Fruit Farmer Murdered Inside Farm In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.


A middle-aged woman identified as Roseline Joguntan has been murdered in Igbokoda, in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The deceased was said to be working on her fruit farm on Saturday when she was attacked and killed by yet-to-be-identified assailants.

Channels Television gathered that the victim’s daughter raised an alarm after she found her mum dead in the bush.

The deceased’s husband reported the case to the police after he could neither find nor reach her on phone.

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The spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident.

She said that police investigation is ongoing to fish out those who committed the wicked act and bring them to book.

Also reacting to the incident, the Commander of Amotekun corps in the state, Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed that a team has been drafted to the area to do a manhunt for those who killed the lady.

Farmer Hacked To Death In Ondo Forest

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.


The corpse of a farmer has been discovered in the forest near a farm settlement in Ajowa Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that there were machete cuts on the body of the deceased when it was discovered on Monday, while a wounded cow was also seen at the scene of the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

Odunlami explained that the residents of the community heard sporadic gunshots in the forest and after combing the forest, the remains of the farmer were discovered.

She disclosed that the corpse has since been deposited at the morgue in a hospital in nearby Ikare-Akoko.

Odunlami noted that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) in Akure for further investigations.

Suspected Herder Attacks Female Farmer In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.


A female rice farmer, Amaka Okafor, has been attacked by a yet-to-be-identified man suspected to be a herder in Ondo State.

Okafor was attacked by the suspect on Thursday at her farm in Ogbese, a settlement in Akure North Local Government of the state.

The middle-aged woman was attacked with a cutlass while she was working on her farm, Channels Television gathered on Friday.

She was said to have resisted the cattle led by some herdsmen from grazing on her farm, an action which prompted one of the herders to attack her.

As a result of the attack, Okafor sustained matchet injuries on her head and hands.

A farmer in the area told Channels Television that the suspect would have killed Okafor if not that she screamed and ran away from her farm.

A photo combination created on April 2, 2021, shows the parts of the body where Okafor sustained machete wounds when she was attacked on her farm.


Akin Olotu, who is the senior special assistant to the state governor on agriculture, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He condemned the incident and decried the situation where many farmers could no longer go to their farms for fear of being attacked.

The governor’s aide noted that the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital following the incident where she has been responding to treatment.

He warned that if such incidents were allowed to continue, it could lead to a food crisis in the state.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the police have commenced an investigation into the incident with a view to arresting the suspect and bringing him to justice.

CBN Announces N432bn Fund To Support Rice Farmers, Others

A photo showing the CBN headquarters in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the sum of N432 billion to support farmers of nine key commodities for the 2020 planting season.

The Director of Development Finance at the CBN, Mr Yusuf Yila, announced this on Thursday at a meeting organised by the apex bank for farmers under its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Abuja.

He listed the commodities to include rice, maize, poultry, cassava, tomatoes, fish, cotton, cocoa, and dairy.

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According to Yila, the intervention is expected to produce over 8.3 million metric tonnes of the targeted commodities.

This comes days after the Federal Government approved N13 billion intervention fund for pest control in 12 states.

The states, which were described as “frontline”, included Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno.

The fund, according to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, was approved to ensure uninterrupted agricultural activities during the 2020 farming season and control transboundary pests.

It added that the approval was aimed at minimising the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as guarantee both nutritional and national food security.

Farmer Wins $235m For Land Degradation

Small farmer and single mother Imelda Hicoombolwa removes weeds from her field in Kaumba on January 21, 2020. Imelda Hicoombolwa is part of a program managed by the World Food Program (WFP) that consists of facilitating the adoption of climate-smart agriculture on how to efficiently grow crops after a severe drought affected the region last year.
PICTURE USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: Small farmer and single mother Imelda Hicoombolwa removes weeds from her field in Kaumba on January 21, 2020. Guillem Sartorio / AFP


A US jury has awarded $265 million to a Missouri farmer who blamed herbicide from chemical giants Bayer AG and German rival BASF for destroying his peach orchards, in a case set to bolster 140 other lawsuits.

Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made the ruling on Saturday after peach farmer Bill Bader claimed the companies encouraged farmers to use the dicamba weedkiller irresponsibly.

Bloomberg News reported that the case was the first US trial over dicamba herbicide, which is alleged to have wrecked crops across America’s Midwest by drifting onto plants that were unable to resist it.

Much like Roundup, another much-criticised herbicide marketed by Monsanto, dicamba has been on the market many years.

Use of the chemical jumped after Monsanto — which was bought by Germany’s Bayer in 2018 — introduced seeds that can resist the weed-killer.

But the product has been blamed for polluting around four percent of US soybean fields in 2017. A common complaint is that the herbicide spreads to nearby areas.

The fight over dicamba comes in the wake of a case in which Bayer was ordered by a California jury to pay $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that Roundup might cause cancer.

