DANGOTE TOMATO BEGINS PRODUCTION: Page 21 OF THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019.

By Ibrahim Musa Giginyu
According to the paper, Dangote tomato processing factory, the largest such plant in Africa, yesterday, begun production at its Kadawa factory in Kano.
Addressing newsmen at the factory’s conference hall after a tomato processing process tour, the Managing Director of Dangote tomato processing plant, Malam Abdulkareem Kaita, stated that, the 1,200 tons per day capacity plant has begun production after concluding all necessary takeoff this season.

PREPARING FOR RAINY SEASON FARMING: Page 26
By Hussein Yahaya
The paper has it that, although this depends on the zone, rainy season in Nigeria usually starts from April to the end of October. It is the season of heightened agricultural activities by farmers. This may be due to the absence of irrigation facilities for dry season farming in many parts of the country.
This season, also called wet season, is always characterized by low temperature and therefore crops that suit this this climate condition are widely cultivated.
LUNG DISEASE KILLS 368 COWS IN KADUNA COMMUNITIES 754 OTHERS IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Page 26
The paper reports that, the Kaduna State Government said that an outbreak of Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP) had killed 368 cattle in different parts of the state.
It added that 764 others spread across the state are in critical condition.

WE CAN FEED MILLERS, WHEAT FARMERS TELL CRITICS OF FG’S 50% IMPORT TARIFF: Page 27
By Vincent Yusuf
Yusuf reports that, the Federal Government’s drive to save $422.9m (N129.4bn) from wheat import this year may not go down well with some stakeholders but farmers have said that will be the best thing to happen to the crop if implemented holistically.
In a move aimed at reducing import by 50%, the government raised the tariff from 10% to 50%. But the Lagos State Chambers of Commerce said that is hurting the flour millers, bread consumers and also has the potential to spark a bilateral trade war with the U.S President, Donald Trump.

SO NIGERIA’S NOW HIGHEST RICE PRODUCER IN AFRICA: Page 52
By Promise Ating
I’m not sure anyone saw it coming. Yes, we all know there’s rice revolution going on in the country in the last three years. We heard plenty of that on the campaign trail before the February 23 presidential election. But many have thought, like me that it was all campaign stunts.
But it became real when Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley, the Director-General, Africa Rice Center, Benin republic, was quoted as saying Nigeria is now the largest rice producer in Africa, overtaking Egypt which had held the title, in the last one year.

3 FARMERS ALLEGEDLY POISON FRIEND’S COWS: Page 6 OF THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019.

The paper reports that, the Police yesterday arraigned three farmers before an Iyanganku Magistrate’s Court over killing three cows belonging to their friend by poisoning farm food.
The Police charged Toyin Adegoke, 40 Segun Temiye, 30 and Segun Idowu, 35, who all alive in Oke Ofoki, Tapa, Ayete, with two counts of conspiracy and administering poisonous substance to a farm.
PHOTO NEWS: Page A4 (10)
The Photograph shows the Executive Governor of Sokoto State Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal distributing agric inputs worth hundreds of millions of naira to farmers.

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AGRIBUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME: Page 41 OF THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019.

INVITATION FOR BIDS
Nations reports that, the Federal Government has received a loan from the international fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) toward the cost of the Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP), and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for the Rehabilitation of Degraded Rangeland (48 hectares per state) across seven participating states of Borno, Jigawa, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara. The Programme Support Office (PSO) (SSO-CASP) now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified contractors.
The story also appeared on the Vanguard Newspaper and Daily Trust Newspaper Pages 30 / 36 respectively

14,000 FARMERS, TRADERS BENEFIT FROM NSIP SAYS NANTS: Page 30 OF THURSDAY MARCH 7, 2019.

By Oluchi Chibuzor
The paper has it that, the Presidents, National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Mr. Ken Ukaoha, has said 14,000 members of the association benefited from the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) of the Federal Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Ukaoha, to have said this in Abuja, at a news conference. He noted that the success of President Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded presidential elections had fulfilled the aspirations of many Nigerians. He said traders and farmers had benefited from the laudable programmes of the federal government. Ukaoha congratulated Buhari for his re-election and urged him to do more in the area of social investment programmes.

