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Yuletide: Kogi ADP Begins Sale Of Confluence Rice
Kogi Agricultural Development Project (Kogi ADP) has commenced the milling and sales of confluence rice to meet the high demand during the yuletide season.

According to the Assistant Managing Director of Kogi ADP, Mr Isaac Ejiga, the confluence rice is a product of sustained commitment of Kogi state government to make the state assume leadership position in food production in the country.

Ejiga assured that Kogi ADP will continue to contribute towards Governors Yahaya Bello’s determination to make confluence rice the most affordable rice for Kogites. 

He said the product will be made available to the masses at Kogi ADP head office, Felele, Lokoja and will be sold to residents during the festive period and beyond.
A bag of 25kg costs N7,000 while 10kg N3,000.

Lois Rachiel December 8, 2017
Kogi Agric Summit 2017, - 20th – 21st November 2017
Kogi Agric Summit 2017
Kogi Agric Summit 2017
Summit is from 20th – 21st November 2017 titled “Agriculture: Investment Opportunities”. The summit is an opportunity to bring together all stakeholders namely Investors, Farmers, Sponsors, Academics and General Public to deliberate and create opportunities within the State.  

Venue: Reverton Hotel, Lokoja, Kogi State
Time: 9:00 am to 4 pm daily

Deliverables

  
The deliverables of the summit is to create jobs within the state especially for youths and women. Income generation & trade balance. Bring in local and foreign investment opportunities, open up cluster farming centres across the state and ultimately to create wealth for the teaming population of the state.

Highlights

  
  
●Today, Kogi is already the number one cassava producer in Nigeria and by extension number one in the world (Nigeria: 54 million metric tonnes (MT) per annum. While Kogi produce slightly over 4 million metric tonnes. This summit will help us consolidate on cassava production, rice, cashew and also to be number one for other crops such as soyabean and maize.
  
● Kogi State occupies a strategic position to lead agricultural development in Nigeria given its natural endowment of resources and confluence of the 2 major rivers with fertile alluvial soil deposits

Expected Outcome

●Expedited action on Agricultural development

 ●Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Investors during and after the summit (MoU desk office will be established for this purpose)

●Grant investor’s conditional certificate of ownership (C of O) to develop Fair Agricultural Project (FAP) Villages. This will be tied to performance milestones.

 ●Design and supply of Agricultural value chain 
  
●Improved collaboration between agricultural and other relevant organizations with Kogi State government using  ADP as the focal point

● Registration of farmers on the on-line farmer’s directory to enhance seamless communication with farmers.  Building online commodity exchange for farmers

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 17, 2017
Okene - Hon. Lawi AT Ahmed Empowers 50,000 Farmers, Widows
Hon. Lawi AT Ahmed
Hon. Lawi AT Ahmed
 Member representing Okene l State Constituency in Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Lawi AT Ahmed yesterday visited the Nigeria Incentive Based-risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) for the distribution of farm inputs and several empowerment materials to farmers and other residents of his constituency.

The program which is designed to empower about 50,000 constituents. 30,000 farmers, 5,000 widows, 5,000 senior citizens and 10,000 vulnerable individuals will benefit from this initiative.
Some of the empowerment initiative the farmers will benefit is different kinds of seedling, herbicides, cutlasses, farm sprayers as well as helping them to sell their farm products. Cash gifts and clothes will be given to widows and elderly women, among others.

Hon. Lawi, who is the Chairman, House Committee on water resources, said the distribution of those materials was part of his initiatives aimed at giving back to the society and empower his constituents, particularly in the area of agriculture.

He said the gesture was in line with government’s decision to encourage agriculture. He said: “My constituency is made up of agrarian communities and 55 per cent of the residents are farmers.
“The distribution of farm implements was as a result of baseline studies of the needs of the people in my constituency. Materials are not going to just being distributed, they will be chosen after due consultations. I was conviced that the appropriate empowerment materials for my people are agricultural inputs.

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 24, 2017
Kogi Cassava Farmers Assured of Ready Market
 
An agro-based processing company, CrestAgro Products, on Monday assured cassava farmers in Kogi of its readiness to uptake their produce at end of this year’s harvests.

Mr Leye Akinrinade, the General Manager of the company, gave the assurance at a meeting with cassava farmers in Lokoja, which was organised by Synergos Nigeria.

