• Farmers to make rice inexpensive by 2017

    Farmers to make rice inexpensive by 2017

    The National President, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mr. Aminu Goronyo  has assured Nigerians of their readiness to make the price of rice affordable and accessible by 2017.

    Goronyo who gave the assurance in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, said the association had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some farm input suppliers in the country to ensure prompt supply of cheap fertilisers and pesticides to boost production.

    Goronyo said some […]

  • NSCDC takes proactive measures to prevent herdsmen, farmers clashes in Edo state

    NSCDC takes proactive measures to prevent herdsmen, farmers clashes in Edo state

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Edo state has commenced an extensive sensitisation programme to prevent conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

    The Commandant of the corps, Dr. Benito Eze said NSCDC had established an agro-allied unit to promptly attend to such cases between the farmers and herdsmen.

    He attributed the recurring clashes between the two groups nationwide to communication breakdown.

    “Edo has been blessed by God, which is the reason why we have not had any issue […]

  • Farmers, herdsmen clashes a threat to food security -Cleen Foundation

    Farmers, herdsmen clashes a threat to food security -Cleen Foundation

    A one-day workshop organised by Cleen Foundation, in association with a Canadian organisation at Mbalano, in Isukwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, has identified the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen as a threat to food security and economic prosperity of the nation.

    The  workshop, which was organised to seek ways on how to foster lasting peace, friendship and understanding among farmers, villagers and herdsmen in all parts of the state gave participants the opportunity to bare their minds on […]

  • ARMTI proposes Cassava leaves as cattle feed, says it could reduce herdsmen, farmers clashes

    ARMTI proposes Cassava leaves as cattle feed, says it could reduce herdsmen, farmers clashes

    The acting Executive Director of  the  Agriculture and Rural Management Training Institute, ARMTI, Dr Olufemi Oladunni, told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that unlocking the potentialities of cassava leaves as livestock feed would reduce crop farmers/herdsmen clashes in the country and would be a massive step forward in the agricultural sector.

    Oladunni said it was unfortunate that the conflict between farmers and herdsmen had caused so much losses that could have been avoided if stakeholders in the sector had considered the other potentialities of […]

  • FG to provide threshing machines to rice farmers in Niger

    FG to provide threshing machines to rice farmers in Niger

    It was gathered that the Federal Government will provide threshing machine to registered rice farmers in Niger State to boost production, an official said on Sunday.

    Dr. Mathew Ahmed, the Programme Coordinator for Rice and Cassava Value Chain Development under the FG/IFAD Programme, made the disclosure in Minna, Niger State.

    “We want each farmers organisation to own a thresher to enable them produce clean rice of international standard,” Ahmed said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

    He said a total […]

  • African farmers should determine cocoa price – Ooni

    African farmers should determine cocoa price – Ooni

    It was gathered that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said cocoa farmers in Africa should be allowed to determine the price of the produce in the international market.

    The monarch, who made the call at the first Regional Cocoa Symposium held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan on Tuesday, said it was morally wrong for external bodies to determine what the price of a farm produce would be, bearing in mind the fact that Africa was producing […]

  • FG releases N2bn agric loan to Jigawa farmers

    FG releases N2bn agric loan to Jigawa farmers

    It was gathered that the Federal Government has released N2 billion to Jigawa State as agricultural loan for rice and wheat production to dry season farmers under the Anchor-Borrower Programme.

    This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Kabiru Ali, while speaking to newsmen in Dutse.

    He said government had provided 250,000 hectares of farmland to be used by the beneficiaries of Anchor-Borrower Programme across the state.

    He said: “The N2 billion agricultural loan approved by the Federal […]

  • Government alone can’t solve farmers, herdsmen clash – Abubakar

    Government alone can’t solve farmers, herdsmen clash – Abubakar

    Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday, said solution to the persistent bloody clash between herdsmen and farmers across the country should not be left to government alone.

    The former military leader said the crisis requires all hands to be on deck, especially, well-meaning individuals in the country.

    He said this after hosting Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, his Kebbi State counterpart, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, […]

  • 70 Ondo graduate farmers get Governor Mimiko’s N25m loan

    70 Ondo graduate farmers get Governor Mimiko’s N25m loan

    Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has disbursed N25 million to 70 young agro-farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs to enable them start their own agricultural ventures.

    Mimiko noted that it was in line with his administration’s resolve to support micro and small businesses, create wealth and increase food production in the state.

    The loan is at a single interest rate of 2.5 per cent for a period of two years with a moratorium period of six months.

    The governor, who was represented by his Chief […]

  • Nigeria losing $13.7bn to herders, farmers conflict

    Nigeria losing $13.7bn to herders, farmers conflict

    Peace between farmers and pastoralists can produce a gain of up to $13.7bn annually bringing economic progress for Nigeria, a study has said.

    Patrick Okigbo, a conflict resolution expert, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a dialogue with herders and farmers at Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

    Okigbo, who is also the Principal Partner, Nextier Advisory quoted a study by Mercy Corps, which claims an average of 47 per cent loss in taxes in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.

    He […]

  • Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes not Buhari’s responsibilty, says Obasanjo

    Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes not Buhari’s responsibilty, says Obasanjo

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said it is not the responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the lingering clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

    Obasanjo also decried the increasing level of hunger in the country, stressing that it was sad to note that about 65 per cent of Nigerians were faced with food insecurity.

    The former president spoke during the 23rd Annual LAPO Development Forum with the theme, ‘Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities’, organised by the […]