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“Stop Using Sniper To Preserve Beans” – Audu Ogbeh Appeals To Nigerian Traders

 

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has expressed displeasure at the use of chemicals for food preservation and fruit ripening.

 

“Sniper is very dangerous; people also use carbide to ripen bananas and some other fruits; people do all kinds of things, and suddenly, people are developing different diseases, something is wrong”.

 

The Minister was reacting to the reported use of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, otherwise marketed and known as sniper, to preserve beans by retailers. He appealed to foodstuff and fruit sellers and others Nigerians to adopt natural means of preservation.

 

The minister said that the ministry would collaborate with the National Orientation Agency to create more awareness on the need for citizens not to use chemicals for food preservation and fruit ripening.

 

“We appeal that they use natural means such as pepper to prevent weavils in beans instead of sniper. We are going to work with the National Orientation Agency and state ministries of agriculture to create awareness on the need for people to desist from these acts. We just have to keep educating people,” he said.

 

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has also warned citizens against eating and buying foodstuffs and fruits preserved or ripened with chemicals. NAFDAC also advised that sale of grains or beans suspected to be preserved with chemicals be reported to the agency.

 

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has also advised consumers to extensively parboil beans before consumption. CPC’s Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja, adding that consumers should make sufficient enquiries before buying beans.  “Thorough washing of food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety. CPC has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market, are using a pesticide to preserve beans. The use of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP compound), otherwise marketed and known as sniper to preserve beans, and more particularly to protect them against weevils, is dangerous,” he said.

 

*Additional information culled from NAN

Dr Muazu Abdulkadir, PS FMARD

New Permanent Secretary For FMARD Resumes Duty

The new Permanent Secretary, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu posted to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the wake of recent deployment of some Permanent Secretaries by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has resumed duty in the Ministry.

 

The new Permanent Secretary who was on official assignment outside the country when announcement of his redeployment was made officially resumed duty on Tuesday 10th October, 2018.

He replaced the erstwhile Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bukar Hassan who retired from service.

 

Addressing Directors of the Ministry, Dr. Mu’azu called for dedication and team spirit from management and staff of the Ministry, saying this is the surest way that the Ministry can deliver on its mandate of developing agriculture to attain national food security and provide jobs for the country’s teeming youth population.

 

Dr.  Mu’azu commended his predecessor for the giant strides recorded while in the civil service especially on the achievements on agriculture and promised to continue with the good works left behind by the former Permanent Secretary.

 

He said the nation looks up to development of the agriculture sector to achieve economic growth and prosperity.

 

He thanked the management and members of staff of the Ministry for the support and cooperation they accorded his predecessor and admonished   them to extend same gesture to him.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Directors, the Director, Human Resources Development Department in the Ministry, Mrs Bawa Abiola promised the new helmsman the loyalty and cooperation of members of staff

 

 

Oluwakemi   Ogunmakinwa Mrs.

For: Director Information

October 10, 2018.

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World Food Day: FG Committed to Zero Hunger – Lokpobiri

The Federal Government has assured of its total commitment to the goal of zero hunger by the year 2030 and promised to increase the present tempo of strong agricultural activities in the country to attain this national objective.

 

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri gave the commitment yesterday, while speaking at a Symposium to mark the 2018 World Food Day Celebration in Abuja the Federal Capital with the theme: “Our Actions are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible”

 

Lokpobiri who stated that the goal of  zero hunger by 2030 is achievable opined that “in the next 12 years, Nigeria will join the League of Nations who would be able to feed the world; but added that this projection can only be attained if all Nigerians see and treat Agriculture as serious business rather than mere occupation.

 

The Minister also wanted Nigeria to take advantage of its rapidly growing population to seriously invest in agriculture with the private sector taking the lead in this national project; while the Government provides the enabling environment since it is proven that Government is not proficient in business management.

 

Meanwhile, Lokpobiri  has also challenged all state governments in the country to commit at least five percent of their annual budgets to agriculture, to demonstrate their collective determination to grow agriculture and upscale our national productivity.

 

The Minister who was full of praises for Kebbi, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Ogun, Benue states etc for their huge investments in agriculture urged other states of the federation to emulate the worthy examples of these states; saying the goal of achieving the objective of attaining zero hunger for our beloved country can only be achieved through collaboration and collective efforts of the three arms of government and the private sector.

