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.