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  • Welcome to Agricultural Society of Nigeria

    The Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) is one of the oldest agriculturally based Societies established in 1962 by the pioneer staff of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The objects of the Society among others are to foster the pursuit and understanding of both basic and applied agricultural science in Nigeria, to disseminate agricultural knowledge by various publications including a Journal of Agriculture, and the organization of agricultural shows, symposia, seminars, lectures, conferences, etc; to promote the interest of agricultural scientists, farmers and all those connected with the agriculture industry, and to be in close collaboration with societies having related objects both in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

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The Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) says the Federal Government is subsidising farmers’ insurance in the agricultural value chain by 50 per cent.The Managing Director of NAIC, Mrs Folashade Joseph, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the corporation.“We want to use this opportunity to encourage farmers to embrace insurance.

 

“Government has subsided insurance for farmers by 50 per cent. For instance, for crops, if you are to pay a premium of N4, NAIC will charge farmers N2. That is 50 per cent of subsidy for farmers across the agriculture value chain. So it is an advantage for farmers to take and make sure that they insure their farms and remain in business in case of natural disasters. That is what will sustain the farmer across the agriculture value chain. It is the focal point of the government and insurance is very key,” she said.

 

The NAIC boss urged farmers to insure their farms against natural disasters such as flood, diseases and erosion. She expressed dismay that a lot of farmers refused to take up agriculture insurance. “Agriculture insurance is what a lot of farmers across the value chain do not do. They see it as an additional cost but it is not. We have had testimonies from farmers that went into tomato farming and when there was tomato Ebola, that was the end of their farms,” she said.

Joseph said the corporation would soon start sensitisation of farmers by organising forums to educate them on the importance of insurance. If you spend a lot of money across the agriculture value chain and you do not insure, what happens if there is a natural disaster? The cost should be taken care of by insurance companies and that is what NAIC stands for. We exist so that farmers can smile. We de-risk the natural disasters of farmers across the value chain,’’ the NAIC boss said.

Culled from https://www.agribusinessinfo.com 
December 7, 2017

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To boost the production of Cassava, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has commenced the training of 75 Women on Cassava Production and Processing, under its Youth and Women Agribusiness Investment Programme.

The women, drawn from 11 states –– Abia, Anambra, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Ogun and Osun –– are on a two-week intensive residential training at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State. 

Speaking at the opening session MOUAU VC, Prof. Francis Otunta, represented by his deputy (Academic) Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, said with over 34 million metric tones of cassava yearly, Nigeria is the current world largest producer of cassava. 

In an address, read by the Ministry’s South East Regional Director, Mr Nnamdi Ibezim, the Permanent Secretary, said the training and empowerment initiative planned for Youths on various Cassava Production and Processing, will stimulate increase in local production, reduce imports, conserve foreign exchange and harness national resource potentials, while achieving policy objectives in the immediate and long term.

He noted that the training would be a participatory type, with 65 per cent practical session and only 35 per cent theory, which according to him, will enhance comprehension, quick understanding and retention of key production concepts and hopefully facilitate speedy and effective establishment of private cassava processing enterprises in the trainees localities.”

Hassan noted that at the end of the training, each participant would be given a starter pack comprising cassava stems, fertilizers, (Urea and N.P.K.), herbicide, manual cassava peeler and stainless steel frying pan to boost cassava processing.

Culled from https://www.newsheadlines.com.ng
December 8, 2017

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University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences(UF/IFAS) is partnering the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), to carry out research in the agricultural sector and check pollution. 

Speaking on the partnership, the leader of UF/IFAS, Jack Payne, said: “Africa has two great sources of appeal from a scientist’s point of view. One, it offers a great opportunity to put science to work and improve lives. In addition, it is home to crops of talented scientists such as those at IITA who are invaluable partners.” 

Payne signed the agreement during the World Food Prize events in Iowa, while Director General, Nteranya Sanginga signed on behalf of
IITA.

Sanginga, who did this after participating in a panel discussion organised by UF/IFAS on the armyworm’s threat to African food security, said, “IITA and UF/IFAS share a common approach to science. We see discovery as a source of solutions, a catalyst for action, and the foundation for international cooperation. Combining our expertise will accelerate inquiry and proffer solutions to the challenges armyworm pose.”

Culled from https://www.agribusinessinfo.com
December 8, 2017

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