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FMARD: Press Review-November 14-15, 2013

Fish that lays 600,000 eggs once a year…

PG. 29

NEWS story by: Vincent A. Yusuf

Yusuf Ishaku, a fish farmer from Kebbi State recently attracted a large crowd with the display of fresh water fish that weigh 90 to 100kg at the final day of the recently concluded National Agricultural Show at kilometer 28, Tudun Wada, Abuja-Keffi express way. The Fish is popularly called “Giwar Ruwa,” Ishaku said the fish can lay more than 600,000 eggs once in a year.  It is the most prolific fish in fresh water. The good thing about the fish is that it doesn’t stay in small water; it stays in dams, reservoir, or bigger river like rivers Niger and Benue. DAILY TRUST

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NGOs, AGRIC MINISTRY SEEK INVESTMENT IN ORANGE –FLESHED POTATO…PG 29

In this report, the Helen Keller International (HKI) and International Potato Centre (CIP) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have called on investors to invest in orange-fleshed sweet potato for health and wealth creation. They made this call during Orange –Fleshed sweet potato Donor Roundtable Meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja. According to this report, Mary Umoh, Promotion Expert, Helen Keller International – a nutrition-focused NGO- said the primary aim of the meeting was to sensitize the major stakeholders in the private sector, government and donor agencies on the importance of the wonder crop called orange-fleshed sweet potato and to advocate the need for them to invest to actually scale up the consumption and utilization of orange-fleshed sweet potato”.  

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VETERINARY ASSOCIATION AT 50, CALLS FOR LIVESTOCK MINISTRY…PG 29

The paper reports that the President, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), Dr. Gani Enahoro, has called on the Federal Government to create a separate ministry or agency that will take care of animal health. He stated this during a press briefing marking the 50th anniversary of the association on Monday in Abuja. According to the report, Dr. Enahoro stressed that government has given so much attention to crop farming while little attention was given to livestock farmers. “My verdict is that Nigeria itself needs to step up in genuinely recognizing so many dormant non-oil reserve resources and potentials in this country such as exist in animals and livestock. We have a lot of potential trapped. But the attention given to oil allows those potentials to remain untapped,” he maintained.

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AL-MAKURA WANTS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR AGRIC SHOW …PG 30

News story by: Ahmed Dio Agbo.

In this report, Governor Tanko Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to declare as a national event, the Agricultural Show held in the State annually. The governor who represented all the state governors in the country made the appeal recently at the 7th National Agricultural show in Tudun Wada, Nasarawa Sate. He said that the agricultural show which is organized yearly by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, (NAFN), also needed to be supported by the Federal government in the area of infrastructure development of the venue.

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FARMER EXHIBITS 1 TONNE CATTLE AT AGRIC SHOW…PG. 30

The paper reports that an exotic breed of cattle weighing about 1 tonne exhibited by a farmer at the 7th National Agricultural Show at Tudun Wada in Nasarawa State became the greatest attraction as people trooped to the stand to have a glimpse of the animal. According to the report, the cattle farmer, Alhaji Gambo Salisu Haruna, from Bauchi State said, “He had to transport just the 1 ton Friesian cattle alone and a balami ram in a big truck to Abuja for the Agricultural Show.” he added that it would have been very expensive to transport the cattle to Abuja if not for his personal truck.

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AKWA IBOM WOMEN FARMERS EMBRACE VALUE ADDITION…PG 30. 

In this report, a group of women farmers from Akwa Ibom State has turned around the fortunes of their members through farming and value addition to various farm produce. Speaking to Daily Trust at the just concluded agricultural show in Nasarawa State, Mrs. Theresa Thompson Akpan, the chairperson of the group, known as women Agro Link International Foundation, WALIF, stated that their members came to the event to showcase their products and also learn from other stakeholders in the agricultural sector. She said they are into production and processing of various crops, fish processing and other agricultural activities, especially cassava and palm products processing.

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KANO PRESENTS IMPROVED AGRO TECHNOLOGIES….. PG. 30

News story by: Vincent A. Yusuf

Kano State contingent to the recent 2013 National Agricultural Show in Nasarawa State said it was at the exhibition with a variety of improved technologies among others to defeat any State that competes with them. According to this report, the Chairman of the State delegation to the show, Dr. Shehu Bawa, made the statement while conducting this report round some of the agro products, technologies and innovations the State brought to the show at the pavilion.

