Aftermath of clash: Kwara council to register herdsmen

Following a recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State, the council has decided to undertake a registration of herdsmen in the area. Chairman, Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) of the council, Alhaji Musa Gobir, who gave his hint in a chat with newsmen, said any herdsman wishing to operate in the council must henceforth be registered before he would be allowed to settle in any community in the area. Although Gobir said the new move should not be seen as an affront on the…

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Ekiti increases maternity leave by 4 weeks

  The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) on Monday announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state. He said it…

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Nigeria is not ripe for Diaspora, electronic voting -Rep Garba

Hon. Abubakar Kannaike Garba represents Ilorin East/Ilorin South Federal Constituency of Kwara State and is the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on a wide range of issues including the delay in the passage of budget, the problem associated with credit facilities for farmers and SME’s and the use of card reader and electronic voting system in the country   The issue of late passage of the budget has remained an albatross in the country and the 2017…

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FG, Agro dealers bicker over N66bn debt

We ‘ve paid N20bn – Govt We’ve not received a kobo-Dealers There is confusion over the alleged N66 billion debt the Federal Government is reportedly owing the agro dealers and suppliers that participated in the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES). The Ministry of Agriculture has said that it has paid over N20 billion of the debt to the agro dealers and suppliers that participated in the scheme. Speaking with Sunday Telegraph in a telephone interview, the Director of Agribusiness, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Engineer Ohiari Badmus Jatto, said that…

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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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