200 farmers in Kano get trained by FG

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has organized a training program for over 200 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas of Kano State on Good Dairy Practices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2-day training which began on Wednesday in Kano was organized in collaboration with a private firm, L&Z.

Declaring the training open, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu said it was aimed at improving productivity in the livestock sector in the country.

The Permanent Secretary was represented by the Assistant Director, Commercial Ruminant and Dairy Production of the Ministry, Mr. Hakeem Bolaji.

He added that the participants would be trained on how to improve the milk productivity of their animals, and improve their knowledge on the kind of food and drugs to give their animals during the dry season.

“At the end of the two day training, the beneficiaries are expected to pay attention to learn more on the modern way of livestock productivity”, he added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Kano State Director of Livestock and Poultry Services, Alhaji Uba Yusuf commended the Federal Government for choosing Kano to benefit from the initiative, and efforts in supporting Agriculture and livestock sector.

According to him, livestock plays a vital role in providing food in form of animal protein, employment and income generation and income generation.

He noted that the growing Nigeria’s population means that the “demand for livestock products such as meat, egg, Dairy, and leather will subsequently increases correspondingly to population rise.

“In view of the above, therefore, the urgent need to increase animal production cannot be overemphasised.”

According to him, several Government interventions to turn Agriculture to business have yielded meaningful results, likewise the bold steps taken in making Nigerian Dairy sector a profit making industry.

He explained that in order to derive benefits and take full advantages of government economic diversification, stakeholders must be abreast with issues, gaps, existing challenges and mitigation approach in the sector.

“It is in this regard that the Federal Government in pursuance of its statutory mandates continue to build capacity through trainings, workshops and seminars across the geo-political zones of the country”, he said.

In an interview with NAN, one of the participants from Doguwa Local Government Area of the state, Malam Haruna Mu’azu commended the federal government for the training.

According to him, at the end of the training, the participants including women are hoping to improve the productivity of their livestock through adoption of modern methods. (NAN)


Farmers get trained on Shea Butter processing

FARMERS in Ibadan have received tutelage from Agric Investors and Resources Development Forum (AIRDEF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on the production of tomato, bitter kola, sheabutter, kenaf and other farm crops.

While speaking with the Nigeria Tribune on the sideline of a seminar put together by AIRDEF themed: Soil and grass: Building potentials, which held at Jogor Centre, Ibadan, the President, AIRDEF, Oluwaseun Olla, informed that the seminar is aimed at disseminating research results through detailed information about agricultural processes.

She said: “We try to educate people and inform them about the latest and innovative technology about agricultural processes and production. We are trying to sensitise especially the youth to get into agribusiness, telling them how to go about it from scratch to the table.

“At the long run, we intend to put together new set of farmers that would do agriculture in the right way, I mean the modern way and getting it right from the beginning to become successful agrientrepreneurs.”

Speaking on agricultural practice in Nigeria, Olla, said:”Nigeria is not practicing agriculture the right way and that is why we found ourselves where we are today. We are still far away from practicing agriculture the way it supposed to and that is why AIRDEF has come together to start sensitising and teaching people, talking to people about doing agriculture in the right way. We hope to get there soonest but we are still very far from it.”

