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Farmers Protest Over Destruction Of Farmland, Crops By Herdsmen  In Kogi.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Hundreds of farmers from Egbe, in Yagba west local government area of Kogi state on Monday took to the streets protesting incessant destruction of farmlands and crops worth  millions of Naira by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

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The protesting farmers called on the State government to intervene immediately to avoid breakdown of law and order in the area, as they can no longer watch herdsmen wantonly destroy farmland and crops they toiled for one year to produce

The spokes man of the farmers, Mr Wale Oti, who briefed newsmen on the incident, lamented that the way and manner in which the farms and crops waiting to be harvested which have been destroyed are very pathetic as damage done is  unquantifiable.

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Oti explained that Egbe is a boundary town between Kogi and Kwara State, with about 50,000 inhabitants, whose major source of livelihood is farming.

He stated that majority of the farmers have been enduring these incessant destruction of their farmlands for years, but situation became worst with the warm reception accorded them by the Kogi state government, as the herdsmen came in droves  to settle in the area.

“Majority of the farmers who have been labouring on their farms since the onset of raining season, who are optimistic of having something to harvest, got to their farms on Sunday morning to see total grazing down of their farm .

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“This brought about the  peaceful protest to the traditional ruler of the town, the Elegbe of Egbe, Oba Ayo Irukera, to call the herdsmen to order, but we are making another one to further butress our bitterness and pain towards what the herdsmen are doing to us.

“As they began the peaceful protest this morning, police officers came to dislodge them, but farmers mobilize themselves peacefully and went to the palace of Elegbe.

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“Arrest was made yesterday of 2 cows who were caught on a farm  so farmers could not go to the police station to avoid harassment

“While the protest was going on 2 Fulani herdsmen were found with gun, they were disarmed and taken to police station,” he stated.

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Cotton Farmers Collect Harvest Bags in Kogi

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Following the suspension of executives of National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) and the subsequent formation of the Caretaker Taker Committee by the national headquarters, all farmers that have cultivated cotton across the state have been directed to contact the new leadership of association for further directives on the new development.

A statement signed by Mallam Muhammed Yunusa, the Public Relations Officer, asks the cotton farmers to come forward and obtain their harvest bags.

The PRO also called on the members of association to present themselves for the off – talking of their cotton harvest.

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According to the statement, registration of new members across the state commences on January 5th 2021.

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Buhari Order CBN Not To Provide Foreign Exchange For Food importers Insist Nigeria Must Eat What It Produces

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President Buhari has once again instructed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to provide foreign exchange for the importation of food items.

The President gave the directive at the fifth regular meeting with the presidential economic advisory council that held at the state house in Abuja on Tuesday.

A statement released by Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, quoted President Buhari as saying Nigerians must eat what is produced here.

“The CBN must not give money to import food. Already, about seven states are producing all the rice we need. We must eat what we produce. Going back to the land is the way out.

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“We depend on petrol at the expense of agriculture. Now the oil industry is in turmoil. We are being squeezed to produce at 1.5 million barrels a day as against a capacity to produce 2.3 million. At the same time, the technical cost of our production per barrel is high, compared to the Middle East production”.

“We will continue to encourage our people to go back to the land. Our elite is indoctrinated in the idea that we are rich in oil, leaving the land for the city for oil riches”.

“We are back to the land now. We must not lose the opportunity to make life easier for our people. Imagine what would have happened if we didn’t encourage agriculture and closed the borders. We would have been in trouble.” he said

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This is the third time that the President would issue CBN the directive not to give food importers foreign exchange. The first time was in August 2019 and again in September 2020.

 

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NSG To Partner With NAIC To Protect Farmers, Youths Venturing Into Agriculture

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Nasarawa State Government, said it will partner with the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) to protect farmers in the state against natural disasters and other diseases.

Nasarawa State Governor,  Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made this known while hosting officials of NAIC, led by Bashir Babajo, Executive Director Operations, who were on a courtesy call at the Government House, on Thursday.

Engineer Sule said his administration strongly believes in supporting farmers and insurance coverage is one way the Government can support all farmers in the state.

Specifically, the Governor sought to partner with NAIC, to provide protection for farmers under the outgrower schemes in firms operating commercial agriculture such as the Olams, Dangote Group and Azman Rice Farms.

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Also, youths under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, which has since commenced with 430 youths in Doma, with a view to enlarging the number to 2000, as well as extending similar exercise to Tide,  in Akwanga Local Government Area.

And then the local farmers, who are mostly subsistence farmers.

While reiterating the significance to providing some level of protection to all category of farmers in the state, Engineer Sule, recalled that only recently, an outgrower lost 50000 hectares of rice to flood and because he was not ensured,  he was left at the mercy of government to support him.

According to the Governor, young farmers under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, that are just venturing into agriculture, may be discouraged if they experience any form of loss, hence the need to support them with some level of insurance.

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He emphasized that local farmers who produce mostly for their consumption, need to be protected also against hunger in the event of natural disaster or effects of herdsmen.

Engineer Sule therefore directed the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources,  the ministry and NAIC, to work together, towards evolving a relationship aimed at protecting farmers in the state.

Earlier, in an opening remarks,  Bashir Babajo,  Executive Director, Operations of NAIC, said they were in the state to intimate the Governor about the activities of the corporation, as well as seek the collaboration of the state government, with a view to bringing lots of benefits to local farmers.

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Babajo added that NAIC was established over three decades ago, to assist farmers in terms of lost due to natural disaster or diseases.

“We try to sensitize them, to encourage them to take insurance policy on agriculture so that in the event of loss,  they will be taken care of by NAIC,” he said.

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