Post by colonial pikin on Mar 14, 2016 14:18:10 GMT
25 Danish agric. companies indicate interest in Nigeria
The Danish Agriculture and Food Council’s Senior Advisor, Ms Susanne Teilmann, on Monday announced the readiness of 25 Danish companies to invest in the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector.
Teilmann told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the companies had indicated interest in taking advantage of the Nigeria’s huge agricultural potential and share their farming experiences with Nigerian farmers.
``My Council is in Nigeria to make presentations to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture on what we have learnt on how Nigeria’s agriculture sector can become better.
`My Council is very ready to share our agricultural development experience with Nigerians. We are ready to share all our experiences with Nigeria.
``Already, about 25 Danish agricultural development companies have indicated their interest in coming to Nigeria to do business, as well as share their experiences with Nigerians.
``Nigeria is where things can happen and this is where we want to be,’’ she said.
Teilmann, however, said that the companies were ready to partner with ``the right” partners in Nigeria in developing and harnessing Nigeria’s agriculture potential.
The Council’s Advisor expressed optimism that Nigeria’s agriculture sector, if well-developed, had the possibility of making Nigeria a ``food hub” in West Africa.
Teilmann urged Nigerian governments to urgently begin to encourage professionalism in the development of her agriculture.
The Advisor also enjoined the Nigerian governments to encourage and create the right environment for the involvement of young Nigerians in professional farming.
``Nigeria has the great potential of being the huge food hub for the whole of the West African region if her agricultural potential are adequately harnessed.
``We need to encourage professionalism in agriculture. We need to have schools for the training of young professional Nigerians in different areas of farming processes,’’ she added.
The Danish Agriculture & Food Council represents the agricultural and food industry in Denmark.(NAN)
Nigeria Secures $7.8 Million For Forests Protection Programme
Nigeria has secured a
7.8 million dollars credit from International Donors, for the implementation of the National Programme on the Reduction of Emmission from Deforestation and Degradation ( REDD) plus programme.
The programme is an initiative by the United Nations for the protection forests against destructions across the world.
The programme popularly known as cop 15 was initiated by the United Nations in 2009 at Copenhagen Denmark.
The Agreement was signed by Nigeria in 2012 and Cross River State was designated as pilot state, and in 2015, the programme was scale up in Nigeria with the addition of Ondo and Nassarawa States.
The project coordinator for Ondo State, Mr John Akinnuba told The Tide in an exclusive interview in Port Harcourt, that the money was second between 2012 and 2016.
Mr Akinnuba specified that four million dollars was secured in 2012 for the implementation of the pilot programme in Cross River State while this year, 3.8 million dollars was granted to the Govenrment to scale up the project in Nassarawa and Ondo States.
According to him, the first phase of the programmes involves building institutional structures and putting of framework, while second phase will involve piloting, field survey and technological mapping, while phase three involves data gathering and analysis and the establishment of reference emission level which is the basis for the payment of carbon credit.
“The Redd plus is a programme of action to mitigate climate change by payments and compensations to governments and communities that protect the forests in forms of credit from carbon generated from the protected forests” he said.
According to him, since carbon dioxide is the major component coursing global warming, the progrmame will ensure that the carbon generated from the forest can be captured, measured and sold in the carbon market, stressing that by so doing. Forest communities will be given livelihood support. Mr Akinnuba said that Nigeria stands to benefit maximally from the programme as its forest resources would be preserved, while employment will be reduced through the unempowerment of communities.
The Environmentalist stressed the need for governments of the Niger Delta States to queue into the programme with the view to protecting its forests and biodiversities from destruction.
Post by colonial pikin on Mar 17, 2016 9:35:29 GMT
Applications are now open for AgriHack West Africa 2016
Applications are now open for the Youth-Enabled Fish Farming #AgriHack (YEFFA) also known as AgriHack West. The application is open to ICT innovators, developers, fish farmers and fish farming enthusiasts who are based in Nigeria, Benin and Togo which are the 3 focus countries.
The competition is open to those who are interested in working towards solving any of the persistent problems of the fish value chain in these countries. And recently, there has been an explosion of fish farmers in Nigeria. So AgriHack West Africa 2016 aims to add value to the way fish is farmed in West Africa.
AgriHack West Africa 2016 is an ICT4Ag intervention project aimed at delivering commercially viable solutions to challenges resilient in the fish farming value chain in West Africa and also with a shared goal of building youth capacity in agricultural entrepreneurship as with previous editions.
So if you are a fish farmer, fish farmer ‘wannabe’, innovator or just interested in innovative measures deployed in agriculture in Nigeria and West Africa at large, the AgriHack West Africa is for you.
