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FCTA Moves To Tackle Farmers/Herders Clashes, Flagged Off Distribution Of Supplementary Feeds 

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As part of efforts to address persistent conflicts between farmers and herders, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off the sensitisation campaign and the distribution of supplementary feeds to pastoralists and farmers in the four grazing reserves of the territory.

Austine Elemue,
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State, in a statement signed and issue on Tuesday, said the minister performed the ceremony in Wasa district of FCT, adding that the move by the administration was aimed at promoting integration, peaceful co-existence as well as boost livestock production in the nation’s capital.

According to the statement, the Minister noted that the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, was determined to restore the lost glory of the agricultural sector, which had hitherto been abandoned by successive administration with the discovery and adoption of oil as the mainstay of the Nigerian economy.

“It is estimated that Nigeria’s population will continue to witness exponential rise and attendant growth in the demand for food. To ensure that any uncertainties related to food security are adequately addressed, the Federal Government of Nigeria made the establishment and development of grazing reserves a key aspect of its Agricultural Promotion Programmes (APP) for the Country, with the livestock subsector playing a prominent role.”

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“The establishment and development of grazing reserves is therefore aimed at providing pastoralists and crop farmers with an integrated environment under which both can operate optimally, access their needs in a harmonious environment and eliminate issues that could result in conflicts. The overall objective is to promote peaceful coexistence towards harnessingthe huge potentials that exist in the livestock subsector,” Aliyu stressed.

The minister also affirmed that in pursuant to this objective, the FCT Administration has been implementing programmes towards creating the enabling environment for the two groups as well as other willing investors to operate and make positive impacts in enhancing food security and socio-economic well-being of the residents.

She however, used the occasion to Unveil some ongoing effort by FCT Administration which is focusing on investors and development partners on the establishment of value chain ventures in the livestock subsector so as to develop needed infrastructure, create more job opportunities, enhance incomes, and improve lives and livelihoods of communities within and around the FCT’s grazing reserves.

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She said plans are underway, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), to establish a model Special Agro-industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ) on livestock production, in the FCT, stressing that the SAPZ would grant the administration the wherewithal to bring to an end the indiscriminate grazing of animals in the Federal Capital City.

Earlier in his remarks, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said the FCT Administration has through its relevant agencies as well as other stakeholders been doing its best to bring the parties together to embrace peace especially in grazing reserves where much of the clashes occur.

The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director in charge of Operations, Planning and Strategy in the office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Samuel Attang, noted that the dry season has been associated with increase in movement of pastiralists in search of feeds for their animals, adding that due to this movement, there might be likelihood of conflict between the two groups.

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In his welcome address, the Acting Secretary of FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect, stressed the importance of livestock sector in the quest to attain food security, noting that if the sector was well harnessed, it has the capacity to generate jobs and income as well as provide the nutritional value that was required for healthy human development.

He, therefore, commended the FCT Minister of State for demonstrating dynamism in addressing the issue, adding that the incidences of violent conflicts between pastoralists and crop farmers has hindered efforts of government to fully harness the potential of the sector towards achieving the desired objectives.

 

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Ondo State Govt. Organises Stakeholder’s Roundtable On Benefits Of Cannabis Plant And CBD Oil In Nigeria

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Ondo State Govt. Organises Stakeholder’s Roundtable On Benefits Of Cannabis Plant And CBD Oil In Nigeria.

Idris Ahmed, Abuja.

Determined to diversify sources of economy, the Ondo State government in conjunction with Culturepreneur Clusters Limited and other partners will on June 7 and 8, 2021 hold a stakeholders’ roundtable on the benefits and opportunities of Cannabis Plant and CBD Oil in Nigeria.

Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Agric and Agric Business, Mr. Akin Olotu, in a statement made available to the press in Abuja, stated that the discussion will focus on research, legalization, licensing, medical advantages, agro-economy advantages, empowerment, benefits of Internal Generated Revenues, Trade Exchange benefits aimed at furthering legislation, scientific research and sensitization on the health, industrial benefits of cannabis and CBD oil as well as engaging stakeholders’ at all levels to leverage on the multi-faceted value chain of cannabis.

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The event which is slated to hold at the Dome International Cultural and Event Center in Akure , will also seek to persuade relevant arms of government on the strict regulatory measures, licensing, economic benefits of industrial benefits of cannabis plants i.e bio gas/fuel, Health benefits of CDB Oil, as well as press for genuine win -win investors and promote reliable specialized production unit of the cannabis value chain and laboratory.

