P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Agriculture http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:15:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 1,232 cows, livestock recovered from bandits in Kaduna http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/16/1232-cows-livestock-recovered-from-bandit-in-kaduna/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/08/16/1232-cows-livestock-recovered-from-bandit-in-kaduna/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:09:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=250159
A cattle rustler

A cattle rustler

Security operatives in Kaduna have recovered another batch of 1,232 cows and other livestock stolen by cow rustlers in parts of the state.

Briefing pressmen today about the success achieved by the Governor El-Rufai led administration, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan who disclosed said the stolen domestic animals were recently recovered during the combined operations carried out by the military, police, the State Security Service and other agencies while conducting a raid at the Kamuku and Kuyanbana forest ranges that straddle the borders of Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states.

Aruwan explained that the security operatives combed the Kamuku and Kuyanbana forests on Thursday, 13 August 2015, and recovered livestock to the Birnin-Gwari distribution centre. These included 1,232 cows, 295 sheep and 14 donkeys.

According to him, most of the recovered animals have been released to their owners after satisfying the necessary conditions.

He disclosed that a total of 1,207 cows, 273 sheep and 14 donkeys were released to the following persons: Abubakar Abdulkarim, 157 cows and 12 sheep; Iliyasu B. Abdulkarim, 40 cows, 10 sheep and one donkey; Gambo Na’Alhaji Alhassan, 118 cows and two donkeys; Beti Abdulkarim, 45 cows, 13 sheep and four donkeys; Hassan Abdulkarim, 239 cows, 50 sheep and four donkeys.

Others are who got their animals released to them are Sada Abdulkarim, 37 cows and 6 sheep; Baba A. Hare, 209 cows, 48 sheep and three donkeys; Muhammad Sani, 58 cows and 28 sheep; Abdullahi Ahmed, 105 cows, and 33 sheep.

The spokesman who gave assurance that the security operations against the criminal elements in the areas raided will continue, he said the governor,Malam Nasir El-Rufai has commended the officers and men involved for their efforts in helping to make the state safer.

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Osun CFAN Begins Chemical Distribution To Cocoa Farmers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/osun-cfan-begins-chemical-distribution-to-cocoa-farmers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/28/osun-cfan-begins-chemical-distribution-to-cocoa-farmers/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:08:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=247579 The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria, CFAN, Osun chapter said it had started the distribution of chemicals to cocoa farmers in the state in its drive to boost cocoa production.

The association, in a statement issued by its Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees and Zonal ‎Secretary Oyo/Osun zones, Dr Bola Otunla and Mr John Alalade, said that the chemical distribution was to ensure that the state caught up with other cocoa growing states in the country.

“The state chapter of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria started the distribution of fungicide and insecticide to cocoa farmers in Osun.

Cocoa-tree-1“The initial consignment has come and is being distributed and it will continue until the end of the rainy season in 2015.

“This is to ensure that we match up with other cocoa growing states in the South-West, especially our competitors in Ondo state.”

According to the statement, the distribution of the chemical to cocoa farmers is borne out of the association’s support for Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, who has been rendering yearly support to cocoa farmers in the state.

It urged farmers to put in their best in the area of cocoa production in the state.

The statement said that all hands must be on deck for the state to realise its full potential in agriculture, especially in the area of cocoa production in the country.

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Dangote to spend $250m on rice, sugarcane production in Jigawa http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/27/dangote-to-spend-250m-on-rice-sugarcane-production-in-jigawa/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/27/dangote-to-spend-250m-on-rice-sugarcane-production-in-jigawa/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:22:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244192 Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, is to spend 250 million dollars on the production of rice and sugarcane around the Hadejia River Basin of Jigawa.

Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa said this when he received the Country Director of African Development Bank (AfDB) for Nigeria, Alhaji Usman Dore and his team who came to seek for partnership with the state in agricultural development in Dutse on Friday.

Badaru said the initiative by the Dangote Group was in line with his priority on Transformation of Agriculture.

He said “the cardinal principles of my administration is agricultural transformation for human development that will make them to be self sustained.”

He thanked the AfDB team for the visit and pledged to collaborate with the bank in the development of agriculture in the state.

Earlier, the Country Director of the bank for Nigeria said the team was in Jigawa to know the priorities of the governor and to seek for partnership with him in his areas of interests.

Dore said that the bank would spend N2 billion in farming activities in Hadejia River basin, while N43 million would be needed from Jigawa government for the project.

He explained that the money would be used to construct canals, road networks, building of markets, primary schools, training of agricultural extension workers, community health personals, provision of improved seeds, among others.

The country director said AfDB was in partnership with the Hadejia/Komadugu agricultural development initiative which comprises six states of Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi and Plateau.

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BATNF Boosts Farming In Kaduna http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/batnf-boosts-farming-in-kaduna/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/batnf-boosts-farming-in-kaduna/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:40:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244091 By Daniels Ekugo

In yet another strategic move to consolidate and sustain its agricultural interventions, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) recently launched its Maize Enterprise Development Project which is aimed at reducing poverty and creating wealth among smallholder farmers in Bizara Community, Zaria, Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The 2015 Maize Enterprise Development Project, which is managed by the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), is the second phase of the Foundation’s three-year intervention cycle in the community. The project, originally launched in August 2014, is hoped to be completed before the end of 2016.