CrestAgro Products had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with cassava farmers in the state to uptake their produce at end of every harvest.

Akinrinade urged farmers to have confidence and jettison fears that their produce would waste away after harvest.
 
“We anticipated that our factory would have started operation by now but construction works have only started. So, production will commence next year.

“In order not to waste the efforts of the cassava farmers, we want to offer them a price that makes sense.

“We have aggregated 11 clusters that have actually gone out to grow cassava for us and we are trying to work with them on best practices to boost their yield, while educating them on the benefits of partnering with us,” he said.

The general manager said that the groundbreaking ceremony of the cassava processing factory at Achabo, Koton-Karfe Local Government Area, only took place a fortnight ago, as against earlier plans to commence production in the third quarter of this year.

He said that the factory was expected to start with 110,000 tonnes of cassava per annum and move up to the 500,000 tonnes within the two years of its operation.

Akinrinade said that the cassava raw materials which the factory needed were quite sizeable; adding that the farmers should, therefore, not worry about any glut.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the farmers became apprehensive when they realised that the cassava starch processing factory has yet to start operations, about two months before cassava harvest period.

They also expressed concern that the company might want, in the interim, to buy the cassava off them cheaply, only to sell the produce at high cost, thereby depriving them of good profit.

Mr Femi Ojo, the Marketing Manager, Business Innovation Facility (BIF), a programme funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID), handled the training of the farmers’ representatives on “Understanding the Economics of Production” as it applies to cassava farming.

Mr Victor Adejoh, Synergos Field Manager for Benue, Kaduna and Kogi states, said that the international NGO facilitated the meeting, as part of its efforts to promote agriculture as a business initiative.

He also assured the farmers that CrestAgro Products would uptake their produce after this year’s harvest at no loss to them.

– NAN

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 4, 2017
Cashew Apples, Nuts Worth N50bn Rot Annually in Kogi – Expert
 
Mr Stephen Ahiaba, Chairman, Kogi Chapter of Cashew Producers Association of Nigeria, on Friday said that about 500,000 tonnes of cashew apples and fruits, worth N50 billion, rot annually in Kogi.
Ahiaba told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja that the waste could be attributed to the non-availability of the requisite technology to process juice from cashew fruits.

“About 500,000 metric tons of cashew apples rot away in farms in Kogi State due to lack of technology until an indigenous agro-products processing outfit decided to delve into it.

“The company imported the technology for cashew juice processing into Nigeria for the first time.
“The processing factory, sited in Egume, Dekina Local Government of Kogi State, was set up in partnership with an international agro-based NGO, Techno-Serve, which is based in Washington DC., to process the juice for consumption.

“The juice, branded `Relish Natural Juice’ is 100-per-cent cashew juice without any water or additives. What they only do is purification and standard packaging with a two-year shelf life,” he said.

Ahiaba said that the organisation was into the cashew business to improve cashew value chain, adding that residues from processed cashew apples could be converted into animal feeds.

“In collaboration with the state government, the industry embarked on cashew inspection and grading for global standardisation. In 2014, a bag of cashew nuts cost N7, 000 but in 2017, it now costs N50, 000.
“I want to urge the Kogi State Government to accord the cashew industry its deserved attention, as the state stands to benefit a lot if the necessary attention for cashew is created.

“Part of the vision is to enable rural farmers borrow ideas from our physical, good agro-practices, as we have introduced cashew enhancement projects to develop cashew value chain,” he said.
(NAN)

Yakubu Binuyaminu March 12, 2017
See Bush Dog We Killed In Our Plantain Farm [See Photos].
The bush dog was caught in the trap this morning, this is the second time I am seeing it,the first was during my NYSC days
 

 

 
 
 

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 22, 2017
15 Reasons Nigerian Youths Do not Like a Career in Agriculture.
 
So I ask myself, why do youth in Nigeria or Africa, in general, do not like agriculture as a business or career? Why do youth hate agriculture so much? Here below are the reasons I came up with, join in and leave your comment below.

1. Young people perceive agriculture as a profession of intense labour: 

Not profitable and unable to support their livelihood compared to white collar jobs offer. They think agriculture would not afford them to enjoy the pleasures of owning a beautiful home, fast cars, the latest gadgets and mobile phones like what their colleagues in white collar jobs have access
to.

