Bird Flu: Federal Government Compensates Farmers With N380m

Tukuru reports that farmers nationwide got the sum of N380 million as compensation to 138 farmers nationwide following the resurgence of Avian Influenza, known as bird flu.
The federal government, through the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arch. Sunny Echono, during a meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry recently in Abuja further revealed that an additional N263milion has been verified by the technical consultants appointed by the World Bank for the purpose.
Echono said the resurgence of Avian Influenza as at yesterday had spread across to 85 local government areas in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), affecting 491 farms re­-sulting in the depopulation of 1,597, 191 birds requiring compensation claims of over N1billion to the affected poultry farmers.



The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL)

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) –a new innovative mechanism targeted at de-risking lending to the agricultural sector, is designed to provide the singular transformational and one bullet solution to break the seeming jinx in Nigeria’s agricultural lending and development.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in August 2010, engaged the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to develop the NIRSAL. NIRSAL is an approach that tackles both the agricultural value chains and the agricultural financing value-chain.
The goal of NIRSAL is to trigger an agricultural industrialization process through increased production and processing of the greater part of what is produced to boost economic earnings across the value chain.



An Islamic cleric in his jumat preachment today disagreed with the christian (keferi/infidel in his words) on the reason why a day like today is called “the good friday”, being the day which marks the day Jesus Christ (Anobi Isa/Prophet Isa PBM) was crucified.

In his argument, he made it clear that Anobi Isa was not killed, he is presently with God and will come back to the world. He based his premise on the quranic record that ‘Anaobi Isa is presently with God and preparing to come back to the earth to lead everyone to Mecca for pilgrimage’.

On several occasion, he faulted the belief of the christians who say he was crucified. He belief is that Anobi Isa is to powerful to be crucified. He said the christians are mistaking a terrorist for Anobi Isa. He said the christians show their confusion about the death of Jesus by regarding the day of his death as ‘GOOD’.

He further argued that, it is unwise to call the day you lost you smallest property as ‘Good’ not to talk of ‘The Lord’ christians take Anobi Isa to be. He was so bold in his preachment, he is indeed a courageous Islamic cleric.

What a good argument, built on his clearly stated premise which led to his conclusion. But before you confirm the validity of his argument…………..

A good mother will give her all (including her life) to her child. This is most expressed at childbirth. And the day a good man, who has achieved all he has to do dies will forever be regarded as ‘good’. Obafemi Awolowo’s birthday is still been celebrated yearly after over 30years of his death. Not that his death was desired but for the joy of his accomplishment and impact.

This led me to think about how I will like to die which I wrote some weeks ago as poem; “Die young” and “When I die”

“………..When I am dying
With my children and children’s children
wife and all gathering
On a sunny bright morning
And hymns of choir singing.
Give to my weak hands
a holy pen
So as to write the size
of my death,
and draw him in a pictuoetry.”
(from When I die)

Even me, I want the day I will die to be celebrated and regarded as ‘Good’ forever (for millions of years after my death) till Jesus comes. I want my name to be immortalised.

“When my stay in the womb is off
to be birth in a heaven home
Lying in my homely grave
For no man will need to grieve
No man to weep for me”
(from Die Young)

After living to a ripe full age, with all my dreams fulfilled, my children will need not to cry when I’m gone for the they would have been groomed to live without me and continue from where I will drop the sword; just like Jesus did to His disciples. Jesus got their tank filled with fuel, their bags filled with bread of life and their belly with rivers of flowing waters; and He also promised them of His companionship before bidding them fareway.

Why on earth will His disciples not call the day he died to give them life ‘Good’. If I have my way, I will rename this day from ‘Good Friday’ to ‘The Best Day’, for it marks the beginning of my turn around from hell to heaven, from death to life, from pain to joy. What is not good in the day a woman face death to birth a glorious child? Somebody ‘ronu’ (think)……………………………..

