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IN KANO: Agric Minister, Alh. Mohammad Sabo Nanono, earlier in Kano State flags-off 2020 Wet Season Farming for APPEALS Rice Farmers.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Alh. Mohammad Sabo Nanono has flagged off the distribution of wet season farming support for improved rice production technologies among rice farmers at Tofai community in Gabasawa Local Government Area of Kano State.

The programme is part of the interventions being implemented under the Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) project.

Speaking at the event, the Minister – Alh. Nanono said the initiative would support farmers to achieve improved productivity, enhance self-sufficiency and food security in the country.

He said: “We have commenced farmer registration exercise to capture their information, number of farmlands and locations. Also, the beneficiaries will be monitored to ensure effective utilisation of the facility, and mobilise participation in subsequent programmes.”

Alh. Nanono commended the APPEALS Project for supporting rice farmers in the state, noting that the gesture would go a long way to encourage agricultural activities in the country.

The minister urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the of fertiliser, seeds and inputs given to them to boost their production capacity.

“If you make proper use of the inputs, you could employ other people and it will enable you to participate in subsequent programmes.”

Also speaking, the State Project Coordinator, APPEALS Project in the state, Mr. Hassan Ibrahim, said the project was being executed in a joint collaboration between the World Bank, Federal Government and the six participating states of Kano, Kaduna, Cross River, Enugu, Lagos and Kogi.

About 100 farmers drawn from six rice farmer groups participated in the programme in Gabasawa. It is expected that 480 tons of rice would be produced by the selected farmers in Kano State.

The State Project Coordinator noted that the gesture was to augment the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture, designed to encourage productivity, enhance farmer enterprising skills, food security and value addition as well as export promotion.

COVID-19: FG Calls for Robust Synergy with State Governments to Cushion Effect of COVID-19 on Food Security

The Federal Government has called for a robust synergy with State Governments and other critical Stakeholders in cushioning the effect of COVID -19 Pandemic on Food Security. Stating that this will ensure food security, economic growth, job creation and prevent food scarcity in the Country.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri stated this during the flag-off ceremony of the distribution of free agricultural inputs to farmers as part of the mitigation measures against the Pandemic. The event was held at the Ministry’s Zonal office, Moore Plantation, Apata – Ibadan, in Oyo State, today.

Hon. Baba Shehuri noted that ‘’ a number of countries have banned or drastically reduced food exports to avoid scarcity of food. With dwindling oil revenues and limited opportunity to import food from other countries, one would only wonder what Nigeria would have been experiencing today, in terms of food supply, if this Administration had not taken the right policy steps and remained focused and steadfast in investing in agriculture”.

The Minister emphasized that the Ministry is supporting breeder and foundation seeds production and linking up with the private seed companies to make certified seeds available to farmers for excellent yield.

He pointed out that ‘’ since smallholders are the most vulnerable, it becomes imperative for the government to support them with the much-needed inputs especially seeds, which is the most important factor that influences farmers’ yield in order to enable them to recover quickly from the set back of the Pandemic’’.

Baba Shehuri informed that ‘’the distribution of agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers which include different categories of seeds of Kenaf, yam and cocoa seedlings is part of the Ministry’s intervention to reduce the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural production in Nigeria and avert food scarcity in 2021’’.

He also said that ‘’through this effort and other complementary interventions by different stakeholders, the government hopes to increase the resilience of farmers and the national food systems in general’’.

He stated that ‘’the Ministry is supporting kenaf farmers through the Kenaf Producers, Processors and Marketers Association (KEPPMAN) with 19,672 kg kenaf foundation seeds.

The Minister added that ‘’ the yam farmers through their national association and other cooperative groups are also being supported with about 12 MT of foundation seed for the production of certified seeds’’.

He explained that ‘’the Ministry is also distributing over 18,000kg of organic insecticide to combat armyworm infestation in maize. We are also distributing 66,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers nationwide. These seeds are being given to farmers free of charge while other inputs are given at 75% subsidy’’.

