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  •   Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products saying it will transform the agricultural sector This was during the debate on the President s State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday June 7 2022 Namayingo District Representative H E Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model PDM is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes Like in Namayingo we have lakes around us but we don t see water she said Hon Peter Okeyoh NRM Bukooli Island County advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators The fishing community must be enabled and supported The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector he said Hon Jane Pacuto Avur NRM Pakwach District said that while value addition is a welcome intervention attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up she said National Deputy for the Elderly Hon Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors As you know most of our seniors are in rural areas I also agree with the opposition leader s response on the protection of older people she said On Wednesday August 3 2022 the East Buyanja County Deputy H E Emely Kugonza introduced the motion in which she acknowledged that the socio economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity Kugonza said Kugonza added that the president s focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets Leader of the Opposition Bro However Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians
    MPs applaud Museveni for transforming the agricultural sector
      Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products saying it will transform the agricultural sector This was during the debate on the President s State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday June 7 2022 Namayingo District Representative H E Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model PDM is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes Like in Namayingo we have lakes around us but we don t see water she said Hon Peter Okeyoh NRM Bukooli Island County advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators The fishing community must be enabled and supported The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector he said Hon Jane Pacuto Avur NRM Pakwach District said that while value addition is a welcome intervention attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up she said National Deputy for the Elderly Hon Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors As you know most of our seniors are in rural areas I also agree with the opposition leader s response on the protection of older people she said On Wednesday August 3 2022 the East Buyanja County Deputy H E Emely Kugonza introduced the motion in which she acknowledged that the socio economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity Kugonza said Kugonza added that the president s focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets Leader of the Opposition Bro However Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians
    MPs applaud Museveni for transforming the agricultural sector
    Africa2 months ago

    MPs applaud Museveni for transforming the agricultural sector

    Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products, saying it will transform the agricultural sector.

    This was during the debate on the President's State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

    Namayingo District Representative, H.E. Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model (PDM) is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation.

    “It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes.

    Like in Namayingo, we have lakes around us but we don't see water,” she said.

    Hon. Peter Okeyoh (NRM, Bukooli Island County) advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators.

    “The fishing community must be enabled and supported.

    The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector,” he said.

    Hon. Jane Pacuto Avur (NRM, Pakwach District) said that while value addition is a welcome intervention, attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country.

    “Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas, it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value.

    West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up,” she said.

    National Deputy for the Elderly, Hon. Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors.

    “As you know, most of our seniors are in rural areas.

    I also agree with the opposition leader's response on the protection of older people,” she said.

    On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the East Buyanja County Deputy, H.E. Emely Kugonza introduced the motion, in which she acknowledged that the socio-economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative.

    “More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy.

    They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity,” Kugonza said.

    Kugonza added that the president's focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets.

    Leader of the Opposition, Bro. However, Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians.

  •  Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
     Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
    General news2 months ago

    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS

    Mr Ernest Aubee, the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Regional Steering Committee, ECOWAS Commission, on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally.

    Aubee said this in Abuja during a two-day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders.

    “ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa.

    “We, as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit,” the chairman said.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods.

    Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture, as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards, regulations and laws.

    “A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws, regulations and standards.

    “The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards,” Aubee said.

    He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region, the emphasis should be on the small farmers.

    “ECOWAS has projects in all the 15-member states to support Organic Agriculture.

    “We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers,” Aubee said.

    The Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) Prof. Garba Sharabutu, while welcoming participants, said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria.

    Sharabutu was represented by the Director, Plant Resources Department, ARCN, Dr Oluwafemi Salako.

    He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security.

    “We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian,” Sharabutu said.

    The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria, Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country.

    Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government.

    “We do hope that when this policy is out, Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well,” he said.

    Mr Salimonu Oladipo, a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming.

    “Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable, at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years,” Oladipo said.

    He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices, as soon as possible.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products saying it will transform the agricultural sector This was during the debate on the President s State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday June 7 2022 Namayingo District Representative H E Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model PDM is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes Like in Namayingo we have lakes around us but we don t see water she said Hon Peter Okeyoh NRM Bukooli Island County advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators The fishing community must be enabled and supported The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector he said Hon Jane Pacuto Avur NRM Pakwach District said that while value addition is a welcome intervention attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up she said National Deputy for the Elderly Hon Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors As you know most of our older people are in rural areas I also agree with the opposition leader s response on protecting older people she said On Wednesday August 3 2022 the East Buyanja County Deputy H E Emely Kugonza introduced the motion in which she acknowledged that the socio economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity Kugonza said Kugonza added that the president s focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets Leader of the Opposition Bro However Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians
    Uganda: MPs applaud Museveni for transforming agriculture sector
      Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products saying it will transform the agricultural sector This was during the debate on the President s State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday June 7 2022 Namayingo District Representative H E Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model PDM is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes Like in Namayingo we have lakes around us but we don t see water she said Hon Peter Okeyoh NRM Bukooli Island County advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators The fishing community must be enabled and supported The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector he said Hon Jane Pacuto Avur NRM Pakwach District said that while value addition is a welcome intervention attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up she said National Deputy for the Elderly Hon Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors As you know most of our older people are in rural areas I also agree with the opposition leader s response on protecting older people she said On Wednesday August 3 2022 the East Buyanja County Deputy H E Emely Kugonza introduced the motion in which she acknowledged that the socio economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity Kugonza said Kugonza added that the president s focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets Leader of the Opposition Bro However Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians
    Uganda: MPs applaud Museveni for transforming agriculture sector
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda: MPs applaud Museveni for transforming agriculture sector

    Lawmakers have applauded President Yoweri Museveni for emphasizing value addition to agricultural products, saying it will transform the agricultural sector.

    This was during the debate on the President's State of the Nation Address which he delivered to Parliament on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

    Namayingo District Representative, H.E. Margaret Makhoha said that the Parish Development Model (PDM) is a timely intervention but she called for a larger budget for irrigation.

    “It is not good for us to have a drought and yet we have lakes.

    Like in Namayingo, we have lakes around us but we don't see water,” she said.

    Hon. Peter Okeyoh (NRM, Bukooli Island County) advised the President to put an emphasis on fish farming and said the sector has the potential to become one of the biggest income generators.

    “The fishing community must be enabled and supported.

    The Ministry of Agriculture must provide adequate funding to boost the fisheries sector,” he said.

    Hon. Jane Pacuto Avur (NRM, Pakwach District) said that while value addition is a welcome intervention, attention must be paid to ensure sufficient electricity supply throughout the country.

    “Unless electricity is supplied to all rural areas, it will be very difficult for our people to achieve added value.

    West Nile is in a blackout and for us to participate in that then the electricity supply to all areas needs to be ramped up,” she said.

    National Deputy for the Elderly, Hon. Peggy Joy Wako said that the Parish Development Model will go a long way in improving the quality of life for seniors.

    “As you know, most of our older people are in rural areas, I also agree with the opposition leader's response on protecting older people,” she said.

    On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the East Buyanja County Deputy, H.E. Emely Kugonza introduced the motion, in which she acknowledged that the socio-economic transformation advocated by President Yoweri Museveni has awakened Ugandans to meaningfully participate in the wealth and job creation initiative.

    “More Ugandans are accepting the urgent need to integrate into the cash economy.

    They have made a positive transition from poor and subsistence living to modernity,” Kugonza said.

    Kugonza added that the president's focus on value addition as a link between agriculture and industry is a strategy to ensure that everything agricultural that is not consumed fresh is processed industrially so that it is preserved to reach distant markets.

    Leader of the Opposition, Bro. However, Mathias Mpuuga said that the country faces an imminent risk to national stability caused by massive institutional collapse and the proliferation of presidential directives that are illegally executed by timid public servants and civilians.

