred by the farmers already before the exemption pass was eventually approved by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He said that except something was done to salvage the situation urgently, it would be difficult to meet the huge local fish demand in the country.

“We have serious concerns that in the midst of obvious inadequate fish supply, production challenges and personal sacrifices, our farmers are currently facing an unbelievable fish glut. They are equally facing abysmally low pricing and inability to harvest and evacuate ponds and other fish-holding water bodies.

These challenges are therefore preventing restocking to break the production cycle. “In the same vein, thousands of fish farmers in the South-South region, comprising Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states were thrown out of business not long ago. This is as a result of government order for investigation and thorough cleaning of alien poisoning incident that caused massive fish and aquatic life mortality in the creeks and coastline water bodies between March and April.”

 

Ogunsanya said the industry needs a very strong government commitment especially in the area of funding and policy direction so that fish importation can be banned in 2022 as said by the federal government. “As we carry on with the task to meet the national fish demand threshold in two years, our farmers require palliatives and economic stimulus packages to remain in business as extended to others.

 

We, therefore, pray the Federal Government to consider the declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of a structured plan to revamp the struggling fisheries and aquaculture subsector. “We urge ministries of agriculture and rural development and industry, trade and investment, to bring the attention of government, MDAs and funding bodies to the plight of hard-working fish farmers and industry operators, He said.

 

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, had on Feb. 4, said that, in the effort of the Federal Government to encourage local production, Nigeria may stop fish importation in 2022. He said measures are already being put in place as it is time for Nigeria to look inward and tap into the huge potential in fisheries and aquaculture not just for local consumption but for export also.

 

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Rice Anchor Borrower Scheme suspended in Kano over Alleged Fraud

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has announced the suspension of the anchor borrowers’ programme for rice farmers in the state. The state chairman of RIFAN, Alhaji Abubakar Haruna Aliyu made this known in the state.

He said the association had to take the decision in order to allow for an investigation into the fraud allegation made against the association by the state public complaint and ant-corruption commission.

According to his statement “The association hereby regret to announce the suspension of rice anchor borrower scheme in Kano state until further notice as directed by the RIFAN national body based on the allegation labelled against the Kano chapter of the association. We are aware that suspension of the scheme at this critical point is not the best option, but we are left with no option than to take this step as directed.”

Abubakar added that those that have already made the deposit of their 20% equity with their banks should come forward for the redemption of their inputs as stipulated. He said that the association will make sure that the deposits that have been are attended to with fairness and justice.

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission had some few weeks ago arrested some executive members of RIFAN Kano chapter over an alleged fraud of N10 billion rice anchor borrower fund.

 

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CBN BAN MAIZE/CORN IMPORTATION

The Central Bank of Nigeria has on Monday through a directive told foreign exchange dealers to stop processing ‘Forms M’ for the importation of maize in order to boost local production.

Based on the circular which was signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, CBN, Dr. O.S. Nnaji. “As part of efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods and increase jobs, which were lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect.

 

“Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn using the attached format on or before the 2020. 15, July Wednesday close of business on”.

 

Form M is a documentation process that is put in place by the Federal Government through the CBN and the Nigeria Customs Service. Without this Form, importers cannot be cleared to import any goods into Nigeria, as it is a mandatory statutory document that must be completed by all importers so as to be able to import goods into Nigeria.

 

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ECOBANK TO SUPPORT 70,000 FARMERS WITH LOAN

Ecobank Nigeria has demonstrated its commitment to the agricultural sector as it has pledged to support over 70,000 farmers with special loans so that they could increase their yields this planting season.

 

As one of the bank’s initiatives to promote entrepreneurship in the agric sector and to support the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers Programmes for the 2020 wet season of the Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN). The Head, Agribusiness, Ecobank Nigeria, Mojisola Oguntoyinbo, made this known in Lagos while responding to media enquiries about the bank’s participation in the CBN scheme.

 

In her response, the initiative spreads across the 36 states and is one of the bank’s several efforts in supporting the government to grant small holder farmers access to fund to increase food production in the country. “We are creating opportunities in the agric sector that will help many small holder farmers expand their business and become worthy employers of labour by adopting modern farming techniques for the betterment of our economy.

 

"We are in strategic partnership with NIRSAL and some other developmental institutions to achieve our purpose. We are also partnering the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in all its intervention schemes and programmes aimed at developing the sector. Our relationships are generating positive activities across the entire agric value chain,” she added.

 

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POULTRY FARMERS LAMENT INCREASING PRICE OF DOC

Poultry Farmers have expressed concern over the continuous increase in the price of Day Old Chicks(DOC). The price for DOC which was as of June 29th, the highest price was 260. And since then, the price has continued to increase.

That the highest price for broiler DOC now is 350. Considering the current situation of an increase in the prices of feed ingredients, farmers are not finding this as a very discouraging situation because there are already challenges caused by the COVID 19 on farmers generally.

According to a comment made by a poultry farmer who was reacting to the increasing price, "I don't get why the price of DOC is rising rather than coming down. Honestly, it is so depressing."

However, the increase in the price of DOC is attributed to the increase in the cost of production occasioned by the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

 

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NIGERIA LACKS ACCURATE DATABASE OF EXTENSION WORKERS, FARMERS SAYS FMARD DIRECTOR

An official of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Engineer Frank Kudla, has disclosed that Nigeria does not have an accurate database on the population of extension workers and farmers in the country.

 

Kudla, the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Extension Service at FMARD, made the observation while speaking at a webinar organised by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) and Small Scale Women Farmers Association of Nigeria (SWOFON). AgroNigeria had reported that AAN and SWOFON during the webinar called on the Federal Government for a total overhaul of the agricultural extension services sub-sector.

 

Also decrying the state of the sector, Kudla, who pointed out that one extension agent in Nigeria serves 5,000 farmers, described the situation as abnormal. According to him, FAO’s standard is for one extension agent for 800 farmers. However, the ministry director said that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, have been briefed on the need for expansion of the number of extension workers in the country.