Build a team of not more than 3 members and head on to developing agriculture in Nigeria. According to the website, having a female member in the team is also an added bonus.
You are not only invited to showcase your skills and implement your disruptive idea but to build a solution capable of yielding a stream of revenue, create jobs and turn you and members of your team into fish farming entrepreneurs.
Post by colonial pikin on Mar 17, 2016 9:37:04 GMT
perhaps y'all can share it with anyone that y'all know who might have interest....the deadline is April 12th.Regarding the YAP competition Taiwo's project,YAP#21 was chosen amongst the 30 pre-finalist selections,unfortunately it wasn't chosen amongst the 6 finalist.I think his weakest point is that he didn't do a detailed proposal like the Akande guy whilst Akande never got the amount of comments Taiwo's submission got.
Hopefully he will find some way of implementing his project as I find it interesting and it can help SW farmers to have an input in soybean production.One of the issues farmers complain about is the cost of feed for livestock and the feed producers are dependent on soybean and maize from the North to produce the feed so the project if implemented can only help the region.
Post by colonial pikin on Mar 21, 2016 20:11:03 GMT
heheheheh...no nigerian made it to the top 6 for the YAP competition despite 5 making the 30 pre-finalists....some vex lol.One of my caribbean sister from barbados got funding via FAO Caribbean but I don't like her proposal tho bleh.
Sayina Riman, National President of Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the Federal Government to actively engage with stakeholders in the industry so as to ensure that cocoa is technologically driven.
He said presently cocoa is not technologically driven, thereby calling for more fund for investment in research and development.
He further said if this is done it would enable cocoa to earn Nigeria the highest foreign exchange after oil.
“This is a new regime and we want to see the active engagement with stakeholders. They need to get active engagement with stakeholders. Cocoa is not technologically driven, fund must be released to support research and development.
“All hands must be on deck to be able to produce cocoa to earn Nigeria the highest foreign exchange after oil,” he added.
Riman added that there has been a very low window for research and development, stressing that there is need for continuous research, as research does not end in the board room.
Speaking on incentives for farmers he said in the past there have been certain intervention but it hardly gets to the right farmers.
“In time past, there have always been certain interventions, we hear it in the newspapers and the farmers hardly get it. Government has to engage the farmers themselves discuss with stakeholders, get the farmers point of view to move the sector forward.
“Engage with the stakeholders make sure that the input and subsidy you give reach the true farmers not the Abuja or Lagos or government office holder farmers, with this approach there will be sustainable cocoa growth in Nigeria,” he added.
His view on cocoa policy he said, “We have the best policy in the shelf, there have been cocoa policy but there has been little or no implementation. The policy is there we see it on the pages of newspapers,” he said.
However, he said the outlook for cocoa yield in the recently ended farming season is poor due to drought for most part of the season.
“The cocoa season ended this February and was heavily affected by drought. So the farmers are not expecting much this season because of this singular reason,” adding that the effect of the drought was severe because of low window for research and development, stressing that there is need for continuous research to bring out drought resistant species.
Post by colonial pikin on Mar 22, 2016 6:49:31 GMT
FG To Close Down Unregistered Poultry Farms
As a way of enforcing bio-security measures in the poultry industry, the federal government has resolved to close down all unregistered poultry farms in the country.
This was revealed by the minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, when he received members of the National body of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, recently.
Ogbeh charged poultry farmers to be more disciplined on the issue of hygiene in the operations of their farms and urged them to always report incidences of diseases to avoid further losses, saying that it is only by registering with government and the poultry association (PAN) that effective containment and control of outbreaks of diseases could be successful.
The minister assured the poultry farmers of government’s resolve to revisit the issue of compensation by conducting a verification exercise to ensure the authenticity of claims by farmers affected by the Avian Influenza with a view to finding possible ways of paying.
He promised to take up the issue of multiple taxation and Value Added Tax (VAT) on maize with the presidency as it is affecting the production of poultry products in the country. According to him, government may consider the release of part of the maize in the strategic reserve to support the poultry industry because the demand for maize has become so high, and stated the need for subsidy on agriculture products, saying this would ensure the success of the proposed school feeding programme, especially with regard to eggs, milk, and poultry meat.
Ogbeh explained that the Egyptians and Americans have found vaccines for Avian Influenza but government was still studying the effectiveness of the vaccines, noting that poultry farmers would be informed on government’s decision on the issue.
On the restructuring of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), the minister said that plans were ongoing to ensure that farmers owned the majority shares of the BOA and even sit on the board of the bank, saying that this would enable the farmers draw more benefits. He said that a dedicated website would soon be opened by government to educate Nigerians on the dangers and health implications of consuming smuggled goods.
