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  •   The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Tiamin Rice Company for the processing and sale of rice locally and internationally This is contained in a statement issued by Tiamin Rice Company Managing Director Aliyu Ibrahim in Abuja on Wednesday Aliyu said the initiative was aimed at growing quality rice with Tiamin processes and packets with state of the art milling technology for sale locally and internationally particularly to Egypt He said the MoU which would be operational for a two year period was signed at the company s 600 metric ton per hour capacity mill in Bauchi state RIFAN and Tiamin share a common agenda in the area of rice cultivation and milling This is to ensure sustainable management of the rice supply chain under a partnership that seeks to produce mill and pack the highest quality processed rice for export and local trade With a combined capacity of 920 tons per hour from its two mills in Kano and Bauchi states Tiamin Rice is one of the largest rice producers in Nigeria he said According to Aliyu the company also has a 10 000 hectare rice farm in Udubo Bauchi state and dry season agriculture is carried out on the farm with state of the art agricultural machinery Although the company has benefited from six different interventions from the development office of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN He said the intervention was to the tune of more than N20 billion adding that the company had successfully repaid four of the intervention funds Aliyu said Tiamin Rice Company was the first corporate entity to access funds from CBN s Private Sector Led Accelerated Agricultural Development Program P AADS Edited eniola williams Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria to begin rice export as RIFAN signs MoU with Tiamin Rice coy
      The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Tiamin Rice Company for the processing and sale of rice locally and internationally This is contained in a statement issued by Tiamin Rice Company Managing Director Aliyu Ibrahim in Abuja on Wednesday Aliyu said the initiative was aimed at growing quality rice with Tiamin processes and packets with state of the art milling technology for sale locally and internationally particularly to Egypt He said the MoU which would be operational for a two year period was signed at the company s 600 metric ton per hour capacity mill in Bauchi state RIFAN and Tiamin share a common agenda in the area of rice cultivation and milling This is to ensure sustainable management of the rice supply chain under a partnership that seeks to produce mill and pack the highest quality processed rice for export and local trade With a combined capacity of 920 tons per hour from its two mills in Kano and Bauchi states Tiamin Rice is one of the largest rice producers in Nigeria he said According to Aliyu the company also has a 10 000 hectare rice farm in Udubo Bauchi state and dry season agriculture is carried out on the farm with state of the art agricultural machinery Although the company has benefited from six different interventions from the development office of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN He said the intervention was to the tune of more than N20 billion adding that the company had successfully repaid four of the intervention funds Aliyu said Tiamin Rice Company was the first corporate entity to access funds from CBN s Private Sector Led Accelerated Agricultural Development Program P AADS Edited eniola williams Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria to begin rice export as RIFAN signs MoU with Tiamin Rice coy
    Economy3 months ago

    Nigeria to begin rice export as RIFAN signs MoU with Tiamin Rice coy

    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tiamin Rice Company for the processing and sale of rice locally and internationally. This is contained in a statement issued by Tiamin Rice Company Managing Director Aliyu Ibrahim in Abuja on Wednesday. Aliyu said the initiative was aimed at growing quality rice with Tiamin processes and packets with state-of-the-art milling technology for sale locally and internationally, particularly to Egypt. He said the MoU, which would be operational for a two-year period, was signed at the company's 600 metric ton per hour capacity mill in Bauchi state. “RIFAN and Tiamin share a common agenda in the area of ​​rice cultivation and milling. “This is to ensure sustainable management of the rice supply chain under a partnership that seeks to produce, mill and pack the highest quality processed rice for export and local trade. “With a combined capacity of 920 tons per hour from its two mills in Kano and Bauchi states, Tiamin Rice is one of the largest rice producers in Nigeria,” he said. According to Aliyu, the company also has a 10,000-hectare rice farm in Udubo, Bauchi state. and dry-season agriculture is carried out on the farm with state-of-the-art agricultural machinery. “Although the company has benefited from six different interventions from the development office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He said the intervention was to the tune of more than N20 billion, adding that the company had successfully repaid four of the intervention funds. Aliyu said Tiamin Rice Company was the first corporate entity to access funds from CBN's Private Sector-Led Accelerated Agricultural Development Program (P-AADS).