Hon Shehuri stated that ‘’ In our input distribution efforts, at least 35% of the inputs are targeted at women farmers in line with the targets set in our National Gender Plan and Policies aimed at ensuring increased opportunities for women. This has been communicated to the Farmer Associations accordingly’’.

He noted that ‘’ the Ministry and its research institutions are working towards making Nigeria self-sufficient in good quality seeds and its availability to farmers as a foundation for attaining food and nutrition security as well as industrialization’’.

He emphasized that the Ministry is supporting breeder and foundation seeds production and linking up with the private seed companies to make certified seeds available to farmers.

Shehuri stressed that ‘’ this coupled with Ministry’s efforts to improve rural infrastructure and other value-chains supports would invariably contribute to the attainment of Mr President’s desire to ensure easy access to quality food and nutrition by Nigerians’’.

Hon. Baba Shehuri further said that ‘’ this is the third in the series of the distribution of the Ministry’s palliative incentive to farmers nationwide with Kogi State as the next port of call. He also appreciated the robust cooperation and support received from Development Partners in the fight against the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on our food security.

In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, represented by the Secretary of the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said that “the countries that have successfully managed their own agricultural transformation have incorporated the following processes: modernizing business, strengthening the links between process, production and market.

The Governor added that “they have also adopted innovative and modern technology to ensure a data-driven process that is empirically documented and evidence-driven”,. He appreciated the Federal Government for being proactive toward ensuring that Nigeria averted food scarcity in 2021.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development in Oyo State, Hon. Ojekunle Ojemuyiwa stated that ” this event is very apt at this critical period of COVID-19 Pandemic which is ravaging the economy of the world including Nigeria. COVID- 19 Pandemic is a monster that all hands must be on deck to curtail and eradicate from our society “.

While giving the vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu, represented by the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Hajia Karima Babaginda, said that the choice of Oyo State is not out of place as it is known to be the highest hub for agricultural institutes in the country and also contributes significantly to the production of yam, cocoa among others.

Dr. Mu’azu thanked his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. OluSeyi Makinde for gracing the occasion and rolling out the seed distribution exercise of Kenaf, yam and cocoa farmers; and the organic insecticide to combat armyworm in maize.

FG Inaugurates Technical Committee on the Revitalization of Extension Services in Nigeria.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has inaugurated the technical committee on the revitalization of extension services workers, stating that agricultural development in Nigeria requires an integrated approach to revive extension advisory services.

 The Minister noted that the Programme would stimulate technology adoption and embed Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) towards improving food requirements and industrial expectations. Speaking during the inauguration in Abuja over the weekend, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, charged the committee ‘’to design a system of training agricultural extension workers in the next 2 years and to recommend measures for the upgrading and retooling of extension training institutions across the country’’.

 The Minister further said the committee would assist the Ministry in developing a workable framework and actionable Programme for the training of 75,000 extension workers in collaboration with States’ Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs). Nanono stressed the need to review extension services training modules and practices implemented in Nigeria with a view to making them more effective and efficient. Responding on behalf of the committee, the Chairman, Director, Extension Services in the Ministry, Engr. Frank Kudla, pledged that the committee would work assiduously to deliver on its mandate.

The Technical Committee is made up of the following members; Frank S. Kudla, Director, Extension Services, Chairman, Karima I. Babangida, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Prof. M.K Othman, Director, NAERLS, Prof. Sani Miko, Director, SASAKAWA, Rose Idi, Resource Person, ADP, Bauchi, Dr Oyebanji O. Olumide, Resource Person, Umar Wali, Resource Person/HMA Office/Secretary and it’s Terms of Reference are as follows:

  • To examine proposals submitted and international best practices in extension services and draw key learning points.
  • To recommend an immediately actionable model of training of 75,000 extension workers in 2020. To develop a workable framework for engaging and working with the states in the continuous training and retraining of extension services workers.
  • To recommend how to integrate and use the national farmers’ helpline centre with 6 zonal centres for real-time information dissemination, updates, feedbacks, and capacity of farmers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Developing mechanisms for the implementation of recommendations, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • To make other recommendation that would help in fast-tracking the complete transformation of extension services in Nigeria.

