Okomu adds 1,250 new jobs with smallholder farmers’ scheme
Okomu Oil Palm Company is set to add 1,250 new jobs to the Edo State economy with the rollout of a smallholder farmers’ scheme in collaboration with 2SCALE, involving cooperatives, and spanning four local government areas on the back of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s agricultural reforms. Okomu Oil disclosed this in Benin City, at the…
‘Contract crop production crucial for agro-industries, youth employment’
• Cultivating thyme can save $50m import yearly’ Mr Dayo Olunowo, Managing Director, Agricapital Ltd, Ibadan, in this interview, says agribusiness can only be sustainable if farmers can plant according to off-takers’ product standards, specifications, and packaging methods. He argues that the market gap between the farmer and the produce end-user, when bridged, can save…
Poultry farmers fault ban on maize importation
• Seek alternatives for feed production Stakeholders in the poultry industry have expressed their displeasure over the inappropriateness, and the ill-timing of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), revised policy that banned importers of maize from accessing foreign exchange (forex) from the apex bank and called for an urgent solution to forestall them from shutting…
As Northern farmers abandon food production
Reported abandonment of food production by farmers in the North East is unfortunate and should not be taken lightly by the authorities.
FG’s 5m jobs for farmers?
Dealing with the problem of unemployment in the country was one of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s cardinal commitments to the people. In the first quarter of 2020, Nigeria’s unemployment rate stood at 23.1 percent.
Smallholder farmers still lack access to insurance
A new study conducted by ActionAid Nigeria, to review farmers’ access to agricultural insurance services has revealed that smallholder women farmers have had extremely low access to insurance services in the last five years.
Abia maize farmers get inputs from CBN
Following the approval of loans to selected maize farmers in Abia State, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released planting inputs to farmers for this year’s planting season
North-west insecurity: Banditry or Jihadists’ occupation?
Nigeria’s North West has been plagued by years of imperilment ranging from cattle rustling, clashes between herders and farmers, attacks by heavily-armed robbers
Farmers in 11 states to get fertilizer at N4,500
As part of the COVID-19 palliative, about 50,000 farmers across 11 states will get two bags of fertilizer each at a subsidized rate of N4,500 against the current price of N8,000.