Also to be highlighted are the advantages so far on the need to legalize cannabis owning to, its numerous health and economic benefits, and financial benefits of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria.

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Participants will be drawn from government institutions, experts and active stakeholders’ in the value chain or research towards medical and economic prospects of cannabis plant value chain and CBD oil.

The summit will endeavor to pitch stakeholders’ to support the research and legislation of cannabis in Nigeria, which will be a quick win for foreign investment, industrialization, IGR/stock exchange, job creation, women and youth empowerment and networking, amongst others.

According to the release, the eligible targets and audience include, Medical Doctors/ Health Professionals, Pharmacists as well as Medical Researchers and Scientists

Others are soil Scientists, Seed Scientists , Legal practitioners, Media Reporters & Advocates groups, Agriculturists, Licensing and Regulatory specialists,
Investors in specific Value Chain .

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Business Networking and Training Experts, Financial analysts and Business Managers, State ministries of Agriculture (crop production departments)and investors are also expected at the roundtable.

Other notable organisations relevant to the proposed meeting include, trade and commodity exchange, Insurance companies and related industrial and business institutions

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“Our Input Support Initiative Strategy Is To Boost Agriculture. ” – FCT Minister Of State

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“Our Input Support Initiative Strategy Is To Boost Agriculture. ” – FCT Minister Of State

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has disclosed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration has put in place an Input Support Initiative, a strategy aimed at increasing access to critical Agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, agro-chemicals, pesticides, feeds, irrigation equipment to support all year farming in the territory.

Austine Elemue
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State in a statement said the minister made disclosure at the flag off/roll out of Agricultural inputs distribution to small-holder farmers as palliative to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in the FCT, organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, also revealed that under this programme, the administration provides 50 percent subsidies on all inputs.

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Represented by the Senior Assistant on Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Abdul Agbadi, the minister affirmed that the policy thrust of the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, is human capacity development.

She stressed that the policy lays emphasis on adopting strategies that would help facilitate the growth of small businesses through improvements in Agriculture and land use which are fundamental in addressing the plight of less vulnerable groups and the attainment of food security.

The minister maintained that in the FCT Administration, the core of Agricultural policies was the implementation of grassroot developmental programmes that are targeted at harnessing the vast arable land mass.

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According to her, “with a large percentage of small-holder farmers, the FCT Administration has put in place an Input Support Initiative which is a strategy that is aimed at increasing access of farmers to critical Agricultural inputs such as Fertilizers, Agro-chemicals, pesticides, feeds, irrigation equipment to support all year farming amongst others.

“It is no longer news that Nigeria’s Agricultural sector has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Therefore, we must use every opportunity to proffer measures on how to better support all the production systems towards mitigating the impact of the pandemic. We must evolve better strategies to build on what we have already been doing in our different ways and synergize efforts towards our collective desire to attain food security. There is no better time to act than now”.

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Aliyu, however, commended the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other critical stakeholders for the distribution of inputs to small-holder farmers aimed at cushioning the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the nation’s capital, noting that with the pandemic, Nigerians must begin to chart a new course for the Agricultural sector which plays a crucial role in the economic growth of any nation.

 

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Kogi Distributes Malaria Drugs, Medical Items To 21 LGAs.

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Kogi Distributes Malaria Drugs, Medical Items To 21 LGAs.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state government has distributed malaria drugs and other medical items to the 21 local government areas aimed at tackling the killer disease at the grassroots.

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Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftainship Affair, Barrister Salami Ozigi, who was represented by Director Technical services of the ministry,
Mr Arome Alfa, to kick start the distribution exercise on Monday,  said it was a demonstration of the commitment of the state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to kick out malaria fever from Kogi state.

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He said the Governor has always place high priority to the health needs of the people and the reason for the administration to embark on projects that are geared towards the tackling of health challenges across the state.

According to the Governor, the local governments have adopted the policy by procuring treated mosquito nets, drugs and other medical items to be distributed free of charge in order to reduce the contacts with mosquitoes so as to improve the health status of the citizens.

He therefore commended the efforts of 21 local governments for embarking on the lofty project which is the responsibility of government to address the needs of the people.

” There is no doubt that with this project, prevalence of malaria in most rural communities will be reduced to the minimum”, the Commissioner stated.

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While warning that government would not condone a situation where drugs and other medical items are being diverted or sold contrary to the purpose intended, he  equally advised handlers of the programme to complement the efforts of the government by ensuring that the items are judiciously utilised.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello

Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello of Kogi Dtate

The occasion was attended by Directors of the 21 local governments, traditional rulers, women and youth organisation and top government officials.

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