Abakaliki Rice Mill seal by Ebonyi Govt

The Ebonyi state government has direct that the popular Abakaliki rice mill is shut. This directive was due to the discovery of some bags of adulterated and poisonous rice allegedly found at the rice mill.

The Government has initiated an investigation into the matter.

According to the state commissioner during a press conference, the decision to seal the mill was reached during the weekly state executive council. He also stated that the responsibility of the government anywhere in the world was to protect the life and property of its citizens.

According to Ugbala, “thus the government of the state of Ebony under the Exco directive today ruled that the Rice Mill industry should be temporarily closed so that interested ministries, departments, and agencies could enter the market with security agencies and conduct a full investigation on this issue

“We do not know where the rice was adulterated or poisoned and the state of the poison but what we know is that it was reported to the state commissioner of Environment who brought the matter to the state executive council.

“On the bag brought it was boldly writing ‘Not Fit For Human Consumption,’ Now, the government has taken an adequate step and directed that the line ministries should investigate the matter.

“The order to seal the Abakaliki rice mill is to protect the lives of the people; as a responsible government that is what we have done”, he stressed.

Beekeeping can earn Nigeria multi-million dollars annually —Agric official

Beekeeping if harnessed properly is capable of boosting Nigeria’s economy to the tune of multi-million dollars as profit annually.

A Director and Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Dooshima Kwange, made the revelation in Abuja, recently.

Kwange, who described beekeeping as a highly lucrative agribusiness in Nigeria noted that investing in the bee industry would help earn Nigeria huge assets than crude oil.

According to her, “The market worldwide is huge, almost 2 billion dollars annually and we are really not tapping into it because we have not paid attention to this industry.

She hinted that there would be an international conference in Abuja with the theme, “Beekeeping Industry for Sustainable Development, Wealth Creation and Economic Diversification” by September 20th, 2018.

According to her, the Expo is an intercultural and intercontinental honey show run by an NGO based in Kampala, Uganda, usually held in conjunction with countries to advance the beekeeping industry by promoting the ministry of agriculture and other shareholders.

The director added that the government was also trying to break into other sectors of the economy, majorly in agriculture, and divert from oil saying, the beauty of the industry is that it is not as extravagant as other ventures.

Kwange who stated that the ministry was open to collaboration with foreign partners pleaded with Nigerians to embrace beekeeping for its economic and diverse benefits.

Farmer urges civil servants to invest in Agriculture

A farmer in Gombe, Usman Umar-Yari, has advised civil servants in the state to invest in agriculture ahead of their retirement.

Umar-Yari, a traditional title holder in Akko Emirate, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State, gave the advice in an interview on Monday in Gombe.

He urged civil servants in the state and those seeking white collar jobs to embrace agriculture because it guaranteed returns on investment.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture-driven initiatives have made it imperative for everyone to go into agriculture.

Yari observed that many civil servants often found it difficult to sustain their families after retirement, saying that agriculture was the only solution to overcoming such difficulties.

“Agriculture has better returns in terms of investment than any sector in Nigeria. A farmer cannot lack food and cash if he or she invests.

“I strongly support the agricultural policies of this administration because it has impacted positively on the economy of the rural areas, which in a way has reduced poverty and migration to urban centres.

“This administration is working towards food security while creating thousands of jobs in rural areas.

“Fertiliser and other improved seedlings have been made available by the Federal Government and this has made farming easier.

“With these opportunities, I think civil servants should invest in agriculture and make it their pension instead of waiting for government pension after retirement which takes time.

“I have observed that most civil servants, who failed to invest in agriculture, face certain financial difficulties before their pension comes. The only solution is to invest in agriculture before retirement,’’ he said.

Yari said that the start-up capital for any agricultural investment was not very high when compared to other sectors.

“The start-up capital for any investment in agriculture is not as expensive when compared to other sectors. With N20, 000 one could start something and get better harvest.