 

Speaking further on farmers’ database availability, Kudla said that 14 million farmers were enumerated under the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) about five years ago during the administration of a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina.

 

The data have not been updated since then, he added. He also assured that priority would be given to graduates of Agricultural Extension Services when FMARD commences the training of 75,000 extension workers. He said and I quote, “I can assure that during the discussion on how to implement this training, we have made it a priority for a graduate of extension service of agriculture to be given priority before considering any other profession.”

 

The director also disclosed that in addition to the proposed 75,000 extension trainees, another 100,000 beneficiaries of the N-power scheme would be used to bridge the deficit. He added that there are about 8,000 private extension service officers complementing those from the public sector.

 

On her part, National President of SWOFON, Mary Afan, urged the Federal Government to recruit more qualified extension workers urgently. She also called on the government to review the working conditions of extension workers in the country.

 

She said in quote “The service conditions of extension workers require a review. Make the service attractive, especially now that youths are asked to embrace agriculture under programmes like the N-Agro.”

 

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DELTA STATE PAN CALLED FOR FG’S INTERVENTION AS POULTRY FARMERS BEMOAN SCARCITY OF FEED

Delta chapter has called on the Federal Government to save the local poultry industry from folding up due to the rising cost of poultry feed.

Chief Alfred Mrakpor, the PAN Chairman in Delta, on Wednesday in Asaba, revealed that the prices of maize and soybeans, which are cardinal inputs for poultry feed production had gone up due to the ban on importation.

He said, a tonne of maize which used to sell for N97,000 now goes for N165,000, while soybeans has increased from N110, 000 per tonne to N123,000 in the last few months. Invariably, this has led to the fold up of a good number of small scale poultry farms as a result of the exorbitant prices of these important inputs in poultry feed formulation.

Mrakpor said that the supposed gain that farmers got when the Federal Government banned the importation of poultry products has been toppled by the high cost of Inputs. In his words, “It is heartbreaking to see that small farmers are falling out of business and by extension increasing the poverty level of the citizenry. This is not the expectations of our members and we are all negatively affected by the galloping price of maize by the merchants without any remorse

. “The benefits of the ban by the Federal Government on frozen chicken on the local industry will be eroded, except the exorbitant price of maize and soybeans, a major component of poultry feed is checked.

Over the last two years, the local broiler industry has boomed with a positive effect on food sufficiency for Nigeria. This has been largely aided by the ban on imports of frozen chicken; we see this great achievement being rolled back if local broiler production is threatened,” Mrakpor said.

He, however, appealed to the government to allow the importation of maize, adding that the maize production was unable to keep up with the local demand. Mrakpor also noted that invoices and local purchase orders were no longer respected by maize dealers, adding that this development has posed a serious challenge to the small-scale poultry farmers.

“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to allow immediate importation of maize into Nigeria since our local maize farmers cannot meet up with the demand of maize required by its consumers. The rising cost of maize is threatening the livelihoods of small businesses in Nigeria.

"It is not only poultry farmers’ investments that are threatened but also other players in the value chain. Feed producers, chicken, and egg vendors, processors, grain traders, veterinary, drug vendors among others thus plunging the economy into deeper crisis,” he stated. (NAN)

 

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LIVESTOCK FEEDS GETS NEW DIRECTOR

Livestock Feeds Gets New Director

To fill the vacant position of the non-executive director, Livestock Feeds Plc has appointed Adebolanle Badejo as a non-executive director on the company’s board.

The company has filed a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, that Adebolanle Badejo would replace Omolara Elemide who resigned from the board in December 2019.

According to the information given by the company, Adebolanle Badejo is an investment professional with experiences in mergers and acquisitions, investment and portfolio management.

In the statement given, “He currently serves as an investment executive at UAC of Nigeria Plc where he is responsible for managing the group’s interests in the food and beverage sectors. He serves as a non-executive director at UAC Foods Limited and UAC Restaurants Limited. He is also a Principal at Themsis Capital Management, an active investment company focused on concentrating capital, talent and expertise on long-term, high potential opportunities in Africa.”

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EXPERT CHARGE POULTRY FARMERS TO TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES THIS RAINY SEASON

Expert Charge Poultry Farmers to Take Preventive Measures this Rainy Season

As we enter the rainy season fully with the incessant rainfall almost every day, Mr Joel Oduware, a poultry expert, has advised poultry farmers to take preventive measures in protecting their flock from rain and adverse weather conditions that is associated with this time.

Oduware made this known to newsmen in Lagos on Monday that the caution became very important with the commencement of the rainy season. He said that to forestall the loss of their investments and flocks, local farmers should protect their farms and birds from adverse weather conditions that are likely this time.

“To avert losses, it is advisable that the farmers cover their chicken pen properly so as not to make them susceptible to sicknesses and diseases this rainy season. “We need to take the measures to protect our birds this rainy season and in adverse weather conditions by the use of tarpaulin to wrap the nettings on the wall and on the fence.

“We also need to heat up the poultry house with the use of hot coal pots or through a kerosene stove. In developed countries, they use more of electric breathing energy to warm their birds. “Some farmers also cover more of the poultry house with nylons to prevent the cold breeze from affecting the temperature of the birds and having cold into their body system,” he said.

Oduware also charged farmers to give more strict attention and be more sensitive to the health of their flock this season because the rains can be unpredictable.

He also noted that farmers’ attention should be focused on maintaining a balance in the temperature of the poultry birds at all times. “The poultry farmers also need to be more observant of their farms because you never can tell when the rains will come or when it will strike again.

Poultry farmers need to spend more time around their farms to observe their birds during the rainy season because one cold bird can infect the entire flock. In conclusion, Oduware said “We need to take the necessary precautions to protect our birds this season because a flooded poultry farm spells huge losses for the farmer.

As much as the birds are sensitive to heat, they are also sensitive to adverse and cold weather conditions, so an expert farmer needs to balance the temperature for the birds at all times,”.

