Jigawa smallholder women farmers yearn for digital technology to the rescue of their farm products – Investigation

From Khadija Ishaq-Bawas Farming used to be traditionally viewed as a male-dominated occupation, with little input from women in supporting their families to grow crops and raise livestock. However, lately, a lot of women are breaking the bounds of this notion and engaging in agricultural production across Nigeria, despite gender-related impediments. For Bilkisu Yahaya, a happily married, all-year-round rice and onion smallholder farmer in Birnin-Kudu local government area (LGA) of Jigawa State, the challenges are numerous; however, the main worry lies in gaining access to the market for the end…

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Jigawa Smallholder Women Farmers Yearn for Digital Technology to the Rescue of Their Farm Products

From Khadija-Ishaq-Bawas Farming used to be traditionally viewed as a male-dominated occupation, with little input from women in supporting their families to grow crops and raise livestock. However, lately, a lot of women are breaking the bounds of this notion and engaging in agricultural production across Nigeria, despite gender-related impediments. For Bilkisu Yahaya, a happily married, all-year-round rice and onion smallholder farmer in Birnin-Kudu local government area (LGA) of Jigawa State, the challenges are numerous; however, the main worry lies in gaining access to the market for the end product…

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22 States, FCT have registered for National Livestock Plan – Agric Minister

Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Sabo Nanono, has stated that 22 States and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), have registered for the National Livestock Transformation Plan, (NLTP). This was stated by the minister at the meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja, on Thursday. The NLTP was introduced by the Federal Government to address the farmer-herder crisis in the country. The minister said a Dutch consortium that is partnering the Federal Government for the implementation of the first pilot state has been able to…

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CBN disburses over N300 bn to farmers,firms in Lagos, Ondo, Rivers, others – Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has disbursed over N300 billion to firms and farmers in the southern part of the nation as part of its interventions in the agricultural sector. This was disclosed by the Governor of the apex bank while unveiling the ‘2020 wet season harvest aggregation’ as well as the inauguration of the ‘2021 wet season input distribution’ in the South-West geo-political zone, under the CBN-RIFAN’s Anchor Borrowers’ programme. He said some of the States covered are Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross River States among others.…

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2021 cropping season: Gombe govt. organises seminar for farmers on weather forecast, other techniques

The Gombe State government has organised a seminar on weather forecast, cropping guide and modern farming techniques for farmers and other stakeholders in the State ahead of the 2021 wet season, to equip them in the face of climate change and global warming. The seminar was conducted by the State’s Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, under the coordination of its Commissioner, Muhammad Magaji Gettado. The Commissioner informed participants that the sensitisation was necessary for farmers to understand the crux of farming methodology before, during and after each cropping season…

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Farmers beg Buhari for protection against killer herdsmen

Some aggrieved stakeholders in the agriculture sector have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to intensify efforts in curbing banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, saying these can threaten food security. The stakeholders appealed to President Buhari in separate interviews with newsmen yesterday in Abuja. They noted that the recent increase in kidnapping and banditry had made many farmers run from their farmlands in search of safe hideouts. According to the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Paul Ikonne, there was a need to urgently address the country’s worsening insecurity…

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“Katsina have abandoned their farmlands over bandits’ attacks”, Says Masari

Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari has stated that incessant attacks by bandits have made farmers to abandon thousands of hectares of farmland in the State. His statement was made on Thursday in Katsina, at the launch of the 2021 wet-season farming for maize. He said in spite of disruptions caused by the attacks, the farmers recorded good harvests, adding that more than 1.2 million jobs have been created in the the last five years through agriculture. He further said that the programme “has supported the efforts in bringing back the…

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150,000 Kebbi farmers to get agric loans – Official

About 150,000 farmers and civil servants in the 21 local government areas in Kebbi State will benefit from the various ‘Anchor Borrower’s Programme’ loans facilities for all aspects of agriculture during the 21 farming season. The Chairman, Kebbi State Wheat Farmers Association, Abdullahi Sa’idu Argungu, said this during a stakeholders meeting in Birnin-Kebbi. The meeting was aimed at standardising agricultural activities and collating a realistic and genuine database of farming and agricultural activities ranging from crop farming, livestock and fisheries in the state. Sa’idu, who is also the Sarkin-Noman Argungu Emirate, said a…

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More youth inclusion in modern agriculture will bolster economy – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged agencies involved in agriculture to include youth in driving modern methods of farming. The president stated this in Abuja when he inaugurated the National Young Farmers Scheme designed by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to elicit more youth interest in farming. He assured all those interested that an enabling environment would be created for full participation. According to him, agriculture remains the backbone of the Nigerian economy, being the largest contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “We will do more to…

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