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AIRAD wants private sector in farmers’ access to credit

The African Initiative for Rural and Agriculture Development (AIRAD) has urged the federal government to involve the private sector in the disbursement and recovery of loans to farmers in the country.  Chairman and Countries Coordinator of AIRAD, Alhaji Boboi Aliyu, stated this while addressing journalists ahead of the Agriculture African Summit

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Nigeria advised to follow Indian way of mechanized farming

The Federal Governments has been advised to follow the Indian example of mechanized agriculture if the country must be self sufficient in food production. The Acting Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria-ARCN, Professor Ambrose Voh, stated this in Kaduna, while declaring open a three-day workshop on Integrated Safe Fertility Management-ISFM

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Nigeria produced 370,000 metric tonnes of catfish in 2016

Chief Tayo Akingbolagun, the National President, Catfish Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) said Nigeria produced 370,000 metric tonnes of catfish in 2016. Akingbolagun spoke on Tuesday in Benin, during the association’s Annual General Meeting. Akingbolagun put the value of the 370,000 metric tonnes of fish at over N175 billion, adding that fish business

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Ishaku, Ortom Insist On Ranching As Solution to Herdsmen, Farmers’ Clashes

By Wole Ayodele Jalingo — Governors Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and Samuel Ortom of Benue state have reiterated that ranching is the only solution to resolve the recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers that have claimed several lives and rendered thousands of people homeless. In the same vein, the governors maintained

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Is Africa Really Undergoing a Smallholder Agricultural Revolution?

By Brendan Brown and Ian Nuberg Good news storiesabout transformation in African agriculture,are abound with some positive statistics to back them up. The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning. But many of the stories tend to focus on

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Why Microbes Are Key to Solving Africa’s Food Security Crisis

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, Auburn University Topping the list was Biome Makers, a startup company that takes advantage of the natural agricultural microbiome-community of microorganisms. It does this by testing soil to determine what microbial species - microscopic organisms such as bacteria - are present. It then uses the information to

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