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POVERTY ALLEVIATION: AREGBESOLA DISBURSED N4.5BN TO 27,352 BENEFICIARIES IN 8 YEARS –COMMISSIONER: P.G 11 OF NOVEMBER 6, 2018.

By Clement Adeyi
The paper has it that, Osun State Commissioner of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Ismaila Jayeoba-Alagbada, yesterday, disclosed that the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration has disbursed N4.5 billion to 27,352 beneficiaries in the state within eight years to drive poverty alleviation programmes.
He said the sectors covered in the disbursement of the micro-credit include commerce, agriculture, manufacturing, education, health, hotel and hospitality and other businesses operated by the artisans.

HERITAGE BANK: CREDIT SCHEMES WILL DRIVE FARMING OUTPUT: P.G 35
By Omodele Adigun
Omodele reports that, the broad objectives of the intervention schemes championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in agricultural sector, such as the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) Commercial Agriculture Development Programme (CADP), the Interest Draw-back scheme, Agricultural Credit Support Scheme as well as the recently introduced Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), are among others, to shoot up food supply in the country.
Aside this, they are to fast track the development of the agricultural sector by providing credit facilities to commercial agricultural enterprises at a single digit interest rate; enhance national food security by increasing food supply and effecting lower agricultural produce and product prices, thereby promoting low food inflation ; generate employment and diversify revenue base.

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HOW NIRSAL INTERVENTION FACILITATE N78BN TO AGRIC SECTOR: P.G 19 OF NOVEMBER 6, 2018.

By Sunday Michael Ogwu
The paper reports that, the slow pace of socio-economic transformation in Nigeria can be attributed to the neglect of the agricultural sector as an engine of growth.
Amongst some of the key roadblocks identified by the team of experts assigned some years back by the Central Bank of Nigeria to dig out the problem of the sector was access to finance to the sector. Reasons being that the Nigerian banks were wary of extending loans to farmers while the farmers are not willing to take the loans even if they were offered by the banks due to the many associated to the farming activities in the country.

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NIGERIA RESUMES EXPORT OF HIBISCUS TO MEXICO: P.G 7 OF NOVEMBER 2, 2018.

By Vincent A. Yusuf
Vincent reports that, Nigeria is set to resume the export of hibiscus (known as ‘Zobo’ in Hausa) to Mexico after the first export worth $35 million in nine months.
The Coordinating Director of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe, stated this when the Mexican Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

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HOW NIGERIA CAN EXPORT MORE FARM PRODUCTS: P.G 35 OF NOVEMBER 2, 2018.

By Daniel Essiet
The paper reports that, Nigeria, being among the world biggest producers of agro crops, has not exploited much of their export potential. Several recommendations were, however, made for improving the sector at the maiden Nigeria Agricultural Exporter Group Summit (NAEG) in Lagos.
For Nigeria to export more farm and food products, it must invest heavily in high value crops. This was stakeholders’ position at the maiden Nigeria Agricultural Exporter Group Summit (NAEG) in Lagos.

STAKEHOLDERS SEEK SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES, BLUE ECONOMY: P.G 35
By Daniel Essiet
According to the paper, stakeholders have canvassed increased government’s support to improve fisheries and aquaculture.
This was the plea at the Validation Workshop on Review of National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policies for Coherence/Alignment, with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy (PFRS) for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa.
It held at the Federal Department of Fisheries, Lagos.

EXPERT URGES INCREASED SUPPORT FOR RICE FARMERS: P.G 35
By Jessica Dickson
Jessica reports that, World Bank Consultant Abel Ogunwale has canvassed increased support for rice farmers to boost harvest and incomes.
He said if the rice sector enjoys robust growth, the economy will develop significantly.
He also urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to improve the monitoring of its Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) to ensure the right farmers in the sector secure loans.

INSTITUTE TO BEGIN INSPECTION OF FEED MILLS: P.G 35
The paper has it that, the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NAIS) is starting a nationwide inspection/audit exercise of feed business premises. Effective feeds contribute to the production and maintenance of healthy livestock.
Head, Inspectorate Department, Mr. Olufemi Atunbi, said the exercise will start on November 5, in the North-west zone of the country.

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ISSUES AFFECTING GRAZING RESERVES RESOLVED: P.G 41 OF OCTOBER 31, 2018.

By Okwe Obi
Okwe reports that, the Federal Government said issues stalling the success of grazing reserves, such as herders and farmers impasse, which has affected food security, has been resolved.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who made the disclosure at the National Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF) 2018, in Abuja, said most states have accepted ranching as the way forward, especially for the management of livestock, not just to prevent conflicts, but, also to improve farmer’s productivity.

