Senate Committee on Agriculture wants ABP returned to FMARD

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture has urged the Federal Government to move the operations and management of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). According to the Senator, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is not rightly positioned to carry out the operations […]

Research Lead laments decline in cotton value chain

Director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Umar-Abubakar, has decried the decrease in the contribution of cotton to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 25 percent to 0.4 percent in two decades. Umar-Abubakar expressed this at the 2019 Annual Cotton Master Sample and Production Meeting held at Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State on Thursday. […]

AfDB’s Adesina lauds IITA for advancing Africa’s good security

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has lauded the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for its contributions toward youths’ entrepreneurship in Africa’s agriculture and furthering the course of food security in the continent. Adesina who made the commendation at a reception organized to celebrate his feats stated that the work […]

FG to make rice cheaper, sufficient before Christmas

The National Food Security Council (NFSC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, will make rice available before the Christmas festivity. The Deputy Chairman of the Council, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He stated that the Council was aware of the current […]

Why I have vested interest in four crops – Professor Iwu

Former Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission Professor Maurice Iwu The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has explained why farmers should reap the opportunities that abound in four crops, which he has business interest in. Iwu, who is a professor of Pharmacognosy, with investment in pharmaceutical industries, explained why […]

Nigeria can be agricultural power house in Africa — Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President African Development Bank (AfDB) says Nigeria has all it takes to be “a power house in food and agriculture” on the African continent. Adesina, who said this on the sidelines of the Banks’s Annual Meeting in Malabo, expressed delight that the country had introduced a lot of agricultural initiatives to […]

Ghana considers new rules to enhance its GMO regime

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo Ghana’s parliament is considering new regulations that will help facilitate its safe adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The rules, which would ensure the safety of GMO foods and further refine regulatory procedures, received the endorsement of renowned physician Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who is also Ghana’s Minister for Environment, Science, […]