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FG TO EXEMPT FARMERS FROM RESTRICTION ORDERS NATIONWIDE

FG TO EXEMPT FARMERS FROM RESTRICTION ORDERS NATIONWIDE

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is currently working with various farmers-crop producers, poultry and tractor services associations-to design a mechanism of providing special passes to be recognised by the security agencies to facilitate free movement of food stuff, perishables, farm inputs, livestock and fish amid the current lockdown in some states to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Security agencies officials at both states and federal levels have also been mandated to within the framework of the Federal COVID-19 Emergency Action Response Plans with relevant law enforcement agencies to develop modalities of ensuring easy movement of foodstuff, livestock and farm inputs.

These were contained in a communique at the end of the meeting of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, with the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs on emergency response to COVID-19.

The communique, which was signed by Nanono, further recommended that the relevant security agencies should work in a coordinated way with clear instructions and directives to law enforcement agents at the various checkpoints to facilitate the passage of vehicles conveying foodstuff, perishable farm products, livestock and farm inputs without compromising national security or health measures. It followed recent complaints of extortion by the police and other security agents who hindered the free flow of essential commodities during the ongoing lockdown in some states.

Only recently, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, expressed dismay over the alleged extortion and delay of legitimately certified transporters by men of the police, military and other security operatives nationwide. He said their actions served as a huge obstacle to the directives by President Muhammadu Buhari for the free-flow of the delivery of foods and essential commodities across the country to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The permanent secretary who is the head of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) had while receiving briefs from its Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities, lamented that despite reporting the development to the higher authorities of the Nigerian Police and the Security Task Force of COVID-19, the complaint still persisted. He lamented that: “It is very unfortunate that despite the intervention and escalation of the police extortion and by the military and other security agencies to their heads, the situation still persists. This is a great blow to the noble directive of the president for an unhindered movement of essential commodity across the country, but we will not stop until the situation is addressed.”

Nonetheless, the communique further mandated that Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and law enforcement agents under the guidance of the four ministers to set up joint technical task team to draw guidelines to ensure the safe operations of farmers/grains markets, livestock and poultry markets as well as dealers and sellers of agricultural inputs during the COVID-19 crisis.

The proposed joint task force will also work with state commissioners of police, commandant of civil defence corps and other senior military officials in the states to respond rapidly to any reported logjam involving foodstuffs or livestock.

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NVMA WANTS SPECIAL PALLIATIVES FOR POULTRY, LIVESTOCK FEED MILLERS

NVMA WANTS SPECIAL PALLIATIVES FOR POULTRY, LIVESTOCK FEED MILLERS

The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has called on government to allow poultry and livestock feed millers to have access to the National Strategic Grains Reserve as part of palliatives to support the industry.

The NVMA also asked the government to consider providing stimulus packages and social safety net for animal sector value chain actors to cushion them against the impact of COVID-19 lockdown during this period.

In a statement signed by the National President of NVMA, Professor Bello Agaie, the association commended the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for bringing on board the BSL-3 Laboratory of the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Plateau State. Livestock must be fed 24/7, therefore special palliatives should also be extended to poultry and livestock feed millers by giving them access to grains in the National Strategic Grains Reserve to preserve our poultry and livestock resources at this difficult time.

In addition, Government should consider providing stimulus packages and social safety net for animal sector value chain actors to cushion them against the impact of COVID-19 lockdown during this period.

We commend the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC for bringing on board the BSL-3 Laboratory of the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Plateau State as one of the network of laboratories to handle laboratory confirmation of suspected cases of this infection. This indeed, is in line with global best practices and spirit of “One Health” that have brought together health professionals and Veterinarians across the world to combat this Pandemic”, the statement said.

As part of their recommendations, the NVMA urged “the Government to speed up the process of procuring adequate and sufficient WHO approved COVID- 19 test kits and reagents to enhance the work of the accredited laboratories across the country and bring on board if need be quickly additional laboratories for testing. As these laboratories could serve as the foundation for laboratory diagnosis of other viral haemorrhagic fevers that have become intractable in the country for decades post COVID-19.

Government at all levels should continue to roll out palliatives efficiently and transparently to support citizens to stay at home as long as the lock-down last and work out modalities to get businesses back to work as soon as possible without much financial shock”.

NVMA assured Government and Nigerians that Veterinarians in Nigeria remains committed to playing their roles in this circumstance and would continue to engage and support all stakeholders where their expertise is required.

 

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PAN PRESIDENT ADVISES FARMERS ON WHAT TO DO NOW

🌸PAN PRESIDENT ADVISES FARMERS ON WHAT TO DO NOW

🛑Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on poultry farmers in Nigeria to observe high level of biosecurity on their farms.

🛑The President of the association, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. Mr Ezekiel stressed on the need for the farmers to maintain good hygiene so as to prevent any strange disease outbreak in the industry.

🛑He said, farmers should control the direct access of members of the public to their farms, and when there is a need for such, the persons should be properly disinfected. The president added that farmers should minimise going to market or any crowded places as doing so could expose them to the dreaded corona virus and thereby import the COVID-19 to their farms. He also advise farmers against going to their poultry farm with the clothes worn to the foodstuff market. “You have to change your clothes and wash them, then put on fresh clothes. “People dealing with eggs should make sure they do not use second-hand egg crate, like the paper crate. Once it comes out of the farm, discard it and do not allow it back. If you must reuse egg crate it has to be the plastic one and make sure you disinfect them before reuse”.

🛑Mr Ezekiel also added that the farmers should properly wash and disinfect vehicles or buses coming into their farms. This measure is to ensure such vehicles do not carry virus to the farm.

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COVID-19: EMPOWER FARMERS TO WARD-OFF LOOMING FOOD CRISIS – EXPERTS TO FG

🌸COVID-19: EMPOWER FARMERS TO WARD-OFF LOOMING FOOD CRISIS – EXPERTS TO FG

🛑With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting global food production and trades, Nigeria must do all it can to avert a food crisis in 2021, agricultural experts have cautioned. There are concerns that the pandemic may spark a hunger crisis in 2021, which could be severe for developing countries to handle.

