Farmers want FG to ban maize importation
Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of maize into the country to encourage local production. Alhaji Bello Abubakar, the National President of the association, made the call while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday. Abubakar was reacting to a recent publication by the National Biosafety Management…
‘Converting farm wastes reduces production cost’
Managing Director of AgroVet Nigeria Ltd, Mr Femi Akinwale, shares his experience on what farmers can do to break even, remain in business and expand operations. FEMI IBIROGBA presents excerpts. How has farmers/herders crisis affected cost of producing animal feeds? The problem affects everybody in Nigeria and the point around it is that we have…
Maize, rice farmers accuse NIRSAL of diverting CBN loans
Nigerian maize and rice farmers have accused Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), an offshoot of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), of delaying their maize and rice cultivation for the year by unnecessarily holding back a loan already released by the apex bank. The farmers, under a cooperative society known as HOPE CONCEPT,…
Moroccan firm to train 10,000 maize farmers In Bauchi
A Moroccan firm, OCP Africa, has launched its School Lab project in Bauchi State to boost the yield and income of 10,000 smallholder farmers in 70 communities in the state. The project operates in a caravan of trucks and provides mobile interactive training sessions on good agricultural practices for rural farmers, using live demos…
Government commences maize importation
Suffyan Koroma, at the opening ceremony of a five-day capacity building training workshop for ECOWAS members on control and management of armyworm outbreak in West Africa, said FAO has been...
Diseases, pests threaten Nigeria’s $6b annual turnover from Maize
The maize industry is currently challenged by an array of diseases and pests, especially armyworm caterpillar, stem borers; and Corn earworms, among others, which have dealt deadly and devastating blows on maize plantations across the country.
FG denies spending N6b on maize importation
Despite obvious indicators that N6b was spent on importing maize in April and May 2017, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has denied such expenditure, stressing that the Federal Government has increased maize production.
IITA, KIFFCO sensitise farmers on production of toxic free maize
On his own part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) KIFFCO Project, Kefas K. Mayaki, noted that the presence of Aflatoxins in maize has prevented maize grown in Nigeria from been exported to other parts of the globe.
AfricaRice trains 28 on grains thresher in Kano, distribute 6 threshers to farmers
AfricaRice research center has trained 28 Rice farmers in handling and maintenance of thresher Machines specially fabricated for paddy harvest and production.
Make Vitamin A cassava, maize staple food, expert counsels
The Country Manager of HarvestPlus, Dr. Paul IIona, has urged Nigerians to regularly eat Vitamin A cassava and maize due to their health benefits.