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Maize Association To Engage 5000 Farmers For 2018 Season

The National President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Annur has disclosed that the union is planning to engage 500, 000 farmers in maize cultivation in the 2018 farming season across the country. Speaking on Monday in Sokoto Abubakar-Annur said that the figure was part of the target set by the association to complement the efforts of the Buhari Administration at reviving agriculture for food security and employment. He commended the Federal Government for facilitating different farmer support schemes which included the Anchor Borrower loan scheme, buying back and other…

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BUHARI: WE’LL NOT RELENT UNTIL NIGERIA BEGINS FOOD EXPORT AGAIN

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja said his administration will not rest in continually reviewing and strengthening ongoing reforms in the agricultural sector until Nigeria regains its pride of place as a food exporting country. Receiving the All Progressives Congress (APC) members from Kebbi State at the Presidential Villa, the President said about 90 per cent of some food imports into the country, which usually gulped the country’s foreign exchange reserve, had been sliced, with Nigeria now targeting self-sufficiency in food production. “We are not doing badly in the agricultural…

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FAO Launches Dry Season Emergency Support In North-East

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched its dry season emergency livelihoods programme in the three States most affected by insurgency in North East Nigeria, with the goal to rapidly boost food production and strengthen communities’ resilience in the face of the crisis. Some 117,000 farming families (representing 760,000 people) are targeted to benefit from the support. Farmers received seeds, rice and fertilizers, along with irrigation equipment, training and micro–gardening support to increase cultivation, reduce the impact of the food crisis and improve the…

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Agric Minister, Ogbeh, Cautions Agitators Over NIFOR Leadership

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has called on those agitating over the reversal of the appointment of Dr. Osasuyi Aisuehi as the Executive Director (ED) of the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) in Benin City, to desist from actions that could backfire against them. With reference to some publications on  Thursday, December 14, 2017, calling for the Minister’s probe on the NIFOR leadership crisis, Chief Ogbeh wondered what legal ground a man who has clocked his legitimate retirement age of 65 years has…

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