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Establishing a Farm / Useful Tips for transplanting vegetables
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:37:09 AM »
According to Mother earth living, an online agri-solutions platform, transplants need to be moved into moist and well prepared soil which allows them to recover faster from transplanting shock.

So, one should as much as possible avoid walking on the soil that will house the transplants, but preferably work from a pathway.

The soil needs to be loosened at least to a shovel depth, with significant amount of organic matter incorporated and raked smoothly prior to transplanting.

Depending on which vegetable you want to transplant, peppers and eggplants are best transplanted during warm weather and warm soil.

Similarly, weeds need to be effectively dealt with by applying mulch immediately after planting. The mulch should be applied at least one inch away from the transplants stem to allow for air circulation, in addition to preventing disease problems.

After successfully transplanting in the field/ garden, the transplants need to be watered thoroughly

Meanwhile, tropical permaculture, another online agri-solution platform advice that plants like cauliflowers and lettuce do not do well under intense heat, while plants tomatoes doesn’t stand humidity.

Again, too much heat and humidity leads to transplants having stress which may attract insect and other pests. This is because stressed plants emit substances which could be easily detected by pests.

So it is advised that vegetables are planted on good and deep soil with regular supply of moisture, in addition to planting them in the right position.

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« on: December 24, 2017, 05:14:26 PM »
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« on: November 28, 2017, 06:30:04 PM »
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The John Dillon Memorial Fellowship was established by ACIAR in recognition of Professor John L. Dillon’s life-long support for international agricultural research. The Fellowship scheme serves the memory of John Dillon by providing career development opportunities for outstanding young agricultural scientists or economists from ACIAR partner countries who are involved in a current or recently completed ACIAR project. 8-10 Fellowships are offered annually.

The Fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in the areas of agricultural research management, agricultural policy and/or extension technologies. This is achieved by providing exposure to Australian agriculture across a range of best-practice organisations involved in research, extension and/or policy making.

The visit programs are tailored by negotiation between ACIAR and the selected Fellow to meet the needs of individual Fellows and their employing organisation. Arrangements for the Fellowships will be flexible, and the following points are intended to indicate features of the program:

Fellowships normally involve a 5-6 week period in Australia.
Fellows are hosted by 1-2 Australian organisations (such as a Federal Government Department, a University, a Cooperative Research Centre or State Department of Agriculture) where they spend at least 50 % of their Fellowship period.
Fellows participate in a formal research management training course in Australia.
Fellows undertake a structured program of visits to various institutes, including the presentation of relevant lectures.

Click to download application form

Click to application guidelines

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The new federal Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) also know as the “Green Alternative” is a strategy that focuses on solving the core issues at the heart of limited food production and delivery of quality standards. As productivity improves domestically and standards are raised for all Nigerian food production, export markets will also benefit impacting positively on Nigeria’s balance of payments. Given limited resources and the importance of delivering sustainable results, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD) in consultation with partners has identified an initial pool of crops and related activities that will be Nigeria’s path to tackling the aforementioned gaps.

FMARD will prioritize improving productivity into a number of domestically focused crops and
activities. These are rice, wheat, maize, fish (aquaculture), dairy milk, soya beans, poultry, horticulture
(fruits and vegetables), and sugar. Nigeria believes that the gap can be closed by partnering closely
with private investors across farmer groups and companies to develop end to end value chain
solutions. These chains will receive facilitated government support as they make deep commitments
to engaging a new generation of farmers, improving supply of specialized fertilizers and protection
chemicals, as well as wider scale use of high yielding seeds. In addition, Nigeria expects to work with
investors to sharply improve the distribution system for fresh foods so as to reduce time to table,
reduce post-harvest losses, and overall improve nutritional outcomes e.g. lowering of diabetic risk,
stunting risk, etc.

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Wanted / Hatchery Waste Needed
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:59:55 AM »
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Improving lives in farming communities around the world – as well as supporting the communities in which Monsanto employees live and work – is important to the Monsanto Fund.