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IITA ‘OPEN DAY’ HOLDS SATURDAY…PG 31

New story by: Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan.

Dele Ogunyemi reporting from Ibadan said the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan will hold its annual Open Day on Saturday, November 16. A press release from the institute explained that the event will enable about 5,000 staff and their families based in Ibadan, to interact. The event will also feature long-service awards, recognition of retirees, tree planting as part of the Reforest IITA project, talent presentations by staff, cultural members, open house exhibitions and displays, video show, fun events for children, lunch and raffle.

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KARU ABATTOIR GENERATES N5M MONTHLY…PG 31.

News story by: Ben Atonko

The paper reports that despite the deplorable condition of karu abattoir, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) gets N5 million monthly revenue from it. FCT Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs. Olvadi Madayi revealed this recently. According to the report, many residents had in the past complained that the abattoir where about 150 cattle and 750 goats and sheep are slaughter daily was an eyesore and poses health risk.

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DANGOTE GROUP TO INVEST N1.5BN IN SUGARCANE…PG 31

News story by: Ahmed Dio Agbo.

Dangote Group is set to invest N1.5billion in sugar cane in the next five years in order to boost its production in Nigeria. This was disclosed recently in a goodwill message by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, who was represented by the Managing Director, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, at the opening ceremony of the 7th National Agricultural Show at the Tudun Wada in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. The representative stated that the group is targeting 1.5 million metric tonnes of sugar annually from the cultivation of 200,000ha of sugarcane in some States across the country.

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RESEARCHER LAMENTS POR INVESTMENT IN AGRIC…..SAYS COCOA IS A MAGIC CROP…PG 31

News story by: Ahmed Dio Agbo and Vincent A. Yusuf

The paper reports that low investment in Nigerian agriculture by stakeholders in the public and private sectors has been lamented by a renowned researcher at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan. Presenting a paper at a recent 2013 National Agricultural Show in Nasarawa State, prof. Malachy Akoroda, who is the Executive Director of the institute, noted that government at various levels and local and foreign investors are not keen in contributing their quota to boost agricultural production and processing in the country because the sector is said to be unattractive.

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POULTRY STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO DIVERSIFY PRODUCTION…PG 32.

News story: Vincent A Yusuf in Abeokuta.

The paper reports that recently, poultry farmers, investors and manufacturers of poultry and animal products all over the country including their foreign partners met in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital for this year’s Nigeria Poultry Show. The two-day event, according to the National Vice Chairman, South West, of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Dr. Olufemi Faniyi, is essentially a business meeting where companies “who are who” in poultry production all over the world come to exhibit their products and services.

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LACK OF LOANS IMPEDES DEV OF MORDERN AGRIC…PG.33

News story by: Eyo Charles, Calabar.

The paper reports that increasing number of farmers in Nigeria wants to adopt modern technologies to boost their farming in order to get higher yields and benefits. But this new and encouraging desire by Nigerian farmers to change from the old-fashioned farming methods are being hampered by both State policies and inability to access funds from financial institution. According to the report, the president hesitation in signing the Biotech bill into law is also not helping matters. Many think that when he eventually signs it, situation of farmers would be better enhanced.

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HOW FARMERS, OTHERS FARED AT THE 2013 NATIONAL AGRIC SHOW…PG 34.

News story by: Ahmed Dio Agbo and Vincent A Yusuf

The paper reports that Agricultural Shows are platform for bringing together stakeholders in that economic sector to interact and showcase their products and services. It is an avenue for farmers, processors, marketers, agricultural input and equipment producers, researchers and policy makers among others to meet expand contacts and share knowledge. According to the report, agricultural shows in Nigeria were not being given serious attention in the past by the government, private sector and even farmers themselves. However, few years ago, a group known as the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN), thought it wise to organize agricultural shows annually in the country so as to bolster interest in farming and related activities. 

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‘IT’S JOB THAT SEARCH ME OUT’

News story by: Onimisi Alo, Jos.

The paper reports that at a time when many graduates look for jobs that rarely exist, a Jos based technical school leaver has jobs looking for him. According to this report, Yahaya Kyari, Proprietor of Jos-based Ya-Tech Nigeria Enterprises is an example of how to study at an institution of learning and become self employed rather than look for jobs that are nowhere in sight. “Yahaya said he produce only on demand,” whose means of livelihood is fabrication of poultry equipment.