2. When one talks about agriculture or farming, in the minds of young people, they think of someone far down in a village living in a shack, who wakes up very early every morning to go dig coming back home at sunset. This farmer in their minds, is so far away detached from civilization, wears barely no clothes and is the typical person who lives on less than a dollar a week.

3. There is very high drive towards industrialization as a way to get Africa out of poverty neglecting agriculture. For instance in Nigeria, the government places great emphasis for students to study subjects that lead to careers in medicine, oil, IT neglecting and diminishing the importance on agriculture but thanks to P M B Administration seams the administration has political will in agriculture.

4. African agriculture or farming, is mostly of hoe and machete which makes it very energy and labour intensive. This is the most common example of farmers that almost every young person knows. From an early stage, every young person detests and tries to avoid this sort of life.

As a child, if any of us did not want to go to school, our parents would intimidate us with words like “ok, you are going to end like a farmer..

living a very hard life and getting infected with lice and no one is going to want to be near you”

5. In Nigeria, parents always encourage their children to study to become doctors, Engineers, accountants, in other-words professionals in white collar jobs.(Abeg who no like better thing?).
From the onset, farming or a career in agriculture is frowned upon as a poor man's business.

6. In primary and secondary school, cultivation of food in the school garden has been used as a punishment for every offence committed at school by the children, which has made many young people hate Agriculture, I'm am a good example. For failing to get an exam pass mark, you would be made to slash a bush every evening for a week or dig half an acre of potatoes.

This punishment often attracted a lot of humiliation from peers, often being laughed at, jeered at and called all sorts of names such as “failures”; “mentally disabled”

7. In school, students in the faculty of agriculture are often treated as of little importance by almost everyone while their peers in management sciences, law, Computer Science and medical school are appreciated and held with high esteem. This diminishes the morale to study agriculture, let alone practice it upon graduation.

8. Admission of students into the faculties of agriculture and food sciences is often by authorization, after being considered to have not enough grades for the subjects they had initially applied for. Students who enroll in agricultural courses, do it as a fall back plan, not something they are passionate about.(That's Nigeria For You)

They study agriculture because it is an easier alternative and for the sake of having a paper degree. (I pity some students)

9. Youths in farming, often complain that agriculture is not attractive enough in terms of compensation and conditions of service compared to what other professions like law, medicine, or banking offer. In Nigeria, there is nothing like compensation apart from your wage or salary.

10. Morale of professionals in the agricultural field is low, let alone the level of education in this field. This discourages many young graduates who opt to change careers immediately after graduation to other lucrative areas such as banking.
 

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 18, 2016
10 Ways to Earn a Living from Agriculture Without Owning a Farm
10 Ways to Earn a Living from Agriculture Without Owning a Farm

Woman Working On The Farm

 

1. Know the agricultural market prices of food items from different towns or countries (supply + demand). 

Know what people want and supply it. Buy the food items from places where it is sold cheaply and sell it in places where the food items are demanded highly, thus sold more expensively.

2. Solve farmer's problems. 

For instance, many farmers cannot tell fake seeds from genuine high production seeds. Provide the best seeds, pesticides,

3. Train farmers in skills required to run a successful agricultural business. 

The skills that each farmer needs are: group management, savings and financial management, basic business and marketing, technology and innovation, natural resource management for sustainable production.

4. Buy raw produce from farmers and add value to it. 

For instance buying ripe bananas, oranges, tomatoes; using the solar fruit drying process, packing and selling them off in supermarkets at higher prices than what the ripe fruits cost.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu December 15, 2016
How To Start Fish Pond Business In Nigeria And Make Lots Of Profit.

First and foremost, making money is less of theory and more of practical, so i have tried my possible best to reduce the amount of grammar in explaining this topic to the barest minimum. 