  •   The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar says Nigeria is the topmost livestock producer in West Africa Abubakar said this on Tuesday at the opening of a two day summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan co organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria ACAN in Abuja The theme of the summit is Positioning the Nigerian Livestock Industry for the 21st Century Economy A critical look at the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP The minister said the summit was timely as the country was diversifying its economy with agriculture This Summit could not have come at a better time than now when the Country is diversifying its economy with Agriculture dominating the non oil sector as well as recovering from the devastating effect of COVID 19 on the livestock industry he said Abubakar said that the bulk of Nigerian labour force was engaged in various forms of agricultural enterprises especially along the livestock value chain with over 30 per cent women and young adults depending largely on livestock for their income livelihoods and sustenance Although information on total production and consumption levels in Nigeria vary significantly depending on the source the Livestock sector remains a major component of the agricultural economy The minister said this played a significant role in the overall national economy It accounts for about two to five per cent of the National GDP and 10 per cent of the Agricultural GDP Abubakar said that recent estimates showed that the livestock sector was endowed with abundant livestock resources with about 26 4 million cattle 88 2 million goats 50 3 million sheep and 8 9 million pigs Also 465 million chickens 36 4 million ducks 3 8 million turkeys 5 5 million Rabbits 353 173 camels and 1 234 284 donkeys Ministry of Agriculture 2021 thus making the nation the topmost livestock producer in West Africa Abubakar said that in spite of this potential it is estimated that the per capita consumption of animal source foods stands at 8 litres of milk 9 kg of meat and 3 5 kg or 55 eggs per year The minister said these were very low consumption levels when compared with the global averages of 44 litres of milk and 19 kg of meat respectively Consequently a huge amount is spent on importation of food into the country especially milk and dairy products he said He said that the ministry was broadening and deepening collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and relevant institutions to address immediate and remote constraints of the livestock sector and to attract increased investments in the sector In view of the urgent need to unlock the potential of the livestock industry and fast track its transformation to address the socio cultural security and economic challenges currently facing the country The ministry is enthused about the potential promises of this summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan and we look forward to the outcome to enhance our interventions and synergy towards successful and speedy transformation of the Livestock sector he said The Chairman Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria ACAN Mr John Oba described the summit as apt Oba said the livestock sector was a pillar of the global food system and a contributor to poverty reduction food security and agricultural development We are hoping that this summit will afford us particularly players in the Nigerian livestock industry the opportunity to showcase our business to the global community This is with a view to attracting investors and also highlight modern and global best practices in livestock management for maximum returns he said The Director Department of Animal Husbandry Services in the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs Winnie Lai Solarin while speaking on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan said since the launch of the Plan government and other stakeholders had not relented to make it a success In a goodwill message Country Representative Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO Mr Fred Kaferro said the organisation would continue to provide technical support to government in addressing all aspects of the livestock system NAN NAN
    Nigeria topmost livestock producer in West Africa- Minister
      The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar says Nigeria is the topmost livestock producer in West Africa Abubakar said this on Tuesday at the opening of a two day summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan co organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria ACAN in Abuja The theme of the summit is Positioning the Nigerian Livestock Industry for the 21st Century Economy A critical look at the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP The minister said the summit was timely as the country was diversifying its economy with agriculture This Summit could not have come at a better time than now when the Country is diversifying its economy with Agriculture dominating the non oil sector as well as recovering from the devastating effect of COVID 19 on the livestock industry he said Abubakar said that the bulk of Nigerian labour force was engaged in various forms of agricultural enterprises especially along the livestock value chain with over 30 per cent women and young adults depending largely on livestock for their income livelihoods and sustenance Although information on total production and consumption levels in Nigeria vary significantly depending on the source the Livestock sector remains a major component of the agricultural economy The minister said this played a significant role in the overall national economy It accounts for about two to five per cent of the National GDP and 10 per cent of the Agricultural GDP Abubakar said that recent estimates showed that the livestock sector was endowed with abundant livestock resources with about 26 4 million cattle 88 2 million goats 50 3 million sheep and 8 9 million pigs Also 465 million chickens 36 4 million ducks 3 8 million turkeys 5 5 million Rabbits 353 173 camels and 1 234 284 donkeys Ministry of Agriculture 2021 thus making the nation the topmost livestock producer in West Africa Abubakar said that in spite of this potential it is estimated that the per capita consumption of animal source foods stands at 8 litres of milk 9 kg of meat and 3 5 kg or 55 eggs per year The minister said these were very low consumption levels when compared with the global averages of 44 litres of milk and 19 kg of meat respectively Consequently a huge amount is spent on importation of food into the country especially milk and dairy products he said He said that the ministry was broadening and deepening collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and relevant institutions to address immediate and remote constraints of the livestock sector and to attract increased investments in the sector In view of the urgent need to unlock the potential of the livestock industry and fast track its transformation to address the socio cultural security and economic challenges currently facing the country The ministry is enthused about the potential promises of this summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan and we look forward to the outcome to enhance our interventions and synergy towards successful and speedy transformation of the Livestock sector he said The Chairman Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria ACAN Mr John Oba described the summit as apt Oba said the livestock sector was a pillar of the global food system and a contributor to poverty reduction food security and agricultural development We are hoping that this summit will afford us particularly players in the Nigerian livestock industry the opportunity to showcase our business to the global community This is with a view to attracting investors and also highlight modern and global best practices in livestock management for maximum returns he said The Director Department of Animal Husbandry Services in the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs Winnie Lai Solarin while speaking on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan said since the launch of the Plan government and other stakeholders had not relented to make it a success In a goodwill message Country Representative Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO Mr Fred Kaferro said the organisation would continue to provide technical support to government in addressing all aspects of the livestock system NAN NAN
    Nigeria topmost livestock producer in West Africa- Minister
    General news5 months ago

    Nigeria topmost livestock producer in West Africa- Minister

     The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, says Nigeria is the topmost livestock producer in West Africa.

    Abubakar said this on Tuesday, at the opening of a two- day summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan,  co- organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN)  in Abuja.

    The theme of the summit is: ”Positioning the Nigerian Livestock Industry for the 21st Century Economy: A critical look at the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).”

    The minister said the summit was timely as the country was diversifying its economy with agriculture.

    ‘’ This Summit could not have come at a better time than now when the Country is diversifying its economy with Agriculture dominating the non-oil sector as well as recovering from the devastating effect of COVID-19 on the livestock industry,” he said.

    Abubakar said that the bulk of Nigerian labour force was engaged in various forms of agricultural enterprises, especially along the livestock value chain with over 30 per cent women and young adults depending largely on livestock for their income, livelihoods and sustenance.

    ” Although, information on total production and consumption levels in Nigeria vary significantly depending on the source, the Livestock sector remains a major component of the agricultural economy.

    The minister said this played a significant role in the overall national economy.

    “It accounts for about two  to five per cent of the National GDP and 10 per cent of the Agricultural GDP.

    Abubakar said that recent estimates showed  that the livestock sector was endowed with abundant livestock resources with about 26.4 million cattle, 88.2 million goats, 50.3 million sheep, and 8.9 million pigs.

    ” Also, 465 million chickens, 36.4 million ducks, 3.8 million turkeys, 5.5 million Rabbits, 353,173 camels, and 1,234,284 donkeys (Ministry of Agriculture 2021) thus making the nation the topmost livestock producer in West Africa,”

    Abubakar said that  in spite of this potential, it is estimated that the per capita consumption of animal source foods stands at 8 litres of milk, 9 kg of meat and 3.5 kg or 55 eggs per year.

    The minister said these were very low consumption levels when compared with the global averages of 44 litres of milk and 19 kg of meat, respectively.

    ” Consequently, a huge amount is spent on importation of food into the country especially milk and dairy products,” he said

    He said that the ministry was broadening and deepening collaboration with a wide-range of  stakeholders and relevant institutions to address immediate and remote constraints of the livestock sector and to attract increased investments in the sector.

    ‘’In view of the urgent need to unlock the potential of the livestock industry and fast track its transformation to address the socio-cultural, security and economic challenges currently facing the country.

    ‘’ The ministry is enthused about the potential promises of this summit on National Livestock Transformation Plan   and we look forward to the outcome to enhance our interventions and synergy towards successful and speedy transformation of the Livestock sector,’’ he said

    The Chairman, Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN), Mr John Oba, described the summit as apt.

    Oba said the livestock sector was a pillar of the global food system and a contributor to poverty reduction, food security and agricultural development.

    “We are hoping that this summit will afford us, particularly, players in the Nigerian livestock industry the opportunity to showcase our business to the global community.

    “This is with a view to attracting investors and also highlight modern and global best practices in livestock management for maximum returns,” he said.

    The Director, Department of Animal Husbandry Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Winnie Lai-Solarin, while speaking on the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, said since the launch of the Plan, government and other stakeholders had not relented to make it a success.

    In a goodwill message,  Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr Fred Kaferro,  said the organisation would continue to provide technical support to government in addressing all aspects of the livestock system.(NAN)  (

