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Lagos APPEALS identifies 3 water bodies for Tilapia Cage Culture



The Lagos State Agro-Processing, Productivity, Engagement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) project says it has identified three water bodies, as safe for Tilapia Cage Culture in the state.

Mrs Oluranti Oviebo, the State Project Coordinator (SPC), made the disclosure at the ongoing capacity building for aquaculture farmers in Badagry, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APPEALS project is a World Bank-assisted project, in collaboration with the Federal Government, partnering the Lagos State Government.

Oviebo noted that comprehensive analysis had been conducted on the water bodies in Afowo in Badagry; Agbowa in Ikorodu and Ebute-Afuye in Epe.

According to her, the cage culture is in the open water naturally growing fish but confined in a cage; but the earthen pond is the aquaculture, where you have your pond and there is water seepage.

“The project has carried out thorough investigations on these areas – Afowo in Badagry; Agbowa in Ikorodu-Epe and also Ebute-Afuye in Epe.

“It is not enough to say you are going into Tilapia farming and then you will go and find any water body to start using. We took the samples of these water bodies and the soils so that it doesn’t look like a mere experiment.

“We have to be sure of the composition of these sites to ascertain their suitability to culture Tilapia,’’ the coordinator said.

Oviebo noted that existing fish farmers must have a minimum of three years experience in the business, with a very good business plan to access grants.

The coordinator said there was need to leverage on the country’s huge water bodies and diverse fish species.

NAN reports that the ongoing three-day capacity building in Topo, Badagry, would focus on Tilapia production, using the Cage Culture Rearing Method; Control of Water Hyacinth and Production of Organic Fertiliser from Water Hyacinth.

Mr Remi Ahmed, a Tilapia Cage Culture Farmer, said that the APPEALS project had created an opportunity for farmers to harness technologies in the fisheries sub-sector.

Ahmed said there were certain processes involved in cage culture, that would make tilapia cage culture easy and productive which farmers hitherto, took for granted.

“This event is to promote the cage culture of Tilapia. There are lots of water bodies that are underutilised.

“Let me be fair to the northerners who use them for irrigation; but in the West, we do not use them for anything.

“If you have the floater, the restriction, which is the cage you can put in the water, put your fish and start feeding it. It will reduce mortality because they are in their natural habitation.

“Even in the North, irrigation should not be the only use of our water bodies because you can still use the water of the cage to do your irrigation,’’ he said.

Mr Nurudeen Tiamiyu, Managing Director, Latia Global Investment Ltd, in his presentation on “Water Quality Management”, said there were technologies that could ease the business of cage culture.

He noted that farmers should take daily records of the water temperature, turbidity, water depth, movement, bottom type, cage size, shape, and mesh and happa net size among others.

Mrs Abeni Oshinlolu, a Cage Culture practitioner, on behalf of the participants, described the programme as an enlightening outing for them.


Climate change, most crucial development challenge – ministry of environment



The Federal Ministry of Environment says unpredictable climate change is the most important development challenge currently and external climate finance is key to fast tracking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mrs Ibukun Odusote, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on Promoting Climate Finance for Agriculture in West and Central Africa organised by the ECOWAS commission.

Odusote said Global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions was a threat to agricultural gains and there was an urgent need to reduce global emissions.

“Toward this path, countries have made resolute commitments to emission reduction targets through national legislation, policies and regulations, regional and sub-national actions combined with a new binding agreement,’’ she said.

Odusote said that with the adoption of the Paris Agreement, Nigeria pledged through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce its emission unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally up to 45 per cent by 2023.

She said that effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and its components would depend greatly on the combined efforts at international, regional, national, sub-national and private sectors.

“So far, Nigeria has deepened the understanding of relevant national stakeholders on the concept of a low carbon and climate resilient development and the green economy,’’ Odusote said.

She said another milestone Nigeria achieved in this regard was the development of sectoral action plans for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributors.

The Permanent Secretary said agriculture was an indispensable indicator of growth in the economy of every country, not just for provision of food, but it connected other development sectors.

Dr Oluyede Ajayi, Lead Specialist, leading agriculture and climate change at the Technical Climate for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, said the workshop was to promote climate finance to support agricultural resilience.

Ajayi said most countries depended on agriculture and food security, and small holder farmers were at the receiving end in climate change because they had very low adaptability.

“One way of addressing this is to promote adaptation and help farmers to be resilient, and a lot of money and resources have been channeled globally into climate financing in respect to climate change.

“Out of this, less than 10 per cent goes into agriculture and less than five per cent goes to small holder farmers,’’ he said.

Ajayi noted that a slight change in rainfall pattern had implications which might be able to wreck havoc on farm practices.

He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise on how to increase financial support for climate change activities in agriculture with regards to small holder agriculture in West and Central African countries.

“We have conducted studies in some countries and now we are synthesising to look at the key issues with options to promote reinvestment in climate actions to support small holder farmers,’’ Ajayi said.

The first day of workshop witnessed presentations from African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Cameroun, Chad and representatives of other countries.



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I won’t tolerate indiscipline; Agric minister warns



Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister is expected to tour the 40 agencies and parastatals under the ministry to familiarise himself with their activities.


