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MAIDUGURI — Northeast Zonal Coordinator, Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr. Mahmood Nyako has commenced mapping of over 500,000 hecters of farmland for the cultivation of rice in the northeast cropping season. Nyako disclosed this during a meeting with the leadership of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN, Borno state chapter in Maiduguri. He expressed confidence that with the special programme embarked by the Central Bank for the dry and...

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ABAKALIKI — The Cedro Royal Multiventures, Abuja has trained 400 grassroots cassava farmers in the use of Akilimo advisory tool for fertiliser recommendation and weed management. The Lead team of the venture, Mr. Fakunle Aremu, said this on Monday in Abakaliki during a training workshop on the use of the tool. Aremu said the innovation was meant to increase cassava production. He said the firm, together with Eleanya Empowerment Foundation Africa in the state, wanted...

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YENAGOA — The Bayelsa Government says its investment partnership in agriculture with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the area of rice production will start yielding returns before the end of the year. The Deputy Governor, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said this on Saturday at a meeting with traditional rulers from Nembe Local Government Area of the state. The deputy governor said the state had since subscribed to the CBN-backed Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme (AADS)...

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ABUJA — The Senate has approved the establishment of the National Agricultural Development Fund for the purpose of providing finance to support strategic aspects of agricultural development of Nigeria. This followed the clause by clause consideration of the report presented by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development by the lawmakers during the plenary on Wednesday. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the chairman of the committee Sen. Abdullahi Adamu had earlier presented...

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Another two weeks of space have been given to farmers and herders in Ekiti state to register under the state government. All farmers and herders in the state have been instructed or risk getting expelled from the state according to a statement issued by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Olabode Adetoyi. The state had conducted a two-week registration of farmers and herders in February but not citizens under the stated categories seized the...

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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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