The Monsanto Fund accepts grant proposals for programs outside of the U.S. in the following areas:

 
Providing basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs
Meeting critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs
To learn more about some examples of the impact Monsanto Fund is making worldwide and the projects we have supported in our international regions, please visit our Global Impact Section.

We accept international applications from organizations to fund projects located in eligible countries during two periods annually. The first period ranges from January 1 – February 29. The second period ranges from July 1 – August 31. Applications to the Monsanto Fund for international regions are by invitation only. If the project you are seeking support for is located in an eligible country please complete the Contact Us form and provide your organization profile and current/past project information. Your local Monsanto Fund representative will be notified and will contact you if they are interested in supporting your project.


 Applications open January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016


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University of California at Davis
LEAP Fellowships for Agricultural Research at U.S. Universities
Deadline: 2 December 2015
 
Principal Office: USA
 
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student's home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Application deadline is 02 December 2015.

Visit http://www.borlaugleap.org/ for application details

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Loan and Grant opportunities / How To Access BoI’s Agric Processing Fund
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:34:31 AM »
Agriculture is the main stay of the Nigerian economy, with agricultural produce abounding in every state of the federation, but with limited capacity for processing and preservation, resulting in huge losses and wastages. This prompted the Bank of Industry (BoI) to establish the Cottage Agro-Processing (CAP) Fund to support the establishment of cottage agro-processing plants to produce food products and raw materials for industries within and outside the Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZs) across the country.

Bio agric processing fund
The Fund ensures that anticipated risks are dimensioned and mitigated by its transaction structure. It enhances goodwill by supporting agricultural production and rural development and create employment.

Objective
Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, Managing Director of BOI, said at the launching of the N5 billion CAP Fund in September 2014 that the bank plans to finance about 1,000 projects under this fund. “It is targeted at Small and Medium Industries at the low-technology, labour intensive end of the agro-processing spectrum.
And inclusive growth is our primary consideration. The fund is designed to enable BoI, being Nigeria’s leading development finance institution, play its catalytic role of paving the way for other financial institutions to follow,” he said.
Olaoluwa added that the the fund will provide loans to beneficiaries to establish small scale plants or mini mills to process Nigeria’s agricultural products. His words: “The Cottage Agro Processing (CAP) fund will provide loans to beneficiaries to establish small scale plants or mini mills to process Nigeria’ s agricultural products such as cassava , oil palm, paddy rice, groundnut, yam, maize, cocoa, sheanut ,plantain, cashew, hides and skin, meat, chicken and fish. These products are grown all over the country and have been selected to ensure an even distribution across Nigeria’s 36 states.”
Target market
Those that can access the Fund are limited liability companies, enterprises and cooperative societies engaged in the processing of agricultural products either into finished food products or raw materials for industry or for the export market. The products include: Cassava, Oil Palm, Rice Paddy, Groundnut, Yam, Maize, Sorghum, Aquaculture, Livestock, Cocoa, Shea nut, Plantain, Cashew, Tomato and all their derivatives.

Projected impact
The fund is being deployed for the supply and installation of equipment for an estimated 1,000 cottage mills across the country, a minimum number of 20-30 mills per state, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Projects are to be located in the areas with comparative advantages in terms of the available agricultural raw materials within each state. This is expected to create a minimum of 20,000 jobs for Nigerians – 5,000 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs.
The CAP fund provides agro-processors with access to finance and technology to convert  agricultural products to economic prosperity. The fund is disbursed at a single digit interest rate (9 percent); 5 year loan tenor; 6-month moratorium; Guaranteed working capital and; Speedy processing.

Procedure
Customers must meet all conditions precedent to draw down, including deposit of 20 percent equity contribution into designated account. BOI disburses the 70 percent loan in tranches direct to approved contractors and suppliers in line with agreed milestones. Upon completion, MSME-friendly partner bank provides 10 percent working capital. Customer is responsible for running of the plant and full repayment.