 

COVID-19: Joint Technical Task Team Lauds Compliance to Presidential Directive on Free Movements on Agricultural Inputs

The Chairman, Joint Technical Task Team on Emergency
Response on the ease of movement of livestock, food stuff and agricultural
inputs, Inspector AIG Austin Agbonlahor have lauded the compliance by security
personnel to the directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari during his
nationwide broadcast. The directive is further facilitated by the task team to
ensure strict compliance to avoid food scarcity across the nation.

Agbonlahor and other members of the Task Team accompanied by
the media visited some major Checkpoints along the Abuja – Kaduna and Abuja –
Keffi dual carriage ways in the North- Central Geopolitical Zone stopping at
Tarfa in Kaduna, Sabon Wuse in Niger and Keffi, Nasarrwa for on-the-spot
compliance assessment.

The AIG, while commending the officers on duty, admonished them to ensure proper screening of the vehicles conveying the agricultural products and reminded them that the directive does not give room for movement of persons, illegal arms and ammunition and illicit drugs.

He informed that similar security set up is replicated
across the 36 states of the federation with the primary objective
of facilitating free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and
agricultural inputs as well as farmer’s movement across the nation during the
lockdown and 2020 farming season to avoid food crises while also assuring that
the exercise is a continuous one.

COVID-19: FG Inaugurates Joint Task Team as Emergency Need Arises to Ease Movement of Food and Agricultural Inputs Across the Nation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has inaugurated the joint technical
task team on emergency response to COVID-19. The Joint task team is to
facilitate the free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and agricultural
inputs and farmer’s movement across the nation during the lockdown and 2020
farming season to avoid food crises.

Speaking during the inauguration in
Abuja today, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, charged the committee ‘’to facilitate
the free movement of food, livestock and agricultural inputs nationwide to
avoid food shortages and ensure minimal impact of COVID -19 on this year’s
farming season’’.

Nanono pointed out that ‘’numerous
reports have been received by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development on the problem faced by transporters of food, livestock and
agricultural inputs in different parts of the country’’ as a result of the
unavoidable enforcement of restriction orders.

This he said have resulted in food
scarcity and negatively affected the nation’s agricultural production.

The Minister stated that an emergency
meeting with the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs deliberated
and articulated a common agenda towards ensuring the minimal impact of COVID-19
on this year’s farming season in line with the directives of Mr. President and
has prompted the Joint Task Technical Team inaugurated today.

Responding on behalf of the Joint
Technical Task Team, the Committee Chairman, Assistant Inspector General of
Police, (Operations), Austin Agbonlahor, pledged the committee’s commitment to
the tasks ahead and promised to deliver on its mandate.

The Joint Technical Task Team is made
up of the following members; AIG Austin Agbonlahor, AIG P(Operations) –
Chairman, ACG Bunu Modu, Nigeria Security & Civil Defense Crops – Member,
Umar Farouk Mudi, National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN)
– Member, Representative, Nigeria Army – Member, Mr. Chris Isizuzo, National
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ibikunle Tajudeen Barruwa,
National President, NURTW – Member and Zubariu Abdullahi, Director, Planning
and Policy Coordination, FMARD – Secretary and it’s Terms of Reference are as
follows:

• to work with relevant agencies in
the States and Local Government Areas to develop a window that will facilitate the
free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and Agricultural inputs without
compromising the security and health of the nation.

• to issue out clear instruction to
all the security personnel in the three internal security outfits of police,
civil defence and the army on the need to allow the free and unhindered
movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs to all parts of
Nigeria.

• to work with the National Union of
Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), to adequately educate its members in ensuring
that vehicles conveying foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs (excluding
passengers) are allowed to pass and

• to ensure that adequate information
clarifying the controlled movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural
inputs is disseminated by the media to food transporters and security
personnel.

COVI9-19 and the Food Supply Chains Inter-Ministerial Policy Response Meeting.