    Edited. eniola williams

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  Economic experts have identified agriculture as the mainstay of Nigeria s economy providing employment to over 60 per cent of the population At independence in 1960 Nigeria was the leading producer of cash crops such as palm oil groundnut cotton and cocoa globally The sector accounted for more than half of the nation s Foreign Exchange Earnings FOREX and Gross Domestic Product GDP With discovery of crude oil and subsequent development of petroleum industry agriculture witnessed gradual setbacks which made Nigeria to fall in the global commodity market rankings To address the ugly trend successive administrations initiated various policies and programmes to reinvigorate the sector and enhance food security in the country In 1972 the Yakubu Gowon administration introduced the National Accelerated Food Production Programme NAFPP and in 1976 the Olusegun Obasanjo s military regime rolled out Operation Feed the Nation OFN Also In April 1980 the Shehu Shagari administration introduced the Green Revolution Programme GRP to ensure self sufficiency in food production through introduction of mechanise system of agriculture improved varieties seeds and enhance farmer extension services Similarly the democratically elected Obasanjo s administration initiated the National Special Programme for Food Security NSPFS in 2003 The programme was replaced by the National Food Sector Plan NFSP anchored in 2007 by late President Umaru Yar Adua In 2011 the Goodluck Jonathan s administration introduced the Agriculture Transformation Agenda ATA which metamorphosed into the Agricultural Promotion Policy APP under President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 The programmes focussed at accelerating rapid transformation of agriculture encourage productivity and processing promote value addition farmer enterprising skills and provide market for the produce to achieve self sufficiency and national food security The programmes failed to achieve their noble objectives due to lack of continuity by successive governments However stakeholders in the sector expressed divergent views as to whether agriculture made positive contributions or otherwise to national development Alhaji Umar Daware the Adamawa Commissioner for Agriculture said agriculture went through series of transformation geared towards making it a major contributor to national economic development He said that pre and post independence era had been characterised by agricultural initiatives such as Operation Feed the Nation Green Revolution and current Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP He said the programmes assisted farmers increased productivity and processing reduce poverty and enhance food security in the past 62 years This he said were achieved through innovative interventions that enhanced farmer access to inputs extension services enterprising skills and agricultural financing Abdussalam Gulak and AbdulRazaq Ahmed rice growers in Yola said agriculture made significant progress towards encouraging food production under the ABP scheme They however said that proactive measures were imperative to encourage production of fertilisers chemicals and other farming implements in the country This will reduce high cost of fertiliser and inputs and encourage agricultural productivity Also Ibrahim Zubairu Chairman Maize Growers Farmers and Manufacturers Association MAGFAMAN in Bauchi State said about 10 000 farmers benefitted from farm support services under the ABP scheme in the state He said farmers received fertilisers seeds water pumps chemicals sprayers among others under the programme Addtionally Mr Ibrahim Sadiq Coordinator Wheat Farmers Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria WFPMAN said the ABP initiative encouraged farmers to engage in dry season activities Farmers are motivated by the government support which enabled them to record bumper harvest he said Corroborating Sadiq Marka Abbas Chairperson Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria SWOFON said the ABP programme encouraged more women to engage in agriculture since inception Many women farmers in recent years engage in farming activities due to awareness creation and sound farmer support services initiated by the Federal Government she said In Jigawa rice farmers said agricultural sector witnessed unprecedented achievements under President Buhari s administration through the implementation of ABP The sector the farmers said enjoyed massive deployment of resources and initiatives aimed at achieving self sufficiency in rice production A rice grower Misbahu Sadik said farmers received loans and inputs to accelerate cultivation of rice wheat maize cotton cassava cotton groundnut and soybeans as well as fishery poultry and livestock productions Another farmer Idrisa Guda said Nigeria made progress in irrigation farming adding the achievements couldn t have been possible without government support in the development of irrigation schemes and farmer support services Without government support on irrigation over the years Nigeria could have found it difficult to feed itself because of the uncertainties associated with rain fed farming he said While Malam Abubakar Danladi an agro dealer noted that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI had enabled farmers to access fertilisers at affordable prices thereby addressing scarcity of the commodity In his contribution a 25 year old farmer Basiru Dan Mai Awara called on the government to regulate prices of fertilisers This he said would enable farmers to access the commodity at N10 000 as against its current prices of N30 000 per 50kg bag Also commenting Malam Umaru Abubakar said though the achievements were there but farmers who are the players are still facing a lot of challenges ranging from lack of access to subsidised inputs preservation and processing technologies Unlike before the market value of rice and other commodities were poor thereby exposing farmers to losses but things changed sequel to the ban on importation of rice The measure put smile on the face farmers making agriculture lucrative and attractive he said In Yobe the state government said it spent over N2 9 billion on procurement of fertilisers in the past three years Dr Mairo Amshi Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources said that N1 5 billion of the amount was spent on the procurement of 3 000 tones of NPK brand of fertiliser in 2021 adding the commodity was sold to farmers at subsidised rate of N13 000 per bag She said that N1 4 billion was spent on the purchase of 7 500 tones of NPK fertiliser in 2020 and sold to he farmers at N5 000 per bag representing 40 per cent subsidy She said in 2019 government spent N882 million on procurement of 40 tractors given as loans to large scale farmers at N11million each payable within four years Amshi said the state in collaboration with International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC had vaccinated over 1 2 million cattle sheep goats and dogs The commissioner said the state s Livestock Development Programme was supported by 135 veterinary surgeons 47 animal scientists five equipped veterinary clinics and 17 Area Livestock offices across the state She said the state in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD set up livestock development centres at Badegana and Gurjaje grazing reserves The centres she said had been equipped with boreholes earth dams veterinary clinics feed lots fish ponds access roads electricity artificial insemination and milk collection units among others Amshi said a Livestock Investigation and Breeding Centres LIBC was also established by at Nguru to enhance livestock production While 2 000 hectres of land had been developed to facilitate take off of the 2022 LAVA irrigation scheme in parts of the state According to Amshi the state in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria had set up National Animal Production Research Institute NAPRI North East Outreach Station in Damaturu She said the state also got approval to participate in the Federal Government s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Programme L Pres Programme For his part Mr Stephen Maduwa Chairman Rice farmers Association RIFAN in Adamawa said Nigeria had made giant stride in its bid to become a leading rice producer in the world Maduwa therefore urged youth to embrace agriculture set up their businesses to become self reliant and employers of labour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers celebrate Nigeria’s agriculture transformation since independence
     Economic experts have identified agriculture as the mainstay of Nigeria s economy providing employment to over 60 per cent of the population At independence in 1960 Nigeria was the leading producer of cash crops such as palm oil groundnut cotton and cocoa globally The sector accounted for more than half of the nation s Foreign Exchange Earnings FOREX and Gross Domestic Product GDP With discovery of crude oil and subsequent development of petroleum industry agriculture witnessed gradual setbacks which made Nigeria to fall in the global commodity market rankings To address the ugly trend successive administrations initiated various policies and programmes to reinvigorate the sector and enhance food security in the country In 1972 the Yakubu Gowon administration introduced the National Accelerated Food Production Programme NAFPP and in 1976 the Olusegun Obasanjo s military regime rolled out Operation Feed the Nation OFN Also In April 1980 the Shehu Shagari administration introduced the Green Revolution Programme GRP to ensure self sufficiency in food production through introduction of mechanise system of agriculture improved varieties seeds and enhance farmer extension services Similarly the democratically elected Obasanjo s administration initiated the National Special Programme for Food Security NSPFS in 2003 The programme was replaced by the National Food Sector Plan NFSP anchored in 2007 by late President Umaru Yar Adua In 2011 the Goodluck Jonathan s administration introduced the Agriculture Transformation Agenda ATA which metamorphosed into the Agricultural Promotion Policy APP under President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 The programmes focussed at accelerating rapid transformation of agriculture encourage productivity and processing promote value addition farmer enterprising skills and provide market for the produce to achieve self sufficiency and national food security The programmes failed to achieve their noble objectives due to lack of continuity by successive governments However stakeholders in the sector expressed divergent views as to whether agriculture made positive contributions or otherwise to national development Alhaji Umar Daware the Adamawa Commissioner for Agriculture said agriculture went through series of transformation geared towards making it a major contributor to national economic development He said that pre and post independence era had been characterised by agricultural initiatives such as Operation Feed the Nation Green Revolution and current Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP He said the programmes assisted farmers increased productivity and processing reduce poverty and enhance food security in the past 62 years This he said were achieved through innovative interventions that enhanced farmer access to inputs extension services enterprising skills and agricultural financing Abdussalam Gulak and AbdulRazaq Ahmed rice growers in Yola said agriculture made significant progress towards encouraging food production under the ABP scheme They however said that proactive measures were imperative to encourage production of fertilisers chemicals and other farming implements in the country This will reduce high cost of fertiliser and inputs and encourage agricultural productivity Also Ibrahim Zubairu Chairman Maize Growers Farmers and Manufacturers Association MAGFAMAN in Bauchi State said about 10 000 farmers benefitted from farm support services under the ABP scheme in the state He said farmers received fertilisers seeds water pumps chemicals sprayers among others under the programme Addtionally Mr Ibrahim Sadiq Coordinator Wheat Farmers Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria WFPMAN said the ABP initiative encouraged farmers to engage in dry season activities Farmers are motivated by the government support which enabled them to record bumper harvest he said Corroborating Sadiq Marka Abbas Chairperson Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria SWOFON said the ABP programme encouraged more women to engage in agriculture since inception Many women farmers in recent years engage in farming activities due to awareness creation and sound farmer support services initiated by the Federal Government she said In Jigawa rice farmers said agricultural sector witnessed unprecedented achievements under President Buhari s administration through the implementation of ABP The sector the farmers said enjoyed massive deployment of resources and initiatives aimed at achieving self sufficiency in rice production A rice grower Misbahu Sadik said farmers received loans and inputs to accelerate cultivation of rice wheat maize cotton cassava cotton groundnut and soybeans as well as fishery poultry and livestock productions Another farmer Idrisa Guda said Nigeria made progress in irrigation farming adding the achievements couldn t have been possible without government support in the development of irrigation schemes and farmer support services Without government support on irrigation over the years Nigeria could have found it difficult to feed itself because of the uncertainties associated with rain fed farming he said While Malam Abubakar Danladi an agro dealer noted that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI had enabled farmers to access fertilisers at affordable prices thereby addressing scarcity of the commodity In his contribution a 25 year old farmer Basiru Dan Mai Awara called on the government to regulate prices of fertilisers This he said would enable farmers to access the commodity at N10 000 as against its current prices of N30 000 per 50kg bag Also commenting Malam Umaru Abubakar said though the achievements were there but farmers who are the players are still facing a lot of challenges ranging from lack of access to subsidised inputs preservation and processing technologies Unlike before the market value of rice and other commodities were poor thereby exposing farmers to losses but things changed sequel to the ban on importation of rice The measure put smile on the face farmers making agriculture lucrative and attractive he said In Yobe the state government said it spent over N2 9 billion on procurement of fertilisers in the past three years Dr Mairo Amshi Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources said that N1 5 billion of the amount was spent on the procurement of 3 000 tones of NPK brand of fertiliser in 2021 adding the commodity was sold to farmers at subsidised rate of N13 000 per bag She said that N1 4 billion was spent on the purchase of 7 500 tones of NPK fertiliser in 2020 and sold to he farmers at N5 000 per bag representing 40 per cent subsidy She said in 2019 government spent N882 million on procurement of 40 tractors given as loans to large scale farmers at N11million each payable within four years Amshi said the state in collaboration with International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC had vaccinated over 1 2 million cattle sheep goats and dogs The commissioner said the state s Livestock Development Programme was supported by 135 veterinary surgeons 47 animal scientists five equipped veterinary clinics and 17 Area Livestock offices across the state She said the state in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD set up livestock development centres at Badegana and Gurjaje grazing reserves The centres she said had been equipped with boreholes earth dams veterinary clinics feed lots fish ponds access roads electricity artificial insemination and milk collection units among others Amshi said a Livestock Investigation and Breeding Centres LIBC was also established by at Nguru to enhance livestock production While 2 000 hectres of land had been developed to facilitate take off of the 2022 LAVA irrigation scheme in parts of the state According to Amshi the state in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria had set up National Animal Production Research Institute NAPRI North East Outreach Station in Damaturu She said the state also got approval to participate in the Federal Government s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Programme L Pres Programme For his part Mr Stephen Maduwa Chairman Rice farmers Association RIFAN in Adamawa said Nigeria had made giant stride in its bid to become a leading rice producer in the world Maduwa therefore urged youth to embrace agriculture set up their businesses to become self reliant and employers of labour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers celebrate Nigeria’s agriculture transformation since independence
    General news4 months ago

    Farmers celebrate Nigeria’s agriculture transformation since independence

    Economic experts have identified agriculture as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy providing employment to over 60 per cent of the population.

    At independence in 1960, Nigeria was the leading producer of cash crops such as palm oil, groundnut, cotton and cocoa globally.

    The sector accounted for more than half of the nation’s Foreign Exchange Earnings (FOREX) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    With discovery of crude oil and subsequent development of petroleum industry, agriculture witnessed gradual setbacks which made Nigeria to fall in the global commodity market rankings.

    To address the ugly trend, successive administrations initiated various policies and programmes to reinvigorate the sector and enhance food security in the country.

    In 1972, the Yakubu Gowon administration introduced the National Accelerated Food Production Programme (NAFPP), and in 1976, the Olusegun Obasanjo’s military regime rolled out Operation Feed the Nation (OFN).

    Also; In April 1980, the Shehu Shagari administration introduced the Green Revolution Programme (GRP), to ensure self-sufficiency in food production through introduction of mechanise system of agriculture, improved varieties seeds and enhance farmer extension services.

    Similarly; the democratically elected Obasanjo’s administration initiated the National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS) in 2003. The programme was replaced by the National Food Sector Plan (NFSP) anchored in 2007 by late President Umaru Yar’Adua. In 2011, the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration introduced the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA) which metamorphosed into the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) under President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. The programmes focussed at accelerating rapid transformation of agriculture, encourage productivity and processing, promote value addition, farmer enterprising skills and provide market for the produce to achieve self-sufficiency and national food security.

    The programmes failed to achieve their noble objectives due to lack of continuity by successive governments.

    However, stakeholders in the sector expressed divergent views as to whether agriculture made positive contributions or otherwise to national development.

    Alhaji Umar Daware, the Adamawa Commissioner for Agriculture, said agriculture went through series of transformation geared towards making it a major contributor to national economic development.

    He said that pre and post independence era had been characterised by agricultural initiatives such as Operation Feed the Nation, Green Revolution and current Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

    He said the programmes assisted farmers, increased productivity and processing, reduce poverty and enhance food security in the past 62 years.

    This, he said, were achieved through innovative interventions that enhanced farmer access to inputs, extension services, enterprising skills and agricultural financing.

    Abdussalam Gulak and AbdulRazaq Ahmed, rice growers in Yola, said agriculture made significant progress towards encouraging food production under the ABP scheme.

    They, however, said that proactive measures were imperative to encourage production of fertilisers, chemicals and other farming implements in the country.

    “This will reduce high cost of fertiliser and inputs, and encourage agricultural productivity”.

    Also, Ibrahim Zubairu, Chairman, Maize Growers, Farmers and Manufacturers Association (MAGFAMAN) in Bauchi State, said about 10,000 farmers benefitted from farm support services under the ABP scheme in the state.

    He said farmers received fertilisers, seeds, water pumps, chemicals, sprayers, among others under the programme.

    Addtionally; Mr Ibrahim Sadiq, Coordinator, Wheat Farmers, Processors and Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (WFPMAN), said the ABP initiative encouraged farmers to engage in dry season activities.

