Maximizing import substitution strategy using local contents, jute bags, which cost the country about N2.75 billion yearly to import, and other environment-friendly products such as vehicle parts can be developed from kenaf and save the country from economic crises.
How Nigeria can be food-secure in 2021, by FUNAAB VC Salako
The World Food Day, as organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FOA) of the United Nations since 1991. This year, the theme is ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together.’ This year too, we know what has happened as a result of the pandemic and the lockdown.
Centre empowers women farmers with ICT for agric development
The National Centre for Women’s Development (NCWD) has trained 100 on how to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) in agriculture to enable them adopt efficient farming techniques and boost quality food production.
Why Lake Rice disappeared from Lagos
Barely four years after the launch of the Lagos-Kebbi Rice christened LAKE Rice, an initiative borne out of the collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi State Governments
Experts raise fresh concerns over threats of GMOs in crops
Task FG, CBN, BOI On Local Farmers Empowerment Despite the benefits attributed to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in agriculture and food production, experts have raised fresh concern on its effect on human health and the environment. GMO is a system of recombining DNA technology or transferring engineered genes into an animal or plant or using…
Poultry association urges members to tackle challenges
The National President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Ibrahim Mam, has urged poultry farmers in the country not to be discouraged by the situation facing the business in the country. The president, who was represented by the National Vice-President, Southwest of the association, and Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Olabode Adetoyi,…
Rice processing mills inaugurated in Anambra
A rice processing facility in Achalla, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Federal Government of Nigeria-Value Chain Development Programme (FGN/VCDP) Technical Implementation Support Mission Team, led by Hajia Fatima Mukhtar-Buhari. The mission team, which interacted with Agricultural Information and Marketing System (AIMS) Group…
Nigerians lament shortage, high cost ahead World Food Day
Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to emplace infrastructure for food production to reduce hunger and malnutrition. This, they argued, could be done with a more enabling environment for greater food production to meet rising demand as the population increases. Prices of food items have consistently been on the increase, while the importation of…
FIIRO expresses readiness to partner technologists for food security
The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has expressed its readiness to work with the National Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), Lagos State branch, to eliminate post-harvest food wastage. Acting Director-General of FIIRO, Dr (Mrs) Yemisi Asagbra, expressed FIIRO’s readiness to deploy its human and material resources to assist NATE in realising its…
‘How inconsistency in policies damage agribusinesses’
Olamide Alabi-Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of UMèRA, an agriculture company that focuses on different aspects such as crop cultivation and animal production, among others
Driving poverty alleviation, higher income via agribusiness estates
Nigeria needs an annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1 trillion to lift people above the poverty line but falls short at only $448 billion. The shortfall is compounded by about 50 per cent post-harvest losses and food waste. Hence, establishing agribusiness in every local government area, where value could be added to fresh crops,…