Happy Good Friday
Happy Easter
Thank You Jesus

AGRIPOETRY: with Agriculture

Who am I?
Who am I?
Who am I without agriculture?
Who knows who I am

I have no life
My time not fine
On a dry tight dine
No food no house no clothes
I have no fuel for life
No one knows who I am
Then what would I have been

Who am I?
Yes who?
If sheep make no wool
that cover me like back of wood
If the trees
Provides me not the fruits for food
I would then be
like horse without hooves
running around in Beatles’ groove

Who would I be
if no bee makes no honey sweets
If I live in a house of no woods for roof
then no will fill my hole
my home losing hope
Who is this toothless man with meat
What is life without agriculture

I am Agriculture
My five fingers
Life, Food, Clothes, Shelter and Joy
are the fuel of earth
I am the beginning and end
I am the lord
I, I am Agriculture

Give your life to me
I’ll keep you in my hollow fingers
Follow me for earth treasure.
You’ll never need, if I’m your shepherd.
I, I am Agriculture

Who born who?
Where would who’d been
I, I am Agriculture!


Agricultural Resilience in Nigeria (ACARN)

Ministerial Foreward
I am pleased to write the foreword to this report by the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Resilience in Nigeria (ACARN), which I had the honour of inaugurating in September 2013. It is a fulfilment of a long-held idea that could not wait any longer!
To assure food and nutritional security, eradicate rural poverty and create social stability, policies and institutions are needed to enhance the ability of individuals, households and production systems to recover from the impact of shocks and stresses on the agriculture sector induced by the changing climate. This National Agricultural Resilience Framework is written in response to that need. It offers a well-articulated national policy on short- and long-term strategies to reduce food and nutrition vulnerability, while enhancing environmental resilience.
The long-term solution to food insecurity is to raise agricultural productivity and boost food production. Nigeria embarked on a major transformation of its agriculture sector with the launch of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda in 2011 that is anchored in the philosophy of treating agriculture as a business rather than a development programme. Our goal is to add 20 million metric tonnes (MT) of food to the domestic food supply and to create 3.5 million jobs by 2015. We are driving import substitution by accelerating the production of local food staples, to reduce dependence on food imports and turn Nigeria into a net exporter of food. To this end, we have introduced several major innovations as part of the on-going fundamental restructuring of the agricultural landscape in Nigeria.
First, to assure increased agricultural productivity, it is critical that farmers get access to affordable agricultural inputs. In Nigeria, the first ever database of farmers in the country was launched as a basis for the efficient and effective distribution of subsidized seeds and fertilizers through mobile phones in 2012 as part of the Growth Enhancement Scheme. This stimulated wider markets for agricultural inputs, and agricultural productivity and food production had increased by 17 million MT by June 2014 and is expected to reach 21 million MT by December 2014, exceeding the 20 million MT target set for 2015.
Second, the agricultural revolution is being complemented with a financial revolution. We are aggressively deploying innovative financing mechanisms, such as the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending, which is providing credit guarantees to commercial banks for increased lending as well as the Fund for Agricultural Financing in Nigeria, a private fund, jointly set up by the Governments of Nigeria and Germany to raise private capital for funding in agriculture. These mechanisms will scale up the needed financing for the sector.
Third, to reduce some of the risks borne. by farmers, the focus is currently on developing the mechanisms for establishing weather index-based insurance schemes for farmers. Current programmes to improve the density of operational weather stations in the country, thereby, improving weather forecasting models, are complementing this effort.
Fourth, social safety net policies are being used to reduce vulnerability, especially for women and children. These include conditional cash transfers, school feeding programmes and nutritional interventions. The “Saving one million lives” initiative targets the use of community management of acute malnutrition and integrated child feeding to reduce under-nutrition. Regional food reserves are also being supported. In 2012, for example, Nigeria contributed 32,000 MT of grains to support Niger Republic and address food shortages. Nigeria
has also built up its silo storage capacity network to 1.3 million MT, making it the largest in West Africa.
Other policies in furtherance of agricultural resilience in Nigeria are contained in this report and will be progressively implemented. I salute the distinguished members of ACARN who produced this outstanding report. I am also pleased to acknowledge many other contributors within and outside Nigeria, including senior officials and advisors within my ministry and other government agencies. I wish to especially thank Professors Jimmy Adegoke and Chidi Ibe for their patriotism, selfless service and outstanding leadership as ACARN Co-Chairs.
I have no doubt that this report will have an enduring impact on agricultural production in Nigeria because it provides a clear road map for achieving resilience in the agriculture sector and offers pertinent policy recommendations that will strengthen the capacity of small- and large-scale agricultural producers to increase productivity, grow wealth and thrive in the face of growing challenges from multiple environmental stressors and changing climate.
Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina CON
Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 2011-2015