SOURCE: https://www.tribuneonlineng.com/174549/

Ban Maize Importation- Farmers to FG


Farmers have told the Federal Government to ban importation of maize

Maize Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of maize into the country to encourage local production.
Alhaji Bello Abubakar, the National President of the association, made the call while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
Abubakar was reacting to a recent publication by the National Biosafety Management Agency on a request by Grand Cereals Limited to import this particular farm produce into the country.
He said the move was ‘unpatriotic’ and targeted at thwarting the efforts of farmers and the government toward achieving self-sufficiency in maize production.
According to him, farmers produce enough and better maize to feed the country than what is being imported.
He said: “Our last year’s production was 15 million tonnes and this year, we produced 20 million tonnes and the required quantity for all maize processors in Nigeria is about eight million tonnes.
“Government intervention in the agricultural sector has put in place the Anchor Borrowers Programme to encourage local production of agricultural commodities.
“MAAN is executing the ABP in 19 states which has empowered about 100,000 on and off farm employment.
“This contribution of MAAN, if complemented by other large scale grain users, will create more than one million on and off farm employment in the maize value chain.
“Therefore, we request that the importation of maize grain in any form is considered counter-productive to agricultural development in Nigeria and should be discouraged in its entirety.”
On army worm devastation of maize farms, Abubakar said that the Federal Government, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, had put in place measures to address the disease.
He said: “Members of MAAN were trained and pesticides, fertiliser, seeds were given to them by the Federal Government and FAO to manage the pest.
“This year, there is no infestation of army worm like last year.’’
He, however, appealed to companies who involved in maize importation to provide their preferred maize seedlings to local farmers to grow, to encourage production of improved varieties.
Rufus Ebegba, the Director General of NBMA, said the agency had received a request by Grand Cereals Limited to import maize into the country.
Ebegba, however, disclosed that the permit had not been granted for the maize import.
He said: “It is true but the permit has not been granted.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that MAAN was established to provide research on maize production, quality input to farmers, coordinate between farmers and the government.
MAAN is made up of maize scientists and researchers, input suppliers, service providers, farmers, marketers, maize suppliers and processors.
The association, which has its presence in the 36 states and FCT, has over 10 million registered farmers and members.


India Cashew nut exports may fall to 25 year low.


India’s cashew exports could drop to an over two-decade low this fiscal year as traders continue to go slow on shipments due to falling prices in overseas markets.

Processor exporters—who depend on imported nuts for over 60% of their requirement—are saddled with raw nuts bought at high prices and are loath to export the ready products as rates in global market have dropped. “Exporters are saddled with raw nuts purchased at high prices which they are processing and exporting under contractual obligations. They can make profit only if the prices touch $5 per pound,’’ said P Sundaran, MD, Sreelakshmi Cashew Company. Last year, India exported 84,352 tonnes of cashew valued at Rs 5,871 crore. According to industry executives, the export quantity this year is expected to fall below 70,000 tonnes, a level seen almost 25 years ago. For the five months ended August 2018, exports showed a 34% slide from a year ago to 25,765 tonnes. In value terms, the drop was 33% from the year-ago period to Rs 1,788 crore.

2018-19 is turning out to be a tough one for Indian cashew trade, with exporters having little choice but to sell kernels processed out of expensive imported raw nuts at lower prices. “Cashew kernel prices dropped over $1 this year to $3.50-3.60/pound. The exporters are booking losses,” said K Prakash Rao, managing partner of Kalbavi Cashews.


Military deployed In Tanzania’s Cashew Nut Crisis

Tanzania has deployed the military to buy cashew nuts from farmers to solve a row over price.

As the crisis escalates, President John Magufuli gave a Monday deadline to buy the crops at the government approved rates.

Farmers had refused to sell the harvested crop for weeks sighting low offers from private traders.

Mr. Magufuli rejected offers from 13 trading companies who wanted to buy the crop for $1.3 per kilogram.

The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces were ordered to buy the produce from farmers in the southern Mtwara region at $1.43.

On Saturday, Mr Magufuli sacked the agriculture and trade ministers over the crisis, which has seen a fall in the prices of cashews.

The president said he wanted to ensure that thousands of farmers got a fair price for their cashew nuts and secure vital export earnings.

But some say his real motivation is to boost his popularity in the Mtwara region, an opposition stronghold.

Opposition politician Zitto Kabwe said the government should seek parliamentary approval for buying cashew nuts.

Mr Magufuli appointed two other ministers and four deputies after dismissing Agriculture Minister Charles Tizeba and Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage.

He also disbanded the Cashew nut Board of Tanzania and revoked the appointment of the board chair, Anna Abdallah.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46180098

Tanzania: Fate of Problematic Cashew Nuts Auctions to be Known Later

The fate of cashew nuts trading in the 2018/19 harvest season will be known after 4pm today when the government of Tanzania is expected to issue a statement.

