PUBLIC NOTICE

Following the declaration of Monday 25th May 2020 as Public Holiday by the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development regrets to inform the general public that the new deadline for the closing/opening of Category C (expression of interest) will take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 27th May 2020
Venue: Conference Room B, Ministry’s Headquarters, Area 11, Garki – Abuja.

Opening time: Immediately after the closing of bids
Closing time: 12 noon prompt

Postscript: The Ministry also wishes to inform the General Public that Category D (Pre – Qualification) that was earlier advertised, has been stepped down by Management.

NOTE: To curtail the spread of Covid-19 Pandemic, Bidders are not invited to attend the bids opening exercise. However, credible observers have been invited to witness the bids opening exercise on Wednesday 27th May 2020 by 12 noon at the address mentioned above.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING

Management.

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.

 

FG Appoints Alwan Ali Hassan, Acting Managing Director for Bank of Agriculture.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate dissolution of the Interim Management Team and the appointment of an Acting Managing Director for the Bank of Agriculture in the person of Mr Alwan Ali Hassan, a seasoned Banker with over two decades of experience in the banking industry.

The approval of Mr President was conveyed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono via a letter dated May 5, 2020, with reference No. PRES/95/MARD/14.

Mr Hassan’s appointment is most apt and will expectedly turn the fortunes of the bank around considering his decades of experience in the banking sector He worked with Bank PHB, First Bank of Nigeria, African International Bank Limited, United Bank for Africa and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Alwan Hassan hails from Kano State and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He has served on the Management Boards of Orient Bank, Uganda; Bank PHB in the Gambia and Platinum Capital and Trust Limited, Nigeria.

Alwan Hassan who until his appointment was Chairman/CEO Midrange Universal Biz Ltd., is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors among others. He also has thorough grooming of management prowess having attended trainings at the famous IMD Business School Luasanne, Switzerland and Intrados Business School, Washington DC, USA

The Bank of Agriculture is the nation’s apex agricultural and rural development finance institution, saddled with the responsibility of providing agricultural credit facilities in support of agricultural value chain activities, will benefit immensely from the vast banking experiences of Alwan Ali Hassan.

Mr Hassan is married with children.

 

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.

COVID-19 Food Palliatives to Nigerians On Course as Agric Ministry Partners NEMA for Delivery.

Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of assorted food commodities as palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians to help cushion the effect of the lockdown on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry has continued to collaborate with officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure the seamless lifting exercise of the grains from the designated 6 Silos for delivery to Nigerians.

Breakdown of the 70, 000 MT of the assorted food grains includes Minna with a total of 12, 500 MT; 10,000MT of Maize and 2,500 MT of Garri. Lafia, Nasarawa State has a total of 6, 500 MT; 5,000MT of Millet and 1,500MT of Garri.
At Dustin-Ma, Kastina State, a total of 15,000MT; 9,000 MT of Maize and 6,000 MT of Sorghum. In Yola, Adamawa State, a total of 16,500 MT;12,500 MT of Maize and 4,000MT of Sorghum. Gusau in Zamfara State has a total of 18,500 MT; 3,500 MT of Maize and 15,000 MT of Sorghum. While Ilesha, Osun State has a total of 1,000 MT of Garri.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono had last week in company with his Humanitarian Affairs counterpart, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, visited the Minna Silo complex in Niger State to inspect and officially performed the handing over and taking over of the food commodities.

At the event, Nanono said, it was in compliance with Mr President’s directive to cushion the effect of the lockdown as a result of the COVID -19 pandemic and assured Nigerians that the food items were of high quality.

The Minister at the event also reiterated, “The logistics for the delivery of the items to vulnerable Nigerians was purely NEMA affairs, ours is to hand over to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs”.

The Silos have continued to be a beehive of activities, following the bagging and lifting of the grains into waiting trucks. The trucks are being escorted from the Silos by armed security personnel and NEMA officials for onward delivery to destinations.

The Ministry will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure food availability and security as Nigeria joins in the global efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trucks conveying food items leaving the Gusau and Lafia Strategic Grains Reserve under supervision of NEMA official and Security escorts.

COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Fulfils Its Promise as Agric Minister Releases Assorted Food Items for Disaster Management.

To mark the commencement of the release of the Presidential 70,000 Metric Tons of assorted grains palliative response to vulnerable Nigerians,  the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono handed over 12,500 Metric Tons of food ration to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,  Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq from the Minna Silo in Niger State, being part of the National Strategic Food Reserve.

The Minister, today, handed over 2,500 Metric Tons of Garri
which is already been evacuated by the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) for distribution to vulnerable Nigerians in the three frontline states
being Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory.

The Ministry is also releasing simultaneously the rest of
the assorted food items as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari from its
silos in Gusau, Zamfara State, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, Yola, Adamawa State,
Lafia, Nassarawa State and Ilesha, Osun State.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq,  promised that all measures will be put in place to ensure that the food items are received by the vulnerable population as directed by Mr President

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono handed over 12,500 Metric Tonnes of food ration to the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq from the Minna Silo in Niger State.

COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Articulates Logistic for Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grains.

COVID-19 NIGERIA: FG Articulates Logistic for Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grains.

Following the lockdown across some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the resultant effect on the vulnerable population, President Muhammadu Buhari granted approval to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to release 70,000 Metric Tons of assorted food items from the National Strategic Food Reserve stock.

In compliance with the presidential directive, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that of the 70,000 Metric tons, 5,000 Metric tons of Gari is readily available for immediate release while bagging of the food grains is on going for further urgent release through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

According to the Minister, the food items are being released from the National Strategic Food Reserve Silo Complexes as detailed below
1. Minna Silo, Niger State – 10,000MTs of Maize and 2,500MTs of Gari

2. Lafia Silo, Nassarawa State- 5,000MTs of Millet and 1,500MTs of Gari.

3. Dustin-Ma Silo, Katsina State – 12,500MTs of Maize and 5,000MT of Sorghum.

4. Yola Silo, Adamawa State – 12,500MTs Maize and 5,000MTs of Sorghum

5. Gusau Silo, Zamfara State – 15,000MTs of Sorghum and

6. Ilesha Silo, Osun State – 1,000MTs of Gari.

The Minister promised that measures will be put in place by the Presidential Task Force to ensure that the food items get to the actual beneficiaries.

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