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Coconut Association Wants 10,000 Headquarters Of Plantation For Massive Production.

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Coconut Association Wants 10,000 Headquarters Of Plantation For Massive Production.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

National Coconut Producers and processors Association of Nigeria, (NACOPPMAN), Kogi state chapter, has planned to acquire over 10,000 hectares of plantation across the country for full sufficiency of coconut.

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Kogi state coordinator of the association, Hajia Halirat Ladi Yakubu, who disclosed to participants on Wednesday, at a two day comprehensive training on coconut production held at the NUJ Press centre, Lokoja, said the commodity is a high revenue earner for the country.

She explained that the commodity , which is in high demand globally has economic, scientific, medical and architectural values aside delicacy for human beings.

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According to the coordinator coconut business is flourishing widely and has impacted positively on the lives of the common manas the demand has heightened in view of its universal acceptance .

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Hajia Ladi Yakubu therefore appealed to the youths and women to engage in the cultivation, processing and marketing of coconut as it has become a catalyst for economic advancement.

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She equally advised the the ministries of agriculture and economic planning at all levels to key in to the programme by offering special support through policies and assistance to the farmers.

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Farmers in droves besieges the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lokoja to participate in the two day program that ended on Thursday.

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Agriculture: Experts Advises Kogi Cashew Farmers On Improved Seedlings.

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Agriculture: Experts Advises Kogi Cashew Farmers On Improved Seedlings.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

In a bid to enhance maximum yields of cashew following the economic diversification to agriculture, farmers in Kogi State have been advised to take advantage of the new improved cashew seedlings to enhance their economic status.

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Country Representative, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, CNFA Pro-Cashew Project, Mr Toyin Olorunfemi, gave the advice at a Cashew Farmers Field Day Event at Cashew House, Ogidibeje junction, Agbeji in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state.

Mr Olorunfemi said the Pro Cashew project will help to leverage relationship with relevant bodies and Countries that are in dire need of export crop.

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He noted that access to improved planting materials has been a major challenge hence the intervention by development partners.

In his speech, the Head, Ochaja station of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Doctor Dele Adeniyi said the collaboration with the Pro- Cashew project and the Cashew Farmers Union was to get results in cashew production and marketing.

Doctor Adeniyi urged the farmers to put the training into practice, stressing that Nigeria no longer depends on oil, but Agriculture.

Earlier, the President of Cashew Farmers Union of Nigeria (CFUN), Mr Stephen Ahiaba explained that four African Countries are benefiting from the Pro- Cashew Project.

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Mr Ahiaba maintained that Kogi state as a major producer of Cashew will continue to take the lead through modern technology in the production of Cashew.

Kogi State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. David Apeh

Kogi State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. David Apeh

Some of the farmers, Sunday Abubakar, Elder E.O. Adegbe and Mr Jeremiah Onugba described the training as very rewarding and thanked the organizers for their commitment to the welfare of Cashew Farmers.

Nigeria has been acknowledged as a major producer of Cashew among other few African Countries which has been proved by its exporting capacity.

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Similarly, Kogi State has always taken the lead as a major producer of Cashew hence the training on the methodology of planting the improved Cashew seedling called polyclonal

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Nasarawa Govt., Rice Farmers To Attract N10bn Investment From CBN

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Nasarawa Govt., Rice Farmers To Attract N10bn Investment From CBN.

The Nasarawa State government in collaboration with Rice Farmers Association has announced its readimess with plans already concluded to attract investment to the tune of N10bn, to assist rice farmers in the state, under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) anchor borrowers scheme.

Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this while flagging-off the sales of fartilizer and other agricultural inputs, for this year’s raining season, at Andaha, in Akwanga Local Government Area, on Thursday.

The governor restated the determination of his administration to ensure that agricultural potentials of the state are fully harnessed for the overall benefit of the people.

According to Engineer Sule, until the state is able to exploit its agricultural potentials properly, Nasarawa may not be able to generate the desired employment for the teeming populace, as well as create wealth for the wellbeing of the society.

