Category Archives: Agriculture

How E-Wallet is Changing Nigeria’s Agric Sector –

For over 40 years, black marketers literarily held Nigerian farmers and authorities in the agric sector by the jugular. They controlled the fertiliser distribution system and hijacked subsidised farm inputs meant for farmers. The racketeering was hurting efforts at leveraging large-scale agric for job and wealth creation. However, it took the introduction of Electronic Wallet (E-Wallet) platform and creation of a data base for farmers to reverse the trend. Assistant Editor CHIKODI OKEREOCHA writes that the innovation could be the wedge for a continent in search of youth empowerment, food security and industrialisation.

Of all the challenges that stood in the way of Nigeria’s quest for increased productivity in the agric sector, none was, perhaps, as frightening as the activities of black marketers. They are the powerful middlemen in the sector, who allegedly ensured that critical farming inputs from the government never got to farmers.

Nigeria Poultry Industry almost Folded Up this Year

The chairperson of Ogun State chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Mrs Blessing Isioma Alawode, yesterday, said the poultry industry almost folded up this year due to high cost of grains, especially maize.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust at the just concluded Poultry Show in Abeokuta, the state capital, Mrs Alawode said the situation was so serious that many poultry farmers were forced out of business.

Rivers State Government To Empower 20,000 Youths In Agric

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has announced plans by his administration to empower 20,000 youth to embrace agriculture through the provision of necessary loan facilities.

Nigeria Farmers Earn N4bn from Chicken Production

Nigeria Farmers earn N4bn from chicken production The natnuPreneur out grower scheme, promoted by natnudO Foods, has paid over N4billion to farmers who participated in the scheme in the last three years, the company has said.
The company stated that the scheme was designed to fulfill the requirement of Nigerians by ensuring that good quality chicken meat that satisfy safety standards are readily available in the country.

The Chief Operating Officer of Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery, Mr Albert Begerano, in a statement made available to Daily Trust, described the scheme as helping to achieve the food security goal of the Federal Government by exposing poultry farmers to modern technology and farming techniques.                           

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.