Fed Ministry of Agric Distributes Disinfectants to Check Swine Fever in Pigs

ASABA/Nigeria: In a bid to control animal disease across the country, the Federal Government, through the Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services and the Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has distributed 20 litres each of disinfectants to pig farms in Delta State. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sir Austin Oghoro made the distribution to some farmers in Asaba. Sir Oghoro, while presenting the disinfectants, said that the gesture came at a time when the state government was doing a…

DTSG Presents N42.8 Million to Coalition of Fish Farmers at Camp 74

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Government has presented a cheque of N42.8 million to the Coalition of Fish Farmers at camp 74 in the state capital Asaba to assuage the effect of the 2017 flood that swept off their farms. Presenting the cheque to the leader of the group at Camp 74, Asaba, the Secretary to the State Government Hon. Festus Agas, urged the farmers to use the fund judiciously. Hon. Agas assured the farmers that the state government would continue to partner with the fish farmers to give necessary support…

WORLD FOOD DAY CELEBRATION: Gov Okowa Admonishes Farmers to Remain Resilient

ASABA/Nigeria: The Governor of Delta state, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on farmers in the state not to be discouraged but to be resilient in their farming work due to the recent flood that overran 16 local government areas. Governor Okowa made the call when he addressed farmers during the 2018 World Food Day celebration at the Event Centre in Asaba. The Governor who was represented by the former member representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Agwariawodo, stated that the State Government would join…

Delta State to Commemorate 2018 World Food Day Today, Distribute Over 10,000 Improved Cassava Varieties

ASABA/Nigeria: Over 10,000 cuttings of improved varieties of cassava have been distributed among 176 farmers for multiplication in 2018. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Austin Oghoro, disclosed in a television broadcast to herald this year’s World Food Day which comes up today, 16th October, 2018. Mr Oghoro, who noted that cassava production had been given due attention stated that twice the number would be provided in the next planting season to ensure that the improved high yielding cassava varieties were proliferated in the,…

Food Security: Presidential amnesty beneficiaries produce and distribute 1500 bags of rice

ABUJA/Nigeria: The success stories of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Beneficiaries just keep coming. The latest one is the production of 1500 bags of Rice by 100 Amnesty Beneficiaries. The beneficiaries during their training and mentorship phases, nurtured, milled and packed 1500 bags of high quality rice grains. This process took place in a farm in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State. The above view is contained in a press statement signed and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Mr. Wabiye Idoniboyeobu media consultant to Brig-Gen Paul Boroh. According…

NBS, UNICEF new survey indicates increase in Child Malnutrition, drop in Infant Mortality in Nigeria

ABUJA/Nigeria: The 5th Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS5) conducted in 2016 and 2017 by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other key partners has indicated a nationwide drop in Infant Mortality and increase in Child Malnutrition in Nigeria. The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale while unveiling the MICS5 reports in Abuja noted that such verifiable data is extremely important to the development outcome in Nigeria. The result of the survey showed that Nigeria made significant improvements in some areas while other areas…

Half of the One Million Children Who Die Before the Age of 5 in Nigeria Are From Nutrition-UN —Aliko Dangote Foundation Joins Global Fight —Pledges US$100 Million for Nigeria

By Mike Jones/APO LAGOS/Nigeria: What problem can be found in every country in the world and affects one in three people globally? What problem is so rife that the World Health Organization (WHO) terms it “the new normal.”? The surprising answer is malnutrition. It is not an issue that grabs many headlines or attracts much funding, yet malnutrition in its various forms, from hunger and wasting to obesity, has become the number one driver of global disease and the underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. Global…

Aliko Dangote Foundation Pledges US$100 Million to Fight Malnutrition in Nigeria

LAGOS/Nigeria: The recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017 held in Milan, Italy, convened governments, international agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and businesses to accelerate the global response to malnutrition, an underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. A major highlight of the Summit was the pledge by the Aliko Dangote Foundation to invest US$100 Million over five years to tackle malnutrition in the worst-affected parts of Nigeria. The Aliko Dangote Foundation is the philanthropic organization of Aliko Dangote, founder and Executive Chairman of the Dangote Group, Africa’s…

Donors Grow Adesina’s Fund for Young African Agripreneurs To US $600,000

By Mike Jones/APO DES MOINES/United States of America:  The World Food Prize Foundation is partnering with President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina, to establish the World Food Prize Africa Institute. This follows the awarding of the 2017 World Food Prize to Adesina this last in Des Moines, Iowa, where he announced his decision to dedicate the $250,000 cash prize to set up a fund fully dedicated to providing financing for the youth of Africa in agriculture to feed Africa. Motivated by the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate’s decision,…

AfDB’s Agricultural Transformation Strategy to Guarantee 513 Million Tons of Additional Food Production

DES MOINES/United States of America: The African Development Bank has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative – a knowledge and innovation-based response to the recognized need of scaling up proven technologies across Africa. Already, 25 African countries have written letters to the AfDB confirming their interest and readiness to participate in TAAT, and help transform their agriculture. It will support AfDB’s Feed Africa Strategy for the continent to eliminate the current massive importation of food and transform its economies by targeting agriculture as…