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FMARD: Press Review-October 3, 4, 2013

N776bn fertilizer subsidy lost to fraud in 30 years

News story: by Vincent A. Yusuf

The story has it that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said that Nigeria saved about N25 billion in 2012 by selling fertilizer directly to farmers through the Growth Enhancement Support scheme. He said this during the inauguration of Chairmen and Board Members of the 13 Agencies and Parastatals of the ministry in Abuja, the paper reports. According to the report, Dr. Akinwumi was quoted saying that between 1980 and 2010, over N873 billion was spent on fertilizer subsidies, adding that only 11 per cent of farmers got the fertilizer, about N776 billion was siphoned off the system through corruption or an average of N26.3 billion, annually. DAILY TRUST: PG. 29

KOGI, BANK TO SUPPORT FARMERS WITH N2BN CREDIT

News story: by Usman A. Bello (Lokoja)

The story reports that the Kogi state government, in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture, is to secure N2 billion credit facility in support of Agricultural development in the state. According to Governor Idris Wada, the credit scheme would be launched in October and disbursed to farmers in the state. The report also quoted the Managing Director of the bank, Dr. Mohammed Turaki as saying that his bank would provide N1billion of the N2billion, while the state will provide a counterpart contribution of N1billion. DAILY TRUST: PG. 29

DOMINION FARM TO CUT RICE IMPORT BY 15%

News story: by Itodo Daniel Sule (Jalingo)

The paper reports that a Director in the State Ministry of Agriculture, Musa Umar has said that the Dominion Rice Farm Project in Taraba State will reduce rice importation in to the country by about 15per cent when it is fully operational. Umar, in an interview with Daily Trust said 30,000 hectares of land have been acquired by the Taraba-based American rice farmer and owner of Dominion Farms, Calvin Burgess to begin large-scale rice production in Gassol Local Government of the state. DAILY TRUST: PG. 30

OGUN PREPARES 50 HECTARES CASHEW PLANTATION

News story: by Kehinde Akinyemi (Abeokuta)

The story has it that the ministry of Agriculture in Ogun State has started clearing a large expanse of land in Afon, Imeko-Afon Local Government

Area of the state where it tends to establish a  50 hectare cashew plantation. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Ronke Sokefun was quoted

saying this while conducting newsmen round the site, adding that the gesture is another effort by government to make the state self-sustaining in

Agriculture and transform it into another food basket of the nation. DAILY TRUST: PG. 30

 

SHEEP, GOAT VALUE CHAIN: GOMBE TARGETS 5, 150 FARMERS

News story: by Adamu Saleh (Gombe)

The story reports that the Gombe State Government is targeting 5,150 farmers for the sheep and goat value chain under the Growth Enhancement

Support scheme where each farmer is expected to rear at least 10 animals. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dahiru Buba Biri was quoted saying

this during the official flag off and roll out of (GES) for sheep and goat value chain in Gombe, adding that the programme is a milestone in

government’s drive to modernize and commercialize agriculture and ensure that farmers are well  positioned and targeted by the programme. DAILY

TRUST: PG. 30

 

LAGOS URGES STUDENTS TO EMBRACE AGRIC BUSINESS

News story: by Femi Akinola (Lagos)

The Lagos State Government has advised secondary school students that participated in the year’s Agric summer to embrace Agriculture as a

dependable business venture, the paper reports. The story quoted the Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal saying

this while declaring the programme closed at the Agriculture Training Institute, Araga, in Epe division of the state. DAILY TRUST: PG. 30

ANNAN, OTHERS DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR JONATHAN ON AGRIC

News story: by Vincent A. Yusuf

The story has it that the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and a group of industrialists have urged the various ministries,

departments and agencies in Nigeria to support President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Agriculture, on the success of Agricultural

Transformation Agenda (ATA). According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister on media, Dr.Oyeleye Olukayode said,

the high level advisory body was convened to advise the President on how to move Agricultural Transformation forward. DAILY TRUST: PG. 32

FG URGED TO DEVOTE 10% OF BUDGET TO AGRIC

News story: by Mohammed Shosanya (Lagos)

The story has it that, Nigeria needs to increase its spending on Agriculture to 10 percent and boost the capacity of its research institutes in order to allow the sector to add value to the lives of the people. The  Coordinator, Agribusiness and Youths Empowerment of Community of Agricultural Stakeholders of Nigeria (CASON), Mr. Sotoye Anga, said in a paper titled, “New Path to Wealth: Micro and Small Scale Food Processing in Africa” he delivered at the 29th Omolayole Management Lecture series, which held in Lagos. DAILY TRUST: PG. 3

