Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tag "Audu Ogbeh"

    Flooding: Ogbeh says there might be rice shortage in 2019

Flooding: Ogbeh says there might be rice shortage in 2019

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, the country may experience rice shortage if appropriate measures are not taken to replant after the recent flood.NAN reports that Ogbeh made this statement in Abuja on Thursday at the inauguration of National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) Molecular Facility and the 2018 seed fair and Farmer’s field day.He said that the flood [...]

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    Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

BY JEREMIAH AGADAAs many sectors and industries within the Nigerian economy are slowly picking up pace after a turbulent era of recession, the bread sector, specifically the premium bread subsector has remained comatose. This baffling reality has continued to baffled economists and stakeholders who feel the reverse should have been the case considering that the bread industry is very active [...]

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    FG licences 158 agricultural seed companies to boost agriculture

FG licences 158 agricultural seed companies to boost agriculture

The federal government has licenced 158 new seed companies to commence production of quality seeds.Philip Ojo, the director general of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.NAN reports that the new approvals were given in addition to the 156 already existing licences.According to Ojo, Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture [...]

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    Shehu Sani to FG: Don’t shut land borders because of rice smuggling

Shehu Sani to FG: Don’t shut land borders because of rice smuggling

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has warned against the federal government’s plan to shut down a land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country.The senator said the measure will “suffocate” legitimate businesses in the country.On Monday, Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, announced that the government would soon shut down a land border to prevent smuggling of rice.Although Ogbeh did [...]

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    Don’t be Miyetti Allah’s mouthpiece, Ortom warns defence minister

Don’t be Miyetti Allah’s mouthpiece, Ortom warns defence minister

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has asked Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, to apologise to Nigerians for demanding the suspension of anti-grazing law.On June 5, Dan Ali called for the suspension of the law which is operational in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states.Speaking at an event on Tuesday to showcase the national livestock transformation plan by the office of [...]

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    Report: Thailand ambassador says Audu Ogbeh’s claim is false

Report: Thailand ambassador says Audu Ogbeh’s claim is false

Wattana Kunwongse, ambassador of Thailand to Nigeria, has denied the claim of Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, that rice mills are collapsing in the Asian country.On Friday, Ogbeh had claimed that Thailand said President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy on local rice sufficiency was responsible for the collapse of seven of its mills."Just like two weeks ago, the ambassador of Thailand came [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Did Ogbeh lie about the collapse of Thailand’s rice mills?

FACT CHECK: Did Ogbeh lie about the collapse of Thailand’s rice mills?

On Friday, Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, claimed that Thailand has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of being responsible for the collapse of seven of its rice mills.The minister quoted the Thailand’s ambassador to Nigeria as saying that the federal government has "dealt" with his country.Ogbeh said this was because Nigeria's importation of rice has fallen by 95 percent.Consequently, he [...]

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    NBS ‘has no data’ to back Ngige’s claim of seven million new jobs

NBS ‘has no data’ to back Ngige’s claim of seven million new jobs

Yemi Kale, statistician general of the federation, says the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has no data on the job creation claims made by Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity.The data chief made this statement in an interview with Abang Mercy.Ngige had earlier said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has created seven million jobs through its programmes.But Kale said during the interview: [...]

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    Cattle colonies will start next week, says FG

Cattle colonies will start next week, says FG

The federal government says from next week, work will commence on establishing cattle colonies across the country.Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, who disclosed this when he visited the agriculture and veterinary complex of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, made it clear that states which are not interested in the idea would be exempted.Following killings orchestrated by herdsmen [...]

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    Falana: A committee to end herdsmen killings? They are just deceiving Nigerians

Falana: A committee to end herdsmen killings? They are just deceiving Nigerians

Femi Falana, lawyer and rights activist, says the federal government is “chasing shadows” by setting up a committee on the herdsmen killings in the country.On Thursday, the national economic council (NEC) headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo constituted a 10-man working committee, including nine governors, to address the killings.But Falana disagreed with the council on the move. He said the current [...]

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    INFOGRAPHICS: Thailand’s rice export to Nigeria drops dramatically — but increases in Benin Rep

INFOGRAPHICS: Thailand’s rice export to Nigeria drops dramatically — but increases in Benin Rep

Rice exports from Thailand to Nigeria dropped from 1.23 million metric tonnes in 2014 to 23,192mt as at November 2017.According to data on the Thai Rice Exporters Association website, the value of these exports dropped to 324 million Thai baht (฿) from 8.2 billion Thai bhat (฿).Curiously though, Nigeria's neighbours, Republic of Benin, recorded an increase in rice imports from [...]

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    Ogbeh: Agriculture has created over 6m jobs under Buhari

Ogbeh: Agriculture has created over 6m jobs under Buhari

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, on Monday said agriculture sector has created six million jobs in the in the last two years.The minister was reacting to reports that over four million jobs had been lost in over two years of President Muhammadu Buhari in power.He explained that the six million jobs were created both on and off farms [...]

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    US rejects Nigeria’s yam over ‘poor quality’

US rejects Nigeria’s yam over ‘poor quality’

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, says the US rejected yam exports from Nigeria because of their poor quality.In June, Nigeria exported yams to China, United Kingdom and US as part of efforts to reduce dependence on oil and increase income from the agricultural sector.Despite laying claim to not less than 60% of the world's yam production, Nigeria does not [...]

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    HURRAY! Rice to sell for N6,000 per bag

HURRAY! Rice to sell for N6,000 per bag

Aminu Goronyo, national president, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, says in the next few months, a 50kg bag of rice will be sold at the rate of N6000.Goronyo made this statement on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting between rice farmers, processors and Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, at the ministry's headquarters in Abuja.He attributed the anticipated crash in [...]

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    EXTRA: Nigerian cows are the worst milk producers in the world, says Ogbeh

EXTRA: Nigerian cows are the worst milk producers in the world, says Ogbeh

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, says cows raised in Nigeria are the worst milk producers in the world.Speaking at the 79th anniversary of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos on Thursday, he said Nigerian cows produce far less quantity of milk than their counterparts in other parts of the world.Ogbeh said while cows in other countries could produce [...]

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    FG to provide security, insurance for cattle farmers

FG to provide security, insurance for cattle farmers

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government has formed a new security outfit to protect investment in agricultural sector including cattle.Osinbajo made this known while speaking at a 3-day national conference on the transformation of the livestock industry holding at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.The vice-president, who was represented by Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, said [...]

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