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Sorghum farmers pledge 5m metric tonnes in 2019



The National Association of Sorghum Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NASPPAM) has pledged to add 5 million metric tonnes of sorghum in current farming season.

Alhaji Muhammed Maina, National President of the association disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, during the inauguration of the 9-man board of management of the association.

The board members were drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.

Maina said the association attached importance to the core sorghum producing states of Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, sokoto, katsina and Bauchi, including other states across the country.

He said “NASPPAM is targeting 20,000 farmers from each state to cultivate 5000farmer land  totalling 2 million hectares of land resulting in over 5 million tonnes of sorghum for 2019.”

Alhaji Sadiq Deware, Chairman, Board of NASPPAM, told NAN that all efforts were geared towards the successful implementation of the association’s programmes along the value chain corridor.

He said this had become imperative because the market potential of sorghum farming and production in Nigeria was enormous.

Deware said there was a great demand for sorghum with a wide range of business opportunities within the sorghum farming and production avenue like producing livestock feeds, breweries, pharmacies and bakeries.

He advised the farmers to adhere strictly to the advice given by the extension agents for high yields, saying the market potential of sorghum could continue to rise with the increase in demand.

He said the association had put in place plans for farmers to have easy asses to substantial amount of capital needed to cover the production cost of a high yield sorghum farming through the APB and Bank of Agriculture.

He added that under the ABP, farmers would have easy access to the right kind of seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, farming tools, while the extension agents would give them adequate training.

He said with all these in place, the farmers would meet the set target of 5 million metric tonnes.

The association was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN), following the election held in May.


Sorghum association targets 1m tonnes production under Anchor Borrower Programme



Sorghum Farmers Association of Nigeria (SOFAN), says it is targeting one million metric tonnes production of the produce in the next cropping season.

The President of the association, Mr Lawal Gada, made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Maiduguri.

Gada said that sorghum farmers would be supported under the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrower Porgramme (ABP).

He  said that sorghum growers had been producing less than one million tonnes annually,  necessitating  importation  of the produce.

He said that the association had so far registered 300, 000 farmers in 12 states, adding that 54, 000 of them were accredited to participate under the ABP.

Gada told NAN that each of the participating farmers would be expected to cultivate two hectares.

He said that accreditation was in progress to mobilise participation in the programme.

He listed the participating states as Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.

“SOFAN registered 300, 000 farmers while the National Association of Sorghum Sellers and Processors Association of Nigeria (NASSPAN) registered 30, 000 members.

“We envisage a significant  increase in sorghum production to more than  one million metric tonnes through formal and informal activities in the 2019/2020 cropping season.

“The national demand of sorghum is more than  three million metric tonnes; we are trying to bridge the two million gap by increasing our production capacity,” he said.

On farmers’ support services, Gada said that each farmer would receive inputs such as  fertiliser, seeds, chemicals and money for labour, under the programme.

Gada said that the association, in collaboration with ABP and agriculture research institutes, was providing extension services to farmers on modern methods of farming and preservation as well as promote processing and enterprising skills.

He said that the association had adopted proactive measures to ensure timely inputs distribution to farmers to boost productivity and reduce losses.

According to him, sorghum provides a source of raw materials to confectioneries, flour mills, breweries and pharmaceuticals.

Gada lauded Nigeria’s closure of its landed  borders, saying that it would encourage  production, create market, and enhance value addition as well as processing of local produce.

ABP is a critical component of the Federal Government’s agriculture transformation agenda designed to encourage production and processing to achieve self-sufficiency.

It is also aimed at enhancing  farmers’ access to fertiliser, seeds and other inputs, as well as promote farmers’ enterprising skills, value addition and creation of market for the produce.

The programme is being implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation, farmers associations and designated agricultural input dealers otherwise called private anchors.

Edited by Shittu Obassa/Ijeoma Popoola





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Association to distribute inputs to 5,500 sorghum farmers in Gombe –Cmtte Chairman



The National Association of Sorghum Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NASPPAM) in Gombe State has distributed inputs to no fewer than 2,700 farmers for the 2019 farming season.

Malam Usman Adamu, Chairman of the Disbursement Committee of the association made the disclosure in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Wednesday.

He said the association presented inputs to 2,700 farmers out of the 5,500 farmers registered in the state.

“We intend to give the input to 5,500 farmers and now we have already disbursed to 2,700 farmers and the exercise is still ongoing.

“We are giving them three bags of NPK and two bags of Urea fertilizers, Knapsack sprayer and herbicide for free and post emergence, liquid fertilizer and seed for one hectare of land,’’ Adamu said.

According to him, the beneficiaries are expected to pay back the loan with the commodity after harvest in batches of 40 per cent, 30 per cent and 30 per cent.

He said that the beneficiaries must understand that the inputs given to them was a form of loan and not their share of the national cake, hence the need to work hard to repay it on time for others to benefit.

