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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FARMER STEALS COLLEAGUE’S CROPS, KILLS HIM FOR PROTESTING

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 33-year-old farmer, Azeez Kelani, for allegedly hacking his colleague, David Adima, to death after stealing his crop. PUNCH Metro learnt that Kelani had gone to Adima’s farm at Sojuolu village, Ibogun, in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state to steal some tubers of cassava. It was gathered that Adima, who hailed from Benue State, caught the suspect in the act and raised the alarm. The suspect, who was armed with a machete, reportedly resorted to force and…

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MOST OF THOSE WHO WENT TO HAJJ THIS YEAR ARE FARMERS – VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says majority of those who went for hajj this year are farmers. Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime if they can afford to do so. In an interview with Zain Asher, a CNN journalist, the vice-president said farmers could afford the trip because those in the rural communities “are doing so much better.” He said prosperity is returning to communities in Kebbi, Zamfara and Jigawa among other states.…

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BEEF AND DAIRY PRODUCTS WOULD BE SCARCE SOON, FG WARNS

By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government has raised the alarm on the rising demand for beef in the country, vis-a-vis its availability, saying the gap could lead to the scarcity of beef and dairy products in the country. The outlook was given by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at a meeting with members of the Governing Councils of the three Federal Universities of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Makurdi and Umudike. Ogbeh said the country was consuming more cows per day than it was actually breeding,…

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MIDDLE BELT YOUTHS GIVE HERDSMEN TILL OCTOBER 1 TO LEAVE THEIR AREA

A coalition of Middle Belt Youths has asked herdsmen to vacate the region before October 1 this year. The youths under the aegis of Middle Belt Renaissance Forum, which met in Abuja over the weekend, threatened total war at the expiration of the ultimatum. The meeting which was attended by representatives of youth groups from all the states making up the middle belt region discussed extensively pressing issues confronting the area. A communiqué by its convener, Comrade Jones Simon Alfa, urged governors from the region to be alive to governance…

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WE WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE THE ANTI-GRAZING LAWS – CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said it will continue to challenge the anti-grazing laws introduced by some state governments in court.   Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, the National Secretary of the association, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday said the pastoralists, who were largely uneducated, would view the anti-grazing laws, when implemented, as forcing them out of their ancestral and cultural way of earning a living.   According to him, implementing the laws will create another crisis in the country. He, however, noted that grazing reserves across the…

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KEBBI TO EXPORT 2,000 GOATS TO SAUDI ARABIA

From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi The Kebbi State Government has said that it had concluded arrangements with Jaiz Bank to start exporting 2, 000 goats daily to Saudi Arabia as part of measures to boost its Internal Generated Revenue (IGR). Commissioner for Budget and Economy Planning, Alhaji Jailani Muhammad Yauri, confirmed this arrangement at the weekend while speaking with journalists. The Commissioner also disclosed that the state was planning border trades with Niger and Benin Republic as well as collaborate with Sokoto, Zamfara states to utilise economy comparative advantage on agriculture…

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