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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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Kogi set to host 7th APEALS World Bank Project Mission.

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Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata
Kogi set to host 7th APEALS World Bank Project Mission.
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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

 

The Agricultural Processing, Productivity, Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project, Kogi Coordinating office, has concluded arrangement to host the 7th World Bank Mission visit slated for December 6th 2021.

Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata

Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata

Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata, told newsmen at the Reberton Hotel, Lokoja, venue of the pre mission visit conference on Wednesday, that officials from the relevant agencies, departments, organisations and stakeholders have met in Lokoja to fine-tune final arrangements.

According to Dr Ozomata, the National Coordinating Office of APPEALS, Project Coordinating Office of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Lagos State Project Coordinating office and World Bank Representative were in Kogi state to see for themselves, the extent of progress achieved so far.

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He said 4 groups of officials set up across the state led the visitors to all the Project sites which were found satisfactory for the Mission visit.

On food security, the Project Coordinator, said that 1700 farmers have benefited from various interventions and have improved their livelihoods and also disclosed that the interventions from the state government has made farmers happy

He said the interventions which were for cashew, rice and cassava, have since upgraded the status of Kogi cashew farmers who have now learnt how to export their products to foreign buyers.

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The APPEALS is a World Bank assisted project for the Agricultural Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and livelihood improvement of especially rice cashew and cassava.

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The project is also to enhance the Agricultural productivity of the Small and Medium scale farmers and Improving value addition along priority value chain of Rice , Cashew and Cassava.

Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata

Kogi state Project Coordinator of APEALS, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata

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Nigerians Urged to farm to support Buhari’s Govt. To Improve on the economy of the Nation

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Federal Republic of Nigeria
Nigerian President President Muhammadu Buhari.
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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mohammad Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to farm as a way to support the Muhammadu Buhari regime to improve the economy.

Mr Abubakar made the call Saturday on the second day of his familiarisation tour of some agricultural facilities in Kaduna.

According to him, agriculture was a lucrative business, with the capacity to attract funding from both local and foreign governments as well as organisations.

However, he said some stakeholders were sabotaging the government efforts by hoarding farming equipment.

“I have seen equipment in the stores that should have been distributed to end users instead of being laid fallow and left to decay.

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“We cannot let situations like this continue to happen because we do not want to hurt anybody.

These people benefiting from hoarding equipment and agricultural inputs are hurting a lot of farmers and the economy of the country.

“So I am not afraid to do what is right and we will do what is right to change some of the narratives of hoarding agricultural inputs while showing the people that the government is doing its best to improve the lives of Nigerians,” he said.

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Cotton Farming Commences In Kogi, 250 Hectares Of Land Cultivated.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Cotton Producers and Merchants Association of Nigeria, (COPMAN), Kogi state chapter, has commenced cultivation and farming of cotton at Ejiba, Yagba West local government area of Kogi state.

Cotton farming in Nigeria

Cotton farming in Nigeria

Over 250 hectares of land has so far been cultivated and the improved seed of cotton from India have been planted.

Coordinator of COPMAN in Kogi state, Mallam Azeez Danladi, told pressmen on Tuesday after an Inspection of the farm by officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that the association needs another 150 hectares of land for extension of the projects in Kogi state in view of the success so far recorded.

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Danladi explained that Nigeria agricultural sector has become attractive, as raw materials needed to feed textile industries can now be produced locally and soon be exported for foreign earnings.

While commending the Central Bank of Nigeria for the Anchor Borrowers programme to boost agriculture across the country, the Coordinator also appealed to youths to take to farming, not only to feed the nation, but to also feed local industries with raw materials.

Mallam Azeez Danladi also appealed to the Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to encourage the cotton project in the state by making cultivable land available for massive production of the commodity.

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He sought the assistance of both the federal and state ministries of Agriculture to provide inputs and accessories to encourage the farmers.

The officials from the CBN expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the cotton farmers and promised to expedite actions that will assist them to achieve the objective.

Cotton farming in Nigeria

Cotton farming in Nigeria

It would be recalled that Nigerians have advised to agriculture as a means of diversifying economy, after so much depending on petroleum.

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