Category: Agriculture

Humanitarian assistance: Yobe Govt expresses concern over animal health

Damaturu   –    The Yobe Pilot Livestock Development Programme (YPLDP) has expressed concern over unverified health status of livestock imported into the state by humanitarian organisations. The Manager of YPLDP, Dr Mustapha Gaidam, Made the government’s position known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Damaturu. He said the programme had identified Contagious Bovine Pluro Pneumonia (CBPP), Black Quarter (BQ) and Pest Petit Ruminants (PPR), Tuberculosis, foot and mouth disease in animals imported by some humanitarian agencies for empowerment projects. He added that “the Yobe Government had vaccinated over six million herds of cattle, goats, ... Read more

El-Rufai inaugurates poultry diseases diagnostic laboratory

By Hussaina Yakubu Kaduna –   Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Wednesday in Kaduna, inaugurated a complex called ‘Poultry Disease Diagnostic Laboratory’ to serve the 19 Northern States. The diagnostic centre, which is expected to reduce incidences of poultry related diseases, would do some poultry tests free for farmers. The governor on the occasion, encouraged poultry farmers across the 19 Northern States to patronise the laboratory in order to control poultry diseases. “This facility will enable poultry farmers to have a rapid response to any emergency poultry disease that might arise in the future. “This is a commendable ... Read more

Mill Concession: Elephant Group to flood market with local rice

By Chidinma Agu Lagos –   The Managing Director (MD) of Elephant Group of Companies , Mr Tunji Owoeye, on Wednesday said the company would soon flood the market with its local rice known as the Elephant Pride. Owoeye said this in a statement after his company took possession of the Elele Alimini Rice Processing Mill in Rivers. The statement was signed by the group’s Media Consultant, Mr Babatunde Ajibola. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) concessioned the rice mill in Rivers to the group on Dec.1. The statement quoted the managing director ... Read more

FADAMA grooms 7,000 households in Enugu State for rice production

By Emmanuel Acha Enugu –  The FADAMA programme says no fewer than 7,000 rice producing families in Enugu State have been added to the clusters of rice producers in the state. Mr Hillary Onyekwere, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Enugu State FADAMA Coordination Office, said this on Tuesday in Enugu during the 8th World Bank/FGN Joint Supervision Mission meeting in the state. Onyekwere said that the FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF) project had made tremendous progress in efforts to revamp the rice value chain in the state. He said that the increase in the quantity of rice produced in ... Read more

CARI sensitises Nigerian students to benefits of local rice

By Kudirat Musa Abuja –   Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) has started sensitising school children across the country to the benefits of locally produced rice in terms of its quality and availability. Mr Kojo Sagoe, Policy Advisor for CARI, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at the celebration of Nigerian rice and cultural day of Asokoro Community Staff Secondary School. He said that the Policy Advocacy Unit of CARI just developed the initiative to convey the message on local rice to the parents through their children. “The programme entails identifying one or two schools that would organise end-of-the-year ... Read more

Abia govt promises N1m grant for investment in ranches, animal husbandry

By Sam Oditah   Umuahia   –    Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has promised to give N1 million financial assistance to anyone that would invest in ranches and animal husbandry in any part of the state. Ikpeazu said this on a live radio interview on Wednesday in Umuahia, adding that the gesture was part of government’s measures to discourage open grazing and the resultant clashes. “I wish to state that this government will pay N1 million grant as incentive to anyone that would heed my call to set up a ranch or engage in commercial animal husbandry in Abia,” he said. ... Read more

Delay in payment for seed supplies under GES can affect food production – Stakeholders

By Okon Okon Abuja –   Stakeholders in the agricultural sector say delay in payment for seeds, supplied under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme, can hinder the nation’s food production. The stakeholders made the observation on Wednesday at a workshop on National Seed Production and Financing Planning in Abuja. The workshop was organised by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), under the auspices of Micro Reforms for Africa Agribusiness (MIRA). Mr Olafare Richard, President, Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), who declared the workshop open, expressed worry that seed companies in Nigeria were still being owed since ... Read more

India promises to woo investors to Nigeria’s agricultural business

Abuja –  The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) said it would collaborate with the Nigerian Government to woo investors to invest in agriculture and other allied sectors of Nigeria’s economy. Mr Edwin Devakumar, Chairman of ASSOCHAM India-Nigeria chapter, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. He made this known at the side line of business event titled: “Nigeria-India cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors, opportunities and way forward.’’ Devakumar said ASSOCHAM had signed MoU with the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to encourage investors from India ... Read more

