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APC Agriculture Manifesto

1. Modernize the sector and change Nigeria from being a country of self-subsistence farmers to that of a medium/large scale farming nation/producer;
2. Create a nationwide food inspectorate division with a view to improving nutrition and eliminating food borne hazards
3. Inject sufficient funds to the Agricultural sector to create more agro allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops;
4. Guarantee a minimum price for all cash crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products to overcome seasonal shortages of selected food crops.
5. Move the nation to an all year round small, medium, and commercial farming through a coordinated integrative irrigation of our existing dams as well as creation of more dam to collect the over flooding waters, nationwide.
6. Revive our Agricultural Research Institutes that are in a state of comatose;
7. Review and strengthened Veterinary practices nationwide.

Do you think this can change things around in the Agric sector?

Watch video of the manifesto below
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czq-utlNSc8[/youtube]

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The Nigeria 2015 Election is approaching, which party do you think have the best plan for agriculture?


PDP Agric Plan (Agriculture Transformation Agenda)


1. NIRSAL
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) - a new innovative mechanism targeted at de-risking lending to the agricultural sector, is designed to provide the singular transformational and one bullet solution to break the seeming jinx in Nigeria's agricultural lending and development.
 
2. Marketing Corporation
Under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, the markets for agricultural commodities would be strengthened through the establishment of commodity marketing corporations around each of the commodities.
 
3. Growth Enhancement Support
Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) represents a policy and pragmatic shift within the existing Fertilizer Market Stabilization Programme and it puts the resource constrained farmer at its center through the provision of series of incentives to encourage the critical actors in the fertilizer value chain to work together to improve productivity, household food security and income of the farmer.
 
Staple Crops Processing Zones
This idea focuses on attracting private sector agribusinesses to set up processing plants in zones of high food production, to process commodities into food products. This would be enabled by government by putting in place appropriate fiscal, investment and infrastructure policies for Staple Crops Processing Zones.

4 years down the line, how has it fair?
Watch video of some testimony, do you agree?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17OD6Wex9hk[/youtube]

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FACILITIES: Functional borehole, fenced and gate.
PRICE: N60 Million

1. DESCRIPTION: A Ten Room Building
LOCATION: Railway Crossing, Pen Cinema Agege Lagos
FACILITIES: Functional borehole, fenced and gate.
PRICE: N5 Million

2. DESCRIPTION: A Storey Building of four 3 Bedroom flat and 6 BQ Rooms
LOCATION: Agbado Railway Crossing, Ogun State
FACILITIES: Water, Fenced and Gate.
PRICE: N15 Million with approved Plan and C of O in Process

Call: 08059882490 for Details and appointment booking

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For Sale / Lands For Residential & Farming and Buildings In Lagos For Sale
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:32:04 PM »
We have Lands that can be used for Agricultural and Residential purposes

1. 35 Acres of Land For Sale at Mowe/Ofada in Obafemi Owode Local Government Of Ogun State
Neighbourhood: RCCG and Several Housing Estates on the axis, including the Olorunsogo Power plant. 10 Minutes Drive from the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Facilities: Accessible Road and GSM Network Coverage
Title: Government Registered Survey
Price: N1.5M Per Acre (Minimum of 5 Acre)




2. 30 Acres of Land at Ajilete/Oke Odan In Yewa South Local Government of Ogun State. The land located along a road off the Sango Ota-idiroko Road an international trading route that leads to the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic

Advantages
Proximity to Lagos
Proximity to major industries in the Agbara axis
Accessible Road and GSM Network Coverage
Availability of Farm machinery and labour

Distance To Major Points
Neighbourhood:
30KM to Canaanland/Covenant University
37KM to Sango Ota
43km to Agbara End of the Lagos Badagry Expressway. Home to major industries.
 
Title: Deed of Assignment
Price: N250,000 Per Acre (Minimum of 5 Acre)

Contact Us
Freshvine Agricultural Communication
248 Iju Road, Opposite Iju Ishaga Garage
Iju Ishaga, Lagos.
08059882490, 08060839002

You can also reply to this post with your question or inquiry, We'll surely reply. Thanks

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Introduction
 
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become fundamental to the functioning of our society, quite like electricity and roads. There are a variety of ways agriculture domain harnesses the power of ICT. In order to appreciate how ICT can be used in agriculture, it is important to understand the basic concepts in this space, their functionality and their limitations.
This course on ICT Basics will cover the fundamentals of ICT. It will deal with how information is gathered from the real world, stored in the machines, transmitted from machine to machine. It will talk about how the system figures out your location and your identity. Management of servers and services over the Cloud is another fundamental ability, which will be discussed.
This course will be followed by advanced courses, which will take you further into ICT applications in modern agriculture.
 
