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BENIN — The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on Tuesday, inaugurated and handed the 1.62 kilometers internal access road it rehabilitated at the Nigerian Institute of Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Benin. Handing over the road, to NIFOR Management, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the rehabilitation of the road was part of the Federal Government’s intervention on roads in tertiary institutions. Fashola, represented by the Federal Controller of Works in Edo,...

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The National Land Agricultural Development Authority (NALDA) has recovered its land measuring 700 hectares in Sugu of Ganye local government area, while the Adamawa Emirate Council donated another 5,000 Hectares of Land situated at DuIo Bwatiye in Ribadu district of Fufore local government for usage as wet and dry season farming activities. Dr. Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary of the Authority who visited the lands and interacted with farmers said 30, 000 thousand young graduates will...

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The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RPAN) has asked the federal government to criminalise the sale of foreign rice. Andy Ekwelem, the Director-General of the association made this demand on Saturday while speaking to Journalist in Abuja about the influx of smuggled rice into the country. He indicated that the rice milling industry which is currently responsible for the employment of  13 million citizens will be at risk if the smuggling of rice is not...

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ABUJA —  Mr. Promise Amahah, Director-General, Nigeria Young Farmers Network (NYFN), says science, technology and innovation are imperative for enhancing mechanisation in agriculture and improving not only crop yield but an entire value chain. Amahah, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, encouraged farmers to embrace the vast possibilities of mechanised farming practices in order to ensure optimal productivity. Amahah, also the Chief Executive Officer...

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A group of small-scale women farmers have rejected the use of simple farm tool in exchange for mechanised agricultural machinery to increase the productivity of farm workers. Under the aegis of Small-Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON), the group declared that women farmers will not longer carry out farming activities with hoes and cutlass during a 3-day programme in Abuja. The group visited the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture Abuja to retire...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent ______ Women farmers in Maiganga Community in Gombe state, have commended Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), a Non Governmental Organisation for providing them with improved soybeans seedlings while also training them on soybean processing. Speaking  in Maiganga community, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe state, the farmers were appreciative for the gesture. Magdalene Isiaku, a soybeans farmer said “ I am very happy today because I am now richer after harvest...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’ Aziz, Regional Correspondent For Folwoya Goriji farming community at Ndikong ward of Mayo Belwa local government area of Adamawa, groundwater does not only serve their need but that of their livestock. For now, this sleeping community depends on pond -water for daily chorus, alleging that they were neglected by their state and local representatives. The rural dwellers pleaded with the state and local government to come to their plight. “We only see them during...

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Some farmers under the aegis of the Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (NCGA) have allayed fears of an impending shortage of cassava in 2021, due to inability to access government intervention funds. A member of the association, Yemi Williams told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Saturday in Lagos that farmers’ inability to access the government’s N19.7 billion promised in 2019, is projected to cause the anticipated shortage. “As part of...

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The Enugu State Government on friday distributed quality agricultural inputs for dry season farming to two thousand poor and vulnerable farmers in the rural areas, under the World Bank-Assisted CARES Programme. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo during the flag-off of the distribution exercise at Michael Okpara Square stated that the intervention was aimed at boosting agricultural productivity, employment generation and stimulation of rural economy. The agricultural inputs distributed ranges...

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As a measure to tackle youth restiveness, the Adamawa state government has pledged to support about ten thousand farmers for active participation in this year’s dry season farming to enhance food security in the state. Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri disclosed this when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth leaders from 21 local governments in the state visited him in the Government House, Yola. “Government has made this decision having observed that farm yield from this year`s...

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