FG subsidises farmers’ insurance by 50% – NAIC

By Philomina Attah Abuja –  The Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) says the Federal Government is subsidising farmers’ insurance in the agricultural value chain by 50 per cent. The Managing Director of NAIC, Mrs Folashade Joseph, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the corporation. “We want to use this opportunity to encourage farmers to embrace insurance. “Government has subsided insurance for farmers by 50 per cent. For instance, for crops, if you are to pay a premium of N4, NAIC will charge farmers N2. “That is 50 per cent of subsidy for farmers ... Read more

IFAD task rural community development groups on productivity

By Muhammad Nasir Bello Sokoto –   The International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Saturday urged Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Sokoto State to ensure maximum commitment toward improving productivity in agriculture. The IFAD Country Programme Manager, Mr Ben Odoemena, made the call during an interactive session with the groups. Odoemena, in a statement by Malam Hayatu Dallhatu, IFAD Knowledge Management and Communications Officer, said that the interactive session was aimed at facilitating the CDAs access to obtain more benefits from agriculture in the state. He said that the interaction was held with CDA members from the 17 benefiting ... Read more

Poultry farmers in Kogi to get N4.2m loan each for egg production

By Stephen Adeleye Lokoja –   Poultry farmers in Kogi are to get N4.2 million loan each for egg production under the Federal Government’s National Egg Production (NEGPRO) Scheme. Chief Tunde Badmus, the Scheme Manager and National Anchor of the programme, disclosed this at a town hall meeting with poultry farmers in Lokoja on Friday. Badmus said that NEGPRO had started operations in six pilot states, including Kogi. He said that 150 poultry farmers in Kogi had been registered for the loan, as approved by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ... Read more

Unemployment: VP’s Wife urges youth corps members to embrace agriculture

By Angela Atabo Abuja –   Mrs Oludolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Vice President on Wednesday urged corps members to key into agriculture to boost Federal Government’s determination to diversify the nation’s economy from oil. Osinbajo made the call when she visited the Batch B, Stream I corps members at the Nigerian Youth Service Corps,(NYSC) orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja . She charged them to take advantage of the natural resources in the country to develop themselves in the agricultural sector in order for them to be employers of labour rather than job seekers. “I advice you today to lay ... Read more

Agriculture remains best alternative to grow economy — Perm Sec

By Mohammed Lawal Zaria (Kaduna State) –  Dr Bukar Hassan, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said on Tuesday that agriculture remained the best alternative to grow and develop the economy. Hassan said this at the opening of 2017/2018 National Agricultural Extension Review and Planning Meeting held at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Zaria, Kaduna State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the review meeting is “Extension: The Driver of Knowledge and Innovation in the Nigerian Agricultural Value Chain”. Represented by the Director, Federal Agricultural Extension in the ... Read more

Premium Times partners stakeholders to revamp agric sector

Abuja –   Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, Chief Executive Officer, Premium Times Nigeria, on Monday said that the organisation was collaborating with some stakeholders in efforts to overhaul the country’s agricultural sector. Olorunyomi said this in Abuja at a National Symposium on Agriculture, organised by Premium Times Nigeria and supported by Nigeria Incentive-Base, Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL). He said that the organisation was collaborating with some agricultural stakeholders to effectively address the challenges facing the agricultural sector, with a view to finding the way forward. He said that the symposium was designed to stimulate quality interaction at the ... Read more

Obasanjo tasks IITA to ensure research results get to farmers

By Chidinma Ewunonu-Aluko Ibadan –    Former  President Olusegun Obasanjo, has congratulated the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan on its 50th anniversary and urged it to ensure its research findings get to farmers. Obasanjo gave the charge at the grand finale of the institute’s 50th anniversary celebration in Ibadan on Friday. The programme had as its theme,  ‘Towards Food and Nutrition Security for the Next Half Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies’. Obasanjo noted that IITA’s research, especially on cassava, had enabled Nigeria to be the largest cassava producing country in Africa. Obasanjo, who is also the Honorary International Ambassador ... Read more

FAO distributes fertilisers to 700,000 displaced farmers in NE

By Rabiu Sani Maiduguri –  The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has commenced distribution of farm inputs to 700,000 displaced farmers for dry season activity in the North-East. FAO’s Country Representative, Suffyan Koroma, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the distribution exercise on Thursday in Maiduguri. Koroma said that the organisation had made adequate arrangements to assist 700,000 irrigation farmers for the 2017/2018 dry season in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. He disclosed that some 270,000 farmers displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency would be supported with fertilisers, seeds, chemicals and water pumps in Borno State. Koroma explained that ... Read more