In his opening remarks at the recent event where the grains were handed out to the farmers, Alhaji Kabir Ibrahim, Zonal Manager, Maigana Zone, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Programme, expressed his gratitude to the management of the Foundation for coming to the aid of smallholder farmers, stating that several farmers from different communities have benefitted tremendously from the Foundation’s intervention, including Zango-Aya community area of Kaduna State.

Umar Barau, who represented BATN’s Cooperative Farmers Society in Zango-Aya community, said it was difficult for most farmers to make ends meet prior to the advent of the Foundation’s intervention which provided trainings as well as inputs for farmers to boost maize production.

His words: “Before now, many of us in the Zango-Aya community were local farmers operating at subsistence level, but now due to the intervention of BATNF, our farming business has transformed to a commercial level. I want to urge all the beneficiaries to take full advantage of this opportunity to further upgrade their farming operations.”

In his remarks, Mallam Isa, Chairman of the Bizara Farmers’ Cooperative, said he was grateful for the Foundation’s intervention in the community, stating that the beneficiaries in the community were now happier, healthier and better farmers due to the Foundation’s support.

Abimbola Okoya, General Manager, BATNF, while speaking at the flag-off ceremony restated the Foundation’s commitment to supporting smallholder farmers in rural communities by upgrading their farming from subsistence to commercial level.

She said: “First, I want to thank the Kaduna State ADP for their on-ground support to farmers, especially through the training programmes and procurement of inputs made available to farmers in Bizara. To this end, I urge the State ADP to continue to support us in facilitating market access to the farmers in order to enable them dispose their farm produce for higher financial gain.”

While stating that it is imperative for all stakeholders to work together in sustaining the intervention, Okoya enjoined all the beneficiaries to pay back the financial worth of the inputs given to them into their cooperative account to enable them purchase more inputs at the completion of intervention.
She added that  “we will continue to keep in touch with you through periodic visits to assess the impact of the intervention, as your success and progress in sustaining the project is very paramount to us.”

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Kano govt approves N2bn to procure fertiliser http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/kano-govt-approves-n2bn-to-procure-fertiliser/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/26/kano-govt-approves-n2bn-to-procure-fertiliser/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:38:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=244058 Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

The Kano State Government said it has approved N2billion for the procurement of 50,000 metric tons of fertiliser for 2015 farming season.

The state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Muhammad Garba, announced this at a news briefing on the outcome of the State Executive Council on Thursday in kano.

The commissioner said the commodity would be sold to farmers at subsidised rate.

According to him, this will go a long way in boosting food production and facilitate food security in the state.

He said the council also approved N80 million for the furnishing of the newly constructed and renovated office complex for the principal officers of the Kano State House of Assembly.

He expressed government’s determination to develop infrastructure in the state as part of the initiatives to improve the welfare of the people.

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Farmers urge FG to continue e-wallet system http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/24/farmers-urge-fg-to-continue-e-wallet-system/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/24/farmers-urge-fg-to-continue-e-wallet-system/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:14:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243831 E-Wallet

The President Etche Farmers Cooperative Union, Godwin Akandu, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to continue with the e-wallet system for fertiliser distribution to enhance food security in the country.

Akandu, who made the call an interview with NAN in Port Harcourt, said the system enabled farmers to get direct access to agro-products at subsidised rate.

NAN reports that e-wallet was introduced by the immediate past Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

“Federal government had always made efforts to boost agricultural outputs in the country but these efforts had not been directly channeled to beneficiaries of farmers until the introduction of the e-wallet system.

“E-wallet, which was introduced by Dr Adesina, allowed every farmer registered as a cooperative union to benefit in the fertilizer distribution scheme.

“The scheme allows beneficiaries to pay only 50 per cent on agro-products, while the State and Federal Government pay the balance,” he said.

Akandu said that the e-wallet fertiliser distribution process had improved agricultural output as fertilisers were no longer diverted or sold at high rates to the local farmers.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to sustain the e-wallet fertilizer distribution process to enable agriculture thrive in the country.

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Farmers to Buhari: Relax credit access rules to boost food production http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/22/farmers-to-buhari-relax-credit-access-rules-to-boost-food-production/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/22/farmers-to-buhari-relax-credit-access-rules-to-boost-food-production/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:41:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243548 President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Stakeholders in agriculture sector have appealed to the Federal Government to relax what they called stringent rules in accessing credit facilities by farmers.

They made the appeal in separate interviews with NAN across the country on way forward for farmers to boost food production and ensure food security.

Mr Jerry Ossai, former Delta Chapter Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), urged government at all levels to relax all stringent rules to enable farmers access credit facilities to boost food production.

Ossai said that although funds were available to provide lending facilities to farmers in Nigeria, but the conditions were too stringent for rural farmers to benefit.

He said that access to farm inputs like high yielding seedlings, fertilisers, herbicides among others has made investment in agriculture especially farming very difficult.

“Loans are there to be obtained but the conditions are too stringent for rural farmers to access.

“Liberal terms to cooperative groups may help to address the challenge of funds and access to input may be tied to repayment with harvest,” he said.

Some other stakeholders, who spoke with NAN, also urged commercial banks to promote the Federal Government’s credit policy to enable farmers to access loan.

According to them, such policies would promote farming in Nigeria and attract youths to embrace farming.

They said that lack of access to credit facilities, especially to the rural farmers, was a major impediment to agricultural development in the country.

Dr Francis Umokoro, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Bayelsa, said that the issue of credit loan was one of the major challenges to farmers.