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  •   Renewed funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida will support ongoing efforts to build the resilience of riparian farmers in the Jowhar corridor by improving water access and management to increase productivity The timely contribution of the Government of Sweden to Somalia through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida of an additional USD 2 million pledged for the Building Resilience in Middle Shabelle BRiMS project has been welcomed by the Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture FAO The action will substantially increase the resilience of vulnerable people s livelihoods to food crises by addressing some of the underlying vulnerabilities in Middle Shabelle inside the breadbasket of Somalia In light of recent and recurring drought and flood emergencies the main issue that the project will address is related to water access to water its sustainable management and its use for production We welcome this renewed and timely commitment from Sweden that focuses on strengthening one of the building blocks of agricultural food systems in the region said FAO Representative in Somalia Etienne Peterschmitt The severe drought in the region shows that more than ever we must invest in resilient communities and for the Middle Shabelle region in particular this means equitable access and sustainable water management he added Somalia is highly vulnerable to recurrent shocks with colliding and cumulative effects Droughts flash and river floods cyclones locusts disease outbreaks conflict and subsequent large scale displacement have affected the country with increasing frequency since the 1990s In the Jowhar Corridor periodic flooding of the Shabelle river basin causes the destruction of crops towns roads and large scale human displacement in places near the river Most of the towns located along the river are exposed to recurrent flooding during the rainy seasons as seen in 2019 and 2020 To protect the families living in and around Jowhar villages before the next rains the project proposes the rapid closure of river break points and reinforcement of weak river dikes In these hard to reach areas it is also important to help farmers organize themselves into collective farmer groups By aggregating local input supply needs and production farmer groups create economies of scale that strengthen their ability to access services and participate effectively in supply chains and markets This is crucial in Middle Shabelle where insecurity and access restrictions can discourage trade especially on a small scale Effective and sustainable water management is key to addressing devastating cyclical droughts and floods that have severe and long lasting impacts on already vulnerable communities in Somalia A strong nexus approach linking short term humanitarian interventions with longer term peacebuilding and development efforts is needed to address a number of underlying root causes Furthermore Sweden remains committed to working with the government and providing ongoing support to empower communities to implement locally led solutions to recurring risks and crises said Swedish Ambassador to Somalia Per Lindg rde Building resilience among riverside communities The Sida funded BRiMS project supports riverside farmers to restore irrigated crop production and productivity in the Jowhar corridor The areas were once among the most productive agricultural areas in Somalia but are now highly vulnerable due to a lack of functioning irrigation networks exposure to recurrent droughts and floods insecurity and related access limitations The project will help increase agricultural production improve and rehabilitate productive agricultural infrastructure and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation MoAI Likewise the project supports innovations and the use of technology in the development of information platforms For example an information platform on productive livelihoods national market data for agricultural commodities and an information network as well as training in related international best practices This intervention is expected to improve and strengthen resilience making communities increasingly able to cope with flooding and reducing the impact of overflowing river embankments on the local economy agriculture and daily life It is an exemplary intervention that will bring substantial and lasting benefits to the riverside communities By reducing their direct exposure to the destructive force of flooding rural families will be able to invest in longer term livelihood opportunities without having to rebuild after recurrent flooding wipes out their homes and livelihoods In Somalia FAO has a track record of successfully engaging with actions proposed under the BRiMS project within the Shabelle River Basin and beyond Through BRiMS and similar interventions and with the continued support and commitment of international resource partners such as Sida FAO will continue to work closely with communities and government at all levels to strengthen food systems and build a future more resilient for rural communities in Somalia
    Sweden invests in resilient rural communities in Somalia with an additional USD 2 million contribution to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
      Renewed funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida will support ongoing efforts to build the resilience of riparian farmers in the Jowhar corridor by improving water access and management to increase productivity The timely contribution of the Government of Sweden to Somalia through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida of an additional USD 2 million pledged for the Building Resilience in Middle Shabelle BRiMS project has been welcomed by the Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture FAO The action will substantially increase the resilience of vulnerable people s livelihoods to food crises by addressing some of the underlying vulnerabilities in Middle Shabelle inside the breadbasket of Somalia In light of recent and recurring drought and flood emergencies the main issue that the project will address is related to water access to water its sustainable management and its use for production We welcome this renewed and timely commitment from Sweden that focuses on strengthening one of the building blocks of agricultural food systems in the region said FAO Representative in Somalia Etienne Peterschmitt The severe drought in the region shows that more than ever we must invest in resilient communities and for the Middle Shabelle region in particular this means equitable access and sustainable water management he added Somalia is highly vulnerable to recurrent shocks with colliding and cumulative effects Droughts flash and river floods cyclones locusts disease outbreaks conflict and subsequent large scale displacement have affected the country with increasing frequency since the 1990s In the Jowhar Corridor periodic flooding of the Shabelle river basin causes the destruction of crops towns roads and large scale human displacement in places near the river Most of the towns located along the river are exposed to recurrent flooding during the rainy seasons as seen in 2019 and 2020 To protect the families living in and around Jowhar villages before the next rains the project proposes the rapid closure of river break points and reinforcement of weak river dikes In these hard to reach areas it is also important to help farmers organize themselves into collective farmer groups By aggregating local input supply needs and production farmer groups create economies of scale that strengthen their ability to access services and participate effectively in supply chains and markets This is crucial in Middle Shabelle where insecurity and access restrictions can discourage trade especially on a small scale Effective and sustainable water management is key to addressing devastating cyclical droughts and floods that have severe and long lasting impacts on already vulnerable communities in Somalia A strong nexus approach linking short term humanitarian interventions with longer term peacebuilding and development efforts is needed to address a number of underlying root causes Furthermore Sweden remains committed to working with the government and providing ongoing support to empower communities to implement locally led solutions to recurring risks and crises said Swedish Ambassador to Somalia Per Lindg rde Building resilience among riverside communities The Sida funded BRiMS project supports riverside farmers to restore irrigated crop production and productivity in the Jowhar corridor The areas were once among the most productive agricultural areas in Somalia but are now highly vulnerable due to a lack of functioning irrigation networks exposure to recurrent droughts and floods insecurity and related access limitations The project will help increase agricultural production improve and rehabilitate productive agricultural infrastructure and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation MoAI Likewise the project supports innovations and the use of technology in the development of information platforms For example an information platform on productive livelihoods national market data for agricultural commodities and an information network as well as training in related international best practices This intervention is expected to improve and strengthen resilience making communities increasingly able to cope with flooding and reducing the impact of overflowing river embankments on the local economy agriculture and daily life It is an exemplary intervention that will bring substantial and lasting benefits to the riverside communities By reducing their direct exposure to the destructive force of flooding rural families will be able to invest in longer term livelihood opportunities without having to rebuild after recurrent flooding wipes out their homes and livelihoods In Somalia FAO has a track record of successfully engaging with actions proposed under the BRiMS project within the Shabelle River Basin and beyond Through BRiMS and similar interventions and with the continued support and commitment of international resource partners such as Sida FAO will continue to work closely with communities and government at all levels to strengthen food systems and build a future more resilient for rural communities in Somalia
    Sweden invests in resilient rural communities in Somalia with an additional USD 2 million contribution to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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    Sweden invests in resilient rural communities in Somalia with an additional USD 2 million contribution to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Renewed funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will support ongoing efforts to build the resilience of riparian farmers in the Jowhar corridor by improving water access and management to increase productivity.

    The timely contribution of the Government of Sweden to Somalia through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) of an additional USD 2 million pledged for the Building Resilience in Middle Shabelle (BRiMS) project has been welcomed by the Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture (FAO). The action will substantially increase the resilience of vulnerable people's livelihoods to food crises by addressing some of the underlying vulnerabilities in Middle Shabelle, inside the breadbasket of Somalia. In light of recent and recurring drought and flood emergencies, the main issue that the project will address is related to water: access to water, its sustainable management and its use for production.

    “We welcome this renewed and timely commitment from Sweden that focuses on strengthening one of the building blocks of agricultural food systems in the region,” said FAO Representative in Somalia Etienne Peterschmitt. “The severe drought in the region shows that, more than ever, we must invest in resilient communities and, for the Middle Shabelle region in particular, this means equitable access and sustainable water management,” he added.

    Somalia is highly vulnerable to recurrent shocks, with colliding and cumulative effects. Droughts, flash and river floods, cyclones, locusts, disease outbreaks, conflict and subsequent large-scale displacement have affected the country with increasing frequency since the 1990s. In the Jowhar Corridor , periodic flooding of the Shabelle river basin causes the destruction of crops, towns, roads and large-scale human displacement in places near the river. Most of the towns located along the river are exposed to recurrent flooding during the rainy seasons, as seen in 2019 and 2020.

    To protect the families living in and around Jowhar villages, before the next rains, the project proposes the rapid closure of river break points and reinforcement of weak river dikes. In these hard-to-reach areas, it is also important to help farmers organize themselves into collective farmer groups. By aggregating local input supply needs and production, farmer groups create economies of scale that strengthen their ability to access services and participate effectively in supply chains and markets. This is crucial in Middle Shabelle, where insecurity and access restrictions can discourage trade, especially on a small scale.

    “Effective and sustainable water management is key to addressing devastating cyclical droughts and floods that have severe and long-lasting impacts on already vulnerable communities in Somalia. A strong nexus approach linking short-term humanitarian interventions with longer-term peacebuilding and development efforts is needed to address a number of underlying root causes. Furthermore, Sweden remains committed to working with the government and providing ongoing support to empower communities to implement locally-led solutions to recurring risks and crises,” said Swedish Ambassador to Somalia Per Lindgärde.

    Building resilience among riverside communities

    The Sida-funded BRiMS project supports riverside farmers to restore irrigated crop production and productivity in the Jowhar corridor. The areas were once among the most productive agricultural areas in Somalia, but are now highly vulnerable due to a lack of functioning irrigation networks, exposure to recurrent droughts and floods, insecurity, and related access limitations. The project will help increase agricultural production, improve and rehabilitate productive agricultural infrastructure, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI). Likewise, the project supports innovations and the use of technology in the development of information platforms. For example, an information platform on productive livelihoods, national market data for agricultural commodities and an information network, as well as training in related international best practices.

    This intervention is expected to improve and strengthen resilience, making communities increasingly able to cope with flooding and reducing the impact of overflowing river embankments on the local economy, agriculture and daily life. It is an exemplary intervention that will bring substantial and lasting benefits to the riverside communities. By reducing their direct exposure to the destructive force of flooding, rural families will be able to invest in longer-term livelihood opportunities without having to rebuild after recurrent flooding wipes out their homes and livelihoods.

