By Obinna Unaeze The government of Niger has started official sales and distribution of fertilizer for the 2021 rainy season at a price of N 8,000 per bag. Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger, represented by his deputy Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, said the state government is launching the 2021 agricultural season 15,000 metric tons of fertilizer in the state’s 25 local government zones. “So far, a total of 27 and a half trucks of fertilizer have been delivered to designated government fertilizer stores in 25 local government areas across the state to be sold to farmers for the 2021 farming season. “The government has set the approved selling price per bag of merchandise at N 8,000 for NPK and urea fertilizers. “This aims to encourage smallholder farmers to have access to vital inputs, in addition to expanding synergy with the capacity of the private sector to provide and participate in the.
By Folasade Akpan The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has begun restructuring the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI), a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, by the NSIA’s Communications Officer, Mr Titilope Olubiyi, has said. The statement said that this was to make the programme more sustainable, following its successes and transformative impact over the past four years. The NSIA said that within four years of its implementation the initiative had delivered on key outcomes, including over 30 million bags of NPK 20:10:10 spanning the project’s life-cycle. Price reduction on fertiliser from over N10,000 to under N5,500, 41 resuscitated blending plants from an initial number of four plants at project inception. It also ensured an estimated 250,000 jobs across the agriculture value chains, including in logistics, ports, bagging, rail, industrial warehousing and haulage touchpoints, amongst others. The NSIA said the initiative also saved foreign exchange in excess of 350million dollars as.
By Habibu Harisu Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State advised farmers to adopt dry season agriculture to enhance food security in the country. Tambuwal, represented by Agriculture Commissioner Alhaji Arzika Tureta, launched the appeal when launching 2021 dry season rice production, sale and distribution of subsidized agricultural inputs in Sokoto. He said the state government spent around 220 million naira to buy improved rice plants to distribute to real farmers in the 23 local governments in the state. Tambuwal said other inputs include NPK-branded herbicides, urea and fertilizers which were necessary conditions for dry-season agriculture to ensure and encourage mass production of rice in the state. He urged farmers to prepare to achieve food sufficiency. The governor cautioned against diverting inputs to the market, noting that genuine farmers should appropriately take care of inputs donated at subsidized rates. “About 80 percent of our population are farmers engaged in farming and.
Gov. Mai Mala-Buni of Yobe has approved N73.8 million, for reactivation of the state fertiliser blending plant in Gujiba. The state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Alhaji Barma Shettima said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Damaturu on Friday. He said the approval followed the signing of a contract between the government and Basewatch Concept Nigeria Ltd., for the resuscitation of the plant on Nov. 18, in Damaturu. Shettima said reviving the plant would help create jobs for youths in the state as well as save billions of naira expended on fertiliser importation annually. “The company is capable of producing fertiliser at affordable rate to meet the demands of our farmers and those in other states. “It will also enable the state to key into the Federal Government’s Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) aimed at growing the economy through production of NPK 20-20 fertiliser using.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has assured OCP Africa Fertilisers Nigeria Ltd. of 100 per cent returns on the 13 million dollars fertiliser blending plant being set up in the state. The governor gave the assurance on Tuesday when he visited the construction site of the company. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plant which is expected to begin operations in 2021 has capacity to produce 200,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser annually. “The contract will enable the company recoup its investment in the project designated as an agricultural centre of excellence within the first year of its operation. “This gesture is part of the administration’s objectives to attract genuine local and foreign investors to the state,” Tambuwal said. The governor listed incentives for companies willing to invest in the state to include provision of infrastructural facilities at industrial layouts, easy access to land, tax holidays and joint.
Maize Onitsha (Anambra), Nov. 3, 2020 The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Anambra chapter, has commended the Federal Government’s disbursement of inputs worth N89 million to Anambra farmers under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP). Mr Simeon Nwafor, state chairman of the association gave the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Onitsha on Tuesday, saying that the inputs are for the current farming season. “This is the first time Anambra is participating in the programme. We are in the field and have started harvesting as part of the efforts to ensure maize sufficiency for consumption and export,” Nwafor said. He explained that the association received inputs including maize seedlings, NPK fertiliser, Urea fertiliser, agro-chemicals, micro nutrients (liquid) and knapsack sprayers, among others, for 535 farmers on 535 hectares of farmland. The chairman said they are still expecting delivery of 272 bags of Urea and 60 bags.