“Some commercial banks, who are responsible to granting loan to farmers should promote the policy; bank should be considerate in their request for collateral,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Ezeikel Ogbianko, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Bayelsa, said rural farmers were lagging behind due lack of access to loan.

“Credible platform should be created for easy access to credit facilities to encourage farmers because collateral is not helping matters.

“The rural farmers are the main engine of agriculture in the country but these groups of farmers can hardly gain access to credit.

“Yes, we do have inputs from Federal and State Government; the fertilizer comes in a subsidised price.

“We Farmers, want the disbursement of farm inputs to always go through the traditional rulers, who reside in the rural areas and know who the real farmers are,” Ogbianko said.

Dr Awotein George, the Chairman of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), Rivers Chapter, urged Federal Government to subsidise fish feeds for the society as it subsidised fertiliser for crop farmers.

George, also a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, told NAN that feeds provide about 70 per cent of the cost of fish production.

The lecturer said the individual farmers could not access personal loans to invest in agricultural programmes due to their inability to provide the required collateral facility.

He said that the formation of cooperative societies was one of the solutions to challenges facing farmers in the country.

According to him, financial institutions were not willing to grant loans to cooperative societies and other corporate organisations.

He alleged that sometimes grants meant for farmers by international agricultural organisations were hijacked and diverted by some State governments.

George said the tractor hiring in the Rivers had collapsed, adding that it is yet to be revived due to the neglect of the sector.

Ossai, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Delta, said annual budgets for the agriculture sector were declining over the years “because successive governments have not been able to put their priorities right.”

He urged government at all levels to strengthen their support for agricultural transformation to diversify the economy.

He blamed part of the delay in planting to none receipt of the inputs from the Agriculture Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme.

Ossai said that farmers were not happy with the delayed rainfall this year as most farmers started their planting activities at about mid-May.

Also speaking with NAN, a farmer, Mr Dengiyefa Mieseighe, said the delay in rainfall was not a hindrance to planting in Bayelsa because of the swampy nature of the area.

“It is true that we have been experiencing delay rains but we cannot stop planting; our state is already swampy in nature and it very suitable to all crops.

“We do not need much rain because when there is too much rain it might affect our farmland,” Mieseighe said.

Farmers in Cross River also decried what they called the lack of farm inputs from the State Government for the 2015 farming season.

According to them, lack of input from government for the current farming season has not only affected farmers in the state but will affect crops production in 2015.

Mr Owali Ilem, a member of Commercial Agriculture Development Association in the Cross River, told NAN that the situation had already taken a toll on farm crops production.

He said that political activities at the state and the Federal levels had affected the supply of fertiliser and other farm inputs.

“I am very uncomfortable about the whole situation. Politics took over everything and up till now nothing is happening midway into the year. It is as bad as that,” he said.

Ilem, who specialises in Palm Oil production, said that he was yet to get seedlings from the government as at June ending.

He said even the distribution of fertiliser was yet to begin in the state.

“Everything is at standstill. Even the launching of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme is yet to take place in the state and to the best of my knowledge, nothing is happening,” he said.

Mr Sam Inyang, former Chairman of AFAN in Cross River, told NAN that the non-distribution of fertiliser and other farm inputs would definitely affect output this year.

Inyang, who said that the situation had made farmers helpless for the current farming season, expressed concerns that the spiral effect could be very harsh on the food production and the economy.

“We may not expect a bumper harvest in the state this year, in view of what farmers are currently experiencing,” he said.

A top official of the State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Gabriel Agba, blamed the situation on the political situation or transition in the country.

“You know we have new administrations at both the state and federal levels.

“Right now the new administrations have not come out with any official policy on Agriculture.

“So everything appears to be at a standstill. Most of the agricultural programmes in the state are collaborative between the federal and state governments.

“Incidentally, we have a different party at the centre and another party at the state, so it is difficult for anybody to speak on any programme unless there is a policy directive from the federal,” he said.

Also, George, a farmer and a don, suggested that the Federal and State Governments should appropriate 40 per cent of their annual budgets to agriculture sector.

George said that increased budgetary allocation to the sector would guarantee food security in the country.

George said that the sub sector had faced neglect by successive governments, when compared to the fact that Nigeria’s economic mainstay in the 1960 and 1970’s had been in agriculture.

According to him, since food sufficiency is part of the components that made the United States of America (USA) a world power, the army of unemployed youths could also be engaged in agriculture in Nigeria.

The don urged the government to pay more attention to the sector by assisting farmers with farm inputs such as fertiliser, tractors and seeds among others.

He, however, commended the previous administration which ensured that real farmers got the fertiliser directly as against the old system where fertiliser was hijacked by businessmen and politicians.

Some other respondents also told NAN that reduced rainfall in the 2015 planting season would boost cassava production in the South-South region, but may affect production in the north.

Mr Godwin Akandu, President, Etche Farmers’ Cooperative Union, recalled that in the past, the South-South terrain was known for all-year-round rains and farming.

“But this year, the region had experienced a reduced rainfall. In the South-South region, June/July is the peak of rains but this year, we are experiencing reduced rainfall,” he said.

Akandu attributed the delay in rainfall to the effect of global warming and urged the Federal Government to increase agricultural allocation to combat the trend.

He said while excess rainfall affects arable crops like cassava in the South-South leading to loss of cassava tubers in water logged soils, it was an added advantage to farmers in the Northern zone.