“I started my guinea corn farm with little capital but today I grow several other crops. I cater for my family with the income I get from farming.

“As far as President Buhari’s administration is concerned, farmers are the rich men in town,’’ he said.

The farmer advised young people not to wait for white collar jobs, saying huge opportunities are available in agriculture that could in turn guarantee their financial sufficiency. (NAN)

Commodity prices for 27/08/18

27TH AUGUST 2018


Soybeans 829.46 Bushel (bu.) USD
Wheat 507.02 Bushel (bu.) USD
Corn 346.70 Bushel (bu.) USD
Cotton 82.44 Pounds (lb.) USD
Rice 10.74 Hundredweight (cwt) USD
Cocoa 2,280.00 Metric tons (Mt) USD
Coffee 102.20 Pounds (lb.) USD
Oats 258.32 Bushel (bu.) USD
Live Cattle 108.01 Pounds (lb.) USD
Palm oil 2,166 Metric tons USD
Milk 15.03 Hundredweight (cwt) USD
Rubber 162.70 Kilogram (kg) JPY
Sugar 10.41 Pounds (lb.) USD
Tea 3.27 Kilogram (kg) USD
Lumber 441.80 1000 Board feet USD
Wool 2,075.00 100 Kilogram AUD
Lean Hog (Pork) 54.45 Pounds (lb.) USD
Poultry 3.87 Kilograms USD
Beef 9.63 Kilogram BRL

* Rubber priced in Japanese Yen (JPY)
* Wool priced in Australian Dollars (AUD)
* Beef priced in Brazilian Real (BRL)


AIICO commences agriculture insurance


AIICO insurance has gotten approval from the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to underwrite agriculture insurance.

The company said it is taking a strategic position to be a major player in offering agriculture insurance in order to deliver the much-needed protection to the different players in the agriculture value chain.

In a statement, the company said the move is in response to the dire need for adequate insurance in protecting investments in the agricultural sector. Commenting on the company’s readiness to play in the space, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edwin Igbiti, said, “Having recently obtained approval as an agriculture underwriter, AIICO Insurance is uniquely positioned to offer agriculture insurance to Nigerian farmers at all levels, as well as investors looking to tap into the huge potentials of the sector, through its value-based insurance propositions. The company’s competitive edge is hinged on its understanding of the exact needs of farmers through the application of knowledge and expertise in this line of insurance business.’’

Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com

North East: FAO shares inputs to farmers


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it has distributed seeds and fertilizer to about 100,000 households in the North-East during the ongoing wet season programme.

The FAO’s Communication and Reporting Officer Maiduguri, Mrs. Patrina Pink, revealed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

Pink expressed confidence that this would boost crop, livestock production as well as increase access to new farming lands in the area.

She stressed that returnees, host communities and internally displaced people (IDPs) needed immediate succor to resume their livelihoods and 80 percent of which was calculated to be agriculture-based.

“However, access to land still remains a key issue as numerous communities are restricted to only small parcels of land for production and cannot use traditional growing and grazing areas due to lingering security risks,” she said.

“In north-eastern Nigeria, farmers often rely on sharecropping (planting on land belonging to others in exchange for a portion of harvests) or rent less than one hectare of land for subsistence agriculture,’’ she added

The communication officer urged donor partners to support the organization with more funds to meet the needs of agro-based households in the North-East.

Source http://www.agronigeria.com.ng

FAO educates extension workers in Northeast

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), of the United Nations, has said that it has trained about 51 agricultural workers under its Farmer Field School (FFS) in the North East.

Its Communication and Reporting Officer in Maiduguri, Patrina Pink, who made this disclosure, said that the FAO graduated the second batch of trainees last week to support farmers who were victims of conflicts in the Northeast, adding that they had been provided adequate skills to set up and run at least two farmer field schools.

According to her, the training was aimed at providing farmers with extension services information, market access and financial capital.

