The Agri-Food Industry of Ireland will be greatly affected as soon as the UK leaves the EU resulting to increased tariffs and diverted trade which will incure more cost on Ireland’s Agricultural trade to countries in the European Union. What do you think Ireland can do to avoid or reduce the cost implication of UK’s decision?, What can Nigeria do to reduce its level of import on Agricultural products and increase its export?…… Please fell free to share your views
This infographic image explains it all. It is stated clearly how Nigeria’s agricultural sector was booming in the 1960s until the oil boom in the 1970s crippled the agricultural sector. Plans and some projects are being carried out to revamp the sector as a result of volatile oil prices. What is your view on this?…….Please feel free to drop your comments.
What are the major differences between Nigeria and Venezuela Agricultural problems?. Are they not similar as both countries are experiencing some difficulties in Agriculture due to over-reliance on oil, leading to neglection and stagnation in the Agricultural sector?. The only difference between these two countries is that Nigeria has good soils to produce most of it’s major food. Nigeria being the 13th top tomato producing country in the world still imports tomato paste, what a paradox!………….Please share your views and thoughts about Nigeria’s Agriculture and they way forward.
Taking a cue from China’s development in Agriculture, it is observed that for the growth of Agriculture in a country is not only in the creation of schemes and projects but the adequate execution of these schemes and projects with heavy investment as required. (more…)
The effect of the insurgent by Boko haram cannot be over exaggerated as many lives has been lost, many properties destroyed and many internally displaced. The various attacks on villages, towns and even farmlands made farmers fled for their lives as a result of killing of farmers on farmlands and destroying the farms. (more…)
Mechanised agriculture is the new method of using agricultural machineries to speed up the process of agricultural operations thereby increasing farmers productivity. In the 21st century, agriculture in the western world is powered by machines which in turns reduces the stress of manual labor and further enhance their agricultural output. (more…)
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has said that Nigeria is expected to generate $1.5 billion from cocoa exports in 2014.
Adesina who disclosed this recently in his paper entitled, “Nigeria’s High Growth, Low Development Gap: Harnessing the Untapped Potential of Agriculture for Inclusive Growth,” at the first Convocation Ceremony of the Land Mark University, Aran, Kwara State, said that foreign exchange earning from Nigeria’s cocoa exports had grown from $900 million in 2012 to $1.2 billion in 2013.
According to him, the cocoa revolution in Nigeria is receiving global attention as Hershey, one of the largest chocolate companies in the world, has invested $20 million to procure cocoa from over 20,000 certified cocoa farmers in the country.
He said Nigeria has also launched into local manufacturing of Nigerian chocolates through a strategic partnership with a US-based company, the first of such in the manufacturing history of the country.
Adesina said, “we are revamping our cocoa plantations, replacing old trees with high yielding cocoa hybrids that give farmers five times the yields they currently obtain. Over the past two years, we have distributed 1.1 million pods or 39 million seedlings, free of charge to farmers, enough to plant 40,000ha of new cocoa fields.
“We are working hard to drastically mechanise our agriculture from reliance on hoes and cutlasses. Hoes and cutlasses are for museums not for modern agriculture. To allow farmers to acquire and or lease modern mechanised machinery, we have launched 600 agricultural equipment hiring enterprises run by the private sector to provide full complements of tractors and pre- and post-harvest machinery to farmers,” he added.
The minister explained that farmers would be provided subsidised mechanised services via electronic vouchers on their mobile phones, for mechanisation support, to allow them to hire agricultural machinery from private sector operators. He said these centers would create employment for agricultural engineers, as operators, managers or owners of agricultural mechanisation centers. [Source: DAILY SUN]
Olam Integrated Rice Farm and Mill, at Rukubi village, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, operates a high-tech cultivation, harvesting and processing facilities, but still depends on the small-scale farmers as out-growers to supply additional raw paddy to run its mills. In this interview, Mr Regi George, Olam Farm Manager, explains the outlook, prospects and opportunities for rice production in Nigeria, stating that soon, Nigeria will be self-sufficient in rice production and may even export. Femi Ibirogba presents excerpts. (more…)