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AGRIC INSTITUTE SHOWCASE PRODUCTS... PG36.     

News story by: Vincent A. Yusuf

Agricultural Research Institute at the just concluded national agricultural show at kilometer 28 Tudun Wada, Abuja-Keffi express way showcased their top technological innovations. At the pavilion of the National Oil Palm Research Institute, Benin, Dr. Segun Solomon, Head of Extension Services of the institute, who took this reporter round said the institute has worked extensively in the area of oil palm. According to the report, the institute has also developed the technique that will integrate other crops through rubber-based cropping system, where crops like pineapples, yam, cassava, medicinal plants and others of interest are planted alongside the rubber trees.

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LAB TECHNOLOGY IS RELEVANT TO AGRIC DEVT – EXPERT.

News Story By: Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos.

The importance of science Laboratory technology to Nigeria Agricultural Development has been understood by the Acting Executive Director of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin, Dr. Samuel Afolayan. According to this report, Dr. Afolayan made this known recently while speaking at the 29th annual conference of Nigerian Institute of Science and Laboratory Technology (NISLT) with the topic, “Science (Laboratory) Agricultural Value Chain and Food Security: there exists  a Relationship.” the ARMTI boss who was represented at the event by Dr. O. A. Oladunni, said that certain responsibilities that a laboratory technologist has been assigned with are germene to growth of agriculture in the country.

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THE NATION

FUNAAB WINS $8M GRANT PG. 27

News Story By: Kofoworola Belo- Osagie

The paper reports that Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) was among the seven Universities that won the World Bank’s Africa centre of Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture grant after an evaluation of their research and facilities. The award, according to the report, means that FUNAAB will receive $8million to enhance facilities, train teachers and implement the project. The project would be implemented through the Centre for Agricultural Development and sustainable Environment (CADESE), having scored 75.2 percent in agriculture. (Not published online)

 

 

SAAT SUPPORTS FARMERS PG. 28

The paper reports that for the second time, the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) Research Farm has supported farmers through its Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme Striga Project Field Day. The farmers, who came from Minna and environs, were enlightened on the effort of Striga (Witch weed) which destroys crops like maize, soya beans, rice and sorghum by eating up their nutrients.

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IFC, DIAMOND BANK TO IMPROVE AGRIC SECTOR FUNDING BY $33M PG.55

The report states that IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has said it will provide advisory services to Diamond bank PLC to help the lender increase access to finance in Nigeria’s agricultural sector by up, to $33m over two years. The bank said such support would strengthen a vital but severely underfinanced sector in Nigeria’s economy and boosting small business.

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THISDAY

NEPAD Advocates increased Development in Cassava value chain pg. 23

News Story by: Biyi Adedapo

The paper reports that the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) has advocated increased development of the cassava production in Nigeria, in order to enhance the Cassava Value Chain. The Chairman, NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN), Mr. Chris Ezeh, was said to have made the call at the group’s first Cassava Investment Forum in Abuja. He stressed that cassava production, if well harnessed, could serve as a major contributor to the nation’s economy

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CREATING EMPLOYMENT THROUGH AGRICULTURE VILLAGES PG.32

News Story by: James Sowole

James writes that under the FADAMA III Project implemented in Ondo States, over 5,000 youths are now being engaged in productive agricultural ventures as egg production, honey production, fish farming, snail rearing, crop production, poultry, broiler and farm produce processing ventures,The FADAMA Youth Empowerment Scheme, according to the report, is being executed through the establishment of FADAMA youth Villages. The Acting State Project Coordinator for FADAMA III Project, Mr. Olusiji Olatunji was reported to have said that government came up with the idea of the villages having realized that traditional farmers are getting old and without encouraging the Youths, there would be nobody to take over from the ageing farmers.

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WILL BAN ON RICE IMPORTATION SPUR AGRIC DEVT PG. 33

This Day reports in an opinion survey, the mixed reactions which trail the Federal government ban on importation of rice. While some believe the move will trigger increased local production and citizen’s patronage of local rice varieties, others insist the shortfall in local production and huge demand for the staple will only encourage smuggling and corruption.

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DAILY INDEPENDENT

BAYELSA FARMERS RESOLVE LEADERSHIP CRISIS PG. 17

Farmers in Bayelsa state, on the platform of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) have resolved the leadership crisis that rocked the association for five years. The decision to resolve the crisis and chart a new direction, the report said, was taken at the end of a congress meeting in Yenegoa, Monday.

