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APRNet charges KGSG to encourage farmers to access farm inputs for better outputs

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APRNet charges KGSG to encourage farmers to access farm inputs for better outputs

By John Akubo

Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet) has charged Kogi State Government on the need to encourage farmers in the State to access farm inputs for improved output.
Access to such imputes, especially farm credit, fertilizers, improved seeds and access to infrastructure like hood roads and electricity would help them add more value to their agricultural products and improve their well being in the process.

This was contained in the welcome address delivered by the president of the network, Anthony Onoja at the 7th agricultural policy research seminar held at Blue Bell Hotel, 500 unit Housing estate, Lokoja recently.
According to him, while Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State strives his best to achieve the primary goal of Government to ensure security of lives, it will be instructive security of lives also include security of the stomach which is food security of the citizens.
According to him, “Achieving this feat will involve concerted efforts by the Government and all other stakeholders in agriculture in Kogi State.
He said part of the reason the network shifted their 7th seminar to Kogi State is to advocate for engagement of multi-stakeholders in agricultural policy formulation and implementation.
He said APRNet believes that research in agricultural fields and related science will not lead to development in Kogi State and indeed in Nigeria unless efforts are made by relevant authorities to build capacities of researchers as well as farmers to bring about innovative technologies in farming as well as bridging the gap between the research community/academia and the farmers/agrobusiness who are the end users of agricultural research.
” Institutions such as Kogi State University and the Federal University Lokoja among others, would have a significant role to play in this area.
“It is surprising to note that a State such as Kogi which is one of the food baskets of Nigeria given its rich agricultural resources despite having a conventional Federal University is yet to start any program in agricultural sciences.
He also called on the management of all related institutions in the State that have anything to do with farmers to key in and harness to contribute their maximum quota to agricultural development in the State.
” These will include the revival of all State development agricultural projects to carry out holistic modern agricultural extension services in line with the current thrust of the Federal Government in the Green Alternative.
“The need to revive the agricultural development project especially its agricultural extension services is highly need this time when the Federal ministry of agriculture and rural development is reactivating the national agricultural extension service delivery system.”
He indicated that farmers need to be exposed to modern methods of farming and innovative ways of improving their productivities for abundant food to flow in the households of Kogi citizens and the country at large.
Onoja explained that APRNet was established in 2009 at a meeting of Nigeria’s agricultural research policy stakeholders and was facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)-funded agricultural Policy Support Facility.
“The organisation is being governed by a 9-member executive council comprising of researchers, policy experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society. The executive of APRNet also includes a nominee of the Federal Minister of agriculture and rural development as the second vice President.
Kogi state government said it would laise with the Federal University Lokoja to establish the Department of Agriculture for effective research work in the institution.
The Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Elder Simon Achuba, who stated this during the visit of the Agricultural Policy Research team to Kogi government in his office said, with the establishment of the department of Agriculture in the institution, the research work will be easy for agricultural policy researchers in the university.
The Deputy Governor said the state alone would not be able to go into critical research work like the institutions of learning, maintaining that the institutions have the capacity or mandate for research work.
He said the state University would also help in agricultural research while calling for collaboration between the state university and the federal University for effective research work in the state.
According to the Deputy Governor, such collaboration would boost agricultural research and complement the effort of the state government on the development of agriculture in the state

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Post COVID-19: FG explores indirect tax, ICT to shore up revenue says Finance minister

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The minister of finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed has reiterated the Federal Governments determination to explore all possible avenues including indirect taxation such as ICT driven tax to shore up the country’s revenue.
She spoke when the chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) Abuja and District Society visited on sensitization to mark the tax week.

The minister who spoke through a director in the ministry Fatima Hayatu said because of the experience during the COVID-19 lockdown the tax drive is being redirected to ICT.
“We have all seen from the COVID-19, we were all in Lock down,  but we were using our phones and technology, that is why we are now going to ICT driven tax and we are going to be taxing more of the digital technology.
She said Post COVID-19 indirect taxation is where most of the taxes will be coming from.
“The theme; ‘Tax, Politics and social contract’ is very apt in the present situation, Nigeria needs all the taxes more than before, as a ministry we will give the CITN all the support it needs to carryout it’s basic duties.
Chairman of FCT Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Alhaji Abdullahi Attah said considering the fact that the country is now seriously looking for money and oil is dwindling the next option is taxation.
Speaking through Director Human Resources in FCT IRS Muhammad Jada, he said there is every need to take taxation seriously and ensure that the trust reposed in them is not be betrayed
“It is an important organization and an important week where the trust and the integrity is the key.”

