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KANO TO INVEST IN LOCAL MILK PRODUCTION TO FILL IMPORTATION GAP

To fast-track the economic development of the indigenous dairy industry, the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project has said it is ready to invest in the local milk production and processing.

Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, the State Project Coordinator, said what spoiled this investment decision is the huge amount being spent on the importation of processed milk and milk products to Nigeria and economic effect the nation’s economy.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria spends between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion on milk and other dairy products importation yearly. According to the statement by Ameen K. Yassar, the Project Communication Specialist said Garba gave an assertion while receiving Malam Hambali Muhammad, the State Coordinator, Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria, (RMRDC), at the project office in Kano. “The gap between supply and demand for dairy products is widening in Nigeria. Yet we have the potential to produce enough milk that will serve our population and even export to other countries if we invest appropriately.

“So under this project, we are approaching the issue from different angles. We are constructing 200 milk collection centers to supply the high quality, safe and adequate raw milk required by dairy processing firms and indeed, the general public.

“Similarly, we will train the herdsmen and milk vendors on hygiene and best practices on milk production and processing, to add value to their products. We are also engaged in large and community scale fodder production that will help our herdsmen to settle down and not to migrate seasonally in search of pasture.

“Another area of focus of the project, according to Malam Ibrahim, is insemination of cows and small ruminants fattening, to improve the quality and quantity of milk, meat and even leather produced in the state. He said the project was keen to gain from the expertise of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria, RMRDC, in the establishment of milk collection centres as well as in the areas of meat and leather development,” the statement reads.

However, Malam Hambali Muhammad said the visit was to see how they can work together to help the project to grow as the organization was charged with the mandate of promoting the development and utilization of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials for the benefit of the citizen.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

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FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE SEEK FG’S SUPPORT FOR LOANS AND GRANTS

The National Apex of Nigerian Farmers’ Cooperative Society (NANFACOS) has appealed to the Federal Government to support them with loans and grants and that the President should give more priority to the private sector so that they can drive the country’s agriculture value chain to make it more self-sufficient in food production.

Chief Nwogwugwu Uzoma, the Acting National President of NANFACOS, made this appeal at a meeting with all state presidents in Abuja. The association said for the country to become a global force to be reckoned with in agriculture like Israel, there must be a support for farmer cooperatives in the form of loans and grants.

NANFACOS bemoaned the serious effect of Covid-19 on farmers and called for financial and material assistance from the federal government. Uzoma appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination to make agriculture the mainstay of the economy.

He assured farmers to join to the corporative society so that they can have easy access to farming loans, equipment and other important farm inputs. He further said that the association had been given the go-ahead by the Department of Cooperative, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to conduct its national general election.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

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ABEOKUTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WHY SOME FARMERS CAN'T ACCESS CBN LOAN

The Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture has revealed that many farmers in Ogun State could not access credit facilities from the Central Bank of Nigeria and other banks because they do not have Certificates of Occupancy.

 

The chamber has, however, appealed to the Ogun state government to grant power to the local government areas so that they also be able to issue Cs of O for agricultural purposes. Mr. Jare Oyesola, the President of ABEOCCIMA, said this at the 44th Annual General Meeting of the chamber in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

 

Oyesola said that efforts made by most farmers failed in getting loan facility from the CBN because they do not have Cs of O to process the funds. He also stated that the low agricultural production in the state is due to the current Land Use Act, which only empowered the state government to issue Cs of O to landowners. In his words, “The challenge we have with agriculture is Land."

 

"It is easier to get land in the North than in the South-West. What I’m advocating is that just like the Land Use Decree of 1978 has stated, local governments should be able to give land for agricultural development. We know one another in our local government areas, we know the cooperatives in our local government areas; allow local governments to be able to give us C of O.," he continued. 

 

“From my experience, the Central Bank Nigeria and international companies recognize a C of O issued by a local government and they will give farmers loan because it shows the evidence that they are authorized to till that land.

 

"The CBN in Abeokuta says they don’t disburse the funds given to them by the Federal Government because many farmers don’t have Cs of O. If they have Cs of O, they will be able to access the funds for agricultural value chain development.”

 

Oyesola however, advocated for an agricultural revolution, that Nigerians must embrace agriculture to overcome the economic challenges faced by the country. Mrs. Alaba Lawson, the Chairperson of the ABEOCCIMA Board of Trustees, also called for massive investment in agriculture for Nigeria to survive the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,

🌳FARMING NEWS TODAY,

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