🛑Agric Experts have however called on the Federal Government to cushion the impact of the pandemic on agriculture by providing inputs, credit facilities, and an enabling environment for the food system to thrive.

🛑In a report contained in the Guardian, the experts believe that a lockdown on activities could greatly impact rain-fed farming activities and could lead to poor productivity in the long run.

🛑Plant breeder at the Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), Prof. Samuel Olakujo, warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is already adversely affecting farming activities and posing threats to food production. On the delay in cultivating, he said, “Farmers should by now be preparing the land, sourcing for genuine but quality inputs, planning what to grow, when and where to grow them. They should be meeting with the off-takers of their produce and seal the agreement” He stressed that all desk officers working on one agricultural project or the other should be exempted from lockdown so as to attend to the real assignments on farming, inputs, and extension because the time for wet season farming is now. Procurement of seeds and other inputs the government is planning to distribute is now since agricultural operations and activities are time-bound. Distributing such inputs after May 2020 is as good as not purchasing it, because only about 35 percent of such will be useful this year, especially for farmers in the Northern region. The Federal Government should also be meeting with grain aggregators for storage in the grain reserves and not waiting till December during harvesting.

🛑On his part, Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Sanni Lateef, said that agricultural activities have been halted by the COVID-19 scourge and is affecting the cultivation of various agro-commodities during this wet season. He warned that a food crisis was looming if pro-active measures were not taken. “If we are lucky to have total cooperation of Nigerians to flatten the curve and reduce the pandemic gestation period, then we can gain from planting in the third to the fourth quarter of 2020. Otherwise, there will be serious food insecurity in 2021. Our emerging seed and SMEs entrepreneurs need to be financially supported with funds and logistics to provide food for the masses. This will reduce the cost of basic food crops. We need to avert the likely famine facing us, soon,” he said.

🛑For Prof. Damian Chickwendu, the Team Lead of Cultivating New Frontier in Agriculture (CNFA), the government must be firm in fast-tracking agricultural activities by providing enough facilities for farmers during this pandemic. “Just as the government is ensuring that all the necessary things and conditions needed to halt the spread of COVID-19 are in place, they should also ensure that all inputs needed for the fast-approaching farming season are in place. The usual plans to ensure input availability (including agricultural credit) at the right time should continue,” he stressed

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VCN & NVMA Pledged to Support Govt. against COVID–19

🌸VCN & NVMA Pledged to Support Govt. against COVID – 19

🛑The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) pledged to support government in combating the dreaded Coronavirus.

🛑This was made know in a joint statement issued and signed by the President of VCN, CP Aishatu Abubakar Baju and Professor Bello Agaie, President NVMA.

The two bodies lauded the efforts of the government so far in managing the spread of the virus.

🛑In their statements: “The Veterinary community in Nigeria has noted with concern the ravaging effects of COVID-19 globally and particularly in our country, Nigeria and wish to commend the efforts so far put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task-Force on COVID-19 Pandemic, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant stake-holders. “Veterinary regulation and inspection service continues by overseeing the integration of public health, ensuring that only healthy animals and their by-products enter food supply chain to guarantee food safety for the population. They are prepared to attend to emergency situation in support of public health. They undertake preventive measures such as vaccination against diseases with significant Veterinary and Public health or economic impact. They will prioritize research activities to help contain emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases”. They said

🛑Veterinarians across the country are available to support global efforts in order to curtail spread of the virus by educating their clients and the general public on the preventive measures to control the virus. Considering the zoonotic potential of COVID-19.🌸

 

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What Animal Care Did To Lessen The Pains Of Coronavirus Pandemic

🛑What Animal Care Did To Lessen The Pains Of Coronavirus Pandemic

 

 

📣In a bid to support the government in the provision of palliative measure for Nigerian, Animal Care Services Konsult, has donated 2,000 dressed chickens, 20,000 eggs and 1,700 packs of Funtuna bottle water to the governments of Ogun and Lagos states. 250 chickens, 80 cartons of eggs as well as 250 packs of 60cl Funtuna bottle water were also given to Ogere and Iperu communities in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.

🛑During the presentation of the food items by three Executive Directors of the company, Dr Ope Agbato, Mrs Tolu Olumide and Mr Adewale Adeniyi, said the products were donated to assist the governments of two states to serve as palliative support to the needy and those in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

🛑Mrs Olumide, while presenting the items to the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, said the company is aware of the hardship caused by the virus on both the health and the socioeconomic wellbeing of people.

🛑Lawal, while receiving the donated items on behalf of the state government appreciated Animal care for the donation, assured the company that the state would distribute the items to the needy and vulnerable in the state.

🛑Senior Special Assistant on Health, Dr Kehinde Ololade, while receiving similar items on behalf the Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State in Sagamu, appreciated Animal Care and Funtuna Ventures, that the governor was very proud of them.

🛑The Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Basibo-Idowu, who received the food items for Iperu, expressed gratitude to Dr Tunde Agbato the president of Animal Care, that he was not surprised as he had been one of the greatest contributors to the development and growth of the town.

🛑The representatives of Ogere Community Development Council (OCDC), and the youth representatives thanked Dr Agbato and Animal Care for the kind gestures to the underprivileged and the community in general.

 

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COVID – 19: PANOG Donates Crates of eggs to Ogun State Govt

🛑COVID – 19: PANOG Donates Crates of eggs to Ogun State Govt.

The Poultry Association of Nigeria Ogun State Chapter PANOG has donated 1600 crates of egg to the state government.

This donation was made so that the eggs can be distributed to the people in the state to serve as a palliative measure towards the COVID- 19 lockdown.

The COVID – 19 lockdown which should have started in the state on Monday after The Federal Government gave the directive for total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.

However, the COVID – 19 lockdown started yesterday Friday in the state after the state governor Dr Dapo Abiodun pleaded with the federal government to give the state till Friday so that the people can adequately prepare for the lockdown.

