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Association Decries Lack of Maintenance of Grain Silos and Neglect of Grain Farmers in South-South

The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN) South-South zonal chapter, has said that lack of maintenance of the few existing state government owned grain silos in Rivers State, has rendered inactive.

In an interview with newsmen, Mr Amadi Godwin, the Zonal Coordinator of MAN, called for improved synergy between the state and Federal Government on food security. That the few silos at Rumuodomaya in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area developed by the Rivers State government are used for storage of livestock feeds. And another located in Elele in Ikwerre LGA.

Godwin lamented that currently, the silos had remained without grains and are abandoned due to lack of maintenance.

“This has not in any way encouraged effective utilisation of the facility. MAN had written several letters calling for reactivation of these state owned silos but till date nothing has been done.

“There’s no Federal Government owned silo here in Rivers, but we have been benefitting from the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme. During the COVID-19 lockdown, our association took delivery of appreciable tonnes of agro inputs ranging from improved seeds to other agro based chemicals,” he added.

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He also pointed out that the major problem in Nigeria, is that the government has refused to support each of the states specifically in their areas of major interests and profitability. That Rivers and Delta states are hubs for cassava, maize, yam, plantain, banana, and cucumber, so farmers should be given adequate incentives for better productivity on these specific crops.

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The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Caroline Wali, lament the non-inclusion of the state in the various Federal Government’s strategy for food security.

She pointed out that the Federal Government in a bid to promote food security, has apart from incentives to farmers, constructed 30 silos in the country, and handed them to concessionaires who are expected to serve as off takers to grain farmers. That such should have been extended to Rivers State whose grain farmers have shown willingness to enter into full production but are faced with the challenges of lack of rice mills and silos.





AFAN raise alarm over fake farm inputs, threatens to sue Minister of Agriculture


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, on Monday, raised alarm over alleged moves to supply fake farm inputs to unsuspecting farmers across the country by the Minister of Agriculture and one Faruk Rabiu mudi.

This was made known through a statement signed by the National President of AFAN, Arc Kabir Ibrahim, alleging that the Minister of Agriculture and one Faruk Rabiu Mudi, have conspired to defraud unsuspecting farmers.

According to the statement by the president, “It has come to our notice that the Honourabe Minister of Agriculture and one Faruk Rabiu Mudi are colluding to defraud Nigerian Farmers by sending letters itemizing some inputs for sale at reduced prices to be paid for in account: All Farmers Association of Nigeria(AFAN) 5100311797 maintained at Heritage Bank.

“The account is fraudulently operated in an obscure and unsuspecting bank as can be seen. The items purportedly to be launched by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture along with 3 other Ministers are substandard and have been in the warehouses in Keffi and Mando since 2017.

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“You will recall that in 2019 we were asked to buy some of them but nobody came forward to do so because they were expensive and substandard. Today they are subsidized by 75% and still unpopular and therefore still unsold. A small number of these items were illegally given to Faruk Rabiu Mudi and cohorts FREE OF CHARGE and he is fraudulently trying to sell them to unsuspecting farmers.

“The Honourable Minister of Agriculture in cahoots with Faruk Rabiu Mudi is seeking to perpetuate a charade of input distribution on the 15th October 2020 to create some semblance of World Food Day, an event annually carried out back to back with the Annual Agric Show.”

The AFAN president through the statement also informed all AFAN State Chapter chairmen to shun these calls from Faruk Rabiu Mudi and his co-travelers as they smack of fraud as usual. And threatened to sue the Minister of Agriculture for colluding with a non-member and representative of AFAN.





AFAN: Nigerians will have Sufficient Supply of rice for Yuletide


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has assured Nigerians of sufficient supply of local rice ahead of the yuletide.

The AFAN National President, Mr Kabir Ibrahim, made this known while speaking with journalists on Monday, in Lagos on the availability of rice during the yuletide.

Ibrahim said that farmers have been directed to embark on dry season farming so as to bridge the supply gap.

According to him, the only thing is that, we will rely on production because rice harvest will soon start for raining season.

“We are asking our people to do the dry season farming and if done contiguously, there will be sufficient rice in the market and the price will come down. There will be a lot of local rice in the market, by the end of the year, therefore, the price will come down,” he said.

The AFAN president said that the problem affecting the supply of the commodity was because of the prevailing high demand adding and the problem was not limited to rice alone.

That If you take yam for instance, now that new yam is coming out now, yam that was sold for N1,000 is now been sold between N400 and N300.

He added that this also goes for maize which was sold for between N17,000 and N20,000 is now being sold between N12,000 and N13,000 and same thing applies to sorghum, the price is high but farmers are harvesting now, so when it gets to the market, the price will come down.

