‘New Devt Initiatives Can Attract Youths and Women Agribusiness’

Former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sunny Echono, said on Thursday that investment in research and new development initiatives would attract youths and women into agribusiness.

Echono said this in Abuja at the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition workshop titled: `Driving the Diversification of the Economy through the Private Sector investments in Agriculture and Agribusiness.`

FG Reiterates Commitment to Increase Water Supply for All Nigerians

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu on Thursday reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to increase potable water supply for all Nigerians.

Adamu, who said this while assuming duty at the ministry in Abuja, said the new administration’s mantra was change and it would be promoted to the benefit of all Nigerians.

He said there was the need for a special intervention on Nigeria’s water supply challenge.

According to him, Nigeria cannot achieve much in agriculture without managing its water resources.

‘Soil with High Organic Content Ideal for Vegetable Yield’

A Soil Scientist, Prof. Lateef Taiwo, says that loose and friable soils with high organic matter are ideal for production of heavy vegetable yield.

The soil scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) Ibadan said that vegetables such as ``Ugu’’ (pumpkin) germinate well in drained sandy loam that was rich in organic matter.

According to him, organic matter has a neutral acidity of liquid solutions.

CPC Moves against Banned Poultry Products

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has concluded arrangements for a nationwide sensitisation campaign and enforcement activities against smuggled poultry products in Nigeria.

The Council’s Director General, Dupe Atoki, disclosed this recently at a meeting with members of Poultry Association of Nigeria at the Council’s headquarters in Abuja.

FAO Moves to Reduce Tension between Crop Farmers, Pastoralists

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an agency of the UN, says it is taking measures to reduce tension between farmers and pastoralists in the country.

The Country Representative of FAO in Nigeria, Dr Louise Setshwaelo, made this known at a workshop on ``Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure’’ on Monday in Abuja.

She said the organisation was finalising plans with Bayero University, Kano to conduct a study with the aim of reducing the crisis that had led to the destruction of lives and property over the years.

Agro-Exporters Urge FG to Address Suspension of Nation’s Produce

Some stakeholders in the Agro-Commodity Export at the weekend urged the Federal Government to address the issue of ban placed on some Nigerian produce by the European Union.

Obiora Madu, Chairman, Export Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), made the appeal when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said this on the sidelines of a one-day interactive conference with exporters.

Foodstuffs, Cattle Dealers Want Multiple Taxation Stopped

Foodstuffs and cattle dealers have called on government at all levels to stop the indiscriminate taxes imposed on them to make their products affordable to Nigerians.

They made the call recently in Enugu at the opening of the Enugu State office of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

Amechi Okolie, South-East Coordinator of the union, who spoke on behalf of traders, said they were willing to pay their legitimate taxes.

Ethiopia to Invest in Katsina’s Agric, Tourism, Business Sectors

Ethiopia has indicated interest to partner with the Katsina State Government by investing in the state’s agriculture, tourism and business sectors.

The Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zakaria, disclosed this on Tuesday when she paid a courtesy call on Gov. Aminu Masari in his office in Katsina.

Mrs Zakaria said she was in the state to hold talks with the governor and his officials on how to boost those sectors to enhance socio-economic activities in the two countries.

‘We’ll Engage in Dry Season Farming to Fight Food shortage’

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has said that the state government would engage in massive dry season farming to tackle food shortage in the state.

Tambuwal, who made this known when he received some farmers in Sokoto, said this would mitigate the effect of 2015 flood which destroyed farmlands in parts of the state.

He said the state government would distribute assorted fertilisers and other farm implements for dry season farming so as to encourage them to engage in irrigation farming.

Rice Farmers Kick Against Lifting of Ban on Rice Importation

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Thursday kicked against the removal of rice from import restriction list by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

Segun Atho, the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the association, told the News Agency that RIFAN members were capable of producing quality rice.

He said that farmers had not disappointed the Federal Government and so the decision was a misplaced directive because other countries are protecting their economies against importation.