Ofada Rice: High In Demand, Short In Supply
Pains Of Trading Truly Indigenous Produce In Nigerian dining tables, Ofada rice has grown in culinary prominence over the years, but far beyond the shores of the nation, in US, Canada and the UK, the longing to have the stuff in the menu has not diminished. The demand is high, but it is in short…
Nigeria Spends $20b On Food Importation Yearly
Minister Promises To Cut Agric Interest Rate THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has lamented the huge expenses Nigerians make on importing food into the country, disclosing the total amounting to $20b per year. He made the disclosure at the closing of the 41st National Council on Agriculture held at Kano Government House, expressing…
New Crop Varieties For Nigerian Farmers
The Federal Government has approved the release of 17 new high yield crop varieties to Nigerian farmers to enhance food production according to the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC). NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi said at the 23rd meeting of the NVRC at Ibadan only 17 of the 24 crop varieties submitted by research institutes, seed…
Tomato Manufacturers Want More Time For Backward Integration
THE Union of Tomato Paste Manufacturers in Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to hold back on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) forex policy in order to avail them more time for backward integration.
Mechanisation Is Key To Increasing Production, Sustaining Agriculture
Nigeria’s agricultural sector has a massive potential if well harnessed, especially looking at what has happened in the last 30 years. The number of tractors imported into Nigeria in the 1990s was reasonably average. Since 1993, that figure dropped drastically and 2014 witnessed just a few numbers of tractors and other machines.
Reinventing Agriculture: Attracting Youthful Agropreneurs To Replace Ageing Farmers
FG Hangs 30,000 YEAP Agripreneurs’ Fate In Balance With more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s population under the age of 25, and an expected additional 100 million young people joining the labour queue by 2035, according to a World Bank projection, it paints a picture of a nation with lesser job opportunities. It is…
FAO Donates Materials To Contain Bird Flu
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has supported Federal Government’s on-going response to control and curtail the spread of Bird Flu by donating some disease surveillance and containment materials to the Ministry. Receiving the materials on behalf of the ministry at the weekend, the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen.…
Farmers Warned Not To Start Planting
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMet) has said the recent and first rainfall of the year 2016 in Lagos, was not early rain because it would not continue, and there would also be period without any rainfall in the early weeks. Aside this, Chief Meteorologist, NIMet, Forecast Office Ikeja, Lagos, Mr. Adewale Ajuyomi, stated that farmers…
Car Wash: A Lucrative And Resourceful Venture
Appearance matters a lot in anything one does, be it in one’s dress sense or the general look of one’s vehicle. Like good dressing, neat and well-kept vehicles speak volume of the owner or driver.
Ondo Graduates Take To Cassava Cultivation, Get PIND Sponsorship
CHEVRON Corporation through its subsidiary, Partnership for Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND), has collaborated with Ondo State in its numerous programmes to encourage youth participation in agriculture.
2016 BUDGET: Tackling Hurdles Of Agribusiness SMEs
If the nation were truly persuaded on diversifying from crude oil business, then the N76billion budget for agriculture in 2016 would raise eyebrows. For instance, the ambitious national wheat production project, alone, would gulp about N2.5billion to source certified seeds if that target fully set sail last November.