    “Farmers are motivated by the government support, which enabled them to record bumper harvest,” he said.

    Corroborating Sadiq, Marka Abbas, Chairperson, Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON), said the ABP programme encouraged more women to engage in agriculture since inception.

    “Many women farmers in recent years engage in farming activities due to awareness creation and sound farmer support services initiated by the Federal Government,” she said.

    In Jigawa, rice farmers said agricultural sector witnessed unprecedented achievements under President Buhari’s administration through the implementation of ABP.

    The sector, the farmers said, enjoyed massive deployment of resources and initiatives aimed at achieving self sufficiency in rice production.

    A rice grower, Misbahu Sadik, said farmers received loans and inputs to accelerate cultivation of rice, wheat, maize, cotton, cassava, cotton, groundnut and soybeans as well as fishery, poultry and livestock productions.

    Another farmer, Idrisa Guda, said Nigeria made progress in irrigation farming, adding the achievements couldn’t have been possible without government support in the development of irrigation schemes and farmer support services.

    “Without government support on irrigation over the years, Nigeria could have found it difficult to feed itself because of the uncertainties associated with rain fed farming,” he said.

    While Malam Abubakar Danladi, an agro dealer noted that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) had enabled farmers to access fertilisers at affordable prices thereby addressing scarcity of the commodity.

    In his contribution, a 25-year-old farmer, Basiru Dan Mai Awara, called on the government to regulate prices of fertilisers.

    This, he said, would enable farmers to access the commodity at N10,000 as against its current prices of N30,000 per 50kg bag.

    Also commenting, Malam Umaru Abubakar, said though the achievements were there but farmers who are the players are still facing a lot of challenges, ranging from lack of access to subsidised inputs, preservation and processing technologies.

    “Unlike before the market value of rice and other commodities were poor thereby exposing farmers to losses, but things changed sequel to the ban on importation of rice.

    “The measure put smile on the face farmers making agriculture lucrative and attractive,” he said.

    In Yobe, the state government said it spent over N2.9 billion on procurement of fertilisers in the past three years.

    Dr Mairo Amshi, Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources, said that N1.5 billion of the amount was spent on the procurement of 3,000 tones of NPK brand of fertiliser in 2021, adding the commodity was sold to farmers at subsidised rate of N13,000 per bag.

    She said that N1.4 billion was spent on the purchase of 7,500 tones of NPK fertiliser in 2020, and sold to he farmers at N5,000 per bag, representing 40 per cent subsidy.

    She said in 2019, government spent N882 million on procurement of 40 tractors, given as loans to large scale farmers at N11million each, payable within four years.

    Amshi said the state, in collaboration with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had vaccinated over 1.2 million cattle, sheep, goats and dogs.

    The commissioner said the state’s Livestock Development Programme was supported by 135 veterinary surgeons, 47 animal scientists, five equipped veterinary clinics and 17 Area Livestock offices across the state.

    She said the state, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), set up livestock development centres at , Badegana and Gurjaje grazing reserves.

    The centres, she said, had been equipped with boreholes, earth dams, veterinary clinics, feed lots, fish ponds, access roads, electricity, artificial insemination and milk collection units, among others.

    Amshi said a Livestock Investigation and Breeding Centres (LIBC) was also established by at Nguru to enhance livestock production.

    While 2,000 hectres of land had been developed to facilitate take off of the 2022 LAVA irrigation scheme in parts of the state.

    According to Amshi, the state, in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, had set up National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) North-East Outreach Station in Damaturu.

    She said the state also got approval to participate in the Federal Government’s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Programme ( L-Pres Programme).

    For his part, Mr Stephen Maduwa, Chairman, Rice farmers Association (RIFAN) in Adamawa, said Nigeria had made giant stride in its bid to become a leading rice producer in the world.

    Maduwa, therefore, urged youth to embrace agriculture, set up their businesses to become self-reliant and employers of labour.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emefiele has dispelled widespread rumours that he would be contesting for office of the president in the 2023 general elections This is coming on the heels of widespread diverse reactions to his purported purchase of the All Progressives Congress APC Nomination and Expression of Interest forms valued N100million The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three interest groups the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Friends of Emefiele and Emefiele Support Group had purchased the forms on his behalf Reacting through his verified twitter handle Emefiele said that should he decide to contest for the political office he would prefer to use his personal resources I am humbled by the growing interest of those asking that I run for the office of president in the 2023 general elections I have not come to that decision I note and salute the sacrifices of those farmers and patriots going as far as raising personal fundsand offering me presidential nomination forms I thank them most profusely However should I answer their calls and decide to seek presidential nomination I will use my own hard earned savings to buy my own nomination forms I will do so without proxies in an open and transparent manner in full compliance with the laws and Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria he said He said that he would continue to serve the country in his capacity as CBN governor until he received divine counsel to contest for a higher office I will continue to serve and sacrifice for the good people of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari This is a serious decision that requires God s Divine intervention in the next few days The Almighty will so direct he said NAN
    Emefiele debunks joining presidential race
     The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emefiele has dispelled widespread rumours that he would be contesting for office of the president in the 2023 general elections This is coming on the heels of widespread diverse reactions to his purported purchase of the All Progressives Congress APC Nomination and Expression of Interest forms valued N100million The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three interest groups the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Friends of Emefiele and Emefiele Support Group had purchased the forms on his behalf Reacting through his verified twitter handle Emefiele said that should he decide to contest for the political office he would prefer to use his personal resources I am humbled by the growing interest of those asking that I run for the office of president in the 2023 general elections I have not come to that decision I note and salute the sacrifices of those farmers and patriots going as far as raising personal fundsand offering me presidential nomination forms I thank them most profusely However should I answer their calls and decide to seek presidential nomination I will use my own hard earned savings to buy my own nomination forms I will do so without proxies in an open and transparent manner in full compliance with the laws and Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria he said He said that he would continue to serve the country in his capacity as CBN governor until he received divine counsel to contest for a higher office I will continue to serve and sacrifice for the good people of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari This is a serious decision that requires God s Divine intervention in the next few days The Almighty will so direct he said NAN
    Emefiele debunks joining presidential race
    Economy9 months ago

    Emefiele debunks joining presidential race

    The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele,  has dispelled widespread rumours that he would be contesting for office of the president in the 2023 general elections .

    This is coming on the heels of widespread, diverse reactions to his purported purchase of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Nomination and Expression of Interest forms valued  N100million.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three interest groups,  the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), “Friends of Emefiele ” and “Emefiele Support Group ” had purchased the forms on his behalf.

    Reacting through his verified twitter handle,  Emefiele said that, should he decide to contest for the political office,  he would prefer to use his personal resources.

    “I am humbled by the growing interest of those asking that I run for the office of president in the 2023 general elections: I have not come to that decision.

    “I note and salute the sacrifices of those farmers and patriots going as far as raising personal fundsand offering me presidential nomination forms: I thank them most profusely.

    ” However, should I answer their calls and decide to seek presidential nomination, I will use my own hard earned savings  to buy my own  nomination forms.

    “I will do so without proxies, in an open and transparent manner in full compliance with the laws and Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that he would continue to serve the country in his capacity as CBN governor until he received divine counsel to contest for a higher  office. .

    “I will continue to serve and sacrifice for the good people of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “This is a serious decision that requires God’s Divine intervention: in the next few days The Almighty will so direct,” he said. 

    (NAN)

  •   The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN has urged the Federal Government to ensure a predictable market in the rice value chain Oyo State RIFAN President Mr Samuel Akinade made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Ibadan on Monday Akinade pointed out that the cost of rice if regulated will ensure market predictability and control the unjustified increase in the price of what consumers buy due to the activities of middlemen If we plant rice because the rain is good and we harvest it and we sell it to the millers at a moderate price the millers will add their cost to it But as soon as it leaves the grinding centers it is unknown what will happen between then and when it reaches the table of consumers There are middlemen who will sell the product and they can decide to sell it for anything Also the strength of supply and demand will run its course especially as people now start to switch to local rice because of its nutritional value he said According to him the price will go up because more people will buy it and that is why our market in Nigeria is unpredictable everyone does what they want with the market If there is control by the government it can regulate the price at the different stages of production and stipulate the price for the marketers which will be fine If the government says that paddy has this cost to the millers the millers should release it at this price and then the trader should sell it in the market at this price that will be fine But in the case where farmers release moderately priced rice the millers who produced added something what about the marketers Who controls the vendors No one That is why we cannot predict the price of rice Also when people say that paddy rice is expensive it is because the chemicals that we use now are very expensive even the high cost of tractors is part of why rice is expensive he said Akinade a beneficiary of the Federal Government s Anchors Borrowers program through the Central Bank of Nigeria said the cost of agricultural inputs had skyrocketed The farmer will add the cost of inputs from the land to determine the cost of production and then add his own profits and services to determine the price of rice The contribution comes from the felling and uprooting of trees If the state or federal government wants to help that is the area they can come to in preparing the land for planting to take place But so far because of rice cultivation they have not shown interest he said Akinade said that now that the rain has started to fall land preparation continues adding At this level the stability of the rain cannot be relied upon for now We do not know what God wants to do maybe it will continue like this But the rain must continue like this because we expect it to rain for three or four weeks before the rain levels off And for rice we need regular water Maybe at the end of April people can be planting Where the land is like Fadama Akuro land meaning low irrigated plains supported by shallow aquifers found along major river systems people can start planting around this time Land preparation is the main operation now For now we can clear the land and plow If the land is soft enough for the tractor to plow you can start plowing now on the first lap Then you plow the second one and plant immediately she added
    Farmers want predictable market, urge FG to control rice price,
      The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN has urged the Federal Government to ensure a predictable market in the rice value chain Oyo State RIFAN President Mr Samuel Akinade made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Ibadan on Monday Akinade pointed out that the cost of rice if regulated will ensure market predictability and control the unjustified increase in the price of what consumers buy due to the activities of middlemen If we plant rice because the rain is good and we harvest it and we sell it to the millers at a moderate price the millers will add their cost to it But as soon as it leaves the grinding centers it is unknown what will happen between then and when it reaches the table of consumers There are middlemen who will sell the product and they can decide to sell it for anything Also the strength of supply and demand will run its course especially as people now start to switch to local rice because of its nutritional value he said According to him the price will go up because more people will buy it and that is why our market in Nigeria is unpredictable everyone does what they want with the market If there is control by the government it can regulate the price at the different stages of production and stipulate the price for the marketers which will be fine If the government says that paddy has this cost to the millers the millers should release it at this price and then the trader should sell it in the market at this price that will be fine But in the case where farmers release moderately priced rice the millers who produced added something what about the marketers Who controls the vendors No one That is why we cannot predict the price of rice Also when people say that paddy rice is expensive it is because the chemicals that we use now are very expensive even the high cost of tractors is part of why rice is expensive he said Akinade a beneficiary of the Federal Government s Anchors Borrowers program through the Central Bank of Nigeria said the cost of agricultural inputs had skyrocketed The farmer will add the cost of inputs from the land to determine the cost of production and then add his own profits and services to determine the price of rice The contribution comes from the felling and uprooting of trees If the state or federal government wants to help that is the area they can come to in preparing the land for planting to take place But so far because of rice cultivation they have not shown interest he said Akinade said that now that the rain has started to fall land preparation continues adding At this level the stability of the rain cannot be relied upon for now We do not know what God wants to do maybe it will continue like this But the rain must continue like this because we expect it to rain for three or four weeks before the rain levels off And for rice we need regular water Maybe at the end of April people can be planting Where the land is like Fadama Akuro land meaning low irrigated plains supported by shallow aquifers found along major river systems people can start planting around this time Land preparation is the main operation now For now we can clear the land and plow If the land is soft enough for the tractor to plow you can start plowing now on the first lap Then you plow the second one and plant immediately she added
    Farmers want predictable market, urge FG to control rice price,
    General news11 months ago