    In Somalia, FAO has a track record of successfully engaging with actions proposed under the BRiMS project, within the Shabelle River Basin and beyond. Through BRiMS and similar interventions, and with the continued support and commitment of international resource partners such as Sida, FAO will continue to work closely with communities and government at all levels to strengthen food systems and build a future. more resilient for rural communities in Somalia.

  •   We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments HARARE Zimbabwe September 13 2021 APO Group On International day of South South Cooperation 12 September the United Nations World Food Programme WFP acknowledges the Global south s important contribution to alleviate food insecurity and malnutrition in Zimbabwe The Governments of Brazil China India and South Africa have provided tangible transfer of information resources and expertise to Zimbabwe over the past years successfully administered through WFP to support food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe The sharing of expertise that connects farmers to technology has been vital to support business development through e commerce China Aid Agricultural Technology and Demonstration Centre led the exchange in partnership with Knowledge Transfer Africa eMkambo supporting up to 500 smallholder farmers with marketing and horticulture training Additionally several farmers and Agritex officers government officers within the Ministry of Agriculture were supported through a trainer programme to ensure longevity of the project India s recent contribution through the India UN Development Partnership Fund focuses on climate change mitigation in Zimbabwe Farmers will be trained on the advantages of growing drought tolerant crops such as sorghum or millet including techniques on how to reduce post harvest losses The programme aims to assist around 5 200 smallholder farmers in Chiredzi and Mangwe districts over the coming months Similarly the Government of South Africa donated maize meal to assist families affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019 WFP provided warehousing services to facilitate this partnership Cyclone Idai was said to be the worst tropical cyclone on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere It is in this regard that when Zimbabwe was one of the countries that were affected in our region in March 2019 the Government of South Africa immediately mobilized resources and pledged our joined support to the affected communities said Dr Naledi Pandor Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa when handing over food aid to Zimbabwe As a close neighbour and regional member South Africa has focused on supporting a humanitarian response to Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters he added Through WFP s Centre of Excellence Brazil provides research and policy support to homegrown school feeding programmes which harness a range of elements including education health social protection and agriculture We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments said Ms Francesca Erdelmann WFP Zimbabwe Country Director and Representative Specifically WFP aims to enhance market linkages between smallholder farmers and strengthen the capacity of national authorities South South Cooperation is key to this strategy and we are determined to unlock its full potential she added In close collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe WFP is currently developing its 2022 2027 Country Strategic Plan which will promote further collaboration with the aim of establishing sustainable resilient and shock responsive social protection programmes with a food systems lens Agriculture accounts for up to seventy percent of the populations livelihood activity in Zimbabwe which makes it critical to find optimal techniques to grow food sustainably and connect local supply to markets Middle and low income countries possess a rich trove of knowledge that can be shared and adapted to overcome development challenges
    Innovative partnerships for sustainable solutions in Zimbabwe
      We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments HARARE Zimbabwe September 13 2021 APO Group On International day of South South Cooperation 12 September the United Nations World Food Programme WFP acknowledges the Global south s important contribution to alleviate food insecurity and malnutrition in Zimbabwe The Governments of Brazil China India and South Africa have provided tangible transfer of information resources and expertise to Zimbabwe over the past years successfully administered through WFP to support food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe The sharing of expertise that connects farmers to technology has been vital to support business development through e commerce China Aid Agricultural Technology and Demonstration Centre led the exchange in partnership with Knowledge Transfer Africa eMkambo supporting up to 500 smallholder farmers with marketing and horticulture training Additionally several farmers and Agritex officers government officers within the Ministry of Agriculture were supported through a trainer programme to ensure longevity of the project India s recent contribution through the India UN Development Partnership Fund focuses on climate change mitigation in Zimbabwe Farmers will be trained on the advantages of growing drought tolerant crops such as sorghum or millet including techniques on how to reduce post harvest losses The programme aims to assist around 5 200 smallholder farmers in Chiredzi and Mangwe districts over the coming months Similarly the Government of South Africa donated maize meal to assist families affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019 WFP provided warehousing services to facilitate this partnership Cyclone Idai was said to be the worst tropical cyclone on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere It is in this regard that when Zimbabwe was one of the countries that were affected in our region in March 2019 the Government of South Africa immediately mobilized resources and pledged our joined support to the affected communities said Dr Naledi Pandor Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa when handing over food aid to Zimbabwe As a close neighbour and regional member South Africa has focused on supporting a humanitarian response to Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters he added Through WFP s Centre of Excellence Brazil provides research and policy support to homegrown school feeding programmes which harness a range of elements including education health social protection and agriculture We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments said Ms Francesca Erdelmann WFP Zimbabwe Country Director and Representative Specifically WFP aims to enhance market linkages between smallholder farmers and strengthen the capacity of national authorities South South Cooperation is key to this strategy and we are determined to unlock its full potential she added In close collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe WFP is currently developing its 2022 2027 Country Strategic Plan which will promote further collaboration with the aim of establishing sustainable resilient and shock responsive social protection programmes with a food systems lens Agriculture accounts for up to seventy percent of the populations livelihood activity in Zimbabwe which makes it critical to find optimal techniques to grow food sustainably and connect local supply to markets Middle and low income countries possess a rich trove of knowledge that can be shared and adapted to overcome development challenges
    Innovative partnerships for sustainable solutions in Zimbabwe
    Africa1 year ago

    Innovative partnerships for sustainable solutions in Zimbabwe

    We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed, so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 13, 2021/APO Group/ --

    On International day of South-South Cooperation (12 September), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) acknowledges the Global south’s important contribution to alleviate food insecurity and malnutrition in Zimbabwe. The Governments of Brazil, China, India and South Africa, have provided tangible transfer of information, resources and expertise to Zimbabwe over the past years, successfully administered through WFP, to support food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe.

    The sharing of expertise that connects farmers to technology has been vital to support business development through e-commerce. China-Aid Agricultural Technology and Demonstration Centre led the exchange in partnership with Knowledge Transfer Africa (eMkambo), supporting up to 500 smallholder farmers with marketing and horticulture training. Additionally, several farmers and Agritex officers (government officers within the Ministry of Agriculture) were supported through a trainer programme, to ensure longevity of the project.

    India’s recent contribution through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund focuses on climate change mitigation in Zimbabwe. Farmers will be trained on the advantages of growing drought-tolerant crops such as sorghum or millet, including techniques on how to reduce post-harvest losses. The programme aims to assist around 5,200 smallholder farmers in Chiredzi and Mangwe districts over the coming months.

    Similarly, the Government of South Africa donated maize meal to assist families affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019. WFP provided warehousing services to facilitate this partnership. “Cyclone Idai was said to be the worst tropical cyclone on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. It is in this regard that when Zimbabwe was one of the countries that were affected in our region in March 2019, the Government of South Africa immediately mobilized resources and pledged our joined support to the affected communities.”, said Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, when handing over food aid to Zimbabwe. “As a close neighbour and regional member, South Africa has focused on supporting a humanitarian response to Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters“, he added.

    Through WFP’s Centre of Excellence, Brazil provides research and policy support to homegrown school feeding programmes, which harness a range of elements including education, health, social protection and agriculture.

    “We aim to work more closely with our partners to build the skills needed, so that Zimbabwe is able to meet its Agenda 2030 commitments “, said Ms. Francesca Erdelmann, WFP Zimbabwe Country Director and Representative. “Specifically, WFP aims to enhance market linkages between smallholder farmers and strengthen the capacity of national authorities. South-South Cooperation is key to this strategy, and we are determined to unlock its full potential,” she added.

    In close collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe, WFP is currently developing its 2022-2027 Country Strategic Plan, which will promote further collaboration with the aim of establishing sustainable, resilient and shock responsive social protection programmes with a food systems lens.

    Agriculture accounts for up to seventy percent of the populations’ livelihood activity in Zimbabwe, which makes it critical to find optimal techniques to grow food sustainably and connect local supply to markets. Middle and low-income countries possess a rich trove of knowledge that can be shared and adapted to overcome development challenges.