The donation was made by the PANOG Chairperson and some of the executives at the governor’s office in Okemosan and was received on behalf of the state Governor by the Deputy State Governor Engr Noimot Salako Oyedele.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, through the PANOG Chairperson, Mrs Alawode appreciated the kind gesture of the association towards the COVID – 19 lockdown period in the state. He said that the state is considering the printing of tags for PANOG financial members to allow them to still carry out some important food supply in the state during the period of the COVID – 19 lockdown.

 

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Why 14 Tomato & Pepper Farmers Are Celebrating

Why 14 Tomato & Pepper Farmers Are Celebrating

 

Osun State Government Give N2.2m Loan to Tomato and Pepper Farmers Some members of the Tomato and Pepper Growers in Osun State have been empowered with a total of N2.2 million for the production of the two essential crop in the state.

The funds was given by the government to 14 farmers, through the Osun Micro Credit Agency, to support food security in the state. The Manager of the agency, Prince Dayo Babaranti who gave out the cheque on behalf of the State Governor Gboyega Oyetola, said the gesture is targeted to empower the youths and make them self-reliant and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

He further stated that as much as 26,000 people have benefited so far from the loans, having inspected their farmlands and certified their impressive performances in tomato production.

The initiative, which He revealed that the initiative is in three phases and other farmers in the various agricultural value chains will also benefit from it, as millions has been set aside for the course. He charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money and ensure its repayment on or before the stipulated time.

Mr. Lawal Omotunde, a beneficiaries of the initiative and also the Chairman, Tomato and Pepper Growers Association of Nigeria, Osun State chapter, expressed their appreciation to the state government for the intervention, to boost the state economy through agriculture.

The chairman lamented on the difficulty of getting finance for their businesses, that with this initiative, their agribusinesses would be better profitable and would have a Positive and significant results on their businesses.

 

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AGRIC : WHY SENATE PRESIDENT IS DISAPPOINTED

🛑AGRIC : WHY SENATE PRESIDENT IS DISAPPOINTED

Senate President Disappointed Over Poor Agricultural Research and Technology The Senate

President, Ahmad Lawan, showed disappointment in the agricultural researchers in Nigeria over the underperformance of the sector with the country’s struggle with food insecurity.

Lawan made this observation during a plenary session while considering the Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria at National Assembly in Abuja. Senator, Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West sponsored the Bill to improve the agricultural research in the country.

Lawan decried the poor use of technology among Nigerian farmers. He stated that the country should be able to boast of at least some local technologies to aid food production, with the 23 specialised agricultural research institutes in the country.

The senate president further stated that, “It is a very bad commentary that our farmers have to still dry tomatoes and peppers, which is open sort of drying on the road sides. We should at least have very simple technology that can help our people. We don’t have to go for something very big that our farmers can use to enhance their performance.”

The senator said that Nigeria only budgeted N183.08 billion for agriculture this year, which is just 1.73% of the total annual budget of over 10 trillion. He reinstated the need to allocate more fund to the agricultural sector especially those institutions that will provide researches and technologies that will improve our performance as a country.

Senator Adamu said that the proposed legislation would provide a comprehensive guide for National Agricultural Research Programmes and Project Management.

He further pointed out the significance of the agricultural sector considering the critical roles it play in Nigeria’s economy: contributing about 21% to Nigeria’s total Gross Domestic Product and a significant portion of Nigeria’s labour force.

 

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NEPC wants Cassava By-products Export as CBN promises finance

NEPC wants Cassava By-products Export as CBN promises finance

Mr Segun Awolowo of The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has emphasized the need for more export of cassava by-products to achieve a better foreign earnings for the country, as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to finance the development of the value chains of the crop through loan supports.

During the 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cassava Cottage Processing and Marketing Association held at Ibadan this month, Mr. Segun Awolowo said that there is the need for more efforts toward the export of cassava by-products to boost the development of the crop through foreign earnings for infrastructural development.

According to the paper presented on his behalf by Mr. Rufus Durodoye , he stated that we need to concentrate our national energy on export of more cassava by-products abroad for industrial usage like for animal feeds and ethanol would be very helpful to our economy.

He also said "export of cassava will lead to employment creation, infrastructure development, increase in GDP and foreign earnings, increase in technologies and invention" He said the crop in terms of export is ranked 50th in the world statistics despite different efforts toward the production of cassava through improved seed varieties and other development strategies.

This being a thing of great concern on why all the stakeholders must be interested in exporting the crop's by-products like cassava chips, cassava leaves, cassava flour and ethanol.

Mr Awolowo encourage all the stakeholders seated at the meeting to aggressively pursue the export of cassava, especially the area of value addition.

In another meeting held in Lagos sometimes ago, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele said that the CBN would be supporting the loan financing of cassava productivity in order to improve the crop for better economic empowerment and growth of the nation and stakeholders. Mr. Emefiele said the CBN will support the cultivation of about 250,000 hectares of land that would ensure more availability of the produce for both edible and industrial uses for both local and international markets. He further stressed that ethanol and dry chips will be well supported.

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NIRSAL Disclose plans to uplift 8 million Farmers’ Livelihood The Nigeria

NIRSAL Disclose plans to uplift 8 million Farmers’ Livelihood

The Nigeria Incentive- based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has disclosed that it will uplift 8 million farmers livelihood through its new AgroGeocooperative Concept. Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed made this known during the visit of the new executives of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria.

AFAN led by its president, Farouk Rabiu Mudi in Abuja. The scheme is said to deploy the current best agribusiness practices to address the various challenges and difficulties hindering the growth of the sector.

Mr Aliyu stated that the visit was necessary, as the sector needs such innovations that will solve the staggering challenges stunting its growth. He said that “It is critical at this junction for the visit to happen and it so happen that we are also developing a brand new concept called the AgroGeocooperative concept, which we believe is the panacea to solving the issuance of smallholder financing, risk management, and generally to lift them out of poverty.”

