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Ministers launch agenda focusing on innovation, environmental sustainability, farmers’ profitability

AGRA

Ministers of Agriculture of Africa and the Americas committed to working together to develop a cooperation agenda, and agreed that the two continents face common challenges and opportunities with respect to transforming their agrifood systems to make them more sustainable and inclusive. The high-ranking officials who participated in the virtual event The agreement was reached during the First High-Level Roundtable ...

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Lagos to establish 500-hectare coconut plantation estate

Coconut plantation

Lagos State Government is planning to establish a 500-hectare coconut plantation estate to boost production. Coconut plantation The General Manager, Lagos State Coconut Development Authority, Mr Dapo Olakulehin, said in Lagos on Thursday, January 20, 2022 that the estate would be dedicated to planting, processing and packaging of coconut. Olakulehin said that the agency was working to secure 500 hectares of ...

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Buhari unveils rice pyramids in Abuja, commends CBN for support to farmers

Rice pyramids

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, commended the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, for boosting food production and supporting the Federal Government ‘s food security initiatives through the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP). President Muhammadu Buhari with CBN governor, state governors, and RIFAN president at the launch of the 2022 FCT Mega Rice ...

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Kenya launches electronic platform to boost food security

Peter Munya

Kenya on Thursday, January 13, 2022 launched an electronic platform that will boost food security in the country. Peter Munya, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) would enable farmers and agricultural commodity traders to ...

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Namibia battles third locust outbreak

Desert locust swarm

Namibia is currently fighting the third locust outbreak in the Karasburg District, Karas Region in the southern parts of the country. Desert locust swarm Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry spokesperson, Jonah Musheko, said in a statement on Thursday, January 6, 2022. The first outbreak was reported on Sept. 21,  by a commercial farmer and a team was immediately ...

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Food security: Group wants 10 per cent allocation to agric sector

ActionAid Agriculture

The Association of Small-Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) has advocated the full implementation of 10 per cent national budget allocation to the agricultural sector to ensure food security. Agriculture Mr Joshua Jonathan, ASSAPIN National President, made the appeal at a two-day interactive forum for budget monitoring groups and stakeholders on the 2022 state and local government budgets in Lafia, ...

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Why we targeted food security, income opportunities for farmers in 2021, by IITA

Nteranya Sanginga

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in 2021, focused on achieving Nigeria’s food security as well as creating income opportunities for farmers. Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the IITA The institute, knowing the importance of food security to the growth of any country’s economy, achieved its aims through its cassava/maize value chain project. The project, with special interest ...

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Food security: Farmers asked to plan operations on NiMet’s weather predictions

Prof Mansur Matazu

 The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Thursday, December 30, 2021 advised stakeholders in the agriculture value chain in Ogun State to take advantage of its weather prediction information to plan their farming activities and crop planting calendar. Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu Numerical Weather Prediction Expert from NiMet, Mr Charles Olubiyi, gave the advice ...

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Association denies report of EU’s plan to ban export of cocoa

Cocoa

The National President of Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Mr Mufutau Abolarinwa, has described as falsehood the news making rounds that EU plans to ban export of cocoa from Nigeria. Harvesting cocoa Abolarinwa said that there was no iota of truth in the news making rounds in some media of the planned ban by the European Union. He made this clarification ...

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Govt approves National Biosecurity Policy for Nigeria

Sharon Ikeazor

In what looks like a demonstration of its commitment to the protection of the environment, human health and socio-economic development of Nigeria, the Federal Government has approved a new National Biosecurity Policy for the country. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor Announcing the development, Minister of State for the Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, stated that the approval was given on ...

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