 

According to the minister, if Nigeria is able to feed itself, it would have been able to solve the issue of hunger and malnutrition in the black race and by extension Africa, which is, “a bold step in guaranteeing food for all in the world.”

 

While observing that the world has made remarkable progress in the fight against hunger, a development that has led to decline in the number of hungry people in the world, he  however regretted that this success is being threatened by high growth in global  population.

Lokpobiri also expressed great concerns on threats militating against the quest of the country to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, because of the current crises between herdsmen and farmers in some northern parts of the country.

 

“Prolonged crisis in some crises points especially incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers especially in the North Eastern part of the country are also serious issue of concern,” the minister said.

 

The Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma stated that the FAO, for the past forty years in Nigeria has been working closely with the Government of Nigeria to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems, with great optimism towards achieving Zero Hunger in the country.

 

According to him, achieving Zero Hunger is FAO’s shared commitment, which can be achieved through a right based approach.

 

He appreciated the continued commitment of the Government of Nigeria in forging strong partnerships for nourishing, nurturing and growing a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria where all Nigerians can thrive and contribute to nation’s socio-economic development.

 

The World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16th of October in commemoration of the establishment of the United Nations Organization in 1945 and draw attention to the importance of food in national development. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events attract global attention and promote awareness as well as marshal action plans internationally to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

 

Kemi Ogunmakinwa

For Director of Information

 

FAO

WORLD FOOD DAY 2018: Nigeria Kicks Off Celebration With Sensitization Walk In Abuja

The Federal Government of Nigeria has once again reiterated its commitment to promote and develop agriculture as key factor to Nigeria’s economic growth and development.

 

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, gave the commitment today during the sensitization walk which kicked off the activities for the 2018 World Food Day celebration with the theme: “Our Actions are our Future. A Zero Hunger by the year 2030 is possiblein Abuja.

 

The Hon. Minister noted that the policy of the current administration in the agriculture sector is founded on a number of principles which include treating agriculture as business; food as human right; adoption of value chain approach and prioritizing crops; factoring climate change and environmental sustainability to agricultural production; encouraging the practice of nutrition-sensitive agriculture as well as linking agriculture with other sectors of the economy.

 

The Minister who was represented by the Director, Planning, Policy Coordination and Monitoring Department in the Ministry – Mr. Nasiru Adamu said various policies of the current administration in the agricultural sector have started to yield fruits especially in the area of rice production, a development which is making Nigeria to become self- sufficient in rice production, “It is now evident that we are on the path to becoming self- sufficient in rice production. Indeed I have no doubt in my mind that Nigeria can be a model for Africa and the world if we join forces and act on evidence. No nation in the world can attain food security if it depends on food importation”, he stated.

 

Ogbeh assured that the Ministry is working assiduously to achieve zero hunger in the country through the introduction of   various initiatives like provision of fertilizers and other inputs, reduction of post- harvest losses and the expansion of market access. He did not forget to mention the deepening of   financial sector engagement with agribusiness value chains and improvement of ease of doing agribusiness in Nigeria’s Agriculture sector.

 

Chief Ogbeh also congratulated the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of FAO as an Organization and 40th Anniversary of its existence and remarkable achievements in Nigeria.

 

He described this year’s theme as apt especially with the impact of climate change on food production and food security all over the world, saying that, zero hunger can only be achieved if government, private sector and development partners work in collaboration to fight hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.

 

In his remarks at the occasion, the Country Representative of Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), Mr. Suffyan Koroma said for Nigeria to be free from hunger by year 2030 requires effective    legislation, development in energy, transportation, education and legal framework among others are to be put in place for agriculture sector to survive and achieve zero hunger in the nearest future.

 

“Nigeria should be free from hunger by the year 2030. But   that does not rest in agriculture as we know it, it goes beyond Agriculture we have to look to other complimentary services of agriculture, they are equally variables as what we produce from the farm. If we produce without adding value, it does not make sense. How do we control   animal diseases, pests, conflicts, flooding are the issues to be considered” he stated.

