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Obiano reserves 60 per of CBN’s N4 Bln grant for women

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Poultry farmers in Plateau decry high price of feed

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Poultry farmers in Plateau  have decried the continued increase in the prices of chicken feed in the country.

Mr John Dasar, Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), in the state made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Jos.

Dasar lamented that the high prices of feed and other cost of production put together in poultry farming did not enable farmers to break even in the poultry business.

The chairman explained that a bag of maize now goes for between N5,000 and N7, 000, as against the old price of N14,000.

According to him, the drastic reduction in the price of maize should naturally crash the price of the feeds as well.

“Generally, the cost of production in the poultry industry is high but the price of feed is particularly higher.

“Before now a bag of maize went for N14,000, but it is currently being sold between N5,000 and N7, 000.

“So, now that the cost of maize is low, it is expected that the price of feed should also come down.

“If you put the cost of feeds and other inputs together, farmers can’t break even,” he added.

Dasar called on the state government to make deliberate effort in supporting poultry farmers with incentives in order to make the industry lucrative.

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NIRSAL pledges to support farmers in Jigawa

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Dutse, Aug 17, 2017 The Nigeria Incentives Based Risk Sharing System (NIRSAL) in Jigawa, has pledged its continued support to farmers in the state.

Alhaja Yusuf Ibrahim, a representative of NIRSAL made the pledge in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jigawa on Saturday.

He said that the objectives of NIRSAL was to assist farmers in sharing risks and support them during misfortunes or eventualities.

The representative said that the agency had assisted farmers during flooding, fire disasters and other natural challenges in other states.

Ibrahim said that the agency would do the same if farmers in the state collaborated with the agency.

“Our aim is also to see that we work toward boosting agriculture to ensure food security in the state,” he said.

He congratulated Mai-unguwa Jaga for his re-election as the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).

He said that the organisation would give him the necessary support and cooperation to take the association to greater heights.

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Inconsistent policy stifles economic development- Don

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Mr Adeniyi Bunmi, the Executive Director, GoGreen Africa Initiative on Saturday said inconsistent government policies would stifle the nation’s economic development.

Bunmi made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency( NAN) in Abuja, while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s call on the CBN to restrict foreign exchange allocation on importation of food items into the country.

He said that contrary the thinking of many Nigerians, “nothing stifles a nation’s economic development as much as lack of coherent policy”.

“The total lack of understandable, consistent, logical and coherent government economic policy is the main reason behind our under-development as a nation and not necessarily corruption.

“Even if you totally eliminate corruption, you still need to invest the proceeds for it to make any difference in people’s lives,” he said.

According to him, the decision of the President instructing the CBN to stop selling foreign exchange to food importers “is not a right thing to do now”.

“Many people applauded the move thinking it was forward-thinking but is the CBN independent of the government?

“When you have in independent central bank, it is supposed to make decisions without political interference.

“The whole idea is that politicians should not play politics with the economy but should leave economic management to the technocrats.”

Bunmi agreed that Nigeria needed to cut food imports but the way to do it was to improve domestic distribution, refrigeration and storage of farm produce.

“Building silos in all our 774 local government areas, providing refrigerated trucks and tarring rural roads is what will make food more abundant and cheaper.”

According to him, a blanket import ban is only going to lead to higher prices and inflation which will affect demand and supply fundamentally.

“When you ban imports and do not produce what you have banned locally, you create inflation.

“As in the case of rice for instance, we only produce about four million tonnes but consume about seven million tonnes.

“To make rice imports unattractive, the government needs to not only boost production but also increase the unit-per-head output.

“If Thailand is producing rice at 20 dollars a tonne and selling it at 30 dollars a tonne, why should Nigerian consumers be forced to purchase from local producers at 50 dollars a tonne?

“As an economy, we need to learn to be competitive, one problem with government tariffs is that it protects lazy, inefficiency and uncompetitive local monopolies, providing them with no incentive to up their game.”

Bunmi appealed to the incoming minister of agriculture work our how to improve the distribution network and track products imported with a view to making Nigeria self-sufficient in its production. .

 

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Fadama 111 Agric Progrmme shares N94.4m to youths in Jigawa

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Alhaji Aminu Isah, the Jigawa Coordinator of Fadama 111 agricultural programme says the programme has shared N94.4million to 253 unemployed youths in the state for agricultural enterprises.

Isah was speaking at a workshop in Dutse on Saturday on the need for beneficiaries to utilise the fund effectively to achieve its objectives.

He said that the youths were both males and females selected from the 27 local government areas of the state.

The coordinator said that the beneficiaries received training in rice processing, poultry, fisheries and different agricultural enterprises.

The Isah said that the gesture was in line with the Federal Government effort to provide employment for the teeming youths.

“Apart from our gesture, the Jigawa Government is also supporting about 300 youths on agricultural entrepreneurship.”

The Coordinator urged the beneficiaries to plan their businesses and study them well before implementation. .

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Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Expect bumper harvest, improved living standard, NASC DG assures Nigerians

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Dr Olusegun Ojo, Director-General, National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), has assured Nigerians of bumper harvest, good quality seeds, improved standard of living and overall improvement in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Ojo gave the assurance after a meeting of partners on Saturday at the council’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said that this would be made possible through a project he called Rapid Multiplication and Production of Early Generation Seed for Production of Certified Seeds for Farmers in Nigeria.

The director-general said that the project was sponsored by Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), under the auspices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He said that the project was aimed at making sure that early generation seeds comprising of foundation seeds and breeder seeds were produced.

“They are meant to produce certified seeds for farmers in Nigeria; that is the target,’’ he said.

Ojo further stated that the meeting was for planning and review of the three consortium comprising NASC and two prominent seed companies, Premier Seed and Value Seed.

He said that the meeting came as the need arose, to appraise the development and performance of each of the consortium.

“The meeting is being held at the instance of NASC because it is the one coordinating the other two stakeholders and more so, it is due to the fact that money has been released by AGRA for the execution of various aspects of the project.

“Therefore, this meeting is to find out the level of implementation from each of the stakeholders,’’ he said.

Mr Folarin Okelola, the Project Manager of the AGRA Early Generation Seed (EGS) programme, said that the two leading seed companies, Premier Seed and Value Seed were saddled with the responsibilities of producing quality rice, maize and soybeans seeds.

“Very soon, the challenge of early generation seeds production in Nigeria will be a thing of the past,’’ he assured.

According to him, Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) is the umbrella body where donors pull their resources together to support various agricultural development programmes in the region.

Mr Agboola Adebayo, the NASC Director, Seed Inspectorate, said that the two seed companies had been given the responsibilities of producing about 810 metric tons of EGS of rice, maize and soybeans.

He stressed the importance of EGS as far as seed production was concerned.

Edited by Saidu Adamu and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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