Salako canvasses more support for local agric enterprises to boost productivity

Kolawole Salako, a professor and vice- chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has called for more support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) operators in the agricultural sector to boost food production in Nigeria. According to Salako, if local agric enterprises are adequately empowered, they have the capability to feed Nigerians…….

What it takes to own a poultry farm

Poultry production is the aspect of livestock farming that presents one of the finest opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and investors to make significant profits in a short period, if well setup and managed. Currently, Nigeria, Africa biggest economy needs more than a million metric tonnes of poultry products annually to meet local demand.  Official figures……

Optimising livestock production could spur agricultural growth

Livestock remains a largely underperforming business in Nigeria, despite its potentials to improve the livelihoods of farmers, and food security in the country. For instance, poultry farmers often complain of inadequacies in penetrating the market fully like the ‘imported’ alternatives, and cattle is mostly associated with conflict (between farmers and herders). However, a new FAO……

Proposed farmers’ bank in Ondo gets take-off capital

The Ondo state government has reiterated its commitment towards providing a financing mechanism for farmers in the state through establishment of a micro finance bank, and provision of microcredit to support farming activities. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Governor, during an event to mark the 2018 World Food Day, presented a N15 million cheque to seven……

The need to encourage cotton production in Taraba

Cotton,one of  Nigeria’s most valuable export before the oil boom is gradually declining. Our textile industries are collapsing due to low production of cotton. Many farmers are now leaving cotton for other crops,which is a situation that calls for concern. Cotton is one of  the crops being cultivated in  Garlin Dogo community in Lau local……

FCTA releases N50m counterpart fund for farmers

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has concluded plans to release the first tranche of N50 million counterpart fund for the execution of World Bank and Fadama III projects envisaged in 2018 for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). FCTA in 2017 released N113 million backlogs of counterpart funds for the commencement of the World Bank Fadama……

20 Illegal Butchers Arrested In Rivers

The National Butchers Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter has so far arrested and prosecuted over 20 persons suspected to be engaging in butchering and selling unhealthy meat in the state. The chairman of the union, Alhaji Musa Baba Ahmad who disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, said the arrest…

FG To Include Cocoa Drink In School Feeding Programme

The Federal Government and Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan have concluded plans to include cocoa drink in the School Feeding Programme. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this on Tuesday, at the launch of a five-year cocoasoil project organised by CRIN in Ibadan, to improve cocoa production in…

Farming: Libya Returnees Solicit Govt’s Support

Some Libya returnees, under the aegis of Association of Edo Libya Returnee Farmers, on Tuesday appealed to the government to support their farming projects. The returnees, numbering 25, embarked on cash crop farming, on arrival in the country after their rescue from Libya by the Federal Government. Mr Festus Okosun, leader of the team, said…