Akandu also appealed to the Federal Government to ensure functional dams for effective irrigation to boost agricultural productivity in the North.

The AFAN, Akwa Ibom branch Chairman, Mr Dennis Etong, said that capacity for food production was low in the state because farmers have no access to loan facilities.

“At the Bank of Agriculture I was told that so much money sent to Akwa Ibom farmers were usually returned because farmers in the state could not access it,” Etong alleged.

He said that the bank explained that the farmers could not fulfil the conditions attached to accessing the loans.

Etong added that the Growth Enhancement scheme (GES) which used to assist farmers to get fertilisers was not forthcoming this planting season.

According to him, farmers in the state bought fertiliser from open market at exorbitant prices ranging from N4, 000 to N7, 000 a bag depending on the source of supply.

He appealed to the government to involve farmers’ body in policies formulation concerning farmers, adding that the Federal Government should not abandon GES programme introduced by the last administration.

Another don at the University of Uyo, Dr Nditoi Idem, and an agronomist, said that if government does not encourage youths to go to farm, even more that 90 million Nigerians would be hungry next year.

“The number of people going to farm is very low because our youths are not interested in farming.

“All the youths are interested in politics, they want to be personal assistants, political thugs instead of farmers, which is more lucrative and permanent than politics,” Idem alleged.

The don also said that farmers in the country were not having access to loans and fertiliser to improve their yields.

He said that agricultural inputs do not always get to the real farmers rather they were given to politicians who sold to farmers at a very high price.

Speaking on the effort of the state government to boost food production, Mr Akwaowo Obop, said that government had given loans to youths and women under different schemes.

Obop, who is the Head of Information, State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said that government had given N250, 000 to each beneficiary under Women Agro Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WAEDEP).

He said the state government also provided N500, 000 each as loan to some youths Integrated Farmers Scheme (IFS) to encourage them to take to farming.

Obop, however, lamented that farmers in the state do not have access to processing equipment, storage facilities and tractors.

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Establish onion processing plants, Association tells FG http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/21/establish-onion-processing-plants-association-tells-fg/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/21/establish-onion-processing-plants-association-tells-fg/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:42:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243521 President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

Alhaji Wadata Musa, Vice Chairman, Hamdala Onions Sellers Association, Mile 12 International Market, Lagos has appealed to Federal Government to establish onions processing plants in the country, to reduce wastage.

He told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that onions were available in the country in exportable quantity, but that a large percentage was being wasted due to lack of means of preservation.

Musa explained that Nigeria had the right temperature for the produce to thrive for global consumption, adding that it is grown in Yobe, Kebbi, Gombe, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Plateau and Borno, among other states.

He said that the labour put into the production of onions which was cultivated through irrigation was not commensurate to the small prices charged for the commodity.

Musa said that farmers charged little amounts for it in order to dispose the produce early, before it decomposed.

He added that even with the meagre price, about 50 per cent of the produce was wasted during the rainy season, due to lack of means of storage.

“There are vast opportunities for higher yields which are not being harnessed because government has not looked in the area of bringing in investors to establish onion processing companies in the country.

“We want factories that can process onions and package them like tomatoes and other perishable farm produce. We also want President Muhammadu Buhari to fund research into onions so that whenever there is a bumper harvest, it can be preserved and also channelled to other uses, to minimise wastages and losses to both farmers and traders.

“If Nigeria can process onions into various forms by making it into a paste and also drying some, to retain freshness, it will not only create more jobs but we can also export it to various countries and generate income.

“We sell a bag now for N8, 000 but by December when scarcity begins, we can sell a bag for about N30, 000,” he said.

Musa commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts to provide amenities in the market, to make the environment conducive for both traders and consumers from various parts of the state.

He, however, appealed to the state government not to relocate the market as, according to him, the current location is central and suitable for both traders and consumers.

Musa added that any attempt to relocate the market would endanger the lives of several market women who would now have to move wares from the market in the early hours, daily.

“The state government has provided underground drainages which keep water away from our onions, especially during the rainy season.

“We have tried to conform to various sanitation laws and regulations of the state government and any attempt to relocate the market would cause both traders and consumers a lot of discomfort,” he added.

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FG to focus on agriculture, not oil, says Buhari http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/05/fg-to-focus-on-agriculture-not-oil-says-buhari/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/05/fg-to-focus-on-agriculture-not-oil-says-buhari/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:06:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=241530 President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the Federal Government would give Agriculture the needed attention as part of effort to diversify the economy.

The President said this in Calabar while declaring open the 55th Annual General Meeting of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“Agriculture must cease from being treated as development programme; Agriculture must be treated as business,” he said.

Buhari, represented by Alhaji Umar Farouk, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said the federal government was focusing on the development of agricultural value chain.

According to him, agricultural value chain allows the intervention of segments of the value chain such as production, processing, storage and marketing.

“Our goal will be to pursue government supported private sector agriculture value chain to make agriculture more productive, efficient and competitive.

“To provide enough food for domestic supply and create jobs through agriculture value chain,” Buhari said.

The President said that Nigeria had the richest agriculture based mineral resources in Africa, adding that the country, nay, Africa had no reason being food importing continent.

Mr Edem Bassey, the National President of NACCIMA, described the association as a paragon of economic and social development in the country.

Bassey said the theme of the conference: “Policy consistency in agricultural value chain: a key to socio-economic development,” was carefully chosen in view of the current effort at diversifying the economy.