 

He also explained that his organization which has its Nigeria office since forty years ago and has  been contributing in area of crop farming, livestock, forestry, fishing, among others.

 

Other activities  lined up to mark this year’s  World Food Day celebration include Quiz competition among secondary schools in FCT; Symposium/ Photo Book Exhibition; Unity Food Fair and National Youth Summit while Agricultural Show / Exhibition will round up the activities on October 16, 2018 at Km 28, Abuja  Keffi Express Way, Tundun Wada, Nassarawa state.

 

Samuel O. Uzoegbu.

For: Director Information

October 9, 2018

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FG Partnering Ogun State to Grow Fisheries – Lokpobiri

The Federal Government has identified Ogun State as one of the key partners in the growth of fisheries in Nigeria.

 

Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri who made this assertion when he commissioned four projects built by his ministry in Eriwe, Ijebu-Ode, said Government is particularly interested in Ogun State because, “If agriculture succeeds in Ogun, agriculture has succeeded in Nigeria.”

 

The four projects, which were commissioned by the minister last week for the Eriwe fishing farm estate are a feed mill, cold room, fish market and the processing unit.

 

The projects are all intended to make the estate a real fish farming cluster where the farmers will fully appropriate all the advantages of fish farming value chain.

 

The Eriwe fish farms, which has over 3,000 fish ponds scattered over an estimated 156 hectares of land area, with an average fish farming production turnover of about 2,500 metric tonnes annually and income generation of about N2 billion annually, is the biggest fish farming estate in Africa.

 

At the commissioning of the projects in Eriwe community, which had in attendance, members of the board of trustees of Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR), board of directors, traditional rulers and members of the community Lokpobiri eugolized the people for their self-help efforts and commitment to consciously work themselves out of poverty.

 

The minister particularly appreciated the efforts of the Eriwe community in fish farming, which he noted, has assisted the Government grow the fishery sector in Nigeria. He revealed that when the present administration came to power, the local production of fish was only about 600,000 metric tonnes, but with the support of the likes of the Eriwe community, that figure has been increased to about 1.1 million metric tonnes, which represents almost 100 per cent increment.

 

According to Lokpobiri, there is still a lot to be done because our national demand is about 3.5 million metric tonnes and we are producing only about 1.1 million metric tonnes, which means that we are only producing about one third of our national demand.

 

The uniqueness and success of the fish farming project is that it is a community-based initiative, run and managed by a community-based Non-Government Organisation (NGO) of the people, the IDIPR and targeted at lifting the people of the community out of poverty.

 

Besides its commitment to the Eriwe fish farm project, the Federal Government, according to Lokpobikri is also intervening in some other areas in Ogun State, like the construction of rural roads to enable easy evacuation of farm produce, rehabilitation of some moribund farms in the state, establishment of cocoa and rubber plantations among others.

 

With the successes recorded in fishing, the people of Eriwe community have begun to diversify into other agricultural projects, like, poultry farming; piggery and presently, they have also acquired land outside the estate to do cocoa farming and plantation.

 

The Eriwe community also has another project principally for rubber. They have entered into agreement with Michelin who will supply the seedlings and will also buy back the end product.

 

George Oji

SA, Media to the Hon. Minister of State

 

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Smuggling, Threat to FG’s Efforts in Agriculure – Lokpobiri

Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has expressed concerns that Federal Government’s efforts and successes in the agricultural sector of the economy would be frustrated unless urgent measures are put in place to address the issue of smuggling of foreign foods into the country.

 

Lokpobiri further cautioned that social problems will continue to fester in the country if the problem is not promptly nipped in the bud because all the efforts that Government has made in the area of job creation through agriculture will be reversed.

 

The minister however commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking steps to combat the challenge and also urged states living in the border areas of the country to take measures to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in this regard.

 

Speaking recently while on a courtesy visit to the Ogun State Governor, Senator Adekunle Amosun in his office in Abeokuta, Lokpobiri identified Ogun State as one of the areas that is badly affected by this issue of smuggling and appealed to the governor to do everything within his efforts to address the issue.

 

According to the minister, “The Federal Government has a challenge of smuggling. All the efforts and achievements recorded, both in the fishery sector and in the rice sector, which we are doing excellently well will be reversed if we do not combat the issue of smuggling.”