    Farmers want predictable market, urge FG to control rice price,

    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has urged the Federal Government to ensure a predictable market in the rice value chain.

    Oyo State RIFAN President Mr. Samuel Akinade made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Ibadan on Monday.

    Akinade pointed out that the cost of rice, if regulated, will ensure market predictability and control the unjustified increase in the price of what consumers buy due to the activities of middlemen.

    “If we plant rice because the rain is good and we harvest it, and we sell it to the millers at a moderate price, the millers will add their cost to it.

    “But as soon as it leaves the grinding centers, it is unknown what will happen between then and when it reaches the table of consumers.

    “There are middlemen who will sell the product and they can decide to sell it for anything.

    "Also, the strength of supply and demand will run its course, especially as people now start to switch to local rice because of its nutritional value," he said.

    According to him, the price will go up because more people will buy it and that is why our market in Nigeria is unpredictable, everyone does what they want with the market.

    “If there is control by the government, it can regulate the price at the different stages of production and stipulate the price for the marketers, which will be fine.

    “If the government says that paddy has this cost to the millers, the millers should release it at this price and then the trader should sell it in the market at this price, that will be fine.

    “But in the case where farmers release moderately priced rice, the millers who produced added something, what about the marketers? Who controls the vendors? No one!

    “That is why we cannot predict the price of rice. Also, when people say that paddy rice is expensive, it is because the chemicals that we use now are very expensive, even the high cost of tractors is part of why rice is expensive,” he said.

    Akinade, a beneficiary of the Federal Government's Anchors Borrowers program through the Central Bank of Nigeria, said the cost of agricultural inputs had skyrocketed.

    “The farmer will add the cost of inputs from the land to determine the cost of production and then add his own profits and services to determine the price of rice.

    “The contribution comes from the felling and uprooting of trees. If the state or federal government wants to help, that is the area they can come to, in preparing the land for planting to take place.

    "But so far, because of rice cultivation, they have not shown interest," he said.

    Akinade said that now that the rain has started to fall, land preparation continues, adding; “At this level, the stability of the rain cannot be relied upon for now.

    “We do not know what God wants to do, maybe it will continue like this. But the rain must continue like this because we expect it to rain for three or four weeks before the rain levels off.

    “And for rice, we need regular water. Maybe at the end of April people can be planting.

    “Where the land is like Fadama, 'Akuro' land, meaning low irrigated plains supported by 'shallow' aquifers found along major river systems, people can start planting around this time.

    “Land preparation is the main operation now. For now, we can clear the land and plow.

    “If the land is soft enough for the tractor to plow, you can start plowing now, on the first lap. Then you plow the second one and plant immediately,” she added.

  •   The Delta Chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in the state ahead of the 2022 farming season RIFAN State President Chief Sylvanus Ejezie delivered the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Saturday in Asaba He said the training was adequate to prepare farmers to adopt best practices in rice cultivation to ensure high quality yield According to Ejezie adequate knowledge of soil texture and the environment was necessary for farmers to understand their terrain and navigate through it to escape the impacts of floods and droughts I want to thank His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in best production practices recently ahead of this year s planting season The trained farmers are expected to cultivate about 180 hectares of land for rice production across the state In addition the state government provided a support loan to farmers and promised to compensate 30 percent of the total costs per hectare to encourage farmers said Ejezie rice farmersHowever he blamed the low paddy rice harvest in the state on farmers lack of adequate knowledge about their environment and inadequate support from farmers The government also needed to support farmers farmland and land preparations among others to improve production to address the growing demand for rice in the state it added Our farmers still need to understand the terrain of the land where they farm Furthermore farmers face floods or droughts every farming season which informs why we have not been able to produce enough paddy rice to meet the demands of buyers and millers in the state Before now we were talking about the flood challenges but last year it was the drought problem and our farmers were terribly affected otherwise we would have had enough supplies last year to meet the demands of our buyers In addition to that we need the help of the government in the area of machinery since today the state does not have a harvester enough tractors to prepare the land a seed drill among others All these and more are setbacks for the cultivation and harvest of rice in the state So if the government can help us prepare at least 2 000 hectares of land with irrigation facilities in various places in the state we can grow rice twice a year and produce more rice for the millers in the state he said On the Anchor Borrower Program of the Central Bank of Nigeria Ejezie said that the association had not yet received the supply of inputs for the 2022 agricultural season According to him the members were supposed to have started planting this year but had not yet received their inputs from the national RIFAN for this agricultural season
    RIFAN lauds Delta Govt for training 90 rice farmers
      The Delta Chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in the state ahead of the 2022 farming season RIFAN State President Chief Sylvanus Ejezie delivered the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Saturday in Asaba He said the training was adequate to prepare farmers to adopt best practices in rice cultivation to ensure high quality yield According to Ejezie adequate knowledge of soil texture and the environment was necessary for farmers to understand their terrain and navigate through it to escape the impacts of floods and droughts I want to thank His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in best production practices recently ahead of this year s planting season The trained farmers are expected to cultivate about 180 hectares of land for rice production across the state In addition the state government provided a support loan to farmers and promised to compensate 30 percent of the total costs per hectare to encourage farmers said Ejezie rice farmersHowever he blamed the low paddy rice harvest in the state on farmers lack of adequate knowledge about their environment and inadequate support from farmers The government also needed to support farmers farmland and land preparations among others to improve production to address the growing demand for rice in the state it added Our farmers still need to understand the terrain of the land where they farm Furthermore farmers face floods or droughts every farming season which informs why we have not been able to produce enough paddy rice to meet the demands of buyers and millers in the state Before now we were talking about the flood challenges but last year it was the drought problem and our farmers were terribly affected otherwise we would have had enough supplies last year to meet the demands of our buyers In addition to that we need the help of the government in the area of machinery since today the state does not have a harvester enough tractors to prepare the land a seed drill among others All these and more are setbacks for the cultivation and harvest of rice in the state So if the government can help us prepare at least 2 000 hectares of land with irrigation facilities in various places in the state we can grow rice twice a year and produce more rice for the millers in the state he said On the Anchor Borrower Program of the Central Bank of Nigeria Ejezie said that the association had not yet received the supply of inputs for the 2022 agricultural season According to him the members were supposed to have started planting this year but had not yet received their inputs from the national RIFAN for this agricultural season
    RIFAN lauds Delta Govt for training 90 rice farmers
    General news11 months ago

    RIFAN lauds Delta Govt for training 90 rice farmers

    The Delta Chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in the state, ahead of the 2022 farming season.

    RIFAN State President Chief Sylvanus Ejezie delivered the eulogy in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Saturday, in Asaba.

    He said the training was adequate to prepare farmers to adopt best practices in rice cultivation to ensure high-quality yield.

    According to Ejezie, adequate knowledge of soil texture and the environment was necessary for farmers to understand their terrain and navigate through it to escape the impacts of floods and droughts.

    “I want to thank His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources for training no fewer than 90 rice farmers in best production practices recently, ahead of this year's planting season.

    “The trained farmers are expected to cultivate about 180 hectares of land for rice production across the state.

    “In addition, the state government provided a support loan to farmers and promised to compensate 30 percent of the total costs per hectare to encourage farmers,” said Ejezie.

    rice farmers

    However, he blamed the low paddy rice harvest in the state on farmers' lack of adequate knowledge about their environment and inadequate support from farmers.

    The government also needed to support farmers' farmland and land preparations, among others, to improve production to address the growing demand for rice in the state, it added.

    “Our farmers still need to understand the terrain of the land where they farm.

    Furthermore, farmers face floods or droughts every farming season, which informs why we have not been able to produce enough paddy rice to meet the demands of buyers and millers in the state.

    “Before now, we were talking about the flood challenges, but last year it was the drought problem, and our farmers were terribly affected, otherwise we would have had enough supplies last year to meet the demands of our buyers. .

    “In addition to that, we need the help of the government in the area of ​​machinery, since today the state does not have a harvester, enough tractors to prepare the land, a seed drill, among others.

    “All these and more are setbacks for the cultivation and harvest of rice in the state.

    “So if the government can help us prepare at least 2,000 hectares of land with irrigation facilities in various places in the state, we can grow rice twice a year and produce more rice for the millers in the state,” he said.