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OLAM, ONYX PRESENT AS COMMODITY FORUM OPENS IN ABUJA: P.G 10 OF OCTOBER 31, 2018.

By Vincent A. Yusuf
Vincent reports that the National Workshop on Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF) by the Agricultural Development (IFAD)-Assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has begun in Abuja with many farmers and off-takers in attendance.
The National Programme Coordinator of the IFAD-VCDP, Dr Ameh Onoja, said the Programme was a demand- driven and market-led initiative of the Federal Government to work with 45,000 smallholder farmers, processors and marketers.

IFAD –VCDP INJECTS $68.9M INTO NIGERIAN ECONOMY: P.G 17.
The paper has it that, the Value Chain Development Programme of the International fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD-VCDP) has injected 68.9 million us dollars into the Nigerian economy.
Mrs. Mariatu kamara, IFAD Programme officer, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the 2018National Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF).

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IFAD AGRIC PROJECT BOOTS ECONOMY WITH $68.9M: P.G 11 OF OCTOBER 31, 2018.

The paper reports that the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has contributed $68.9 million to the nation’s economy since inception in 2014, its National Programme Coordinator, Dr. Ameh Onoja has said.
Onoja spoke at a workshop organized by IFAD in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on Commodity Alliance forum (CAF), yesterday in Abuja.

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AGRIC EXPORTERS EYE $250B YEARLY: P.G. 16 OF OCTOBER 26, 2018.

By Daniel Essiet
Daniel reports that, the Nigeria Agricultural Exporter Group (NAEG) is targeting increased exports to $250 billion yearly.
Its founder, Capt. John Okakpu, who spoke in Lagos, said the group is tasking corrective steps to ensure that the nation increases the quantity of exports and reaches new markets.

HOW PIND IS CHANGING CAPACITY BUILDING IN NIGER DELTA: P.G. 23
By Shola O’Neil
Shola writes that, Diyen Friday’s life changed six years ago where he met the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger-Delta (PIND). After undergoing two-week training held at the PIND’s Economic Development Centre in Egbokodo, Warri Delta State he acquired skills as an Acquaculture Service Provider (ASP) – a vocation he initially knew nothing about.
By teaching fish farmers in the region on best practices and latest techniques, his earnings soared, he is able to buy more properties, and he has become better positioned to train his children and feed his extended family.

ANMBRA FIGHTS RESTIVENESS WITH SKILL ACQUISITION: P.G 28
By Nwansokie Onu
The paper reports that, one youth one skill is an initiative of Anmbra State Governor Willie Obiano which was unveiled about two months ago. Its aim is to mop up joblessness with skills.
To achieve this, these skills acquisition centres within these geographical zones will be operational all year round, leveraging on the community philanthropists and corporate organisations’ support.

NORWAY-NIGERIA PARTNERSHIPS TP BOOST AGRIC, RENEWABLE ENERGY: P.G 33
By Daniel Essiet
Norway is seeking Nigeria’s partnership to boost agriculture and renewable energy. Its Ambassador to Nigeria, Jems-Petter Kjempurd, who spoke during a seafood festival in Lagos, underlined the importance of the bilateral partnership as an opportunity for new solutions that will boost food production.
According to the paper, many Nigerians rely on the fisheries sector for food. The sector supports 10 to 12 percent of the nation’s population. It is also expected to provide for more people in future. However, the industry is facing challenges such as poor adoption of technologies to increase production volume. So much is lost every year through post-harvest fish loses, which tend to be greater in small-scale fisheries.

DON SEEKS NATIONAL SOILS SURVEY AND MAPPING: P.G 33
By Daniel Essiet
The paper has it that, the Vice –Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Felix Salako, said efforts to modernize agriculture are being done without sufficient scientific data on soil types and capability for crop performance.
Salako, who spoke during a visit to Vintage Press Limited Publishers of The Nation, said it was necessary to carry out a national soil survey, and develop extensive information for land use planning.

HOW REFORMS CAN REDUCE POVERTY AND IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY: P.G 33
By Daniel Essiet
Daniel reports that, wide-ranging reforms are needed to make Nigeria’s economy more sustainable and resilient, a World Bank Consultant, Prof. Abel Ogunwale, he said.
Ogunwale said there was a need to reform the agricultural sector to ensure poverty reduction and greater food security.

FIRRO GETS ISO CERTIFICATION TO BOOST PRODUCTS EXPORT: P.G 43
According to the paper, the Central Laboratory of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has been certified by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to analyse and certify food and non-food products for export.
Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said this yesterday in Lafia, Nassarawa State during the 16th meeting of the National Council on Science and Technology.