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Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday expressed satisfaction that Nigeria is now producing 90 per cent of the rice it consumed locally. Ogbeh disclosed this at the 2019 Annual Research Review and Planning meeting held at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Kaduna State. Ogbeh, who was represented Dr […]

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Prof. Ibrahim Umar-Abubakar, Executive Director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) on Tuesday said the institute has released 17 new improved crop varieties that are climate resilient. He made the disclosure at the 2019 Annual Research Review and Planning Meeting held at the newly commissioned Balarabe Tanimu Conference Hall, IAR, Zaria, Kaduna State. The News Agency […]

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Tomato farmers in Katsina have attributed the long period of glut of the produce to its current massive cultivation in the state. It was reported last year that tomato farmers had devised ways of staggering the planting of the crop to help control its scarcity in the market as well as pest attack; but this […]

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Nigeria currently needs an additional 349,227 metric tonnes of certified seeds to meet the demand of farmers in the 2018/2019 farming season. The quantity, according to the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), is worth over N130 billion. Speaking at the just concluded seed conference in Abuja, Dr. Philip O. Ojo, Director General of the council, […]

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The Federal Government will this week commence the payment of the N10.3 billion debt owed Agro-dealers in the country, Alhaji Kabiru Umar-Fara, National Chairman, Agro Dealers Association, has said. Umar-Fara said the N10.3 billion outstanding debt accumulated under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme run during former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He told the News […]

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Many farmers, Nigerian seed companies, breeders and other stakeholders in the seed industry across Africa are currently meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city for the 2019 SeedConnect Africa conference. The event also brought partners from Asia and Latin America for the first time to the Nigerian capital to discuss issues and development around the […]

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The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) says the amount of fake seeds in circulation between 2012 to 2016 has decreased by 81 per cent. Dr Philip Ojo, the Director General, NASC, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, at the Second Edition of the SeedConnect 2019. He said the success was achieved through continued collaboration of […]

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An outbreak of Bird flu also known as Avian Influenza has been confirmed in Bauchi and Plateau states. The Director of the Federal Department Of Veterinary and Pest Control Services of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Olaniran Alabi told Daily Trust in Abuja that the federal government in collaboration with the […]

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The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) says it is targeting the production of between 240,000 and 300,000 tonnes of cotton in 2019. Mr Anibe Achimugu, the President of NACOTAN, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday. Achimugu said the set target would be achieved […]

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Egusi melon, botanically called Citrullus colocynthis, also has many names such as colocynth, bitter apple, bitter cucumber, desert gourd, vine of Sodom, or wild gourd. Although egusi is consumed in Nigeria, the cultivation hardly attracts any significant attention and even government has not developed any programme to promote its inherent potentials to hugely improve the […]

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