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Month: August 2019

Total and Value drivers train youths on agribusiness .

Total and Value drivers train youths on agribusiness .

Agribusiness
Value Drivers Investment Limited in partnership with Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has concluded a three-week training in Lagos, tagged: ‘Total Agriculture Entrepreneur Skills Acquisition Training Program,’ aimed at empowering youths and boosting agribusiness in the country. The training was part of Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, focused on building the knowledge of the participants on agriculture as a business, to assist them to set up agroindustry in the areas of cassava, vegetables and snail production on graduation. The training involved classroom and fieldwork in a reputable farm, facilitated by faculty drawn from Lagos Business School, Dominican Centre and other experts in the agribusiness value chain. The classroom training to
Kaduna to establish Agric e-library .

Kaduna to establish Agric e-library .

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Kaduna State Government is set to establish an e-library and data bank, to strengthen the capacity of its Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in areas of coordination, planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, among others. Project Manager in charge of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), from the ministry, Mr. Yakubu Gora made the disclosure while receiving ICT equipment, such as Laptops, Printers, computers, and Photocopiers, worth over N2.1m from Synergos organisation. Other ICT equipments received by the ministry are projectors, screens, and routers. Synergos had earlier agreed to collaborate with the state government in building the capacity of farmers for a period of two years. While receiving t...
Nigeria to increase palm oil production 700% to 5m tonnes by 2027 .

Nigeria to increase palm oil production 700% to 5m tonnes by 2027 .

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Nigeria has made bold steps towards becoming self-sufficient in edible oil production as it aims to increase palm production by 700 percent to 5 million tonnes by 2027. As part of the efforts, the Nigerian government recently formulated a new policy to invest some US$500 million in expanding palm oil production. The government said it will encourage investment by offering low-interest loans to farmers for oil palm cultivation and erecting barriers on crude palm oil imports. This will see the country marginally increase total edible oil production from its 2018/19 estimate of 1.0 million with forecast indicating that the country’s palm kernel oilseed production will reach 880,000 metric tons by the close of the year. This will represent a 20.5% increase from an estimate of 730,
Chi Farms partners German based foundation on agriculture training in Nigeria .

Chi Farms partners German based foundation on agriculture training in Nigeria .

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CHI Farms Limited, a member of the TGI Group and one of the leading agribusiness companies in Nigeria has partnered with Germany’s AFOS Foundation to grow the capacity agriculturists in Nigeria The duo has commenced the third phase of its training programme that seeks to equip farmers with theoretical and practical aspects of best agricultural practices. The training will focus on livestock management, feed milling, hatchery, production and processing equipment. After the programme, participants will be offered employment at the company, reports This Day. Speaking at the commencement of the training, the General Manager, CHI Farms Limited, Dr. Tunji Olaitan, said the organisation has been in partnership with AFOS Foundation since 2017, mostly in areas of management training.
Oil palm plantation, cassava mill to cut import bill, create jobs -DUFIL

Oil palm plantation, cassava mill to cut import bill, create jobs -DUFIL

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To internalise the backward integration policy and reduce importation of raw materials while developing the local economy, De-United Foods Industry Limited (DUFIL) has presented the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping of its proposed 18,000-hectare oil palm estate and cassava flour mill to the host and government communities in Edo State. Nigeria is said to import about 500,000 metric tonnes of crude palm oil yearly, and the DUFIL proposed investment in the plantation is expected to contribute to the efforts to close the gap between production and import.To this effect, the Edo State government has given a concession of 17,954.71 hectares of land within Ekiadolor Forest Reserve in Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of Edo State to the company to develop the two projects. ...
Women and Youth trained on Ginger, Mushroom Value Addition in Abuja.

Women and Youth trained on Ginger, Mushroom Value Addition in Abuja.

Agribusiness
No fewer than 60 unemployed youths and women participated in a -3- day training workshop on ginger and mushroom value addition in Abuja. The workshop was organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT). Chairman, NIHORT Governing Board, Retired Maj. Gen. Garba Mohammed, Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop, said many Nigerians had enjoyed dividends of democracy through several capacity building programmes implemented by the Federal Government. Mohammed noted that the ongoing training was one of many capacity building programmes being implemented by the current administration for employment generation and economic empowerment of Nigerians. He commended President Mu...
Kenya has unveiled Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant.

Kenya has unveiled Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant.

Agric Innovate
Kenya has unveiled Africa’s largest wind power plant, a project aimed at reducing electricity costs and dependence on fossil fuels and moving the nation to meet its ambitious goal of 100% green energy next year. The sprawling wind farm of 365 turbines on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya was designed to boost the nation’s electricity supply by 13 percent, giving more Kenyans access at a lower cost, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at its launch. Kenya has made great strides in renewable energy in recent years and is considered to one of the few African nations making progress toward clean power. About 70 percent of the nation’s electricity comes from renewable sources such as hydropower and geothermal - more than three times the global average. But one in fou
Hello Tractor Is Bringing the Sharing Economy to Agriculture.

Hello Tractor Is Bringing the Sharing Economy to Agriculture.

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Technology is profoundly and rapidly changing the way food is produced. In Africa, a growing cohort of entrepreneurs is working on transforming agriculture through digitalization. Foodltank reports. These technological advancements are unfolding to meet the needs of small farmers, for the vast majority of Africa’s farmers are smallholder farmers. In fact, smallholder farms account for 80 percent of farms in sub-Saharan Africa. Small farmers in Africa face a wide array of challenges to increasing productivity such as the decline of manual labor availability and young people’s growing interest in other career paths. Hello Tractor, a Nigerian company, is seeking to fill this labor gap and make agriculture a more appealing career by integrating innovative technology into Af
New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programmed-Science daily.

New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programmed-Science daily.

Global Agribusiness News
Tuberculosis tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists , science daily reports. The traditional TB tuberculin skin test shows a positive result for cows that have the disease as well as those that have been vaccinated against the disease. By distinguishing between these two groups, the new tests will facilitate the implementation of vaccination programs that could considerably reduce the transmission of this infectious bacterial disease from cattle to cattle and humans. 'TB kills more people globally than any other infectious disease. In fact, three people die every minute from the disease,' said Vivek Kapur, professor of...
U.S supports 5000 Nigerian agro-businesses with $15million.

U.S supports 5000 Nigerian agro-businesses with $15million.

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The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday in Abuja launched a 15 million dollars Feed the Future (FTF) Nigeria agribusiness activity to improve at least 5,000 small and medium enterprises. The five-year investment plan will be implemented in seven states in the country, including Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi and Cross Rivers. The programme also aims at growing the initial 15 million dollars investment to 300 million dollars with an expectation of 200 million dollars in new agricultural finance and 100 million dollars in new agricultural investments. Dr Adam Saffer, Chief of Party, USAID’s FTF Nigeria activity, said the FTF agribusiness plan seeks to strengthen enabling environment to promote private sector investment in the agricultur