What is fishery all About: fishery is simply a form of business that is all about rearing aquatic organism in an artificial or natural environment, making money from fishery depends on what you choose to do with aquatic organism(fish).
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Forms of Business Under Fishery

  1. Construction of fish ponds
  2. Fingerlings production
  3. Juvenile Production
  4. Rearing fish to market size
  5. Fish processing & smoking
  6. Construction of fish aquarium
  7. Fish feed sale and production
  8. Teaching people the business
Construction of fish ponds:You can earn yourself a living constructing ponds of various sizes for individuals and organizations. constructing a pond is as easy as just digging a hole, just that you need to abide to various guidelines. Fish can also be raised in plastics, fiber strands and wooden rafts. There are two main types of Pond. This can either be earthen pond or concrete pond. To make money under pond construction you need to be able to build standard pond size for people. A standard pond size cost about ₦40,000.

GUIDELINES TO BE CONSIDERED WHEN SETTING UP A POND

1. Market: There should be a fish market near-by to allow for high capacity of sale of fish from pond harvests.
2. Nature of the soil: Soil with enough clay content to hold water. Clay and silty clay's are excellent soils for holding water because they stop water from seeping through.
3. Topography: Topography that allows for economical construction. It directly affects building costs and pond management. Pond should be constructed where enough water can be impounded with the least amount of earth fill.
4. Water availability and quality: water could be obtained from boreholes, streams or lakes. Gravity flow water is cheapest and best source. The water must be unpolluted, uncontaminated. Borehole waters can be excellent, but may be costly to pump and may require conditioning to remove carbon dioxide and improve oxygen content and temperature levels.
Fingerlings production: Making huge some of money under fingerling production depends on whether you own the hatchery or you pay people to hatch for you in their hatcheries. Fingerlings cost about ₦10 to ₦15 each. Based on market survey i will tell you, if you based your fish farming biz on production of fingerlings, using good brooding stock (male and female) and you are notable for viable fingerlings, you have a large customer based to supply no matter your region, and you can earn your self a descent income of ₦250,000 to ₦300,000.

The Requirements for a fingerling business

  • Pond or plastic water container
  • Personal or rented Hatchery
  • Notify potential fish farmers in your area.


juvee

Juvenile business: This perhaps the easiest to setup, with little or no capital you can get this form of fish business uprunning, and start bagging cash into your bank account. A fully grown juvenile cost about ₦20 to ₦35. What you simply do under juvenile business is to:
  • Hatch or buy fingerlings at ₦5 each
  • Buy wooden or water container
  • Buy local or coppens foreign feed
  • Put your fingerlings in your water container
  • Feed them daily
  • Change the water every 3 days
  • Sell them at ₦30 each after 6-8 weeks.
      juv
The profit margin here is around 300%, the only issue is water supply.

Rearing fish to market size: This probably the easiest part of fishery business, You only need to have a suitable pond size and stock it with a proportionate amount of fingerlings/juveniles, then you continue the feeding (with local or foreign feed) for probably 5 month till they will arose maturity. The only issue with this form of fishery business is that it’s capital intensive due to the feeding cost. if you can probably take care of the feeding cost, then i think nothing should stop you from starting this business as soon as possible. The profitable fishes you can rear in Nigeria are tilapia and catfish, a mature catfish sells for ₦550 while tillapia sells for ₦400. I will say it’s more advisable to start with catfish rearing because the market is readily available.

fishing           fishingg

Fish processing & smoking: This also a very simple form of fishery business, fish smoking & processing does not necessary mean fish smoking, it’s the process of drying fish in a kiln so as to reduce the moisture content to a very minimal rate, so as to preserve the fish for a very long period of time(3-9 months). The only material you need for this business is a a metal or clay kiln, a kiln is a structure made specifically for drying food. a kiln ranges from ₦30,000 to ₦300,000 depending on the size you need. To make money from this form of fishery business you just need to rear or buy fishes of varying sizes, dry it in a unique way(by adding your own spices) and insert it in a good package/container, then sell to schools, banks and organizations who are the major customer based for such dried products, since they don’t have much time to go to market.

fish proces          KILN 

Construction of fish aquarium: Aquariam construction is a new form of fishery business which only few individuals are already cashing money from. Making money building aquarium is easy, the only issues is the construction experience, you need to be able to build aquariums using your own unique sense of design, then sell to organizations like banks, hotels, schools etc. Imagine a bank with a lot of daily customers having an aquarium in the bank vicinity, most customers will definitely be amazed, and they wont bother about the long queue to the counter.

