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ABUJA — The House of Representatives, on Thursday has urged the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to send enumerators to Kebbi State for the purpose of registering the farmers as it faulted the Federal Government over the number of farmers said to have been registered in Kebbi State under the ongoing nationwide registration. The House mandated its Committee on Agricultural Production and Services to inspect the data centre, where the registration of farmers...

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YOLA — In an effort to boost farming activities this cropping season, the Adamawa State Government in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross has flagged off the distribution of hybrid maize seeds in four selected communities in Yola South, Hong, Girei, and Numan Local government areas. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Umar Iya Daware while speaking during the flag-off ceremony held at Mbamba in Yola South, said the move was part of...

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In an effort to make fertilizer available to farmers this cropping season, Members of the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) said they have raised about N140 billion that would enable blenders to procure raw materials for fertilizer production for the 2021 farming season. Input Suppliers, Agro-Dealers and Financial Institutions have held in Abuja in which it discussed the issues including fertilizer production. Mr. Gideon Negedu, Executive Secretary of the Association in a press...

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ABUJA — President Muhammed Buhari has unceremoniously celebrated the success of the agricultural policy initiated by his administration. According to him, the country can now brag about food sufficiency as it no longer has to Import food items from other countries. On Friday, while at the presidential villa receiving the former prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, Buhari said his administration retreated to agriculture, owing to the fluctuating prices of crude oil. “We needed to...

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ENUGU — Solidaridad West Africa – Nigeria, a solution-oriented Civil Society organization, on Thursday, inaugurated a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) for Sustainable Climate-Smart Oil Palm production among communities in Enugu. Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Nigeria, Dr. Sam Ogallah, said the effort was part of the National Initiative for Climate-Smart Oil Palm Smallholder (NISCOPS) project. Ogallah said that the setting up of the MSP was informed by the result of the studies the organisation...

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KANO — The Federal Government has trained some Irish Potato farmers in Kano tagged ‘5-Day Training on Farmers Business School (FBS) for Irish Potato Farmers in Gezawa Communities on farming business models which will improve the way they cultivate the crop. Addressing the trainees, the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hajiya Karima Babangida, said Irish potato is a premium cash crop sought after by many in...

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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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