Requirements
The first phase of the scheme is to facilitate the processing of the top three (3) major crops in each state of the federation and the FCT. BOI Zonal Offices will market the product program as well as focus on agricultural products and their derivatives on the basis of comparative advantages and in alignment with the SCPZ nearest to them. The Zonal Offices will also identify the producers of each of derivative items within their jurisdiction in building effective deal flow.

Access to market
As part of the requirements, each applicant is to provide the following: Identification of the basic agricultural raw material(s) to be used, the location where the raw materials will be sourced from and the annual volume available in that location.

Parties to the Fund
BoI – To provides the long-term loan and manage the scheme. Where it becomes absolutely necessary for BOI to provide working capital, it shall be done on case-by-case basis and the partnering commercial bank shall be carried along. Partnering bank – To provide working capital for the customer.  The partnering bank shall sign a Tripartite Agreement with BOI and the customer to sweep loan repayments to BOI’s account based on the Loan Amortisation Schedule.
Customer – To provide 20 percent equity contribution, operate and manage the project from the point of disbursement through operation of the plant and ultimate repayment of the loan. Accredited supplier – To be responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the equipment. The supplier is to provide a 2-year warranty for the equipment, execute a 3-year Equipment Maintenance Agreement with the customer and provide a standard factory layout plan that will accommodate the equipment to be supplied.

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Job Title: Zonal Gender and Social Development Officer

Location: Nigeria
Slot: 4

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the Zonal Program Coordinator, the Zonal Gender and Social Development Officer will ensure effective gender mainstreaming in all project activities, including the mobilization of project beneficiaries in the zone to understand the philosophy and program implementation arrangements so as to ensure their full participation.
Specific Duties
Specific responsibilities of the Zonal Gender and Social Development Officer will include, but are not limited to, the following:
In collaboration with the M&E officer and other zonal staff, ensure effective gender mainstreaming in all project activities, including its alignment with the program's M&E system
Ensure that all training and capacity building activities take cognizance of gender needs and include such approaches that would facilitate the effective participation of women
a Undertake field visits in order to contribute gender aggregated data to quarterly and annual monitoring reports.
Provide technical support to the formation and strengthening of Commodity groups to achieve program objectives
Carry Out any tasks as may be assigned by the Zonal Program coordinator and/or the Gender and Social Development Specialist on the NPCT.
Qualifications and Experience
At least a Bachelor's degree in Rural Development, Sociology, Extension and/or related disciplines with demonstrated practical experience as Gender expert in a donor-funded agricultural project/program.
A Masters degree of cognate post graduate qualification in gender studies will be added advantage.
Minimum of 8 years experience as a Gender officer in a multilateral donor funded project or program.
A good knowledge of agricultural value chains is an added advantage
He/she must exhibit experience in conducting gender analysis, gender assessments, gender research and facilitation of gender training.
Demonstrated ability to plan and co-ordinate. and monitor his/her own work plan, including meeting deadlines.
Self-motivated with ability to work under minimum supervision.
High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suit is essential.
Excellent team player with interpersonal, advocacy and social mobilization skills,
Proficiency in English language with excellent writing and communication skills.
Location and Reporting
Officers of the ATASP-1 will be located at the Zonal Program Headquarters, reporting to their respective Zonal Program Coordinators.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicator for assessing every officer.

Application Closing Date
13th August, 2015.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit ten (10) copies of his/her application. All application should be addressed to the following addresses, depending on the State and Stable Crop Processing Zone of Interest:

Adani-Omor Stable Crop Processing Zone
Enugu State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture,
No 1, Garden Avenue,
Enugu State.

Anambra State:
The Hon. Commissioner,
Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
ADP Compound, Kwata Junction,
Km 41 Enugu, Onitsha Express Road,
Awka,
Anambra State.

Bida-Badeggi Staple Crop Processing Zone
Niger State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Niger State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
Abdulkarim Lafene Secretariat,
Minna,
Niger State.