Cross section of the beneficiaries thanked the Federal Government and the association for the gesture and assured that they would repay the loan on time. (NAN)


Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Bayo Sekoni

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Anchor Borrower: FG distributes fertiliser to 16, 620 sorghum farmers in Borno



The Federal Government on Thursday, began distribution of fertilsers, seeds, and other inputs to 16, 620 farmers as part of effort to accelerate sorghum production in Borno.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the inputs were distributed to the benefiting farmers under the ‘Anchor Borrower’ scheme, initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Anchor Borrower programme is a critical component of the federal government’s agriculture transformation agenda, designed to encourage crop production and processing, to achieve self-sufficiency.

It also aimed to enhance farmers’ access to fertilisers; seeds, inputs as well as to promote enterprising skills, value addition and create market for the produce.

The Nigeria News Agencyreports that the programme is being implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with other key stakeholders.

The stakeholders include Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC) and designated agricultural input dealers otherwise known as “private anchors”.

Malam Goni Adam, the Chairman, National Association of Sorghum Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NASSPAM), and one of the Anchor clients, was at the distribution exercise in Maiduguri.

Adamu disclosed that farmers were provided with inputs to enable them engage in large scale sorghum production.

He said that each of the benefiting farmers received assorted water based fertilisers, seeds, knap sack sprayer and chemicals worth over N110, 000.

The chairman said that the anchor company would also provide land and other support services to the farmers to enable them cultivate their farmlands.

Goni explained that 16, 620 farmers were verified to participate in the programme in the state, adding that the beneficiaries include Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and members of host communities.

“The inputs are provided to the farmers on loan which would be repaid after harvest. Grains will be collected from the farmers as payment of the loans, “he said.

According to him, the company had so far registered about 34, 000 farmers, under the programme, to enable them participate in wet and dry season activities.

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the gesture, adding that it would go a long way in encouraging agricultural production and achieve food security.

Mr Bukar Talba, the Borno State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the state government accorded priority to reinvigorate agriculture to provide job opportunities, reduce poverty and enhance wealth creation in the society.

Talba called on the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the inputs and engage in productive activities, to enable them repay the loan.

“It is a loan which must be repaid by the beneficiaries to mobilise participation and ensure sustainability of the programme”, he said.

Also, Mrs Halima Abba, one of the women beneficiaries commended the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to improve the social and economic status of rural women. (NAN)


Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/ Tukur Muntari.

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Association to mobilise 400,000 farmers for sorghum production for 2019 wet season



The National Association of Sorghum Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NASPPAM), says it plans to mobilise 400,000 farmers nationwide for the production of sorghum during the 2019 wet season.

The association made this known in a communiqué issued and signed by its National President, Alhaji Muhammad Babayo-Maina and Publicity Secretary, Dr Sani Hamza, in Abuja on Saturday.

It explained that the resolutions were part of the decisions at the end of the inaugural meeting of the newly elected national officers of the association in Abuja.

According to the communiqué, the association is targeting the production of sorghum in over two million hectares with a production output of about five million metric tones.

“We are going to mobilise 400, 000 farmers for the cultivation of sorghum crop in this 2019 farming season.

“Sorghum is a common crop in the Northern States of the country; states in other parts are also encouraged to increase the participation of farmers and deployment of more hectares.

“The association is putting necessary machinery in place to ensure that farmers participate and benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme,” it said.

It directed States and Local Government Chapters to forward details of farmers registered for the programme to national secretariat before May 25.

The newly elected executives are Muhammad Babayo-Maina, National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, Deputy National President, while Mrs Judith Osinowo is the General Secretary.

Others are Sylvester Bunshak, Financial Secretary, Dr Sani Hamza, Publicity Secretary while Mr Augustine Atrogor is the Organising Secretary.


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Sen. trains 40 youths on modern maize, sorghum production



No fewer than 40 youths selected from different local government areas of Nasarawa State on Friday completed a training programme on modern maize and sorghum production and value-chain at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria.

The training was sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC Nasarawa State) under the National Assembly Constituency Project.

Speaking at the closing ceremony held at the IAR, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the institute Director, Prof. Ibrahim Umar-Abubakar urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the university and the institute.

The Director, who was represented by the IAR Deputy Director, Prof. Dauda Yusuf, observed that the essence of the training was to acquaint the beneficiaries with modern maize and sorghum farming techniques and value chain.

This, according to him, would enable the participants not only to become self-sufficient but employers of labour in the agricultural value chain.

He encouraged the beneficiaries to create a social media platform to facilitate discussion, deliberation, questions and feedbacks on what they have learnt as well as areas of difficulties.

While appreciating the sponsor of the programme, Umar-Abubakar urged other members of the National Assembly to emulate the kind gesture towards addressing the rate of unemployment.

Umar-Abubakar said: “This programme comes under the constituency project sponsored by the National Assembly, they usually bring their people to this institute for training on a number of mandate crops.

“In this training, we concentrated on maize and sorghum production and value addition and the training is a kind of chain reaction or train the trainers, because we don’t have the capacity to go to all the rural areas to train the farmers.”

In her speech, Prof. Shukurat Adunni-Sanni, Assistant Director, Extension and Monitoring said beneficiaries had received adequate knowledge and training skills to train other farmers at the grassroots levels.

She assured that the training would reduce the burden on the institute to visit various communities in person to disseminate the information.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mr Yusuf Zakari and Mrs Anna Yusuf-Johnson assured to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired for the benefit of all.