“I want to assure the President that we in NACCIMA shared the sentiment with the Federal Government,” he said.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River said in his speech that the state government would collaborate with the organised private sector to grow the economy of the state, especially in the agriculture sector.

One of the participants, Mrs Cynthia Saka from Ogun, described the conference as “very rewarding and interesting”.

“The 2015 AGM is a way forward for entrepreneurs, industrialists, manufacturers and the organised private sector,” she said.

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AfDB: Amosun Congratulates Adesina http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/30/afdb-amosun-congratulates-adesina/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/30/afdb-amosun-congratulates-adesina/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 09:27:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240928 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Nigeria's Akinwunmi Adesina

Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Southwest, Nigeria has congratulated former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina on his election as the 8th President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The governor, who was sworn in on Friday as the governor of Ogun for the second term, described the success as not only a personal success to Adesina, but also to Nigeria as a country.

He also stated that the emergence of Adesina as the head of the bank is another of many feats of indigenes of Ogun state, where he hails from.

The governor expressed confidence in the new President of the AfDB, as a seasoned agricultural economist, to bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new position by using agriculture as a pivot to provide food security and create jobs for the army of unemployed youths on the continent.

“The appointment is well deserved, having served meritoriously in his capacity as Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria. He has made us proud in Ogun state as we have scored yet another first, being the first Nigerian to be so appointed.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he would bring his experience to bear in his new assignment. I wished him success in his new endeavor,” Amosun said.

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Adesina rounds off AfDB presidency campaign http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/26/adesina-rounds-off-afdb-presidency-campaign/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/26/adesina-rounds-off-afdb-presidency-campaign/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 06:15:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240481 Nigeria's Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

All the eight candidates contesting the presidency of the African Development bank (AfDB), rounded off their campaign at the weekend and await declaration of the winner later this week.

NAN reports that the declaration of a new president will be made on May 28, during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The week-long annual forum of continental financial institution, where 54 member states and 26 non-member states, which include the UK and US, begins Monday in Abidjan.

Nigeria’s candidate and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, on Monday expressed optimism that he would be declared the president, having consulted widely.

Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, told NAN via an e-mail that Adesina recorded tremendous support from African nations and other stakeholders beyond Africa during his campaign.

“`The minister has embarked extensively on campaigns and recorded tremendous support from African nations and other stakeholders beyond Africa.

“Now, campaign is ending. It is time to expect his declaration as president by the Bank’s board, and that is coming up later in the week.

“His presidency will prioritise the development in energy sector across the continent, ICT and urban infrastructure.

“Emphasis will be on private sector growth and a shift in emphasis from aid dependence.

“Supporting programmes that will create employment for youths, promote venture capitalism and private equity in the continent’s economy,” Oyeleye told NAN.

According to him, the minister will also dwell in reviving rural economy through agricultural transformation and strengthen regional integration and economy.

NAN reports that seven other candidates in the election are Sufian Ahmed from Ethiopian, Jaloul Ayed from Tunisian, Kordjé Bedoumra from Chad, Cristina Duarte from Cabo Verde.

Others are Samura Kamara from Sierra Leone, Thomas Sakala from Zimbabwe and Birama Boubacar Sidibé of Mali.

The bank had on April 30, published the “Voting Powers” to be used in the computation of the votes during the election of the president on its official website.

NAN also reports that all the 54 regional members have a combined 3,844,574 votes with voting powers of 59.722, while 26 non-regional members, including the UK and US have 2,592,862 votes and voting powers of 40.278.

The voting powers, NAN learnt on Sunday, indicated that Nigeria has the highest 595,838 votes with voting powers of 9.256.

AfDB operates under the leadership of the President who serves as the legal representative of the Bank, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and the Chief of Staff of the Bank.

The president conducts the current business of the bank under the direction of the board of directors.

The president is elected by the Board of Governors and serves a five-year term, renewable once.

The current President, Dr Donald Kaberuka, a national of Rwanda, was elected in July 2005, and began his first term on Sept. 1, 2005 and was re-elected in May 2010.

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AfDB invests N2.91trn in Nigeria, others agric sector http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/24/afdb-invests-n2-91trn-in-nigeria-others-agric-sector/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/24/afdb-invests-n2-91trn-in-nigeria-others-agric-sector/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 13:54:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=240305 Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said it has invested $14.78 billion (N2.91 trillion) in the agriculture sector of its Regional Member Countries (RMC) in 46 years to grow their economy.

Mr Chiji Ojukwu, the Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department of the bank, stated this in a statement published on the bank’s official website.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos, the director said that between 1968 and 2014, the bank group approved 876 operations.

These operations had commitments valued at approximately 14.78 billion dollars that provide support to agriculture and rural development.

“Between 2010 and 2014, about 230,000 kilometres of feeder roads were constructed and/or rehabilitated and 563,000 people benefited from improved access to transport.

“About 1.5 million people had access to improved technology and some 600 production and marketing facilities were constructed.

“In terms of natural resource management, more than 0.8 million hectares of land have been improved through replantation/reforestation, benefiting about 19 million people, 45 per cent of whom were women,” Ojukwu said.

According to him, one of the stand-out projects in agricultural infrastructure includes the Uganda Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Programme that won the US Treasury Honours for Development Impact in 2013.

“The Bank has also supported the resilience building projects including its Drought Resilience and Livelihoods Support Programmes in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

“Going forward, there is need for multi-sector investments in agriculture using an integrated value chain approach for the bank to contribute to unlock the potential of agriculture for sustained and inclusive growth in Africa.

