Rice Farming made me rich- Ex Kebbi Head of Service

rice farming

Ex Kebbi HoS gets rich from Rice Farming

A former Head of Service of Kebbi State, Buhari Jega has come out to say that he made a fortune from rice farming. He said made this fortune under the Federal Government Anchor Borrowing Programme.

Jega disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while conducting the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed and a team of journalist round a 20km stretch rice farms in Jega near Birnin Kebbi. He stated that he ventured into rice farming after leaving office.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme was launched by president Muhammadu Buhari on Nov. 17, 2015, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi.

Under this programme, the CBN has set aside N40 billion out of N220 billion Naira Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund.  This will be given to farmers at a single digit interest rate of maximum nine percent per annum.

The essence of this programme is to provide funds, fertilizers, agro equipment, and extension services to registered farmers.

Jega added that he is a proud owner of three rice farms within his community each measuring 13 hectares and seven hectares.

“During harvests in 2017, I got 400 bags of rice from the 13 hectares farm, 200 bags from the 10 hectares farm because I planted other produce on it and 150 bags of rice from the 10 hectares,” he said.

His advice to other workers was that they should consider farming as their post-retirement venture and start planning it while they are still in active service.

He also urged the government to come provide solar panel irrigation pumps for them as a replacement to power generators that depended on fuel.

The Minister of Information that government will address all their challenges and continue to support their efforts.

So it is time rice farming is considered.

Failure to invest in agriculture spells doom for a Nation

Agriculture

Alhaji Muhammed Lawal Shehu who is the permanent secretary of the Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture that failure of a country to invest in Agriculture regardless of its status is bound to fail.

Whilst speaking at a Farmers interactive forum that was organized by Daily Trust and the Kebbi State Government in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, Shehu said that it was the responsibility of Government to provide the needed food for its citizens and that therefore, it must ensure that farmers have the enabling environment for meaningful agricultural production.

Shehu said that the nation’s problem would be solved once the needed attention was given to the Agricultural sector. He urged government at levels across every state to support the development of agriculture and various initiatives to boost food production.

He said if this sector can be given the much-needed attention, it would help to reduce social vices amongst the youths.

According to Shehu, the Kebbi State Government has engaged massively in agricultural production; particularly rice production. This helps the state to reposition its economy, empower its teeming youths and ensure food sufficiency in the state and the nation in general.

This is good news coming out of Kebbi State and we hope they keep it up.

Agriculture needs the youths-NCAM Boss

Ageing Agricultural Population-NCAM

Agriculture is currently being dominated by the aging population and needs some youthful injection. This was stated by the Acting Executive Director of NCAM (National Centre for Agriculture Mechanization) Ilorin, Dr. Yomi Kasali.

He said that if the youths are not mobilized to farm with adequate training and modern equipment, the country might face a commercial farming extinction. He was a speaker at the closing ceremony of the training of youths and women on Integrated Agriculture Entrepreneurship.

The NCAM boss said that “the Nigerian economy needs the energy and intellectual inputs of the youths in order to fully diversify the economy through agriculture. The Nigerian farmers are aging and use human efforts to produce their output. ”

This two weeks training programme which was attended by over 50 participants from all geopolitical zones of the country was bankrolled by the National Assembly through the Senate and House Committees on Agriculture.

Kasali said that, “in the past, ex-civil servants ventured into agricultural production without any prior knowledge or any orientation in form of training but the end always resulted in a massive loss of agricultural investments, which shows that there is need for at least a formal training to acquire the requisite skills before venturing into agricultural enterprises.”

He went on to say that poultry and table fish productions are very lucrative but stated that it needed huge investments. He therefore advised them to start small and grow their investment to cover the whole integrated system. The participants got starter packs at the end of the training.

Support African Agriculture as Business- Adesina to the US

Adesina

I do not seek aid for Africa. I seek investments in Africa

These were the words of Akinwunmi Adesina. Adesina was the Distinguished Guest Speaker at the USDA’s 94th Agriculture Outlook Forum in Virginia. The theme of the event was “The Roots of Prosperity”.

Akinwumi Adesina has made a strong case for increased American and global investment in the African Agricultural sector.

According to Adesina, “For too long, Agriculture has been associated with what I call the three Ps- Pain, Penury, and Poverty. The fact though is that agriculture is a huge wealth-creating sector that is primed to unleash new economic opportunities that will lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.”