FADAMA programme gives food assistance to 73,685 displaced persons in Borno

By Rabiu Sani Maiduguri –  The FADAMA III Additional Finance (AFII) Programme says it has provided emergency food assistance for 73,685 persons who were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. The FADAMA Project Coordinator, Mr Bukar Talba, said this on Wednesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. “The FADAMA III (AFII) project is expected to reach out to 6,640 households, with a population of 73,685 direct beneficiaries and over 2.2 million indirect beneficiaries in the 24 participating local government areas of the state. “We are able to reach out to the targeted households ... Read more

Importers frustrating FG’s tomato policy, say stakeholders

By Itohan Abara-Laserian Lagos –  Stakeholders in the agriculture sector say Nigeria is yet to feel the impact of the tomato policy six months after it was put in place by the Federal Government. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the stakeholders told participants at Agra Innovate West Africa forum on Tuesday in Lagos that Nigerians were yet to feel the impact of the policy. The federal government in April this year announced a new tomato policy aimed at promoting local production of fresh tomato, increasing local production of tomato concentrate and reducing post-harvest losses. The policy restricts ... Read more

Sokoto ADP to introduce new farming technique to boost agric production

Sokoto –  The Sokoto State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) says plans are underway to introduce a new sustainable farming technique to farmers, in efforts to boost agricultural production in the state. The Coordinator of the ADP, Alhaji Lawal Abubakar, said this on Monday while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto. “In agriculture, sustainability is a complex idea with many facets, including the economic aspect. The social facet of agriculture entails fair dealings with workers and beneficial relationship with the community and environment,’’ he said. Abubakar said that environmental sustainability factor in agriculture involved good stewardship in relation ... Read more

Kogi Agric Summit: Ogbeh tasks state govts to give priority to food security

By Friday Idachaba Lokoja –   Mr Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has tasked state governments to give issues of food security priority and tackle them from the perspective of citizens’ Right to Food. Ogbeh gave the task while speaking at the 2017 Kogi State, maiden Agricultural Summit with the theme Agriculture: “Investment Opportunities” and the launch of “Fair Agricultural Project” in Lokoja. The minister was represented at the event by Prof. Gbolagade Ayoola, President, Farm and Infrastructure Foundation. Ogbe said if food security was addressed from the perspective of rights and policies, tailored to meet food ... Read more

AFAN procures 200 tractors for farmers in Kano state

By Tukur Muntari Kano –   The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kano state chapter says it has procured 200 tractors from India with a loan facility it secures from the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), to boost food production in the state. The state AFAN Chairman, Alhaji Faruk Rabi’u, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kano. He said 100 of the tractors had arrived Nigeria and would soon be transported to Kano while the remaining 100 were being expected in the country. “The FCMB gave us the loan facility which the ... Read more

Adamawa govt pays N20m counterpart fund to scale up FADAMA project

By Kudirat Musa Yola –  The Adamawa Government has paid N20 million counterpart fund for the implementation of the FADAMA III Second Additional Financing (AFII) programme to fast-track efforts to restore people’s livelihoods in the state. Mr Mohammed Bello, the State Project Coordinator of FADAMA, made this known on Friday in Yola, while presenting a report to the FADAMA mission team led by Dr Ben Herbert. Bello said that the FADAMA III (AFII) project, also known as North East Security and Livelihood Emergency Support Project, was initiated to respond to the food and livelihood needs of families who were hitherto ... Read more

Support farmers to produce competitive, qualitative goods for export – Badaru urges states

By Folasade Folarin Abuja –  Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, on Thursday urged states’ ministries of agriculture to support farmers in producing competitively and qualitatively for export potential, to achieve the “Zero Oil Plan’’ (ZOP). He made the appeal in Abuja at the meeting of the National Committee on Export Promotion, which he chaired. Badaru said exporting agricultural produce would shift the nation’s focus from oil and improve the economy enormously. “I believe that in the next growing season, things will start improving because we are talking to those that export mostly agriculture products. “At this time we are putting ... Read more

Delta Govt approves N7.04bn for Agro-Industrial Park, Construction of Ayakoromo Bridge

By Peter Ejiofor Asaba –   The Delta State Executive Council has approved N7.04bn (about 22.7 million dollars) for the implementation of two major projects, the establishment of an Agro-Industrial Park at Aboh Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area. The money is also to be spent on the construction of Ayakoromo Bridge across River Forcados in Burutu Local Government Area. The Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, who made the disclosure on Wednesday said that the approvals were part of the decisions taken at the state Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Asaba. Ukah said that the Agro-Industrial Park ... Read more