“This implies greater attention to both horizontal and vertical integration in all relevant value chains.

“This includes addressing constraints and opportunities faced by farmers and producers; strengthening the delivery of business and financial services and enabling the flow of information.

“Other opportunities are facilitating improved markets and agro-processing infrastructures as well as improving farmers’ skills and linkages to markets,” Ojukwu said.

He noted that the bank’s new agricultural strategy under processing (2015-2019) would continue to focus on investments in agricultural infrastructure, resilience building and natural resources management.

This would be in addition to a new pillar focusing on agribusiness and innovation.

On the bank’s level of support to RMCs to meet the goal of the 2010-2014 Agriculture Sector Strategy, Ojukwu said that the bank group operations met or exceeded 75 per cent of its targets.

“This is for activities pertaining to its promoting agriculture infrastructure development and increasing resilience and natural resource management,” he said.

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I’ll focus on agriculture, mining, not crude oil – Buhari http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ill-focus-on-agriculture-mining-not-crude-oil-buhari/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ill-focus-on-agriculture-mining-not-crude-oil-buhari/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 19:30:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238994 General Muhammadu Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday in Abuja said he would shift attention from oil to agricultural and mining sectors to create jobs.

Buhari said this while receiving Northern Elders led by Nigeria’s permanent representative at the United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule, visited him.

He said he would address the problem of unemployment as it was one of the biggest challenges facing the nation.

“The biggest message is to try and persuade the people that it is not possible to change the state of affairs now. It took 16 years and those 16 years, most of you know it better than myself, Nigeria earned revenue more than what it earned from 1914 till then.

“In the economy, we have to quickly turn to agriculture and mining because that is where you can do the quickest work and earn results. In other areas, you need to study them and dust all the books and studies and get people, experienced people, committed people, technocrats to come and help the government.

“They need to help the government to identify priorities so that with what is available to us, we can quickly make our people realise their hope for the government they have chosen,” he said.

The president-elect said that for his administration to enjoy relative peace, security, job creation and put infrastructural facilities in place, the power‎ sector was paramount.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Sule, urged Buhari to be just and fair to everyone irrespective of tribe, colour or religion.

“Sir, it is easy; I know it was easy when you were a military leader and what made it easy was justice.

“With justice, you can rule Nigeria well. Justice is the key; irrespective of tribe, religion and race, justice must be done to whosoever deserves it.

“Power can remain in the hands of an infidel if he is just and fair but it will not remain in the hands of a believer if he is unfair and unjust,” he said.

Sule also said injustice was the fundamental cause of crisis all over the world and that the only solution to avert crisis was justice. “The world itself can never be governed by force or by fear nor by power; in the end, what governs is the mind, what conquers is the spirit and what governs the mind and spirit are justice and fair play.

“I have always known you to be a man of justice and I ask you to please continue, don’t change or compromise justice for anything.

“Mr president-elect sir, we know what we have gone through.

“I will ask you not to discriminate against any‎ part of Nigeria but I’ll urge you to do justice to all part of Nigeria, justice that will bring about peace and stability, that will lead to the development of Nigeria.

“I know you believe that one day you will stand before God to give account of everything you have done here on earth.

“I will rather prefer that you disappoint me than to disappoint God, your creator,” he stated.

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Ban wheat importation now, Association tells FG http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ban-wheat-importation-now-association-tells-fg/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/10/ban-wheat-importation-now-association-tells-fg/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 10:47:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238942 President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN) in Kano State has called on the incoming administration to ban the importation of wheat in the country.

The state Chairman and Deputy National President of WFAN, Mr Faruk Rabi’u, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Sunday.

Rabi’u said the call was necessary in view of the amount of money the Federal Government was spending on the importation of the commodity annually.

“The Federal Government is spending over one trillion naira on the importation of wheat.

“The government can use less than one quarter of the money to support wheat farmers and boost the production of the commodity in the country,” he said.

He said that the ban on the importation of wheat was necessary if the government was serious on tackling the unemployment challenges, especially among the rural dwellers in the country.

He stressed the need for the government to assist the association with combine harvesters in addition to directing companies to purchase surplus of the commodity from farmers.

“Our major challenges are lack of combine harvesters and ready market. Once these problems are solved, we can feed West Africa countries with the commodity,” he said.

He also called on the Federal Government to increase the number of inputs being given to farmers to enable more farmers embrace wheat production not only in the state but across the country.

“More inputs should be provided to our members to encourage them to go into wheat production,” he added.

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N100,000 loan not enough, farmers tell govt http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/09/n100000-loan-not-enough-farmers-tell-govt/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/09/n100000-loan-not-enough-farmers-tell-govt/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 15:41:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238857 Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State

All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Kogi chapter, on Saturday said the N100, 000 loan grant to farmers by the state government was grossly inadequate.

AFAN Secretary in the state, Mr Ademu Halidu, told NAN in Lokoja that the amount was too small for any farmer to work with.

“It is most unfortunate that at this present time, farmers would be given a token sum of N100, 000 each as loan. The amount is too small for any farmer to work with.

“What about the stress and the rigour the farmers passed through before they were able to access the loan.

“Apart from the smaller amount, the process undertaken by farmers before getting the loan in terms of bank registration and documentation is too cumbersome for any rural farmer.