A statement from AFDB quoted Adesina as appealing to the U.S. private sector to fundamentally change the way it views African Agriculture.

“Think about it, the size of the food and agriculture market in Africa will rise to $1trillion by 2030. This is the time for U.S. agri-businesses to invest in Africa,” Adesina said.

“And for good reason: Think of a continent where McKinsey projects household consumption is expected to reach nearly $2.1trillion, and business-to-business expenditure will reach $3.5trillion by 2025. Think of a continent brimming with 840 million youth, the youngest population in the world, by 2050.

“As the nation that first inspired me and then welcomed me with open arms, permits me to say that I am here to seek a partnership with America; a genuine partnership to help transform agriculture in Africa. And by so doing, unlock the full potential of agriculture in Africa, unleash the creation of wealth that will lift millions out of poverty in Africa, while creating wealth and jobs back home right here in America,” the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate told the Forum.

 

Crops harvested without Human Input

crops harvested

The RoboFarmer

When you hear about crops harvested without human input, it tends to send chills down your spine, right? Hands-Free Hectare (HFH) is a United Kingdom-based company that has set out to develop automated agriculture. It aims to automate the farming process from planting and monitoring to maintenance and eventual harvesting.

The company has accomplished their task with two harvests, which is winter wheat and barley. This has proven that autonomous vehicles and drones can take on the farming process without the presence of a single human being.

“We have been able to show the public that this is something that isn’t too far ahead in the future, and it could be happening now,” Martin Abell, one of the researchers at HFH, told ABC Rural. “It has also allowed us to raise the perception of agriculture to the public, so they see it as a forward-thinking industry and something that might attract new people to the industry.”

Although they are drawbacks, like other machines it isn’t 100% perfect. For example, when it rains automated tractor would slip and have a difficult time maintaining a straight line.

This a new innovation for agriculture which will revolutionize the way we farm.

https://futurism.com/automated-agriculture-uk/

Coalition advocates support for Africa’s Cassava Transformation

Global Cassava Coalition Advocates Support for Africa’s Cassava Transformation.

This is coming at a time when cassava is becoming central to the food security of over 600 million people in the developing world, and has become the fourth most important crop after maize, wheat, and rice.

Presenting the upcoming conference to donors and international community in Cotonou, Director of GCP21, Dr. Claude Fauquet said despite the key role cassava is playing in Africa’s food security; its productivity had remained low, keeping the growers in the trap of poverty.

“When compared to Asia, cassava productivity in that continent is more than 21 tons per ha—a situation that gives Asia competitive advantage in global cassava trade. Addressing the yield gap demands more funding for cassava research and development (R&D) from all stakeholders if truly the world wants to help farmers towards ending hunger and poverty in Africa.”

Fauquet said the conference scheduled for June 11-15, 2018 in Cotonou, the Benin Republic with the theme: “Cassava Transformation in Africa,” is one of the ways the GCP21 is contributing towards the transformation of the root crop.

He called for participation of all stakeholders, emphasizing that the conference would provide a unique opportunity for donors, investors, and policymakers to see and access the latest innovations and discoveries in the cassava sector.

The French Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Veronique Breaux, who hosted the press conference, said it was timely and would go a long way to address the constraints of cassava production, while at the same time proffering opportunities for investors and farmers alike to harness new innovations from the research community.

https://www.agrobusinessngr.com/global-cassava-coalition-advocates-support-africas-cassava-transformation/

Council of State backs $1Bn Agriculture Fund

Agriculture Fund

 

The council of state has backed a $1bn intervention agriculture fund. This was stated by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun State Governor. This intervention is in line with the Federal Government’s policy on economic diversification.

According to him, the funds will be disbursed the Anchor Borrowers and Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACs) Programmes, in order to encourage diversification of the economy and food security.

He said the council deliberated extensively on how best to diversify the economy and pull Nigeria out of the doldrums.

According to him ” Council advised that we improve on the funding for agriculture; that the paltry sum of $200 million when compared to what is being pumped into the oil sector is insignificant.

“Council recommended that at least, about $1 billion should be pumped into the agricultural sector.

“Council noted how Nigeria moved the budget from about N4 trillion to about N8 trillion. It also noted that when this president came in, he was jostling to manage the lean resources because oil had nose-dived from $112 in 2014 and 2016, it was $30.

This is good news for agriculturist as the agriculture fund will boost the agriculture sector. It will also boost the economy as the output of the agricultural output will increase.