Who should attend this course?
Being a basic course this should be of interest to everybody who use Cellphones, Computers and various computer based services. In particular, they should be useful to
Students of Agriculture Universities
Faculty of SAU
Agriculture Scientists in ARS
NGOs in Agriculture
 
Course content
The course content will cover the basic aspects of ICT, especially with a view to their application in agriculture.
Voice and Data Communication   Data and Content Management
Location Recognition   Knowledge Representation
Identity Management   Data Analytics
Parameter Sensing   Social Networking
Internet Technologies   Cloud Computing

At the end of the course, a participant should know about
Website, Web Application
Read/write Web, Semantic Web
Server Side: Web servers, Search Engines
Client side: Browsers, Apps
Basics of Cloud Computing
Access Devices: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smart Phone
Communication Technologies: Voice and Data, 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, CDMA
Identity and Location: Who are you and where are you, GPRS, Cell towers, Wifi
Data Storage: DBMS, Content management, Knowledge representation and storage
 
Certificates
 agMOOCs are offered under the umbrella of NPTEL. Participation certificate and Competency certificate will be given to qualifying students based on their engagement and performance.

Visit http://agmoocs.in/content/ict-basics to Register

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How to's / How to Use Drones on the Farm
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:59:41 AM »
When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.

This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, said his Idaho-based business will use a lightweight, fixed-wing drone to survey fields of crops.

Drone technology, already used in other countries, can make farmers more efficient by helping them locate problem spots in vast fields or ranchlands. Increased efficiency could mean lower costs for consumers and less impact on the environment if farmers used fewer chemicals because drones showed them exactly where to spray.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, said agriculture could account for 80 percent of all commercial drone use, once government regulations allow it. That could be a while.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been working for years on rules that would balance the desire for commercial flights of small drones with the need to prevent collisions involving manned aircraft.

Five ways drones could affect the food supply:

1. Scouting Farms
The first agriculture drones are looking at massive fields of crops to scout out where crops are too wet, too dry, too diseased or too infested with pests. They can help farmers count plants or measure their height. Farmers can now use satellite technology, but it’s slower and less detailed than images from low-flying drone.

“This is about getting the most productivity from every square inch of a farm,” ADAVSO’s Edgar said.

Alabama farmer Don Glenn said he would buy a drone or use a service that provides drone surveillance on his farm of corn, wheat, soybeans and canola. It’s hard to survey corn fields when they are eight feet to 10 feet tall, he says.

Drones can carry different tools, including high-resolution cameras, infrared sensors and thermal sensors. Ground-penetrating radar could even measure soil conditions.


2. Applying Chemicals
Once the land is surveyed, farmers could use that data to narrow the areas that need treatment. If a plot of farmland is infested with weeds, for example, a farmer could spray a small amount of herbicide just in that area, instead of an entire field, to kill them. Farmers hope that they eventually could use drones to do the spraying.

Kevin Price of the Iowa-based drone company RoboFlight Systems said that kind of precision would put farmers at a huge advantage, helping them reduce the costs of chemicals and their application.

3. Playing Cowboy
The National Farmers Union’s Johnson said his father used to fly a plane over his ranch and his neighbors’ to spot escaped cattle when he was growing up in North Dakota. That’s something a drone could do with far less money and effort.

Lia Reich of the UAV manufacturer PrecisionHawk said the company’s drones can use thermal sensors to take the temperature of cattle.

The data comes back as bands of color, and “if all of the cattle look green and one looks dark purple then that one has a higher temperature,” she said.

Drones could help ranchers count cattle, disturb pests that are aggravating livestock or even apply insecticide to an animal.


4. Finding Fish
A University of Maryland project is developing drone technology to monitor fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Matt Scassero, the project director, says the idea is that a laser-based sensor mounted on a drone would allow scientists to see through the water and measure the size of a school of fish. Researchers could ascertain the conditions of the water, too.

Some drones can land on water, making it possible to measure water quality, as well.


5. Revealing Secrets
There are downsides for farmers. Documentary filmmaker Mark Devries has used an unmanned vehicle to fly over large commercial hog operations and film them. He wants consumers to see the buildings full of animals and huge manure pits.

The drones “allow for close-ups and vantage points that satellites and airplanes cannot easily obtain,” Devries said.

R.J. Karney of the American Farm Bureau Federation said there is a “major concern” about those kinds of films and his group intends to work with the Obama administration and Congress to address it. He said such films are not only a privacy violation, but can put farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

Still, the agriculture industry sees the advantages of drones as far outweighing the disadvantages.

