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In August this year, the Federal Government shut down the country’s land borders in a bid to check smuggling of goods, especially rice, light arms, automobiles and other contraband cargoes from neighbouring West African countries into the country. This, it said, was aimed at facilitating the growth of local investment in rice production as well as checking the consumption of unhealthy food products by the citizenry.
Some rice farmers have appealed to the Federal Government to provide them with affordable loan facilities to boost production to reduce the price of the commodity as they described the closure as a welcome development.
The Rice Farmers Association (RIFAN) in Katsina, says it has formed a formidable loan recovery committee mandated to ensure speedy recovery of all outstanding loans granted to rice farmers in the state.
Rice farmers in Abia have expressed dismay over their inability to access fund under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) established by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN).
Palpable tension gripped residents of Orin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Saturday following the murder of a hunter by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the town.
45,000 registered rice farmers across 34 local government areas of Katsina would benefit from Federal Government’s anchor borrower agricultural programme under the current farming season in Katsina State.
The Federal Government has began the process of resettling herdsmen and bringing to an end the continued farmers/herders clashes in the country, as Niger state in North Central Nigeria taking the lead with the establishment of a 31,000 hectares of grazing reserve in the state.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, says the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was a proof of support for his administration’s policies by Nigerians.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen Heineken Lokpobiri, at the weekend, commended Nigerian farmers over wealth creation wealth and increased participation in pilgrimages under the Buhari-led administration.
The Federal Government has dismissed reports by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) World Market and Trade indicating an increase in the importation of rice into the country and decline in local production in 2018.
The Federal Government on Tuesday said there was no truth in the United States Department of Agriculture’s World Markets and Trade Report that claimed that Nigeria imported three million metric tonnes of rice in 2018, which is 400,000 metric tonnes more than the quantity of the product imported in 2017.
The President and CEO of United States African Development Foundation (USADF), and the Governor of Kebbi State have signed a $10 million Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and expand local agricultural enterprises in the state.
The Federal Government says it is engaging foreign media organisations, networks and think tanks to shape their opinions on the true position of things and correct the negative narratives about the country and President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Monday distributed farm inputs worth N5 million to 18 rice farmers in Oyo State.
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria says its members now have the capacity to produce 24 million metric tonnes of rice annually.
The Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has asked the people of his state to stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari on selfish grounds.
President Muhammadu Buhari says it is heart-warming that more Nigerians are appreciative of the implementation of policies and projects of the Federal Government aimed at improving the standard of living in the country.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) crucial market indicators closed trading on Friday with a marginal growth of 0.03 per cent.
Reports of a frosty relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri at Juventus have been overblown, according to Italy manager Roberto Mancini.
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has approved the immediate dismissal of 70 staff from her services for certificate forgery.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured residents of Kogi state of conducting a hitch free governorship election across the state on Saturday despite palpable tension and apprehension.
Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Imama Amapakabo, says the Olympic Eagles must get the desired result against South Africa, admitting that it has been tough for the team at the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
None of the about 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria paraded by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is present at the Supreme Court where the reasons for the dismissal of their appeal challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election is set to be delivered on Friday.
A 40 year-old businesswoman, Margret Mummy-Anthony, on Friday, said she was making an average of N120,000 monthly from selling Kunu, ginger and zobo drink.
Yahaya Makaho feels his way to the microphone before launching into a song for his new album at a recording studio in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ebonyi has dismissed two corps members currently undergoing orientation programme for refusing to wear the statutory camp shorts and trousers.