Agriculture

Buhari expresses displeasure over low cocoa production

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented low ranking of the nation’s cocoa production among cocoa producing countries in the world. Buhari expressed his displeasure at the opening ceremony of the first International Cocoa Summit 2017 in Abuja on Monday. The President, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said […]

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Dangote Group to invest $450 million in agric in Niger State

The President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Monday disclosed that the company would invest $450m in agriculture development in Niger State over the next three years Dangote, who made this known during the 2017 Niger State Investment Summit in Minna, said the funds would be used in establishing a large scale rice processing mill […]

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Nigeria, Morocco to develop sustainable crop insurance

Nigeria and Morocco have set up a steering committee to develop a sustainable crop insurance scheme for the country. According to a statement, the committee comprises representatives of the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, Bank of Agriculture, the Moroccan Agricultural Insurance Company, MAMDA and MAMDA RE. During the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, the Managing […]

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Dangote, GrowAfrica, Nigeria Agribusiness Group to boost private sector in agriculture

Dangote Group and two leading African agricultural organisations — GrowAfrica and Nigeria Agribusiness Group — have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a bid to boost private sector’s investment in agriculture. The MoU was signed during the GlowAfrica and NABG Private Sector Consultative Meeting held in Lekki, Lagos. Mr Sani Dangote, the Vice-President of […]

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BoA targets 15m farmers for Anchor Borrowers’ scheme

The Bank of Agriculture (BoA) says it is targeting about 15 million smallholder rice farmers in the next two years, the bank’s Managing Director, Kabir Adamu, has said. Speaking while playing host to the Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, during a working visit to BoA headquarters in Abuja, Adamu disclosed […]

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Ethiopian Airlines to begin Ethiopia-Kaduna flight services, Aug.1

Ethiopian Airlines is to commence scheduled flight services thrice a week to Kaduna in North Western Nigeria from August 1. The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, in Lagos on Thursday. GebreMariam said the airline would operate the flights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. […]

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Agricultural Export: Audu Ogbeh declare oil, gas era gone

The Federal Government has explained that with its agricultural export programme, the era of oil and gas is gone. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who stated this in an interview with journalists on Thursday night in Abuja, said Nigeria needed dollars from agricultural exports to repay its loans. He stated […]

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Rice farmers wants agricultural infrastructure readily available

The Chairman of Abakaliki Rice, Ebonyi State, Joseph Nnunu, has charged the Federal government to make agricultural infrastructure readily available and accessible to farmers. Nnunu said this would enhance the Federal Government’s quest to boost food supply and provide more competitive source of incomes for Nigerians. According to him, some of the major challenges stakeholders […]

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PYXERA, YieldWise to equip 20,000 tomato farmers against post-harvest losses

PYXERA, the implementing partner of YieldWise in Nigeria, is working with 20,000 farmers in Kano State to equip tomato farmers with skills in post-harvest loss (PHL) management in the tomato value chain. Despite offering simple PHL technologies, farmers have also been linked to the Dangote Processing Factory where they can sell their harvest for processing […]

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Agricultural finance fund closes at $65.9m

In Abuja yesterday, Federal Government disclosed that the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria, which was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, was successfully closed at $65.9m. It said the fund would provide financial, capacity building and technical assistance to selected Small and Medium Enterprises in the agribusiness sector, adding that […]

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Agripreneurs: AfDB, IITA, others educate young entrepreneurs on agribusiness

African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Africa Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN), and Africa 2.0, recently hosted youth from all over Africa for the first-ever African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum in Ibadan. Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African Civil Society Organisation made […]

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Nigeria set to export certified yams to UK and US

Nigeria is set to export its first consignment of certified yams to the United Kingdom and United States this month, the Minister Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said. This will mark a milestone in efforts to bring Nigeria back into reckoning in the agricultural export market. The minister said export of the […]

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