Specialists, association suggest ways to make cocoa highest forex earner in Nigeria

♦      Breeders, farmers advocate return of modified cocoa boards COCOA Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (CFAN), breeders and administrators have challenged the government to revive cocoa production as a top foreign exchange earner with proactive interventions. The proactive interventions, they argue, include a modified coordinating board, structured investments, adoption of latest high-yielding varieties, seed […]

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Nigeria’s palm oil producers call for early disbursement of CBN Loan

  Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria (OPGAN) has called for early disbursement of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans to kick-start planting. Its National President, Mr. Igwe Uche, said the support from CBN may not be useful, if it comes when the farmers could no longer plant because of limited rainfall. “If there is any […]

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Republic of Benin reaches milestone in cotton production

♦Agric Minister sheds tears There could be many ways to react to a milestone achievement for anyone in a national assignment but shedding some tears was the best option for the Republic of Benin agriculture minister Cossi Gaston Dossouhoui after his country became the leading producer of cotton in West Africa Francophone. While applause and standing […]

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AGCO Vice President joins Governing Council  College of Agriculture  and Technology, Ekiti, Nigeria

  NURADIN Osman, Vice President and General Manager Africa, AGCO Corporation, has been sworn-in to the Governing Council of the newly established College of Agriculture and Technology in Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The five-man Governing Council for the college was announced by the Governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, at the […]

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We’re committed to local rice production in Nigeria — Olam

♦ Staff grows to 11, 000 from 100   “In the past, it has been rice importation but we want to change the narration by encouraging local production and ensuring that the country becomes self-sufficient and food secure.” Country Head, Olam, Mr. Mukul Mathur, said during the end of the year party to celebrate the […]

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Okomu Oil Palm Coy sustains ‘Do No Harm To The Environment’ Policy’

Okomu Oil Palm Company PLC has vowed to continue to discharge its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the hosts Communities as well as to continue to maintain its policies of “Do No Harm” to the environment it operates. Mr. Arnaud Arhainx, the Financial Director of the company made the vow during an interactive session with […]

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What the Nigerian Dairy Sector Can Learn from the Indian Dairy Cooperative Model

  DAIRY development requires a concerted effort and cooperation by all stakeholders especially smallholder farmers whose livelihoods depend on the sector. There are several lessons that can be applied from developing countries such as India that have built their dairy sector using farmer-driven innovations and support systems from the government. In 1946, the Indian dairy […]

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Cross River automated cocoa processing factory ready for commissioning

  Cross River Cocoa Processing Factory located in Ikom is scheduled to begin a test run early next year following ninety-five percent work completions by the contracting firm A A Universal. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Pastor Godsgift Ugbe who visited the factory. The processes are being put in place […]

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