The statement is expected to either name the firms that will participate in the business, or announce commencement of a government operation to purchase the product.

On Friday, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed 35 companies registered to buy cashew nuts this season to submit letters to his Office expressing intent to purchase the crop, as well as quantity and timeframe for the purchase.

However, on Saturday, President John Magufuli reiterated the government’s commitment to purchase the entire crop if the firms miss on the government’s Monday deadline.

He made the statement when addressing senior Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) officers at the 95KJ Camp in Dar es Salaam – also known as the General Twalipo Camp.

Dr Magufuli made the statement after inspecting 75 TPDF vehicles with a total carrying capacity of1,500 tonnes. The trucks are lined up ready to ferry the cashed crop to export points should the government end up having to buy the produce.

Noting that there are warehouses in Mtwara and Dar es Salaam Regions with a storage capacity of 77,000 tonnes and 90,000 tonnes respectively, the president said it should be no problem for the government to store the 210,000 tonnesof cashew nuts that may have to be purchased by the government.

Insisting that the government has enough money with which to purchase the ‘stranded’ crop, the president said it will also have no trouble finding export markets. It will also process some of the cashew nuts locally for export and domestic consumption as well.

Later during the day, Dr Magufuli sacked Agriculture minister Charles Tizeba and his Trade counterpart, Charles Mwijage, in a cabinet reshuffle that was just as soon announced by State Louse.

The Head of State also disbanded the Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT), and revoked the appointment of its chairperson, Ms Anna Abdallah.

In the event, the president appointed Mr Japhet Ngailonga Hasunga – who is the MP for Mbozi (CCM) – to hold the Agriculture docket, and Joseph George Kakunda (MP for Sikonge-CCM) as the new Industries and Trade minister.

In the mini-reshuffle,Dr Magufuli also appointed four deputy ministers.

Yesterday, efforts by this paper to reach senior officers in the Prime Minister’s Office to get their response regarding the premier’s directives proved futile.

Prospective cashew nuts buyers – including representatives of the Tanzania Mercantile Exchange PLC, Alfa Krust $ Alfa Choice, OM Agro and Mkemi Cashews – would not comment on the matter.


ref: https://allafrica.com/stories/201811120240.html

Agra Innovate showcases Nigeria’s agric potential

Agra Innovate West Africa expo will host the agribusiness leaders and stakeholders from Nigeria and beyond at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 27 to 28 November 2018, to showcase the agricultural potentialities of the country and attract more investments into the sector.

The theme of the expo is ‘Food Security: The role of finance in the creation of commercial opportunities for agricultural value chain stakeholder operations.’

The expo, being organized by Informa and Contact Consulting Nigeria, marks the fifth edition of the event, with growing emphasis on thematic conference and seminars on topical issues.

This year’s event serves as a high level platform for product exhibition, business-to-business linkage, deal making, networking, technology transfer, knowledge exchange, public-private collaboration and policy discourse among participants drawn from all walks of life.

Over 5,000 exhibition visitors have registered online and attendance is free for online registered delegates.

Governor John Kayode Fayemi will lead the way for other states’ chief executives on how to turn agricultural prospects into prosperity as he addresses agribusiness stakeholders on the potential for agribusiness partnerships.

Governor Fayemi has indicated that his government will make agriculture a top priority in Ekiti State.

Confirmed speakers at the event are Mr. Michel Deelen, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Netherlands Embassy, who will deliver an address on emerging potential partnership opportunities between Nigeria and the Netherlands; Vanessa Adams, Vice-President, Country Support and Delivery, AGRA (Kenya); Alex Elphistone, Programme Director, Adam Smith International; Fatima Ali Mohammed, CEO Brand Warrior; Ade Adefeko, VP OLAM (Nigeria); Nneka Eze, Country Director, Dalberg Global Advisors; and Dr. Olusegun Ojo, Director General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (Abuja).