Kogi to domesticate FG’s food security, nutrition strategy

By Friday Idachaba Lokoja –   The Kogi Government says it has started the process of domesticating the Federal Government’s Agriculture Sector Food Security and Nutrition Strategy (ASFSN) to promote nutrition-sensitive agricultural practices in the state. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, said this at a workshop which Synergos Nigeria organised for critical stakeholders to facilitate the domestication of the national agriculture strategy in Lokoja. He stressed that the state government would strive hard to ensure the early domestication of the strategy so as to guarantee the food security of the state. Oloruntoba also said that the state had ... Read more

Edo to cultivate 100,000 hectares oil palm in 3 years – Obaseki

By Joy Odigie Benin –  Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo says the goal of his administration is to cultivate 100,000 hectares of oil palm plantation in the state within the next three years. The governor said this on Thursday when he members of the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria (POFON) visited him in Benin. He said that he intended to visit Indonesia and Malaysia, as part of efforts to revamp oil palm plantation in the state. “We are very much endowed and we pride ourselves as one of the leading oil palm producing states in Nigeria, and investors are showing ... Read more

FG discusses agric produce exports with foreign countries, says minister

By Shehu Danjumao Katsina –   The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government is negotiating with some foreign countries to facilitate the exportation of Nigeria’s agricultural produce. The minister, who said this on Tuesday in Katsina when he visited Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, said that “the aim of the discussion with the countries is to boost the country’s economy.’’ Ogbeh said that the agricultural policies of the Federal Government in the last two years were aimed at promoting the diversification of the economy. He said that the ministry had identified the ... Read more

800 farmers to participate in Kwara agric fair

By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo Ilorin –   More than 800 farmers are to partake in the Harmony Agric International Fair (HAGIF), which would hold between Nov. 12 and Nov. 15 in Ilorin. Ms. Iyabo Amaajo, the Group Head, Agriculture Division, Harmony Holdings, made this known to journalists in Ilorin on Monday. She said the trade fair, which had “Sustaining Food Security’’ as its theme, intended to chart a way forward for the growth of the agricultural sector. She said that the fair was targeted at boosting agriculture, not only in Kwara but also in the country at large. Amaajo said that ... Read more

IFAD-VCDP to inject N2bn into Anambra economy in 2018 – Coordinator

By Peter Okolie Onitsha (Anambra) –  Mr Emmanuel Aguncha, the Coordinator, International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD)-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), says the fund will inject N2 billion into the Anambra economy in 2018. Aguncha made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha on Saturday. The coordinator said the fund will cover cost for land development, construction and rehabilitation of rural feeder roads, as well as provision of improved rice and cassava processing machines. He commended the state government for supporting the programme, saying Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration had so far paid N180 million ... Read more

FAO, WFP, others want increased humanitarian, agric interventions in Northeast

By Ginika Okoye Abuja –  UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) have appealed to the government at all levels to increase humanitarian interventions in the North East by supporting agricultural production. They made call in Abuja on Friday via recommendations at a stakeholders meeting to examine the results of the Cadre Harmonise analysis of food and nutrition insecurity in Nigeria. Mr Suffyan Koroma, the FAO Country Representative, said that immediate actions on the implementation of the recommendation would help to strengthen food and nutrition security among vulnerable populations in the area. Koroma, who was represented ... Read more

FADAMA coordinator in Niger urges stakeholders to embrace FG’s anti-corruption crusade

By Obinna Unaeze Minna –   Alhaji Aliyu Kutigi, the State Project Coordinator, FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF) programme in Niger, on Thursday urged FADAMA stakeholders to embrace the ongoing Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade. Kutigi made the call in Minna at the opening of a one-day workshop for FADAMA stakeholders such as programme facilitators and desk officers as well as farmers. He said that efforts to sensitise the stakeholders to the ideals of the government anti-corruption crusade, tagged “Change Begins with Me’’, would facilitate the eradication of corruption in the nation’s agricultural sector. “This workshop will improve your technical know-how ... Read more

Agric Business Group to provide improved seedlings to tomato farmers in Nigeria

By Hussaina. Yakubu Kaduna  –  The Nigeria Agric Business Group (NABG) on Thursday said it would provide improved tomato seedlings to tomato farmers to boost their production nationwide. The Vice President of the group, Mr Emmanuel Ejiwere, made the promise in Kaduna during a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai. He said the group was interested in finding workable solution to the issues of tomato production in the country Ejiwere said that his group would also ensure that processors had regular source of supply, while consumers would purchase at an affordable price. He said that even in ... Read more

