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Rice processors back Adesina for AfDB’s job

ABUJA — THE Rice Processors Association of Nigeria, RIPAN, at the weekend backed the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as the next president of African Development Bank, AfDB. Chairman, RIPAN, Muhammed Abubakar, disclosed this in Abuja while he while speaking with journalists, where he said the performance of the Minister in the agricultural sector and his track record at various international organisations makes him the preferred candidate for the job.

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Ondo: How quarry destroys 80-yr-old cocoa farms

COCOA farmers in Elebisere community near Ofosu in Idanre Local government area of Ondo State watched helplessly as bulldozers mauled down their Cocoa farmland on which they had toiled for over 80years. Tears flowed freely as their source of livelihood was destroyed by agents of a quarry company who stormed the community with armed men ostensibly to intimidate them to submission.

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New agricultural equipment abandoned in Ebonyi State Secretariat

ABAKALIKI—Brand new agricultural equipment imported by the Ebonyi State government for distribution to farmers have abandoned to rust away at the state Civil Service Secretariat, Unity Square, Abakaliki, the state capital. The equipment, which were worth millions of Naira include tractors, harvesters, planters and reapers were heaped at an open space in the Unity Square even as the farmers who were supposed to be the beneficiaries were wondering why the equipment were purchased in the first place.

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Expert urges youths to exploit agriculture

Instead of young graduates wasting an entire year doing next to nothing, the government should ensure that these youths get the needed training in both the operation and business of agriculture. By the time they finish the service year, you’ll discover that they would not head to the cities for white collar jobs that are simply not there, they are ready for business” he explained.

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Agriculture: Returning to boost Nigeria’s economy

AGRICULTURE used to be the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. But as oil revenue increased, successive governments out of lack of leadership vision ignored this economic multiplier until President Goodluck Jonathan made it a top priority of his government. Happily government’s agricultural programmes have recorded appreciable gains that can easily ensure self-sufficiency in food production and possibly economic stability in the face of dwindling oil price.

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AGRIFEST’15: Nigerian Farmers celebrate new dawn

The demand for High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) for cassava bread is driving a 520% expansion in cassava processing in the country in the last three years. From just one medium-sized factory and three functional small High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) Mills, in 2011, there are today nine medium-sized mills, either fully functional or at advanced stages of planning, and 40 small HQCF mills.

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