Pink further disclosed that the trainees were engaged in experimental and interactive sessions which involved groups of 20-25 people with discussion activities where they speak on challenges and solutions to rising agricultural issues in their localities.

“FFS usually comprised of resource-poor participants who typically face limited access to education, information, extension (for farming and pastoral advice) services, market access and financial capital,” She said.

Pink also reiterated the organization’s commitment to support the most vulnerable farming households in the Northeast area.

In his remarks, the FAO Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, in a statement, said that the UN agency planned to install at least 100 of the farmers’ school in 2018 with regional partners.

According to him, “Smallholder farmers face huge hurdles in managing increasingly complex agro-ecosystems. Through FFSs, farmers will learn how to create sustainable solutions to farming and pastoral issues.”

He further stated that the organization works closely with the farmer to ensure that they properly utilize the inputs they receive.

Culled from http://www.agronigeria.com.ng

Bauchi to create farm centres for youths and women


Concerned by the need for youths and women empowerment in Bauchi, the State government has promised to establish farm centers across the three senatorial districts of the State.

The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Audu Katagum, declared this during an interactive session with journalists at the state Capital earlier in the week.

Katagum noted that the projected farm centers were efforts of the state government to address youth agitations and also create employment opportunities for the increasing populace.

According to him “already all the necessary arrangements have been put in place to support the youths and women to engage in farming activities through the use of modern farming and provision of implements for food security and bumper harvest’’.

The Deputy Governor stressed that agriculture is a major priority of the administration, “hence the need for all and sundry to complement government towards improving socio-economic development in the State’’.

He charged the youths to remain positive and desist from all social vices which can destroy their future.

Culled from http://www.agronigeria.com.ng

PIND empowered 7,550 farmers in Niger Delta


The Foundation for Partnership Initiative in Niger Delta (PIND) says it has empowered 7,550 farmers across the Niger Delta states of the country.

PIND’s Senior Market Adviser, Misan Edema-Sillo, who disclosed this at a workshop, said the farmers were empowered in fish, cassava, and oil palm farming.

He said about 75 percent of the Niger Delta region lived below poverty level, saying that their goal is to develop activities and strategies that will help to address the constraints hindering their success.

“We have empowered over 7,550 farmers with inputs and they are all active. We don’t just give them inputs and stop there, we also train them, establish them and monitor them to succeed,” he said.

He added that “for them to succeed in their farming business, PIND established them in clusters after providing inputs so that they would have access to market and veterinary services.

“We support the large concentration of fish, cassava and palm oil farmers across the Niger Delta region through training, capacity building and provision of inputs. We also train the fish farmers on how to produce feeds to reduce cost,” he said.

Edema-Sillo said their intervention in the Niger Delta, supported by Chevron Plc, has reduced poverty and hostility in the region as the people now channel their energy to farming.

Culled from https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/7-550-farmers-empowered-in-niger-delta-267087.html

NIRSAL deploys new insurance scheme for farmers

To protect farmers against risks through the value chain in agriculture, the Nigerian Agricultural Risk Sharing System (NIRSAL) has developed a new insurance product designed for small farmers – the most vulnerable segment in the agricultural sector.

A statement from NIRSAL says that the product is an improvement to its innovative Area YieldIndex Insurance (AYII) mechanism introduced last year.

He said that the product is especially targeted at small farmers and the Nigerian population as a whole. He explained that “while the coverage provided by the earlier product was limited to crop insurance, the new insurance product” NIRSAL Comprehensive Index Insurance “(NCII) is a combination of a profitability index, a price index and life insurance. It is designed to mitigate the impact and loss of both the risk of return and market price risk – the fundamental risks associated with the possible reduction in production and uncertainty in the market. ”

He further explained that “the new insurance product, an innovative form of income insurance, is unique in Africa. It is also the first such product to be achieved without state subsidies for the award. ” He said that the deployment of the product begins immediately from the pilot phase of the NIRSAL operations under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers program. ”