Ogbeh Receives Course Participants of the Institute of Security in Abuja

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Tuesday received course participants representing security agencies and practitioners from within and outside Nigeria, and members of faculty, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

The delegation, led by the Institute’s Deputy Director of Studies, Dr. Abdulwahab Wale was made up of participants enrolled in this year’s course, with the theme: “Transhumance and International Migration, Challenges to Peace, Governance and Development in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Dr. Abdulwahab Wale said it was to acquaint the Honourable Minister with the programmes and activities of the institute as they relate to creating a peaceful and enabling environment for the current agricultural development programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria to thrive.

“The Institute of Security Studies has continued to provide professional resources and tools to help security agencies and practitioners expand their knowledge and skills and have introduced courses to bring security agencies together to rub minds, share ideas, and be better skill-equipped in modern ways of tackling insecurity. We have also added a new module on Agro terrorism to build security skills around the present challenges being faced in the Agricultural sector”, Dr. Wale told the minister.

Welcoming the delegation, the Honourable Minister stated: “The intellectual analysis of the security problems confronting the nation is very important; and security studies is absolutely vital if we are going to get anywhere in this country. The work you are doing is extremely important for the country, especially your focus on transhumance and international migration. The transhumance problem is one that will require joint action from ECOWAS and Nigeria is eager to engage in the sub-regional conversation on the subject to find a lasting solution to the current security challenges”.

The minister thanked the delegation for the visit and expressed the readiness of the ministry to collaborate with the institute in relevant areas of capacity building for agro-investment security.

Ogbeh Congratulates President Buhari On His Victory; assures Nigerians of unprecedented growth in the Agriculture sector

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on his victory at the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.


Ogbeh noted that his victory at the poll did not come as a surprise especially with the giant strides recorded in the nation’s Agriculture sector, particularly the rice revolution among others.


He assured the nation that with the re-election of Mr. President for a second term, the Agriculture Ministry which he oversees would consolidate on its achievements and move the nation’s Agriculture sector to the next level.


Mr. Mohammed Nakorji

Director Information

March 1, 2019


RURAL PROJECTS: Bayelsa Communities Agog as Agric Ministry Commissions Projects

Rural communities in Bayelsa were excited as the Hon. Minister of State,  Dr. Heineken Lokpobiri, inspected an on-going road project and commissioned Solar Powered Boreholes and Street Light in Toru-Ebeni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.


This is to improve the wellbeing of the people in that community. The facilities are ready for use and the road will be opened within the next two weeks.

More so, the Minister was in Akeddei, Okunbiri, Agbere and Odoni, all in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State to commission Solar Powered Boreholes and Street Light provided for the communities.


These projects were executed as part of the rural development projects of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


During the Commissioning, the Minister reiterated the commitment of the current administration not to neglect any part of the country. He encouraged the people of the benefitting communities to protect and maintain those facilities so that they can enjoy it for long.


The paramount rulers together with numerous residents of the communities expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for not forgetting them in the creek and promised to keep such an administration that brings them welfare in office so that they can consolidate on what they have started.

IN KADUNA: Minister Ogbeh Commissions 30MT/Day GB Tomato Processing Plant

Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on February 4th, 2019 commissioned a 30 Metric Tonnes per day processing facility, an investment worth over N2billion established by GB Foods in Kaduna state.


The pilot tomato farm which sits on a 30 hectares space is growing over 15 varieties of tomatoes with an expected average yield of 40-50MT/ per hectare.


Speaking during the event, Honourable Minister, Audu Ogbeh who was in the accompany of the Central Bank Governor, said the Federal Government is committed to encouraging local production and processing of tomato and would place a ban on the importation of tomato paste to encourage massive local production.


He added that Nigeria is targeting the next two years to attain self-sufficiency in Tomato production.

USDA partially admits wrong data on Nigeria’s rice imports | Business Day

The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA has partially adjusted its data on Nigeria’s rice imports, which was found to be flawed in a fact check published by Business Day in November, 2018.


The USDA in its December 2018 report titled “Grains: World Markets and Trade”, had to make elaborate explanations on Nigeria’s rice production and importation even though it failed to respond to questions about its methodology and data sources.


Caleb Ojewale of Business Day writes that the adjusted data which now acknowledge increasing rice production in Nigeria, are however still flawed.

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Minister Ogbeh visits Nigerian Air Force, encourages their participation in agriculture

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Chief Audu Ogbeh was on February 1st, 2019 received at the Nigerian Airforce Headquarters in Abuja on a courtesy visit.


The Chief of Air staff – Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Senior Officers of the Force were on hand to receive the Minister and his entourage comprising of Directors in the Ministry of Agriculture and Senior Technical Advisers.


Speaking, the Minister said the purpose of the visit was to first, say “Thank you” to the Air force for their efforts in securing the lives of Nigerians especially in the face of the Boko Haram insurgency and to acquaint the officers and men with the opportunities in the Agribusiness sector.


“I thank your officers and men for the work you do. I also want to use this opportunity to let you know that we are giving agriculture a serious attention and to acquaint you with the opportunities in the sector which your officers and men can gainfully engage in to improve their livelihoods especially in retirement”. The Minister then highlighted some of the Agricultural programmes of the present administration designed to diversify the economy and create wealth for Nigerians.