The meeting, which has in attendance, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Muhammad Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Defence, Major Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (RTD), Minister of Police Affairs, Alh. Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

In his speech, Alh. Sabo Nanono disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working closely with the relevant government organisations to ensure appropriate food policy responses, which include:

I. Ensuring that transportation of food and agricultural inputs are unhindered by the restriction of movements to ensure that supply chains are kept open and functional.

II. Incorporating Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to eliminate or reduce the risk of food surfaces and food packaging materials becoming contaminated.

III. Supporting the most vulnerable population by releasing assorted food via safety net interventions to complement food distributions in specific areas of vulnerability.

The interactive meeting involving key government institutions which are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Police Affairs is expected to discuss issues, challenges and innovative solutions that would permit easy access for the food supply chain in the country in line with broader government’s objective of ensuring a healthy and food secured nation in the face of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Minister Visits Farm, Pledges FG’s Support

As part of
activities of government to boost food production in Nigeria, the Hon. Minister
of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday
visited Nigeria Farmers’ Group and Cooperative Society Farm (NFGCS) at Gaate,
Kokona Local Government Area of Nassarawa State to inspect the facilities and
activities of the 3-year old farm. During the
visit, the Hon. Minister informed the management of NFGCS that he deemed
it fit to inspect the farm after a presentation made at the Ministry that was
too good to believe.

The Hon. Minister then toured the
farm and subsequently commended the youth who put their efforts together to
establish the fast growing farm. Hon. Mustapha Shehuri was impressed with the
attitude of these youth who have decided to up their own game by not venturing
into cybercrime nor seeking contract from the govt. They chose to go to the
forest and they are creating big wealth. They have employed hundreds of youth
they pay salaries as farmers, bricklayers, Engineers, Labourers, etc.

The NFGCS Farm
grows and processes varieties of farm produce which include rice, poultry,
livestock, crops, etc. According to reports, they supply to different companies
including hotels in faraway Lagos State.

The NFGCS farm
has a Unit where they fabricate farm equipment, part of which they use on their
farm.

However, the
management of NFGCS are appealing to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development to support the farm, especially with machines and chemicals.

In his response,
the minister invited the Management of the farm to the Ministry so as to
discuss areas the office can support them. “We will contribute our own quota as
a government to optimize their productivity. What i saw on the farm is the
definition of real Agriculture.”

The Minister,
further, commended the approach of NFGCS Farm Management to community issue as
a good way recommendable to solving Farmer/Herder clashes in Nigeria. Governors
who want to impact on their people are enjoined to go and study the farm and
borrow ideas.

FG MARKS 2019 WORLD FOOD DAY

Nigeria will join the global Community to mark the World Food Day 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World” which specifically addresses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No 2 being “Zero Hunger”.
The annual event established by  United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) since 1945 is celebrated on 16th October of every year in over 180 countries around the world to promote world-wide effective action to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty and ensuring that everyone at all times and place has physical and economic access to nutritious  food.

This year’s theme calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.

 The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, saddled with the responsibility of organizing the event in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other relevant Development Partners and stakeholders have lined up activities which will officially kick off on 14th 0ctober 2019 with a Sensitization Walk to create public awareness on the need to ensure food security and demonstrate Government’s commitment, Other activities slated for the 4- day event include: Schools Quiz Competition, Press Briefing, Symposium/Colloquium, Photo Exhibition, amongst others.

 The celebration will culminate in an  Agric Show/Exhibition on  16th October 2019  where  Agricultural Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN), Agro-dealers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Value Chain Operators, Youth/Women in Agriculture, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other Stakeholders will converge at the Agric Show Ground, KM 28, Abuja-Keffi Express Way, to showcase and exhibit agricultural potentials and establish synergy with current realities in the sector.

The World Food Day celebration in Nigeria has been a laudable event that highlights Government’s strategic support and assistance both in addressing emerging challenges and in promoting far reaching interventions to guarantee food security in the nation.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, Honourable Minister of State, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Permanent Secretary, Dr Mohammed Bello Umar, FAO Country Representative, Mr Suffyan Koroma, officials and delegates from Government/ Private Sector Organizations, Agencies and all Relevant Stakeholders are expected to grace the occasion.

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