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The border closure has affected goods from other West African countries. Wikimedia Commons

Border closure: Why federal government’s decision is in Nigeria’s best interest – stakeholders

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.
The border closure has affected goods from other West African countries. Wikimedia Commons

Border closure: Rice dealers want loan, count gains

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.

RIFAN inaugurates loan recovery committee in Katsina

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.

Abia rice farmers decry inability to access central bank’s anchor borrowers funds

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).

Tension in Ekiti as suspected herdsmen kill hunter

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.

Gunmen kill farmer in Ekiti community

Barely 24 hours after the murder of a female undergraduate in Ise Ekiti by gunmen, another male resident has been hacked to death in Orin Ekiti by gunmen.

Katsina: 45,000 rice farmers to benefit from anchor borrower programme

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.

Federal government kicks off grazing reserve project with 31,000 hectares in Niger 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.

Minister: President Buhari’s re-election proves Nigerians support his policies

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.

IFAD to pump $100 million into Nigeria’s agric sector

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.

Lai Mohammed: USDA goofed on Nigeria’s rice importation

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.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Senate President Bukola Saraki slowed down the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Federal government faults USDA’s claims on Nigeria’s rice importation, local production

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.

USADF, Kebbi government announce $10m agribusiness partnership

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.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Senate President Bukola Saraki slowed down the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Lai Mohammed: Why federal government is engaging foreign media, think tanks

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.

Federal government distributes inputs to rice farmers in Oyo

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.

RIFAN: Nigeria can now produce 24 million metric tonnes of rice annually

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria says its members now have the capacity to produce 24 million metric tonnes of rice annually.

2019: Stop criticising President Buhari on selfish grounds – Governor Lalong tells Plateau people

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 Buhari presides over Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting in State House on 4th July 2018

President Buhari: Nigerians appreciate our SIP, projects

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.

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