He explained that millions of Nigerian farmers are still practicing subsistence agriculture and this current approach to agriculture needs to be revitalised to bridge demand deficit from domestic market and to also generate export earnings. Mr Aliyu, revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is doing its best to ensure that low interest loans are available to farmers in the area of agrofinancing, “Under the NIRSAL AgroGeocooperative concept, we intend to organise about 8 million farmers on about 4 million hectares to give 16,000 AgroGeocooperatives” “Now this number is huge and we are not claiming we can do it in one year, but we have started the journey, activated the process, leveraging on science and technology, and a special system to do that.” he added.

In conclusion, he said that a Memorandum of Understanding that will explain the collaboration roadmap with AFAN would be made available and that every sates in the country.would be given considerations.

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NYSC members trained on Agriculture Value Addition by NSPRI

NYSC members trained on Agriculture Value Addition by NSPRI

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members within Ibadan metropolis has been trained by the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), on value addition for selected agricultural commodities.

The Executive Director, Dr Patricia Pessu who spoke during the opening ceremony of the capacity building programme held at the Multipurpose Hall, NSPRI Ibadan zonal office, Onireke, said the project was conceptualised in response to the unemployment challenge being faced by Nigerian youths. She stated that, the trainings is a series with the maiden edition held at the institute’s headquarters, Ilorin in February 2020.

The capacity building training is expected to be replicated all over the country for NYSC members. In her words to the corp members “The training you are about to undertake is designed to open your eyes to areas of great opportunity in agriculture, challenge and motivate you. “It is expected that upon completion of your service year, this training would have equipped you not only with knowledge of exciting opportunities in postharvest handling and value addition to agricultural commodities but more importantly with the requisite skills to transport ideas into sustainable agribusiness.”

Dr Pessu also stated that: “NSPRI with over sixty years of postharvest research delivery has developed various technologies and appropriate techniques for handling, processing and storage of different categories of agricultural commodities.” “Over the years, efforts by various governments in the country to empower youths in agriculture because an important area. Postharvest value chain has not been properly recognised. Value addition to agricultural commodities is an opportunity for income generation, job creation and effective postharvest loss management practice.

The World Bank predicts that African agriculture and agribusiness will grow to be an 890 billion Euro industry by 2030. This represents significant reward for young people who tap into the industry as entrepreneurs. This training therefore, presents an opportunity for corp members to be part of the growing sector.”

 

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Convener, WEST AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS SHOW, MR IDOWU ASENUGA

Some Key WAAS REPORTS Farmers Should Know

Some Key WAAS REPORTS Farmers Should Know

1. Dr Humphrey Akanazu from Rome Business School. He spoke on some problems and solution of agribusiness in Nigeria. He explained the projection of Euromonitor on agribusiness in Nigeria that if we can work on these areas, processed food, packaging, logistics and distribution, social cultural crisis, credit facilities, and technical know-how. He spoke on the need for us to put more effort on processing of our farm produce. He spoke of how potatoes is becoming more expensive in Europe due to the fact the major producer of potatoes Poland is redirecting their economy to towards technology. They are currently researching into using yam as a substitute for potatoes. He said Rome business School works with strategies and templates solutions that can help owners of agribusiness improve their activities in the various sectors in agribusiness. He also spoke on the importance of building our local business because during any recession, the foreign companies will leave but it is the indigenous companies that will revamp the economy of the country from recession.

 

2. Mr Brian Chris, agricultural Assistant/Policy Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherland Embassy, shared a thought provoking key address on Circular Agriculture. He said circular agriculture is not doing agriculture like the olden days but it is about finding balance between three critical pillars people, earth and money. That is farming in a way that brings balances between human, nature and profit. It is growing agribusiness in a way that secure the future of human and nature. Circular agriculture is also about reducing wastage in land, water and energy. It is about coexisting with nature.

 

3. The Panel discussion session was very engaging on the topic, Ensuring basic regulations and standards in guaranteeing food safety and functional commodity exchange in Nigeria. Addressing the issue of regulation and standards, Mrs Ngozi Ekweme, who represented Mr Osita Aboloma, DG Standards Organisation of Nigeria, said that standard in Nigeria is the same with the globally acceptable standards. There are standards for every farming process that leads to meeting globally acceptable standard. For instance, standard for tomatoes. There is code of practice that starts from the type of seed, the type of soil, what to harvest, how to harvest and method of transportation. If farmers adhere to this standards there is no way your food will not pass standards.

 

4. Mr Ayodeji Balogun, country manager, AFEX Nigeria talking on regulation, said you don’t regulate what you cannot supervise and you don’t supervise what you cannot regulate. For example in Nigeria, there is no grade of maize. Maize is maize regardless of the quality because there is no regulation.

 

5. Dr Gbolahan Ali, said there is a difference between product and commodity. A product becomes a commodity when it has pass standards or meet certain grade. In addressing a question asked by the audience on the issue of NAFDAC not being accessible and startup SMEs having problem with NAFDAC in getting certification which frustrated many to abandone the business. Dr Bukar Usman, the Director, Vetrianary Madicine and allied Product of NAFDAC. He said that NAFDAC has created a special section for startup SMEs that once you met the major hygiene standards, you can ahead with your business. Is not until you have so and so number of rooms before you can be starts business. On accessibility, NAFDAC now has Zonal Offices in the six geopolitical zones where you can get anything you need done unlike before that you have to get to Lagos.

 

6. In addressing another question on issue of delay by NAFDAC is passing a product due to various bottle neck procedures and lack of synergies between the various standard organisations. Mrs Ekweme, said that there is a bill that has been passed that allows you to be able to sue NAFDAC or SON if you are sure you have met all the required standards. Once you carry out your analysis in an accredited lab, you will not be required to do that again if you come to SON. Giving answer to the same issue, Dr Usman said there is preproduction advisory guidelines that someone starting a business can follow so that he will not finish constructing and NAFDAC will not say it didn’t pass standards.

