FG - Rice production Attracts $1.6bn Investments

The Federal Government disclosed that rice production has attracted $1.6bn (N256bn) worth of investments in the last three years.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development reported during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank of Industry to build rice and cassava mills across the country.
According to him, they have been able to attract $1.6bn of investment into rice production within three years. The largest one being Aliko Dangote that has put up in $1bn into commercial rice production and also commercial rice milling.

Black pod disease impends 305,000MT cocoa production target

The targeted production of 305,000 metric tonnes of cocoa by the end of the 2013/2014 season may not be achieved due to the outbreak of the black pod disease.

According to the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, the actual production output will be less than 300,000 metric tonnes. The association stated that the disease had affected production in some key producing areas in the country.

Experts in Agriculture Meet to Tackle Food Shortages

International experts in agriculture and food security gathered at the Research in Ethiopia to Feed Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue to track progress and encourage actions to address crucial food shortages in Africa. The policy Dialogue which is part of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2014 was co-sponsored by the Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Steady Prices of Food in Nigeria at the End of Q2 2014

The prices of food in Nigeria were stable in Q2 2014 even as the Food and Agriculture and Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for three consecutive months till June.

The lower prices of wheat, maize and palm oil which reflect sufficient supplies and enhanced global production prospects for these products were the major influence for the decline in the FAO food price index.

N25bn Worth of Food Consumed by Nigerians Daily

Nigerians spend as much as N25.2bn on feeding themselves on a daily basis according to a recent report released by NOI Polls on Monday, June 9, 2014.

The report stated that about 80% of Nigerians which is about 140 million of the nation’s population of 175 million spend at least $1 which is about N160 on food daily. This amounts to N22.4bn while the remaining 35 million people spend an average of half a dollar which is approximately N80 amounting to N2.8bn per day making a total average daily food spend of N25.2bn by the country’s general population.

$152m Approved by FEC for Agric Development

On Wednesday, April 24, a loan of $152.12milion from the African Development Bank (AfDB) was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the agricultural sector.

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina who gave this information said that the loan would be used to develop 14 staple crops processing zones in 7 states and 27 local governments and that the zones are being developed in conjunction with the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

Rural agriculture funding key to economic growth –AFRACA

Mr. Saleh Gashua, the secretary-general, African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA), has said rural agriculture financing is vital to the economic development of the country and Africa in general. He said this in Lagos at the opening of the association’s conference, which had the theme, ‘Propelling economic development through functional agricultural value chain financing model.’

FG and German Development Bank Establish $100m Agricultural Funding

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, at the inauguration of the Executive Leadership of the Nigerian Agric-business Group in Abuja on Monday stated that the FG and German Development Bank have established $100m for agricultural financing in Nigeria.

FG to Increase Agric Financing to 7%

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed plans to increase financing initiatives in the sectors through partnerships with appropriate stakeholders to further empower entrepreneurs at the bottom of the pyramid as well as increase banks’ focus on agriculture.

As a result, the CBN said it was planning to increase agricultural financing to 7% by 2018. The CBN Governor, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, said the move would allow farmers to gain access to credit, fertilisers and also drive the agricultural sector of the economy.

FG, USAID Seal Agreement on Agric Export Expansion

The Executive Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Exports Promotion Council on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Federal Government with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which was represented by Mr. Michael Harvey, the Nigeria Director of USAID to boost the exportation of agricultural products by 30% within the next three years