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This is good information but before getting to the flour production someone should first master the species of plantain to plant that could produce more flour.

The best plantain varieties used for the production of plantain flour in industrial scale are listed below:
1. Pita 14
2. Pita 17
3. Pita 24
4. Pita 26
5. Bita 3
6. Agbagba

Plantain flour is a product from plantain (i.e dried unripe plantain fruit) which can be used in making local pastry (amala), snacks (puff puff, dough-nut) and all form of confectineries (bread, cake). Plantain flour is highly nutritious and has high medicinal effect. It is good for the treatment and control of sugar related health challenges e.g diabetics, obesity, etc. Ramderth(2006).

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Buhari will not probe former Agric Minister, Adesina — Ogbeh

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it would give the President, African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, maximum support to succeed in his continental assignment, The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this in Abuja at a news conference. He also disclosed that the government will not probe the tenure of the former minister.
According to him, Dr Adewumi is the first Nigerian to represent us at the Africa Development Bank despite the fact that we are the largest shareholders in the bank. “We need to support him in order to succeed,“ he added.
Ogbeh told newsmen that there was no iota of truth in the speculation in a section of the media that the Federal Government would probe the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme. GES scheme was an agricultural support programme by the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration where registered farmers in the country paid 50 per cent cost for seeds and fertiliser.
The scheme assisted many farmers but was faced with allegations of corruption and the quality of seeds distributed to farmers.
There were also complaints against financial claims spent on inputs in 2015.
The minister said, “Adesina had a good intention for the agricultural sector with some of his policies and that is why we are going to continue with the same programme after a review.”We are indeed proud of the work the former minister left behind that is why I said in the beginning that we do not intend to do policy somersault but continue with some of the programmes he left behind.”
He said he made a similar remark when the Senate Committee on Agriculture led by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu visited him at the ministry. He recalled that he suggested the need to verify claims by suppliers, especially the seed sector for
the 2015. “I complained that the bill they gave us appeared too high.” A bill of N10 billion was given to the Federal Government for the supply of seeds to farmers. We needed to verify the supply before payment.
I was surprised what came out in the media that says; we are probing the GES programme of the former Minister of Agriculture, Dr Adesina. “I just want to make it clear to us that there is no probe of Adesina`s tenure by the Federal Government and no intention for that for now. If there is reason to probe, we would have said that long ago.”
He said when Adesina was in-charge of the ministry he verified bills before payment because some of the figures submitted by the suppliers might be on the high side.