FERTILISER SUBSIDY: HOW NIGERIA SHORT CHANGES FARMERS

News story: by Dayo Aiyetan & Habeeb I. Pindiga

Dayo and Habeeb report that the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, which seeks to bypass fraudulent middlemen in distributing subsidized fertilizer to farmers, has largely eliminated the brazen fraud of the past but created new forms of corruption and is far from being efficient. Daily Trust, Pg. 33

GOVERNMENT EMPOWERS YOUTHS ON AGRIC TRAINING

News story: Abiodun Fagbemi (Ilorin)

Abiodun Fagbemi reports that the Federal Government has begun it quest at empowering graduates of Agriculture and Agricultural related courses

towards creating more job opportunities for the youth and securing the nation’s food network. According to the report, the Bank of Agriculture had

been approached and had Sealed a memorandum of understanding with Agricultural Management and Training Institute, (ARMTI), Ilorin towards

giving a life line on about N50 million to 40 youths drawn across the federation after an intensive four weeks training on Agricultural economic

management. The Executive Director of ARMTI, Samuel Afolayan revealed this while addressing the participants, the development, the idea of the

institute was recently approved by the National Assembly to take Nigerian graduates beyond the level of theoretical. The story appeared in Nigerian

Tribune on page 50, Guardian, Pg. 28

7, 000 CASSAVA FARMERS BENEFIT FROMN1 BN AGRIC LOAN

News story: by Mohammed Aminu (Sokoto)

The paper reports that, at least 7, 000 cassava farmers expected to benefit from N1 billion Agricultural loan to be disbursed by Sokoto State Government in order to improve cassava production. The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Arzika Tureta, made the remark while briefing newsmen on the N1 billion interest-free loan meant for cassava farmers in the state. THISDAY: PG. 24

ANAMBRA PARTNERS SONGHAI SYSTEM AFRICA ON AGRIC PROJECT

News story: by Sylvanus Eze (Awka)

Anambra State Government has initiated partnership with a continental farming Group, Songhai system Africa (SSA), to develop Integrated Agricultural Project at Urum, Awka North Local Government Area of the state, the paper reports. According to the story, Governor Peter Obi disclosed while inspecting facilities on the farm on Tuesday, adding that the farm would be supported in view of the appropriateness of Urum for such a project, affirming that his vision was to turn Urum into a centre of excellence in Agriculture. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE: PG.45

FARMERS WANT YOBE GOVT. TO EXPLOIT GUM ARABIC

In this report, the Gum Arabic Farmers Association is said to have urged the Yobe State Government to exploit the Gum Arabic resource in the state to boost its economy. Spokesman of the association, Alh. Jafaru Ayuba, made the call yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu. He said he state could generate more than #2billion in foreign exchange annually if it properly harnessed and exploited the gum Arabic resource. Ayuba further said that the state has the most suitable climatic condition and land for large scale cultivation of gum Arabic to feed the local industries and for export to earn foreign exchange.  Daily Sun pg: 14

1,000 FARMERS RECEIVE 32, OOO HYBRID PLANTATION, BANANA VARIETIES

This story reports that the Federal Government has stated that building capacities of Nigeria farmers in modern agriculture would be a fundamental programme. Against this background, about 32,000 disease free improved varieties of plantain/banana nurseries/suckers have been distributed to about 1000 farmers including women and youth entrepreneurs in four pilot states in the federation, including Abia, Delta, Oyo and Cross River among others. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, announced this through the Deputy Director, Horticulture Value Chain, and National Project Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO-UN in the ministry, Mr. Michael Kanu, during a six-day Trainer of Trainees Workshop for farmers held in Umuahia, Abia State. Daily Sun, pg: 49

UNDER-FUNDING KILLING AGRIC POTENTIALS- DR PENDA, UAM LECTURER

In this excerpt of an interview, Dr. Simon Penda, a Lecturer in the Agricultural Economics Department of the University of Agriculture Makurdi, says he believes that the effect of agric-economics on Nigeria’s agricultural system needs to be improved. He also gives reason why the nation must improve its irrigation system if it must succeed in the onerous task of ensuring food security. Daily Sun, pg: 54

NIGERIA@53 GIANT STRIDES IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Leadership, pg: 21

Feature

Agriculture which was once the pride of the Nigerian Economy was relegated to the background with the discovery of oil. Failed attempts were made by past governments to bring it into reckoning. The present administration, however, is making steady moves to accord the sector a pride of place and make it a major revenue earner for the nation. As Nigeria clocks 53, Ruth Tene Natsa writes on some of the achievements of the sector.

