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Enugu AFAN urges herdsmen to stay off farmlands

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Mr Romanus Ezeh, Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Enugu chapter, has called on herdsmen to feed their cows with grass and not on farmers crops.

Ezeh, who made this call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Friday, said it was not a thing of joy for farmer to see herdmen destroy their crops.

“We understand that they are trying to take care of their means of livelihood, but it should not be at the detriment of farmers labour.

“Last year, they are one of the major challenges we had and you cannot stop them as they do invade the farmlands at night or early morning.

“At this hours, all the farmers have gone home and in the morning, the farmers have not come to the farm.

“Enugu State government is doing well in curtailing destruction of farmlands by this herders, but we want them to do more,” he said.

Ezeh noted that the herdsmen menace scared many farmers away and has made some to abandon their farms.

The AFAN chairman noted that farming is a lucrative occupation that can create lots of employment when well structured and sponsored.

“In developed worlds, government do buy off the produce from the farmers after each farming season.

Ezeh said that when government buy the produce, the farmers would have money for next season farming and save them the cost of storage.

He disclosed that army worms harmed crops last farming season, adding that the farmers association would seek solution to it this season.

“It can be controlled with the modern chemicals in the market and in the agro dealers office,” he said.

The chairman said that the association has liaison officers who direct farmers on how to apply pesticide in their farms.

“These are Agricultural Extension Officers who help farmers and in line with the state ministry of agriculture to educate the farmers as well,” Eze said.

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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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