“We’re concerned about falling behind other countries” as the FAA delays, Karney said. “Farmers are anxious to see where this can go.”


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IITA Job Recruitment / Re: Career Openings at IITA (February 2015)
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:53:15 PM »
Postdoctoral Fellow, GIS Specialist (Ref No: DDG-R4D/PDF/GISS/01/15)

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Postdoctoral Fellow, GIS Specialist.

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of the tropics. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

Position/Responsibilities:
Increased profitability of production systems will generally depend on the sustainable adoption of improved agricultural innovations most suited to particular biophysical conditions but also market demand.  The person in this position is in charge with identifying the key recommendation domains for scaling purposes by using extrapolation domain analysis (EDA) of key biophysical (soils, water resources, climate and land use) and socio-economic (population and market access) variables. Through this process, the focus regions will be stratified into recommendation domains where specific technologies will be scaled to maximize chances of adoption success. Various datasets on bio-physical factors like climate data, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) have to be linked with existing socio-economic drivers of change related datasets like market access, population density, and plausible proxies (like policy factors) in order to map out the most suitable environments for the targeting and scaling out of agricultural innovations. The person in this position will be responsible for categorizing the operational areas into recommendation domains, identification of research sites within recommendation domains, better targeting of research and development operations, planning for scaling to other areas of similar characteristics, and contributing to spatial monitoring and evaluation.

The incumbent will report to the Chief Scientist of the IITA led Africa RISING project in East and Southern Africa and the Africa RISING Coordinator.

Tasks will include:
•   identifying the key recommendation domains for scaling purposes by using extrapolation domain analysis (EDA) of key biophysical (soils, water resources, climate and land use) and socio-economic (population and market access) variables.
•   stratifying the focus regions into recommendation domains where specific technologies will be scaled to maximize chances of adoption success.
•   linking various datasets on bio-physical factors like climate data, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) with existing socio-economic drivers of change related datasets like market access, population density, and plausible proxies (like policy factors) to identify baseline soil constraints and ecological potential.
•   mapping out the most suitable environments for the targeting and scaling out of agricultural innovations and categorizing the operational areas into recommendation domains.
•   identifying research sites within recommendation domains for better targeting of research and development operations.
•   planning for scaling to other areas of similar characteristics.
•   contributing to spatial monitoring and evaluation.
•   performing any other task assigned by the supervisors.


Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a PhD in Agriculture, Soil Science, Geography, Geology, Geophysics or similar discipline

Core Competencies:

Required
•   Detailed knowledge of using R with geo-spatial data (or other statistical software packages).
•   Experience in using GIS (ArcGIS) including its extensions (Geostatistical Analysis, Spatial Analysis).
•   Experience in working with many different data formats from various sources (ability to import and convert them to different formats in order to use them).
•   Understanding of gender and social inclusion issues and experience with ways of addressing these in research for development programs in order to promote equality of opportunity and outcomes.
•   Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working and interacting effectively with a variety of stakeholders ( farmers, extension workers and other service providers, public and private sector entities, national programs), and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies.
•   Ability to publish extensively in peer reviewed journals.
•   Fluent written and spoken English.
•   Knowledge of farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Helpful
•   Software programming abilities to write custom algorithms (e.g. Python for ArcGIS).
•   Additional knowledge of open source software libraries and GIS tools might be needed to explore more than one technical approach (SAGA GIS, Quantum GIS, GRASS, gvSig).

Duty station: Arusha, Tanzania

General information: The contract will be for an initial period of two years. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.

Applications: Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. : Please click here to complete IITA online application form for this job

Closing Date: 10th February 2015

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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IITA Job Recruitment / Re: Career Openings at IITA (February 2015)
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:46:49 PM »
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of:

Job Title: Post - Doctoral Scientist Virology/Molecular Biology

Ref: DDG-R4D/PDS/01/15)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Background
A post-doctoral scientist is required to work on a GIZ supported project to develop and apply a Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) system for cassava, a major industrial crop globally, and a food staple in Africa. VIGS technology for cassava will be developed in collaboration with the Plant Virus Department of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Germany, and the incumbent will be responsible for transferring the technology to IITA-Nairobi, located at the BioSciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) hub in Nairobi, Kenya, where well-established facilities for plant molecular biology, including sequencing and plant transformation exist.

At the BecA-ILRI hub in Kenya, the post-doctoral scientist will conduct RNASeq experiments to identify novel candidate genes associated with two virus diseases which are currently decimating cassava production in parts of Africa, namely Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD). Already identified candidate genes and others that will be identified during the course of the project will be functionally validated by applying VIGS to cassava. Transfer of technology is in the remit of the incumbent and this will necessitate some time spent in Germany and in Kenya. The incumbent will also be involved in training of African scientists from a number of countries in VIGS and other aspects to make the technology more widely available.