  •   The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow ROME Italy September 1 2021 APO Group The United Nations World Food Programme WFP the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations FAO and the Office of the Prime Minister are collaborating under a European Union funded project to improve how the Karamoja region responds to food shocks At the launch of the EUR 4 million UGX 16 69 billion Pro Resilience Action project Pro ACT the UN agencies and government emphasized the need for greater inclusion of poor and vulnerable people in Uganda s entire disaster response An essential part of Pro ACT is strengthening the District Disaster Management Committees to develop contingency plans that address the needs of communities Ambassador Attilio Pacifici the European Union Head of Delegation appreciated Government of Uganda for being at the forefront of all development and emergency programmes in the country Thanks to Pro ACT local and national stakeholders will increase their capacity to share timely and accurate information that will support communities to prepare for and manage shocks This action will also contribute to ongoing policy dialogue on Disaster Risk Financing and the Disaster Risk Management legal framework he said Without government interventions especially those that address climate disasters would not be sustainable That is why Pro ACT supports national and local authorities with the resources they need to plan and deliver responses that effectively meet the needs of the people The project is working towards strengthening shock response systems in all the nine districts of Karamoja through early warning on weather patterns and assistance that enables households take action to reduce their risk We are glad the EU WFP and FAO brought this project to Karamoja because we need urgent support when it comes to preparing and responding to food security shocks such as drought said Komol Paul Lotee Kotido District LCV Chairperson Our people are suffering because there was no rain the crops failed and they do not know what to do This happens every lean season Yet we are never prepared We need to give people timely and accurate information and improve their capacity to prepare for shocks The lean season is the period between planting and harvest usually occurring from March to July when there is little food and minimal rainfall The 2021 WFP FAO and Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Integrated Food Security Phase Classification IPC analysis shows that this lean season is worse than that of last year A total of 361 000 people in Karamoja 30 percent of the population faced high levels of food insecurity between March and July this year FAO has already piloted a drought early warning system to improve community preparation for the lean season and other cyclic shocks that affect food security We are working with the Government of Uganda to build an effective early warning system for Karamoja that will predict in time food security shocks and then support government and communities to prepare accordingly Timeliness is of the essence FAO s Deputy Representative in Uganda Ms Priya Gujadhur said as she emphasized the importance of strengthening the capacity of national and local stakeholders Early identification of risks linked to clear action will reduce the impact of food security shocks before needs peak As part of Pro ACT the EU is contributing to WFP s lean season response by providing a protective ration The protective ration is assistance that will help reduce the likelihood of sharing specialised nutritious food that is meant for treatment of malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women WFP is providing assistance to only a fraction of the people who need it in Karamoja The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow We must be smarter in the way we respond to shocks said Ryan Anderson WFP Deputy Country Director Providing people with the information and skills they need to prepare is the most effective way of reducing humanitarian need over time Zero hunger is possible only if communities have the right tools to manage shocks Karamoja has consistently had the lowest development indicators in the country At 66 percent the region s poverty rate is three times the national poverty rate of 20 percent and more than 30 times that of Kampala the capital of Uganda which stands at two percent A WFP and FAO historical drought analysis shows that Karamoja has a 30 percent chance of experiencing a drought or dry spell in any given year the highest in the country Government is committed to ensuring everyone in Uganda including Karamoja has enough nutritious food Through our projects such as the elderly s Senior Citizens Grant and the COVID 19 relief funds we have demonstrated that we are determined to reach the most vulnerable We need partners such as EU WFP and FAO to strengthen our response all over the country said Hon Esther Davina Anyakun Minister of State for Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Our people need simple weather information that they can understand and act upon Government welcomes the project because it aims to empower communities with information and provide sustainable solutions Information is power and in the case of shocks information is lifesaving
    Uganda: European Union launches project to improve Karamoja’s response to shocks
      The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow ROME Italy September 1 2021 APO Group The United Nations World Food Programme WFP the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations FAO and the Office of the Prime Minister are collaborating under a European Union funded project to improve how the Karamoja region responds to food shocks At the launch of the EUR 4 million UGX 16 69 billion Pro Resilience Action project Pro ACT the UN agencies and government emphasized the need for greater inclusion of poor and vulnerable people in Uganda s entire disaster response An essential part of Pro ACT is strengthening the District Disaster Management Committees to develop contingency plans that address the needs of communities Ambassador Attilio Pacifici the European Union Head of Delegation appreciated Government of Uganda for being at the forefront of all development and emergency programmes in the country Thanks to Pro ACT local and national stakeholders will increase their capacity to share timely and accurate information that will support communities to prepare for and manage shocks This action will also contribute to ongoing policy dialogue on Disaster Risk Financing and the Disaster Risk Management legal framework he said Without government interventions especially those that address climate disasters would not be sustainable That is why Pro ACT supports national and local authorities with the resources they need to plan and deliver responses that effectively meet the needs of the people The project is working towards strengthening shock response systems in all the nine districts of Karamoja through early warning on weather patterns and assistance that enables households take action to reduce their risk We are glad the EU WFP and FAO brought this project to Karamoja because we need urgent support when it comes to preparing and responding to food security shocks such as drought said Komol Paul Lotee Kotido District LCV Chairperson Our people are suffering because there was no rain the crops failed and they do not know what to do This happens every lean season Yet we are never prepared We need to give people timely and accurate information and improve their capacity to prepare for shocks The lean season is the period between planting and harvest usually occurring from March to July when there is little food and minimal rainfall The 2021 WFP FAO and Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Integrated Food Security Phase Classification IPC analysis shows that this lean season is worse than that of last year A total of 361 000 people in Karamoja 30 percent of the population faced high levels of food insecurity between March and July this year FAO has already piloted a drought early warning system to improve community preparation for the lean season and other cyclic shocks that affect food security We are working with the Government of Uganda to build an effective early warning system for Karamoja that will predict in time food security shocks and then support government and communities to prepare accordingly Timeliness is of the essence FAO s Deputy Representative in Uganda Ms Priya Gujadhur said as she emphasized the importance of strengthening the capacity of national and local stakeholders Early identification of risks linked to clear action will reduce the impact of food security shocks before needs peak As part of Pro ACT the EU is contributing to WFP s lean season response by providing a protective ration The protective ration is assistance that will help reduce the likelihood of sharing specialised nutritious food that is meant for treatment of malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women WFP is providing assistance to only a fraction of the people who need it in Karamoja The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow We must be smarter in the way we respond to shocks said Ryan Anderson WFP Deputy Country Director Providing people with the information and skills they need to prepare is the most effective way of reducing humanitarian need over time Zero hunger is possible only if communities have the right tools to manage shocks Karamoja has consistently had the lowest development indicators in the country At 66 percent the region s poverty rate is three times the national poverty rate of 20 percent and more than 30 times that of Kampala the capital of Uganda which stands at two percent A WFP and FAO historical drought analysis shows that Karamoja has a 30 percent chance of experiencing a drought or dry spell in any given year the highest in the country Government is committed to ensuring everyone in Uganda including Karamoja has enough nutritious food Through our projects such as the elderly s Senior Citizens Grant and the COVID 19 relief funds we have demonstrated that we are determined to reach the most vulnerable We need partners such as EU WFP and FAO to strengthen our response all over the country said Hon Esther Davina Anyakun Minister of State for Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Our people need simple weather information that they can understand and act upon Government welcomes the project because it aims to empower communities with information and provide sustainable solutions Information is power and in the case of shocks information is lifesaving
    Uganda: European Union launches project to improve Karamoja’s response to shocks
    Africa1 year ago

    Uganda: European Union launches project to improve Karamoja’s response to shocks

    The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow

    ROME, Italy, September 1, 2021/APO Group/ --

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Office of the Prime Minister are collaborating under a European Union funded project to improve how the Karamoja region responds to food shocks. At the launch of the EUR 4 million (UGX 16.69 billion) Pro-Resilience Action project (Pro-ACT), the UN agencies and government emphasized the need for greater inclusion of poor and vulnerable people in Uganda’s entire disaster response.

    An essential part of Pro-ACT is strengthening the District Disaster Management Committees to develop contingency plans that address the needs of communities. Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, the European Union Head of Delegation appreciated Government of Uganda for being at the forefront of all development and emergency programmes in the country.

    “Thanks to Pro-ACT, local and national stakeholders will increase their capacity to share timely and accurate information that will support communities to prepare for and manage shocks. This action will also contribute to ongoing policy dialogue on Disaster Risk Financing and the Disaster Risk Management legal framework,” he said.  “Without government, interventions, especially those that address climate disasters, would not be sustainable. That is why Pro-ACT supports national and local authorities with the resources they need to plan and deliver responses that effectively meet the needs of the people. “

    The project is working towards strengthening shock response systems in all the nine districts of Karamoja through early warning on weather patterns and assistance that enables households take action to reduce their risk.

    “We are glad the EU, WFP, and FAO brought this project to Karamoja because we need urgent support when it comes to preparing and responding to food security shocks such as drought,” said Komol Paul Lotee, Kotido District LCV Chairperson. “Our people are suffering because there was no rain, the crops failed, and they do not know what to do. This happens every lean season. Yet, we are never prepared. We need to give people timely and accurate information and improve their capacity to prepare for shocks.”

    The lean season is the period between planting and harvest, usually occurring from March to July, when there is little food and minimal rainfall. The 2021 WFP, FAO, and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis shows that this lean season is worse than that of last year. A total of 361,000 people in Karamoja, 30 percent of the population, faced high levels of food insecurity between March and July this year. FAO has already piloted a drought early warning system to improve community preparation for the lean season and other cyclic shocks that affect food security.

    “We are working with the Government of Uganda to build an effective early warning system for Karamoja that will predict, in time, food security shocks, and then support government and communities to prepare accordingly. Timeliness is of the essence,” FAO’s Deputy Representative in Uganda, Ms. Priya Gujadhur said as she emphasized the importance of strengthening the capacity of national and local stakeholders.  “Early identification of risks linked to clear action will reduce the impact of food security shocks before needs peak.”