Kano-Jigawa Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kano State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Kano State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
No 1, Bida Road, Off Post Office road, by Civic centre road,
Kano State.

Jigawa State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Jigawa State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
Block B, New State Secretariat Complex,
Dutse,
Jigawa State.

Kebbi-Sokoto Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kebbi State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture,
Gwadan Gwaji State Secretariat Complex,
Birnin Kebbi,
Kebbi State.

Sokoto State:
The IFAD-CBARDP Coordinator,
ADP Premisis,
Abdullahi Fodio Road,
Sokoto State.

All application must be addressed and delivered to the above address. Applicants should ensure that the position applied for as well as State and the Zones are clearly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope

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Job Title: Zonal Civil Engineer

Location: Nigeria
Slots: 4

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the Zonal Program Coordinator, the Zonal Civil Engineer will be responsible for all social infrastructure (e.g health centres. schools, market stalls end engineering activities relating to the Program.
Specific Duties
The Zonal Civil Engineer would be responsible for activities relating to rehabilitation-development of feeder roads, and social infrastructure under the Program. He/she will report to the Zonal Program Coordinator and work in collaboration with die Zonal Gender and Social Development Officer, Zonal Irrigation and Rural Infrastructure Engineer as well as other external implementation partners. The specific responsibilities of the Zonal Civil Engineer will include, but not limited to, the following:
Be responsible for the implementation of feeder roads, and social infrastructure such as schools and health centres.
Follow-up on procurement of goods and services for all social infrastructure projects. In liaison with the Procurement officer, prepare and/or assist implementing agencies in the preparation of TOR, bidding document, request for proposals and bid evaluation reports for procurement of civil works, and technical assistance services under the infrastructure rehabilitation and development component in accordance with standards and requirements of AfDB;
Undertake inspection of works to verify quality, quantity and timeliness of work done and prepare and/or verify payment certificates for service providers engaged on social infrastructure related activities.
Identify the various social infrastructure activities for which short- term expertise is required and prepare detailed TOR for the required specialist input.
Ensure that the maintenance program of social arid related infrastructure is properly designed and put in place appropriate mechanisms for its execution during arid after the project, in accordance with the stipulation f the appraisal report.
Collaborate with the Irrigation and Infrastructure Engineer to work in liaison with the Ministry of Environment to ensure that environmental mitigation measures are implemented as part of infrastructure rehabilitation and development, as well as conducting regular environmental monitoring activities
Contribute relevant content to Project Progress Reports. Liaise with the relevant Zonal and Local Government Officers, the Zonal irrigation and Infrastructure Engineer as well as the Program Monitoring Officer to prepare quarterly, hi-annual and annual progress reports, as well as mid-term review report for infrastructure development and management.
Participate actively in AfDB supervision missions by collecting amid providing relevant social infrastructure implementation progress data mind information required by the missions.
Assist with preparing training modules and course requirements for the Communities, Zonal and Local government staff in liaison with training service providers and provide technical suppers to the trainers.
Liaise with program stakeholders and other relevant projects/programs, state agencies, NGO’s, private sector, and other parties in order to facilitate program implementation.
Qualifications and Experience
At least a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.
At least 8 years proven work experience in supervising civil works, including social infrastructure delivery in rural settings.
Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor his or her own work plan and to collaborate with colleagues across operating units.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Results focused and self motivated professional with proven ability to work under minimum guidance.
Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, in addition to relevant AUTOCAD engineering designs software.
Demonstrated skills in handling the design, supervision and construction of social infrastructure (e.g schools, health centres, market stalls etc).
Exhibition of these skills under a donor-assisted project setting will be an Excellent interpersonal, writing, communication and presentation skills.
Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicator for assessing every officer.

Application Closing Date
13th August, 2015.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit ten (10) copies of his/her application. All application should be addressed to the following addresses, depending on the State and Stable Crop Processing Zone of Interest:

Adani-Omor Stable Crop Processing Zone
Enugu State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture,
No 1, Garden Avenue,
Enugu State.