WEST AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS SHOW took place in Lagos at The LANDMARK CENTRE. It is going to be an annual event. 

 

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Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

 

 

Participants from 15 Countries To Be at WAAS 2020

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The West Africa Agribusiness Show WAAS held a press conference today where the convener of the show Mr Idowu Asenuga stated some back drop of the need for an indigenous show like the WAAS. He said there are no aggregate platforms to bring stakeholders together to discuss and share ideas. The available platforms are planned by foreigners like Agra Innovate by Informa from London.

The maiden edition of the West Africa Agribusiness Show (WAAS) is therefore a radical development as stakeholders will be connecting to share ideas, see and experience the latest in equipment and technical know-how as well as supplies and services deployed in the production and processing of agriculture-related products. They will also be sharing ideas on the best ways of solving Africa’s toughest challenges relating to food sufficiency and growth of agribusiness on the continent.

In answering some questions asked by the journalists present, he spoke of the safety of all the participants that the Nigerian Army Farms will be exhibiting at the event. In the light of this, there will be presence of military men to ensure the safety of everyone at the event. Mr Asenuga hinted that what makes the WAAS event different from others is that they are engaging every necessary stakeholders in the industry like the Nigeria Agribusiness Group, PAN, AfAN, RIFAN, BOI and many more, to change the pattern and status quo in the agricultural industry in Nigeria and west Africa as a whole. He said one of the reasons for the WAAS event is to look at ways to help the small and medium scale farmers. Like one of the companies that will be exhibiting at the show, is bringing new innovations of hand stamps and cheap packs that small scale farmers rearing like 250 layers can afford, to enable them brand their eggs too.

The event has also been subsidized by some of the sponsors of the show that medium scale farmer can get a space for as low as hundred thousand naira. He also spoke on how the youths are being carried along by the show. He stated that the major challenge the youth are having is knowledge. When you have knowledge, you can become more productive. This is why Lagos Business School, FUNAAB, Banks, Nirsal, Nafdac and Research institutions are coming to share different knowledge that will benefit the youths. There will be six panel sessions to share various knowledge and ideas. Agriculture needs to be more productive to attract the youths. He also spoke briefly on the sustainability of the show.

According to Mr Asenuga, the majority of WAAS team members are made up of young vibrant people. They are constantly undergoing training in the various areas handled by them. Some of the team members will also be going to London for training on how to manage this kind of event very well. In his closing remark, he said that the new experiences which participants will gain in the course of this show will equally lead to a major boost in the further creation and improved management of existing small, medium and large scale farming concerns in the different areas of agriculture like arable farming, poultry, snailery, piggery, aquaculture and others.He also said that farmers, product research organisations, agriculture equipment and product suppliers and buyers, agric innovators and other stakeholders and decision-makers in the industry are expected from 15 countries in the sub-region.

The countries include Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Togo and Mali.  Nigeria is the host country for the event which is billed for Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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PLAN TO ATTEND WAAS

52 Top Companies That Will Be Exhibiting @WAAS... & more are still coming in.

🏵52 Top Companies That Will Be Exhibiting @WAAS... & more are still coming in.

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S/N NAME OF COMPANY BOOTH NUMBER

1 BD AGRICULTURE LIMITED B4

2 ROME BUSINESS SCHOOL A4

3 PROFUNDIS FARMS LIMITED B11

4 TAMTEK A19

5 ADAMORE NIG LIMITED C8

6 QINHUANGDAO SANNONG B23

7 QINHUANGDAO BEIDOU B17

8 HEIBEI PINGLE A20

9 HEIBEI CHANKOO B21

10 ANHUI WENYAO B18

11 RAHUSA FOODS & SYSTEMS LIMITED C12

12 SALMET A15

13 PROVIDER FARMS B33

14 AMAZON FARM A13

15 NTEL C3

16 GRIFFIN AND STETTLER LIMITED B15

17 HYLINE INTERNATIONAL B3

18 CUMMINS B1

19 AWESOME GOD AGRO ALLIED B34

20 POULTEC A7

21 OVORIDER B2

22 LE-ROY A3

23 EUROPACK A5

24 NUOVO A6

25 LIVESTOCK FEED/GRAND CEREAL A17

26 ACCESS BANK A16

27 INTERSWITCH A18

28 ANIMAL CARE KONSULT B16/B27/B36

29 BIACOM AGRO NIG LIMITED B20

30 ELTEES FARMS C7

31 MC CABE B35

32 IMO HILL FARMS A1

33 CHIMERO AGRO B39

34 NAFARL B6

35 S ADISS AGRIC ENGR LTD B41

36 AND NUTRITION/GRAZAC INTERNATIONAL B28

37 YEMTAR C11

38 LAGOS BUSINESS SCHOOL C9

39 AMO BYNG B24/B19

40 AFEX NIGERIA B38

41 AGRONIGERIA A8

42 NAFDAC A11

43 SON A12

44 MONTECAPITAL B26

45 IITA C5

46 PAN/NPS B7

47 PREMIER BUSINESS ACADEMY B8

48 NEPC C6

49 NABG C4

50 IAMN A2

51 NACCIMA A14

52 GHANA INVESTMENT PROMOTION A22

 

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FARMING PERSONALITY INTERVIEW

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MR IDOWU ASENUGA, CEO, AGRIC SUPPLIES LTD AND THE HOST OF WEST AFRICA AGRICBUSINESS SHOW (WAAS), SPOKE WITH DR JOSEPH DEJI-FOLUTILE OF FARMING ADVICE DIGEST FAD AND WORLD FARMERS CENTRE

 

DR FOLUTILE :PLEASE TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR IN THE NIGERIAN AGRIC INDUSTRY:

ASENUGA :My name is Idowu Asenuga. I am the Managing Director of Agri Supplies Limited. My journey in the Nigeria Agric Industry spans over 2 decades. It has been an interesting and educative journey. I have been opportune to execute several agricultural projects within and outside the country at various levels. I currently manage Agri Supplies Limited, an agribusiness company, which majors in the deployment of expertise that focuses on solutions, execution, monitoring, control, training and project development. We have outstanding skills in agriculture consultancy and project execution, having extensive experience in assisting farmers and investors of small to medium domestic farms and large multinational organizations to address local and global concerns to achieve set objectives. Over the years, Agri Supplies Limited has been focused on the availability of food by assisting small, medium and large-scale farmers with the best technology for their production activities. Following this passion to provide solution to food scarcity in African region especially in Nigeria, we recently collaborated with our partners to convene the West Africa Agribusiness Show, which is basically why we are having this interview today. It is an event of high impact, profile and quality for West Africa.

