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Recession: Nigeria Making Progress With Agriculture, Says Presidency

Efforts to get the nation out of state of misery brought about by economic recession are yielding much results in the area of Agriculture, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu told the Pyramid Radio in Kano. According to Malam Garba,"Because the elite don't care for ordinary people they are saying that government is doing nothing but we are doing a lot for ordinary people. They do ...

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IFAD lauds Sokoto govt. on counterpart funding

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has applauded the government of Sokoto state for prompt payment of its counterparts funds towards boosting agricultural activities in the state. The National Project Coordinator of IFAD, Alhaji Lawal Ida made the commendation at a two-day sensitization of Community Development Associations on a new Government Enterprise Empower ...

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Eight Million African Farmers to Benefit From Pod-borer Resistant Cowpea

By Abdallah el-Kurebe   Courtesy of a Private Public Partnership (PPP), the Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea Project which is coordinated by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and funded by the USAID, will make about eight million Sub Saharan African farmers have access to improved cowpea varieties that would lead to increased yield with the development of MarucaResistant Cowpeas.    The pod bo ...

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Analysis: Sokoto’s 2017 Agric Allocation Supercedes Others

By Abayomi Fidelis With allocation of N14.6 billion to agriculture in the 2017 budget, Sokoto State has allocated more funds to the sector than all states in the federation, an analysis of this year’s budget estimates from across the country has shown. Sokoto’s 2017 allocation followed a pattern from last year when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal allocated over N14 billion to the sector. Being the mainstay o ...

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Agriculture and the Restoration Agenda in Katsina State, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I visited Katsina over the holidays and took the opportunity to attend the launching of the Rice Anchor Borrowers Programme in Jibia sponsored by the Central Bank and the Bank of Agriculture. The project is aimed at developing the rice value chain by supplying credit for improved seeds, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. The State Government is also guaranteeing minimum prices for the purchase of the r ...

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Don’t Pay Lip Service to Agriculture, IITA Boss Warns African Leaders

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Director General (DG) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga has warned that there are negative consequences if Africa continued to pay lip service to agriculture by failing to invest in the sector. Speaking during the 2016 Partnership for Development Week (P4D Week), which held in Ibadan, the DG observed that the neglect of agriculture ...

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Embrace Agriculture To Exit From Recession, Oil Expert Counsels Nigerians

By Ade Akinmola Agriculture holds the key to the exit of Nigeria from economic recession,Group Executive Director of NNPC , Dr Victor Adeniran has stated. Speaking as Chairman of the 27th Orin day ceremony in Orin Ekiti in Ekiti state at the weekend, Adeniran said the present downturn in the economy has drawn out the importance of Agriculture in the drive towards our economic revival. He said despite the fa ...

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Agriculture, The Way Out Of Nigeria’s Economic Problems, Ganduje Declares

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has described agriculture as a formidable way to make the nations’ economy bigger and resilient. The governor noted that with the current economic situation caused by falling price of oil globally, Nigeria must return to the drawing board and embrace agriculture for nation building. He made the remark while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Institute of F ...

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Iran To Partner With Niger On Agriculture, Mineral Resources Development

In a deft move to improve the internally generated revenue of the state through diversification, Niger State government is set to partner with the Islamic State of Iran. This partnership is on the heels of an invitation by the Iranian government to the state to develop its agriculture and mineral resources sectors, in the face of fall in global oil price. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said in Minna at the we ...

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Agriculture As Joker For Ending Biting Recession, By Idowu Samuel

By a recent projection, Nigeria’s population by year 2050 would have massed up to 500 million. That could mean nothing less than a certificate of disaster for a nation that depends squarely on importation of food items to feed its people. Over the years, Nigeria has been lethargic on efforts and initiatives towards meeting its food demands locally. On the strength of its petrol-dollars, it felt too comforta ...

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NIRSAL Teams Up With BOI To Boost Agriculture

To tackle one of the significant challenges facing Nigeria’s agriculture – the estimated 60 percent post-harvest losses across the value chain - the Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL)  Monday  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bank of Industry. The MOU will also boost import substitution, boost job creation, stimulate inclusive growth and realize ...

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Finding The Sweet Spot Of Africa’s Agriculture, By Maria Andrade

Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebrate our diversity—the rich variety that can be found in our many cultures, languages, fashions, flora and fauna. That’s why it’s perplexing to see such a large segment of the African population depending on a very small number of food crops, like maize, rice and wheat. And it’s more than just boring to the palate. It’s severely diminishing th ...

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