    As part of Pro-ACT, the EU is contributing to WFP’s lean season response by providing a protective ration. The protective ration is assistance that will help reduce the likelihood of sharing specialised nutritious food that is meant for treatment of malnutrition in children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    “WFP is providing assistance to only a fraction of the people who need it in Karamoja. The frequency and severity of natural hazards in Uganda is only going to get worse with climate change and the number of people in need will grow. We must be smarter in the way we respond to shocks,” said Ryan Anderson, WFP Deputy Country Director. “Providing people with the information and skills they need to prepare is the most effective way of reducing humanitarian need over time. Zero hunger is possible only if communities have the right tools to manage shocks.”

    Karamoja has consistently had the lowest development indicators in the country. At 66 percent, the region’s poverty rate is three times the national poverty rate of 20 percent and more than 30 times that of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, which stands at two percent. A WFP and FAO historical drought analysis shows that Karamoja has a 30 percent chance of experiencing a drought or dry spell in any given year, the highest in the country.

    “Government is committed to ensuring everyone in Uganda, including Karamoja, has enough nutritious food. Through our projects such as the elderly’s Senior Citizens Grant and the COVID-19 relief funds, we have demonstrated that we are determined to reach the most vulnerable. We need partners such as EU, WFP and FAO to strengthen our response all over the country,” said Hon. Esther Davina Anyakun, Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.  “Our people need simple weather information that they can understand and act upon. Government welcomes the project because it aims to empower communities with information and provide sustainable solutions. Information is power and, in the case of shocks, information is lifesaving.”

  •   By Stanley Nwanosike The Security and Peace Committee in Enugu State says that the National Animal Identification and Traceability System NAITS being deployed in the country will sanitise and create security for pastoralists and their business The Secretary of the committee Chief Emma Mbamalu stated this on Saturday in Enugu at the South East stakeholder sensitisation on the introduction of the NAITS across the country The sensitisation with theme Advocacy for Pastoralists to curb livestock rustling and related criminalities and general sensitisation on the rollout of NAITS in the South East Region Mbamalu said that the system would not only assist in identifying and tracing livestock via electronic tags but would also help to identify the pastoralists who owned the livestock for further sensitisation and meetings whenever the need arises The development will enable us to reach the pastoralists on time and sensitise them on security issues and situations to ensure peace and to check the use of underaged children as livestock labourers that create the confusion we have today The use of underaged labourers is the major cause of the destruction of farmlands and other negative tendencies that we have been battling with for years now When implemented NAITS will enable us to identify who owns a livestock and where they live for ease of communication and quick resolution of any issue as well as check the infiltration of bad elements disguising as pastoralists The pastoralists for years have been living peacefully with us but suddenly the whole thing changed And this is the essence of the state government setting up this committee to bring peace he said The state Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Matthew Idu described the NAITS scheme is a good step in the right direction as the scheme would help in the identification and traceability of livestock to reduce pastoralists farmers clashes Represented by Mr Nelson Onugwu Director Animal Husbandry Services Enugu state Ministry of Agriculture the commissioner said that the state was already proposing the profiling of pastoralists at local council and community levels in the state We will involve our traditional rulers to ensure that the identification of pastoralists at the council and community levels is a reality so that no pastoralist moves in with livestock without the traditional ruler knowing him he said Dr Kabir Abdulkerim Executive Director of Megacorp Nigeria Ltd the technology company facilitating the scheme said that each livestock would be tagged in the ear with a unique device that would allow for identification and traceability via internet enabled devices Abdulkerim noted that apart from the check by the central server in Abuja those under the scheme can use their internet enabled devices to identify and trace the movement and whereabouts of their livestock The scheme has a lot of security socio economic and data benefits for all stakeholders within the livestock sector and will help to also get the full registration and data of pastoralists who are owners of the livestock On security when any livestock is discovered with their ear cut or injured without a tag on it it will help security agencies know that the livestock is either stolen or rustled Thus it would enable the country check internal and external theft of livestock since there will be a unique national state local government pastoralist s number identifiable and traceable via an internet enabled device following each livestock It will also increase data collection and aggregation enhance economic benefits for the pastoralists and create an environment for pastoralists to get access to knowledge sensitisation and even ficial credit he said The Chairman Enugu state Council of Traditional Rulers Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said that a bright future for the livestock business in Nigeria lies in modern ranching as exemplified by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his Otta farm Where several investors or breeders have their cattle in one ranch NAITS can help them to identify who owns which cattle And cattle rearing and ranching should be treated as strictly private business that can contribute to the growth of the national economy Agubuzu said The chairman lamented that notwithstanding the 13 9 million cattle in the country the country still spends 1 5 billion annually on the importation of milk since milk production from local breeds was very low and could not meet local demand Ranching will make Nigeria not only self sufficient in dairy products but a net exporter of cow milk and other dairy products to other parts of the world he said Earlier Alhaji Gidado Siddiki Chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN South East said that the association was seeing the NAITS scheme as a problem solving mechanism that would improve the safety of pastoralists and their livestock in the forests According to Siddiki NAITS touches MACBAN members who have long been at the receiving end of every misfortune that the society suffers in the hands of all kinds of criminals in the wild who also do not spare our members Given the fact that our herders are itinerant and uneducated I wish to implore the designers of this scheme to avail the executors a simple plan that will be easily understood by them The simpler and less complicated the operation the easier it would be for herders to understand and embrace We want to duly appreciate the recognition of the ministry of agriculture has accorded MACBAN as a viable partner in the project We appeal for due consideration in terms of logistics to enable us perform optimally in instructing the herders on the relevance of complying with the scheme he said The sensitization was organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Megacorp Nigeria Ltd learnt Source NAN
    Animal traceability system creates security for pastoralists – Committee
      By Stanley Nwanosike The Security and Peace Committee in Enugu State says that the National Animal Identification and Traceability System NAITS being deployed in the country will sanitise and create security for pastoralists and their business The Secretary of the committee Chief Emma Mbamalu stated this on Saturday in Enugu at the South East stakeholder sensitisation on the introduction of the NAITS across the country The sensitisation with theme Advocacy for Pastoralists to curb livestock rustling and related criminalities and general sensitisation on the rollout of NAITS in the South East Region Mbamalu said that the system would not only assist in identifying and tracing livestock via electronic tags but would also help to identify the pastoralists who owned the livestock for further sensitisation and meetings whenever the need arises The development will enable us to reach the pastoralists on time and sensitise them on security issues and situations to ensure peace and to check the use of underaged children as livestock labourers that create the confusion we have today The use of underaged labourers is the major cause of the destruction of farmlands and other negative tendencies that we have been battling with for years now When implemented NAITS will enable us to identify who owns a livestock and where they live for ease of communication and quick resolution of any issue as well as check the infiltration of bad elements disguising as pastoralists The pastoralists for years have been living peacefully with us but suddenly the whole thing changed And this is the essence of the state government setting up this committee to bring peace he said The state Commissioner for Agriculture Mr Matthew Idu described the NAITS scheme is a good step in the right direction as the scheme would help in the identification and traceability of livestock to reduce pastoralists farmers clashes Represented by Mr Nelson Onugwu Director Animal Husbandry Services Enugu state Ministry of Agriculture the commissioner said that the state was already proposing the profiling of pastoralists at local council and community levels in the state We will involve our traditional rulers to ensure that the identification of pastoralists at the council and community levels is a reality so that no pastoralist moves in with livestock without the traditional ruler knowing him he said Dr Kabir Abdulkerim Executive Director of Megacorp Nigeria Ltd the technology company facilitating the scheme said that each livestock would be tagged in the ear with a unique device that would allow for identification and traceability via internet enabled devices Abdulkerim noted that apart from the check by the central server in Abuja those under the scheme can use their internet enabled devices to identify and trace the movement and whereabouts of their livestock The scheme has a lot of security socio economic and data benefits for all stakeholders within the livestock sector and will help to also get the full registration and data of pastoralists who are owners of the livestock On security when any livestock is discovered with their ear cut or injured without a tag on it it will help security agencies know that the livestock is either stolen or rustled Thus it would enable the country check internal and external theft of livestock since there will be a unique national state local government pastoralist s number identifiable and traceable via an internet enabled device following each livestock It will also increase data collection and aggregation enhance economic benefits for the pastoralists and create an environment for pastoralists to get access to knowledge sensitisation and even ficial credit he said The Chairman Enugu state Council of Traditional Rulers Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said that a bright future for the livestock business in Nigeria lies in modern ranching as exemplified by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his Otta farm Where several investors or breeders have their cattle in one ranch NAITS can help them to identify who owns which cattle And cattle rearing and ranching should be treated as strictly private business that can contribute to the growth of the national economy Agubuzu said The chairman lamented that notwithstanding the 13 9 million cattle in the country the country still spends 1 5 billion annually on the importation of milk since milk production from local breeds was very low and could not meet local demand Ranching will make Nigeria not only self sufficient in dairy products but a net exporter of cow milk and other dairy products to other parts of the world he said Earlier Alhaji Gidado Siddiki Chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN South East said that the association was seeing the NAITS scheme as a problem solving mechanism that would improve the safety of pastoralists and their livestock in the forests According to Siddiki NAITS touches MACBAN members who have long been at the receiving end of every misfortune that the society suffers in the hands of all kinds of criminals in the wild who also do not spare our members Given the fact that our herders are itinerant and uneducated I wish to implore the designers of this scheme to avail the executors a simple plan that will be easily understood by them The simpler and less complicated the operation the easier it would be for herders to understand and embrace We want to duly appreciate the recognition of the ministry of agriculture has accorded MACBAN as a viable partner in the project We appeal for due consideration in terms of logistics to enable us perform optimally in instructing the herders on the relevance of complying with the scheme he said The sensitization was organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Megacorp Nigeria Ltd learnt Source NAN
    Animal traceability system creates security for pastoralists – Committee
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    Animal traceability system creates security for pastoralists – Committee

     

    By Stanley Nwanosike

    The Security and Peace Committee in Enugu State says that the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) being deployed in the country will sanitise and  create security for pastoralists and their business.