Position/Responsibilities
Transfer of VIGS technology from Germany to Kenya. This will involve up to six months stay in Germany, hosting German post-doc at IITA-Nairobi, and some travel between Kenya and Germany.
Establishment of RNASeq experiments, extraction of RNA, cDNA and library preparation.
Analysis of RNA-Seq data for comparative gene expression
Design of appropriate gene constructs for functional validation using VIGS
Apply VIGS to cassava and to functionally validate genes putatively associated with virus resistance
Conduct short-term training courses for African scientists in VIGS
Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a Ph.D in Virology or Molecular Biology or associated discipline from a highly recognized university.
Core Competencies:
Excellent molecular biology skills, preferably with experience in VIGS.
Experience with conducting RNASeq experiments and Illumina library preparation.
Bioinformatics skills including experience with the analysis of RNA-Seq data for gene expression.
Excellent skills in plant molecular biology including knowledge of host plant resistance mechanisms.
Willingness to travel between Kenya and Germany and spend up to six months in Germany.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent spoken and written English.
Demonstrated ability to write and publish articles in peer reviewed international journals.
Ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.
Willingness to travel within the region.
Research experience in sub-Saharan Africa is an asset.
General information/Remuneration
Initial appointment is for two years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

Application Closing Date
20th February, 2015.


Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should address their applications, which should address how the candidate's background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees to:

The Head,
Human Resources Service,
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),
PMB 5320,
Ibadan, Oyo State,
Nigeria .

Click Here to complete the online application

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IITA Job Recruitment / Career Openings at IITA (February 2015)
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:41:49 PM »
Food Scientist/Technologist (Ref No: DDG-R4D/FST/01/15)

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Food Scientist/Technologist.

IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of the tropics. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

Position/Responsibilities:
•   Lead, with technical support staff, the food technology (and related nutrition) activities of the project in East DR Congo and Burundi in close cooperation with development partners, national research systems, and other relevant stakeholders.
•   Develop a food technology-related research program in the context of this project (and other initiatives in DR Congo) and publish research results in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.
•   Facilitate the implementation of project activities in East DR Congo (in close cooperation with the project coordinator) within the context Humidtropics partnership arrangements.
•   Manage the IITA component of the project budget (annual budgeting, budget execution monitoring, assisting with financial reports to ILRI, etc).
•   Compile technical reports from activities in East DR Congo for forwarding to the project coordinator in Bujumbura.
•   Advance the crop processing and value addition initiatives towards partner/agri-preneur-led, profitable ventures in DR Congo (in cooperation with the CEO of the Business Incubation Platform in Ibadan).
•   (Co) supervise PhD and MSc students.
•   Build capacity of partners to engage in food technology (and nutrition) activities.
•   Communicate research results to various audiences and in various forms, with specific focus on top quality, peer-reviewed journals.
•   Collaborate with CGIAR centers and other research institutes to support/ enhance project outputs and develop synergies with other projects to maximize impact.
•   Engage with other IITA staff and projects operating in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.

Educational Qualifications
The candidate should have a PhD in a food science/ technology with a minor in nutrition or a related discipline relevant to the skills listed above (the covering letter should expand on the relevance of your skill-set).

Core Competencies:
•   Minimum 10 years' experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
•   Understanding of gender and social inclusion issues and experience with ways of addressing these in research for development programs in order to promote equality of opportunity and outcomes.
•   Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working and interacting effectively with a variety of stakeholders (farmers, extension workers and other service providers, public and private sector entities, national programs), and demonstrated ability to collaborate well across disciplines and with key collaborative institutions and agencies.
•   Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals.
•   Knowledge of crop-livestock farming systems and agro-business models in sub-Saharan Africa.
•   Fluent written and spoken English and French.

Duty station: Bukavu, DR Congo

General information: The contract will be for an initial period of two years. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars. 

Applications: Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service. Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/careers   

Closing Date: 15 March 2015

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Job opening ID   149

Posting title   Business Development Lead(in an agric company)

Roles and Responsibilities   
The following are the roles and responsibilities for this role:
• Maximize revenue for the company.
• Develop and analyze new strategies for introducing new customers, business partners, consultants and sponsors.
• Introduce new customers, business partners, consultants and sponsors.
• Manage existing business relationships for continuity and profitability
• Review and analyze latest business trends with a view to introduce innovative products or services in future.
• Understand the company's reputation and strive to retain that image by continually enhancing the organisation’s performance.
• Contribute to the development of promotional materials to push the marketing strategy and developing marketing literature/proposals.
• Writing weekly reports as feedback for management

Job type   Full time

Location   Lagos

Skill set   • A good first degree in any relevant field. A degree in agribusiness, agricultural development, or a related agriculture based field would be an added advantage.
• Ability to demonstrate very good subject matter knowledge.
• Excellent communication skills
• Very good presentation skills
• An excellent understanding of International aid organisations and how they work.
• Very good networking skills and ability to leverage on the skills.
• Extremely dynamic, innovative and result driven.
• Excellent knowledge of PowerPoint and all other Microsoft Office suites.
• Must be self motivated.
• Excellent team player.

