News from Nigeria

01-08-2014 00:05 AM
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 corners...
18-07-2014 10:03 AM
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 necess...
16-07-2014 09:13 AM
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...
08-07-2014 13:55 PM
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 Man...
15-05-2014 00:53 AM
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 al...
12-05-2014 01:55 AM
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....
21-04-2014 00:52 AM
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 per...
26-02-2014 02:05 AM
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 gro...
24-10-2013 03:28 AM
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 i...
11-10-2013 05:18 AM
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 i...
08-10-2013 03:47 AM
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...
18-09-2013 03:01 AM
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 ha...
12-09-2013 02:16 AM
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 ap...
06-09-2013 07:11 AM
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 entrenc...
06-09-2013 07:05 AM
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 forme...
09-08-2013 03:03 AM
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 ...
22-07-2013 01:25 AM
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 Tarab...
09-07-2013 00:20 AM
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...
04-07-2013 08:31 AM
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 differenc...
02-07-2013 11:28 AM
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...
17-06-2013 09:03 AM
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 yieldin...
13-05-2013 09:24 AM
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 m...
07-05-2013 09:14 AM
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 ...
03-05-2013 09:39 AM
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 ...
29-04-2013 10:14 AM
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 c...
19-02-2013 08:40 AM
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 ra...
28-01-2013 06:23 AM
Dutch court to rule in Nigerian farmers' case against Shell
A Dutch court will decide on Wednesday whether Shell should clean up oil damage that destroyed a group of Nigerian farmers’ land, a case that could se...
23-01-2013 06:38 AM
Agriculture sector to create 3.5m jobs
President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted the first meeting of Nigeria’s new Eminent Persons Group (EPG). The newly formed gr...
21-12-2012 09:41 AM
Nigeria seeks financial support to boost agriculture
The Nigerian government on Friday called on local and foreign financial institutions to utilize the financing opportunities in the country's agricultu...
18-12-2012 08:56 AM
FG to Boost Rice Production in 10 States
The Federal Government has inaugurated a special intervention programme aimed at boosting rice production in ten states of the federation, an effort w...
22-10-2012 07:45 AM
Nigeria may miss food production target, says official
As the nation counts its losses following to the recent flooding, the Special Assistant to the President on Social Development and Special Duties, Mrs...
16-10-2012 09:12 AM
There will be no food crisis in Nigeria says minister
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adeshina, has given the assurance that the country will not experience any food shortage next year as a resu...
11-10-2012 08:33 AM
Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch case with global reach
Four Nigerian farmers take on Shell in a Dutch court, accusing the oil giant of destroying their livelihoods in a case that could set a precedent for ...
08-10-2012 08:36 AM
Flood: FG plans to grow more food through irrigation
The Federal Government is working out a special food production plan to grow more food through irrigation in the forthcoming dry season. This is t...
10-09-2012 07:48 AM
Agriculture: Panacea for unemployment
Some decades ago, specifically before the discovery of oil in Nigeria, the coun try prided itself on being an agrarian nation. Then, agriculture was t...
10-09-2012 07:29 AM
World Bank to invest $1bn in Nigerian agriculture
The World Bank is to invest N160 billion ($1 billion) into Nigeria’s agricultural sector, as part of efforts to boost food production and alleviate po...
06-09-2012 08:43 AM
UN agencies seek ‘swift action’ against food crisis
The heads of the three United Nations (UN) food and agricultural agencies have called for swift international action to prevent repeat of world food c...
24-08-2012 08:47 AM
Farmers earn $136 million from cassava export to China
The cassava production initiative of the Federal Government has started to yield the expected dividend as farmers may have earned $136 million (about ...
16-08-2012 07:59 AM
Nigeria can lead Africa in agriculture
The President, Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Judith Rodin, has said Nigeria had the capacity to be the agricultural hub of Africa and the continent’s le...
31-07-2012 08:00 AM
Nigeria to boost food supply by 20m tons
Nigeria, which spends $10 billion a year importing wheat, sugar, rice and fish, plans to boost domestic food production by 20 million metric tons by 2...
24-07-2012 07:14 AM
US firm to invest $60m in Nigerian agriculture
ADCO, a US manufacturing firm, plans to invest $60 million in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwu...
17-07-2012 09:31 AM
Youths in agriculture: strengths and opportunities
The feedback received from readers on youth involvements in agriculture is overwhelming. It is just a confirmation that Nigerian youths are intereste...
13-07-2012 06:59 AM
Nigeria sows seeds for agricultural rejuvenation
The agricultural sector, once the bedrock of the Nigerian economy, has witnessed a steady decline since the discovery and commercialisation of Nigeria...
26-06-2012 11:25 AM
Federal Government should focus on agriculture for employment generation
The high rate of unemployment,especially among the youth, should be cause for concern for government at all levels, especially the Federal Government....
21-06-2012 11:15 AM
Agriculture key to development, says Gov Obi
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday said that agriculture remains the key to development of countries, just as he called on the people of th...
20-06-2012 11:27 AM
FG to create 3.5m jobs in agricultural sector
The Federal Government is to create 3.5 million jobs in the agricultural sector by 2015. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ak...
18-06-2012 11:49 AM
Banks stifle growth of agriculture sector
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Edo has accused Nigerian banks of stifling the growth of the agriculture sector of the economy. Ab...
18-06-2012 11:44 AM
Channel large chunk of subsidy funds to Africa
Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State has urged the Federal Government to channel a large chunk of the fuel subsidy funds to agriculture. He made the ...
18-06-2012 11:30 AM
World Bank boosts Nigerian agriculture with $300m
The World Bank has disclosed plans to boost the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) with the sum of $300 million. The Wor...
10-06-2012 09:15 AM
Nigeria to benefit from cocoa initiative
The ongoing drive of the federal government to give more attention to the agricultural sector received a boost at the weekend with the selection of Ni...