Posts Tagged “Agriculture”

Bill Gates Foundation moves to boost rice, yam production in Nigeria

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Bill Gates Foundation moves to boost rice, yam production in Nigeria

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is funding six agricultural commodities value chains with emphasis on rice and yam production to ensure food sufficient in Nigeria. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill Gates.   Dr Audu Grema, the Senior Programme Officer, Agriculture in…

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DANGOTE MAKES AFRICA’S LARGEST SINGLE INVESTMENT IN RICE PRODUCTION

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DANGOTE MAKES AFRICA’S LARGEST SINGLE INVESTMENT IN RICE PRODUCTION

Africa’s richest man and king capitalist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has pledged to invest $1 billion  (N165 billion) in Nigeria’s commercial rice farming; making it the largest single investment ever made in rice production on the continent. The investment will see the establishment of two modern integrated rice mills. They will both have the capacity to…

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DISCOVER INCOME GENERATING POTENTIALS OF CASSAVA VALUE CHAIN

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DISCOVER INCOME GENERATING POTENTIALS OF CASSAVA VALUE CHAIN

There are many wealth creation opportunities in the production and processing of cassava, a wonder crop from which about 2,500 industrial products can be derived.

One can create a lot of value-added commodities capable of building fabulous wealth for farmers as well as raw materials for processors and numerous jobs for the unemployed. For instance, skilled entrepreneurs who appreciate hygienic production of food, attractive packaging and reputable food brand names that deliver on promises can leverage on the opportunities that abound in processing and adding value to create more wealth. One can process cassava into garri, flour, glucose, biscuits and so on.

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WHAT ARE COMMON BREEDS OF CHICKENS THAT PEOPLE KEEP IN NIGERIA

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WHAT ARE COMMON BREEDS OF CHICKENS THAT PEOPLE KEEP IN NIGERIA

This breed is small-bodied, with a single comb and usually mottled brown and black feathers. It grows very slowly, and lays only about 40-50 eggs a year, but it doesn’t need much food

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HOW TO RECLAIM NIGERIA’S LOST COCOA GLORY, BY EXPERTS

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HOW TO RECLAIM NIGERIA’S LOST COCOA GLORY, BY EXPERTS

The country has fallen from the world leading producer of cocoa in the 1960s to fourth position after Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia respectively. Indonesia grew almost no cocoa before the early 1980s, when production took off and it is the world’s third leading producer of cocoa beans, growing 740,500 tons in 2012, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

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Abia State Begins ‘Return To Farm Programme’ With Oil Palm Plantations

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Abia State Begins ‘Return To Farm Programme’ With Oil Palm Plantations

The Abia State Government has commenced the ‘Return to Farm Programme’ with a plan to plant 7.5 million oil palm trees in three years. The state plans to re-direct organic farming with focus on large scale commercial quantity. According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Uzo Azubike, the idea is to plant crops that are acceptable…

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El-Rufai Flags off Construction Of $150 Million Poultry in Kaduna

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El-Rufai Flags off Construction Of $150 Million Poultry in Kaduna

The proposed factory is being constructed by Olams International, an agro-based company with branches in over 100 countries.

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EAT, STAY DECENT AND HEALTHY (3 Things We Can Do in This Economic Situation)

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EAT, STAY DECENT AND HEALTHY (3 Things We Can Do in This Economic Situation)

If I will spare you the technical details of how Nigeria may be entering into serious economic crisis then I will just tell you that with the crash in oil prices it seem that our major source of income this year may be corruption. Of course I don’t mean it the way it came out….

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HORTICULTURE: NIGERIAN FARMERS WALK ON RICHES BUT SUFFER POVERTY

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HORTICULTURE: NIGERIAN FARMERS WALK ON RICHES BUT SUFFER POVERTY

According to Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics, the production of cut flowers, fruits and vegetables for export grew from a cumulative 99,700 metric tonnes in the middle of 2012 to 111,892 metric tonnes in the last few months this year.
The statistics also show that the value of horticulture export grew from Sh40.5 billion (N74.4 billion) in 2012 to Sh43.5 billion (N79.9 billion) this year.

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SHEA NUT AND BUTTER PRODUCTION AND QUALITY CONTROL IN NIGERIA

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SHEA NUT AND BUTTER PRODUCTION AND QUALITY CONTROL IN NIGERIA

Shea Trees are listed as Butyrospermum parkii. Other species are listed as Vitellaria paradoxa, which grows extensively in the agro-forestry parklands of semi-arid West Africa, including Nigeria. Shea is a native source of edible oil or fat traditionally used for frying, adding to sauces, as a skin pomade, for medicinal applications, to make soap, oil…

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