FEEDING: NIGERIA SELF-SUFFICIENT- ADESINA......Inaugurates 15 Boards

Leadership, pg: 20

In this report, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development is quoted to have said that Nigeria can feed and sustain itself given its fertile land, labour and highly resourceful people. Adesina gave the assurance at the inauguration of 15 boards of Agencies and institutes under his ministry in Abuja, saying that agriculture had been reformed and that it had ceased to be a developmental activity, but a big business for all stakeholders at all levels. The Minister commended the various research institutes, noting “they are all operated under very harsh conditions yet they are doing very well”

FMARD: Press Review-October 4, 2013

NIGER TO PARTNER PRIVATE FIRM TO ESTABLIST N6BN MILK FACTORY

LEADERSHIP: PG. 15

News story: Abu Nmodu (Minna)

The paper writes that the Niger State Government in partnership with a private investor has decided to invest N6 billion into two milk factories in the state. According to the Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries development, Dr. Yisa Yahaya Vatsa, the private firm, Dada Dairy Processing Factory, is to establish two plants in Minna and Agwara towns in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the government and the firm. Vatsa disclosed this yesterday to newsmen after the State Executive Meeting stating that the agreement reached with the investor required the state government will only provide 10 hectares of land each at the two locations for the establishment of the factories.

INVESTING IN MECHANIZED GARI PRODUCTION

LEADERSHIP: PG. 54

News story:  by Agbaji Chinedu

Agbaji Chinedu in this feature writes on investing in mechanized gari production, especially now that Nigerians have been sensitized into planting more cassava and subsequently farmers responded positively, and Nigeria now adjudged as the highest producers in the world. According to him, processing of gari entails peeling where the skin is removed, which can also be carried mechanically; grating: the washed tubers are taken to the Hammer Mill where they are grated; fermentation: the bags are sacked in racks and depressed with hydraulic weight for three to five days to enable the liquor to drain out, while fermentation takes place; granulating: breaking up the dewatered mash into small lumps to facilitate frying or roasting.

 

AGRIBUSINESS WILL DIVERSIFY, SUSTAIN NIGERIA

 

VANGUARD: PG. 23

News story:

The paper reports that the Coordinator, Agribusiness and the Youth Empowerment of Community of Agricultural Stakeholders of Nigeria (CASON), Mr. Sotonye Anga has acknowledged the gains of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government, saying that the government has done well in the area of agriculture and urged them to do more based on the fact that agriculture when given the best attention will both diversify and sustain the economy of Nigeria. He was quoted saying this at the yearly Omolayole Annual Management Lecture Series, stating that the face of Agriculture in Nigeria has changed for better, adding that many farmers that have abandoned farming are now returning to farming because they have now seen the future in Nigeria Agribusiness.

TACKLING FOOD CONTAMINATION

NATION: PG. 13

News story: by Daniel Essiet

Daniel Essiet reports that, aflatoxins are toxic chemical poison produced by a fungus in certain food crops. According to him the fungal toxins suppress the immune system, impede growth and cause liver disease and death, adding that, Women, Children and the poor are vulnerable. The paper reports that many people do not know that maize and other crops affected by aflatoxins can cause death. The fungal chemicals cause liver cancer, suppress the immune system, retard growth and development, chronic river disease and cirrhosis, and death in human and animals. Livestock are also at risk and poultry are particularly susceptible, cattle are not so but if they are fed with contaminated feed, the toxin “aflatoxin MI” passes into the milk.

FED GOVT TO CREATE 3.5M JOBS IN AGRIC SECTOR

NATION: PG. 13

News story:

The story has it that over 3.5 million jobs will be created under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said in Enugu that the jobs will be created when the commodity value chains come on stream. The Minister was quoted saying this at the 4th National Agricultural Exhibition and Symposium organized by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA). Adesina was represented by the South-East Regional Director in the Ministry, Dr. Uche Nwafor who said that government planned to inject over N60 billion into the economy, adding that government would also provide N300 billion additional incomes to Nigeria farmers in the Agricultural sector from the commodity value chains.

