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Only 70000 Agric Extension Workers In Africa, Says SAFE

The Coordinator of Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE), West Africa, Prof. Idowu Oladele, says there are only 70, 000 agriculture extension workers in the whole of Africa. Oladele stated this on Monday at a seminar organised by SAFE, University of Ilorin chapter, for the alumni of the Sasakawa program. He said there was need for agriculture extension workers in the country to incorporate Information Communication Technology (ICT) into their work for easier, more effective, efficient service delivery and increased income. He said that ICT had taken over every facet…

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FG To Train Indigent Ogonis On Agro-Business–HYPREP

The Coordinator of  Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr Marvin Dekil, says the Federal Government is to train indigent Ogoni women and youths on agro-business. Dekil made the disclosure on the sidelines  of a medical outreach held by HYPREP for indigent Ogonis in Ogale, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers. According to Dekil, the training exercise will be anchored and certified by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). “The Livelihood Restoration Programme (training) is a key recommendation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on…

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Zik Prize: Ogbeh Seeks Single Digit Interest Rate For Agric Lending

…..grateful for recognition The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has expressed gratitude to the organisers of the Zik Prize for Leadership, an event that took place in Lagos on Sunday night. He spoke a day after the award. “Personally, let me say that I appreciate and I am really grateful to Zik Prize Committee because it is an encouragement. It’s a fitting reward for one who has come into a certain line of public service with a great deal of personal action,” Ogbeh said. Reflecting further on…

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CBN Begins Payment Of N26bn Agribusiness Fund To MSMEs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee on Thursday commenced disbursement of N26bn Agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) fund to the first set of beneficiaries. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele at the inauguration of the scheme in Abuja, said that the fund was set up by the Bankers Committee at its 331st meeting held on February 9, 2017. He said that the main purpose was to improve access to affordable funding for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), particularly those operating…

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Flour Millers Donate N70m Threshers To Wheat Farmers 

Dangote Flour and other flour millers, on Tuesday donated 50 units of multi-crop thresher machine worth N70m to wheat farmers toward boosting the country’s self-sufficiency in wheat production. Chairman, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), Mr John Coumantaros, disclosed this at the presentation of the equipment in Lagos. Coumantaros represented by Mr Paul Gbededo, Group Managing Director, Flour Mills Nigeria Limited, said that the presentation was a demonstration of the association’s commitment to continuously support wheat farmers and Federal Government’s agriculture promotion agenda. “There is no gainsaying that self-sufficiency in…

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BOA, Partners SunTrust Bank, Seal MoU On Agric

As part of efforts at revitalizing agriculture as alternative mainstay of the economy, the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and SunTrust Bank yesterday in Abuja sealed an e-banking agreement described by the Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbe as ‘landmark’ and instrumental to the development of agricultural sector in Nigeria. The agreement was signed at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja in presence of operators in the agric sector. Managing Director/CEO of SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited, Muhammad Jibrin and the Chief Executive of Bank of Agriculture Kabiru Adamu signed for their…

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FG Set To Revive 12 More Fertiliser Plants 

The Federal Government is to revive 12 moribund fertiliser blending plants to bring to 23 the total number of plants that will partake in 2018 Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos said 11 moribund plants with a combined capacity of over two  million metric tonnes (MT) had been revived. He said fertiliser production in Nigeria has been a success story with the setting up of the PPI in December 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari….

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How Agriculture Pulled Nigeria Out Of Recession– European Envoys

African and European diplomats on Wednesday lauded Nigeria’s agriculture sector for its role in pulling the country out of recession. They gave their commendations at the ongoing 4th International Agro Food Fair, taking place in Lagos. According to the representative of the EU trade delegation, Mr Ibi Ikpoki, the Nigeria agriculture sector has played a huge role in the country’s exit from recession. “The Nigerian agricultural sector has also played a crucial role in job creation, women and youth empowerment and contributed immensely to poverty alleviation. “Therefore, I am delighted…

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Feeding Africa From A New Soil Improvement Paradigm

Africa’s population is growing rapidly and the inhabitants on the continent are speedily urbanising. In 2016, the continent was home to 1.216 billion people. The 2015 revision of the World Population Prospects: Key Findings and Advance Tables, a publication of the United Nations, projected, however, that  this figure will more than double to  2.478 billion people in 2050, while it will be about 1.679 billion people in 2030.   The significance of this population increase will be brought to bear on many indices of human life on the continent. Considering…

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