ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAWS WILL NOT STOP FARMERS CLASHES WITH HERDSMEN – DR ALIYU

Dr. Aliyu Ramalan, a veterinary doctor, worked with the World Bank-assisted project of the old Lafia Agricultural Development Project (LADP) in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the creation of four additional grazing reserves in the country. He was permanent secretary and commissioner of Agriculture in the old Plateau State between 1994 and 1997 and later between 1996 and 1997, in present day Nassarawa State.  He spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday on the implications of anti-open grazing laws being enacted by some states in Nigeria. In a bid…

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HERDSMEN LEAVE BENUE AS NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT

As the law banning open-grazing in Benue State takes effect, herders and their family members have started leaving the state in large numbers. Sources said some of the departing people have become stranded with thousands of their animals around the bank of River Benue. The zonal leader of the Fulani socio cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in charge of North central states, Alhaji Gidado Idris Bebeji told Daily Trust yesterday that the leaders of the group from the state had lamented that the new law had caused an unprecedented…

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PEOPLE WILL STONE ME IF I DON’T IMPLEMENT GRAZING LAW – ORTOM

By Peter Duru MAKURDI—Barely seven days to the commencement of the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has said his people will stone him if he failed to implement the new law. Governor Ortom, who spoke at a meeting with the leadership of Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, traditional rulers, local government council chairmen and other stakeholders in Benue State, insisted that the November implementation date was sacrosanct. *Ortom Ortom said: “The entirety of our people demanded for the law, and from the…

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DANGOTE EMPLOYS YOUTH GRADUATES FOR RICE FARMING IN KOGI

Dangote employs youth graduates for rice farming in Kogi Vanguard News / Nwafor Polycarp / 50 minutes ago By Victor Ahiuma-Young A multi-million Naira Youth Farming Initiative that will engage teeming unemployed Nigerian graduates in rice farming has been launched by the Dangote Rice Limited in Kogi State. Dangote This is as the company prepares to hit the market with one million metric tons of Dangote rice in 2018. The Dangote Youth Rice Farm project, mainly an out-grower scheme for youths only, was flagged off at the Lower Niger River…

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FG SETTLES 73 EX-MILITANTS WITH FISH, CROPS AND POULTRY FARMS

By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT—Federal Government has settled 73 ex-Niger Delta militants in Rivers State with fish ponds, crop farms and poultry. The amnesty beneficia-ries, who had completed training at Songhai Farms on various agricultural enterprises, were handed the needed facilities to commence farming in their chosen fields. Osinbajo Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, who is also the Coordinator of Presidential Committee on Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (retd), while commissioning the farms at George-Ama, Okrika in Okrika Local Government Area of the state, weekend, noted…

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AFE BABALOLA OFFERS TO BUY PRODUCE OFF EKITI FARMERS

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti—Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, has offered to start buying off farm produce from farmers across the state, in order to save them the agony of produce wastage and huge losses owing to lack of storage facilities. Babalola made the offer at the weekend during the closing of this year’s edition of “Afe Babalola Agricultural Exhibition” code named ABA-EX 2017, which was staged at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD. Afe Babalola This is just as a 73-year-old farmer, Alhaji Olayinka,…

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NIGERIAN COWS, WORST MILK PRODUCERS GLOBALLY-OGBEH

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh Stanley Opara The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, says cows raised in Nigeria are the worst milk producers in the world. He said an average cow in the country produces less that one litre of milk per day, compared to other climes where a cow could produce 100 litres per day. Ogbeh said this in Lagos on Thursday, at the 79th Anniversary of Ikoyi Club 1938. According to the minister, an average cow in Holland produces a minimum…

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BUHARI COMMISSIONS 150MIL FEED MILL AND HATCHERY IN KADUNA

President Muhammadu Buhari is presently in Kaduna State to commission an integrated Feed Mill and Poultry in Chikun Local Government Area of the state. Naija News gathered that the commissioning of the feed mill and poultry follows several efforts by Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, to attract more private sector investors to the state. It  was learnt that the facility was constructed at $150 million and consists of a feed mill, hatchery and breeder farm. It is owned by Olam International, an agri-business firm operating from seed to shelf in…

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AFRICA’S BIGGEST HATCHERY AND FEEDMILL OPENS IN KADUNA TODAY

Africa’s biggest hatchery and feed mill constructed by Olam Grains Nigeria will be inaugurated today in Kaduna, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The company, constructed at 150 million dollars, consists of feed mill, hatchery and breeder farm, Olam’s Business Head, Vinod Mishra, said. Mishra told NAN that the company would process 180,000 tonnes of corn and 75,000 tonnes of soya beans annually on feeds production, and would produce 360,000 tonnes of animal feeds yearly. A total of 1.6 million day-old-chick will be hatched every week, the official said,…

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KANO GOVT BATTLE TO RECOVER 900MIL LOAN GRANTED RICE FARMERS

The Kano State Government has set up a nine-man committee to recover over N900 million given as loans to rice farmers  under the Anchor Borrower Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN). Prof.  Mahmoud Daneji, the Managing Director of the state Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday. He said members of the committee included   representatives  of the CBN,  Bank of Agriculture(BOA)  and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN). Daneji said the committee was expected…

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