Also in his remarks, the minister of state for agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, described as unacceptable a situation where other countries export agro-products and Nigeria imports, and gave advise on the need to take the issue of food security seriously, adding that research institutes’ outcomes should be able to change the status of the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the national president of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr Ayoola Oduntan, pledged the readiness of the association to work with government and other relevant government agencies to produce affordable products for Nigerians. Oduntan said that the poultry value chain has contributed, among others, over 25 per cent to the GDP the economy with a current worth of $8 billion, and urged government to give adequate attention and protection to the poultry industry by putting up strong measures to immediately control, contain, and bring to a halt the further decimation of the industry by Avian Influenza.
Lagos has 0.2% of forest coverage, gives out tree seedlings
The Lagos State Government has said that it was distributing tree seedlings to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), individuals and the public as part of the activities that marked International Day of Forests.
The Director of Forestry in Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Kunle Otubu, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
Otubu said that the state had less than 0.2 per cent of forest coverage, and that the aim of giving out free tree seedlings was to regain carbon monoxide lost through urbanisation.
“Sad to say in Lagos, we have less than 0.2 per cent covered with forest. Our aim is now to give out tree seedlings as much as possible to people.
“So that what we have lost to deforestation will now be recovered through afforestation.
“By planting the avenue trees in roads, schools and other open areas we regain what we lost through urban forestry.
“Carbon monoxide is significant to human health but the more we have trees, the carbons produced will be used for oxygen that can used by man.
“Today, we join the United Nations to mark the day and to encourage Lagosians to see the opportunity of replacing trees lost through deforestation,’’ Otubu said.
The director also said that the state was encouraging people to plant more trees so as to improve afforestation in the state.
The UN General Assembly on Dec. 21st 2012 adopted a resolution which declared March 21 every year to be observed as the International Day of Forests.
Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of UN, in a statement on the UN website said that forests were essential to realising our shared vision for people and the planet.
“The world’s forests are essential to realising our shared vision for people and the planet. They are central to our prosperity and the stability of the global climate.
“That is why the Sustainable Development Goals call for transformative action to safeguard them.
The theme for the 2016 International Day of Forests is “Forests and Water’
Post by colonial pikin on Mar 23, 2016 8:56:05 GMT
FG targets 500, 000 direct jobs through agriculture
Federal Government said about 500,000 direct jobs would be created through the initiatives of the Ministry of Water Resources in the area of agriculture in the next 15 years. Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, delivering his keynote address at a symposium organised to commemorate the World Water Day in Abuja, noted that the targeted number is expected to arise from an increase in irrigable land from 70,000 hectares to 500,000 hectares across the country. Revealing other avenues through which the sector is targeting more job creation, he noted that an additional 20,000 jobs are expected to also arise from fish production; 8,000 jobs from dam construction and management of hydropower, in addition to an excess of 10,000 jobs already in existence through dam constructions, irrigation and water supply infrastructures.
According to him, post-construction activities, fisheries, tourism and other downstream activities have also helped in generating jobs in the water sector. Adamu said: “The 12 River Basins Development Authority, RBDA, spread across the country are engaged in massive agriculture and irrigation activities. As a result, a cumulative total facilities developed is about 70,000 ha for the cropping of various agricultural products across the country by the RBDAs. “The benefit derivable from these activities cannot be over emphasised as otherwise idle youths are being engaged in farming activities. It is estimated that so far, that about 45,000 youths are now off the unemployment, idle lines. “The ministry intends to increase irrigable land from 70, 000 ha to 500,000 ha in the next 15 years with all the requisite infrastructure.
It is expected that the effort will yield over 500,000 direct jobs across the nation. “Its utilisation for fish production and farming – both formal and informal – will yield in excess of one million tons of fish per year with attendant job creation to be about 20,000,” he added. The minister further disclosed that given the importance of mainstreaming gender in the water sector in promoting an inclusive and dynamic development in the country, no fewer than 778 women and girls have been empowered through the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria, G-WIN project from seven pilot states. He noted that the project which aims at empowering girls and women in rural and peri-urban areas is currently running in 12 selected states.
Lagos State consumes N135 billion worth of rice and 2.19 million herds of cattle annually, says Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The governor who disclosed this on Wednesday at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria on the occasion of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Lagos and Kebbi State on the development of Commodity Value Chains, said the future of Lagos State was partly tied to deliberate resolution on food security.
He said food production and self-sufficiency required its immediate attention at policy and strategic levels to sustain the state, adding that Lagos State is the largest consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of its population.
