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Benue Pogrom: Dancing On Victims’ Graves

As the nation groped in fuel darkness during the Yuletide season, the Nobel laureate’s distraught words perhaps best described the shame and tragedy of it all. The authorities in Abuja would rather indulge in the profanity of buck-passing, lamented Professor Wole Soyinka. That climate of shame would appear to have grown even more inclement and the midnight children of impunity more daring with the resumption of terror and bloodletting early in the new year by Fulani herdsmen.

Ogbeh: Nigerians Won’t Starve In 2018

The Federal Government said on Sunday that it had stocked enough food to address possible shortages in some states in 2018. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Katsina. The minister spoke at the Joint International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Federal Government 2nd Supervision Mission for Climate Change, Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Forum. Ogbeh was represented at the event by his Senior Technical Adviser, Mr Auta Appeh. ‘’Some states in…

U.S Rejects Nigerian Yams Over Poor Quality As FG Opens Investigation

The numerous problems facing the Nigerian agricultural industry has once again come to the fore as large quantities of yam export to the United States of America were sent back over poor quality. Despite being the world largest producer of yams with about 62 percent of the global yam requirements, Nigeria does not rank amongst the highest exporter of the product globally. As part of plans to boost non-oil exports, the Federal Government in June exported yams to China, United Kingdom and US. The country had hoped…

Price Of Rice Per Bag To Go For N6, 000

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria says it will reduce the price of locally produced rice from N18,000 per 50kg bag to N6,000 within the next few months. Aminu Goronyo, the National President of RIFAN, said this during a meeting with Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, in Abuja on Wednesday. Mr. Goronyo said although RIFAN and RIPAN had agreed to fix the current price of 50 kg bag of rice at between N13,000 and N13,500, the price would…

Benue Flood: Osinbajo Arrives Makurdi, Visits Flood Victims

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, arrived Benue State to commiserate with victims of floods that recently hit the state. He was accompanied by the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Audu Ogbeh. Recall that the heavy rains in the state capital had left many homeless. The Benue State Emergency Management Agency set up a camp for displaced persons at the International Market in Makurdi. The Vice President, who was on the visit on behalf of…

The Good News from Sovereign Wealth Fund

Less than seven months after Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture promised the nation that the government was poised to crash fertilizer price down to N6,000 or below, tangible evidence has emerged that this is a promise kept. Last Monday. Uche Orji, the ebullient Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, revealed that the Authority had put back to work 11 fertilizer blending plants across the country, adding over 6 million bags of NPK 20:10:10 to the current fertilizer production in the…

Agriculture Undergraduates From 200 Level Must Own A Farm – FG

The federal government has ordered that said all 200 Level to final year agricultural Science students must own a farm each. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the declaration during a meeting which held at his office in Abuja in the presence of the governing council members of federal universities. The minister directed the governing council members to make it mandatory that graduation from any of the agricultural based institutions should be based on 60 per cent of practical work…