Category Archives: Agriculture

University of Agriculture Students In Nigeria Must have a Farm before Graduation —FG

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has declared that henceforth undergraduates of agric institutions must first among other things, show their farms before they are allowed to graduate.

The universities of agriculture were statutorily established for agricultural development, and were supposed to be under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture. However, due to policy sommersault, they were said to have wrongly migrated to the Ministry of Education before now.

The Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh recently during a meeting with the representatives of the three institutions in Abuja, announced that having redirected the focus of the institutions to their original mandate, they shall be repositioned to train young generation of technologically-based farmers.

Dangote Set To Boost Agric Business In Niger State With $450m Investment

President Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, yesterday disclosed that the company will invest 450 million dollars in agriculture development in Niger State over the next three years

Dangote who gave the hint at the 2017 Niger State Investment Summit in Minna, Niger State capital, said the funds will be used in establishing a large scale rice processing mill to process over 200, 000 metric tonnes of paddy rice.

He said that a state-of-the-art fully integrated sugar refining industry would also be established.

His words: “The Dangote Group is committed to invest around 450million dollars over the three next years to establish a large scale rice processing mill for out growers.

Nigerian Cashew Assumes Global Brand Recognition – NCAN

Lagos– Tola Faseru, National President National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), has affirmed that with the kind of sensitisation programmes the association is exposing its farmers and members to, the Nigerian cashew has become a good brand that is respected all over the world unlike what it was in the last decades.

Faseru stated this while speaking in an exclusive interview with INDEPENDENT, stressing that the farmers are excited to produce more and to take care of what they have at various levels.

He recalled that the association had trained farmers on good agricultural practices, post harvest practices, care of farms and harvest in terms of drying process, packaging and storage.

According to him, “All of these have gone a long way to reduce wastages and to enhance the productivity.

‘Nigeria Capable Of Generating N500bn Annually On Sesame Seed’

Lagos– Sesame seed has the potential to generate foreign exchange in excess of N500billion annually into government and farmers’ coffers, if given deserved attention and proper funding, Independent Newspapers has gathered.

Sesame for those who are not aware is one of the ingredients used for toppings for burger but the Japanese mainly consumes the seeds and oil garnered from the seed.

It is a highly nutritional produce with high investment value and it is mainly grown by smallholder farmers in Nasarawa, Jigawa, Benue, Yobe, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Gombe and Plateau States among others.

Independent gathered that there are about 4.8 million tonnes of sesame seeds produced around the world annually with Myanmar being the largest producer, while India and China are the largest exporters.

Directorate of Employment Trains 400 Nigeria Youths On Agricultural Skills

Kaduna,Nigeria  — The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in collaboration with C. Hassan Consultancy Ltd. has commenced a refresher training of 400 unemployed youths in Kaduna state on agricultural skills for gainful employment.

The training, according to the Director-General of NDE, Dr. Nasiru M. Ladan is to impart on the trainees, skills such as crop production, livestock farming, processing, packaging, marketing along its value chain as well as basic agripreneural management.

“200L To Final Year Agriculture Undergraduates Must Own Farm” Minister Of Agriculture

The federal government of Nigeria, has said all 200 Level to final year students undergoing courses in agricultural related disciplines must own a farm each.
The meeting which held at his office in Abuja in the presence of the governing council members of federal universities, The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Tuesday said social sciences will soon be phased out from the academic programmes of federal universities of agriculture in the country.

Federal Government of Nigeria has also directed members of the governing councils of the universities to make it mandatory that graduation from any of the agricultural based institutions should be based on 60 per cent of practical work and 40 per cent theory.

Contact Addresses Of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service is a regulatory agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It was created for the harmonization of Plants, Veterinary and Aquatic resources (fisheries) Quarantine in Nigeria to promote and regulate sanitary (animal and fisheries health) and phytosanitary(plant health) measures in connection with the import and export of agricultural products with a view to minimizing the risk to agricultural economy, food safety and the environment.

The main objective of NAQS is to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of animal and zoonotic diseases as well as pests of plants and fisheries including their products. NAQS also undertakes emergency protocol to control or manage new pest incursion or disease outbreak in collaboration with key stakeholders. NAQS ensures that our agricultural exports meet with international standards in line with International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Office International des Epizootics (OIE) representing the World Organization for Animal Health, WTO/Sanitary and International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and SPS conditions of the importing countries. Its operations are guided by the enabling legislation enacted by the National Assembly and SPS regulations and schedules.


Want to export domestic, wild animals and AQUATIC PRODUCTS from Nigeria? Please read  Nigeria Quarantine Service ANIMAL EXPORT REQUIREMENTS below

Evidence of Company registration with CAC
Detailed Company Profile
The list of companies and countries you export to
Volume of export(s) in the last one year (Quantity, units and frequency)
The source(s) of raw materials used in producing the export product/by- products
Ports of export used in Nigeria
NAQS officials encountered at post of export
Documentation involved in previous export
Samples of export permits in the last one year issued to you
Evidence of registration with NAQS as an exporter of agricultural product.
Challenges encountered in exporting your products
Environmental Impact Assessment Report of your production facility

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service Urges Importers of Wild Animals To Obtain CITES Certificates

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has advised potential importers of reptiles and other wild animals to obtain CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) certificates.

Dr Vincent Isegbe, the Coordinating Director of NAQS, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that those who wanted to import wildlife should obtain CITES permits from Federal Ministry of Environment to avoid any embarrassment.

He said that reptiles were some of endangered species which could not be imported or exported to any country without CITES certificates.

“The essence of issuing CITES certificates is to make sure that every nation preserves its own species of wildlife.

“So, anybody who wants to import, trade or move wild animals as pets from one country to another must register the animals.

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service PLANT EXPORT & IMPORT REQUIREMENTS

Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service PLANT EXPORT & IMPORT REQUIREMENTS

Importing countries of the world need phytosanitary certificate to accompany Nigeria plant export. Request forms for certifications are also available at the designated agricultural quarantine offices through out Nigeria

A phytosanitary certificate contains statements to the effect that quarantine inspection has been carried out by the accredited officers of the NAQS and the consignment of plants/plant products is pest-free at the time of examination.

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