Anambra State:
The Hon. Commissioner,
Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
ADP Compound, Kwata Junction,
Km 41 Enugu, Onitsha Express Road,
Awka,
Anambra State.

Bida-Badeggi Staple Crop Processing Zone
Niger State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Niger State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
Abdulkarim Lafene Secretariat,
Minna,
Niger State.

Kano-Jigawa Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kano State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Kano State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
No 1, Bida Road,
Off Post Office Road,
By Civic Centre Road,
Kano State.

Jigawa State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Jigawa State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
Block B, New State Secretariat Complex,
Dutse,
Jigawa State.

Kebbi-Sokoto Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kebbi State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture,
Gwadan Gwaji State Secretariat Complex,
Birnin Kebbi,
Kebbi State.

Sokoto State:
The IFAD-CBARDP Coordinator,
ADP Premisis,
Abdullahi Fodio Road,
Sokoto State.

All application must be addressed and delivered to the above address. Applicants should ensure that the position applied for as well as State and the Zones are clearly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope

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Job Title: Zonal Outreach Officer

The Program will be implemented through four (4) Zonal Offices. The Zones are: Adani-Omor with Head Office at Awka: Bida-Badeggi with Head Office at Bida; Kano-Jigawa with Head Office at Kano and Kebbi-Sokoto with Head Officer at Birnin Kebbi.

For effective Zonal Program take-off the ATASP-I is constituting a Zonal Program Coordination ream (ZPCT) at each of the 4Nos Zonal Program Head Offices. Consequently, part of the proceeds of the ATASP-I loan will be applied to engage the services of Officers at each of the four (4) Zonal Program Head Offices:

Job Title: Zonal Outreach Officer

Location: Nigeria
Slots: 4

Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the Zonal Program Coordinator, the Zonal Outreach Officer will plan, coordinate and supervise implementation of agricultural activities, particularly the agronomic aspects, in addition to delivery of agricultural services in the field, including research and extension.
Specific Duties
Support the work of the ATASP-l in the area rim food crops, especially rice, sorghum, cassava and vegetables.
Support the Seed Bank program in the area of rice seed production and certification.
Work with the Agriculture Research Institutes under the Outreach Program to assemble or collate information on all seed varieties tested and approved previously in Nigeria and facilitate the testing of new seed varieties: multiplication, adaptation, testing and observation nurseries farmers' fields during the growing period.
Train Agriculture staff and newly hired staff as needed.
Participate in the development of manuals on agronomic practices of major food crops in Nigeria.
Guide and supervise activities of private sector/NGO service providers in time field.
In collaboration with Research Institutes, guide amid supervise the introduction of new food crop varieties and planting materials from the Africa Rice Centre and the international Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and other regional research centers for adaptation to the local environment.
Propose agronomic and environmental implementation guidelines for various agriculture activities.
Participate in environmental impact assessment of project activities is collaboration with she Ministry of Environment and other relevant stakeholders.
Participate in technical discussions and activities pertaining to the design of agriculture activities and programs and in the implementation of programs and projects in the held.
Assist in carrying out other tasks as assigned by the Zonal Program Coordinator and or National Outreach Specialist at the NPCT.
Qualification and Experience
At least a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture. A Master's degree in Agronomy will he added advantage.
At least 8 years work experience in rural-based agricultural development activities.
Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, co-ordinate, monitor, and report on his/Her own work plan.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Self motivated, Team player, able to work with minimum supervision.
Willingness to work in rural settings.
Excellent interpersonal and communication outreach skills.
Computer literacy with proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Word and Excel.
Familiarity with results-based management.
Working knowledge of the operational modalities of national and international NGO's is desirable.
Location and Reporting
Officers of the ATASP-1 will be located at the Zonal Program Headquarters, reporting to their respective Zonal Program Coordinators.