    On the Anchor Borrower Program of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ejezie said that the association had not yet received the supply of inputs for the 2022 agricultural season.

    According to him, the members were supposed to have started planting this year, but had not yet received their inputs from the national RIFAN for this agricultural season.

  •   Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN President Aminu Goronyo has said that the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Anchor Borrower Program ABP has increased the capacity of Nigerian farmers to achieve food security Goronyo said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja He spoke in the context of the recent inauguration of rice mega pyramids in Abuja and RIFAN He explained that the intervention program had increased the number of growing seasons there production https www bizcom com 2022 01 19 cbns abp boosting farmers capacity says rifan president Before we had a growing season which was the rainy season Farmers did not farm during the dry season But now with the support of the CBN through the ABP we can do two dry season crops with one wet season crop doing three he said The president of the RIFAN explained that the rice that is exhibited in the pyramids was destined as payment of the loan to the CBN of the ABP The right thing to do is to hand it over to the CBN that funded the project to sell to integrated rice millers and small scale rice millers at a subsidized rate This will ensure that the end consumer can buy rice at an affordable price he said He added that the inauguration of the pyramids was an indication that Nigeria is becoming self sufficient in food production It will build confidence in Nigerians that we can now grow what we eat We have more than enough to eat that we no longer need foreign rice he said Keep reading Source NAN
    RIFAN says the CBN ABP has increased capacity of farmers
      Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN President Aminu Goronyo has said that the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Anchor Borrower Program ABP has increased the capacity of Nigerian farmers to achieve food security Goronyo said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja He spoke in the context of the recent inauguration of rice mega pyramids in Abuja and RIFAN He explained that the intervention program had increased the number of growing seasons there production https www bizcom com 2022 01 19 cbns abp boosting farmers capacity says rifan president Before we had a growing season which was the rainy season Farmers did not farm during the dry season But now with the support of the CBN through the ABP we can do two dry season crops with one wet season crop doing three he said The president of the RIFAN explained that the rice that is exhibited in the pyramids was destined as payment of the loan to the CBN of the ABP The right thing to do is to hand it over to the CBN that funded the project to sell to integrated rice millers and small scale rice millers at a subsidized rate This will ensure that the end consumer can buy rice at an affordable price he said He added that the inauguration of the pyramids was an indication that Nigeria is becoming self sufficient in food production It will build confidence in Nigerians that we can now grow what we eat We have more than enough to eat that we no longer need foreign rice he said Keep reading Source NAN
    RIFAN says the CBN ABP has increased capacity of farmers
    Economy1 year ago

    RIFAN says the CBN ABP has increased capacity of farmers

    Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) President Aminu Goronyo has said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower Program (ABP) has increased the capacity of Nigerian farmers to achieve food security .

    Goronyo said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He spoke in the context of the recent inauguration of rice mega pyramids in Abuja and RIFAN.

    He explained that the intervention program had increased the number of growing seasons there production.

    https://www.bizcom.com/2022/01/19/cbns-abp-boosting-farmers-capacity-says-rifan-president/

    “Before we had a growing season, which was the rainy season. Farmers did not farm during the dry season.

    “But now, with the support of the CBN through the ABP, we can do two dry-season crops with one wet-season crop, doing three,” he said.

    The president of the RIFAN explained that the rice that is exhibited in the pyramids was destined as payment of the loan to the CBN of the ABP.

    “The right thing to do is to hand it over to the CBN that funded the project to sell to integrated rice millers and small-scale rice millers at a subsidized rate.

    "This will ensure that the end consumer can buy rice at an affordable price," he said.

    He added that the inauguration of the pyramids was an indication that Nigeria is becoming self-sufficient in food production.

    “It will build confidence in Nigerians that we can now grow what we eat. We have more than enough to eat that we no longer need foreign rice,” he said.

    Keep reading

    Source: NAN

  •   The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN says the country will begin exporting rice in the near future to reap the twin benefits of food security and economic diversification Mr Ado Hassan Secretary of the Kano State Chapter of RIFAN made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines of the inauguration of the mega rice pyramids in Abuja reports that the pyramid to be unveiled in Buhari is a joint project between the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN under its Anchor Borrower Program and RIFAN Hassan dispelled suggestions that the pyramids of rice on display were not just rice adding that the product was brought in from virtually every state in the country The rice here is from all over the country RIFAN has always been real it is not possible to fool 200 million Nigerians with a project like this The fact that Nigeria has not imported even a grain of rice in the last four years is proof enough that we are already self sufficient in the product Rice cultivation is a reality and will continue to happen he said Hassan said that Nigeria has become the largest rice producing country in Africa thanks to the support of the Federal Government and the intervention of the CBN There was a time when the CBN spent a billion naira to support rice import bills Today the main bank no longer spends a kobo to support the import of rice Today Nigeria has become the largest producer of rice in all of Africa That is a great achievement We have leaders from some of our neighboring countries coming here today to see our miracle in rice They are a secure market for our rice export he said He added that although the insecurity was a setback it has not discouraged farmers from growing different crops He claimed that massive investment in rice cultivation would lower its price and make it available to ordinary Nigerians Keep reading Source NAN
    Nigeria will begin rice export for economic diversification
      The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN says the country will begin exporting rice in the near future to reap the twin benefits of food security and economic diversification Mr Ado Hassan Secretary of the Kano State Chapter of RIFAN made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines of the inauguration of the mega rice pyramids in Abuja reports that the pyramid to be unveiled in Buhari is a joint project between the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN under its Anchor Borrower Program and RIFAN Hassan dispelled suggestions that the pyramids of rice on display were not just rice adding that the product was brought in from virtually every state in the country The rice here is from all over the country RIFAN has always been real it is not possible to fool 200 million Nigerians with a project like this The fact that Nigeria has not imported even a grain of rice in the last four years is proof enough that we are already self sufficient in the product Rice cultivation is a reality and will continue to happen he said Hassan said that Nigeria has become the largest rice producing country in Africa thanks to the support of the Federal Government and the intervention of the CBN There was a time when the CBN spent a billion naira to support rice import bills Today the main bank no longer spends a kobo to support the import of rice Today Nigeria has become the largest producer of rice in all of Africa That is a great achievement We have leaders from some of our neighboring countries coming here today to see our miracle in rice They are a secure market for our rice export he said He added that although the insecurity was a setback it has not discouraged farmers from growing different crops He claimed that massive investment in rice cultivation would lower its price and make it available to ordinary Nigerians Keep reading Source NAN
    Nigeria will begin rice export for economic diversification
    Economy1 year ago

    Nigeria will begin rice export for economic diversification

    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says the country will begin exporting rice in the near future to reap the twin benefits of food security and economic diversification.

    Mr. Ado Hassan, Secretary of the Kano State Chapter of RIFAN, made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines of the inauguration of the mega rice pyramids in Abuja.

    reports that the pyramid, to be unveiled in Buhari, is a joint project between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under its Anchor Borrower Program and RIFAN.

    Hassan dispelled suggestions that the pyramids of rice on display were not just rice, adding that the product was brought in from virtually every state in the country.

    “The rice here is from all over the country. RIFAN has always been real; it is not possible to fool 200 million Nigerians with a project like this.

    “The fact that Nigeria has not imported even a grain of rice in the last four years is proof enough that we are already self-sufficient in the product. Rice cultivation is a reality and will continue to happen,” he said.

    Hassan said that Nigeria has become the largest rice producing country in Africa thanks to the support of the Federal Government and the intervention of the CBN.

    “There was a time when the CBN spent a billion naira to support rice import bills. Today, the main bank no longer spends a kobo to support the import of rice.

    “Today, Nigeria has become the largest producer of rice in all of Africa. That is a great achievement.

    “We have leaders from some of our neighboring countries coming here today to see our miracle in rice. They are a secure market for our rice export,” he said.

    He added that although the insecurity was a setback, it has not discouraged farmers from growing different crops.

    He claimed that massive investment in rice cultivation would lower its price and make it available to ordinary Nigerians.