Farmers

“Farmers are also demanded by the bank to open an account and pay a compulsory deposit of N10, 000 before accessing the fund.

“AFAN are saying that the amount is too small in this era of mechanised farming with new innovations of farm inputs, which determine the farm output products,” Halidu said.

The secretary said that the in-house crisis in the state AFAN and Cooperatives Federation of Farmers was responsible for the association’s failure to press home its demands with the state government.

He promised that the crisis would be resolved within the next two weeks and that AFAN would re-unite to present their case before the state government.

Meanwhile, Halidu had criticised the decision of the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Zacchaeus Atte, to disburse the loan directly to individual farmer without channeling it through AFAN.

NAN reports that Kogi State Government, through the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) has commenced the disbursement of N750 million worth of loan to farmers in the state.

Each farmer was expected to pay N10, 000 compulsory registration fee before accessing the N100, 000 loan.

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Agric Minister, Adesina, shuns Reps summon over rice import fraud http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/05/agric-minister-adesina-shuns-reps-summon-over-rice-import-fraud/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/05/05/agric-minister-adesina-shuns-reps-summon-over-rice-import-fraud/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 06:01:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=238428 Nigeria's Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

The House of Representatives has threatened to sanction the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina over failure to appear before its Ad hoc Committee investigating alleged fraud in the ministry.

Specifically, the committee is probing alleged evasion of payment of rice import duties and levies by importer and investors.

The Chairman of the committee and Deputy Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, made the threat at the public hearing in Abuja on Monday to uncover fraud in importation of rice.

In his address, Ogor said, “this hearing is sequel to a resolution of the House mandating the Ad hoc Committee to investigate alleged fraud abuses, evasion of import duties by rice importers.

“The aim is to uncover fraud and expose the endemic corruption in the importation of rice with a view to stemming the tide and boost employment generation as well as strengthen the nation’s depleting foreign reserve.

“The minister has no reason not to be here because the ministry was duly served the invitation.

“I see no reason why people would be invited to a hearing that’s for the benefit of the people and will not turn up,” Ogor said of Adesina who is eyeing the presidency of African Development Bank.

He noted that: “You are a servant of the people just like we all are,” he said.

According to Ogor, what we are doing here is for the benefit of our nation’s economy; so, before the end of the hearing, we are hoping to see people from the ministry come in.

He threatened that if the ministry’s officials failed to appear before the committee, it might be forced ‘’to make some very strong pronouncement.”

NAN reports that on the administration of quota and duty payable on excess importation indicated that the minister gave certain concessions to some importers, who allegedly exceeded their quotas and did not pay liable indemnity.

The committee, therefore, questioned the powers of the minister to grant such waiver on the basis of encouraging investment and job creation.

According to it, the practice is discouraging local investors who don’t even have the capacity to utilise their allotted quota. “The minister doesn’t have the powers to allocate rice import or production quota to any company and waive duties, because the revenue involved is for the entire federation, which consists the three tiers of government.

“The minister should stop thinking that he acts for every tier of government,” Ogor stressed.

In response, Mr Anil Nair, a representative of one of the suspected duty payment evaders, told the committee that as the largest farm owner on the African continent, his company could not have grown its business by disobeying rules.

Nair, who is Head, Olam Farms Business Development, said that the company would gladly pay what is due to it as duty or levy if the government asked it to do so.

NAN reports that Olam Farms is believed to be indebted to the country to the tune of about N3.5 billion in duties.

The company insisted that there was no directive asking it to pay for exceeding its quota which came out after the importations had been done.
Nair said, “Olams farm is the single largest farm on the continent of Africa with the capacity to import 243, 747 tones of rice on 10 per cent levy and 20 per cent duty.

“If you look at all the rice value chain, we have made up to date payment of duties and levies as applicable, for which we made presentation previously.

“If we are asked to pay for the excess in importation, we will oblige and pay without any hesitation”.

Earlier, Mr Adeoye Ajade, who led a Nigeria Customs Service delegation to the hearing, told the committee that some companies defaulted and were written to on the issue after the rice policy was reviewed in July, 2014.

In a paper he presented, Ajade said that Olam’s import was over 245,000 metric tonnes, with excess quota amounting to over N3.5 billion which was its duty liability arising from that transaction.

“Given the review of the policy, rice millers tried to make false declaration of duty value by under-declaring their actual import volume.

“So, the policy review now came with dual rate of 10 per cent duty raise and 20 per cent levy,” he said.

According to him, since we did not know the quota that was going to be allocated to each miller or importer, we wrote to the Finance Ministry so we can know which company to ask for what, but we didn’t get any response.

Chairman of the committee, therefore, gave Olam Farms Thursday deadline to prepare a comprehensive document showing details of all its activities concerning the importation during the period.

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FG to privatise BOA, BOI, NCX http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/24/fg-to-privatise-boa-boi-ncx/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/24/fg-to-privatise-boa-boi-ncx/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:58:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237264 Director General BPE, Benjamin Dikki

Director General BPE, Benjamin Dikki

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has announced its plans to commence the privatisation process of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX).

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja by the bureau’s Head, Public Communications, Mr Chigbo Anichebe.

NAN recalls that the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) had in 2014, approved the privatisation of three Development Finance Institutions in the country.

According to the statement, the NCP had approved the Financial Bid Opening for BOA, BOI as well as the Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX).