Ekiti State government, raised an alarm on Saturday that huge quantities of poisonous items, mistaken for food yet to be distributed as Covid-19 palliatives, were looted in warehouses in Ado-Ekiti on Friday… Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Akin Omole, said in a statement in Ado Ekiti that raising the alarm became expedient to forestall any harm that could befall anyone who consumed the items. Also reportedly looted was the office of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Ado Ekiti. “Information at our disposal revealed that the Federal Government’s silos, the ADP warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stores, all in Ado- Ekiti, were attacked by hoodlums under the guise of seeking Covid-19 palliatives. “We insist that Ekiti state currently has no Covid-19 palliative warehouse as all the palliatives had been distributed. “Unfortunately, the items carted away were Single Super Phosphate and NPK fertilisers, which they erroneously.
Dr Mairo Amshi, Yobe Commissioner for Agriculture, on Friday said the state had procured 7,500 metric tonnes of NPK fertiliser worth over N1.41 billion for farmers during the 2020 cropping season. Amshi stated this at a news conference in Damaturu to commemorate the 2020 World Food Day. She said that each bag of fertiliser cost the government N9, 450; however, it was sold to farmers at a subsidised rate of five thousand naira per bag. The commissioner said that the state had also procured 40 units of tractors and their implements at the cost of N882 million, with each unit bought at over N22 million, within the year. Amshi said that the tractors were sold to large scale farmers at a subsidised rate of over N11 million per unit, and the amount was payable in four years. She said as part of efforts at reducing unemployment, the state had allocated.
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operation Unit Zone ‘B’, says it has consficated goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth N360.22 million within one month. The Comptroller, Mr Mustafa Sarkin-Kebbi, stated this during a briefing on the command’s activities within the period under review. He explained that the items seized included 3,342 bags of 50kg foreign per boiled rice concealed in local bags, 34 vehicles and 668 bags of NPK fertilizer. He said other items seized from smugglers included 699 kegs of 30-litre vegetable oil, 217 bales of second hand clothing and 458 sacks of footwear. Sarkin-Kebbi added that the Unit also impounded 155 parcels of Indian Hemp, two sacks of D5 uncertified drugs and 923 boxes within the period under review. According the comptroller, the seizures were made largely along Jibia-Niger border in Katsina State and Ilorin-Jebba road. He disclosed that two suspected smugglers were arrested in Katsina and Kano,.
The Plateau Government has revoked its contract with P.W. Nigeria Ltd., for the construction of three roads in Shendam, Mangu and Riyom local government areas of the state. The State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting on Wednesday, at Government House, Jos. Manjang said the termination of the contract was at the request of the construction company, which was burdened with the execution of the projects. “Council approved the cancellation of 3 No. projects awarded to PW. These roads are the Shinkwan- Tunkus Shendam Bye pass road, Mangu Bye pass and Tahos Ganawuri Section one. “The total sum of the project was N617,963,216 and what that means is that the state is supposed to recover that amount from PW. “The cancellation was done at the instance of PW and council has mandated the.
The Kaduna State Government and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Tuesday began a three-day on-the-spot assessment of selected farms to evaluate the 2020 crop yields in the state. The News Agency of Agency of Nigeria reports that the assessment is to evaluate the level of improvement in terms of yields in Rice, Maize, and Soya beans on selected farms at Kwanar Farakwai, Igabi LG in the state. The Kaduna State Comissioner of Agriculture, Halima Lawal, said during the visit that the tour was to evaluate the level of growth and yield of the crops, following the application of different faterlizers on such crops. Lawal said the move was based on research studies to ensure high level yield, to increase productivity and food security. The comissioner said the tour was also to observe what had been happening in collaboration with Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), AGRA, FEPSAN and.
Dr Emmanuel Ajayi, a Crop Physiologist at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, has described the Okra crop (Abelmoschus esculentus) as an important economic crop containing carbohydrate, proteins and Vitamin C in large quantities. According to Ajayi, essential and nonessential amino acids that Okra contains are comparable to those of Soybean. The crop physiologist spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan. He said that the crop could play a vital role in human diet, adding that it could serve as a soup thickener. “Okra seed can be dried. The dried seed is a nutritious material that can be used to prepare vegetable curds. “It can be roasted and ground to be used as coffee additive or substitute. “Okra mucilage is suitable for medicinal and industrial applications.Okra helps to lower the chances of cardiovascular disease because it contains soluble fiber which naturally reduces cholesterol. “It contains.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) -assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has earmarked over N2 billion to support farmers in Ebonyi during this year’s farming season, an official has said. The state Programme Coordinator of IFAD–VCDP, Mr Sunday Ituma, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakiliki on Monday. Ituma said that the intervention was being sponsored in collaboration with the Federal Government. He said the objective was to stimulate the economy through the provision of agro-inputs to more than 3,000 farmers in the state. “This intervention, which is through our annual marching grant scheme, will enable us to provide agro-chemicals, fertilizers, improved seeds for rice and cuttings for cassava to farmers for the 2020 farming season. “The farmers have been accessing these inputs through their various cooperative societies and the intervention will hopefully impact positively on the production of rice and cassava.