Terms of Appointment
Maximum of five years, renewable every year subject to satisfactory performance. The performance criteria will be the indicator for assessing every officer.

Application Closing Date
13th August, 2015.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit ten (10) copies of his/her application. All application should be addressed to the following addresses, depending on the State and Stable Crop Processing Zone of Interest:

Adani-Omor Stable Crop Processing Zone
Enugu State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture,
No 1, Garden Avenue,
Enugu State.

Anambra State:
The Hon. Commissioner,
Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
ADP Compound, Kwata Junction,
Km 41 Enugu, Onitsha Express Road,
Awka,
Anambra State.

Bida-Badeggi Staple Crop Processing Zone
Niger State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Niger State Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development,
Abdulkarim Lafene Secretariat,
Minna,
Niger State.

Kano-Jigawa Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kano State:
Kano State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
No 1, Bida Road,
Off Post Office Road,
By Civic Centre Road,
Kano State.

Jigawa State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Jigawa State Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources,
Block B, New State Secretariat Complex,
Dutse,
Jigawa State.

Kebbi-Sokoto Stable Crop Processing Zone
Kebbi State:
The Permanent Secretary,
Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture,
Gwadan Gwaji State Secretariat Complex,
Birnin Kebbi,
Kebbi State.

Sokoto State:
The IFAD-CBARDP Coordinator,
ADP Premisis,
Abdullahi Fodio Road,
Sokoto State.

All application must be addressed and delivered to the above address. Applicants should ensure that the position applied for as well as State and the Zones are clearly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope

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Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Job Recruitment (9 Positions)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured a loan front the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the implementation of Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase-I (ATASP-I). The ATASP-I will contribute to the objectives of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government by addressing the constraints of Rice. Sorghum and Cassava value chains in four staple crop processing zones of Adani-Omor, Bida-Badeggi, Kano-Jigawa and Kebbi-Sokoto. The Program comprises three complementary and mutually reinforcing components viz: Infrastructure Development; Commodity Value Chain Development; and Program Management. The specific objective of the program is to contribute to food and nutrition security, employment generation, and wealth creation along the priority commodity value chains.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following positions below:



All Application Closes
13th August, 2015

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When you pay N25,000 for a month training, you automatically have:
1. Access to half acre of ploughable land to plant vegetable for a year free which will be allocated immediately after the one month training.
2. Accommodation of shared hotel room has been arranged for participant to stay for a month.
3. Seed will be given for you to pay at harvest.
4. You can only plant vegetables.
5. We will help to sell your vegetables if you follow the good agricultural practise that we will all learn during the training.
6. You must participate in vegetable training for minimum of a month.
7. No fertilizer will be given. We will teach on how to make your own organic fertilizer and you can easily buy the inorganic fertilizer and organic if you want.
8. You will pay for your tractor usage which isN3,000 per acre at the LGA. Trainee will take care of their farm labour.
9. You get to feed yourself throughout the period
10. You will take care of the farm land given to you but we will provide technical support throughout your planting period.
11. We take care of your accommodation for a month.
12. Alternative accommodation is been arranged for trainee to take care of themselves after the one month if they choose to stay.
13. We only have space for 30 trainee for the month of July.
14. Its on first pay first participating basis.
15. Participant should prepare for real farm work.

Training dates July 6th – July 31st
Where Ago Amodu Saki East LGA of Oyo State.
Contact no: 08064688501

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AACE Food Processing & Distribution Limited (AACE Foods) is an indigenous Nigerian company which was established in November 2009.
We process, package and distribute nutritious and tasty food made from the best of West Africa's fruits, herbs, vegetables and cereals. Our product line consists of spices, spreads, sauces and complementary food that excite and satisfy institutional, commercial and retail customers. We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Experienced Supply Chain Associate (Agric Background)