 

He identified Ogun State as “One of the areas that is badly affected by this issue of smuggling,” stressing that, “It has a whole lot of problems; it affects our daily existence as a country because today we have been able to create a lot of jobs through agriculture and if smuggling is allowed to continue, the likelihood is that that will be reversed, there will be lot more of social problems.”

 

The minister revealed that one of the measures put in place by the Federal Government to combat smuggling was the setting up of the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, which he said is working round the clock to ensure that we combat this issue of smuggling.

 

Besides, Lokpobiri stated that the Federal Government is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that we collaborate with the Republic of Benin, Niger and Chad to check this problem, stressing that, ”That is why the President of Benin visited the President of Nigeria a few weeks ago.”

 

Ogun State governor in his response also shared his concerns with the minister on the issue of smuggling, noting that, “We are not unaware of those challenges that smuggling poses to our agriculture and that is why we are insisting that all our porous borders should be closed.”

 

Amosun regretted that his state has the highest number of unmanned borders in the country and disclosed that he was already discussing with the Minister of interior minister and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration as well as the Nigerian Customs Controller on ways of mitigating the impact of the problem both in the short and long term basis.

 

George Oji

SA Media to the Hon. Minister of State

HMA Katsina

PRESS RELEASE: Audu Ogbeh Flags Off IFAD-CASP Rural Development Projects for 7 States

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Monday 8th August, 2018 at Makasauro village in Katsina State performed the flagg- off Ceremony of erosion prone, farm connected market roads and rehabilitation of degraded rangeland, cutting across 7 states in the Savannah Belt of the country.

 

 

The benefiting communities of the project being implemented under the IFAD- Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) are spread across the 7 States of the country namely: Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states.

 

 

The project which will be completed this year will undertake the rehabilitation of 22 rural roads with support structures such as drainages, culverts, rails and drifts covering a distance of 59.09km across the participating states.

 

 

Speaking at the occasion, an elated Chief Ogbeh declared that the Federal Government is deliberately giving impetus to rural development because of the critical role that rural infrastructures play in unlocking of the vast and enormous potentials of the rural areas.

 

 

“What we are witnessing today, is part of a series of rural infrastructure build-up across the country under the present administration. Rural development such as this one is critical to the productivity of the rural people.” The Minister said.

 

 

The Minister further enjoined the people to own the project once completed in order not to allow the projects deteriorate, suffer disrepair or experience short life span. “the road requires maintenance in order to extend its life span. In this connection, I will strongly urge the benefitting communities to form a road maintenance group which will assist in simple repairs such as filling of potholes, cleaning of drainages and other small repairs.”

 

 

The Minister announced that his Ministry under the CASP Programme will develop a total of 4,000 hectares of Rangeland to cater for at least 3,000 herdsmen and carry out a total of 243km earthen roads targeted at 7 million rural dwellers beneficiaries across the participating States.

 

The intervention also include  provision of 997 solar-powered boreholes; apart from water harvesting, soil and water conservation infrastructure and establishment of 3,000ha of community woodlots, shelter belt and afforestation meant to stem the fast depleting vegetation in the participating states and touch the lives of about 30,000 vulnerable women and men.

 

Highlights of the Minister’s visit apart from the official flag off the programme is the distribution of Contract Award Letters to Contractors and the broadcast planting of improved fodder seeds in Madobi village, a development to be replicated in the 7 participating states as well as  concrete initiative of developing pasture for cattle thereby reducing farmers/herders clashes.

 

 

The Minister during the visit paid courtesy visits to the Governor of the state – Hon. Bello Masari and the Emirs of Daura and Katsina respectively.

 

 

 

Governor Masari who commended the efforts of the Federal Government on agriculture disclosed that farmers in the state who have keyed into the Rice Revolution of the government are doing well to the extent that more than 80℅ of those who performed this year’s Hajj are self-sponsored farmers unlike before.

 

 

 

The Emir of Daura made a request for citing of a rice mill in the state, development of more dams for irrigation and extension of subsidised mechanised facilities to farmers in the State which the Minister promised to look into.

