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#TrackYourMinister: FG Says Nigeria Ready to Leverage Advanced AgriTech, Woos Investors – Other Major Stories This Week

To track the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), AgroNigeria started the #TrackYourMinister Weekly Brief. Here is our coverage of the ministry this week.

FG Says Nigeria Ready to Leverage Advanced AgriTech, Woos Investors

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to leverage advanced technologies to revolutionise Nigeria’s agricultural value chains, particularly across commodities where the country has comparative advantages.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, restated the commitment of the government while giving a keynote address at the 2020 Global AgriTech Summit which was held virtually on Wednesday.

The Summit is a professional agriculture conference dedicated to the local and international industry stakeholders to explore the business opportunities and showcase the technologies available in improving practices and processes in the sector.

Shehuri declared that the government was determined to see that the country’s agricultural system use more enhanced technologies to boost production, notably citing the use of drone technologies.

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Nanono Receives Cocoa, Plantain Farmers Who Bemoan Exclusion from Govt Programmes

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, on Tuesday, received farmers under the Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria.

The farmers, decrying their exclusion from the Federal Government’s intervention projects and programmes, met with the Minister during their visit.

The group, led by the Coordinator and National President of the association, Mr Ayodele Ojo, further decried their exclusion from recent intervention programmes of the Federal Government such as the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Programme of the World Bank.

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Nanono Excited as IITA, NRCRI Release Five New Cassava Varieties

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has expressed his excitement over the release of five new cassava varieties by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in partnership with the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike.

The new varieties: Game Changer, Obasanjo-2, Hope, Baba-70, and Poundable, were developed under the NextGen Cassava Breeding Project.

The National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crop Varieties officially announced them for release on Thursday.

The varieties were released to address three important product profiles for West Africa, that is, cassava refined for Garri or fufu, fresh markets and industrial purposes, a statement made available to AgroNigeria disclosed.

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Agriculture Must be Given its Pride of Place in Nigeria – Nanono

As crude oil continues to experience a steep decline, it is time for agriculture to be given its pride of place in Nigeria’s economy, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has said.

According to Nanono, crude oil can no longer sustain the nation, and as such agriculture should be given more priority in the country’s affairs.

The minister gave this charge recently at a one-day workshop organised for maize growers and processors by the Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPMAN), in Owerri, Imo State.

The workshop was themed “Post-Harvest Management of Maize Stakeholders Conference- under the CBN Maize Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP)”.

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44th NCARD Set to Address Burning National Agric Concerns

Issues affecting Nigeria’s agricultural sector will be front burner at this year’s National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD).

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja will host the meeting tagged, “Nigeria’s Agriculture and Food Security in the face of COVID-19, floods and insecurity.”

According to a document made available to AgroNigeria, this year’s meeting will span three days- Wednesday, December 16th to Friday, December 18th, 2020.

Top on the meeting’s agenda will be the need to proffer practical solutions to emergent and long-standing concerns in the Nigerian agricultural ecosystem.

To this end, the sessions will focus on such issues like infrastructural deficiency, insecurity and research funding and implementation gaps, the document indicated.

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