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AFAN decries inadequate tractors, modern inputs for farming in Enugu

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Mr Romanus Ezeh, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu State chapter, has decried inadequate farming tools and inputs for its members in the state.

Ezeh made this known to News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.

He said that challenges facing the farmers included land preparation, inadequate machines, inputs, fertilisers and finance.

The chairman said that land was not necessarily farmers’ problem but the tractors that would cut down trees and clear the farm lands.

”There are not enough machines to assist the farmers in tilling and harrowing as the available ones are dilapidated and others are malfunctioning.

”Farmers hardly get inputs such as seeds for planting and they need quality and improved seeds of different varieties for good yield.

”We also face challenges of inadequate and lack of fertilisers at times and high cost at times other times, which discourage farmers.

”All is not complete without soft loan and grants made available to farmers as farmers need finance for large produce and quality produce,” he said.

Ezeh said that lots of finances were also needed for commercial farming, adding that the government should consider such to the farmers.

”More importantly, processing of the agricultural produce in Enugu at the moment are not available for processing of grains, flour and starch which are in high demand,” he said.

Ezeh called on the state and the Federal Governments to come to the aid of farmers in making available things that would solve the problems of farming in the state.

He urged the authorities to provide the needs of the farmers through the association in the state so that the real farmers would have access to them at the right time and at affordable prices.

Speaking on how middlemen should assist farmers, Ezeh said that they should use their agro products to assist the farmers at affordable rates.

”Middlemen like the agro dealers should use their agro products to help farmers by making their fertilisers available.

”The fertilisers either organic or inorganic, pesticides and others relevant to farming to enable farmers have large yield.

”They can help farmers through organising symposium, workshops to educate them on how to apply products and how to handle instruments,” Ezeh said.

Ezeh said that farmers in the state needed a place to safeguard their products, which would result to adequate inputs for next season.

 

 

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River basin to create farm settlement in Auchi for food sufficiency

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“Songhai farming is the best model of farming and I urge many Nigerians to embrace the model of agriculture from Auchi experience,” he said.

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YIIFSWA, IITA sensitise 50 Edo yam farmers on new technology

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The Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA ll) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Friday held a sensitisation forum on Aerophonics system of seed yam production for 50 yam farmers in Edo.

Mrs Perpetual Isiahon, Head of YIIFSWA, said that the programme was initiated to set a new tone for yam value chain in the state.

“Our task at this forum is to access the economic benefits of yam value chain, while using it as an initiative for the attainment of food security in Edo.

“The purpose of this forum is to sensitise participants on new technologies in producing seed yam and developing a better understanding of existing methods.

“It is also to expose participants to different products they can get from yam for income generation through its value chain,” she said.

Isiahon urged yam farmers in the state to key into the project and invest more on yam value chain for wealth creation.

She also called on the state government to assist in establishing new seed yam production companies in the state.

She said that a budget for yam in Edo would also encourage the production of yam.

She said that Abia, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, were currently producing seed yam, using the new technology

In a speech, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Mr Felix Akhabue, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Joe Edionwe, said that Nigeria had a high demand for yam as a staple food.

Edionwe regretted that yam production in Nigeria was not enough to meet the growing local and export demands, hence the need for new technologies in seed yam multiplication and production.

He said that the realisation of the goal would, no doubt, facilitate wealth creation and empowerment in the yam value chain.

Akhabue pledged government’s support to collaborate with critical stakeholders to ensure that yam farmers and Edo people benefited immensely from the project.

Mr Wellington Omoragbon, state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), commended the initiative and urged the farmers to take the message to their communities.

Omoragbon said the one-day advocacy and sensitisation forum, tagged “Sustainable production of high quality seed yam for wealth creation and empowerment”, was organised by IITA, in collaboration with Root and Tuber Division of FMARD.

 

 

 

 

 

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1,300 rice farmers receive input for dry season farming in Delta–RIFAN

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Mr Anthony Umunna, Delta Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that no fewer than 1,300 registered members of the association in the state have received inputs for dry season farming.

The RIFAN chairman, who disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Asaba, lamented the late arrival of the inputs for the year’s dry season farming season.

Umunna said though members received the inputs; paddy rice, herbicides, water pumps among others for the year’s dry season farming, they might not be able to plant until about September ending when the rains would have subsided.

He said that there was need for a review of the farming calendar between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria to enable timely release of inputs to farmers because of the difference in weather conditions.

According to Umunna, the quest for the release of the inputs have been on since to enable farmers in the south engage in this year’s dry season farming.

“As at today, 1,300 registered rice farmers in Delta have received paddy rice, herbicides, and water pumping machines among other inputs for 2019 dry season farming.

“In spite of our efforts, the inputs came late and as our farmers will have to wait till the end of September for the rains to subside before planting.

“This is why we are appealing to government for timely release of the inputs to enable our farmers work with the seasonal timetable and key into the dry season farming and that of the wet seasons farming appropriately,’’ he said.

He appealed to the farmers not to lose their patience as everything possible was being done by the association to ensure that all registered rice farmers benefited from the CBN-RIFAN Anchor Borrowers Scheme aimed at boosting rice production in Nigeria.

He also called on all the South-South governors to support the programme and ensure that farmers in the area got full benefits, adding that the programme would not only create jobs but also boost the economy and create wealth.

NAN reports that the programme is part of the CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme in Partnership with RIFAN to boost rice production in the country.

 

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Foundation lists how youths can explore goldmine in agriculture

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Nigerian exporters sign MoU with Russian partner to promote investment

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Idiong said the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Prof. Steve Ugbah was represented at the event by Mr Afangideh Jonathan, Second Secretary, Political, Protocol, Information & Culture.

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