Wanted! Quality control mgt system for Nigeria

Following the European Union (EU)’s continued ban on some Nigeria’s agricultural produce from entering Europe, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has been articulating strategies for ensuring a single quality control management system for Nigeria. TAIWO HASSAN writes You cannot talk about food and health without talking about agriculture. The quality of food begins on the farm. It has to do with the quality of seeds, the quality of soil, the quality of fertilizer and the quality of chemicals. All of these add up to the output…

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‘Nigeria’s local fish production up by 300,000 to 1.1m’

The Federal Government has confirmed the increase in fish production from 800 metric tonnes to 1.1 million metric tonnes. Speaking at the inaugural harvest of Tilapia fish, by Premium Aquaculture Limited at their Oyan dam facility in Abeokuta, Ogun State recently, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said increase in fish production in the country was the direct result of the government’s policy of backward integration, which encourages local fish production and reduction in fish importation. “We can confirm that fish production in Nigeria…

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‘Nigeria to save $206m on new rice technology’

Nigeria is expected to save $206 million as foreign exchange in rice if farmers adopt the new rice technology inputs and right fertilizers already tested by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) on their farms. Coordinator, Feed the Future Nigeria, Agro Inputs Project IFDC, Dr. Kofi Debrah, revealed this in Abuja at an agric forum christened “First Policy Dialogue on Bringing Balanced Fertilisers to the Nigerian Market: Policy and Investment Implication of Soil and Crop Specific Fertiliser blend-based technologies.”…

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600,000 farmers benefit from e-agric scheme

A new report on an e-agriculture scheme of the Federal Government christened: ‘Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES)’ has showed that no fewer than 600,000 Nigerians benefited from the first season of the scheme in 2016. The report entitled: “Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) Dry Season, 2016,” highlighted key progress on food security and financial inclusion for farmers across 30 states in Nigeria, through leveraging Information and technology (IT). The programme, which set out to service 500,000 farmer- households in four value chains, accomplished 92 per cent of the targeted subsidized…

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NBTE approves new course in agriculture

In order to raise future farmers in the country and reduce unemployment through agriculture, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has approved value chain courses for Diploma and Higher Diploma in Colleges of Agriculture in the country. The Provost of Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA), Dr Samson Adeola Odedina, disclosed this during the bi-monthly business forum in partnership with HarvestPlus Nigeria, at the institution’s campus. He said the newly introduced value chain curriculum would bail the nation out of economic recession. Indeed, the inclusion of value chain activities…

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MasterCard to provide 15,000 jobs in Nigeria, Tanzania

A five-year, $13 million collaboration between Michigan State University and The MasterCard Foundation will help 15,000 young people access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fast-growing horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava and oilseed sectors in Nigeria and Tanzania. The partnership, the Agri- Food Youth Opportunity Lab, will focus on youth ages 18 to 24 in major food shed regions surrounding Lagos and Dar es Salaam. The AgriFood Youth Lab will assist economically disadvantaged, hard-to-reach and out-ofschool youth transition into employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the agrifood system. “Working with The Master-…

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Q12017: For agriculture, it’s pass mark

The Federal Government and stakeholders rallied round to ensure food sufficiency although towards the end of the first quarter, there was an outbreak of catepillar disease. TAIWO HASSAN writes Local rice One interesting issue that kick-started the first quarter was the debut of madein- Nigeria rice, which was greeted with accolades from industry stakeholders. But not sooner had the local rice made a debut than the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said that Nigeria would experience famine this year, following…

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