“We have the market, with the required purchasing power also. Lagos State has an estimated consumption of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled rice per year which is equivalent to 15.96 million of 50kg bags, with a value of N135 billion per annum.
“We have the economic prowess to produce rice locally. The era of imported rice is gone. The reality is for all of us to embrace the consumption of local foodstuff and commodities. In addition to rice, Lagos is currently consuming 6,000 herds of cattle daily which may increase to 8,000 in the next five years,” he said.
According to Ambode, the bulk of the vegetables produced in the country end up in the Lagos markets as the state is one of the largest producers of poultry and thus had a large demand for maize for livestock feed production.
“The state also houses most of the industrial users of wheat and sorghum; mostly flour mills, bakeries, breweries and food manufacturers. Kebbi State, on the other hand, is blessed with a vast arable land suitable for the cultivation of rice, wheat, groundnut, maize, sorghum and sugar cane.
“It is an agrarian State with over 1.2 million hectares of arable land characterised by very large floodplains, lowland swamps and gentle slopes. In the 2014/2015 wet season, over 600,000 hectares of land was deployed for rice cultivation in the three senatorial areas of the state.
“The people are traditionally rice farmers with average land holding of about 10 hectares. currently, Kebbi has over 50,000 metric tonnes of paddy in store produced from the last two planting seasons,” he said.
The governor said with these considerations in mind, Lagos and Kebbi States had decided to collaborate and exploit areas of comparative advantage to create value for both states, saying that this alliance would ensure food security, job creation, increase in farmers’ income and the overall improvement in the living conditions of the residents of both states through wealth creation and poverty reduction.
He added that the collaboration was in line with the clarion call and policy direction given by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on the need “to feed ourselves.”
Ambode said the joint venture would be implemented using a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), LASKEB Agricultural Production and Marketing Company (LAPMCO), and that the major areas of focus would be the development of Commodity Value Chains with emphasis on rice, wheat, groundnut, onions, maize/sorghum and beef.
“The numerous thousands of our market women and men can become key employers of labour as distributors of ‘Ibile Rice’. We can also brand and package rice in the names of our distributors and market women. As a state, we shall adopt our local rice as a state dish in all ramifications.
“The special purpose vehicle will allow the entrance of private sector investors and other states in expanding the rice mill at Imota, Ikorodu and other locations. We have already designated the 100 hectare land at Imota as the Agric Park in the State. Other locations in and outside the State will be vigorously activated to fulfil our mission in record time.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that two States are collaborating to develop their agricultural potentials. Our MOU with Kebbi State government today, signals the commencement of a new beginning of cooperation, partnership and commonsense revolution – the ‘change’ in the APC mantra-that calls for patriotism in all facets of life. It can only get better for us as Nigerians as we jointly chart the path to greatness through this agricultural revolution,” he stated.
Speaking, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State said that the two states had a long history of trade partnership and were just making it stronger with the MOU, adding that the partnership would provide 60 to 70 per cent of the country’s rice need.
He said his state had four emirates, including Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and Zuru Districts in some particular goods and that they would all contribute to the commodity value chain.
“We believe in the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to transform Nigeria from dependency on oil. We believe that the two states can significantly contribute to and improve food sufficiency and food security for our country. We believe that the of people our states can benefit from this cooperation and we can jointly add value by creating employment,” he said.
In line with the persistent calls for a paradigm shift from over dependence on oil as the major earner of the country, the Lagos State Government and Kebbi State on Wednesday entered into a partnership on the establishment of a commodity value chain that will give a quantum leap to food processing, production and distribution. The partnership is aimed at bringing about national food sufficiency and food security, as well as creating employment and wealth distribution for the benefit of both states and the nation in general.
Speaking at the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two states held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the partnership signaled the commencement of a new beginning of cooperation and common-sense revolution, which is line with the change mantra of All Progressives Congress (APC) that calls for patriotism in all facets of life.
Governor Ambode, who said the partnership would bring an end to the era of imported rice in the country, noted that there was no doubt about the economic prowess of the country to produce rice locally. “This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that two States are collaborating to develop their agricultural potentials. We have the economic prowess to produce rice locally. The era of imported rice is gone. The reality is for all of us to embrace the consumption of local foodstuff and commodities,” he said.
The Governor acknowledged the fact that the future of Lagos is partly tied to deliberate resolution on food security, and that food production and self-sufficiency required immediate attention at policy and strategic levels to sustain the country, hence the need for the partnership. “Lagos State is the largest consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of our State population. We have the market, with the required purchasing power also. Lagos State has an estimated consumption of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled Rice per year which is equivalent to 15.96 million of 50kg bags, with a value of N135 billion per annum,” he said.