Ibrahim said that with the present situation of things, there may not be immediate drop in price of commodities due to many factors. That the current depreciation in the value of the naira was a challenge to farmers.

He added that the country must come to terms with realities because each time the value of naira depreciated the prices of imported goods including fertiliser rise.

“The value of our currency is going down and the same farmers will buy from the same market others buy from. So they must get good value for their produce to be able to compete favourable in the market. I believe that in this country, we have to come to terms with reality of the value of our currency because it is happening also the fertiliser price,” He said.

He condemned the calls for price control by government saying that it was not done anywhere in the world. That price control was only applicable during the Stone Age which was no longer fashionable. “If you allow prices to be determined by the market, they are more liberal and realistic.





Poultry Farmers call on FG to lift ban on Maize Importation


The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal Government to lift the ban on maize importation to save their business from collapse.

The Zonal Chairman of PAN Badagry Zone, Dr Olusegun Adedayo, made the call at the 2020 World Egg Day celebration on Friday in Badagry, Lagos, and themed “Egg! More Than the Perfect Protein”.

Adedayo stated that the ban of maize importation in Nigeria had resulted in the increase in price of poultry feeds. That a bag of poultry feeds that we bought few months ago at N2,800 now is being sold for N3,850.

He said that, apart from high cost of bags of feed, the problem of the deplorable state of Badagry road is another serious issue, and most transporters have abandoned the road because of the bad road coupled with police extortion. That there are more than 25 police check points on Lagos-Badagry expressway, extorting money from their customers.

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Adedayo however called for government intervention on procurement of maize and urgent repair of the Badagry expressway to save the few farms in Badagry from folding up.

Speaking on the World Egg Day, he described egg as a very good source of high-quality protein. That more than half the protein in an egg is found in the egg white, which also includes vitamin B2 and lower amount of fat of that in the yoke.





Nigeria Customs Intensify Anti-Smuggling Efforts after Coronavirus Detection in Imported Frozen Foods in China



The Nigeria Customs Service have given a special directive to all their commands and zones across the country to intensify efforts on anti-smuggling activities, especially frozen foods.

This became very important following the report of the detection of the coronavirus on imported seafood and frozen food of Ecuadorian and Brazilian origin.

The virus was detected after a sample was taken from the surface of the frozen chicken wings imported into the southern city of Shenzhen from Brazil as well as samples from the outer package of frozen Ecuadorian shrimps sold in the northwestern city of Xian in China. 

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According to the circular signed by the Ag Deputy Comptroller (Enforcement), IT Magaji, all commands and zones are to intensify anti-smuggling activities to ensure that frozen chicken are not illegally smuggled into the country through the land borders, airports and seaports.




Agency called for Collaboration on Flood Prevention

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), has urged the three tiers of government and other relevant stakeholders to collaborate on flood management in the country. The Director-General of the agency, Mr Clement Nze, made this known on Thursday, in Abuja, while addressing journalists.

Nze revealed that the country was still expecting many weeks of rainfall in the cause of the year that more floods were expected in the months of September and October. And the agency is using this medium to advise state and local governments, stakeholders, multi-national companies, public-spirited individuals and philanthropists that all hands should be on deck.

He said that, the release of excess water from the dams in countries upstream rivers, this year this will have more negative impact on Nigeria, that is located downstream of countries in the Niger Basin. Coupled with the non-existence of any dam structure within the Nigeria portion of River Benue makes Nigeria vulnerable to excessive flooding in the event of sudden release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

“Based on the report of the expected flood coming down from Niamey and the projected contribution by the inland rivers, both Kainji and Jebba dams on river Niger have continued to spill water.

“The Shiroro dam on river Kaduna with reservoir level at 381.48m as at 9.00am today, has been maintaining a regulated spilling into the River Niger.

“The effect of all these is that the communities in the state adjoining River Niger will continue to be highly inundated by river flooding as it is being witnessed in the recent time.

“The highly vulnerable states are: Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa,’’ he said. As a matter of fact, all the states have suffered several degrees of flooding since June, the danger is not yet over.’’

Nze, however, advised Nigerians to ensure blocked drains and gutters, river channels dredges and structures within the waterways and floodplains and flood paths were pulled down to avoid more flooding.

He said all the stakeholders should join hands to save the country from the consequences of the twin pandemic, COVID-19 and flooding.



The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Commended over regulations of GMOs

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has been commended by the Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of environment Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor for its efforts in ensuring that the activities of modern biotechnology and its products are properly regulated.