Location: Ogun

Job Description
Oversee the sourcing for competitively priced raw materials for AACE Foods'
operations.
Liaise with smallholder farmers, clusters, and suppliers of raw materials for
AACE Foods' production
Develop relationships with new suppliers
Track and monitor the impact of AACE's engagement with smallholder farmers
and actors across the agricultural value chain
Prepare weekly, bi­monthly and quarterly reports
Work closely with the senior management to prepare reports for development
partners and to actively meet reporting requirements
Work closely with the Production manager and senior management team to
manage the stocks, in­flow and outflow of inventory and finished goods
Interface with staff, providing direction and support in all aspects of the
production of processed and semi­processed inputs

Application Closing Date
19th June, 2015.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications and CV's to:
recruiting@aacefoods.com

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News / Time to End The False Debate of Organic vs. Mineral Fertilizer
« on: April 28, 2015, 11:54:27 AM »
In sub-Saharan Africa, the argument has raged for quite some time now: Should farmers be using organic inputs or mineral fertilizer to stimulate crop growth? We know the region is hungry and that fertilizer in some form is essential. But which is best for people and the planet?

Despite passionate support on both sides, no consensus has been reached. This is because it is, in fact, a false debate. We shouldn’t be pitting these approaches against each other; we need to embrace both in order to meet the colossal demand for food the continent’s growing population requires. Instead, we should be questioning: How can smallholder farmers get access to both these inputs and use them in the most profitable ways?

1. Organic and mineral fertilizers have different compositions and functions, and farmers need both. While mineral fertilizers provide high amounts of nutrients that plants need in order to grow strong, organic resources contain organic carbon, which is an essential ingredient of healthy soil. Neither mineral nor organic inputs can provide both of these properties on their own. Moreover, applying these in combination often creates added benefits. For instance, in drought situations, applying crop residues in combination with fertilizer can alleviate moisture stress and enable crops to take up the nutrients in found in mineral fertilizers more easily.

2. Farmers can’t produce enough organic matter without mineral fertilizer. Rapidly expanding populations mean soils are not getting a break. Traditionally, fields would be left fallow to improve soil fertility, but now there is less opportunity to do this, and less organic matter around to apply to soils to help them regenerate. Using mineral fertilizers will actually help a farmer produce more leftover crop residue and biomass, which can be used as organic fertilizer. It has been acknowledged that mineral fertilizers are responsible for around 50 percent of the food grown in the world today, and were a key part of the Green Revolution of the 70s and 80s that saved millions from starvation. We cannot deprive farming communities of this vital resource.

3. Organic farming relies on mineral inputs too. We may not all have the whole picture on exactly what “organic” farming means. Take the example of phosphorus. This element has no biological equivalent, unlike nitrogen, which can be fixed to soil biologically by leguminous plants like soybean. Plants need phosphorus to grow, so organic farmers will use naturally occurring rock phosphate, which is chemically almost identical to some man-made phosphorus fertilizers such as triple superphosphate. In fact, some rock phosphates contain a relatively large amount of heavy metals, which are usually removed during the fertilizer production process for phosphate.

Even legumes that naturally fix nitrogen to the soil and are therefore hailed as a “green” technology cannot carry out this natural function without being fed with phosphorus.

So if this debate has been exposed as false, we need to focus instead of how we can ensure that smallholder farmers have: access to the right type of fertilizer; the knowledge on how to use them in the most efficient and profitable ways, without leaving unacceptable environmental footprints; and the knowledge on how best to integrate organic resources in combination with fertilizer.

The answer to this question has several dimensions. The “right type” refers to the need for having fertilizers that are aligned to crop needs and soil fertility conditions. For example, cassava requires relatively more potassium than nitrogen and phosphorus while for maize, the reverse is true. In Nigeria, for instance, the fertilizer industry is actively engaged in developing crop- and site-specific fertilizer blends that will address this issue.

“Knowledge” refers to the need for farmers to understand the right amount, place and time for applying fertilizer, as affected by the availability of organic inputs and cropping system characteristics. Using the example of Nigeria once again, the Agricultural Transformation Agenda invests in training agro-dealers, who can not only provide the right inputs to farmers, but also offer them advice on how to use it.