aquar       aquarium

Requirements for Aquarium Construction

  • Glass of varying thickness
  • Standard quality big size glass super glue
  • Pipe fittings
  • Paper decorations
  • Toys

Fish feed sale and production: I will say this can be an easy and a very difficult form of fishery business at thesame time, the issue about this business is that it’s 99.95 % practical and 0.05% theory. it’s a very profitable business because most fish farmers are always looking for ways to reduce the fish feeding cost and still increase the flesh productivity of the fish, so if you can provide a good flesh-productive feed at a cheaper price than whats in the market, you are destined to be successful in this business.

fish feed          fisfeed

Teaching people the business: At first i felt that there was no need to explain this form of the fishery business, because “no matter how much you are given, if you have a wrong metal attitude, you will never succeed and no matter how little you are given, if you have a right metal attitude you will succeed”

To make money under this forms of fishery business you need to create classes to teach people about this business, in fact you don’t even need to know all about the business, you can higher people to take the classes, but its more advisable to have proves and testimonies about what you are teaching, Cause there is no point mentoring people on what you don’t practice.

Conclusion

This post have been exclusively written for you by “Binoosmart” It’s now your turn to take action. For you to be very successful in this business, You need to also learn from people already in the business.


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Yakubu Binuyaminu December 12, 2016
Kogi to Plant 21,000 Hectare Cassava Farms in 2017
The Kogi State Government is to facilitate the planting of over 21,000 hectares of cassava farms in 2017 as part of efforts toward actualizing the shift from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.
Dr. Isah Ochepa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, disclosed this at a meeting of the state agricultural Core Delivery Team on Wednesday in Lokoja.
Ochepa said that farmers in each of the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State were expected to cultivate 1,000 hectares each to make up the 21,000 hectares.

Abraham Ahmed, the Acting Director, Planning Research and Statistics of the ministry, said that since off-takers of the produce were already on ground, glut was no longer an issue.
Also speaking, the Acting Managing Director of the state Agricultural Development Project, James Ogunmola, said efforts were also being made to train farmers on preservation of some farm produce.
According to Ogundamola, this will enable preservation of the sweet potato vines for distribution to farmers during the next rainy season.
He said that the state government had planned to embark on mass production of the orange flesh sweet potatoes.
He said that the nutritional value of the vegetable crop was high and had been recommended for children and adults, especially diabetic patients.
The Managing Director said the decision to produce the potatoes in large quantity was made against the backdrop of the school feeding scheme being contemplated by the state government.
Ogunmola described it as a women-friendly crop being planted in Kenya and Tanzania, saying that assimilation of its carbohydrate content during metabolism was gradual and not at once as with others.
Earlier, Victor Adejoh, Team Leader of Synergos Nigeria, organisers of the CDT programme said the meeting was aimed at engaging government officials on the need to provide for activities of the State Partnership for Agriculture in 2017 budget.
Adejoh said Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, providing support for the various SPA programmes through Synergos, wanted to see government’s commitment for the partnership in transforming agriculture.
He appealed to CDT members and key budget officials to have the SPA captured in the 2017 budget.
According to him, the target of Synergos in the SPA is to develop an all-inclusive policy to drive the transformation from subsistence farming to agriculture as business.

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 21, 2016
Kogi to assist women in mechanised farming
Kogi State Government has pledged to assist women farmers to embark on mechanised farming as part of the state’s agricultural road map toward food security. The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Tim Diche, made the pledge at the bi-monthly meeting of the state Agriculture Vision Group, Core Delivery Team, Agriculture Innovative Team and key stakeholders in Lokoja on Saturday.

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The meeting was facilitated by Synergos, a global Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), partnering with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), on the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA), project. Diche said women farmers had a lot to offer in realisation of the agricultural road map for the attainment of set goals and objectives in agriculture. ”The participation in agriculture generally by our female farmers is on the increase day in day out and by the time we are able to assist them with mechanisation, we will be there,” he said.

The commissioner, represented by Dr Isah Ochepa, Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the women were coming up and very interested adding that with factorisation, they would do excellently. Mrs Bolanle Ampitan, Kogi state Commissioner for Women and Social Development, urged that seminars and workshops be organised for women farmers to sensitize them on modern farming methods and government’s agriculture policies.