In January, reports suggested Bayer could stump up $10 billion in a settlement with tens of thousands of US plaintiffs suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The cancer sufferers say they developed the disease after exposure to glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup.

Bayer, which has maintained that dicamba is safe for crops as long as farmers follow instructions, said in a statement it would “swiftly appeal the decision”.

Meanwhile BASF said it was “surprised” by the ruling and would “use all available legal resources”.



Three Herdsmen Arrested For Allegedly Killing Farmer In Ogun

The Ogun State police command says its men have apprehended three herdsmen over the alleged murder of a 40-year-old farmer at Alabata Area of Odeda Local Government of the state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyetemi said the arrested suspects are Muhammed Adamu, Saliu Ismail, and Saliu Adamu

He added that they were arrested following a distress call by people of Adao village.

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“There was complaint that some herdsmen while grazing their cattle entered the farm of one Rafiu Sowemimo and destroyed some of his crops. The victim thereafter accosted the herders and challenged them to know the reason behind their action.

“This led to altercation between him and the herders, consequent upon which the herdsmen stabbed him to death,” Oyetemi said.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, thereafter directed the Deputy Commissioner of police in-charge of operations and that of State criminal investigation and intelligence Department to move into the scene and ensure that the culprit were brought to book.

The officers led other policemen to the scene and with information from villagers, they were able to arrest the three herders who perpetrated the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police who have been to the village to condole the family of the victim has ordered the transfer of the suspects to Homicide section of the State Criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and prosecution.

Food Security: Govt Policies Not Showing On Average Nigerian’s Stomach – Farmer

A former chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Agric Sector), Mr Wale Oyekoya, believes the policies of the Federal Government has little or no effect on the average Nigerian.

The agricultural expert and farmer said this during his appearance on Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

“All these policies are not really trickling down or showing on the stomach of average Nigerians,” he said on the Channels Television breakfast show.

“Yes, there have been so many robust ideas by the Federal and state governments; but I’m here to be corrected if most of these farmers are really benefitting.”

Mr Oyekoya stressed that while the government has come up with various laws to reform the nation’s agricultural sector, there is a need to focus more on the implementation stage.

He cited the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) initiated by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The expert claimed that less than 15 per cent of farmers benefited from the disbursement of billions of naira by the previous government under the programme.

He added that a part of the fund was benefitted by “political farmers” and more problems were surfacing as the present administration address the issue.

Food Security: Govt Policies Not Showing On Average Nigerian’s Stomach – Farmer
Former LCCI Chairman (Agric Sector), Mr Wale Oyekoya, speaks in an interview on Sunrise Daily on August 23, 2018.


The farmer said, “Definitely, there have been so many policies and the problem has always been the implementation of most of these policies.

“See, it’s a game they play and it’s a bad time that we keep deceiving Nigerians in the process of achieving political points. An average Nigerian will tell you that there is a problem in this country in terms of food security.”

The agricultural expert also condemned a situation where the country still imports certain food, saying such is not good for its economy.

According to him, Nigeria is blessed with fertile soil and good atmosphere while the assertion that the nation is self-sufficient in rice production is a lie.

Mr Oyekoya accused some political leaders of supporting food importation because of greed and urged the government to come to the rescue of farmers in the country.

“We have no business importing any food into this country,” he insisted, saying, “We are doing that because of the greed of some of our leaders; because they capture some of these interventions and instead of them to spend the money here, they spend it elsewhere.”

The expert added, “Look at the price of maize today, do you believe that more than half of the maize we use in this country are still being imported? By the time you produce yours, there is no way you can compete with the importation of some of these things.”

Police Arrest Farmer For Killing Neighbour’s Dog



A South Korean farmer killed and cooked a neighbour’s barking dog before inviting its unsuspecting owner to join him for a dog-meat dinner, police said Wednesday, in a case that has sparked online outrage.

The 62-year-old unnamed man confessed to the crime after another neighbour tipped off the pet owner’s family.

He claimed he was so irritated by the dog’s constant barking that he threw a stone at the two-year-old Welsh Corgi, resulting in the animal losing consciousness.

“Only after the dog passed out, he claims, he strangled the animal and cooked it,” a detective in the southern city of Pyeongtaek told AFP.

“The man then invited his neighbours to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family”, he said.

Dog meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine. But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among younger generations.

The case came to light when a daughter of the family this week published an online plea calling for public support to ensure that the offender be punished sternly. A petition has so far gained almost 15,000 signatures.

“We had been all around the town, handing out leaflets containing the dog’s picture, phone number and rewards of one million won ($940), in order to find the missing dog”, the daughter told AFP by phone, asking for her family’s name to be kept anonymous.

“When I reached the man’s house, which is just three doors down from ours, he expressed sympathy, promising to let us know if he found the dog”.

At that time, however, the farmer was hiding the dog, either alive or dead, in his barn, she said.

The following day, the suspect visited her father, drank with him and consoled him over the missing dog.

