Category Archives: Agriculture

MUST READ! 16 States Ready For FG’s Cattle Colonies For Herdsmen

Sixteen of the 36 states have signified intention to be part of the cattle colonies initiative of the federal government of Nigeria, The Nation can now reveal.

More are expected to join, according to Dr. Olukayode Oyedele, Special Assistant to Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh. Oyedele did not name the 16 states or those in line to join the initiative.

Nigeria Emerges World’s 4th Largest Cashew Producer, Earned N284billion

National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) says Nigeria has emerged fourth largest producer of cashew in the world.

The association said Nigeria produced 220,000 metric tonnes of cashew nuts out of World’s total of 2.1 million tonnes last year, adding that the country exported 120,000 metric tonnes in the year under review.

Checkout Man Without Legs Ploughing On A Farm – Photo

If this does not show you how not to be lazy, then nothing else might!

If your legs aint good enough, then use your hands…

Kudos to him

500,000 Nigeria Farmers for Maize Cultivation

The National President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Annur, says the union is planning to engage 500,000 farmers in maize cultivation in the farming season across the country.

Abubakar-Annur said in Sokoto that the figure was part of the target set by the association to complement the efforts of the Buhari Administration at reviving agriculture for food security and employment.

He commended the Federal Government for facilitating different farmer support schemes which included the Anchor Borrower loan scheme, buying back and other incentives.

He described government’s intervention as a success as it aided mass cultivation and harvest in 2017.

Stop Cashew Smugglers, Traders urge Customs, others – Association

The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has raised the alarm over the invasion of the cashew nuts business by some unscrupulous businessmen and smugglers.

The association, therefore, urged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to stop smugglers of the product, noting that their activities were making the business difficult for traders and depriving the country of huge revenue.

Investigations revealed that over 50 per cent of cashew nuts produced in the country were being smuggled through Kwara, Oyo and Ogun states to Benin, Ghana and Mali, from where the nuts are exported to India and Vietnam.

A member of the group, Mr. Ajayi Emmanuel, said Benin Republic, Ghana, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire had become major markets where the crop fetches a premium in the international market for smugglers.

He alleged that the merchants receiving the smuggled commodity were branding Nigerian cashew as their own, adding that the illegal trend had weakened the nation’s export.

Nigeria Can Earn N540b from Sesame Seed

Sesame seed production has the potential to generate about N180 billion in four months if fully tapped, National President, National Sesame Seed Association of Nigeria (NSSAN), Alhaji Sherif Balogun, has said.

Balogun, said sesame seed production could also provide employment to 900,000 youths annually, sayng that “what is needed is between N60,000 and N70,000 to cultivate a hectare of sesame seed, with a guarantee of N200,000 returns on investment.”

He said the country has about 84 million hectares of arable land that could be used to produce the seed with promise of high returns on investment. “If 30 states of the federation provide 30,000 hectares of land each, it would engage 900,000 youths, 30,000 per states with each cultivating a hectare of sesame seed at N70,000.

Reasons Why Nigeria Should Invest in Grass Production

In the face of activities currently unfolding in Nigeria’s livestock sector, such as the anti-open grazing law enacted in Benue State with Taraba State following suit, Nigeria may be short of options than to invest heavily in pasture Production.The southward migration of herdsmen propelled by effects of climate change and desert encroachment, competition for land resources between herdsmen and local farmers make grass production imperative.

Obasanjo Seeks Thailand’s Support for Nigeria’s Agric Sector

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked Thailand’s government for support in enhancing Nigeria’s agriculture sector.
He made the request through an aide, Abraham Akanle, at an agriculture machinery exhibition organised by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Ministry of Commerce, held at Kasetsart University, Thailand.
Obasanjo also hinted that the present administration was planning to introduce 2000 tractors to boost mechanised farming across the country.