They advised farmers to be actively involved in the cultivation of their farms to avoid being cheated by those employed to cultivate their farmlands.

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Nigeria, 6 countries to benefit from AfDB sorghum, millet compact technologies






Abuja, April 16, 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) says Nigeria and six other African countries are to   benefit from the Sorghum and Millet Compact of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT).


The bank said that the programme was part of its plan to ensure food security in the Sahel region in a document titled: “Food Security in the Sahel’’ made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.


The AFDB said the bank would was set to launch the programme in Mali on Thursday under TAAT which it initiated as part of its Feed Africa Initiative.


The bank named other countries such as Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Sudan and Chad being beneficiaries of the planned support programme.


It said that it aspired to significantly increase agricultural productivity via the deployment of proven and high-performance technologies to millions of African farmers.

”The sorghum and millet compact targets about 40 to 50 per cent of African farmers with technologies relevant to boosting agricultural productivity and self-sufficiency by 2025,” it said.


AfDB said that the main objective of the programme was to improve agricultural activities across Africa by raising productivity, mitigating risks, promoting diversification and processing in 18 agricultural value chains within eight Priority Intervention Areas (PIA) including sorghum and millet.


It explained that the acceleration programme had become imperative because agricultural sector accounted for between 50 to 70 per cent of employment in African countries but produced only 25 per cent of Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


”The yields of sorghum and millet, the main dominant food crops are low.


”This is due to insufficient access to improved varieties, fertilisers, other agricultural inputs, inappropriate farming practices, declining soil fertility, lack of marketing and extreme weather events.


”In spite of the research, efforts that have led to the development of technologies to overcome these constraints, productivity remains low because they are not scaled up even though efforts have been made in this direction,’’ it said.


The bank noted that with sustainable intensification, improved profitability of sorghum and millet as well as scaling up of proven technologies, the compact was expected to contribute to food and nutrition security in a region.


“Where low agricultural productivity and lack of value added were among the main causes of malnutrition, unemployment and poverty,’’ it said.


It said that the programme would be implemented by International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in collaboration with National Research and Extension Systems.


It said that experts and stakeholders from key areas including research, extension, seed production, farmers and development partners were deliberating on the implementation in Bamako, Mali.


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Science & Technology

NABDA looks toward E/Africa for production of fortified sorghum

By Perpetua Onuegbu
Abuja, Jan. 31, 2019 (NNN) The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is looking toward East Africa, particualrly Kenya, in its bid to enhance production of biofortified sorghum in Nigeria.




By Perpetua Onuegbu
Abuja, Jan. 31, 2019 (NNN) The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is looking toward East Africa, particualrly Kenya, in its bid to enhance production of biofortified sorghum in Nigeria.

Mr Alex Akpa, the acting Director-General of NABDA, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, field trials in sorghum production are still ongoing, adding that financial support for the product is not as it used to be at the beginning of the trials.

“This has slowed down research on the product because a lot of the field trials cost money, because of this reason, we are carrying out the trials with a group based in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Work is still ongoing but it is not as fast as we wish, but work is still in progress.

“We are looking at what we can do to accelerate the work because biofortified sorghum is also important to us as it is a weaning cereal in most rural areas.

“That is what is usually used to wean babies and young children, it is a very important food resource. If we can fortify it with additional vitamins, it will be good for our people; and that is what that study is all about.”

Akpa, who is a professor of biotechnology, said that the agency was also involved in other field trials for other products like the Newest Rice, which trial would soon be concluded.

According to him, newest rice is an improved variety of rice undergoing trials in the agency.

“We hope that before the end of this year, the comprehensive report of the field trials should be sent to the National Biosafety Management Agency for due diligence.

“Once it passes through biosafety trials, it will give us a go ahead, after which we pass it to the National Variety Release Committee,” he said.

The NABDA boss added that cassava was also among the food resources on trial and expressed optimism that most of the products would pass the trials and be ready for commercialisation in 2019.

Established as an agency under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NABDA is to implement policies aimed at promoting, coordinating and setting research and development priorities in biotechnology for the country. (NNN)


Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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China drops anti-dumping probe of U.S. sorghum imports



China’s Commerce Ministry said on Friday it was halting its anti-dumping investigation into imports of sorghum from the United States, saying measures it imposed would affect consumers and were not in line with the public interest.


The move comes as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is in Washington for talks aimed at resolving trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.


China imposed hefty anti-dumping deposits on imports of U.S. sorghum in April.

Edited by: Udochukwu Ifionu/Felix Ajide

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Vessel carrying U.S. sorghum switches destination to China from Singapore – Eikon data




Beijing, April 27, 2018 Vessel carrying 68,915 tonnes of sorghum from the U. S. switched its destination to Nansha Port in southern China on Friday from Singapore, according to the Media Eikon ship tracking data.

The Cetus Ocean loaded U.S. sorghum from trader ADM’s Corpus Christi grain elevator in Texas on March 10 and had been heading for Singapore, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

It is due to arrive in China on May 2, data showed.


Edited by: Udochukwu Ifionu/Grace Yussuf

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