The Minister gave the commendation during a working visit to the NBMA, she noted that since the inception of the Agency, it has achieved a lot by putting in place appropriate measures to protect human health and the environment from the potentially harmful impact of modern biotechnology products.

“The world we live now demands an Agency like NBMA as the transboundary movement of organisms need to be checked in order to nip in the bud any threat of bioterrorism. I think the Agency is doing a great job for all of us. I am quite impressed by what I see today, your trained staff and the state-of-the-art detection and analysis laboratory are pointers that Nigeria is going in the right direction in terms of regulation of modern Biotechnology’’.

The Minister assured the NBMA support in meeting its areas of challenges so that staff of the Agency can discharge their duties more efficiently.






The Feed practitioners Association of Nigeria FIPAN has called on the federal government to urgently save the poultry and animal feed industries from the scarcity of maize that threatens the shutdown of the industry. According to them, if more maize is not made available more poultry farmers will sell off their stocks and close down which might take the country two to three years to recover from.


The CBN recently ban the importation of maize in a directive given to authorized dealers from issuing Form M for maize importation. This has raised serious concerns of an imminent shortage of maize in the market. There are now concerns that local farmers will not meet demands as poultry farmers and other feed producers decry the high cost of the produce. The Feed practitioners Association of Nigeria remained concerned over the astronomical increase in the price of maize. According to the president of FIPAN, Dr Afolabi Afelumo, “most of the feed millers are idle and poultry farmers are closing down even at 85% egg production, you see a layer mash going for as much as N3800, there is no way they can break even.”


Also speaking, the President of Supplements manufacturer Association of Nigeria, Dr Oyedele Oyedeji, “Prices has shot up to astronomical levels around N200,000 per tonne, something that was 80,000 per tonne as at February is now about N200,000 per tonne. That portends a great consequence to the price of feed and consequently the price of eggs.” He said.


Saidu Abdullahi, a maize supplier also gave credence to the scarcity and high price of maize, FIPAN, however, appealed to the federal government to give a window of two to three months for the CBN to allow the importation of about 360,000 metric tonnes of maize into the country, as well as releasing the country’s grain reserve “What we need now before the new maize come, is about 360,000 tonnes of maize and if we extrapolate that to what the maize grower association said they produce this last planting season which about 3.45 per cent of what we are requesting for that they produce.”

Most farmers believe that the ban on maize importation when local producers have not been able to produce enough to meet the demand of the industry will lead to a high cost of the material, which is a major raw material in the livestock industry.






Some stakeholders in the agriculture sector have advocated for the use of biotechnology to scale up food production in the country. The stakeholders made reveal this during a webinar session tagged: “Media Summit on Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Nigeria”, which was organized by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).


Mr Kabir Ibrahim, the National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), said it was important to examine the option of the use of innovation to boost food production and sufficiency to ameliorate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, there still the need to sensitise smallholder farmers to embrace modern technologies such as biotechnology to avert hunger caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Already, a lot of work has been going on to commercialise cowpea, maize, cassava, rice, sorghum as well as cotton and the farmers are seeing good results so it is, therefore, easy to get them to embrace biotechnology,” he said.


Dr Rose Gidado, the Country Coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), said the application of efforts would encourage stakeholders to participate in the science-based decision, that this move was crucial and necessary for the acceptance and adoption of innovative technology. She said the facilitation of adequate understanding of the several ways Nigeria can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is very fundamental to achieve zero hunger by 2030. She said that with the current population of over 200 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050, an outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria is faced with the risk of the decreased farming population due to age, decreased arable land, poverty, malnutrition and hunger.

She said that agricultural biotechnology was the solution to Nigeria’s food security that the conventional method of agriculture could no longer meet up with the country’s demand considering the current population of over 200 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050 coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19. “With the current state of agriculture in Nigeria, it has become paramount to also adopt this technology to improve our productivity and revive our industries. The time is now, let us sensitise people on the potential of this innovation to aid decision making and adoption in Nigeria.”


Prof. Alex Akpa, the Acting Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), stated the importance of biotechnology application, especially in the areas of health, agriculture and environment. “Biotechnology has other applications; in agriculture, it is massive and that is where most post-COVID-19 is coming, you find out that here in NABDA, using Biotechnology we have started impacting massively in the area of agriculture. “For instance, in our yam multiplication programme, last year, we were able to produce one million yam seedlings and this year, we are targeting five million yam seedlings, all these things are feasible because of biotechnology,” he added.






Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, The Executive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), had on Monday, said Nigeria should ramp up efforts on Agricultural value chain development so as to maximize income from investments.