Please note that candidates must be ready to show evidence of their ability to achieve all the requirements above.

Work experience   1-2years

Click Here to Apply

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Establishing a Farm / N2, 500 Per Hectare Land Still Available! - Article
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:40:16 PM »
The agricultural sector is currently receiving a boost from all levels of government, particularly with the Federal Government seeking to make farming attractive to the youth with its Agric Business initiative.
 
Even though we have exposed the opportunity of obtaining a hectare of farmland from the Federal Government’s River Basin Authorities for only N2,500 for the purpose of farming about two years ago, we have observed that a lot of Nigerians still don’t know about it let alone access it.
 
However, we are glad to know that many of those who got the information from SuccessDigest and went for the land have a good story to tell today.
In this edition, we will be revisiting the opportunity to see the latest developments about the land and how to get one for yourself; including how anyone can make profit farming on such lands even without previous experience, and every other thing you need to know.
 
Recently, we interviewed one of the country’s foremost Agropreneurs with a considerable investment in farming on the river basin across the country, AfricanFarmer Mogaji, and he didn’t fail to reveal all what you need to know about the opportunity and farming on the land.
   
What is this opportunity about and what are the new developments that have come up?
The opportunity is that with N2,500 you can get a hectare of land for farming for a year. All that is needed to do if you are interested is to visit any of the river basins in Nigeria, for the purpose of this interview, let us use Ogun State River Basin as a case study because that is the closest to people living in Lagos State.
 
Why Ogun State and not Lagos State, you may want to ask? As at the time of this interview, Lagos State has sold out her lands; also please know that if by the time you first read this story in SuccessDigest 2years ago and you didn’t take action in Lagos state, you have missed out of the Lagos state project.
 
Lagos State Govt. has taken about 100 hectares from the river basin for her state farming project. They wouldn’t have taken such a large portion of the land if more Nigerians have taken steps to buy into the N2, 500 to lease 2 ½ acres of farmland for a year from any of the river basins in Nigeria.
So Ogun State will be the next that will come to mind, especially for those living around Lagos and Ogun State.
 
Note that you don’t have to be a native of that community before you are attended to, but you must be a Nigerian with proofs. So all you need to do is walk into the ministry of agriculture in your preferred state, ask for the river basin headquarters offices, in this case, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, or if you know someone who is able to take you to their project site, tell them you want the N2, 500 land.
 
With N2, 500, you get 2 ½ acres of farmland to farm for a year. That is about 15 plots of land, which is same as a standard football field where international football matches are played. It can also be measured as one hectare of land.
 
Once you get to the site, ask for the project manager, tell him that you need land for farming and you will get it. There is this idea about Nigerians that the Govt. is not working, however, from my experience I have come to understand that in life it is what you look for that you will find. If you believe it is not working, you will not get it, but if you believe it is working, then you will get it.
 
It is as simple as that. You just get there first, if there no land available, they will tell you and advice you on where else you can get land.
 
There are massive lands in Ogun State. In fact, there are three locations that lands are ready and waiting for people to come and take, both without and with irrigation. When you get to the head office of the river basin, they will be able to give you details. The Project Manager who knows the sites location and availability will be able to give you details and advice, then you can make payment for your preferred land right there.
 
Once payment is made, they will allocate your portion to you, if it is bushy, you will have to cut the bushes or clear the grasses.
 
Some people who got to read about the opportunity the last time it was published in SuccessDigest got the land for N2,500 but were unable to get a tractor to clear the bush for them before planting. Some actually left their lands without farming on it for the whole year. But because they have paid for it, the river basin authority could not take it from them to give to those who were ready to farm.
 
So the Federal Govt. has now made it compulsory that once you have paid the N2,500 and the land needs clearing you will have to pay for the tractor that will do the clearing for you. Also, now they have the mandate to give the land to other persons who are ready to farm on it, because the reason for the land in the first instance is that govt. wants more people to go into farming to increase fresh crop production and reduce unemployment.
 