Export of Hibiscus to Mexico to resume soon



The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) says the cuntry will resume the export of hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo to Mexico.
The Coordinating Director, NAQS, Dr Vincent Isegbe disclosed yesterday in Abuja.
He said that in 2017, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
He added that NAQS had initially suspended the export following the detection of storage pest in some consignments from Nigeria.
“The issue has now been taken care of. That is why we are resuming the export of the plant again,:” he said.
He noted that the issue was resolved in collaboration with stakeholders across the value chain, adding that Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus.
“Nigeria is ready to resume export of the plant to Mexico. In a couple of weeks, we will resume shipments.
“Our farmers are eager and the fields are near ready. The harvest season of hibiscus will start any moment from now.
“And the good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt, with harvest available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for the country and support the present administration’s diversification of the economy,” he said. Isegbe, however, called on farmers to show more commitment to growing the plant in order to increase their income.

How we process and transport Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus flower

Have you ever wondered how we get your hibiscus to you in good condition? Wonder no more! Hibiscus flower is mostly produced in Northern Nigeria and at tinker and bell trading, we have staff members on ground to source for good quality hibiscus flowers. This means going to the source itself to get freshly produced Hibiscus flower.

Once this Hibiscus flower has been harvested, we take it to our processing centre where our employees who are mainly women sort, clean and process the hibiscus flower. Once that has been completed, we put them into 25kg bags that are air-tight and load them into truck to be transported to either a warehouse, directly to the client, or to the Sea port to be exported to the country of order.

Before we load them into the truck’s container, we have to dress the container as containers which are made of metals are corrosive once they are at sea and can damage the product, and we certainly don’t want that to happen.

Our goal is to ensure that the customer gets his hibiscus flower in good condition and that is why we apply due diligence in in processing and transport the our products to our clients.

So why not order you own Hibiscus from Tinker and Bell trading, we sure know how to take care of our own customers.

IFAD/VCDP to host National Commodity Alliance Forum

Buoyed by a successful implementation of a spate of developmental objectives under the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are partnering to convene a National Workshop on the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF).

The CAF which was pioneered by the VCDP in six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun, and Taraba successfully galvanized smallholder farmers’ productivity and access to markets in the rice and cassava value chains using the innovative Public-Private Producer Partnership (4ps) model.

According to the IFAD Value Chain Development Programme Knowledge Management and Communication Advisor, Mrs. Vera Onyilo, the CAF is a strategic partnership between farmers, key private sector players and government to facilitate business transactions, knowledge sharing, as well as policy dialogue, an initiative that has culminated into ready market for the farmers as well as access to extension services, agro inputs, and financial services.

The ensuing CAF stakeholders relationship has yielded significant results, a major one being the receipt of 150,000mt of rice paddy from rural farmers in the six States. This represents an estimated income of USD63.6 million to the hands of the rural smallholder farmers.  From a macroeconomic parameter, it represents 150,000mt import substitution and USD63.6 million foreign exchange savings to Nigeria, hence a great support to the Nigerian government’s agricultural promotion policy – which primarily targets import substitution.

Sharing his thoughts, Richard-Mark Mbaram, CEO of AgroNigeria and Strategic Consultant of the CAF Workshop notes that the 4Ps Model of CAF “has resulted in a major accomplishment for the current administration’s agricultural development efforts which has the clear potential for rapid, inclusive calibration of productivity across the country and across value-chains. It is therefore fitting that the VCDP seeks to replicate the CAF model across the country”.

The Workshop themed: Partnership for Enhancing Productivity and Marketing for Sustainable Agri-Business, is scheduled to hold from October 30 – 31st,  2018 at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja.

The Event is expected to converge players in the commodity value chains to share their knowledge and experiences, in a bid to guarantee increased  private sector participation in agricultural commodity development in Nigeria, while also charting a roadmap for the establishment of the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF) in the 36 States of the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)