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Technology Answer to Africa’s Food Security Challenge, Say Scientists

Anne Okumu Addis Ababa — Africa need to embrace modern technology in Agriculture to ensure food security for its citizens. Experts meeting in Addis Ababa with media practitioners from across the continent are concerned that crop farming has been left in the hands of older members of the society while the young

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Customs Lifts Ban On Rice Importation, Introduces Import Duty.

The Nigerian Custom Sercive has lifted the ban on importation of rice and has also re-introduced import duty payments at land borders. Hameed Ali(rtd), the Comptroller -General of Nigeria Customs Service, made this announcement on Wednesday through the agenciy’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Wale Adeniyi. Mr Wale said that the restriction was

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Lagos moves to develop coconut farming

The Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture has revealed plans to expand structure for coconut production and processing in the state through Public Private Partnership arrangement. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni Okanlawon, who made this known, expressed optimism that the collaboration between the state, the

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Govt to Save Over $8 Billion Through Food Storage Technology

  The Minister of State for Agriculture, Sen. Heineken Lopkobiri has said that the Federal Government would save $8billion through new storage technologies developed by the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Illorin (NSPRI). This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information in the ministry, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams in

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Ogbeh distributes improved variety of cassava stem to farmers in Benue

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, on Saturda distributed improved variety of cassava stem to farmers in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue. While distributing the stems which were developed by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria), Ogbeh said they were enriched with Vitamin `A’ to

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Nigerians head back to the farm to beat recession

Shofolu Village - Too broke to pay for costly imports of rice and palm oil, Nigeria is looking to agriculture to help lift itself out of a recession. The once-flourishing sector was abandoned during the oil boom but has the potential to grow as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pushes to diversify

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Anambra lawmakers call for return to subsistence farming to boost food security

  The Anambra assembly has called on people of the state to return to the culture of subsistence farming to ensure food security and possible sales of excess produce. The legislators made the call in Awka on Tuesday while deliberating on a motion by Mr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South 1). Moving the motion,

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Why workers must take two days off for farming – Okorocha

  Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted that it was in the best interest of the state workers to take Thursdays and Fridays off. He said the policy by his administration was not to ridicule civil servants but to ensue they engaged themselves in agriculture, since the workers were not productive

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Plateau Partners Firm to Build Fertiliser Blending Plant

Plateau state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oil and Chemical International, a member of the Duncan Group of companies, to set up a 40 tonnes fertiliser blending plant in Foron in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state. The state Commissioner of Commerce, Ezekiel Daju, who

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FG signs MoU with Arla Foods to boost dairy production

Abuja – The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government is working toward the improvement and development of the dairy sector in the country. Ogbeh disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of the world’s largest dairy

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Private firms invest N526bn in food production

According to the latest report of the Economic Community of West African States’ Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System on the overview of the New Alliance and Grow Africa Partnerships in Nigeria, while the private sector and development partners have done brilliantly in terms of meeting agreed terms, the

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Kaduna begins vaccination of 7m animals

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has flagged-off vaccination campaign against livestock diseases likely to affect seven million animals across the 23 local government areas of the state. The vaccination, which is expected to take care of two major livestock diseases which include Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) which affect cattle and Peste

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Nigeria not serious to make farming viable – Aregbesola

The Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, says that Nigeria is not serious about making farming a viable venture. He called for ban on exportation of primary farm produce to improve local production and enhance value chains of the country’s agricultural investments. Speaking at the annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of

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Gov. Simon Lalong

Plateau harps on agricultural potentials to diversify economy

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has restated his administration’s commitment to turn around the economic fortunes of the state through harnessing its huge potentials in the agricultural sector. The Governor made this known on Saturday in Port Harcourt in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr

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Encourage the service of post harvest officer in agriculture – NIFST tells FG

The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) has advised the Federal Government to exploit the services of post-harvest officers in achieving food sufficiency in the country. The National President of the institute, Mr. Chijioke Osuji, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja

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