The governor emphasized that government must take deliberate steps, as well as evolve means of improving the state’s internal revenue generation capacity.

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To this end, Engineer Sule said, and in a bid to foster partnerships and collaborations, aimed at giving agriculture its place of pride, the state government recently hosted some important visitors including Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, management of the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization, chief executive and management team of the Institute for Agricultural Research, chief executive of Dangote Group of Company and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, among others.

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“This endeavour epitomizes the readiness of our Administration to foster partnerships and collaboration towards giving agriculture its pride of place.

“I am happy to inform that Government has already concluded plans in collaboration with the Rice Farmers Association to attract investment of a whopping of sum of N10 Billion to assist rice farmers in the State under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme,” he stated.

While reiterating the commitment of his administration to develop agriculture because of its huge potentials in the state, the governor stressed that government will continue to partner and collaborate with development partners, as well as investors in the agricultural sector, in order to reduce poverty, improve income, create employment, produce raw materials for industrial growth, as well as attain food security.

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Speaking on the event, Engineer Sule disclosed that his administration is flagging-off the sales of a total of 1,020 metric tons which is 20,400 thousand bags of fertilizer, 1,950 sprayers, 5 tons improved seeds and assorted agro-chemicals.

He disclosed further that effort is underway to procure more quantities of fertilizer to help rejuvenate most of our soils that have remained less fertile and unproductive.

The governor emphasized that the fertilizer will be sold to farmers at subsidized rate of N5000 only per bag.

He recalled that, last year, the state government procured and distributed 240 metric tons of assorted fertilizers to dry season farmers at subsidized rates, while also procuring 930 metric tons (18,600 bags) of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer for the year 2020 cropping season, aimed at improving agricultural production in the state.

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The governor charged beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the commodity to increase their yields.

“I wish to also charge the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Local Government Distribution Committee to ensure that the relevant Small Holder Farmers benefit from this gesture of Government,” he said.

Engineer Sule warned against any attempt to hijack the sales of fertilizer and other farming inputs, stressing that violators will be met with stiff punitive measures, irrespective of their status in the society.

“Coordinators at various levels are to ensure remittance of sales to the designated bank account as any misappropriation will be meted with appropriate sanction.

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“I should also caution individuals and groups against purchasing the commodity and selling to farmers at exorbitant rates,” to the governor warned.

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Insecurity: Kogi Deploys Forest Guards To Checkmate Herders, Kidnappers During Farming Season.

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Insecurity: Kogi Deploys Forest Guards To Checkmate Herders, Kidnappers During Farming Season.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Concerned by the nefarious activities of herdsmen and kidnappers, Kogi state government has concluded necessary arrangement to deploy forest guards across the state to ensure safety of farmers throughout the farming season.

Kogi State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. David Apeh

Kogi State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. David Apeh

Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. David Apeh, who spoke to some Journalists through the Director Agricultural Services, Mr Okolo Ichaka, said the measure became necessary in view of the negative effects insecurity poses to food production in the state.

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He said government would not fold its arms and watch criminals starve the population of food despite the abundant arable farm land God has blessed the state .

The Commissioner said the able bodied men and women of the forest guard brigade in the state will be closely supervised by Forest Rangers and other conventional security officers.

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While encouraging the farmers to starts the season by clearing their farms in readiness for planting, however advised them to select crops that are suitable for particular period of the wet season, as crops grow distinctly in accordance with the volume of the rains.

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Hon. Apeh who disclosed that government is prepared to aid farmers in procuring herbicides, insecticides and other inputs at subsidized cost, assured that all required assistance shall be rendered to ensure massive food production in this farming season.

He said already at least 5 tractors have been allocated to all the 21 local government areas of the state, while all the broken down tractors are being refurbished to boost the fleet for a farming season.

Apeh promised to ensure equitable distribution of fertilizer as soon as the federal government releases allocation and costs to the states.

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According to the Commissioner, the ministry of Agriculture will also provide seedlings of assorted crops, fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.

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