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Tomato growers laud FG’s support, urge effective policy implementation

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The Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) has lauded the Federal Government’s decision to include tomato in the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

Alhaji Abdullahi Ringim, the National President of the association, gave the commendation at a validation meeting of the Nigerian Agribusiness Stocktaking Report in Abuja on Friday.

The government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), recently assured tomato farmers of support with the necessary funds and inputs following an off-taker arrangement with Dangote Factory.

Ringim said that the current administration had been supportive of tomato farmers, who had been grappling with several challenges, including lack of access to land, inputs and funds.

According to him, the Federal Government is currently discussing with tomato processors to give them facilities at lower interest rate.

“The Federal Government has banned the importation of tin tomato which is our major competitor. They have officially banned the importation of paste through the land borders.

“Although, this has not recorded much success because importers of tomato paste still smuggle the product into the country.

“The government has done quite well in terms of policy, but the issue is, whether this policy is going to be fully implemented that is the challenge for us now.

“But at least, the policy side of it has been made now, we are at the implementation challenges,” he said.

The TOGAN national president said that about half of the tomatoes produced in the country did not make it to processing or final consumption, adding that the country still recorded high post-harvest losses.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the validation meeting was organised by Growafrica in collaboration with Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG).

Ms Akinnaoye Ndoping, the Country Lead of GrowAfrica, said that the forum was held for stakeholders to review and validate the “Stock Taking Report” of a baseline study of the agricultural sector.

“We are here with stakeholders to scrutinise the report and get it validated by getting their views, and move forward to actual implementation.

“The report gives us an oversight in-depth view of the agricultural sector in Nigeria, particularly the existing policy framework,” she said.

Mr Christopher Abiodun, the Founder, Farmcrowdy said that the meeting was timely considering the fact that stakeholders’ inputs were hardly taken in the process of policy formulation.

Edited by Grace Yussuf

 

 

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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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