POLICE NAB 2 HERDSMEN OVER KILLING OF FARMERS IN DELTA: Page 6 OF WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2019.

By Ochuko Akuopha
The paper has it that, the police in Delta State have arrested two herdsmen in connection with the killing of two farmers at Ndemili community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State. Recall that the farmers were killed and some others inflicted with gunshot injuries when herdsmen invaded the community three weeks ago.

EMULATE UMAHI ON AGRICULTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE, TECHNOCRAT TELLS S-EAST GOVS.: Page 15
By Charles Kumolu
According to the paper, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Diamond Logistics, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, has urged Southeast governors to emulate Ebonyi State governor, Chief Dave Umahi on what he described as strides in infrastructure and agricultural re-invigoration.
Mbisiogu, who stated this after a visit to the state, described Ebonyi as a model every governor should emulate.

TRADERS WANT URGENT REVIEW OF AGRIC BUDGET OVER AMBIGUITIES: Page 18 OF WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2019.

By Abbas Jimoh
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has called for the immediate review of the 2019 proposed budget for the agricultural sector due to ambiguities and ‘opaque items’ contained therein.
President of the association, Mr. Ken Ukaoha, said yesterday in Abuja that apart from the inconsistencies, the N137.9bn allocation for agriculture in the N8.8trn 2019 budget proposal is too low for any meaningful development in the sector.

SUCCEEDING IN PALM OIL BUSINESS: Page 36 OF WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2019.

The paper has it that, with a thriving business, Hebron Eagle Palm Enterprise Founder and Chief Executive, Blessing Ime Affia’s climb to the top has been an inspiration to many budding entrepreneurs. Her agro business is a subsidiary of Hebron Eagle Communication.
Although she was trained as a journalist, her dream and passion had always been to run her own business. As a graduate of Mass Communication and with the glamour she got from appearing on television as a newscaster and producer with DBN Television, her interest in ventures that would make her financially and economically independent had been high. The motivation to start her own business began when she realized she was not getting fulfillment in journalism.

FIIRO UNVEILS SOLAR BOILER, FRUIT WASHER, MOBILE GARRI PROCESSOR: PAGE 38 OF WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2019

BY CHARLES NWAOGUJI
According to the report, as part of its mandate in carrying out research and development in food and agro-allied processing technologies, pulp and paper processing, packing and product designs and fabrication of equipment, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has unveiled its newly fabricated innovative steam boiler at the on-going 2019 Science, Technology Innovation Expo in Enugu.
The Director General of FIIRO, Prof. Gloria Elemo, explained that the innovative steam boiler was primarily designed for process heating in food related industries, saying that it can be used in all major industrial sectors such as food and beverages, pulp and paper products, textile, chemical and other industries.

NASQ, NAFDAC AT ODDS OVER METHYL BROMIDE USE FOR PEST CONTROL: PAGE 44
BY OKWE OBI
Obi reports that, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has countered the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), over the phasing out of ,methyl bromide which is used for pest control.
NAFDAC’s Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, had warned farmers and exporters of agro-produce to desist from using the fumigant, insisting that it is harmful.

ANAMBRA’S PPP GIANT RICE MILL KICKS OFF WITH 120,000 MT ANNUAL PRODUCTION TARGET: PAGE 29 OF WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2019

• Water/irrigation project to boost economic income of 20,000 farmers, 100,000 dependents.
BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
The paper has it that, Onitsha-Anambra State is now counting the gains associated with the resuscitation and expansion of a moribund rice mill, under the Public Private Partnership, PPP venture.
The mill was established in the state by the Federal Government as a Federal Project at Umumbo community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state, as far back as 1997.

MAXIMIZING YOUR SMALL FARM LAND FOR PROFIT: PAGE 16 OF WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2019

BY OKECHUKWU NNODIM
According to the report, a lot of people are into subsistence agriculture in Nigeria.
Also, many farmers who farm on small parcels of land strive to attain high productivity, despite the size of their lands. A good number of people who practice subsistence farming also perform one or more activities other than farming on their lands. However, with the decreasing land sizes as a result of land subdivision and urbanization, it is getting more difficult to survive on farming alone.