In addition to rice, Governor Ambode said Lagos is presently consuming 6,000 herds of cattle daily which may increase to 8,000 in the next 5years, adding that the bulk of vegetables produced in the country eventually end up in the Lagos markets. He added: “Lagos State is one of the largest producers of poultry and thus has a large demand for maize for livestock feed production.
The State also houses most of the industrial users of wheat and sorghum; mostly flour mills, bakeries, breweries and food manufacturers. “Kebbi State, on the other hand, is blessed with a vast arable land suitable for the cultivation of Rice, Wheat, Ground nut, Maize, Sorghum and Sugar cane. “It is an agrarian State with over 1.2 million hectares of arable land characterised by very large floodplains, lowland swamps and gentle slopes. In the 2014 / 2015 wet season, over 600,000 Hectares of land was deployed for Rice cultivation in the three senatorial areas of the State. “The people are traditionally Rice farmers with average land holding of about 10 Hectares. Presently, Kebbi has over 50,000 metric tonnes of paddy in store produced from the last 2 planting seasons. “With these considerations in mind, Lagos State and Kebbi State have decided to collaborate and exploit our areas of comparative advantage to create value for both States. This alliance will ensure Food Security, job creation, increase in farmers’ income and the overall improvement in the living conditions of the residents of both states through wealth creation and poverty reduction. “This collaboration is in line with the clarion call and policy direction given by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on the need to feed ourselves,”
Governor Ambode stated. The joint venture between the two states, Governor Ambode explained, will be implemented using a Special Purpose Vehicle known as LASKEB Agricultural Production and Marketing Company (LAPMCO), adding that the major areas of focus will be the development of commodity value chains with emphasis on Rice, Wheat, Ground Nut, Onions, Maize/Sorghum and Beef. Speaking further on the agreement, Governor Ambode said: “The numerous thousands of our market women and men can become key employers of labour as distributors of ‘Ibile Rice’. We can also brand and package rice in the names of our distributors and market women. As a State, we shall adopt our local rice as a State dish in all ramifications. “The special purpose vehicle will allow the entrance of private sector investors and other states in expanding the rice mill at Imota, Ikorodu and other locations.
We have already designated the 100 hectare land at Imota as the Agric Park in the State. Other locations in and outside the State will be vigorously activated to fulfill our mission in record time.” Also speaking at the event, which was attended by top government functionaries, traditional rulers and members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) from both states, Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu thanked Governor Ambode for providing leadership and innovation that brought about the partnership, adding that same was in line with the effort of President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to restructure Nigeria away from overdependence on oil. Governor Bagudu said in the world of genetically modified food, the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi was an additional motivation to provide certainties for the people in terms of food production and sufficiency, and that the goal is to produce 60 to 70 percent of Nigeria’s Rice needs, and replicate same in other food items.
He said the agreement had the broadest public acceptance in Kebbi State, and that the people, especially farmers in the state, are delighted to partner with Lagos, which he described as the most entrepreneurial part of Nigeria. He said Lagos and Kebbi have had a long history of trade, and that the signing of the MoU was a further way of cementing the relationship with the view to make the people to get richer. “Lagos is the most entrepreneurial part of Nigeria. Lagos, if it were a country on itself, is a country that other states will be going to establish a relationship and so why not state to state. So, what we are doing is that we are pioneering a collaboration that will bring other states on board later and we believe that our potentials is enormous and we must have pacesetters to start that process of joint collaboration for our collective good,” Governor Bagudu said.
Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has charged his colleagues on a need to develop the agricultural sector of the economy as a sustainable means of generating the necessary revenue and providing employment opportunities for the teeming population of youths.
Ahmed, who gave the charge in a paper entitled: “Projects and Opportunities in the States: Kwara State Demand-Driven Agriculture Model”, at a Presidential Retreat of the National Economic Council (NEC), in Abuja, on Tuesday, identified critical factors states must focus on to drive agricultural developments as supporting investments in logistics and irrigation, in order to promote all season farming, allowing and protecting investments by the private sector and embracing data-driven decision-making.
The governor added that states should initiate policies that would increase knowledge and benefits of commercial agriculture by farmers, while the roles and importance of middle men in the demand- driven platforms should be critically assessed to avoid bottlenecks.
He stressed that economic infrastructure such as electricity, telecommunications, as well as social infrastructure, such as hospitals, housing and education, should be developed to halt rural-urban migration by making life more meaningful for people in the villages to sustain agriculture.