Ampitan said there was need to improve on women farmers’ access to credit facilities adding that the process had hitherto been hijacked by ghost and political farmers denying the real farmers opportunity take advantage of loans. She said the state would soon embark on screening of farmers to sieve the grain from the chaff and ascertain the real women farmers adding that the present administration was fully committed to the cause of women.

Mr Victor Adejoh, Kogi Team Lead for Synergos, said the meeting was a solution-driven process with a view to generating information from participants to help address problems in the agriculture sector. ”Synergos is a unique organisation that looks at system shift.

We are working on complex issues. We are out to catalyse and facilitate processes, provide linkages that allow government to further deliver on its promises in the agriculture sector,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that participants from Fadama, ADP, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, farmers’ groups, rice and cassava growers associations, United Bank for Africa, among others, attended the meeting.

Sorce: vanguardngr.com



Kogi State Government has pledged to assist women farmers to embark on mechanised farming as part of the state’s agricultural road map toward food security. The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Tim Diche, made the pledge at the bi-monthly meeting of the state Agriculture Vision Group, Core Delivery Team, Agriculture Innovative Team and key stakeholders in Lokoja on Saturday.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu October 23, 2016
Kogi Poly to Invest N450m in Agriculture
Following the dwindling revenue from oil into the
federation account, the authorities of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja on Tuesday, said they would invest the N450 million grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to boost agriculture in the state.

The Rector of the institution, Alhaji Isa Mohammed, who said this at the matriculation of the newly admitted students into the institution, said the money would be spent of the school of agriculture, Itakpe campus of the school.

According to him, the fund would be applied to develop the agriculture department of the school and also create opportunities for the students to engage in agricultural activities that could improve food production and import earnings of the country.

The rector noted that the institution would continue to lead and participate in developmental and intellectual activities that would enable the students contribute to the emancipation of the people.

Addressing the 3110 matriculating students, Mohammed said the management was ready to ensure conducive environment for them to carry out their academic activities and accomplish their mission in record time.

He however warned the students against anti-social
behaviours like theft, indecent dressing, examination
malpractices, drug addiction, fighting among others, adding that the institution had zero tolerance for such.

Mohammed said, "You are therefore, warned in your own interest to desist from all these. You are to run away from all appearances of evil, failure which, you will not only be expelled but will be handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution."

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Yakubu Binuyaminu April 27, 2016
FG Advocates Policies To Attract Youths To Agriculture
Audu Ogbeh

The federal government through the minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that there is need to make huge investment in agriculture which will in turn attract youths into the sector.

The minister who stated this at a National Workshop on a New Agricultural Policy for Nigeria, organised by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN), also lamented the low participation of rural dwellers who are supposed to embark on agriculture to feed the nation and increase the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).

In his words, "There are those who estimate that by 2025 our population will stand at 450 million, making Nigeria the third most populated country on the planet earth, but what is more worrisome is that 75 per cent of this huge population will be living in cities while 25 per cent only will be in the rural areas. Can the 25 per cent feed themselves and the city dwellers? Yes, we if can hasten to lift agriculture to the level of India, China, and Thailand, not to mention the nations of Western Europe.

"To get to that level, we need to make huge investments in land preparation, machinery, seed improvement, farmer education, and encouragement or enticement of younger people into the agricultural terrain".

In his welcome address, the chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said that agriculture must be born again in order to end our national shame.

"A nation that depends on other nations for its feeding has no right call itself independent. Agriculture must be born again in our country in order to end our national shame. Nigeria has close to 80 per cent of arable land, yet it is a massive net importer of food and other agricultural produce because our peasant farmers are still tilling the earth they inherited from their forefathers with obsolete farming implements," he said.

Adamu, however, said that there was the need to create a forum to encourage a constant dialogue between farmers and the ministry in formulating agricultural rebirth policies. He also suggested a clear policy on procurement and sale of fertiliser at the right time during the farming season.

 Source Leadership.ng

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 13, 2016
150,000 Rice Farmers To Be Engaged In Dry Season Farming – RIFAN
RICE-FARM

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Sunday said 150,000 rice farmers would be engaged in dry season farming in Zamfara as part of effort to ensure food security in the country.

The Secretary of the association in the state, Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau.