Responding, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said “We are extremely delighted and profoundly honoured by your visit today. Thank you for all the efforts you have made in the Agricultural sector which has greatly added value. We at the air force have continued to improve on our operations to secure the lives and property of our citizens. We are commited to protecting our farmers who are producing the food we eat so they can work on the farms peacefully and go home to rest. That’s why we have created formations in troubled location to restore peace in places where we have had the herdsmen/farmers crisis”.


On agriculture, he continued “we have identified efforts to involve our officers. We have the Barrack Youths Employment in Agriculture, they are into fishery and various crop productions which have improved income generation for their families. So, we are keying into Agriculture and we want to do more. We want to inculcate in the minds of our youths that agriculture is very important”.


The Minister was accompanied on the visit by the Director, Agribusiness, Processing and Marketing – Alhaji Azeez Musibau; Director of Rural Development – Engr. Daniel Udo; Senior Technical Adviser on Investment Promotions & Agribusiness – Mr. Irede Ajala; Consultant/Technical Adviser on the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise, LIFE programme – Ms. Keke Bongos and the Technical Adviser on Media – Mrs. Aishat Onusi.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Yobe Community Visits Minister, Appreciates FG for Landmark Projects

The Honourable Minister of State – Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has assured the people of the North East geo political zone of the country that the Federal Government is committed to the development of the region despite the insecurity challenges posed by the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The minister stated that the development of the region is in line with the electoral promises of President Muhammadu Buhari to the people, which informed the citing of a number of agricultural development projects by his ministry in the region in the 2018 budget.
Lokpobiri made this disclosure when a delegation from the district head of Degubi, in the Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State paid him a thank-you visit in his office in Abuja on January 28, 2019 to show appreciation for the execution of a number of development projects in the community by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
The minister used the occasion to appeal to the people to ensure that they vote President Buhari and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the coming elections to guarantee more projects to the region.
He urged the people to ensure that they guard the projects safely to avoid theft and vandalization.
Said Lokpobiri, “The President is committed to developing the Northeast. These projects are done at the directive of Mr President.


“Irrespective of the difficulties of the terrain or security challenges, development must extend to all parts, he said.


Continuing, the Minister said, “But the important thing you can do for yourselves and to encourage the government is to be able to take care of the projects because they are done for the benefit of the community. I am saying this because people destroy project meant for their development.


According to the minister, “If these projects are sited for your development it is important that you can also see how you can manage them by setting up a committee to manage them.


Lokpobiri regretted that Yobe State is the least in the northeast states in terms of the number of projects the Federal Government and his ministry is embarking on in the region but assured the people that in the next budget, this shortcoming would be addressed.


In a letter of appreciation signed by the district head of Degubi, Alhahi Mohammed Sambo and General Secretary, Danjuma Baba, but delivered by the leader of the delegation Mallam Bah Abubakar, the community said, “The Degubi community of Nangere Local Government, Yobe State wishes to express its profound appreciation to the Honourable Ministe for the honour done to us through the provision of two number (2) solar boreholes and 15 numbers solar street lights. The gesture has transformed the community, thus lessening the hardship in assessing drinking water.”
The letter added, “Like Oliver Twist, we cannot but ask for more of the solar lights as well as a feeder road because its inhabitants find it difficult to reach the community more especially during the rainy season.” They assured minister of the unalloyed support and loyalty to the vision and mission of Federal Government as encapsulated in the people-oriented programme of the current administration.

TOMATO SUMMIT: Stakeholders in the sector converged in Kano

Stakeholders in the tomato industry on Januray 25th, 2019 gathered in Kano state at the 1st National Tomato Summit to discuss “Strengthening Opportunities in Tomato Value Chain towards a National Self Sufficiency”.


The summit organized by the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) and Grow Africa in collaboration with the Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) had in attendance, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.


Speaking at the event, NABG Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Iwejere, said the aim of the forum was to identify some challenges bedevilling production in the tomato value chain and proffer solutions towards the attainment of national self-sufficiency.


Country Director, TechnoServe, Larry Umunung, said the summit was timely in view of the loses recorded in tomato production in Nigeria. According to him, Nigeria loses about 45% of tomatoes produced annually, noting that, “this summit will help in sensitising stakeholders to device means of achieving effective and profitable production.”


Honourable Minister, Audu Ogbeh pledged Federal Government’s support in the provision of solar-powered cold rooms in Kano state for tomato preservation.


Key issues examined by the summit included tomato value chain development and post-harvest processing, mobilizing more private investment to increase production, improving quality and standards, building of storage infrastructure and encouraging best practices in preservation to minimize post harvest losses.

FOOD SAFETY: Rally against indiscriminate use of chemicals on food & illegal importation of staple foods

A sensitization rally against illegal importation of staple foods and indiscriminate use of chemicals on food was held in Abuja on January 18, 2019.


The sensitization rally organised by the Federal Department of Extension Services in Collaboration with the women wing of the National Association of Nigerian Traders, was enroute Utako Market, Wuse Market, Eagle Square and terminated at the Headquarters of FMARD and where they were received by Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Heineken Lokpobiri and Management.


The aim of the rally was to create awareness and sensitize people on the effects of illegal importation of food on our economy and on investments of Agricultural value chain actors especially farmers. The rally also aimed at creating awareness about the dangers of improper use of chemicals on food, such as serious implications on the human health.


The sensitization exercise was in fulfillment of one of the ministry’s mandate – to educate value chain actors agains such harmful practices.


Stakeholders that participated in the rally included the Nigerian Customs Service; certification agencies including the SON and NAFDAC to talk about standards and security agencies (Police, DSS, Civil Defence and Road Safety Corps) to maintain law and order.