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State House commends Rangers for protecting wild animals, plants

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Tijjani Umar, has commended park rangers in the Presidential Villa for their role in protecting wild animals and plants in the official seat of government. Umar made the commendation when he received a delegation of rangers in the State House, Abuja, on Friday. The delegation was led by Mrs Kehinde Abidemi, Assistant Conservator of Parks and Wildlife Curator, State House, and Dr Haruna Tanko, the Head of the State House Veterinary Unit. The permanent secretary paid tribute to rangers in the country who had…

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Residents decry incessant destruction of farmlands in Plateau

Some residents of Plateau State   have decried the incessant destruction of crops on farmlands in the state by some criminals elements. Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos that the situation could lead to food scarcity in the state and the country in general. NAN reports that farmlands in Riyom, Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, Mangu, Jos South Local Government Areas of the state had recorded such destructions by hoodlums. Recently, 45 farmlands belonging to 25 families in Ta’agbe community of Miango chiefdom…

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Gov Lalong condemns destruction of farmlands by criminals

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has condenmed the destruction of farmlands in some communities in the state by criminals, describing it as callous, criminal, inhuman and wicked. The governor criticised the act in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Wednesday in Jos. He said the incidences in the state was an ugly development, expressing concern that it is unimaginable for crops almost ready for harvest to be destroyed by criminals for whatever reasons, saying the premeditated act must be addressed. “The…

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Plateau potatoes farmers hit 960,000 metric tons annually

The Plateau Value Chain Support Project is yielding results as the production capacity of potatoes farmers in the state has hit 960,000 metric tons annually. Mr Thomas Muopshin, the state Project Coordinator, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos. Muopshin said that the production capacity had significantly increased following the introduction of diseases-tolerant specie of the potatoes and the use of fungicide. He also said that the project had linked up many potatoes farmers with agro- dealers who now worked closely with…

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Kebbi secures N1.7bn loan to improve livestock production, animal husbandry

Kebbi State says it has secured N1.7 billion loan as part of efforts to improve livestock production and other forms of animal husbandry in the state. The state Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, stated this at the continuing Fulani stakeholders’ peace, security and unity meeting in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday. He said, “We are going to sustain the ongoing efforts by my administration to improve the lives of the Fulanis through livestock and dairy production, and Fulani women empowerment, as well as enhance other forms of farming activities. “Already, this administration…

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Bitter Leaf juice effective in preventing fish death in farms — Expert

fish farming expert, Mr Okon Amah, has urged local fish farmers to apply basic preventive measures, including using bitter leaf juice, to stop fish mortality in their ponds. Amah who disclosed this in Lagos on Wednesday explained: “The basic step is that you need to change your water regularly and feed the fish regularly to prevent mortality because fish are cannibalistic in nature. “Fish mortality can also be prevented by the addition of salt to the pond water, salinity in water helps prevent the death of fish. “It can get…

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Society to engage 15m farmers, deploy 27,000 tractors

The National Agricultural Mechanize Cooperative Society (NAMCS) on Wednesday in Abuja, says it plans to engage 15 million farmers and deploy 27, 000 tractors in 528 local government areas to boost mechanised farming in Nigeria. The National President of NAMCS, Dr Aliyu Waziri, disclosed this during a meeting between officials of the society and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI). Waziri said that it was part of the society’s `Agro Revolution Initiative’ designed to stimulate the agricultural sector for sustainable economic growth. According to him, the initiative…

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NCARD Wants Lasting Solution To Herders/Farmers Conflict To Boost Agric

The National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), has stressed the need to bring a lasting solution to the challenges of Herders/Farmers conflict with a view to boosting agriculture in the country. NCARD made this known in a Communique it issued at the end of its 44th Regular Meeting in Abuja. The document was signed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad  Nanono. It said that when addressed, a resolution of the conflict will end attendant insecurity challenges and boost Agricultural production in the country. NCARD said…

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RIFAN Solicits CBN’s Support To Reduce Price Of Rice In Nigeria

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Bida on Wednesday expressed determination to partner with the CBN to reduce the price of rice in the country. Malam Idris Usman, the Coordinator, RIFAN and CBN special project in Niger State made this known in Bida during the inauguration of the 2021 wet season distribution and sale of paddy rice to farmers. The RIFAN and CBN’s coordinator said that the measure was geared toward economic recovery efforts of the Federal Government. “We have set up our machineries to checkmate prices of…

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CBN, Roche Move To Revitalise Moribund Enugu Agric Factories

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with Roche Pharmaceutical Company, is seeking Enugu State Government’s approval to revitalise moribund state-owned agricultural factories. The Special Adviser to the CBN Governor, Mr Tony Ifechukwu, said this on Tuesday, when he led a team from the two organisations on a courtesy visit to the Enugu State Government. Ifechukwu who disclosed that the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele was interested in ensuring that states become economically viable said the team and the state Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation had visited the state…

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