“He even invited neighbours to come share the dog meat, including my father who did not accept the invitation as he is a non-dog meat eater”, she said.

As many as one million dogs are still consumed in South Korea each year, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.

Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption. Under a newly strengthened law, animal abusers face up to two years in prison or 20 million won ($18,700) in fines.


Nasarawa Extension Workers Charged To Transfer Knowledge

Subject matter specialists and extension workers of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NAPD) have been advised to always transfer knowledge acquired, during various workshops attended by farmers in their various localities.

The acting program manager of NADP, Mr Stephen Kpama gave the advise at the quarterly review technology meeting, organised for subject matter specialists and extension workers of the three zones of the state.

Addressing participants, the acting manager appreciated them for their efforts and sacrifices towards sustaining their attendance.

According to him, the meeting which was held last in August 2014 is meant to be held monthly but now quarterly, due to inadequate funds.

He charged them to take advantage of the program to educate farmers in the state in order to boost food production.

“As stakeholders of the state, our first priority is to farmers of the state.

“If there are no farmers, our importance is going to be irrelevant and since we have agreed to make way to see how we can transfer this technology to our farmers, we should do it wholeheartedly”, he said.

Participants of the meeting were drawn from the southern, western and northern zones of the state.

FG Launches VADI To Encourage Rural Farmers

AgricultureThe Nigerian government through one of its agencies has launched what it calls Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI) that will involve rural stakeholders where they have comparative advantage.

The initiative overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture is part of efforts by the Federal Government to encourage people to embrace agriculture.

At the official launch of the VADI in Kwara State, the people of Omomere Oja in Ilorin South Local Government and Amayo in Ifelodun Local Government Area  were full of appreciation.

Officials of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) handling the programme were welcomed with songs and dances.

The scheme involves giving out one million Naira loan to each rural community to empower farmers to grow different crops and also teach them how to invest their profit judiciously.

The programme, which had earlier been held in four other communities in the state, will also educate local farmers on the modern method of farming and also provide loan to the farmer co-operatives to grow crops in which they have comparative advantage.

The Acting Executive Director of ARMTI, Mr Johnson Njoku, said that under the VADI programme loans given to each community would be repaid to their respective co-operatives.

He expressed happiness that the intervention of the agency in turning around the fortunes of the local farmers had been yielding fruitful results.

The Kwara State Governor represented by his Special Assistant on Agriculture, Mr Anu Ibiwoye, lauded the effort of the Federal Government through ARMTI, adding that the programme is in line with the effort of the State government to encourage local farmers in the state.

A farmer, Idowu Magaji, was full of appreciation and described the training and loan provision as an impetus that would bring out the best in them and also make them self-reliant.

As the Federal Government continues encouraging diversification through agriculture, it is believed that the beneficiaries of the programme would reciprocate by using the money for what it was meant for.

Nigeria To Establish Grazing Reserves To End Clashes

grazing_reservesDisturbed by the ugly clashes between cattle grazers and farmers in various parts of the country, Nigerian  government on Monday approved the constitution of a committee to work out modalities for establishing grazing reserves across the country.

Consequently, a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) made up of governors of the 36 states of the federation and some ministers has been set for Thursday, this week to give teeth to the proposed policy aimed at finding a lasting solution to the clashes that had led to the death of over 50 persons since the beginning of 2014.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, who disclosed this at the Presidential Villa, after a  meeting chaired byVice President Namadi Sambo,  cited recent communal clashes between Fulani cattle grazers and farmers in Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau States and other parts of the country, noting that government has resolved to address the issue head-on.

He disclosed that the grazing reserve would also help to check the smuggling of arms and ammunition across the Nigerian borders by foreigners who come into the country disguised as cattle grazers

Dr Adesina announced that the government had put in place short term measure including the creation of new functional grazing reserves, deployment of satellite imagery, remote sensing and GPS maps to track movement of animals across the country.

Fulani Herdsmen attack community in Ogun, Slay Farmer

The people of Oja Odan town in Ogun state will not be too excited during this yuletide season after all as herdsmen attacked farmers in the community, killing one and wounding several others.

The residents are still reeling from the bloodshed which occurred on Friday when nomadic herdsmen allegedly invaded farmlands in the town on border with the Republic of Benin, destroying farms and crops.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun state; Mr Muyiwa Adejobi says no arrests have been made so far.

The herdsmen allegedly killed one Agbaose Sewotan after their cows entered his farm, destroying everything on their  path  including food and cash crops.

Chairman of Yewa North Local government, Hon Tajudeen Alani while reacting to the incident said, government would look into the matter with a view to preventing future occurrences. He said that Ogun State government is worried with the development, and will find a lasting solution.

He said the state government had already set up a committee comprising of the people of the community, Fulani herdsmen and government officials to address the disturbing issue which is likely to cause mayhem in the South west if not checked.

The attack is one of several clashes known to occur between herdsmen roving the Nigeria-Benin border and residents of villages at the border communities, especially during the dry season.