“Profitable” refers to farmers having access to these agro-inputs at an affordable cost, as well as access to the financial means to enable initial investments in agricultural intensification, perhaps in the form of smart fertilizer subsidies that the Nigerian government is making available to millions of farmers.

Thanks to public-private partnerships in Nigeria that are connecting all the parts of this puzzle as detailed above, farmers in the savannahs are growing maize after soybean, using soybean residues as organic inputs, recycling manure and targeting fertilizer to the following maize crop.

This is a very promising way to promote smallholders from subsistence to income-generating farmers, without ever having to decide between organic and mineral fertilizers.


https://www.devex.com/news/time-to-end-the-false-debate-of-organic-vs-mineral-fertilizer-85982#

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Saro Agro-allied was established in 1996 and is today a major player in the cocoa supply chain in Nigeria. Partnering with ADM, we exports close to 12.5% cocoa produced in Nigeria and has won the award for the leading indigenous Non-Oil Exporter of the year 2 times in the past 5 years.

Saro Agro-Allied pioneered exportation of Certified Cocoa Beans in Nigeria, also we are in the process of establishing a Cocoa Processing facility for value addition.

The need for market expansion has created opportunities for Graduates to join our organisation through our Graduate Training Scheme in the following positions below:


Location: Delta, Rivers, Edo, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa

Special Skills & Key Behavioral Competencies
Be a self-starter and living in the rural areas of our job locations
Be analytical minded with the ability to learn quickly.
Be confident and possess leadership skills.
Be computer literate

Courses/Qualification
Minimum Second Class Upper Degree in any of the following disciplines: Agricultural Science, Agric Economics & Extension, Agric Engineering, Plant Science, Forestry, Soil Science, Agronomy
Must have completed the NYSC scheme
Not more than 25 years by 31st December 2015.

Application Closing Date
26th April, 2015.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should mail in their Curriculum Vitae and brief profile electronically Using your Location as the subject of the mail (in excel format below) to: job@saroafrica.com.ng

Surname | First Name | DOB | Gender |Institution | Grade | Course | Year of Graduation | Professional Qualification | Phone No | E-mail address.

Note: please note that any Curriculum Vitae not sent in this format will be disregarded.

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U.S. National Science Foundation   
Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)
Deadline: 27 April 2015
 
Principal Office: USA
 
BREAD is a program of the National Science Foundation in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support scientific research on key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. For 2015, BREAD defines two focus areas of research (see the announcement for details). Proposals may be submitted by U.S. universities and colleges; U.S. non-profit research organizations; similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities; and consortia led by the eligible organizations listed here. Proposals are expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

Deadline for proposals is 27th April 2015.

For Details Visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272668

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We are Animal Care Service Konsult Nigeria Limited, an agro-allied company that is into livestock farming, Feed milling, Technical Laboratory Services and marketing of health products. We are committed to animal health and production and focused on being the foremost operator in the livestock industry in Nigeria.

We are currently recruiting for the position below:

Job Title: Auditor

Location: Ogere, Ogun

Job Requirements
Minimum of B.Sc (second class Upper) or HND (Upper credit) in Accounting with two years' experience in Auditing.
Candidates must not be older than 29 years.
Required Skills:
Creativity and efficiency;
Problem analysis and solving;
Good communication skill both verbal and written;
Good knowledge and use of Office packages and Accounting software;
Excellent negotiating skill;
Confident and poised in interactions with individuals at various levels;
Submissive and ready to take instructions.
Ability to work under pressure
Team Player;
Integrity and Honesty.

Application Closing Date
1700hrs of Tuesday 14th April, 2015.

How to Apply
Qualified and interested candidates should send their CV's to Human Resources & Admin via E-mail to: hr@animalcare-ng.com Using the position applied for as the subject matter

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