 

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THE NATION

‘MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS COMING’…PG.17

The paper reports that the Mergers and Acquisitions (M & A) in the agriculture sector are expected in coming years as companies move to broaden their geographic reach and look for opportunities within the sector, if the Federal Government strengthens the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), a consultant to the World Bank, Prof. Abel Ogunwale has said. According to this report, Prof. Ogunwale said the industry would see consolidation of small players within the agric Value Chains searching for new avenues of growth and profitability which would instigate them to merge their operations to remain relevant. Ogunwale, who is also of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Osun State, said government and private sector players would have to expand within the markets to meet the increasing demand for food.

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CBARDP SPENDS N3.2B ON PROJECTS…PG17

The Community – Based Agricultural and Rural Development Project (CBARDP) has spent N3.2billion on agricultural projects in five states, according to the project coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Arabi. He said in Bauchi that the projects were located in Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna and Kwara. CBARDP is the African Development Bank (AfDB) – assisted programme with beneficiary farmers were drawn from 45 local government areas and 135 rural villages in the participating States. The coordinator said the AfBD contributed ₦2.88 billion and the Federal Government ₦155 million while the five participating states provided ₦168 million as counterpart funds.

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‘AQUACULTURE CAN REDUCE POVERTY’…PG.17

Group to hold awards.

Fisheries expert, Prof. Olajide Ayinla has said more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s fish could come from aquaculture, making it crucial method for reducing poverty and combating food insecurity. Aquaculture, involves cultivating fish under controlled conditions as opposed to catching fish in the wild. Referred to as the Blue Revolution, aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world. It has significant job creation potential and as key export-oriented sector that could net the country considerable gains.

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FIRM TARGETS GLOBAL MARKET…PG. 17

The paper reports that the Venus processing and Pack aging Limited (VPPL), a member of Primlaks Group, has unveiled its Sympli brand of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruits and vegetables at the ANUGA food expo in Cologne, Germany. According to this report, the company IQF technology involves quick freezing of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to lock in all their vitamins, nutrients and natural goodness. Group Chief Executive of Primlaks Group, Mr. Ravi Hemnani, explained that the company chose to unveil its various products at the fair because of the desire to showcase Nigerian products in the international market.

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VALUE-CHAIN CAMPAIGN: WHERE SURE-P FAILED…PG.18

A reporter’s 153 days adventure into Farmers’ world.

News story by: Isaiah Abraham

The paper shared a reporter’s experience at FL325, Gaube Farm lay out in the Kuje Local Governemnt council. The reporter also planted maize seeds found out that despite herbicides seed on the farm, maize seed barely succeed in the area due to termites, strigs seeds and thieves. The strigs seeds were stubborn and notorious parasitic weeds that limit the yield of some crops also called “wuta-wuta” (fire -fire) in Hausa language by the locals. The strigs seeds were believed to be very dangerous to maize, yam, guinea corn and groundnut crops and kitt the crops even before they flower.

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NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

FOOD SECURITY: NEPAD ADVOCATES CASSAVA DEVELOPMENT…PG 15

News story by: Collins Nnabuije.

The paper reports that the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) has advocated adequate development of the cassava sub-sector, in order to enhance the food value chain. The Chairman, NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) represented by Dr. Nike Akande, the Vice Chairman, was reported to have made the advocacy at the group’s first cassava investment forum in Abuja. He also stressed the need to boost cassava production in the country for it to become a major contractor to the economy.

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DAILY SUN

SUNCHI HATCHERY BOOST SOUTH EAST POULTRY FARMERS…PG 58.

News story by: Chinedu Asadu.

The report states that Sunchi integrated Farms yesterday unveiled its hatchery capable of producing 240,000 day-old chicks, refined soya ban oil and poultry feed per month. The Executive Chairman of Sunchi Integrated Farms Ltd, Mr. Sunday Ezeobiara, was said to have disclosed this at the maiden stakeholders’ consultative forum of the group. He said it was exciting as Enugu State and by extension; the South East region has joined the league of States with Ultra-modern hatchery for the production of day old chicks.