Ethiopian farmers need urgent assistance to feed country caught in major drought

7 March 2016, Rome
Timely agricultural assistance
for the upcoming rainy season is essential to help the drought-affected people of Ethiopia, as one of the strongest El Niño events on record continues to have devastating effects on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and herders.
Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have tripled since the beginning of 2015 as the drought has led to successive crop failures and widespread livestock
deaths. As a result, food insecurity and malnutrition rates are alarming in the Horn of Africa country, with some 10.2 million people now food insecure. One quarter of all districts in Ethiopia are officially classified as facing a food security and nutrition crisis.
With planting for the country’s first rainy season, the belg, already delayed and the meher season – Ethiopia’s main agricultural campaign – fast approaching, farmers need immediate support to help them produce food between now and September for millions facing hunger. “FAO urgently needs $13 million by the end of March to support more than 600,000 of the worst affected people,” said FAO country representative Amadou Allahoury Diallo.
“We’re expecting that needs will be particularly high during the next few weeks,” he added, “so it’s critical that we’re able to respond quickly and robustly to reboot agriculture now before the drought further decimates the food security and livelihoods of millions.”
The meher produces up to 85 percent of the nation’s food supplies. Recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 7.5 million farmers and herders need immediate agricultural support to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops, and livestock feed to keep their animals healthy and resume production.
Farming families have either exhausted seed reserves through successive failed plantings, or have consumed them as food.
Animal feed stocks are also depleted, and support is needed to enable families to produce fodder. Hundreds of thousands of livestock have already died and the animals that remain are becoming weaker and thinner due to poor grazing resources, feed shortages and limited water availability, leading to sharp declines in milk and meat production. “It’s important to understand the current drought is not just a food crisis – it is above all a livelihood crisis,” said Allahoury Diallo, who highlighted that last year’s losses have severely diminished households’ food security and purchasing power and forced many to sell their last remaining agricultural assets.
Meeting immediate needs of farmers now is essential to longer-term recovery, as it helps farmers feed their country and keep their productive assets intact.
FAO’s call for $13 million by the end of March is part of the agency’s larger $50million appeal for its Ethiopia

El Niño Response Plan.
But currently less than 10 percent of the plan is funded. FAO’s response to El Niño
As part of the emergency response, FAO is already providing planting materials to help seed- and food-insecure households in the worst-affected regions plant in the belg and meher seasons. But this support urgently needs to be scaled up. In an effort to preserve livestock, FAO has been distributing nutrient blocks in pastoral and agropastoral areas meant to strengthen livestock and bolster the resilience of the cooperatives that
produce them. FAO is also providing survival animal feed and support to help farmers produce fodder and improve access to water for livestock. Herds across the country have also benefited from vaccination and treatment campaigns to address their increasing vulnerability as a result of drought.
In Ethiopia’s Somali Region, FAO is enhancing the financial stability of drought-affected households through the purchase of weak sheep and goats for immediate, local slaughter – and providing the meat – rich in protein – to nutritionally vulnerable drought-affected families. The intervention will help reduce stress on available feed, enable households to focus their resources on their remaining productive animals, and invest in productive assets.
In addition, FAO is closely working with the government to conduct seasonal assessments and develop preparedness and response plans, along with guidelines for emergency agriculture support.


President endorses agric transformation agenda

The Federal Government’s Agricultural
Transformation Agenda (ATA) has received support from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono, has said. Echono, who spoke during a courtesy visit to the ministry by the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), explained that the president urged the ministry to set up four committees on areas that need improvement.
The committees include: committees on the resuscitation of cotton, textile and garments industry in Nigeria; operationalization of federal government storage facilities and revitalization of agricultural extension services in Nigeria and the establishment of grazing reserves and stock routes for farmers.
Echono, who was represented by the Director of Agriculture in the ministry, Mr. Damilola Eniayeju, added that minor changes would be introduced in areas they are needed by a new minister. Echono said: “He appreciates what we are doing in his statement. He even sets up four committees on areas which he feels we should come up with for improvement. These are cotton production, silos and grain storages, grazing reserves and stock routes and the areas of extension services supports.
“These are areas which we believe we need to upscale and upgrade to help our farmers. We will wait until we have a new minister. If there are going to be policy change, it will not be that much. Because I believe that if you have arithmetic of one plus one, it has to be two.
“If you are not doing the right thing, definitely there will be a lot of changes, but if you are doing the right thing and they can support the system in a way that will make food security available for all, that is the best way to go.”
Earlier in his remarks, the President of AGRA, Dr. Agnes kalibata, stated that AGRA was formed with a vision of developing agricultural technologies in close communication with farmers.