 

DR FOLUTILE :ON THE UPCOMING WEST AFRICA AGRIC SHOW WAAS, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY LOOKING UP TO ACHIEVE IN WEST AFRICA WITH THIS INITIATIVE?

ASENUGA:The aim of the West Africa Agribusiness Show is to accelerate food revolution in Africa. So, the starting point is for us to create the platform through which critical stakeholders in the industry both locally within the region and globally can converge to share ideas, engage and interface on innovations, know-hows which will ultimately enhance food productivity and quality levels across the region.

 

DR FOLUTILE :COULD YOU PLEASE ENUMERATE WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE EVENT?

ASENUGA: Basically, the fundamental thing this platform (WAAS) stands to provide for participants is the exchange of know-how. This is because at the event we will be having people coming from across the globe who are knowledgeable in the deployment of technology required for enhanced food production and processing. So, what we are saying is that, let's create this platform where local, regional and international players can interact to ensure that Western knowledge and regional know-how can be localized to solve the West Africa agribusiness challenges.

 

DR FOLUTILE :HOW MANY VISITORS ARE YOU EXPECTING AT THE EVENT AND WHAT WILL THE EXHIBITORS BENEFIT BY PARTICIPATING?

ASENUGA: Generally, the participants for WAAS will include small, medium and large scale farmers, research organisations, government parastatals, financial institutions, students of agricultural institutions, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, industry leaders, consumers, buyers, agrinnovators and decision-makers in the industry. We expect over 10,000 attendees at the Event from February 18th to 20th, 2020 at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. We enjoin interested participants to visit our website www.waashow.org to register.

Registration is free. Also, for partnership, exhibition, sponsorship and advert placement, kindly call 08074004555; email- info@waashow.org or visit www.waashow.org

Interview by 

Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile 

Publisher, Farming Advice Digest FAD 📕 

Founder, WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

 

Mr. Francis Toromade, Director General, Premier Agribusiness Academy

Premier Agribusiness Academy Launches Various Courses for Farmers at all levels

Premier Agribusiness Academy Launches Various Courses for Farmers at all levels

Reported By

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo

Premier Agribusiness Academy launches various courses for farmers at all levels to bridge the knowledge gap in the industry and equip both intending farmers and farmers alike with skills that will help them perform better across the value chain in the agribusiness.

The Director General of Premier Agribusiness Academy, Mr Toromade Francis who has 32years of experience in agribusiness that cut across sales and marketing, production, procurement and logistic. He said the vision of the academy is to be one of the world’s leading centre of learning, developing and transfering well researched and innovative competences required sustainable investments in non-allied industries of the agric-sector. And the mission is to facilitate human capital development in response to growing needs in the global agri-sector.

Mr Toromade commended the effort of the Federal Government for embracing, encouraging and supporting agriculture in Nigeria. Because any nation that cannot feed herself is not worthy to be called a nation. Everything that surround human is from agriculture so a nation that does not embrace agriculture is not a nation. He further explained that, ordinary agriculture is the production of livestock and crop which cannot take us anywhere. So we need business management sense which is why we have agribusiness. Agribusiness includes marketing management, human resource management, financial resource management and material resource management. All these can only be found in agribusiness which is the gap Premier Agribusiness Academy wants to bridge. He said the Academy will be offering short executive courses in Agribusiness Startup Entrepreneurship like sales and marketing management, digital marketing, Human capital development and customer service.

“The fact that you are a graduate of agriculture does not mean you know about marketing, customer services, logistics or digital marketing in agriculture. For those who don’t know about agriculture who are passionate about it and want to go into it, we have Technical courses on poultry management and aquaculture management which will involve practical hands on farm training. The academy is also going to be carrying out consultancy services in areas such as Research and Development, Feasibility study, Farm layout, Farm sitIng advice, Farm management turn around turnkey projects and Laboratory support.”

The academy is also open to partnership with various organization along the various part of the agricultural value chain with both local and international organisations, research organization in different areas in the agricultural value chain.

Premier Agribusiness Academy is having a One-day Executive Education Course for CEOs, MDs, CFOs, COOs, Business Owners and Managers with the topic: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills for Decision Making on the 5th October at Sheraton Hotels and Suite, Ikeja, Lagos.

Reported by 

Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo 

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WORLD FARMERS CENTRE 

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Participants at the SEPTEMBER POULTRY FARMING BUSINESS SEMINAR

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE HELD SEPTEMBER POULTRY FARMING BUSINESS SEMINAR

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE Farm and Grow Rich Poultry Farming Business Seminar held recently at the World Farmers Centre office at Egbeda, Lagos.

The seminar participants were made to understand the importance of partnering with experts in various areas of their poultry farming business. Areas such as health, nutrition, engineering, e.t.c so as to grow the business into a successful venture.

The participants were also taught some basic accounting and record keeping concept to help farmers to be able to manage past, present and future productivity and profitability of the poultry farming business.

One of the seminar participant has this to say, “Infact, this seminar is the second seminar i will be attending since I started the farming business and this particular one is unique in the sense that it has enlightened me more on marketing strategies, biosecurity and farm development. I say a big thank you and will put to best use what I have learnt." Kayode Nelson, CEO, Nelson Global Resources. Badagry.

To take advantage of the one coming up in OCTOBER 2019 simply send OCTOBER POULTRY with your name and email address to 07082418202 by WhatsApp.

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