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THISDAY

UN NESG HARP ON AGRICULTURE DEVT. …PG 46

News story by: Nume Horsfall

The paper reports that the United Nation (UN) and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) have stated the need for government as well as the private sector to take deceives measures towards developing the agricultural sector. The global compact, an aim of the UN and the NESG was reported to have made this call at a forum yesterday as a follow up on the recently concluded Nigerian Economic Summit (NES). The Forum, according to the report, had in attendance, representative from different firms from the agric sector.

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AHMED VOTED BEST GOVERNOR IN AGRIC…PG 52.

Kwara State Government, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, was reported to have won the Best Governor in Agriculture at the First Business Day States competitioners and Good Governance Award in Lagos. The paper reported that the Governor won the award for initiating agricultural policies and programmes award in the last 12 months.

(The same story also appeared in Daily sun pg. 14, Nigerian Tribune pg. 45, Guardian pg 5 and Nation pg 53) See web link for more details. 

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HALLMARK

10 COUNTRIES TO FEATURE IN AKWA IBOM FOOD FESTIVAL – OFFICIAL…PG.43.

The paper reports that no fewer than 10 Countries have indicated interest to participate in 2013 Akwa Ibom Food Festival scheduled for November 25 in Uyo, according to the Director of the Festival, Mrs. Boma Edyang. Edyang, who is the Heda, Administration department, State Tourism Board, named the countries as Brazil, Cameroun, U.S, Niger, Uganda, Trinidad and Tabago, Venezuela, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbawe. She said in Lagos yesterday that the five-day food festival tagged, “Health, Taste and Tourism Show,” was designed to showcase the country’s recipes to the world.  

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BUSINESSDAY

THE MYTH OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE…PG 13.

News story by: Henry I. Miller

Organic products from food to skin-care nostrum to cigarette – are very much in Vogue, with the global market for organic food alone now reportedly exceeding $60 billion annually. This view of organic devotees seem to be shared by the European Commission, whose official view of organic farming and foods is, good for nature, good for you. But there is no persuasive evidence either.

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DAILY INDEPENDENT

CRIN TO PARTNER 26 COCOA PRODUCING STATES…PG. iii

The paper reports that the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) Ibadan, Oyo State capital has announced plans to partner the 26 cocoa producing states to boost the nation’s economy through massive cocoa production for export. According to this report, the Chairman of Governing Board of CRIN, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, who disclosed this after an inspection and assessment of situation in the institute, said all the 26 Governors in the Cocoa producing States would contribute fund for the transformation of agriculture programmes.

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LEADERSHIP

NAERLS DECRIES LACK OF ACCESS TO EXTENSION SERVICES BY RURAL FARMERS…PG 12

News story by: Henry I. Miller

The states that the Executive Director of National Agricultural Extension and Rural Liaison Services (NAERLS) Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Ismaila Yunusa Ilu has decried the lack of access to extension service by rural farmers in Nigeria. The Director was said to have made this observation over the week while speaking at a north central workshop for State directors of Federal Ministry of Agriculture on extension service at Brighter Suite, Minna.

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DAILY CHAMPION

PLATEAU FARMERS RAISE N57M FOR FADAMS MICROFINANCE BANK.

In the effort to increase the number of microfinance banks in the northern part of the country, Fadama III farmers in Plateau State recently raised N57million to establish Fadama Microfinance Bank. The State coordinator of Fadama III, Gideo Dandam who spoke in Jos said that the farmers were able to raise to money for the banks by contributing five percent of their interest. The measure, according to the coordinator was aimed at sustaining Fadama III project after it was rounded off in the State.

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PUNCH

SOKOTO, ARGENTINE FIRM TO ESTABLISH N2.5BN DAIRY FARM…PG 35

The report has it that the commissioner for information in Sokot State, Malam Danladi Balo has announced the plan by the State government to build a N2.5bn dairy and meat production farm in conjunction with Argentine firm. He was said to have announced this after the State Executive Council meeting in Sokoto and added that the project to be located in Rabah, Rabah Local Government Area would be completed in four months.

(Same story also appeared in Business Day.)

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FARMERS WANT GOVT TO PROMOTE FISH CONSUMPTION…PG. 35

The paper reports that fish farmers in Lagos State have called on the Federal, State and Local governments to promote fish consumption in order to enhance healthy living and economic growth. The farmers were said to have made the call in Lagos at their third Annual Fish Party, an advocacy and enlightenment forum on the investment opportunities in fish farming as well as its health benefits.

 

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