FG Removes Tariffs On Rice, Maize, Wheat Importation To Tackle Food Inflation

The federal government has announced measures to tackle the skyrocketing food prices nationwide. The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, said  the measures would be implemented over the next 180 days. “A 150-Day Duty-Free Import Window for food commodities which includes; suspension of duties, tariffs and taxes for the importation of certain food commodities through land and sea borders.” The commodities the government is prioritising to benefit from this include: Maize, Husked Brown Rice, Wheat and Cowpeas. The statement from the minister further noted that “Under this…

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Nigeria’s 36 States And FCT Ranked In Order Of Land Surface Area (KM²)

1. Niger State 76,363KM² 2. Borno State 70,898KM² 3. Taraba State 54,473KM² 4. Kaduna State 46,053KM² 5. Bauchi State 45,837KM² 6. Yobe State 45,502KM² 7. Zamfara State 39,762KM² 8. Adamawa State 36,917KM² 9. Kwara State 36,825KM² 10. Kebbi State 36,800KM² 11. Benue State 34,059KM² 12. Plateau State 30,913KM² 13. Kogi State 29,833KM² 14. Oyo State 28,454KM² 15. Nasarawa State 27,117KM² 16. Sokoto State 25,973KM² 17. Katsina State 24,192KM² 18. Jigawa State 23,154KM² 19. Cross River State 20,156KM² 20. Kano State 20,131KM² 21. Gombe State 18,768KM² 22. Edo State 17,802KM² 23.…

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Abia State Prioritises Agriculture, Sponsors 300 Beneficiaries To Nasarawa For Agro Training

300 hundred beneficiaries of the fully sponsored training programme in agriculture by the Abia State Government have arrived at CSS Global Farms, Nasarawa State, for the two weeks training. Recall that a few weeks ago, the State Government organised a capacity-building programme for the first batch of the 300 candidates selected for the training. The capacity building programme had in attendance the founder of CSS Global Integrated farms, Prof. John-Kennedy who in a presentation titled: “Agricultural Development and Food Security – the Path to Human and Capital Resources Development”, said…

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Enugu Pledges To Drive Economy Through Agriculture As ATASP-1 Trains 50 Youths On Agribusiness

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation in Enugu State, Dr Patrick Ubru has said that agricultural transformation and innovation drives the state government envisioned GDP growth projection from $4.4 billion to $30 billion. Ubru made this disclosure on Monday in Enugu while declaring open the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase-1 (ATASP-1) Youth in Agribusiness Incubation Training at Trans Ekulu, Enugu. NewsBits learnt that a total of 50 youth incubatees selected from eight participating local governments in Anambra and Enugu, ATASP-1 Adani-Omor Zone coverage area are participating in the 10-day…

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WED 2024: NNPC Foundation Sensitises, Plants 70 Trees At FGC, Enugu

By Tony Adibe The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Foundation has planted not less than 70 economic trees in Federal Government College (FGC), Enugu as part of efforts to ensure land restoration in the South-East. The NNPC Foundation tree planting is also part of efforts to nationally sustain the Federal Government Green Initiative and commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) 2024, which is held every June 5. NewsBits reports that the theme for this year’s WED Day is: “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience”. In a sensitisation to students of…

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Why Enugu Introduced “Back-To-Farm” Initiative – Agriculture Commissioner

The Enugu State Government has encouraged all residents in the state to go Back-to-Farm and cultivate any available space within their homes. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro Industrialisation, Chief Patrick Ubru, gave the encouragement while flagging off the “Back-to-Farm” project of Amurri Ancient Kingdom in Nkanu West Local Government Area. Ubru said that the “Back-to-Farm” project initiative was in-line with the Governor Peter Mbah-led administration focus on using agriculture for community agro industrialization, food security and employment for many youths and women in communities in the state. He…

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Nobody Should Live Inside Lokpanta Cattle Market, Insists Governor Otti

By Tony Adibe The Abia State Governor, Dr Alex  Otti has restated government determination to make sure that nobody should reside inside the popular estates Lokpanta Cattle Market in Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state. NewsBits reports that the land for the market which is located along the Enugu-Umuahia-Port-Harcourt Highway, was given to the traders for their cattle business by the former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu. However, over the years , the Lokpanta Cattle Market gradually became a safe haven for armed robbers, kidnappers and other violent criminal elements,…

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Federal Government Flags-Off Distribution Of Farm Inputs To National Agricultural Cooperatives

The federal government has flagged off the distribution of farm inputs to Members of National Agricultural Cooperative Apexes to enhance food security and job creation, amongst others. The Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, performed the flag-off at the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) Building, in Abuja recently. He stated that it is a message of Hope that the Cooperative Sector will be reformed, rebranded, and revived, pointing out that the Cooperative laws were obsolete, not updated, and has not taken…

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56 Female Green Economy Entrepreneurs To Win $200,000 Grant In She Sustains Accelerator Programme

By NewsBits Outstanding Nigerian females in the green economy can win $200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) in grant aid to scale their businesses courtesy of the Climate Gender Equity Fund (CGEF) of the United States Agency for International Development and Amazon. The money comes under the “She Sustains Accelerator Programme” of the Climate Gender Equity Fund (CGEF) to support and empower pioneer climate-focused start-ups and early-stage green businesses through education, mentorship, and financing. There will be 56 winners in all. Nineteen winners each will emerge in the first two cohorts…

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Our Investment Drive In Agriculture Lifting Our People Out Of Poverty, Mbah Tells IFAD

By Tony Adibe Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has said the investment drive of his administration over the past nine months in office had started to lift poor citizens out of the pit of poverty through its deliberate efforts and determination. Governor Mbah disclosed this while receiving the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Associate Vice President (AVP), Dr. Donal Brown, and members of his team who were on a working and inspection visit to the state in Enugu on Wednesday. This was even as the AVP lauded the…

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