Seizure Abuja, Sep. 1, 2020 The Joint Border Drill codenamed ‘Exercise Swift Response’ has made seizures valued at about N11 billion in the last one year. The Public Relations Officer of the Drill, Mr Joseph Attah made this known in a statement to commemorate one year of the exercise in Abuja on Tuesday. The joint border drill comprised the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies. The drill which began on Aug. 20, 2019 is under the coordination of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Attah explained that the seizures included 134,042 bags of parboiled foreign rice, 9,600 bags of NPK fertilizer, 1,791 vehicles, 3,565,461.9 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and 5,007 drums filled with PMS. According to him, other items seized are.
The Federal Government on Wednesday commenced the distribution of 2,966 metric tonnes of grains to vulnerable persons in Adamawa to cushion the effects of COVID-19. Hajia Sa’adiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, who flagged off the distribution in Yola said it meant to bring succour to vulnerable persons in the state. “I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buharito present to you assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. “We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic has brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of living. “Most obvious, is the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival. “Such persons are the aged, people living with disabilities and persons of concerns that deserve support in terms of.
No fewer than 2,500 rice and cassava farmers have been empowered with farm inputs by both the Federal and Ogun Governments under the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP). The empowerment of the farmers was in conjunction with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, disclosed this while inaugurating the 2020 Inputs Redemption to Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) farmers under the arrangement in Odeda Local Government Area of the state. Odedina said that the programme was one of the many laudable agricultural schemes facilitated by Gov. Dapo Abiodun to assist farmers, as well as meet the challenges of food security in the state. He noted that notwithstanding the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the State Government would continue to expand its agricultural activities. He added that it would continue to explore available agricultural opportunities at all levels for the good of its farmers..
The International Fund for Agricultural Development and Federal Government assisted Value Chain Development Programme (-VCDP) have concluded distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers for the 2020 wet farming season in Anambra. The State Programme Coordinator of the –VCDP, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha stated this on Tuesday at a redemption centre at Omor community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state. Agwuncha expressed confidence that the inputs would help the farmers grow their crops effectively to avert food shortage in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era. The programme officer, who promised the farmers additional support, urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious utilisation of the inputs while abiding by the WHO and NCDC COVID-19 prevention protocols. Also speaking, Mr Emmanuel Chukwukwelu, the state VCDP Production Officer said that an input team from the programme would monitor the usage at the various farms in the eight participating local government areas. Chukwukwelu disclosed that over 2,900 rice.
Adamawa State House of Assembly has granted the approval of N550 million Agricultural loan to Gov Ahmadu Fintiri. The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the loan was to enable the state government procured 5,000 metric tons of NPK fertiliser for the 2020 farming season. The approval followed a letter sent to the house by the governor, read and considered at the special plenary session summoned by the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Aminu Abbas on Friday in Yola. The house considered the letter following a motion by Majority leader, Hammantukur Yetisuri, member representing Jada – Mbulo and seconded by Muhammed Mutawali, member from Girei. The governor, in the letter, explained that the State Executive Council at its 8th meeting held on June 24, 2020 ratified the approval by the governor to the ministry of agriculture for the procurement of the fertiliser. According to the governor, the sum of N450 million.
A greenhouse farmer, Mr Chuba Chukwuka, has called on the Federal Government to increase funding of agricultural research institutes in the country in order to cut the cost of agric production inputs. Chukwuka made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos. The farmer, who decried the growing cost of agric production inputs, like fertilisers and seeds, and called for their production locally. “A lot of production input prices have gone up, which we can blame on both the COVID-19 pandemic and the inconsistent exchange rates. “We import seeds for planting because we do not produce hybrid seeds in the country. Our agricultural research centres need to do a lot in this aspect. “Government should invest more in our agricultural research institutes so that they can come up with our local production of hybrid seeds. We really lack enough research in our agric sector..
No fewer than 1,165 rice farmers have been empowered with farm inputs by the Ogun Government under its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP). Gov. Dapo Abiodun made this known during the flag-off of the 2020 wet season held on Thursday at the Ogun State Agro Service Corporation, Imowo, Ijebu Ode. The governor gave farmers an assurance that his administration would continue to provide support and agricultural incentives to all other value chain actors. Abiodun who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, urged other farmers to key into the various agricultural programmes of his administration saying, “Ogun State-facilitated ABP was exemplary and transparent’’. “This programme has become the hallmark of our deliberate focus on agricultural opportunities, which is aimed at supporting farmers and other agricultural value chain actors, as part of our resolve to achieve the state’s agricultural agenda of food security,” he said. He said that documentation.