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100,000 to get empowerment through Agric. Crops value chain

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The Kogi state Commissioner for agriculture Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba has disclosed that the State Government will empower over 100,000 persons through engagement in Accelerated Agricultural Production in various crops value chains, in 2018.
Oloruntoba who gave the indication during his ministerial press briefing with newsmen in Lokoja said “Over 100,000 youths are to be fully engaged in various aspects of agriculture. It is against this backdrop that the sectoral allocation to agriculture in this year’s budget was increased N9 billion from N7.9 billion in 2017.
The briefing was organised by the Bureau of Information Services, and Grassroots Sensitisation in collaboration with the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lokoja.
Oloruntoba reeled out various programmes of the state government in the agricultural sector saying that they were aimed at attaining the food sufficiency, economic diversification and Agribusiness policy direction of the Federal Government.
“We are on our way to empowering 10,000 youths in Accelerated Agricultural Production. What is expected of the state is to clear the land and His Excellency has assured us that as soon as the 2018 Budget is passed into law, money will be released.”
He said that as part of the Federal Government’s Egg Production programme and in view of the National School Feeding Programme in the state, 135 farmers would be supported with N4.2 million each to start poultry farms.
“We want to produce our eggs and chickens here. We are starting the national school feeding soon”, he said.
He said Kogi was already the number one cassava producer in Nigeria and by extension number one in the world (Nigeria: 54 million Metric Tonnes (MT) per annum while Kogi produces slightly over four million Metric Tonnes).
The Commissioner said in the year 2018planing season, the state intends to improve on the production of Cassava, Rice and Cashew.

He said that about 4,200 hectares of land comprising 200 hectares in each of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state had been earmarked for the production and enhancement of Cassava crop value chain.

He added that Alloma Oil Palm plantation would be rehabilitated and expanded with over 1,000 hectares of available land.
Oloruntoba hinted that Kogi would also to launch its Confluence Fish in the next six months saying that the fish would be grown and packaged in Kogi State for the Nigerian market.
Fish ponds in Omi, Idah. We have abundant water resources and we have decided to start exploiting the resources. 1,000 youths would be engaged as fish farmers 1000 earthling ponds.
He said the project would run at pilot level with 2,500 fingerlings per pond and would be located in one Local Government in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
Oloruntoba said the state had also commenced the process of domesticating the Federal Government’s Agriculture Sector Food Security and Nutrition Strategy (ASFSN) in the bid to fast-track Nutrition-sensitive agricultural practice.

Another 1,000 youths, he added, would be empowered to create vegetable farms which would serve as a hub vegetable markets.
Oloruntoba said that the government inherited a non-functional agriculture ministry without functional machinery in terms of farm equipment adding that the government decided to touch every aspect of the sector.
It would be recalled that the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello had declared a State of Emergency in the Agriculture sector and delved into production of key crops where the state had comparative advantage.
Mr Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, Director-General, Kogi State Bureau of Information Services and Grassroots Sensitization said the briefing was aimed reaching the grassroots through dissemination of information about government activities, policies and programmes.

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Sahad Stores moves to invest in Bauchi, as Gov Muhammed welcomes initiative

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By Princess Rose Yusuf, Bauchi

The chief Executive Officer of Sahad Stores Alhaji Ibrahim Mijinyawa has promise to make Bauchi State a business destination with his plan to establish a department store in the State.
Mijinyawa spok when he was received in audience by the executive Governor of Bauchi State Alhaji Bala Muhammed.

The business mogul indicated that he is in Bauchi to bring business opportunities to the people of the State through construction of Sahad super market.

He said with his good relationship with Governor Bala, his company will support him to succeed in the sector of business development.

Receiving the business mogul at Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi. Governor Muhammed expressed gratitude to him for planning to construct a modern market in Bauchi.

Governor Bala with the development, promised to allocate a land for the immediate commencement of the construction exercise of the super market.

He said the super market when established in the state, will go along way in improving business and trade activities in the state for economic development.

Governor Muhammed thanked the CEO of the super market for his support to Nigerians through providing affordable goods and services.

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Gov Sule seeks support from FG to boost agric sector

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has sought further collaboration and support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to boost agricultural activities and rural roads development.

Sule made the call when he paid a thank-you visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Governor pointed out that Nasarawa State being an agricultural state, requires the support of the ministry to attain its potential of adding value to the agricultural sector of the country’s economy.

In his appeal, Sule called on the ministry to include Nasarawa State in the Rural Agricultural and Marketing project (RAAM), given its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory and the high number of agricultural activities the minister has indicated interest during his two-day working visit to the state.

The Governor equally solicited the support of the ministry in the area of critical infrastructure like rural roads and water supply.

He specifically reminded the minister of his earlier promise to consider the Doma/Rukubi, Azara/Gindin Asha, as well as the rehabilitation of the Awe/Tunga rural road.

Sule also identified the Lafia/Kilema/Rice Mill internal road, the borehole facilities at the rice mill and cassava processing plant.

“You have seen that Nasarawa State is truly an agricultural state and if properly giving the support, Nasarawa will add value to the agricultural sector of Nigeria,” the Governor said.

He showed appreciation to the minister for taking time out of his tight schedule to pay a two-day working visit to the state, during which he made some promises, with the Governor returning the visit as a follow-up.

Responding, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, said Nasarawa State is key to agricultural development in the country and that with its enormous potentials, the state holds a future for a strong agricultural relationship in the industrial sector.

Alhaji Nanono gave the Dangote Sugar plantation as a testimony of the great potential Nasarawa State holds in especially large scale allied industries.

According to the minister, when fully operational, the Dangote Sugar refinery has capacity to employ 30, 000 people.

“I see that Nasarawa State will be lifted from a rural to a major industrial state. The business acumen that you put into your governance will attract people to the state to invest,” the Minister said.

Alhaji Nanono assured that his ministry will give Nasarawa State support in some rural roads, as well as influence major agricultural undertakings to the state.

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Nationaldaddi Committed To Helping Nigerians Get Affordable Lands, Houses

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**Floats Estate

A Nigerian young businesses mogul, Ike Bishop Okoronkwo has said that he is committed to helping Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.

Okoronkwo, who is popularly known as NationalDaddi, has floated his own estate to achieve this commitment.

The estate known as Bishop Court Estate is situated in the city of Abuja and Lagos.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Okoronkwo said, “I am committed to helping many Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.”

He also restated his commitment to help other young Nigerians to grow in entrepreneurship and creativity, adding that his aim of going into different businesses, is to help build Nigeria and its people.

According to his profile, “Nationaldaddi as his popularly known on social media is a man of different parts. He was one of the young Nigerians who won President Jonathan youwin program in 2012 and since then have ventured into so many businesses including IT, entertainment, hospitality, content creation, degital trading and recently real estate.

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