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Nigeria to Export first Consignment of Certified Yams

Nigeria may officially export its first consignment of certified yams to the UK and U.S. by the end of June, Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.

A statement by Mr. Olukayode Oyeleye, Special Assistant (Media and Communication) to the minister, said in Abuja on Friday that the Federal Government was committed to restoring Nigeria’s place in agro-commodities export market.

The market had been lost for decades as a result of poor quality control.

FG Boosts Water Scheme with $470m

The Federal Government has approved $470 million for the execution of the Greater Abuja Water project, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, said on Saturday.

Bello made this known during a media briefing as part of events to commemorate two years in office of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the money for the project,

The minister explained that the Karshi water works would soon start to boost water supply in the FCT.

ECOWAS Urges FG to Invest more in Agriculture

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on the Federal Government to increase its investment in agriculture to enable Nigeria to regain its place in the sector.

Principal Programme Officer on Agriculture, ECOWAS, Mr Ernest Aubee, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

Aubee said that more investment in agriculture would attract and encourage more youths and women into the venture.

'Farmers Need Credit Facilities'

The Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Nda Mundi, says that farmers need affordable credit facilities in order to enhance their productivity.

Mundi, who made this call while delivering the 11th Inaugural Lecture of NOUN in Abuja, said such facilities would address the problem of poverty especially in rural area.

The theme of lecture is “Agricultural Innovations and Rural Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria.”

Agriculture: Five States Get 82% World Bank Fund

The World Bank says it had disbursed over 82 per cent of funds for the pilot Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) scheme in Nigeria to five states.

The Bank’s Task Team Leader, Dr Shehu Salau, made this known to journalists at the opening of the 14th CADP implementation support mission and wrap-up meeting which opened in Kaduna, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

World Bank initiated the scheme in 2009 with Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Enugu and Cross River States participating.

BOA Disburses ₦2.4bn Loan to Farmers

The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) on Thursday said that it had disbursed N2.4 billion loan to farmers participating in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) in Niger.

BOA’s Managing Director, Dr Kabiru Adamu, made the disclosure when visited Gov. Abubakar Bello at Government House, Minna, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He said that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state would also benefit from the loans.

AfDB Tasks African Leaders to Invest in Agriculture

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB), says Africa must embark on agriculture industrialisation and its value chain to transform the continent’s economy.

Adeshina made the call in his goodwill message to the ongoing Feed Nigeria Summit on Wednesday in Lagos.

The theme of the summit organised by AgroNigeria is Feed Nigeria to feed Africa.

Adesina urged governments to provide incentives to food and agribusiness companies located in rural areas through establishment of staple crop processing zones.

Farmers to Benefit from IFAD’s $93m

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has set aside $93.5 million to support 727,000 farmers in seven states in Nigeria.

The assistance is on the platform of IFAD’s Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP).

Alhaji Lawal Idah, the National Programme Coordinator of CASP, said in Katsina on Thursday the states are Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara.

Idah said that the project would be implemented in 727 villages across 104 local government areas in the seven states.

Poisonous Cassava: NAFDAC to Sensitise Farmers, Others

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says arrangements are on to sensitise farmers in Kogi and Ondo on how to handle food chain from the farms to consumers’ table.

The NAFDAC Director, Special Duties, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday, said operators of fast food outlets in both states would also be trained.

The sensitisation is coming on the heels of the death of nine people after consuming “amala’’ meal made from poisonous cassava flour.

China Offers Nigeria $4.5b Loan for Farm Machinery

China has offered Nigeria a $4.5 billion loan for agricultural machinery and infrastructure, a Nigerian state governor said on Tuesday.

Zamfara state governer Abdulaziz Yari said the loan had a 20-year repayment period at an interest rate of 1 percent.

"China is giving us a credit line of $4.5 billion for the procurement of strategic machinery for rural development and agriculture," Yari, who chairs the forum of Nigeria's state governors, told reporters after a meeting with the president and agriculture minister.

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