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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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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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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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