 

 

The Emir of Katsina urged the government to do more on security and urged leaders at all levels to show more commitment and sincerity to the course of national development, discipline and be tolerant of alternative views.

 

 

 

Tolu Makinde

Director Information

 

PUBLIC NOTICE: Update On FADAMA – GUYS Programme Implementation

It would be recalled that Fadama III AF Project, in line with its development objective and the current Government’s Agricultural Promotion Policy, had earlier invited interested but unemployed youth and women to express interest in becoming agro-preneurs and to apply through an online platform that was transparent and competitive.

 

 

Primarily, the idea is to introduce a pool of unemployed graduate youth and women to new agribusiness ideas thereby leveraging their energy, motivation, and innovation to strengthen the drive for the diversification of the economy and social change, and enhancing national food security.

 

 

Intensive training has been organized for 5,916 successful candidates from 23 satisfactory states that emerged through an open but keen competition, while provision of starter packs is undergoing processing.

 

 

The Fadama III project has continued to update all successful candidates that have undergone requisite training, with regular information on the status of the disbursement of funds, through our web portal and text messages.

 

 

We assure all participants and the general public that the project is very much on course and that everything is being done to conclude necessary processes pertaining to the disbursement of funds to eligible candidates.

 

 

Signed

FADAMA III National Project Coordinator

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DISCLAIMER: The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD has been drawn to the activities of some fake organisations that are making huge financial demands on unsuspecting jobless youth under the pretext of organising Youth Empowerment Programmes on Agriculture with purported authority, permission or collaboration with FMARD.

The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD has been drawn to the activities of some fake organisations that are making huge financial demands on unsuspecting jobless youth under the pretext of organising Youth Empowerment Programmes on Agriculture with purported authority, permission or collaboration with FMARD.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry wishes to alert the general public that it has neither mandated any organisation nor working in partnership with any group on any Youth Empowerment Programme of which prospective participants are being asked to make financial commitment of varying guises through bank accounts of a third party.

Members of the public are therefore reminded that the Official Website of the Ministry www.fmard.gov.ng and our social media handles: Facebook (Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria); Twitter and Instagram: @FmardNg remain our official source of information online about programmes and information on the Ministry.

This Disclaimer is being made in the interest of unsuspecting members of the public so as not to fall prey to antics of fake organisations bent on duping people.

Whoever does business with such fake organisation does so at his or her own risk. Please be warned!

 

Dr. Bukar Hassan

Permanent Secretary

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FG To Collaborate With China On Enhanced Rice Production

The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed its readiness to partner with the Province of Hunan of the People’s Republic of China on rice production.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh (OFR) made this known on Wednesday in his office during a courtesy call on him by Mr. Xu Da Zhe, the Governor of the Provincial Peoples Government of Hunan.

Chief Audu Ogbeh while appreciating China’s growth in the last 35 years in the areas of agriculture, technological development, and machineries’ production, welcomed china’s partnership; believing that China possesses rich experience and expertise in agriculture which Nigeria can tap to enhance its quest for improved seed development, mechanization and tissue culture development.

He observed that China has made tremendous achievements in rice research and therefore called for assistance in thse areas. The Minister particularly made a case for requisite training of young people and rural farmers to aid cultivation of over 45 million  hectares of land for enhanced food production.

The acting Permanent Secretary, Mr. Idris Mamman thanked the Chinese government for partnering with Nigeria at this point in time when the Federal Government is looking for avenues to grow the sector.

He noted that the agriculture sector contributes 25% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country and cited the vital role which the agricultural sector played in bringing the country out of recession in 2017.

Earlier, the visiting Governor of the People’s Republic of Hunan Province, had explained that the main objective of his visit to Nigeria is to develop partnership agreement with the country on agriculture and deepen friendship between the two friendly countries.

The Governor also informed the Minister that the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRT) programme initiated by the President of China Mr. Xi Jinping, is on course as an instrument to foster, contribute to the development of Africa and further deepen bilateral relations with people and governments in Africa.

He said the BRT Initiative is also a development strategy aimed at enhancing cooperation and connectivity in order to play a bigger role in global affairs.

The Kano and Jigawa State Governments which have embraced the Rice Initiative yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China in Abuja.

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Osagie Jacobs Julie

For: Director, Information