Muhammad said the association had begun educating people on the need to participate in local rice production to boost their economy and ensure food security.

He said the special intervention programme recently launched by the Federal Government on rice farming had boosted the moral of the farmers.

He said more than 20,000 hectares in Bakalori dam irrigation scheme and Fadama schemes in Maradun, Bakura and Talata-Mafara Local Government areas would be cultivated.

"The association is working with government agents to register active rice farmers to facilitate easy reach whenever the need arises.''

The secretary urged the state and federal government to meet necessary standard in local rice production.

Meanwhile, a farmer in Talata-Mafara, Jamilu Abubakar, had expressed concern over poor market for locally produced rice.

Abubakar, who appealed to the government to provide modern processing machines in the area, also urged the government to expand Bakalori irrigation scheme to accommodate more farmers wishing to invest in rice production.

When contacted, the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the state, Alhaji Musa Raji, said arrangement had been concluded for the distribution of fertilizer and other inputs to farmers in the state. (NAN)


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Yakubu Binuyaminu
FG Seeks State Governments’ Support To Improve Agricultural Production
Vegetable farmers

The federal government has called on state governments to support its efforts in improving agricultural production in the country.

The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made this known during his meeting with members of the Cotton Ginners Association of Nigeria led by the President, Alhaji Salmanu Abdullahi in his office on Thursday, January 22, 2016.

Ogbeh said "the call for support on state governments was necessary because more investments and innovations would be needed to reposition the country's agricultural sector as an alternative to crude oil.

In the words of the minister, he said "We have to get back to business, thank God oil is finished. The Ministry has no land, all we need is to give the way and the ministry will drive the campaign among the state governors".

Ogbeh who expressed displeasure at the tragedy that had befallen cotton production in the country noted that tree crops like cocoa, palm oil and rubber among others had hitherto formed major players in the economic growth of Nigeria. He said the yield of 300 kg of cotton per hectare is very low; stressing that, the use of biotechnology would be introduced to improve agricultural production in the country.

He stated that the present administration would make agricultural practices an all year round operations with the provision of improved irrigation facilities in all states of the federation.

The minister disclosed the intent of the ministry of convening a National Council on Agriculture to brainstorm with State Governors and other stakeholders on the way forward for the nation's agricultural sector.

Earlier, the president of the Cotton Ginners Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Salmanu Abdullahi who led the delegation explained that the association which is made up of cotton ginning processors, cotton producers, merchants and cotton exporters is the main link between cotton peasant farmers and end-users of cotton products locally and internationally.

The president lamented that as a result of the decline in cotton production in the country, only 10 out of the 52 ginneries installed by the association were operational and produced below their installed capacities of 20- 30 per cent .

He noted that African countries such as Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso and Tanzania depended sorely on cotton production to sustain their foreign exchange and Nigeria has huge capacity to produce more than local demands for cotton as well as export to other parts of the world if properly harnessed.

Abdullahi said members of the association have both indigenous entrepreneurs and foreign investors who had made huge investments in the cotton industry; he called on the federal government to fast-track the revival of cotton and textile industries in Nigeria for its economic growth.


Source Leadership.ng

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Rural Farmers In FCT Beg FG For Land Allocation

Rural farmers in the federal capital territory (FCT) have begged the federal government for land allocations to enable them embark on massive production of food.

The farmers made the demand recently in Abuja, during Avian Influenza (AI) sensitisation campaign and interactive session with rural farmers in Jikwoyi Phase 4, Karu local government area of the FCT, organised by the African Centre for Food, Agriculture and Sustainable Development AFRI-CASD

The farmers, among other challenges, bitterly complained on non-availability of land as a major constraint to farmers in the FCT.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, a Former Deputy Director Pest Control at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Joseph Olorunda affirmed that, to embark on a large scale farming, which will be beneficial to the country, there is need for the government to support farmers on acquisition of land for this purpose.

According to him, most of the land used for farming in the nation's capital is either on lease or borrowed.

Earlier, the executive director, Afri-CASD, Mr Bamidele Adanikin, expressed dissatisfactions over the challenges often faced by Nigerian farmers despite the importance of Agriculture to reviving the country's economy.

He explained that not only are farmers at the mercy of buyers of farm produces, but are often faced with post-harvest losses in terms of perishable produces.

