Osinbajo Meets With Rice Task Force

Osinbajo Meets With Rice Task Force  Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has met with the Presidential Task Force On Rice and Wheat at the presidential villa.

The meeting which took place behind closed doors, had in attendance some state governors, including the governors of Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Ebonyi.

The Kebbi State Governor, Bagudu Abubakar, speaking to journalists after the meeting, said that they reviewed the wheat and rice programme so as to discover how to support states to increase production of the staple foods.

He said Osinbajo noted with satisfaction, all the efforts of the different stakeholders to attain food sufficiency in the shortest possible time.

Furthermore, the acting president gave an assurance that the Federal Government would continue to support the drive towards food self-sufficiency.

FG, CBN Restates Commitment To Boost Rice Production To End Importation

Audu-Ogbeh-Bank-Of-AgricultureThe Federal Government is set to support the Niger state government with irrigation equipment, to enabled its rice farmers in the production of one million metric tons of rice by the end of this year’s dry season farming.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogheh made this known at Sachi village, Lavun Local Government of Niger state in an inspection tour of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Program of States. He added that so far about 2 billion Naira has been spent through the scheme in the state.

He said that over 2,000 farmers from 57 cooperatives had so far benefited from the program in Niger State, hence 1,700 are preparing for this dry season farming and 907 cotton farmers are to benefit from the CBN programme.

The Minister informed that soon Nigeria will be able to feed the nation with rice produce and export, just as the provision of irrigation facilities to increase output  includes: solar power water pumping machines, small rice milling facilities, thrashers and combine harvesters to ease the processing of rice produce to boost their economy.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele in his remarks applauded the Niger State Government and the cooperatives for their zeal for the 30,000 hectres of land for the programme.

He noted that 2 billion Naira had been disbursed for 14,000 farmers in the state so far under the program.

He assured of speedy process of the scheme by considering the comparative advantage of Niger State in rice production, adding that the state is in competition with Kebbi state.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State at the event expressed the determination of the state government in assisting farmers to improved production while awaiting the promised rice mills so as to take off immediately.

Governor Bello stressed the need for a template on the technical specifications from the committee, assured of 90,000 square kilometers awaiting for cultivation hence other senatorial zones of the state to be taken in to consideration.

He expressed satisfaction over the support from CBN and Federal government as this has created jobs for the youths in the area, while calling for the support in the area of irrigation system to ease dry season farming in the state.

Meanwhile, the Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Badugu appreciated the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring sustainable dry season farming in the country and actualizing the feeding of Nigerians.

The leader of the Anchor Scheme Cooperatives, Ahmed Muhammadu expressed happiness over the CBN program but said that they were challenged with lack of irrigation equipment which if not provided, would hinder the actualization of the dry season farming in the area.

FG Launches CBN Rice Anchor Borrowers’ Programme In Imo

Rice Anchor Borrowers' Programme, CBN, ImoThe Federal Government has flagged off the Rice Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Imo State, to provide farmers with credit facility made available by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The programme was launched on Sunday at the Imo State International Conference Centre in Owerri, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

Governor Rochas Okorocha explained that the aim was to provide food and guarantee food security in the country.

He added that the development was also targeted at empowering the teeming unemployed youths and create the much needed dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Okorocha called on the people of the state, especially farmers to support the programme, which he described as a “laudable gesture by the CBN”.

He stressed the need for Nigerians to embrace agriculture as Nigeria battles with recession, disclosing that the sum of nine billion Naira has been earmarked to support farmers in the state for the programme.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources in the state, Udo Aguoha, also highlighted the benefits of the programme.

The event was witness by the Kebbi State Governor, Sen. Abubakar Bagudu and representatives from the CBN led by the Head of Development Finance, Mrs Nkechi Osuji.

Mrs Osuji revealed that Kebbi State government had already gotten access to 20 billion Naira credit facility on the programme.

With the support, she expressed hope that the state government would harvest at least one million tonnes of locally made rice by the end of 2016.

Governor Bagudu, on his part, corroborated Osuji’s disclosure.

He commended the Federal Government for the intervention programme, saying it would help to cushion the effect of the economic recession in Nigeria.

The Rice Anchor Borrowers’ programme is an initiative of the Federal Government through the CBN and its primary aim is to provide credit facilities to rice farmers.

It is targeted at encouraging local production, reduce rice importation as well as providing food and job security for the citizenry.

Kebbi Governor Seeks Collaboration Among Rice Producing States

kebbiThe Governor of Kebbi State is seeking collaboration among rice producing states if Nigeria would meet its target of rice production sufficiency in the shortest possible time.

Governor Abubakar Bagudu told a gathering in the state’s capital to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day that the Federal Government’s initiative on patronising made in Nigeria goods especially in the agricultural sector, required such collaboration to enhance efficient rice production which had been identified as a major step towards achieving the objective.

Governor Bagudu said sufficiency in rice production could make Nigeria a major exporter of rice to neighbouring West African region.

The state government organised a town hall meeting and media chat to interact with the people and members of the press profession on the activities of the government in the last one year.

With the potential of the state in rice production and encouragement to farmers towards a high yield, Governor Bagudu wants other rice producing states to come together towards harnessing these potentials for maximum benefit.

The State government in pursuit of increasing its internally generated revenue is collaborating with the Lagos State Government and Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two states working towards improved economic activities.

As the country looks inward towards self-sufficient in food production particularly in the production of rice; the collaboration among rice producing states will go a long way in producing the long awaited Nigerian rice that will not only feed the Nigerian market but also take care of the West African market.

Buhari Sympathises With Late Emir of Borgu’s Family

Buhari Sympathises With Late Emir of Borgu's FamilyPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the late Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, Nkitoro III, who died on Friday in a German hospital.

Alhaji Dantoro, aged 77, was a former minister and a former federal lawmaker.

The body of the Late Emir was laid to rest amidst tears at his Palace in New Bussa, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State in Nigeria’s north-central region.

President Buhari sympathised with Alhaji Dantoro’s family after the body was interred at his palace, following a congregational prayer led by the Chief Imam of New Bussa, Alhaji Ahmed Shehu.

The plane with the body of the late Emir landed at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kanji at about 11 am on Sunday and was removed into the waiting arms of the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello.

The national chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, Kebbi State Governor, members of the national and state assemblies, traditional rulers from across the country as well as the business community led by Alhaji Aminu Dantata and Colonel Sani Bello attended the short but historic burial ceremony.

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Kebbi Flood Victims

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Kebbi Flood VictimsThe National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has donated relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi State, North-west Nigeria.

The development is coming after an estimated 21, 450 people were displaced by the recent torrent disaster, as the state is said to be the worst hit so far this year.

According to NEMA’s latest report on Kebbi’s flood, two communities in Makera Local Government Area (LGA) were completely dislodged from the flood in addition to 150 hectares of farmland, 480 houses destroyed and 4500 persons displaced.

The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, disclosed that a total of 37, 460 hectares of farmland covering about 10 LGAs of the state, along with over 5,000 houses were washed away by the flood.

However, NEMA believed that more analysis may reveal further discovery of affected victims which prompted the agency to deploy a large amount of relief materials involving food items, medical facilities, as well as emergency sheltering equipment.

Receiving the materials, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, revealed that the State government had so far spent over 200 million Naira in managing the crisis across the affected areas.

Governor Bagudu noted that the government is looking for a way to manage the lost incurred mostly by the farmers.

He added that the State government had entered into partnership with the Sokoto State government, to see the possibility of improving water management within the two states.

As Kebbi State is set to experience food shortage, the government has prepared to embark on massive food supply for people in the state.