FG REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY SEEDS  FOR NIGERIAN FARMERS

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that quality seed is a key input towards enhancing Agricultural productivity and ensuring food security, job creation and economic growth in Nigeria.

 Speaking during the National Seed Retreat organised by the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), at the IAR Conference Hall, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, today, 27/02/20, the Minister noted that seed is the carrier of the genetic potential of the crop plant that determines the upper limit of yield and the ultimate productivity of fertilizers, agro-chemicals and other inputs including types of machinery and farming techniques.

Nanono informed that the Ministry has the responsibility to provide a conducive policy environment of ensuring the sustenance of a virile National Seeds System and to enable a credible, dynamic, competitive and relevant industry which provides healthy and high-quality planting materials for Nigerian farmers and for export irrespective of their location. According to him,” This is the reason I have called this important meeting for us all to discuss the grey areas that need to be straightened for seed sector development”.

He emphasised that the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) in partnership with all relevant stakeholders is responsible for seed industry development and regulation in the country and has over the years been involved in various activities towards ensuring the development of the nation’s seed sector. 

He pointed out that the overall set of policy principles of the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) , would concentrate on providing an enabling environment for stakeholders at the federal and state level to play their distinctive roles. 

He also said that the policy would provide a conducive legislative and agricultural knowledge framework, macro-policies, security-enhancing physical infrastructure and institutional mechanisms for coordination, access to adequate inputs, finance, information on innovation, agricultural services and markets.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono tasked the Stakeholders on the need to render services for posterity, “Your presence here as stakeholders is simple but are service to posterity because with a growing population expected to reach above 400 million in a few years from now we must plan ahead. Recognize the importance of this sub-sector to the overall sustenance of national plan through agricultural productivity”.

 He further said, “we are all challenged today to identify, discuss determine the type of interventions needed (technological, regulatory and others) to make quality seeds available to farmers through sustainable systems and construct roadmap, with specific recommendations, to guide a sound and sustainable dissemination strategy for improved crops to resource-poor farmers in Nigeria in particular and West in general “.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu stated that there is need to focus more on locally made seed because they have been tested and proven in the Seeds sub-sector and assured that the bills before both chambers of the National Assembly would soon be passed into laws.

During his goodwill message, the Chairman, House Committee on Agric. Production and Services,  Hon. Danduste Muntari said that quality Seed is vital in the process of achieving food sufficiency, job creation and would boost the internally generated revenue in the country. He also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda in the Agricultural sector which he said would change the narrative on the economy shifting from the oil sector to the Agricultural sector. 

In his welcome remarks, the Director-General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr Philip Olusegun Ojo, informed that ” NASC has introduced/launch the National Seed Tracker, introduced the turn-key electronic Seed Authentication system, developed a Five (5) year strategic plan and up-graded the central seed testing laboratories to meet international Standards”.

Dr Philip Ojo stated that NASC has commenced effort towards the introduction of a Legislation for the Protection of New Varieties of Plant (PVP) in Nigeria as well as firming upon its membership of international organizations like the  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Seed Federation (ISF)  International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). According to him, “all in a bid to promote our nation’s participation in the global trade of seeds and enhance our quality seed delivery capability while encouraging private sector participation in the Seeds sub-sector”.

He advocated for the quick passage of the PVP law to complement the existing Seed Act for the establishment and maintenance of strong legal protection for seed and plant products and its enforcement so as to deter those who engage in illegal seed practices.

GUINEAN GOVT SEEKS SUPPORT OF NIGERIA IN RICE PRODUCTION

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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.

Nigeria Joins International Consultative Cashew Council (CICC)

As part of efforts of Nigerian Government to improve the county’s foreign earnings and create jobs for the citizenry, Nigeria, being the 4th largest producer of Cashew in the world, has been successfully registered to the International Consultative Cashew Council.

This was completed at the 3rd session of the Council of Ministers of the International Consultative Cashew Council (CICC) where the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri represented the country and performed the official signing.

Nigeria will benefit largely from the Council in terms OF added value, job creation and income generation.

Nigeria Submits Interest to Join Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries

Hoping that this congress will continue to provide the platform for global networking on the latest innovations and information sharing, foster closer relations and co-operation between all industry players in our pursuit to enhance the sustainable development of the palm oil industry and sustaining its competitiveness in the global oils and fats market, the Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed its readiness to join the council

The Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, has led a Nigerian delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to participate in the meeting and submit Nigeria’s proposal to join the Council.