The chairman CITN Abuja district Dr Nwabuzor M. Emeke said they are organising the annual tax week as a week they lay emphasis on tax advocacy and sensitisation.
“This year we have chosen the topic that has to do with tax, politics and Social Contract
What are we trying to say, we are looking at it from two perspectives, and equally encouraging Government to fulfil their own end of the bargain so that when Nigerians see what the Government is doing with the proceeds from tax they would be encouraged to pay taxes.
He said in so doing they CITN Abuja district is organizing a seminar Tuesday at Merit House, where about four eminent professors will speak on issues about taxation. “The issue of tax cannot be over emphasised because we all know what Nigeria is going through in terms of the dwindling oil revenues, so the Government is deploying more efforts on tax issues and that is on your shoulder as FIRS and we as CITN that regulate tax in Nigeria is partnering with you to ensure that you achieve your target that is given to you by the Federal Government.

The chairman of FIRS Muhammed Nami said they attach importance to the Relationship between FIRS and CITN as many directors in FIRS are also members of CITN
Represented by the coordinating director digital support group of the Federal inland Revenue Service Dr. Achek Maidugu he said,
“The CITN is part and parcel of the FIRS, most of us are members with the Abuja and district society.
“FIRS holds CITN in high esteem as critical stakeholder we appreciated and we always identify with CITN.”
He said they have been supporting CITN adding that they will continue the partnership.

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AEC urges African Govts. to invest in home-made products as post COVID-19 strategy

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By Mustapha Sumaila

The African Economic Congress (AEC) has urged African Governments to invest in home-made products as a means of fast-tracking development as post COVID-19 strategy to recover economy.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AEC, Mrs Nancy Nnaji said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

Nnaji said this suggestion was part of recommendations of various speakers
at the just concluded 2nd Edition of the annual conference held recently by AEC.

The meeting had the theme: “Post COVID-19: Africa in the New Economic Order”.

She said the conference had also recommended that Africans should prioritise research as a tool for sustainable development on the continent.

According to her, Africa is advised to move for self-reliance in the coming years, by harnessing and leveraging its abundant resources both human and materials to drive economic transformation.

She said the meeting noted that agricultural sector was key to Africa’s economic transformation and by developing it, abundant resources could be provided to finance the 2063 African union agenda to curb unemployment, food shortage, malnutrition and extreme poverty.

The founder stated that “Africans are also enjoined to be educated on the technical know-how to improve agriculture on the continent.

“Governments must increase the yearly allocated budget for agriculture and promote private sector engagement to avoid inadequate funding.

“To increase the level of value addition of food exports, there must be an investment in innovation and technology around local processing and infrastructure building.

“There is need for digital literacy skills, critical thinking skills, technical skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills, and certification programmes should be incorporated into the learning curriculum in all levels of education to produce self-reliant and employable graduates” she added.

Nnaji also added that the conference advised on the need to improve broadband connectivity to support interactive online learning and teaching. (NAN)

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Hope for border reopening dims as agric minister reiterates indefinite closure

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The Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has said that the Federal Government was not ready to reopen the borders, so as to boost the country’s agricultural sector.
He stated this, at the flag-off ceremony of the distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers affected by the recent flood in Kebbi State on Saturday.
He said Nigeria borders will remain locked and the key thrown into the lagoon.

He said: “Nigerian farmers have been performing well by producing such food items as rice, millet, guinea corn, and Shea butter, among others. We are not ready to reopen the borders, which is why the Federal Government is ready to support the dry season farming to regain what farmers lost to the flood disaster.”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Adamu Aliero, supported the continued closure of borders, to encourage the growth of local rice farming.
He commended federal and state governments for supporting flood victims in the state.
The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar, represented by the Deputy Governor, Col Ismail Yombe Dabai (rtd.), thanked the Federal Government for the kind gesture. He assured me of equal distribution of the items.
He appealed to the Federal Government to increase the quantity of the items, to enable them to go round the affected people.
The items shared included rice, millet, guinea corn, and beans, among others.

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