Nigerians have condemned the importation of certain food items such as “garri”, rice and local soups, describing it as very absurd.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun says the state has the capacity to grow enough rice to feed the entire South-West region of the country.
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has appealed to Nigerians to patronise local rice to boost local production of the commodity to boost food security and ensure sustenance of the nation’s economy.
The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Plateau, said on Monday that avian influenza or bird flu, has resurfaced in the state, killing more than 11,000 birds in one week.
The Director of Agriculture, Sagamu Local Government, Mr. Oduwole Fateru has said that the present administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun had been given much priority and commitment towards developing agricultural sector in order to ensure sufficient of food production and improve employment generation in the state.
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Daura Local Government chapter of Katsina State, says 1,600 farmers registered for the Anchor Borrowers agricultural loan scheme of the Federal Government in the area.
No fewer than 17,000 farmers at least, have benefitted from the loans scheme of the Osun Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QUIIP) as part of the comprehensive program of the Rauf Aregbesola administration to boost agriculture.
Scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, have recommended a new spacing procedure for cowpea cultivation which, if adopted, could give farmers huge harvests.
An agric strategist, Mr Richard Ogundele, has called urged government at all levels to provide farmers with affordable farm inputs and access to ready markets for their produce.
The NYSC Coordinator in Plateau, Mrs Olufunmilayo Akin, says 700 corps members, who are graduates of agriculture and allied courses, have been posted to Plateau on the request of Gov. Simon Lalong.