If you have paid for a tractor to clear the land, you will not likely abandon it. The price of hiring a tractor varies from location to location, but I can assure you, it is affordable because the tractor will work on the land twice before the years runs out. It costs between N7,000 to N15,000 to hire a govt. tractor.
 
If you can get a tractor outside cheaper to come and work on the land, you are welcomed, but I can tell you the govt. has made it easier and competitive enough that you wouldn’t have to border to bring your tractor. Even if their tractors break down, they will quickly fix it because they need that money also.
 
I also like to quickly say that lands with irrigation are more expensive than lands without irrigation because they will have to buy diesel to power the generator that will pump the water.
 
What you need to know before planting
Once the land has been paid for and a tractor has worked on it, it is now ready to be planted on. It is therefore very important to ask for the history of the land as it regards what the previous farmer planted in the last 2years, so that if you know the crops that have been planted over time, you may want to change to another crop because of diseases that might have built-up on the land over the years, but if you have access to a good coach or you know what to do to avoid negative effects of using same land for same crops for several years, like changing seeds, you can go ahead to plant the same crops.
 
You may have to get information about the history of the soil to determine the kind of seed you will plant, and the understanding of the type of seed to plant is very important.
 
I wanted to buy tomato seeds sometimes ago to plant. I told them I wanted to plant in the dry season with irrigation, but because they didn’t have the seed I asked for and they wanted to sell what they had, they assured me that the seed is “doing very well”. I bought the seeds and I went to plant in late dry season, and when it started yielding, it was in early rainy season.
 
The tomatoes seed was actually big and very attractive, but it didn’t want too much of water. So, by the time I started harvesting, it was cracking and dripping water and I could not sell my tomatoes. It was planted on 20 acres of land.
 
The land can be cheap but if you don’t have the right and on-time information, especially with seeds and chemicals used on the land.
You need to know the type of chemicals they have been using on the farm and the insecticides.
 
If the insects or parasites are already building resistance to that particular insecticide, you may have to change it. If everybody is using a particular chemical, they will advise you to do same, but if you have information, you may decide to change so that you can get a better result. What I’m saying in essence is that the land maybe cheap, but it may not be cheap to get outstanding result on that farm land.
 
Don’t be among those that will read this article and rush in to later rush out. You need to get adequate information about what you want to farm that will help you get the maximum return for your investments that you desire.
 
You must also know that the way farming is done in the USA is different from the way it is done here in Nigeria. Even the way water melon is planted and harvested in the northern part of Nigerian is quite different from the way it is done in the southern part of Nigeria. Therefore, don’t treat cases that come up in the south the same way you would treat those in the North. If you do, there may be greater challenge.
 
Most of the land in the South-West can grow onion, cabbage, lettuce, etc., but the time at which you get the land ready for farming is also very important to factor in mind when planting these crops.
 
If you want to plant water melon and you are only able to get your land ready around august, if you plant that water melon in august, when it will be yielding and ready for harvest in October others will be planting. Except you have a ready market, you might fall into trouble of having so much products but not enough people to buy.
So you need information on how to go about a fruitful and productive farming business.
 
How secure are your crops on the land?
So far, none of my referrals or clients, that is more than 50 people, in the last 2years have reported any case of theft on these govt. lands, especially in the South-West. I know people who are presently farming as far as Shaki in Oyo state, very close to Kwara State, and some in Ekiti, but have not complained about their crops being stolen or destroyed.
 
Now, the way it works is that you can have 1, 000 farmers working on those lands. It could be 250, 000 acres all together, and there is this possibility that there would be at least 5-10 farmers working on those lands per day.
 
Come to think of it, stealing these products is not easy, you will need to come with a truck, hire harvesters, and you will need people that will carry the load for you because you need some level of expertise to harvest these crops. And because this is a community, people must talk to people to get to know each other.
 
Stealing may not be very easy unless it is organized by other farmers themselves, because there is a govt. security at the gate that leads to the river basins itself.

Those security guys must check you to ascertain that you belong to that community of farmers before you can have access. It is not something that will happen in 1hour. The structure of the farm makes it difficult for people to steal, people may pick one or two, at worst case 5 seeds in bags or okada, but it will be insignificant, and may not amount to being counted as lose in the farm.
 
The only loss that may arise may be some seeds that didn’t germinate well, or that get trampled on during planting, or those that get eaten up by pests. This loss may amount only to 5-10% in some cases in a farming year.
 
Then again, govt. is not even ready to ask you to leave, because they have a mandate to provide food and jobs for the people. The only reason you could be asked to leave the farm land is if you are not farming the way you are supposed to, or your farming is not fruitful or productive.
 