Adanikin stressed the need for the establishment of agriculture commodity marketing board by the government, so as to reward the labour of farmers.

While speaking on the FG's free meal scheme for schools, the Executive Director, urged the Federal Government to develop a policy that will ensure that food commodities are gotten directly from local farmers.

He said, food commodities such as Rice, Garri, Fishes among others should be purchased directly from local farmers rather than importing these from other countries.

His words;"since government unveiled plans to embark on free meal for schools, which also reflected in the 2016 budget, government should ensure school proprietors, buy food commodities directly from the farmers. Rice, Garri, Fishes for instance, should be purchased directly from the local farmers rather than patronising importers of Rice from Malaysia, among other rice exporting nations.


Source Credits ::::Leaadership.ng

Yakubu Binuyaminu
N/Delta: Chevron, IITA partner to train 40 youths in agriculture
A female farmer

A female farmer

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL)and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, had concluded arrangement to train 40 youths from the Niger Delta region in agriculture.

Mr Deji Haastrup, General Manager, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron, disclosed this on Thursday in Warri at an event to kick-start the programme.

Haastrup said that the youths would be trained on aquaculture, cassava, plantain, banana production and processing.

He said the programme tagged ''Agropreneurship'' would offer an opportunity for large scale employment leading to self-reliance.

"The pilot programme incorporates young people from the Egbema-Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation and the Itsekiri Regional Development Committee.

"Other parties that are collaborating with CNL and IITA are the Delta Government and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND)," he said.

Haastrup said the current programme would gulp about N188million.

He said that CNL would continue to support the people of Niger Delta with a view to making life meaningful for them.

Mrs Clementina Arubi, representative of the General Manager, NNPC-NAPIMS, stressed the need for economic diversification through other ventures, especially agriculture rather than over-dependence on oil.

Also, Mr Michael Johnny, Chairman Egbema-Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, in his remarks, commend the effort of the parties that organised the agricultural programme.

He, however, solicited for scholarship for the people as part of the initiatives to widen their horizon.


Source Credits ::: PM News

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Photo: Man buys two tubers of yam for N7000 at an African store in the US
A twitter user Wole (@Kingwole) shared this photo of two tubers of yam he bought for $23.68. (N7000). That amount should get one 20-30 tubers or more in Nigeria...depending on the size and market of course. Right?

Source : LindaIkejisBlog.

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 17, 2016
‘Nigeria Spends $1.5bn Annually on Importation of Tomato Products’
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To benefit from new high-yield tomato seeds

 

By George Okoh in Makurdi

Director General and CEO of the Raw Material and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Dr. Husaini Ibrahim, has revealed that Nigeria spends around $1.5 billion annually on tomato products importation from China and other parts of the world.
Ibrahim said such imports were unsustainable following the economic downturn befalling the country, and added that the country can reverse the trend with the introduction of improved seeds that yield more in dry season farming.
Also, to address the problem of acute shortage of tomato vegetables and boost Nigeria foreign currency earning, the council introduced improved and certified high yielding tomato seeds to various Growers Associations in the country.
Ibrahim, represented by a Consultant with RMRDC, Dr. Usman Argungu Hassan, disclosed these yesterday while addressing farmers in Lafia, and said the essence of introducing the improved seeds is to boost its production in the country.
“In Nigeria in spite of all the comparative advantage the country has in all year round tomato production, we are largely dependent on importation of tomato paste and other tomato products from China and other exporting countries, which is unacceptable”, he said.
According to Ibrahim, the council has developed a robust monitoring and evaluating plan in conjunction with the Nasarawa state government to ensure productivity in crop production.
Earlier, while welcoming the DG to the event, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Nasarawa State, Mr. Naphthali Dachor commended the council for researching and improving the tomato seed, which is reportedly resistant to diseases and pest.
He advised famers in the state to go into dry season farming using irrigation technique for bountiful harvest. He disclosed that during dry season crops like tomato yield twice as much as it does during the raining season.
Dachor also called on the council to assist farmers in the state by setting up a tomato production factory in order to check wastage of produce.
Responding on behalf of farmers, Mr. Ali Adamu said with the introduction of the new seeds, farmers in the state will increase their efforts and hope for a bountiful yield in March 2016.

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 30, 2015
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