    The Secretary of the committee, Chief Emma Mbamalu, stated this on Saturday, in Enugu, at the South-East stakeholder sensitisation on the introduction of the NAITS across the country.

    The sensitisation with theme: “Advocacy for Pastoralists, to curb livestock rustling and related criminalities and general sensitisation on the rollout of NAITS in the South-East Region”.

    Mbamalu said that the system would not only assist in identifying and tracing livestock via electronic tags, but would also help to identify the pastoralists who owned the livestock, for further sensitisation and meetings whenever the need arises.

    “The development will enable us to reach the pastoralists on time and sensitise them on security issues and situations, to ensure peace and to check the use of underaged children as livestock labourers that create the confusion we have today.

    “The use of underaged labourers is the major cause of the destruction of farmlands and other negative tendencies that we have been battling with for years now.

    “When implemented, NAITS will enable us to identify who owns a livestock and where they live, for ease of communication and quick resolution of any issue, as well as check the infiltration of bad elements disguising as pastoralists.

    “The pastoralists for years have been living peacefully with us, but suddenly the whole thing changed. And this is the essence of the state government setting up this committee, to bring peace,’’ he said.

    The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Matthew Idu, described “the NAITS scheme is a good step in the right direction”, as the scheme would help in the identification and traceability of livestock, to reduce pastoralists/farmers clashes.

    Represented by Mr Nelson Onugwu, Director, Animal Husbandry Services, Enugu state Ministry of Agriculture, the commissioner said that the state was already proposing the profiling of pastoralists at local council and community levels in the state.

    “We will involve our traditional rulers to ensure that the identification of pastoralists at the council and community levels is a reality; so that no pastoralist moves in with livestock without the traditional ruler knowing him,” he said.

    Dr Kabir Abdulkerim, Executive Director of Megacorp Nigeria Ltd, the technology company facilitating the scheme, said that each livestock would be tagged in the ear with a unique device that would allow for identification and traceability via internet-enabled devices.

    Abdulkerim noted that apart from the check by the central server in Abuja; those under the scheme can use their internet-enabled devices to identify and trace the movement and whereabouts of their livestock.

    “The scheme has a lot of security, socio-economic and data benefits for all stakeholders within the livestock sector and will help to also get the full registration and data of pastoralists, who are owners of the livestock.

    “On security, when any livestock is discovered with their ear cut or injured without a tag on it; it will help security agencies know that the livestock is either stolen or rustled.

    “Thus, it would enable the country check internal and external theft of livestock, since there will be a unique national, state, local government pastoralist’s number identifiable and traceable via an internet-enabled device following each livestock.

    “It will also increase data collection and aggregation; enhance economic benefits for the pastoralists and create an environment for pastoralists to get access to knowledge, sensitisation and even ficial credit,” he said.

    The Chairman, Enugu state Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, said that a bright future for the livestock business in Nigeria lies in modern ranching, as exemplified by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his Otta farm.

    “Where several investors or breeders have their cattle in one ranch, NAITS can help them to identify who owns which cattle.

    “And cattle rearing and ranching should be treated as strictly private business that can contribute to the growth of the national economy,” Agubuzu said.

    The chairman lamented that notwithstanding the 13.9 million cattle in the country, the country still spends $1.5 billion annually on the importation of milk; since milk production from local breeds was very low and could not meet local demand.

    “Ranching will make Nigeria not only self-sufficient in dairy products, but a net exporter of cow milk and other dairy products to other parts of the world,” he said.

    Earlier, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), South-East, said that the association was seeing the NAITS scheme as a problem-solving mechanism that would improve the safety of pastoralists and their livestock in the forests.

    According to Siddiki, NAITS touches MACBAN members, who have long been at the receiving end of every misfortune that the society suffers in the hands of all kinds of criminals in the wild, who also do not spare our members.

    “Given the fact that our herders are itinerant and uneducated, I wish to implore the designers of this scheme to avail the executors a simple plan that will be easily understood by them.

    “The simpler and less complicated the operation, the easier it would be for herders to understand and embrace. We want to duly appreciate the recognition of the ministry of agriculture has accorded MACBAN as a viable partner in the project.

    “We appeal for due consideration in terms of logistics, to enable us perform optimally in instructing the herders on the relevance of complying with the scheme,” he said.

    The sensitization was organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Megacorp Nigeria Ltd., learnt.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Ogun State Government has given out subventions to registered Uniformed Voluntary Youth Organisations as part of its determination to strengthen and empower them to be for self reliant Speaking while handing over the subvention to the organisations at an event to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day today in Abeokuta the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Dr Oluwadare Kehinde emphasised that young people formed the fulcrum of the world s population and they have potentials of taking the economy of the country to greater height if given adequate and necessary support Kehinde in a statement signed by his Media Aide Mr Olugbega Arowora noted that the theme for the day Transforming Food Systems Youth Innovation for Human Planetary Health was apt stressing that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration programmes are geared towards empowering the youth while encouraging them in the area of food production The present administration has greatly encouraged youths in the area of food production by engaging them in rice cassava and cotton production poultry farming under its Anchor borrower s programme which is to boost sustainable food production for the society and empower the youths the Commissioner stated Earlier in his welcome address the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Engr Olayiwola Abiodun explained that the subventions given to the youth organisations is to motivate them to embark on acquisition of skills and trainings for their members saying it would help them to be more useful to the environment Also speaking Chairman of the State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria Comrade Abduljabar Ayelaagbe appreciated the State government for addressing the plight of Ogun youth promising that his members would continue to imbibe and exhibit sportsmanship spirit that the State is known for Delivering a lecture titled Youth Prospects in Agriculture Director Tree Crops and Rural Development Services Ministry of Agriculture Mr James Oyesola advised the youth to see agriculture as alternative to oil noting that if well cultivated could boost the State s economy Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries Coordinator of the Girls Guides Brigade Mrs Moyo Adeyemi lauded the State government for the subvention saying it would go a long way in assisting them in their programmes
    Ogun Govt. Empowers Uniformed Youth Organizations
     The Ogun State Government has given out subventions to registered Uniformed Voluntary Youth Organisations as part of its determination to strengthen and empower them to be for self reliant Speaking while handing over the subvention to the organisations at an event to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day today in Abeokuta the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Dr Oluwadare Kehinde emphasised that young people formed the fulcrum of the world s population and they have potentials of taking the economy of the country to greater height if given adequate and necessary support Kehinde in a statement signed by his Media Aide Mr Olugbega Arowora noted that the theme for the day Transforming Food Systems Youth Innovation for Human Planetary Health was apt stressing that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration programmes are geared towards empowering the youth while encouraging them in the area of food production The present administration has greatly encouraged youths in the area of food production by engaging them in rice cassava and cotton production poultry farming under its Anchor borrower s programme which is to boost sustainable food production for the society and empower the youths the Commissioner stated Earlier in his welcome address the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Engr Olayiwola Abiodun explained that the subventions given to the youth organisations is to motivate them to embark on acquisition of skills and trainings for their members saying it would help them to be more useful to the environment Also speaking Chairman of the State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria Comrade Abduljabar Ayelaagbe appreciated the State government for addressing the plight of Ogun youth promising that his members would continue to imbibe and exhibit sportsmanship spirit that the State is known for Delivering a lecture titled Youth Prospects in Agriculture Director Tree Crops and Rural Development Services Ministry of Agriculture Mr James Oyesola advised the youth to see agriculture as alternative to oil noting that if well cultivated could boost the State s economy Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries Coordinator of the Girls Guides Brigade Mrs Moyo Adeyemi lauded the State government for the subvention saying it would go a long way in assisting them in their programmes
    Ogun Govt. Empowers Uniformed Youth Organizations
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    Ogun Govt. Empowers Uniformed Youth Organizations

    The Ogun State Government has given out subventions to registered Uniformed Voluntary Youth Organisations, as part of its determination to strengthen and empower them to be for self-reliant.Speaking while handing over the subvention to the organisations at an event to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day today in Abeokuta, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Oluwadare Kehinde, emphasised that young people formed the fulcrum of the world's population and they have potentials of taking the economy of the country to greater height, if given adequate and necessary support.Kehinde, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr. Olugbega Arowora, noted that the theme for the day, "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human Planetary Health" was apt, stressing that the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration programmes are geared towards empowering the youth, while encouraging them in the area of food production."The present administration has greatly encouraged youths in the area of food production by engaging them in rice, cassava and cotton production, poultry farming, under its Anchor borrower's programme, which is to boost sustainable food production for the society and empower the youths", the Commissioner stated.Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun explained that the subventions given to the youth organisations is to motivate them to embark on acquisition of skills and trainings for their members, saying it would help them to be more useful to the environment.Also speaking, Chairman of the State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Abduljabar Ayelaagbe appreciated the State government for addressing the plight of Ogun youth, promising that his members would continue to imbibe and exhibit sportsmanship spirit that the State is known for.Delivering a lecture titled 'Youth Prospects in Agriculture', Director Tree Crops and Rural Development Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. James Oyesola advised the youth to see agriculture as alternative to oil, noting that if well cultivated could boost the State's economy.Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Coordinator of the Girls Guides Brigade, Mrs. Moyo Adeyemi, lauded the State government for the subvention, saying it would go a long way in assisting them in their programmes.

