Category Archives: Agriculture

Stakeholders Canvass increased focus on Cashew production In Nigeria

Farmers and other stakeholders in the agric sector have called for more attention to the production, processing and marketing of cashew in view of its huge nutritional and economic value.

The stakeholders in separate interviews lamented the utter neglect of the product, and regretted that the few farmers engaged in it had neither been supported nor encouraged to adequately reap its vast economic potential.

How Digital Farming Can Tackle Nigeria’s Food Shortage

How Digital Farming Can Tackle Nigeria’s Food Shortage

World food agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme have, on several occasions, raised an alarm over the looming and impending danger of food shortage in Nigeria. Both agencies, as of March 2018, said that it is possible for food shortage to affect 5.8 million Nigerians.

Despite the large expanse of land that cuts across the country from the North, South, East and West, it’s very shocking and rather sad that there’s not enough food to go round.

The Long Road to Reviving Nigeria’s Cocoa Sector

Cocoa House in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, was built with the earnings from exports of cocoa beans and at 26 storeys was once the country’s tallest building.

Profits from sales of the commodity — prized around the world as the basic ingredient for chocolate — used to be ploughed into providing free education and health services, rural development and other infrastructure projects.

NYSC Members Now To Be Posted To Farms

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it will include farming and crop production as part of the one year primary assignment for corps members from the next service year.

Mr Bello Ballama, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

FG to support Farmers in Irish Potato production, value chain

The Federal Government has expressed its willingness to support Irish potato farmers toward increasing their productivity and modifying the value chain in 2018.

Chief Daniel Okafor, the National President, Potato Farmers Association of Nigeria (POFAN), dropped the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

He said that the government had already put the association into its programme and ready to distribute disease-resistant seeds to the farmers.

Okafor stressed the need for potato farmers to capture their data, including the size of their farm, location and the number of existing farmers.

Rise in Cocoa Prices Excites Farmers

Global cocoa prices, which forced farmers to abandon their plantations in 2016, are picking up gradually.

In 2016, the price of cocoa fell from $3,500 to $1,400 per tonne due to a glut in the market caused by excess production of 400,000 tonnes. Since then, cocoa farmers have not been finding easy to make ends meet.

But, their story is changing as the two-year meltdown in the global cocoa market seems to be coming to an end.

The price of a tonne of cocoa last month ending rose to $1,515 from $1,456 on February 14.

Cocoa Festival makes debut at Chocoa 2018 Amsterdam

Cocoa Festival, the initiative of the Eti-Oni Development Group, made her debut on Thursday, February 22 at the 6th Chocoa Show in Amsterdam which came up between February 21 and 25.

According to a statement by the group, Eti-Oni Development Group stood alongside other cocoa producing countries, processing, trading, chocolate equipment manufacturing and quality standard companies to showcase and discuss strategies and share ideas for good cocoa and better chocolate for sustainability beyond production.

Self-Driving Tractors & Drone Plant & Harvest Crops In UK – VIDEO

In a world first, U.K. researchers have successfully grown barley crops autonomously using self-driving tractors and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The goal of this research project was to ascertain if hands-free farming was possible at this juncture in the world of autonomous machinery.