He said this was very important especially to cushion the effect of COVID-19 in the country. Olaniyan said the government need to subsidize input for stakeholders in the agricultural production value chain, that there was a need to put in place appropriate post-harvest practices to reduce losses of whatever was being produced and strengthened supply chain of agricultural commodities.


According to him, “Adequate credit facilities should be made available and a mechanism should be put in place to ensure that the facilities are provided to farmers. There should be deliberate effort to promote access to storage facilities and post-harvest technologies, development of market infrastructure.

”There is also a need for the government to promote youth involvement in the agricultural value chain. There is a need for an adequate irrigation system to be put in place to ensure all year round farming as well as capacity building of stakeholders in the agricultural value chain. Development of cottage industries most especially in the rural areas to enhance value-addition and income of the stakeholders is important,” he added.


Olaniyan advised Farmers to always use improved planting materials and technologies by Agricultural Research Institutes and that farmers should give priority to information coming from agricultural research institutes to boost production and also adopt recommended post-harvest practices given by Research Institutions.


According to him, “We made Production of improved planting materials of vegetable seeds of Tomato, Pepper, Okra, Amaranth, Celosia, Corchorus and Cucurbits for farmers. Also, various technologies developed such as Tuta Trap Tray (TTT) and yellow sticky trap branded, “NIHORT sticky trap” will be made available to stakeholders in Pepper and Tomato value chain. “We have value-added products developed from tomato such as tomato dried slices, puree, powder, whole peeled tomato and development of raised platform (Sun Dryer) for Tomato fruits among other achievements,” he said.


He, however, emphasized the need for all hands to be on deck so as to divert the focus of the economy from oil to other areas of the economy to be able to reduce the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.






 Pig farmers in Ogun state are counting their losses from the death of their pigs following an outbreak of the deadly African swine fever. The disease had been reported to have ravaged some pig farms in some parts of the state, especially Ijebu North East, Ijebu North, Ijebu-Ode and Ikenne local government areas.


Some of the affected farmers, who spoke in Atan-Ijebu under the aegis of Ijebu North East Pig Farmers Association, said the epidemic had crippled their means of livelihood. Samuel Ogunsanwo, the President of the association, revealed that no fewer than 20 farmers have lost millions of naira and some others have fallen sick due to the loss caused by the swine fever.

In his words “If you get to this farm three weeks ago, it was lively with the sound of 1,300 pigs but today the pig pens are silent after all of the animals were wiped off following the outbreak of African swine fever. “This farm is just one example of how we have been hit by the devastating disease. Swine fever has swept through Atan, the headquarters of Ijebu North East, one of the largest local governments with pig farmers. Some of us have been left devastated, we have lost millions of naira to the disease between June and July, this year.

"This is the first time we are witnessing it in our area, it has been in Ijebu North, in Lagos State and some other adjourning locations in our area.” According to a pig farmer, Oluwaseun Mustapha, the owner of Sopetie Farms, said that the farmers were doing their best to stop and control the outbreak of environmental or health hazards. “What we do is that once it happens, we isolate the affected ones, and when they die we bury them in the pit provided for that purpose. We don’t allow humans to eat them. We have more than 11 pits that we have dug where we dispose of the dead animals to avoid any environmental or health hazards,” he added.

The farmers called on the state government to come to their aid in provision of grants and loans to help them return and remain in business. In response, Dr. Samson Odedina, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the government was already aware of the outbreak and had increased advocacy to enlighten farmers on measures to prevent the continued spread of the disease.

He said though there is no immediate plan for compensation yet, but the veterinary officers in the various zones of the state have been visiting affected farms.






The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced a Non-Interest Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS Loan) for the youths. The objective of the scheme according to CBN is to engage a minimum of 370,000 youths in agricultural production across the country over the next three years.

This is to reduce unemployment among the youths in the country and increase agricultural production towards food security, job creation, and economic diversification.



i. The beneficiary must be a Nigerian youth with the ages of 18 to 35 years

ii. Sign an undertaking to abide by the terms of agreement of the Scheme



Two Agricultural Commodities where the state has a comparative advantage




Mobilization and Clustering

i. State government to mobilize prospective young farmers with representation from all Senatorial Zones

ii. State Governments/FCT to provide agricultural land in contiguous locations in all senatorial Zones. Minimum of 100 hectares per cluster

iii. Prospective entrepreneurs (that meet the eligibility criteria) shall be grouped into clusters by commodity to be produced.

iv. State government to allocate 2-5 hectares of land per beneficiary

v. State Government to provide access roads, water sources and other infrastructure that will enhance agricultural production on the land

vi. States may charge a rental on land (Max. of N10,000 per ha) to defray the cost of land clearing and other infrastructure provided. Rental charged will be embedded in the Economics of Production (EoP) of the farmer.