FADAMA official says North East needs more interventions to restore agriculture

By Kudirat Musa Abuja –   Mr Ibrahim Alkali, Project Desk Officer, FADAMA III Additional Financing (AFII) project, says states in the North East need more intervention programmes to restore agricultural production in the region. Alkali said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East needed more interventions, which the FADAMA AF II programme alone could not provide. He said that the programme only targeted 24,000 persons, out of the millions of people who were displaced due to the insurgency. “This figure, ... Read more

Morocan coy. to train 10,000 Kaduna farmers in soil management techniques

By Shuaib Sadiq   Kaduna   –        A Moroccan company, OCP Africa, on Tuesday in Kaduna began the training of 10,000 farmers in soil characterisation, nutrients and fertility to ensure proper application of fertiliser at farms. The Country Manager of OCP Africa, Mr Caleb Usoh, who opened the training in Chikun Local Government Area, said that the OCP School Lab project would enhance crop production. Usoh said that the farmers were selected from 12 Local Government Areas, under a pilot scheme covering 72 communities in the state. He said that the selected farmers would receive three-month training in proper fertiliser applications. ... Read more

Anambra to increase cassava production by 2018, says Obiano

By Peter Okolie Mgbakwu (Anambra) –   Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra says his administration will increase cassava output and processing by 2018. The governor said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of an ultra-modern Cassava Processing Centre and Farmers’ Business Forum at Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY) in Mgbakwu. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the processing centre is a joint project executed by the institution and Harvest Plus, an organisation that improves nutrition and public health via production of bio-fortified food crops. Obiano said that the new strategy for improved cassava production and processing would be in full ... Read more

MRA Inducts Federal Ministry of Agriculture Into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

LAGOS, (Sundiata Post) – Media Rights Agenda (MRA) on Monday inducted the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame as it indicted the institution for its failure to implement the FOI Act, 2011 and its “unjustifiable assault on the rights of citizens to demand information from public institutions.” In a statement in Lagos announcing the selection of the Ministry as the week’s inductee into the FOI Hall of Shame, MRA’s Legal Officer, Ms Chioma Nwaodike, said the institution was not only in complete breach of all its obligations under the ... Read more

Army trains 25 women on fish farming

By Stanley Nwanosike Enugu –   The Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering (NASME), says it has trained 25 women on a three-month intensive course on modern fish farming in Makurdi, Benue . Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, said in a statement in Enugu on Saturday that the trainees graduated on Oct. 27. Musa said that the GOC, 82 Div. Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, had issued certificates to the 25 graduates of the course conducted by the NSAME for the benefit of selected interested women of the NASME Cantonment, Makurdi. He said ... Read more

ECOWAS wants FG to involve youths in its agric plan

By Ginika Okoye Abuja –   The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appealed to the Federal Government to include youths in its National Agriculture Investment Plan for Food and Nutrition Security (NAIP-FNS). Mr Alain Sy Traore, the Director of Agriculture and Rural Development, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, made the appeal at the 2nd African and National Youth Agriculture Festival on Agribusiness in Abuja on Friday. The festival was organised by the Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, a youth non-governmental organisation, under its Youth Farm (YFarm) Project. Traore, represented by Mr Ernest Aubee, the Head of Agriculture in ... Read more

Enugu govt focuses on agriculture to boost state’s development – Commissioner

By Ifeoma Aka Enugu –  The Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Emeka Edeh, says the state government has shifted its focus to agriculture, as part of its efforts to fast-track the state’s development. Edeh told News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday that the state government was ready to invest in agricultural value chains in which it had comparative advantages. “We are promoting livestock, vegetable and agro-processing and these are very important aspects of the value chains. “What we are doing is adding value to produce processing and marketing; that is why we want to key into ... Read more

FCT official wants FG to provide storage facilities for farmers

By Gami Tadanyigbe Kuje (FCT) –  Mrs Hadiza Ingawa, Head of Gender Unit, Agency for Science and Technology, FCT Education Board, says the provision of storage facilities will enable farmers to preserve their crops adequately for export. Ingawa made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday during the World Food Day Celebration marked by Nutrition and Health Research Initiative in Kuje. She said that farmers’ ability to ensure crop preservation was crucial to the nation’s economic growth, just as food exportation would enhance the country’s Gross Domestic Production (GDP). “The yam export plan ... Read more