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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NDE To Train 120 Enugu Youths On Confectionery, Baking, Souvenir

By NewsBits The National Directorate of Empowerment (NDE), Wednesday flagged off the training of about 120 youths in Enugu State on Confectionery, Baking and Souvenir making them eligible to become employers of labour. The Enugu State Coordinator of NDE, Engr. Thecla Ndibuagu, who declared the training open on behalf of the Director General, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, said that the training was in line with NDE’s mandate to fight mass unemployment with emphasis on self-reliance and skills acquisition. The beneficiaries will enjoy the privilege of not only being their…

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5,104 Dry Season Farmers In Enugu Benefits From ATASP Water Pumps

By NewsBits No fewer than 5,104 dry season farmers in Enugu State have benefited from the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase One (ATASP-1) water pumps for dry season irrigation farming. The 5,104 dry season farmers in Enugu State within 52 farming clusters (or farming cooperatives) are within the Adani and Omor farming zone. Presenting the 52 water pumping machines on Wednesday in Enugu, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro Industrialisation, Mr Patrick Ubru, said that the gesture was just the first step of ensuring that Enugu State become…

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Enugu Government Acquires Additional 200 Hectares Of Land For Cassava Cultivation In Nkanu East LGA

By NewsBits The Enugu State government has acquired additional 200 hectares of land for the cultivation of cassava in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state. The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation, Mr Patrick Ubru disclosed this during an inspection tour of cassava farmlands in Amagunze, Nkanu East Local Government Council. Mr. Ubru, who was accompanied by the Chairman of Nkanu East LGA, Hon. Sydney Okechukwu Edeh, expressed delight over the fertility of lands for the cultivation of a variety of crops in the area, saying the state…

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Enugu To Build Bioethanol Plants, As Aninri Donates 500 Hectares Of Lands For Cassava Cultivation.

By Tony Adibe The Enugu State Government said it has acquired 500 hectares of lands in Uhuezeoke, Okpanku in Aninri Local Government Area of the state to support the bioethanol value chain development in the state. The lands were donated by the community. NewsBits recalls that the State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah had in June disclosed the government’s interest in partnering with the federal government to cultivate over 100,000 hectares of land to boost cassava production for export and create jobs for youths. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation, Mr.…

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Governor Mbah Releases ₦60 Million Counterpart Fund For World Bank’s Livestock Project

By Tony Adibe The Enugu State governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has approved the immediate release of sixty-million-naira counterpart fund for the World Bank-assisted Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) to boost productivity in the state. This development came as the State Project Coordinator, Dr. Ifeyinwa Nnajieze, commended the governor’s determination to grow the state’s economy from $4.4 billion to $30 billion, eradicate poverty, scale up agro-allied activities and engage women and youths in the livestock value chain. NewsBits recalls that the governor had committed N274m as its counterpart fund…

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