  •   By Oluwatope Lawanson Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday urged citizens to rise to the task of ensuring a safer environment for food processing and safety Sanwo Olu made the call at the 1st Lagos State Food Safety Conference and Exhibition hosted by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency LASCOPA The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the program held at the NECA Event House Lagos on Food Safety What Good Consumers Need to Know brought together parties stakeholders in the manufacturing and food vendor sectors The governor represented by Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo said the inauguration of LASCOPA would complement the efforts of other sister agencies to ensure food security in the state I congratulate the board of directors and management of LASCOPA for organizing this event shortly after the agency s inauguration On this occasion I recalled having drawn attention to the need to increase the level of citizens awareness of their rights as consumers and of the processes for the implementation of their rights This conference is therefore a welcome event by providing a platform for consumers to be informed about their rights against the injustices of poor service that manufacturers inflict on them and to seek redress under the law he said he declares Sanwo Olu argued that the impact and consequences of harmful foods on society are enormous and can harm the state s economy Food safety calls for awareness of the need to ensure that food products are stored safely at every stage Advocacy along this line is not just about what we eat but more importantly the implications of these foods many professionals often point to the cost of unsafe foods being high We all need to be mindful of food safety given its inherent benefits and implications According to the United Nations there are an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illness in the world each year In addition an estimated 420 000 deaths from foodborne illness while children under five carry 40 with 125 000 deaths each year worldwide he said declared Sanwo Olu stressed that the reports provided by the UN were chilling enough and called for an urgent need to stand up to ensure a safer environment for food processing and safety There is no denying that UN statistics have highlighted that unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy Access to sufficient and safe food is essential for sustaining life and promoting good health this conference will help create a scene in Lagos State and ensure that manufacturers strictly adhere to best practices and processes LASCOPA s role in ensuring food safety and protecting consumer rights against unhealthy products is crucial and complements the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture LASCOPA s commitment ensures that the incidence of foodborne illness will be dramatically reduced if not completely eradicated he said The governor urged conference attendees to use the opportunity as a platform to launch a new perspective to ensure food safety laws for citizens I hope that this gathering of food security experts and relevant stakeholders will serve as a platform to identify the key and essential elements for the formation of food security policies They will also provide the plans for updating this policy in the state Let me also stress that ensuring food security in our society should not be the exclusive preserve of government alone It should be our collective responsibility The greatest responsibility lies with consumers for the food they buy and how they handle it As we play our part through LASCOPA s efforts citizens must also take personal responsibility for their health and well being Consumers should be vigilant and provide a prompt report to the agency when necessary said Sanwo Olu NAA
    Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to take charge of food security
      By Oluwatope Lawanson Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday urged citizens to rise to the task of ensuring a safer environment for food processing and safety Sanwo Olu made the call at the 1st Lagos State Food Safety Conference and Exhibition hosted by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency LASCOPA The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the program held at the NECA Event House Lagos on Food Safety What Good Consumers Need to Know brought together parties stakeholders in the manufacturing and food vendor sectors The governor represented by Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo said the inauguration of LASCOPA would complement the efforts of other sister agencies to ensure food security in the state I congratulate the board of directors and management of LASCOPA for organizing this event shortly after the agency s inauguration On this occasion I recalled having drawn attention to the need to increase the level of citizens awareness of their rights as consumers and of the processes for the implementation of their rights This conference is therefore a welcome event by providing a platform for consumers to be informed about their rights against the injustices of poor service that manufacturers inflict on them and to seek redress under the law he said he declares Sanwo Olu argued that the impact and consequences of harmful foods on society are enormous and can harm the state s economy Food safety calls for awareness of the need to ensure that food products are stored safely at every stage Advocacy along this line is not just about what we eat but more importantly the implications of these foods many professionals often point to the cost of unsafe foods being high We all need to be mindful of food safety given its inherent benefits and implications According to the United Nations there are an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illness in the world each year In addition an estimated 420 000 deaths from foodborne illness while children under five carry 40 with 125 000 deaths each year worldwide he said declared Sanwo Olu stressed that the reports provided by the UN were chilling enough and called for an urgent need to stand up to ensure a safer environment for food processing and safety There is no denying that UN statistics have highlighted that unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy Access to sufficient and safe food is essential for sustaining life and promoting good health this conference will help create a scene in Lagos State and ensure that manufacturers strictly adhere to best practices and processes LASCOPA s role in ensuring food safety and protecting consumer rights against unhealthy products is crucial and complements the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture LASCOPA s commitment ensures that the incidence of foodborne illness will be dramatically reduced if not completely eradicated he said The governor urged conference attendees to use the opportunity as a platform to launch a new perspective to ensure food safety laws for citizens I hope that this gathering of food security experts and relevant stakeholders will serve as a platform to identify the key and essential elements for the formation of food security policies They will also provide the plans for updating this policy in the state Let me also stress that ensuring food security in our society should not be the exclusive preserve of government alone It should be our collective responsibility The greatest responsibility lies with consumers for the food they buy and how they handle it As we play our part through LASCOPA s efforts citizens must also take personal responsibility for their health and well being Consumers should be vigilant and provide a prompt report to the agency when necessary said Sanwo Olu NAA
    Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to take charge of food security
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    Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to take charge of food security

    By Oluwatope Lawanson

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday urged citizens to rise to the task of ensuring a safer environment for food processing and safety.

    Sanwo-Olu made the call at the 1st Lagos State Food Safety Conference and Exhibition, hosted by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA).

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the program, held at the NECA Event House, Lagos, on "Food Safety - What Good Consumers Need to Know", brought together parties stakeholders in the manufacturing and food vendor sectors.

    The governor, represented by Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the inauguration of LASCOPA would complement the efforts of other sister agencies to ensure food security in the state.

    “I congratulate the board of directors and management of LASCOPA for organizing this event shortly after the agency's inauguration.

    “On this occasion, I recalled having drawn attention to the need to increase the level of citizens' awareness of their rights as consumers and of the processes for the implementation of their rights.

    "This conference is therefore a welcome event by providing a platform for consumers to be informed about their rights against the injustices of poor service that manufacturers inflict on them and to seek redress under the law," he said. -he declares.

    Sanwo-Olu argued that the impact and consequences of harmful foods on society are enormous and can harm the state's economy.

    “Food safety calls for awareness of the need to ensure that food products are stored safely at every stage.

    “Advocacy along this line is not just about what we eat, but more importantly, the implications of these foods, many professionals often point to the cost of unsafe foods being high.

    “We all need to be mindful of food safety given its inherent benefits and implications. According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illness in the world each year.

    "In addition, an estimated 420,000 deaths from foodborne illness, while children under five carry 40% with 125,000 deaths each year worldwide," he said. declared.

    Sanwo-Olu stressed that the reports provided by the UN were chilling enough and called for an urgent need to stand up to ensure a safer environment for food processing and safety.

    “There is no denying that UN statistics have highlighted that unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy.

    “Access to sufficient and safe food is essential for sustaining life and promoting good health, this conference will help create a scene in Lagos State and ensure that manufacturers strictly adhere to best practices and processes.

    “LASCOPA's role in ensuring food safety and protecting consumer rights against unhealthy products is crucial and complements the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture.

    “LASCOPA's commitment ensures that the incidence of foodborne illness will be dramatically reduced if not completely eradicated,” he said.

    The governor urged conference attendees to use the opportunity as a platform to launch a new perspective to ensure food safety laws for citizens.

    “I hope that this gathering of food security experts and relevant stakeholders will serve as a platform to identify the key and essential elements for the formation of food security policies.

    “They will also provide the plans for updating this policy in the state. Let me also stress that ensuring food security in our society should not be the exclusive preserve of government alone.

    “It should be our collective responsibility. The greatest responsibility lies with consumers for the food they buy and how they handle it.

    “As we play our part through LASCOPA's efforts, citizens must also take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

    “Consumers should be vigilant and provide a prompt report to the agency when necessary,” said Sanwo-Olu. (NAA)