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Biotechnology crops have contributed to global food security – Expert



“Let’s get this technology out as fast as possible; let government create the enabling environment that will make those developing the project to quickly expedite action and get the products out to the farmers who need the technology,” Oikeh said.


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Kaduna agric agency partners research institutes to offer new technologies to farmers



The Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency (KADA) is collaborating with research institutes to extend new technologies to farmers across the state.

Alhaji Ya’u Kasimu, Director Extension Services, KADA, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Zaria, Kaduna State on Wednesday.

NAN reports that Kasimu spoke on the sideline of a meeting with specialists from four Agricultural Zonal Offices of the state.

The Director said: “All the Agricultural Development Agencies (ADPs) are collaborating with research institutes because, research institutes are a basket or a store of knowledge that come up with new technologies, because we cannot develop technologies ourselves.

“Therefore, we have to collaborate with the research institutes for us to get the technologies, which at the end we train our extension agents so that they can take such technologies to our farmers for agricultural improvement.”

Kasimu expressed concern over the inadequate ratio of extension agents in Kaduna State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“The Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says one extension agent is to oversee the activities of 800 farmers that means one extension agent to 800 farmers.

“When they saw the number of farmers are multiplying, they shift it to one extension agent to 1,000 farmers but today, Bureau of Statistics reports that in Nigeria, one extension agent is attending to 9,650 farmers.

“The ratio is so big, indicating that the number of extension agents is grossly inadequate and that is why we are using the media to see how we can extend the massage on the new improved technologies to farmers,” he noted.

According to him, the meeting was to raise awareness of the participants on the need to educate farmers to take farming as a business instead of tradition or hobby.

“We want the farmers to see how they can analyse their activities to know how much they have spent, what value are they getting from each value chain, be it maize, rice or whatever crop they are growing, we want to put them through.

“We want them to be keeping records of what they are producing, to understand the nature of rainfall, weather happening, so that they will not be victims of circumstances or victims of weather situations.

“We also want to see that women farmers are being carried along. We are trying to see how women farmers will be going together, know the happening just like their male counterparts,” he said.

Kasimu encouraged women to redouble efforts and participate more in farming business to gain the benefits therein.

He lauded their commitments in engaging in agricultural value-chain especially in the aspect of processing, livestock and cereal crops among others.

The Director appealed to farmers generally to learn and understand what agriculture is all about.

“Farmers must understand that there is science aspect of agriculture and art aspect of agriculture, you cannot just go for one aspect to achieve what you want to achieve.

“You have to combine the two to be able to get to where you want to go, by combining the two aspects, sky will be your limit,” he said.

Kasimu attributed the loan repayment challenges being encountered in CBN’s Ancho-Borrower programme to lack of involvement of extension agents in the scheme, assuring that extension agents knew the real farmers.

He said most of the loans were disbursed to political farmers instead of real farmers due to inability of those in-charge of the programme to identify actual farmers.


Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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FAO donates inputs to 247 tomato farmers in Kaduna



The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has distributed farm inputs and implements to 247 farmers in Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement issued by Malam Dahiru Abdullah, Information Officer of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Abdullahi said the UN agency donated the inputs and implements to the farmers based on their high rating for adopting global best practices in food production.

“Farmers in the state were chosen for engaging in the best agricultural practices, in line with Global standards that ensures improved livelihood of farmers.

“Dr Hadiza Balarabe, led the farmers to receive the items on behalf of Gov.  Nasiru Ahmad El –Rufai and the state government expressed gratitude to FAO pledging to partner with the agency to transform the sector.

“The FAO has assisted farmers in the state for more than a decade.

“The government will continue to partner with the organization to transform the Agricultural sector into Agri-business moving away from subsistence farming,” the statement said.

It added that El-Rufai urged the benefiting farmers to use the intervention maximally to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youths in the state.

He also urged them to ensure the maintenance of the implements and effective use of the seeds and insecticides distributed to them.

El-Rufai reminded the farmers to use the proceeds from their farm produce to send their wards to school.

Amb. Sufiyan Koroma who represented FAO, while presenting the donation, said the Agency had been supporting Nigeria since 1978 for food sufficiency in the country.

Koroma said FAO would continue to commit more resources to improve agriculture in the state to ensure food sufficiency and growth of agriculture businesses.

He encouraged the benefiting farmers to use the items to improve their livelihood and that of their families to reduce poverty.

Also, the General Manager, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency, Mallam Sabi’u Ismaila said the 247 farmers who benefitted from the FAO gesture were drawn from Jere in Kagarko Local Government of the state.

Ismaila said the farmers were trained on Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing with emphasis on Tomatoes.

He commended the UN agency for improving the lives of farmers in the state through trainings and workshops on food production, processing and marketing.

“Farmers in the state had gradually adopted the culture of global best practices in production and KADA will ensure effective monitoring for judicious use of the items by the benefiting farmers,’’ he said.

Inputs and Implements distributed to the farmers included; Improved Seeds, Agrochemicals, Water Pumps, Wheel-barrows, Watering-cans, Rakes, Plastic- Crates, and Pesticides to reduce the impact of insects on crops.

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