i. The PFIs will act as agents of the CBN in disbursing the financing to the beneficiaries, which shall be in kind.

ii. The PFIs shall purchase the inputs for on-selling to the beneficiaries, using CBN approved non-interest financing contract of Murabaha, Istisna’, etc at an all-inclusive rate of return of 9% p.a. For the financing of labour, the PFI shall use Service Ijarah or any other appropriate CBN approved contract for NIFIs with the same all-inclusive rate of return of 9%.

iii. Financing tenor is 6 months for grains and broiler production (rice, maize, soybean etc); 18 months for cassava; 24 months for egg production and ruminants; 5 years for plantation crops etc

iv. Average financing size of N250,000 per ha for arable crops; N500,000 per unit for livestock; and N1.5 million naira for plantation crops like cocoa, cashew and oil palm.



i. Anchors/Processors/Aggregators shall sign uptake agreement with PMT.

ii. Produce off-take shall be on cash and carry basis.

iii. Contiguous nature of farms should reduce the logistics associated with aggregation.


Participating Financial Institution (PFI) shall:

i. Conduct due diligence in account opening and credit appraisal.

ii. Access funds from the CBN on Wakala basis for on-financing to eligible entrepreneurs.

iii. Ensure that payments are made directly to vendors in respect of equipment to be acquired with the purchased facility and the PFI takes a lien on such assets.

iv. Charge the entrepreneurs the exact rate of return as prescribed by the CBN.

v. Monitor the beneficiaries to ensure full utilization of the facilities.

vi. Register beneficiaries’ BVN on the National Collateral Registry (NCR).

vii. Monitor projects.


Input Suppliers/Service Providers shall:

i. Ensure timely delivery of inputs/services

ii. Provide technical support on usage wherever it is required

iii. Replace deficient inputs supplied to beneficiaries within 5 working days of receiving such complaints by beneficiaries

iv. Provide effective customer services to feedback and complaints management


Anchors/Processors shall:

i. Sign off-take agreement with the PMT

ii. Off-take produce at the prevailing market price or an average of 3 prices within the State

iii. Make payment for all products collected within 5 working days of collection

iv. Provide logistics for produce aggregation and evacuation

v. Provide technical support for harvesting and handling of produce


Beneficiaries shall:

i. Be responsible for the management of the farm

ii. provide third party guarantor for repayment of financing facility.

iii. Cross guarantee one another

iv. Must agree to work with extension workers

v. Commit to abide by the terms of the agreement and not to side sell produce

vi. Repay the financing facility as and when due by surrendering the output to the Anchor or State


The Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) shall: provide insurance cover for agricultural enterprises under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme.






Mixed reactions have continued to trail the Central Bank of Nigeria's ban on the importation on maize despite the current challenges facing farmers.

According to the circular by the Apex bank, this is part of 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 pandemic.

Most farmers believe this will further push the price of maize up. Recall that there had been complaints by some poultry farmers of the scarcity of maize in certain states in the country. And considering the fact that maize farmers had forecasted a drop in the quantity of maize that will be available due to various challenges posed by COVID 19 to maize farmers.


In the statement made by the National President, Maize Association of Nigerian, (MAAN) Abubakar Bello Funtua, at a press conference on Wednesday, “Our target for the year 2020 planting season was 25 million metric tonnes, but with the prevalence of insecurity as well as the COVID-19 pandemic which has disrupted our activities, we had to make a 25/30 percent reduction of this target. While we have an annual demand of 18 million metric tonnes, we were able to produce 20 million metric tonnes last year but unfortunately, we are not expecting as much this year”.


Going by the statement above on the drop in expected yield of maize by Maize Association of Nigerian, some farmers in the feed industry are already foreseeing an increase in the price of maize as the ban on the importation will raise more demand for the local maize production.





The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service has on Wednesday announced that it will now be regularising trade in donkey skin so as to control the vulnerability of donkeys in Nigeria from over-exploitation.


Director-General, NAQS, Vincent Isegbe, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by the Head of Media, Communications and Strategies, Gozie Nwodo, which was entitled, “NAQS sets agenda for sustainable trade in donkey skin.” Isegbe said the spike in demand for donkey skins had resulted in an underground market for the product.


He added that this had also resulted in a relentless open season on the donkey population. Isegbe said it was critical to find a balance between the proper donkey skin business and over-exploitation of the donkey population.


According to his statement “This is a delicate balancing act that calls for the structuring and standardization of the value chain in order to maintain and restock the national herd population of donkeys by improved breeding, ranching and other innovative ways,” he said.