 

Sokoto Govt introduces tractor hire scheme

Tractor Hire Scheme

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this at Kware Local Government area on Thursday while he was inspecting agricultural processing machines.

Tractor Hire Scheme is to be introduced by the Sokoto State Government. The government will be bringing in 30 tractors as part of efforts to boost the mechanized farming and food production.

The Governor made this known at Kware local government while he was inspecting the agricultural processing machines. These machines are to be distributed to farmers under the state Fadama III additional funding scheme.

“We are starting with 30 tractors with each of the three senatorial districts issued with 10 tractors each.

“This initiative will be implemented with the collaboration of the Fadama III coordinating office, the state Ministry of Agriculture and the state investment company which will provide the tractors”.

According to the Governor, there will be a strict vetting process which will be implemented for the beneficiaries. This is to ensure that small and large-scale farmers have access to tractors and other farming equipment.

Tambuwal said the government was aiming to expand the scheme so that the farmers can have access to modern farm tools at affordable prices.

He also stated that 127 processing groups which include 1,385 smallholder farmers had benefited from the agricultural processing machines and equipment distributed to farmers across the state by the FADAMA III office.

He stated that 11 tomato production net houses have been established at various locations in the state.

The Governor went to say that 243 unemployed youths have been trained to explore the agribusiness sub-sector so far.

 

Delta Fish Farmers get fingerlings and feeds

 

Fish Farmers

100 Fish Farmers were supplied fingerlings, feed, and cash by the Delta State Government to aid in their fish production. The government also distributed tractors to 64 cooperative societies, a move to ensure a boost in state’s agricultural output.

This news was disclosed by Mr. Ovie Ossai who is the Political Assistant on Special Duties to Governor Okowa at Asaba on Wednesday.

He stated that Government also supplied 106 cooperatives Mellon Sheller while 18 other societies received outboard engines and fishing gears support packages to boost production.

100 poultry farmers were supplied 200-day-old chicks each along with feeds and cash in order to aid their poultry production.

Aside from that, the government also distributed an improved variety of cassava cuttings, fertilizers, and cash to 475 cassava farmers.

The gesture was not limited to this set of farmers alone but was extended piggery and tomato farmers. The Government is embarking on numerous agricultural projects this year. This is another move by the government not to only diversify the state economy but also reduce the unemployment rate in the state.

We hope that the beneficiaries of the farming products will make good use of it to turn around the fortunes as well as the states.

100 Ondo Cocoa Farmers Trained On Processing Techniques

Cocoa Farmers

Ondo farmers get training in Cocoa Processing Techniques

The Federal Government on Tuesday trained 100 Cocoa Farmers in Ondo state. The training was on processing techniques for high yielding quality cocoa beans which will enable them export their produce to European countries and other parts of the world.

Speaking at the event in Akure, the acting Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Abdullahi Sidi- Aliyu said the effort was part of the Federal Government’s plan to develop the non-oil sector of the economy.

He stated that the project will give support to enhance technological/ technical skills of small-scale producers of agricultural produces.

According to him, the agency is starting with Cocoa, Cashew, and Sesame seeds, adding that those trained will train other farmers.

He included that for the Cocoa sub-sector, the fermentation process, among other factors determined the quality of the beans which meets the standard of the export markets.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Olugbenga Adefarati stated that about 5,000 bags of Cocoa seedling have been raised by the state government to assist farmers in the state. He was represented by the Special Advisor to the Governor on Agricultural Development.

He Urged young graduates to go into agriculture as the civil service was already over bloated.

The commissioners also urged the farmers to maintain their farms rather than selling it off as this was an asset. Most farmers in the state usually sold off their farmlands if there was no profit.

The event was organized by the NEPC in conjunction with the centre for the promotion of import from Developing Countries of Netherlands.

Forex and Rank in the World

Cocoa bean is a cash crop that can earn the farmer a lot of money in foreign exchange. All he needs is the right tools and support from relevant Government agencies to succeed.

At the moment Nigeria is Fourth largest Cocoa producer in the world coming after Indonesia. In the African Continent, it is the the third after Cote d’ Ivoire and Ghana.

The Government is making frantic effort to ensure that Nigeria moves of the rank. And by offering training, it shows that the government is serious about climbing up the ladder.

It is hoped that the training will be beneficial to the farmers and help them increase their production output. As the saying goes, no knowledge is lost