    Keep reading

    Source: NAN

  •   The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN says plans have been finalized to launch one million bags of rice stacked like pyramids in Abuja on Tuesday Shehu Muazu chairman of the RIFAN Pyramid Subcommittee told the Nigerian News Agency that the rice pyramids show that local food production is possible According to Muazu immediately after the opening of the pyramids the Central Bank of Nigeria and RIFAN will allocate the rice to the processors RIFAN in collaboration with the Nigerian Rice Millers Association will process the rice and sell it at a discounted price This will lead to a drastic reduction in price once it starts to roll in the market Our collaboration with the millers association is based on the agreement that they will sell at a reduced price to Nigerians Although we can t talk about price in isolation when it comes to prices around the world because all over the world food prices have gone up But the good news is that rice will remain the cheapest commodity when it comes to food due to the success recorded through the scheme he said Mr Muazu also noted that the Anchor Borrower Program ABP which is designed to help small farmers is a testament to the federal government s efforts to address food security We have more than a million bags of paddy rice that were collected from ABP beneficiaries within the framework of the commercial strategy alliance Benefiting the farmers who received the loan that came in the form of agricultural inputs and cash repaying with paddy rice of the same value The importance of these rice pyramids is to show the achievements of the government when it comes to agriculture and to call on Nigerian corporations to queue up to invest in agriculture If the poor farmers in Nigeria can do this the rich farmers can do more than this he said For his part Njack Kane partner of RIFAN Africa praised the Federal Government for protecting local rice farmers by prohibiting the importation of rice and establishing measures against smuggling The Federal Government has made a very critical decision which is to put protection mechanisms in place for local rice producers and a ban on importing rice And more recently the government has implemented measures to combat smuggling so that locally produced rice can flourish Nigeria is one of the successful revolutionaries in mass rice production This laudable initiative will set off a revolution in Africa s agricultural sector said Kane NAN reports that the construction of the paddy rice pyramids at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Airport Road began in mid December 2021 and has been a center of attraction for passers by The rice pyramids were built from one million bags of rice planted and harvested in states across the country under CBN s Anchor Borrower Program YAYA
    Rice pyramids: Price of rice to crash soon, says RIFAN 
      The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN says plans have been finalized to launch one million bags of rice stacked like pyramids in Abuja on Tuesday Shehu Muazu chairman of the RIFAN Pyramid Subcommittee told the Nigerian News Agency that the rice pyramids show that local food production is possible According to Muazu immediately after the opening of the pyramids the Central Bank of Nigeria and RIFAN will allocate the rice to the processors RIFAN in collaboration with the Nigerian Rice Millers Association will process the rice and sell it at a discounted price This will lead to a drastic reduction in price once it starts to roll in the market Our collaboration with the millers association is based on the agreement that they will sell at a reduced price to Nigerians Although we can t talk about price in isolation when it comes to prices around the world because all over the world food prices have gone up But the good news is that rice will remain the cheapest commodity when it comes to food due to the success recorded through the scheme he said Mr Muazu also noted that the Anchor Borrower Program ABP which is designed to help small farmers is a testament to the federal government s efforts to address food security We have more than a million bags of paddy rice that were collected from ABP beneficiaries within the framework of the commercial strategy alliance Benefiting the farmers who received the loan that came in the form of agricultural inputs and cash repaying with paddy rice of the same value The importance of these rice pyramids is to show the achievements of the government when it comes to agriculture and to call on Nigerian corporations to queue up to invest in agriculture If the poor farmers in Nigeria can do this the rich farmers can do more than this he said For his part Njack Kane partner of RIFAN Africa praised the Federal Government for protecting local rice farmers by prohibiting the importation of rice and establishing measures against smuggling The Federal Government has made a very critical decision which is to put protection mechanisms in place for local rice producers and a ban on importing rice And more recently the government has implemented measures to combat smuggling so that locally produced rice can flourish Nigeria is one of the successful revolutionaries in mass rice production This laudable initiative will set off a revolution in Africa s agricultural sector said Kane NAN reports that the construction of the paddy rice pyramids at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Airport Road began in mid December 2021 and has been a center of attraction for passers by The rice pyramids were built from one million bags of rice planted and harvested in states across the country under CBN s Anchor Borrower Program YAYA
    Rice pyramids: Price of rice to crash soon, says RIFAN 
    Headlines1 year ago

    Rice pyramids: Price of rice to crash soon, says RIFAN 

    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, says plans have been finalized to launch one million bags of rice stacked like pyramids in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Shehu Muazu, chairman of the RIFAN Pyramid Subcommittee, told the Nigerian News Agency that the rice pyramids show that local food production is possible.

    According to Muazu, immediately after the opening of the pyramids, the Central Bank of Nigeria and RIFAN will allocate the rice to the processors.

    “RIFAN, in collaboration with the Nigerian Rice Millers Association, will process the rice and sell it at a discounted price.

    “This will lead to a drastic reduction in price once it starts to roll in the market.

    “Our collaboration with the millers' association is based on the agreement that they will sell at a reduced price to Nigerians.

    “Although we can't talk about price in isolation when it comes to prices around the world because all over the world food prices have gone up.

    "But the good news is that rice will remain the cheapest commodity when it comes to food due to the success recorded through the scheme," he said.

    Mr. Muazu also noted that the Anchor Borrower Program, ABP, which is designed to help small farmers, is a testament to the federal government's efforts to address food security.

    “We have more than a million bags of paddy rice that were collected from ABP beneficiaries within the framework of the commercial strategy alliance.

    “Benefiting the farmers who received the loan that came in the form of agricultural inputs and cash, repaying with paddy rice of the same value.

    “The importance of these rice pyramids is to show the achievements of the government when it comes to agriculture and to call on Nigerian corporations to queue up to invest in agriculture.

    "If the poor farmers in Nigeria can do this, the rich farmers can do more than this," he said.

    For his part, Njack Kane, partner of RIFAN Africa, praised the Federal Government for protecting local rice farmers by prohibiting the importation of rice and establishing measures against smuggling.

    “The Federal Government has made a very critical decision, which is to put protection mechanisms in place for local rice producers and a ban on importing rice.

    “And more recently, the government has implemented measures to combat smuggling so that locally produced rice can flourish.

    “Nigeria is one of the successful revolutionaries in mass rice production. This laudable initiative will set off a revolution in Africa's agricultural sector,” said Kane.

    NAN reports that the construction of the paddy rice pyramids at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Airport Road began in mid-December 2021 and has been a center of attraction for passers-by.

    The rice pyramids were built from one million bags of rice planted and harvested in states across the country under CBN's Anchor Borrower Program.

    YAYA

  •   President Muhammadu Buhari will present the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN huge pyramids of rice in Abuja on Tuesday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the rice mega pyramids project is a collaboration of CBN with the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Information obtained from the main bank s official website indicated that the pyramids which it described as the world s largest were enabled by the CBN s Anchor Borrower Program ABP He stated that the ABP since its inauguration in November 2015 had increased the average yield of rice per hectare from 1 8 metric tons to five metric tons while discouraging imports of the product The ABP has enabled a 95 percent reduction in Nigeria s annual rice import bill from 1 5 billion in 2015 to 18 5 million It has also created 12 8 million direct and indirect jobs in different value chains and food belts in the country he said The CBN stated that despite the challenges of flooding during the rainy season the COVID 19 pandemic and persistent insecurity in 2020 and 2021 it was still able to work with other stakeholders to inspire farmers to reap a harvest abundant He added that similar pyramids of rice and corn had been discovered in states such as Kebbi Niger Gombe Ekiti among others Meanwhile some stakeholders have praised the main bank for the ABP initiative and support for farmers One farmer Abubakar Alli said the idea of ABP and CBN supporting state governments to boost food production had been encouraging I must congratulate the CBN for their support through the ABP towards rice production in Nigeria and support to different state governments to boost production he said Also praising the initiative Chinonso Elendu urged authorities to ensure farmers were safe on their farms This is a very good move but we need to make sure our farmers are safe and crops are affordable for everyone he said According to Hussein Ibrahim the inauguration of rice pyramids across the country indicating increased ability to grow rice should also make it cheap and affordable for the common man NAN reports that the Abuja Rice Mega Pyramids are located at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trade Fair Complex Abuja YAYA
    Buhari to unveil mega rice pyramids in Abuja
      President Muhammadu Buhari will present the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN huge pyramids of rice in Abuja on Tuesday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the rice mega pyramids project is a collaboration of CBN with the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Information obtained from the main bank s official website indicated that the pyramids which it described as the world s largest were enabled by the CBN s Anchor Borrower Program ABP He stated that the ABP since its inauguration in November 2015 had increased the average yield of rice per hectare from 1 8 metric tons to five metric tons while discouraging imports of the product The ABP has enabled a 95 percent reduction in Nigeria s annual rice import bill from 1 5 billion in 2015 to 18 5 million It has also created 12 8 million direct and indirect jobs in different value chains and food belts in the country he said The CBN stated that despite the challenges of flooding during the rainy season the COVID 19 pandemic and persistent insecurity in 2020 and 2021 it was still able to work with other stakeholders to inspire farmers to reap a harvest abundant He added that similar pyramids of rice and corn had been discovered in states such as Kebbi Niger Gombe Ekiti among others Meanwhile some stakeholders have praised the main bank for the ABP initiative and support for farmers One farmer Abubakar Alli said the idea of ABP and CBN supporting state governments to boost food production had been encouraging I must congratulate the CBN for their support through the ABP towards rice production in Nigeria and support to different state governments to boost production he said Also praising the initiative Chinonso Elendu urged authorities to ensure farmers were safe on their farms This is a very good move but we need to make sure our farmers are safe and crops are affordable for everyone he said According to Hussein Ibrahim the inauguration of rice pyramids across the country indicating increased ability to grow rice should also make it cheap and affordable for the common man NAN reports that the Abuja Rice Mega Pyramids are located at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trade Fair Complex Abuja YAYA
    Buhari to unveil mega rice pyramids in Abuja
    Headlines1 year ago

    Buhari to unveil mega rice pyramids in Abuja

    President Muhammadu Buhari will present the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, huge pyramids of rice in Abuja on Tuesday.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the rice mega pyramids project is a collaboration of CBN with the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN.

    Information obtained from the main bank's official website indicated that the pyramids, which it described as the world's largest, were enabled by the CBN's Anchor Borrower Program, ABP.

    He stated that the ABP, since its inauguration in November 2015, had increased the average yield of rice per hectare from 1.8 metric tons to five metric tons, while discouraging imports of the product.

    “The ABP has enabled a 95 percent reduction in Nigeria's annual rice import bill from $1.5 billion in 2015 to $18.5 million.

    "It has also created 12.8 million direct and indirect jobs in different value chains and food belts in the country," he said.

    The CBN stated that despite the challenges of flooding during the rainy season, the COVID-19 pandemic, and persistent insecurity in 2020 and 2021, it was still able to work with other stakeholders to inspire farmers to reap a harvest. abundant.

    He added that similar pyramids of rice and corn had been discovered in states such as Kebbi, Niger, Gombe, Ekiti, among others.

    Meanwhile, some stakeholders have praised the main bank for the ABP initiative and support for farmers.

    One farmer, Abubakar Alli, said the idea of ​​ABP and CBN supporting state governments to boost food production had been encouraging.

    “I must congratulate the CBN for their support through the ABP towards rice production in Nigeria and support to different state governments to boost production,” he said.

    Also praising the initiative, Chinonso Elendu urged authorities to ensure farmers were safe on their farms.

    "This is a very good move, but we need to make sure our farmers are safe and crops are affordable for everyone," he said.

    According to Hussein Ibrahim, the inauguration of rice pyramids across the country, indicating increased ability to grow rice, should also make it cheap and affordable for the common man.

    NAN) reports that the Abuja Rice Mega Pyramids are located at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Fair Complex, Abuja.