Can distance affect my coming and going to the farm regularly, knowing that I stay in Lagos and I am privilege to rent a land in Ogun or Osun state, are there shelters in these river basins where one can stay?
Now, if you are planting crop which is what I advocate people to start with and most of these crops you attend to them at least every 7days, some fortnightly, so you might not have to sleep over there.
 
However, if you need to sleep over, some of the river basins already have accommodation, either occupied or waiting to be renovated. Also, in all those locations there are places to rent, say, one room or two rooms. However, for something you want to do in 3months and move away, you may not need to rent a place.
 
Some farmers already living there may be willing to accommodate you for a night and you go the next day, if you have developed a good rapport with them. The assistance you will need is already there: the planters, the sprayers, the harvesters, and the farm supervisors.  These are people from neighboring villages who have come to live there to survive. All that is needed of you is administrative work which may not warrant you even passing a night.
 
On the day you will plant or do a major work, all you have to do is plan to leave very early and come back in the evening. Unless you are doing a very massive project and you wish to see everything to the latter, you may not have to pass the night there.
 
If you are farming 16 plots, planting may not take more than 3hours with the right amount of man power.  Talking about massive land, now nobody will allow you take more than one hectare, except you have demonstrated to them that you can manage huge plot of land from the way you have managed the smaller ones that have been given to you over the years.
 
Who can apply for these lands?
Anybody! Many of those who read the previous publication about this opportunity from SuccessDigest have gone there to access the land and they are now farming there. Sometimes when I get to these sites, the project managers will be telling me that people came for land; that they read about it from a publication. At a speaking engagement sometime ago, as I talked about the N2,500 per hectare farm land from the govt., a woman stood up to testify that she read it in SuccessDigest and went there and she has farmed water melon that sold well.
 
So, if you are really interested, you can dash in there this month of January. Because of the shift in the oil sector, individuals, the corporate sector, and governments are now turning to agriculture, which might make the lands to become scarce..
 
Insuring your farmland
Anybody going into agriculture now in any land must consider insuring the farm, it is called agricultural insurance, where you pay 2.5% of your production cost to agriculture Insurance Corporation and if anything happens, they will pay you for any damage. The standard rate is about 90% but at worst case you will get 70% when there so much claims, they will have to adjust.
 
It then means that you cannot lose completely. The only way you will not get anything from the insurance company is if you filled the form with wrong information. Say for instance, if by the time you applied you gave the information that XYZ was in your farm or that you had XYZ acres of land. If after the loss they investigated to ascertain the damage and found out that the report you gave is false, then, you have lost everything because by law they are no longer obligated to pay you.
 
The law says within 48hours of the incident you must contact them; so that they can have enough time to come and carry out their investigation before things get out of hand. To the best of my knowledge there has been no genuine claim that has not been resolved that I know of.
 
The insurance company is ever ready to pay. Because the Federal Govt. is contributing to the insurance scheme, the state govt. and the local govt. are also contributing to the insurance to ensure that damages are paid regularly and on time.
 
If you must get the best out of your land this year, this is the best time to insure that land because climate change and natural disaster can happen.
 
How often can I use this land?
It is at the prerogative of the project manager or the extension officer to decide how the lands are been used and rotated annually, because sometimes they do crop rotation, they decide how and where you should use per time, except you have earlier informed them based on the project you are working, which they are aware will require you to retain that particular land for another year. Otherwise, you will have to convince them with proves and facts why you need that same land again, if not you may not get the same land, but another one.
 
What strategy can one use to increase productivity in the farmland?
The productivity of the land can be improved with organic crop boosters, no matter how bad the soil is.
 
I advice that you get these organic crop boosters, there is this popular one most farmers use, called super grow, but over the years I have discovered that it is a case of a one eyed man leading a blind man. You know what can possibly happen to both of them.
 
People get half baked information and begin to use it to train others. Because the dosage for this crop boosters are not properly observed, when mixed with other chemicals as it ought to be, the crops are affected leaving the soil untouched. I know quite a few that when properly used will increase productivity from 40-70%.
 
Also, like I always say, the quality of your seed will determine the reward of your labour, and from my finding I have discovered that we have seeds that have no expiring date in the market. The ones that have expiring date may be near expiration date, and the marketer will re-bag, thinking that the customer/farmer will plant almost immediately.

 
And because nobody told the farmer he has to plant within month of buying the seed, he may still use the seed long after it has expired without knowing.
 
Some years ago I threw away seeds worth N135, 000 because I was not properly informed about the seed I just bought. So the source of your seeds is very crucial, I have also discover that if for any reason you buy a bad seed and you try to return it, by right they are supposed to give you another seed, but it doesn’t happen that way, at that point you are on your own. It is therefore important that a good relationship is observed between the farmer and seed sellers.

