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December 18, 2016
1. Young people perceive agriculture as a profession of intense labour:
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.
December 15, 2016
|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.
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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December 12, 2016
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).
Forms of Business Under Fishery
- Construction of fish ponds
- Fingerlings production
- Juvenile Production
- Rearing fish to market size
- Fish processing & smoking
- Construction of fish aquarium
- Fish feed sale and production
- Teaching people the business
GUIDELINES TO BE CONSIDERED WHEN SETTING UP A POND1. 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.
The Requirements for a fingerling business
- Pond or plastic water container
- Personal or rented Hatchery
- Notify potential fish farmers in your area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Requirements for Aquarium Construction
- Glass of varying thickness
- Standard quality big size glass super glue
- Pipe fittings
- Paper decorations
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.
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.
ConclusionThis 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.
November 21, 2016
October 23, 2016
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.
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April 27, 2016
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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February 13, 2016
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.
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)
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.
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.
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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
January 17, 2016
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