    YAYA

  •   By Kadiri Abdulrahman The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP which was launched on November 17 2015 was designed to provide farm inputs in cash and kind to Small Holder Farmers SHFs The programme was intended to create a linkage between Anchor Companies involved in food processing and SHFs of the required key agricultural commodities through the commodity associations The ABP was designed to help the nation achieve self sufficiency in food by at least growing what we eat and then put a stop to the reckless importation of food items This was supposed to help save scarce foreign exchange which can then be used for other more pressing needs The ABP is funded and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN through its development fice initiative It commenced with a take off grant of N220 billion Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund MSMEDF through which farmers got loans at nine per cent interest They are expected to repay based on the gestation period of their commodities The interest rate was later reviewed downwards to five per cent to allow for more inclusive participation Recently the apex bank revealed that it had disbursed about N791 billion to over three million farmers across the 36 states under the programme The Director Development Fice Department of the bank Mr Yusuf Yila said that the programme had helped participating farmers to improve their yields especially maize from initial two metric tons per hectare to five metric tons per hectare while that of rice to four metric tons per hectare Two initial beneficiaries of the agriculture revolution of the federal government and the ABP were Kebbi and Lagos states The two states went into a collaboration that birthed the LAKE Rice initiative That initiative has now resulted to the construction of a multi billion Naira 32 metric tons per hour capacity rice mill by the Lagos state government Recent occurrences across the country indicate that the ABP has started yielding the desired results as the CBN unveiled rice and maize pyramids in some states Kebbi appears to have positioned itself as a hub of rice production in the country with the unveiling of its rice pyramids in March which is also a pointer to the gains of the ABP The rice pyramids reflect the success of the programme and the attendant multiplier effects on the economy and the country s food security The unveiling which was part of the fifth anniversary of the scheme also served as an occasion to mark the National Rice Festival and the flag off of the 2020 2021 dry season input distribution under the aegis of the CBN Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN collaboration Kebbi state Governor Atiku Bagudu said investments in the ABP were already paying off adding that the rice farmers displayed the successes and gains of the last five years by showcasing the massive array of rice pyramids This is a great testament to the happy journey so far in spite of the devastating effects of the global COVID 19 pandemic on the economy flood disasters and other issues Nigerians have been resilient at work hence we are celebrating these achievements recorded in the last five years The last five years have given us great hopes that agriculture will continue to produce the desired results he said Bagudu noted that CBN under Godwin Emefiele had taken the risk shown commitment and pumped more money into small scale farming Some rice farmers in Kebbi state also confirmed that the ABP had been of immense benefit to their farms According Ibrahim Amisu a rice farmer farmers are provided with six bags of fertiliser per hectare water pumping machine herbicide and cash support Almost everyone in Kebbi is now a farmer even civil servants are now tapping into the opportunity provided by the programme Everyone is now into rice cultivation and it has employed a lot of youths he said Emefiele who commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kebbi State Governor for their support in the last five years of the ABP experiment said that unveiling the rice pyramids was a happy moment to celebrate the gains of the programme Shortly after the Kebbi showcase the CBN also unveiled 13 Rice Pyramids consisting of 200 000 50 kg bags each in Gombe State an event the President described as marking the return of food sufficiency in the country The apex bank also unveiled Maize Pyramids in Katsina According to Emefiele though maize pyramids are rare the apex bank was able to achieve the feat through synergy amongst stakeholders and the resilience of farmers He said that Maize was one of the priority crops under the ABP This is due to the crucial role maize plays as a major staple food item as well as its role as a significant feedstock for the poultry industry in Nigeria he said The CBN Governor assured that the apex bank would oppose all attempts to continue the importation of maize into the country He said that the step was geared towards encouraging local production as the CBN believed that maize farmers in Nigeria had the ability to close the maize demand gap of over 4 5 million metric tons in the country He explained that the maize unveiled at the ceremony would be sold to reputable feed processors adding that this would in turn impact positively on current poultry feed prices as over 60 per cent of maize produced in the country were used for producing poultry feed However there have been complaints in some quarters that some of CBN s agriculture support initiatives were concentrated in a section of the country Emefiele debunked this by explaining that out of N700 billion earmarked for the ABP more than N300 billion had been disbursed in the southern part of the country for the expansion of food production Describing criticisms against CBN s effort at boosting agriculture in Nigeria as unfair he said huge funds had been disbursed to companies with farmers across Lagos Edo Ondo Ogun Osun Ekiti Bayelsa Rivers Cross River as major beneficiaries of the apex bank s interventions In May the CBN went ahead to unveil another set of rice pyramids in Ekiti state This corroborated Emefiele s defence and indicated that over the years the benefits of the ABP had been almost evenly distributed across the country At the event in Ekiti state the CBN governor said that the ABP had expanded agriculture production for 21 crops across Nigeria He revealed that about 12 000 farmers were to benefit in the rice pyramid programme in the state the first of such pyramids in the Southwest He also noted that the ease of production of rice the most valued staple in Nigeria has been successfully practiced and celebrated in some states like Kebbi Jigawa Sokoto Niger Kwara and Ebonyi For some other states like Lagos Edo Rivers and more there are CBN ficed industries maximizing the farm produce to make products he said Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said that Federal Government under Buhari had demonstrated the capacity to tackle poverty and reduce dependence on foreign food by many of his initiatives in the agriculture sector He noted that rice clearing production of seedlings and farm implements at low interest would enhance rice value chain from primary producers to processors He said Rice has become the most consumed staple in Nigeria In the year 2018 alone Nigeria imported 0 58 trillion worth of rice valued at 1 65 billion dollars The present policy of support for local rice production has contributed immensely to food security in Nigeria Considering the huge market and high population of Nigeria with the urgent need to eradicate poverty it has successfully demonstrated the need to look inwards by taking advantage of the available fertile land perennial river bodies and human resources for the production of rice For instance rice importation from Thailand fell from 644 131 metric tons in September 2015 to 20 000 metric tons in September 2017 which accounts for a drop of over 90 per cent Groundnut pyramids were common sight in Kano and other parts of Northern Nigeria in the past These cities experienced a boom in groundnut production which eventually became the country s most valuable single exported crop The pyramids had however ceased in Nigeria from the 1980s until the CBN initiated the ABP and renewed focus on agriculture industries small and medium scale enterprises and other areas of the real sector Apart from immense benefit to boosting the agriculture and food security initiatives of the Federal Government these pyramids also have a multiplier tourism potential which if sustained can also boost the country s economic diversification plan If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria Source NAN
    CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and return of pyramids
      By Kadiri Abdulrahman The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP which was launched on November 17 2015 was designed to provide farm inputs in cash and kind to Small Holder Farmers SHFs The programme was intended to create a linkage between Anchor Companies involved in food processing and SHFs of the required key agricultural commodities through the commodity associations The ABP was designed to help the nation achieve self sufficiency in food by at least growing what we eat and then put a stop to the reckless importation of food items This was supposed to help save scarce foreign exchange which can then be used for other more pressing needs The ABP is funded and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN through its development fice initiative It commenced with a take off grant of N220 billion Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund MSMEDF through which farmers got loans at nine per cent interest They are expected to repay based on the gestation period of their commodities The interest rate was later reviewed downwards to five per cent to allow for more inclusive participation Recently the apex bank revealed that it had disbursed about N791 billion to over three million farmers across the 36 states under the programme The Director Development Fice Department of the bank Mr Yusuf Yila said that the programme had helped participating farmers to improve their yields especially maize from initial two metric tons per hectare to five metric tons per hectare while that of rice to four metric tons per hectare Two initial beneficiaries of the agriculture revolution of the federal government and the ABP were Kebbi and Lagos states The two states went into a collaboration that birthed the LAKE Rice initiative That initiative has now resulted to the construction of a multi billion Naira 32 metric tons per hour capacity rice mill by the Lagos state government Recent occurrences across the country indicate that the ABP has started yielding the desired results as the CBN unveiled rice and maize pyramids in some states Kebbi appears to have positioned itself as a hub of rice production in the country with the unveiling of its rice pyramids in March which is also a pointer to the gains of the ABP The rice pyramids reflect the success of the programme and the attendant multiplier effects on the economy and the country s food security The unveiling which was part of the fifth anniversary of the scheme also served as an occasion to mark the National Rice Festival and the flag off of the 2020 2021 dry season input distribution under the aegis of the CBN Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN collaboration Kebbi state Governor Atiku Bagudu said investments in the ABP were already paying off adding that the rice farmers displayed the successes and gains of the last five years by showcasing the massive array of rice pyramids This is a great testament to the happy journey so far in spite of the devastating effects of the global COVID 19 pandemic on the economy flood disasters and other issues Nigerians have been resilient at work hence we are celebrating these achievements recorded in the last five years The last five years have given us great hopes that agriculture will continue to produce the desired results he said Bagudu noted that CBN under Godwin Emefiele had taken the risk shown commitment and pumped more money into small scale farming Some rice farmers in Kebbi state also confirmed that the ABP had been of immense benefit to their farms According Ibrahim Amisu a rice farmer farmers are provided with six bags of fertiliser per hectare water pumping machine herbicide and cash support Almost everyone in Kebbi is now a farmer even civil servants are now tapping into the opportunity provided by the programme Everyone is now into rice cultivation and it has employed a lot of youths he said Emefiele who commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kebbi State Governor for their support in the last five years of the ABP experiment said that unveiling the rice pyramids was a happy moment to celebrate the gains of the programme Shortly after the Kebbi showcase the CBN also unveiled 13 Rice Pyramids consisting of 200 000 50 kg bags each in Gombe State an event the President described as marking the return of food sufficiency in the country The apex bank also unveiled Maize Pyramids in Katsina According to Emefiele though maize pyramids are rare the apex bank was able to achieve the feat through synergy amongst stakeholders and the resilience of farmers He said that Maize was one of the priority crops under the ABP This is due to the crucial role maize plays as a major staple food item as well as its role as a significant feedstock for the poultry industry in Nigeria he said The CBN Governor assured that the apex bank would oppose all attempts to continue the importation of maize into the country He said that the step was geared towards encouraging local production as the CBN believed that maize farmers in Nigeria had the ability to close the maize demand gap of over 4 5 million metric tons in the country He explained that the maize unveiled at the ceremony would be sold to reputable feed processors adding that this would in turn impact positively on current poultry feed prices as over 60 per cent of maize produced in the country were used for producing poultry feed However there have been complaints in some quarters that some of CBN s agriculture support initiatives were concentrated in a section of the country Emefiele debunked this by explaining that out of N700 billion earmarked for the ABP more than N300 billion had been disbursed in the southern part of the country for the expansion of food production Describing criticisms against CBN s effort at boosting agriculture in Nigeria as unfair he said huge funds had been disbursed to companies with farmers across Lagos Edo Ondo Ogun Osun Ekiti Bayelsa Rivers Cross River as major beneficiaries of the apex bank s interventions In May the CBN went ahead to unveil another set of rice pyramids in Ekiti state This corroborated Emefiele s defence and indicated that over the years the benefits of the ABP had been almost evenly distributed across the country At the event in Ekiti state the CBN governor said that the ABP had expanded agriculture production for 21 crops across Nigeria He revealed that about 12 000 farmers were to benefit in the rice pyramid programme in the state the first of such pyramids in the Southwest He also noted that the ease of production of rice the most valued staple in Nigeria has been successfully practiced and celebrated in some states like Kebbi Jigawa Sokoto Niger Kwara and Ebonyi For some other states like Lagos Edo Rivers and more there are CBN ficed industries maximizing the farm produce to make products he said Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said that Federal Government under Buhari had demonstrated the capacity to tackle poverty and reduce dependence on foreign food by many of his initiatives in the agriculture sector He noted that rice clearing production of seedlings and farm implements at low interest would enhance rice value chain from primary producers to processors He said Rice has become the most consumed staple in Nigeria In the year 2018 alone Nigeria imported 0 58 trillion worth of rice valued at 1 65 billion dollars The present policy of support for local rice production has contributed immensely to food security in Nigeria Considering the huge market and high population of Nigeria with the urgent need to eradicate poverty it has successfully demonstrated the need to look inwards by taking advantage of the available fertile land perennial river bodies and human resources for the production of rice For instance rice importation from Thailand fell from 644 131 metric tons in September 2015 to 20 000 metric tons in September 2017 which accounts for a drop of over 90 per cent Groundnut pyramids were common sight in Kano and other parts of Northern Nigeria in the past These cities experienced a boom in groundnut production which eventually became the country s most valuable single exported crop The pyramids had however ceased in Nigeria from the 1980s until the CBN initiated the ABP and renewed focus on agriculture industries small and medium scale enterprises and other areas of the real sector Apart from immense benefit to boosting the agriculture and food security initiatives of the Federal Government these pyramids also have a multiplier tourism potential which if sustained can also boost the country s economic diversification plan If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria Source NAN
    CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and return of pyramids
    Features1 year ago

    CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and return of pyramids

     

    By Kadiri Abdulrahman

    The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) which was launched on November 17, 2015 was designed to provide farm inputs in cash and kind to Small Holder Farmers (SHFs).

     

    The programme was intended to create a linkage between Anchor Companies involved in food processing and SHFs of the required key agricultural commodities through the commodity associations.

     

    The ABP was designed to help the nation achieve self-sufficiency in food by, at least, “growing what we eat,’’ and then, put a stop to the reckless importation of food items. This was supposed to help save scarce foreign exchange which can then be used for other more pressing needs.

     

    The ABP is funded and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), through its development fice initiative.

     

    It commenced with a take-off grant of N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), through which farmers got loans at nine per cent interest. They are expected to repay based on the gestation period of their commodities.

     

    The interest rate was later reviewed downwards to five per cent, to allow for more inclusive participation.

     

    Recently, the apex bank revealed that it had disbursed about N791 billion to over three million farmers across the 36 states, under the programme.

     

    The Director, Development Fice Department of the bank, Mr Yusuf Yila said that the programme had helped participating farmers to improve their yields, especially maize from initial two metric tons per hectare, to five metric tons per hectare, while that of rice to four metric tons, per hectare.

     

    Two initial beneficiaries of the agriculture revolution of the federal government, and the ABP were Kebbi and Lagos states. The two states went into a collaboration that birthed the LAKE Rice initiative. That initiative has now resulted to the construction of a multi-billion Naira 32 metric tons per hour capacity rice mill by the Lagos state government..

     

    Recent occurrences across the country indicate that the ABP has started yielding the desired results, as the CBN unveiled rice and maize pyramids  in some states. Kebbi appears to have positioned itself as a hub of rice production in the country, with the unveiling of its rice pyramids in March, which is also a pointer to the gains of the ABP.

     

    The rice pyramids  reflect the success of the programme and the attendant multiplier effects on the economy and the country’s food security.

     

    The unveiling, which was part of the fifth anniversary of the scheme also served as an occasion to mark the National Rice Festival and the flag off of the 2020/2021 dry season input distribution under the  aegis of the CBN-Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) collaboration.

     

    Kebbi state Governor,  Atiku Bagudu, said investments in the ABP were already paying off, adding that the rice farmers  displayed the successes and gains of the last five years by showcasing the massive array of rice pyramids.

     

    “This is a great testament to the happy journey so far in spite of the devastating effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, flood disasters and other issues.

     

    “Nigerians have been resilient at work; hence, we are celebrating these achievements recorded in the last five years. The last five years have given us great hopes that agriculture will continue to produce the desired results,” he said.

     

    Bagudu noted that CBN, under Godwin Emefiele, had taken the risk, shown commitment and pumped more money into small scale farming.

     

    Some rice farmers in Kebbi state also   confirmed  that the ABP had been of immense benefit to their farms.

     

    According Ibrahim Amisu, a rice farmer,  farmers are provided with six bags of fertiliser per hectare, water pumping machine, herbicide, and cash support.

     

    “Almost everyone in Kebbi is now a farmer, even civil servants are now tapping into the opportunity provided by the programme. Everyone is now into rice cultivation and it has employed a lot of youths,’’ he said.

     

    Emefiele, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kebbi State Governor for their support in the last five years of the “ABP experiment’’ said that unveiling the rice pyramids was a happy moment to celebrate the gains of the programme.

     

    Shortly after the Kebbi showcase, the CBN also unveiled 13 Rice Pyramids consisting of 200,000, 50 kg bags each in Gombe State, an event the President described as marking the return of food sufficiency in the country.

     

    The apex bank also unveiled Maize Pyramids in Katsina.

     

    According to Emefiele, though maize pyramids are rare, the apex bank was able to achieve the feat through synergy amongst stakeholders and the resilience of farmers.

     

    He said that Maize was one of the priority crops under the ABP.

     

    “This is due to the crucial role maize plays as a major staple food item, as well as its role as a significant feedstock for the poultry industry in Nigeria,” he said.

     

    The CBN Governor assured that the apex bank would oppose all attempts to continue the importation of maize into the country.

     

    He said that the step was geared towards encouraging local production as the CBN believed that maize farmers in Nigeria had the ability to close the maize demand gap of over 4.5 million metric tons in the country.

     

    He explained that the maize unveiled at the ceremony would be sold to reputable feed processors adding that this would in turn impact positively on current poultry feed prices, as over 60 per cent of maize produced in the country were used for producing poultry feed.

     

    However, there have been complaints in some quarters  that some  of CBN’s agriculture support initiatives were concentrated  in a section of the country.

     

    Emefiele debunked this by explaining that, out of N700 billion earmarked for the ABP, more than N300 billion had been disbursed in the southern part of the country for the expansion of food production.

     

    Describing criticisms against CBN’s effort at boosting agriculture in Nigeria as unfair, he said huge funds had been disbursed to companies with farmers across Lagos, Edo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River as major beneficiaries of the apex bank’s interventions.

     

    In May, the CBN went ahead to unveil another set of rice pyramids in Ekiti state. This corroborated Emefiele’s defence, and indicated that over the years, the benefits of the ABP had been almost evenly distributed across the country.

     

    At the event in Ekiti state, the CBN governor said that the ABP had expanded agriculture production for 21 crops across Nigeria.

     

    He revealed that about 12,000 farmers were to benefit in the rice pyramid programme in the state, the first of such pyramids in the Southwest.

     

    He also noted that the ease of production of rice, the most valued staple in Nigeria, has been successfully practiced and celebrated in some states like Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Niger, Kwara and Ebonyi.

     

    “For some other states like Lagos, Edo, Rivers and more, there are CBN ficed industries maximizing the farm produce to make products.’’ he said.

     

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said that Federal Government under Buhari  had demonstrated the capacity to tackle poverty and reduce dependence on foreign food by many of his initiatives in the agriculture sector.

     

    He noted that rice clearing, production of seedlings and farm implements at low interest would enhance rice value-chain from primary producers to processors.

     

    He said: “Rice has become the most consumed staple in Nigeria. In the year 2018 alone, Nigeria imported 0.58 trillion worth of rice valued at 1.65 billion dollars. The present policy of support for local rice production has contributed immensely to food security in Nigeria.

     

    “Considering the huge market and high population of  Nigeria with the urgent need to eradicate poverty, it has successfully demonstrated the need to look inwards by taking advantage of the available fertile land, perennial river bodies and human resources for the production of  rice.

     

    “For instance, rice importation from Thailand fell from 644,131 metric tons in September 2015 to 20,000 metric tons in September 2017, which accounts for a drop of over 90 per cent.

     

    Groundnut pyramids were common sight in Kano and other parts of Northern Nigeria in the past. These cities experienced a boom in groundnut production, which eventually became the country’s most valuable single exported crop.

     

    The pyramids had, however, ceased in Nigeria from the 1980s, until the CBN initiated the ABP and renewed focus on agriculture, industries, small and medium scale enterprises and other areas of the real sector.

     

    Apart from immense benefit to boosting the agriculture and food security initiatives of the Federal Government, these pyramids also have a multiplier, tourism potential, which, if  sustained, can also boost the country’s economic diversification plan.

    ***If used, please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria

     

    Source: NAN

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