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Maize Farmers To Support FG’s Policies, Food Security Drive

The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), on Monday, pledged to continually support the Federal Government’s Agricultural policies and programmes. National President, Dr Bello Abubakar, made the pledge in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. According to Abubakar, the association will support the government “once the policy and programmes are gear towards ensuring Nigeria attains food security and food sufficiency’’. He said that the recent ban on importation of maize had increased the demand from local farmers. Abubakar added that the association would support maize farmers with the best available inputs and technical…

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AU-NEPAD To Empower Smallholder Farmers In Nigeria – Coordinator

The African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa`s Development (AUDA-NEPAD), is to empower smallholder farmers to cushion the effects of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The National Coordinator of AUDA-NEPAD, Ms Gloria Akobundu, made this known in Abuja during the virtual stakeholders’ induction meeting of the National Steering Committee on innovative to strengthening smallholder farmers` capabilities in Nigeria. The smallholder farmers are farmers who produce relatively small volumes on relatively small plots of land. They may produce an export commodity as a main livelihood activity or as one of many activities. The meeting…

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Delta Boosts Agriculture With 7,000 Birds Delivered To Youth Farmers

To boost Delta State’s commitment to building a new generation of entrepreneurs, the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Program, (YAGEP) beneficiaries of 2019/2020 Cycle have received 7,000-day-old broilers to begin their poultry business. The beneficiaries numbering 14, have completed training in poultry business and management under YAGEP for three months and were given birds to begin their enterprises. Speaking in Asaba on Sunday, the state Chief Job creation Officer, Professor Eric Eboh, said that the state government ordered for 7,000 birds from Agric Ted Hatchery, explaining that each beneficiary received 500- day…

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Intervention To Farmers In Anambra Excites FGN/IFAD-VCDP

The Federal Government and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has expressed satisfaction with its five-year intervention to rice and cassava farmers in Anambra. Leader of a six-member FG/IFAD VCDP Project Completion Review team, Mr Bassey Unaowo, stated this on Saturday at Omor in Ayamelum Local Government Area at the end of its five-day working visit to the state. Unaowo said the programme achieved its aims and objectives of impacting on the lives of rural farmers by improving and increasing their productivity along rice…

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Monarch Calls On FG To Make Road Accessible For Farmers

A commercial famer and monarch, Eze Linus Mbah has appealed to federal and state governments to make roads accessible to farmers to enable them move their produce.   Mbah, the traditional ruler of Ata-Igbo Ukwu autonomous community, Umuzomgbo, Ihechiowa in Arochukwu Local Government Area, Abia made the appeal while speaking with newsmen on Saturday.   The monarch, who decried the poor state of roads across the country, especially in the South-East, said that it had remained an impediment to agricultural practice.   Mbah, who is also the Chaiman of Linto…

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Agribusiness: Oyo Approves $1.2m For STEP Initiative In 6 Geopolitical Zones

…Says Programme Will Empower Youths, Expand Economy Of The State Oyo State has approved $1.2m for the commencement of the Start Them Early Programme (STEP), an agribusiness initiative, in six selected secondary schools, across the six geopolitical zones in the state. The program, according to the state government, is targeted at gainfully impacting youths in agribusiness with the potentials of  expanding the economy of the state. It also noted that the program will encourage youths’ interest in agribusiness. A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Seyi Makinde,…

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Lagos To Revive Badagry Food Production Centre, Assures Of Sufficiency

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the State Government is to revive the 279-hectare erstwhile Songhai Food Production Center now the Lagos Food Production Center, Avia, Badagry. Sanwo-Olu who made this known over the weekend in Badagry while on a site inspection tour of the Center explained that this was necessary in preparation for the take-off the State Government’s two Food Centers in the State in order for the State to attain food sufficiency particularly for a population that is increasingly demanding. The Governor pointed out that reviving the 279-hectare…

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Gov Okowa Inaugurates SMART Farmers Market in Asaba

The SMART Delta Farmers Market, Abraka in Asaba, was inaugurated for use by the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa. Governor Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Hon. Basil Ganagana, said that the SMART Delta Farmers Market would serve as a central point for the selling of farm produce in Asaba. He said that apart from adding beauty to the Abraka area in Asaba, the SMART Delta Farmers Market was a brain child of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency to transform the environment for…

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E-Commerce Hub For Agric Producers To Create Export Opportunities- Commissioner

The Lagos State says it planning to setup an e-commerce hub or platform for agriculture producers in the state to produce farm produce in hygienic condition for export purposes. The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya stated this during the inspection tour of venues of the Eko City Framers Market at St. Georges Primary School, Falomo, Lagos and Opebi Primary School, Opebi. Olusanya said that the hub would be located in a central location where all the certification of produce would take place. “We are trying to setup…

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Delta Agric Vision Begins Training For 100 Extension Workers

The Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (DARDA) in Collaboration with Emiliant Integrated Global Services on Thursday began capacity training exercise for no fewer than 100 farm extension workers. Kick starting the training at Ibusa, headquarters of Agricultural Development Program (ADP), the board chairman, Dr Emmanuel Tibi said that the essence of the training was to build capacity of the 100-extension advisory recently recruited by the state government at different areas of in readiness for agric extension service delivery in rural communities in the state. While expressing gratitude to…

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