EMBRACE AGRO FOOD, INVESTORS TOLD

NATION: PG. 13

News story: Daniel Essiet

The story has it that the Chief Executive Officer and Programme Director of Multimix Academy, Mr. Obiora Madu has urged food firms to avail themselves of opportunities in export markets as commodity prices go up. He was quoted saying this while speaking to newsmen, saying that the emerging marketplace presents tremendous opportunities for producers in the food businesses, stating that organization seeking to deliver products to the global market should understand the emerging trends and needs of diverse cultures in regions with growing populations.

 

 FARMERS, FIRM COLLABORATE

 

NATION: PG. 13

News story:

The paper reports that All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), led by Chief Coker, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Lagos based-firm, Dynapharm International Limited, for the production of organic fertilizer to enhance crops productivity.  During the signing of MoU, Coker enjoined all the farmers to embrace the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) by taking Agriculture as a serious business which requires the acquisition of necessary technical skills and improving fertilizer usage to boost yield per hectare, the paper reports.

 

NIGERIA NOT DOING ENOUGH TO GROW AGRIC INSURANCE-ROYAL EXCHANGE DIRECTOR

 

Daily Trust, pg: 21

In this excerpt of an interview, Auwalu Muktari, the Group Executive Director, Marketing and Sales of Royal Exchange plc says Nigeria is not doing enough to promote agric insurance. According to him, most of the Nigerian farmers are not even aware of the existence of agricultural insurance. “Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC)has not done enough by developing micro insurance products and going to the grassroots to create awareness”.

 

FARMER GROWS AMAZING MULTI-COLOURED CORN

 

Daily Trust, pg: 47

In this report, Glen gem corn is said to have been developed by a Native American who noticed that every so often, a cob showed signs of unusual colouring shining through. The crop originates from Oklahoma, where part-Cherokee farmer Carl Barnes had the idea of gathering colourful rears of corn and breeding them together.

 

TB JOSHUA RESETTLES 500 LIBYAN RETURNEES IN AGRIC

 

Daily Independent, pg: 14

According to this report, over 500 Libyan returnees mostly of Edo Origin who have acquired skills in agricultural training recently got the support of Prophet T.B. Joshua, founder of the synagogue church of Nations in agricultural production. This was revealed when a delegation from the church visited the 17,666 hectares palm oil farmland located in Ugbogui community in Ovia South West Local Government area of Edo state.

 

FCET GUSAU, WORLD BANK TO SET UP AGRIC VILLAGE

 

Daily Independent, pg: 15

This story quotes the Provost of the Federal College of Education Technical (FCET), Gusau, Dr Baraka Abubakar as saying that the college in collaboration with the World Bank has concluded arrangement to set up an agric village aimed at equipping the female students studying agriculture as a course. Speaking on the need to set up the agric village, the provost disclosed that all agricultural inputs including tree seedlings, tractors, and earth dam would be provided to enable the students and the community benefit from the gesture.

 

500 FULANI HERDSMEN TO BE TRAINED ON GUINEA FOWL HATCHERY

 

Daily independent

This report reveals that the Jigawa state government plans to train herdsmen on the modern techniques of how to hatch guinea fowl and animals to raise their income level. Disclosing this in his office, the permanent secretary of the state ministry of economic empowerment, Muhammed jamilu Abubakar, said that under the scheme, already, a total of 100 herdsmen had been trained on guinea fowl hatchery and they have started to reap the benefit of the programme.

 

FG PROMISES TO REVIVE GROUNDNUT PYRAMIDS

 

Daily Independent, pg: III

According to this report, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has indicated the determination of the Federal Government to revive the groundnut pyramids in the northern parts of the country. He said there was the need for the Goodluck Jonathan led administration to revive the groundnut pyramids in order to further boost the economy of the country.

 

NOTORE RESTATES COMMITMENT TO FOOD SECURITY

 

Daily Independent, pg: III

In this report, Notore Chemical Industries limited has blamed the poor soil fertility in Africa for persistent food insecurity in the continent, noting that the continent’s farmers are ranked among the lowest users of fertilizer globally. A statement by the company said it had committed to helping Nigeria and the African Continent become self-reliant in food production and create economic wealth.

  

 

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