WORLD FARMERS CENTRE

Feeding The World Through Knowledge Transfer To Farmers To Succeed In The Business Of Farming

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE

Feeding The World Through Knowledge Transfer To Farmers To Succeed In The Business Of Farming

TO GET THIS MONEY MAKING MACHINE OF A BOOK, SIMPLY PAY 2,999 NAIRA TO DEJI FOLUTILE GTB 0016443166 AND SEND YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO 08173030321 BY WHATSAPP WITH THE PROOF OF PAYMENT

HIGH COST OF MAIZE THREATENS THE SHUTDOWN OF THE POULTRY AND FEED INDUSTRIES

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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

AGRIC STAKEHOLDERS ADVOCATE THE USE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY TO BOOST FOOD PRODUCTION

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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

INTENSIFY EFFORTS ON AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN, NIHORT CHARGES

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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

AFRICAN SWINE FEVER HIT OGUN STATE: FARMERS COUNT LOSSES

 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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

REQUIREMENT FOR ACCESSING CBN NON-INTEREST ACCELERATED AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME (AADS LOAN) FOR YOUTHS

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.

 

ELIGIBILITY

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

 

FOCAL ACTIVITIES

Two Agricultural Commodities where the state has a comparative advantage

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

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.

 

Financing:

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.

 

Marketing:

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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

MIXED REACTIONS TRAIL THE BAN ON MAIZE IMPORTATION

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.

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.

NIGERIA AGRICULTURAL QUARANTINE SERVICE TO REGULARISE DONKEY SKIN TRADE.

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.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

WORLD FARMERS CENTRE.