Again to increase productivity, plant the seeds twice. Don’t plant all your seeds at once.

Source: http://successdigestonline.com/articles/view/n2-500-per-hectare-land-still-available

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Yes the land is free from government acquisition. A deed of assignment duly attested by a lawyer conveying the transfer of ownership will be issued. The land is crisis free i assure you.

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Farmland are still available at
* Around Atan at N450,000/acre
* Abeokuta at N200,000/acre
* Owode/Ajilete/Oke Odan at N250,000/acre

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Hello house, where can i get a maize shelling machine in Nigeria and how much does it cost. Expecting your reply.

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A medium sized agriculture production company based in Rivers State is commencing operations shortly and requires suitably qualifed persons to fill the below positions:

Job Location: Rivers State

1.) Assistant Manager

Responsibilities:
Candidates shall report to the Executive Director, with responsibilities for mill operations, marketing/sales, plantation/farm management, Finance/Administration.
Qualifications
Candidates must possess good first degree or HND with upper credit in agricultural engineering, business administration, agriculture science/agronomy, accounting.
Candidates are to possess three to five years relevant experience. IT competence is an added advantage. Good communication and report writing skills compulsory.

2.) Supervisor

Responsibilities:
Candidates shall report to the Assistant Manager with responsibilities for mill production poultry, piggery, fisheries management, oil palm plantation.
Qualifications
Candidates must possess good first degree/HND with upper credit in agriculture science/agronomy, Animal science/husbandry,
Not less than five years post NYSC experiein the agriculture production industry. Knowledge of IT, good communication and report writing skills are also required

3.) Office Manager
Candidate shall report to the Executive Director with responsibilities for the running of the front office.
Qualifications
Candidate should possess a good first degree/HND with upper credit in secretarial administration, with not less than three years post NYSC experience, must be IT literate in the use of publishing software, excel etc.

Application Closing Date
23rd September, 2014

How To Apply
Interested candidates should forward their CVs and applications to: aidalan.associates@gmail.com

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Goal of Interview: This interview questionnaire is designed with a goal to help address major issues affecting our agriculture in
Nigeria, and it is schedule will be published in our brand –Nigerian Agriculture Magazine

Targeted Respondent:
Farmers/Farmers’ Leader, Agriculturist in bank, Agric. Lecturer, Economists, Agriculture Scientists, Agri Government Representative in Agriculture ministry or ADP or local government, NGO’s in Agriculture, Business Analysts and member of House of Reps in Agriculture

PLEASE NOTE: RESPONDENT CAN CHOOSE TO ANSWER ANY PART OR ALL OF THE QUESTIONS AS THEY WANT

Here goes the interview question:
1. As a professional, what concerns you most about our agriculture at present?
2. How would you assess the Nigeria Agriculture Transformation Agenda (NATA)
3. Please comment on what you feel regarding its impact/measurable targeted goals in terms of food increase, wealth and job creation?
4. What is your view about leadership problems and non-unification of the Apex Farmers
Association of
5. Please tell us a brief about yourself and what thrills you about our agriculture?
Please send your scanned passport photo/ picture along with response to this questionnaire to support the publication. (It’s no problem if you feel you do not want to add your photograph).

Send your response to editor@nigerianagriculture.com

Thank you for sharing with us your valuable time
Signed: Tayo Aregbe (Editorial Director)



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Photo of the Estimated distance from the Actual Land to Covenant University/Canaanland
Courtesy: Google map


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Photo of the Estimated distance from the Actual Land to Agbara End of the Lagos/Badagry Expressway. Courtesy: Google Map



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Arable Farmland for agricultural purposes is available for sale.

LOCATION 1
Ajilete, Yewa South L.G of Ogun state
The land located along a road off the Sango Ota-idiroko Road an international trading route that leads to the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic

DOCUMENT
Deed of Assigment

PRICE: N400,000/Acre

ADVANTAGES
Free from Govt. Acquisition (Verified)
Proximity to Lagos
Proximity to major industries in the Agbara axis
Full GSM Coverage
Electricity
Accessible Road
Availability of Farm machineries and labour

DISTANCE FROM MAJOR POINTS
30KM to Canaanland/Covenant University
37KM to Sango Ota
43km to Agbara End of the Lagos Badagry Expressway.

We have track in assisting people in getting land especially for agricultural purposes
Below is a link to a recent deal of 30 acres in the same axis http://www.agricforum.com/index.php?topic=574.msg956#msg956

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Farmland / Re: 30 Acres Of Farmland Gone! 20 Acre Booked! THANK YOU
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:53:58 PM »
A member of the family signing the dotted line, the rest are captured in the video recording

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