The Council is a strategic global forum for thinkers and strategists to deliberate on technological breakthroughs and advancements in the oil palm sector as well as on the developments of the oils and fats industries.

FG REASSURES FARMERS OF SUPPORT

FG REASSURES FARMERS OF SUPPORT TOWARDS ACHIEVING FOOD SUFFICIENCY IN NIGERIA: PLEDGES 50% DISCOUNT FOR EQUIPMENT PURCHASE

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri has reassured farmers of Federal Government’s resolve to support and also make farming equipment accessible to them in other to achieve food sufficiency and economic growth in Nigeria.  The Minister gave this assurance when he visited the Livestock House of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Mando, Kaduna, Kaduna State over the weekend.

Shehuri pointed out that the visit was basically to ensure that the staff and management team of the ministry in the Kaduna office worked in tandem with the objectives of the  Federal Government at improving the farmers capacity towards achieving food security for the teaming population and Job creation for the Nigerian youth and as such, he stated that  “We will ensure that the equipment and farm inputs procured by the ministry get directly to the people they are meant for (farmers) because they are the bedrock of government investment designed to achieve government’s policy of economic diversification and growth through the agricultural sector.

The Minister further stated that the farming equipment procured by the ministry would be sold to farmers at 50% discount to show government commitment, determination and good will at improving farmers production capacity in order to actualize the food sufficiency policy and income generation of the current administration. He added that “the border closure has further energized rice farmers and they are working assiduously to continuously produce the quantity locally consumed and prepare to mobilize for export in the nearest future. Today, they are smiling to the banks with the impressive sales they have recorded and this opportunity has created more jobs, not only in rice production but also livestock and other commodities.”

The Minister described Nigerian farmers as the very determined and hardworking workforce in the labour industry in the country, saying, “they work tirelessly even without assistance from government to improve the country’s economy and put food at the table for Nigerian homes. “We look at agriculture as an enterprising business and we assure Nigerians of better jobs from the type of growth that will result from it,” he added.

In his remarks, the North West Zonal Director, FMARD, Engr. Mathew Owolabi described the minister’s visit as a good and timely adding that this would encourage and enhance the capability of staff in the state office and the zone in general.  He pledged the support of the entire North West to work arduously towards achieving its mandate and the next level agenda of Mr. President in the agriculture sector, in terms of job creation, economic growth and food security.

NANONO SEEKS STRONGER PARTNERSHIP WITH BEYOND OIL INITIATIVE NIGERIA

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has solicited for a stronger partnership and collaboration between Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Beyond Oil Initiative Nigeria (BoIN) towards boosting the Agribusiness Development and Job Creation in Nigeria.

The Minister, disclosed this when the Beyond Oil Initiative Nigeria Team led by the National Program Coordinator, Adanma Ogumka – Ekeji,  paid him a courtesy visit  in his office in Abuja.

He noted that the Program would achieve the goal of the current administration’s next agenda in the Agric Sector and create the desired value chain, facilitate products standardization and promote global market access of Nigerian branded products with massive job creation and increase Internally Generated Revenue for the country.

Nanono stressed that there is need to promote global best packaging methods and branding of the products towards ensuring global market penetration.

He also said the programme would facilitate uniform grading and competitive pricing of Nigerian Agric products and boost mechanization /technology driven commercial production of selected viable exportable agricultural products.

In her remarks., the National Coordinator, BoIN, Adanma Ogumka – Ekeji informed that ‘’ the Program is working in Partnership with Alex Ekwueme  Federal University ,Ndufu Ikwo Alike ( AE-FUNIA),Ebonyi State, FMARD and other International Organizations to achieve these set goals’’.

Ogumka -Ekeji further said that  ‘’ we have foremost market access specialist/expert, working with leading global institutions and the government to develop and take back domestic and export markets of indigenous commodities which have been taken by other countries, thereby making Nigeria a dumping ground for own quality products’’.

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.

Ministers of Agriculture resume

Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

Alhaji
Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Hon. Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development)

Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono and Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri have assumed duties as the new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and Minister of State.Read More

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