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Over 70 per cent of small-holder farmers are engaged in cassava production. A non-governmental organisation, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is striving to ensure that commercial cassava farming is enhanced with mechanisation, DANIEL ESSIET writes. Cassava is used for many things: Food, feed, ethanol and other industrial uses. Besides, it has a lot of derivatives. It is, particularly, valuable for rural small-holder farmers, breweries, pharmaceuticals, distilleries and ethanol-producing companies, which use cassava flour and starch as raw materials. In most...
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The Federal Government’s goal is to achieve 500,000 million metric tons (mt) of cocoa through the rehabilitation of old plantations, expansion programmes and best agricultural practices. Some development partners have joined the government‘s campaign to restore Nigeria to its past glorious position through empowerment programmes, reports DANIEL ESSIET. When President Muhammadu Buhari urged cocoa stakeholders to step up efforts towards repositioning the industry, he did this because the country had lost its place among cocoa producing countries. Buhari, who was...
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The Federal Government has been charged to provide employment through agri-preneurship. The Dean, School of Agriculture, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof Kehinde Olushola Babatunde, gave the charge at a forum organised by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Isolo branch. Babatunde, who was guest speaker, said for this to be achieved, government should encourage entrepreneurship in farming by removing all the business regulations and complex bureaucratic procedures that stand in the way of agri-preneurs. He said: “The government and stakeholders should...
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I woke up two days ago and accessed my emails as usual, and was confronted by a story emailed to me by a young friend, a story concerning our country, Nigeria. The story was so shocking that I immediately went into a serious act of prayer for Nigeria. The story says that “According to the World Poverty Clock…Nigeria will by February 2018 (be) the country with the most people in extreme poverty (in the world). Currently, 82 million Nigerians live...
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Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and the 9th most populous country in the world. With an estimated population of 150 million, one in every five Africans is a Nigerian. The country has been undergoing explosive population growth and has one of the highest growth and fertility rates in the world. By UN estimates, Nigeria will be one of the countries responsible for most of the world’s total population increase by 2050. Nigeria is home to four large ethnic groups:...
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