“The Council has directed BPE to immediately invite the pre-qualified bidders that met the benchmark scores of 75 per cent in the initial evaluation to proceed to the Financial Bid Opening Stage.

“For the BOA, the BPE was directed to invite Banca Leonardo Consortium (Germany); Barclays Consortium (Nigeria), CPCS Consortium (Barbados) and PWC Consortium (Nigeria).

“After the Financial Bid Opening, the contract should be awarded to any of the consortia adjudged to have made the best offer based on quality and cost selection guidelines of the World Bank.”

It also stated that the BPE was directed to invite CPCS Consortium (Barbados), BDO Consortium (UK) and Barclays (South Africa) that emerged pre-qualified bidders for the BOI.

For the NCX, Banca Leonardo Consortium (Germany), United Capital Consortium (Nigeria), CPCS Transcom Consortium (Barbados) and BGL Consortium (Nigeria) have been shortlisted to participate in its Financial Bid Opening.

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Buhari lobbies for Adesina as AfDB President http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/21/buhari-lobbies-for-adesina-as-afdb-president/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/04/21/buhari-lobbies-for-adesina-as-afdb-president/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:04:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=237010 Ayorinde Oluokun

Nigeria's Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

General Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect of Nigeria, has requested the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support the candidacy of Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as the next president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

General Buhari has communicated his backing of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy to the Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who is the current chairperson of the ECOWAS.

In a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, General Buhari said that his support of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy was not just because he was Nigerian.

“Dr. Adesina has a proven track record in a career that predates his position as Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development,” General Buhari said.

He added that Dr. Adesina has years of experience working in Francophone and Anglophone countries, and a passion to help eradicate poverty in Africa by reducing unemployment and inequality among African youth.

He noted that Dr. Adesina is also an agricultural development expert with 24 years of experience in developing and managing successful agricultural programmes across Africa.

Until his appointment as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Additionally, he has held senior leadership positions in a number of agricultural institutions in the world.

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18 Nigerian States, 322 Poultry Farms, Affected By Bird Flu http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/23/18-nigerian-states-322-poultry-farms-affected-by-bird-flu/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/23/18-nigerian-states-322-poultry-farms-affected-by-bird-flu/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:24:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=234030 Simon Ateba/Ibadan

Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adesina

A total of 18 states and 322 poultry farms have been affected by the current Avian Influenza outbreak in Nigeria, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, said on Monday.

The Minister said over 1.1 million birds have also been depopulated nationwide while 140 farmers have been paid a compensation worth over N600 million.

Adesina disclosed that at least 49 percent of infections occurred in 21 Local Government Areas of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

The Minister delivered an address at a workshop in Ibadan, Oyo State, for poultry industry officials. The workshop is sponsored by the United States Agency For International Development (USAID).

A total of 160 participants from the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Health and the poultry sector are participating in the training that would end on Tuesday.

The focus of the workshop is on how to control avian influenza. Last week, a similar workshop also sponsored by USAID took place in Kano for northern based authorities in the sector.

Adesina said the government has continued to monitor the progress of the disease through the ongoing comprehensive disease surveillance.

“And our analysis indicates that the absolute number of positive cases from the laboratory is on the decrease,” he said.

Despite the progress, the Minister said, the disease remains active in Oyo, Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna States.

“We are strategising and focusing on the states where there are active cases in order to contain the spread of the disease,” the Minister said in remarks read by a representative at the workshop.

Also speaking at the workshop, the United States Consul-General in Lagos, Jeffrey Hawkins, said bird flu is a serious threat to the economy and human health and warned Nigerians not to eat raw chickens or eggs at the moment until the disease is fully contained.

“I do not know if any of you eat raw chickens or eggs. If you do, please do not do it now,” Hawkins said, adding that “with thorough cooking, those who eat chicken and eggs can be safe from the virus.”

He said each participant trained represents a ripple effect of knowledge and power to stop the disease.

Bird flu is a viral disease that largely infects birds, but rarely humans. In 2007, there was one human case in Nigeria. The current outbreak has not affected any human.

Since 2006, the U.S. Government, through USAID, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has contributed approximately $1,750,000 in response to bird flu outbreak in Nigeria, USAID said.

In addition, USAID contributes $473 million a year to improve health and education, create jobs and improve public administration in Nigeria.

USAID also has a humanitarian programme, providing emergency response to Nigeria’s northeast.

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Sambo inaugurates N100b irrigation project http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/21/sambo-inaugurates-n100b-irrigation-project/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/21/sambo-inaugurates-n100b-irrigation-project/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:04:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233794 In the file: Vice President Namadi Sambo inaugurates the newly renovated complex of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja

In the file: Vice President Namadi Sambo inaugurates the newly renovated complex of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja

Vice President Namadi Sambo on Friday inaugarated the N100 billion Gurara irrigation project.

Speaking at the occassion Sambo said the project would boost industrial activities and create jobs in the state.

He said the project would provide 600 hectares of land for irrigation which would boost the economy of the people in the area and the nation.

He said the project would also provide 30 megawatts of electricity to the state which would include a substation and 120 kilometre transmission.

Sambo said the power boost was expected to ginger more economjc activities in the area and assist in increased production in the industries.

He said he project was part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizenry.

He urged the communities to make the maximum use of the facilities to improve their lives.

Also speaking at the ceremony Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Muktar Yero, thanked the federal government for completing the project adding that it would bring prosperity not only to the immediate community but the nation at large.

He said the people of the state would continue to support the President and his team.

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