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World News: Nigeria
23 January 2015
Nigeria H5N1 bird flu now in 7 states

Nigeria's agriculture minister says an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu has spread to 21 commercial farms in seven different states, with more than 140,000 birds having been exposed to the virus. Authorit...


22 January 2015
Nigeria avian flu spreads as movement of livestock banned

Nigeria has recorded incidents of avian flu in seven of the country’s 36 states, prompting measures including the ban on movement of livestock in the affected areas to contain the spread, Agriculture ...


20 January 2015
Finding farmland: Global maps help fight hunger

With the world growing increasingly warmer, experts have estimated that we are actually due to gain a great deal of farmland, even if the crop yield that that land could see may actually decrease. How...


12 September 2014
Can Nigerian farmers practice agriculture as a business?

A major struggle of the federal government’s transformation agenda is to ensure that farming is no longer practiced as a developmental programme but as a business. But how ready are Nigerian farmers t...


1 August 2014
Nigeria aims to transform agricultural sector

Nigeria’s government plans to wean the country from years of overdependence on oil production by transforming the agricultural sector into the cornerstone of the economy, according to Agriculture Mini...


18 July 2014
Nigeria to adopt genetically modified crops, says agency

A disclosure Thursday came from the National Agricultural Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) that the Federal Government has put in place necessary regulatory guidelines to fast track the adopti...


16 July 2014
Africa can feed the world - Nigeria's agriculture minister

When Nigeria's billionnaires start investing in agriculture it's news, says Akinwumi Adesina - Nigeria's Agriculture minister, who has also brought in a raft of state solutions to overturn the country...


8 July 2014
Jigawa Releases N28m for Improved Seeds

The Nigerian Jigawa Government has released N28 million for the purchase of improved seeds for sale to farmers, Alhaji Hassan Girbobo, the General Manager of the state Agricultural Supply Company has ...


15 May 2014
In Nigeria, agriculture is 'the new oil'

When Nigeria announced recently that it had become Africa’s biggest economy, you could be forgiven for thinking that oil was the only reason. After all, Nigeria is the biggest oil producer in Africa. ...


12 May 2014
48 cattle rustlers killed in northern Nigeria

The Nigerian army has said it carried out a raid on cattle rustlers in the northern state of Zamfara, killing 48 of them and recovering over 500 cows. The Leadership newspaper reports on Sunday sai...


21 April 2014
Reducing unemployment with agriculture

The unemployment rate has escalated to over a fifth of the population in the past few years. The high rate of unemployment in Nigeria has become a perpetual and significant problem in the country, as ...


26 February 2014
Africa to see more GM crops

Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the contin...


24 October 2013
Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa

The recent discovery of a large aquifer in Kenya is a reminder that far from being dry, Africa has abundant water resources. The problem for farmers is access: only around 6% of cultivated land is equ...


11 October 2013
Why agriculture is Nigeria's new oil

Much is said about a rising Africa on the global economic stage. To be sure, there is a new energy and dynamism across the continent. It can be seen in an emerging middle class, improved governance, a...


8 October 2013
Nigeria trails peers on spend in agriculture

Despite the Federal Government efforts at improving agricultural production in the country, recent report has shown that Nigeria did not make the list of nine countries in the continent spending at le...


18 September 2013
Africa shouldn't take GM crops lightly

In the unlikely event that I had forgotten just how controversial and polarising genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, the past few days would have provided a very sharp reminder. Last week, ...


12 September 2013
Poultry farmers outsmart eagles with purple chicks

Since hunters have learned to shoot without missing, birds have learned to fly without perching, so goes the famous Nigerian saying. The proverb aptly captures the practice of poultry farmers in Ru...


6 September 2013
Nigeria's farming reforms still face hurdles

Nigeria is reforming its farming sector to bolster production and draw investment but companies this week said more needs to be done to tackle entrenched corruption, poor infrastructure and rogue gove...


6 September 2013
GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan

Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general. A report by the Allianc...


9 August 2013
Agriculture is the future of Nigeria

In the 1960s, before it turned to oil, Nigeria was one of the most promising agricultural producers in the world. Between 1962 and 1968, export crops were the country’s main foreign exchange earner. T...


22 July 2013
Thunderstorm destroys livestock in Taraba

More than 30 cattle, including cows and sheep, were Sunday killed by thunderstorm that occurred in Kona Village in Jalingo Local Council Area of Taraba State. The incident, which occurred late at n...


9 July 2013
Nigeria's Jonathan sees agriculture as new growth frontier

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is trying to reverse years of neglect of its farming industry and push agriculture as its “new frontier for growth” because it can no longer depend on oil to drive ...


4 July 2013
Nigeria seeks farming revival to break oil curse

Down a winding dirt track in this sleepy village in northern Nigeria lies a corn farm which looks much like the dozens that surround it. The difference is, this one is turning a profit. "I can bare...


2 July 2013
W’Bank Earmarks $300m to Boost Agriculture

The World Bank Monday announced a $300 million credit for Nigeria, to boost the federal government's efforts to expand its agriculture sector, enhance food security as well as to improve nutrition for...


17 June 2013
Agricultural earnings increased by N759bn in 2012

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has said the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) has proved a success yielding an increase of seven hundred fifty nine billion ...


13 May 2013
Nigeria Seeks Economic Diversification in Agriculture Push

Nigeria's agriculture ministry has attracted $8 billion in foreign investment and aims to boost that to just over $10 billion by 2015, the country's minister of agriculture said this week. Akinwumi...


7 May 2013
Hargrave: Mechanisation, the Way out for Nigerian Agriculture

Managing Director, Dizengoff West Africa (Nigeria) Limited, Mr. Richard Hargrave, speaks about the enhancement of Nigeria’s agricultural productivity through mechanisation and a more scientific approa...


3 May 2013
World Bank pledges $1 billion to boost agriculture in Nigeria

THE World Bank has pledged to commit one billion dollars to support Nigeria’s agricultural sector in the next five years. Its Country Director, Ms Marie-Francoise Marie- Nelly, said this Thursday a...


29 April 2013
LCCI Makes Case for Bank of Agriculture, SEC

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has appealed to the Federal Government to give the Bank of Agriculture the same level of attention currently being given to Bank of Industry. The c...


19 February 2013
Oil, agriculture, banks to boost Nigerian growth

Nigeria’s economy was expected to grow at a speedy 6.75 percent this year, driven by progress in agriculture, banking and oil, while high inflation rates should ease slightly, data showed yesterday. ...