The Emir of Wamba in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Lawal Musa-Nagogo, has cautioned herdsmen against grazing on farmlands to avoid clashes with farmers.

Musa-Nagogo made the call on Tuesday while addressing his subjects that paid him Sallah homage in his palace at Wamba, Wamba Local Government Area of the state.

Experts in agriculture have begun work to shorten cassava crop breeding cycle in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This was disclosed at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of “Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project’’ held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on Tuesday.

No fewer than 6, 000 registered wheat farmers in Kano state would receive fertiliser under the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme this irrigation season.

Alhaji Faruk Rabi’u, the state’s chairman of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN), disclosed this in Kano on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said each farmer was expected to collect two bags of fertiliser, 50 kgs of seed, liquid fertiliser and agro-chemical as the total package.

“Over 6,000 registered wheat farmers in the state will benefit from the programme which has since commenced.

“The GES progrmme in the state covers four commodities: wheat, rice, maize and groundnut and any farmer that registered with us will benefit,” Rabi’u said.

He said the distribution of the commodity had since commenced in all the designated collection centres across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

He said wheat farmers in the state were expected to cultivate over 20, 000 hectares of irrigable land at the major irrigation sites located in some parts of the state.

“Major irrigation sites in the state are located in Kura, Garun-Malam, Bunkure, Warawa, Ajingi, Gabasawa, Gaya and Wudil local government areas.

He advised the registered farmers, who received SMS alerts, to go to the nearest redemption centres indicated in the message to collect the commodities.

“All those who registered and completed the necessary procedures will collect the inputs,” he said.

He commended the Federal Government for modifying and sustaining the programme which, according to him, would go a long way in boosting food production in the state and in the country at large.

Mr Jagdeep Kapoor, Head of Chancery, High Commission of India, in Lagos, on Thursday announced his government’s plans to encourage Nigerian farmers to plant more pulses that would be exported to India.

Kapoor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the initiative would create a source of income for Nigerian farmers, as well as ensure steady flow of the produce to India.

Dr Tunde Arosanyin, National Coordinator, Zero Hunger Commodities Association, has commended the Federal Government for revisiting the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme for 2016/2017 dry season farming to boost productivity.

The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to establish a rice trading centre in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa.

Alhaji Auwalu Ado, the Director, Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA), stated this at the inauguration of the project on Thursday in Auyo.

The Federal Government has commended the decision by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to set aside five per cent profit of banks to finance agriculture and non-oil exports.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the commendation when members of the Tractors Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) visited him in Abuja on Friday.

Rice growers in Hadejia, Jigawa have commended the state government over the introduction of farmer support services to increase rice and wheat production.

Some of the farmers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Hadejia that the gesture had eased the difficulties being experienced by farmers in accessing the commodity.

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