• FG taking necessary measures to check hunger and famine in the country, says Ogbeh

    FG taking necessary measures to check hunger and famine in the country, says Ogbeh

    Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said that the federal government has put necessary measures in place to forestall hunger and famine in the country.

    He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that “there will be no hunger: it is just that there is heavy export of our grains to North, West and Central Africa.’’

    “However, we are taking steps to ensure enough food in the next harvest.’’

    The minister said the federal government […]

  • Nigeria will soon become major power in rice exportation – Ogbeh assures Nigerians

    Nigeria will soon become major power in rice exportation – Ogbeh assures Nigerians

    According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assured Nigerians that with measures adopted by the Federal Government, the country would soon transmute into a rice exporting country within one year.

    Ogbeh gave the assurance in Hadejia and Auyo local government areas in Jigawa State when he visited to ascertain the level of rice production in the zone, assuring that rice production in the country was part of efforts designed to discourage the importation of the commodity.

    He stated […]

  • Trump’s victory: We’ll have to retool our foreign policy, says Ogbeh

    Trump’s victory: We’ll have to retool our foreign policy, says Ogbeh

    Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has warned that authorities in Nigeria must begin to think about tinkering with the nation’s foreign policy in readiness for the consequences of Donald Trump’s Presidency in the United States of America (USA).

    This is just as the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, insisted that the new President-elect had no alternative than to continue to support the global fight against insurgency and terrorism.

    Ogbe, while reacting to Trump’s emergence as the US President-elect and […]

  • FG to reduce importation of milk in 2019, says Ogbeh

    FG to reduce importation of milk in 2019, says Ogbeh

    Nigeria is presently in short supply of 600,000 tons of dairy milk and is partnering with major national and international stakeholders in the dairy sector to inject a considerable volume and drastically reduce importation of milk in 2019, the Federal Government has said.

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, represented by the Director of Animal Production and Husbandry Services, Dr. Egejuru Eze, said this during the just concluded two-day multi-stakeholders roundtable conference in Abuja with the theme: “Milky […]

  • We have surplus of rice, no more importation, says Ogbeh

    We have surplus of rice, no more importation, says Ogbeh

    According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday disclosed that Nigeria, with the current surplus of rice production maintains the ban of importation as it is set to beat its year 2017 target of self-sufficiency.

    The Minister, who was represented by his Ministry’s Director of Planning, Musa Alhassan, stated this at a roundtable meeting of Rice Supply Chain of the Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme jointly organised by the Ministry, the United Nations Development Programme […]

  • Nigeria to end rice import in 12 months, Ogbeh assures

    Nigeria to end rice import in 12 months, Ogbeh assures

    It was gathered that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assured that the current foreign exchange pressure on the country would come to an end before the end of 2017 when the Federal Government investments in agriculture and other productive ventures begin to yield fruits.

    Ogbeh, who spoke at assessment tour of Coscharis Rice Farm in Anaku, in the Ayemelum Local Government of Anambra state, said Nigeria spends over $3billion on food import annually, stressing that […]

  • Slow budgetary process, a setback to diversifying into agric, says Ogbeh

    Slow budgetary process, a setback to diversifying into agric, says Ogbeh

    According to reports, the slow release of 2016 budgetary allocation to agriculture is hindering the diversification of the economy, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said.

    He said because the ministry had to follow a very rigid procurement process, it was yet to begin the implementation of any capital project since the budget was approved in May.

    Ogbeh revealed this yesterday in Abuja when the Senate Committee on Agriculture paid a visit to the ministry and added […]

  • FG targets $5bn cassava export annually – Ogbeh

    FG targets $5bn cassava export annually – Ogbeh

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the country is targeting to reap over $5billion annually from cassava production in the next few years.

    Ogbeh stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the National Cassava Summit with the theme: “Toward $5 billion per Annum Cassava in the next five years.”

    Ogbeh said that the country had over time neglected agriculture in the last 30 years.

    He, however, added that the industry has the potential ‎to employ more youths and […]

  • People are very angry, hungry, want situation resolved – Ogbeh

    People are very angry, hungry, want situation resolved – Ogbeh

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Monday, said that Nigerians are very troubled, angry, hungry and want the situation changed.

    The minister made this during a summon of Agric commissioners from the 17 States and Federal Capital Territory, FCT, over an outbreak of locusts in Niger Republic.

    Ogbeh said the meeting became urgent after officials from Niger Republic alerted the Ministry over the invasion of locusts and grasshoppers in their farms.

    Commissioners from Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe, Kano, […]

  • Ogbeh distributes improved variety of cassava stem to farmers in Benue

    Ogbeh distributes improved variety of cassava stem to farmers in Benue

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Saturday distributed improved variety of cassava stem to farmers in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue.

    While distributing the stems which were developed by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria), Ogbeh said they were enriched with Vitamin `A’ to enhance nutrition.

    The minister said government agricultural programmes were targeted at ensuring availability of food to the people and ensure they eat well.

    Ogbeh said farmers deserved all forms of support from […]

  • Nigeria’s Agriculture in dire need of water – Ogbeh

    Nigeria’s Agriculture in dire need of water – Ogbeh

    The Federal Government has unfolded plans to commence the construction of about 10 new dams in the 36 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The construction of the projects known as PROJECT 10/37, it said, will begin in 2017.

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, stated this yesterday at the public presentation of the water sector roadmap with the theme: “Immediate and Long Term Strategies for the Water Sector 2016-2030,” organised by the Ministry […]