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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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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 / 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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Wanted / I Need The Price Of a Maize Sheller in Nigeria
« on: November 14, 2014, 04:01:26 PM »
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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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

Contact Us
Freshvine Agricultural Communication
248 Iju Road, Opposite Iju Ishaga Garage
Iju Ishaga, Lagos.
08059882490, 08166630925


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

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Farmland / 30 Acres Of Farmland Gone! 20 Acre Booked! THANK YOU
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:26:08 PM »
With reference to the post at http://www.agricforum.com/post/b20/50-acre-of-land-available-for-sale-in-ogun-state-at-200kacre/501/

We wish to inform you that 30 acres out of the land have been sold out, 20 acres already booked. We thank all those that contacted us through this site and successfully transact business with us.
Here are some pix taken during the process of purchase, beside this video recording of the whole process is always done especially during payment to prevent future dispute.

Pix of the Land been measured





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In pursuant of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), Agricultural And Rural Management Training institute (ARMTI), Invites Youth to cease the opportunity of the ATA and participation in its Empowerment scheme.
The scheme is aimed at addressing the problems of youth unemployment provide necessary entrepreneur skills for the selected Agricultural graduates and link them with selected financial institutions that will provide them loans to engage on agricultural enterprise of their choice.
Participation in the scheme is open to both male and female candidates desiring to take career in agricultural enterprises.Requirements for participation Any of the participant should fulfill the following conditions among others
1. Be a Nigerian with evidence
2. Be physically fit and willing to work hard
3. Have interest in Agricultural production/enterprise
4. Be between 22 and 39 years of age
5. Have a solid agricultural production background
6. Have minimum Bachelor Degree or Higher National Diploma  in Agriculture or related disciplines
7. Must have completed NYSC at the time of application
8. Be prepared to take up career in agricultural based enterprises such as arable crop production, fish production, poultry production, e.t.c
9. Be interested in arable crop production and have evidence of access (Not necessarily ownership) to a minimum of 2- 3ha of land for raining season arable crop production OR a minimum of 0.5-1ha land for dry season/irrigation arable crop production OR
10. Be interested in livestock/poultry/fishery enterprise or production and have evidence or production and evidence of facilities (such as land space, water etc.) that support the enterprises
11. Pass a written test prior to final selection
12. Prepare a pro-forma business plan of agricultural enterprise of their choice.

Method of Application
Written application including concrete information in respect of each of the above requirements together with a letter signed by chairman or secretary of the candidate’s local qualification or relevant documents and (3) references (including the community leader of the applicant and a senior civil servant of the rank not less than Assistant director in the Federal civil service or a Deputy Director in a state civil service) should be forwarded to the  address below within 3 weeks of this advertisement.

The Executive Director
ARMTI Km18, Ilorin-Ajase –Ipo Road
P.M.B 1343 Ilorin, Kwara State.


Deadline: Applications should be sent before 29th July, 2014.

Source: http://kalusam.wordpress.com

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Production / Value Added Business Opportunities In Coconut
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:25:12 AM »
Value Added Business Opportunities In Coconut

Functional foods
The market is attracting health conscious groups with functional food buzz words like designer foods, medical foods, longevity foods, hyper nutritional foods, super foods, pharma foods, perspective foods, phyto foods, therapeutic foods and others. These foods contain biologically active components thought to enhance health and wellbeing. While the conventional food sector has an expected growth rate of 1–3%, functional foods are catching up and surpassing this market with a growth rate of 7–8%. Between 1998 and 2003, global value sales of functional food increased by almost 60% and are further set to rise by 40% by 2008 (Global Market Analyst Euromonitor). By 2010 the most industrialised countries, Western Europe (34%), the USA (34%) and Japan (25%), will account for 90% of the total estimated market.

A high level of new product activity is continuing to stimulate growth in the fast growing global confectionery market, which was worth US$95 billion in 2002 with a total volume of 15 million t. The perceptive consumption is 17 kg/year in Denmark, 16 kg in Sweden, 13 kg in Norway and in Europe and North America (8.8–10.7 kg).
Coconut milk, milk powder and desiccated coconut provide lauric acid which can help build up resistance/immunity against viral, fungal and bacterial diseases. Coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acid derivatives have an increasing role to play in the fast-developing functional foods market, particularly baby foods, nutriceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

Functional drinks from coconut
This area concentrates on value-added products. The functional drink market continues to be healthy—the sports drink, energy drink, wellbeing drink and welcome drink markets are continuously growing. Beverage markets showed strong growth between 1998 and 2003, expanding by a compound annual growth rate of almost 11%. Functional juices markets also showed good growth, with value-added sales up by an estimated 73% between 2003 and 2008. One reason behind the success of functional beverages is convenience—they can be consumed on the move and therefore tap into the key consumer demand pattern of health, convenience and portability.
The global functional food drinks market, defined as ‘soft drink with added health benefits’, was valued at US$13.86 billion in 2000. This is expected to double to US$24 billion by 2005. Sports drinks are mainly isotonic and hypotonic, and are based with leading brand names. Energy drinks, including glucose-based products, had a market value of US$3.5 billion in 2000. Most of the energy drinks contain caffeine, vitamins and minerals, but caffeine is problematic in some countries.
Young coconut water (tender-nut water) and mature coconut water, in both a pure form and with various added minerals and vitamins, could have wider domestic and international markets with well directed marketing.

Cosmoceuticals
Production of cosmetics and personal products in Asian and Pacific countries is just developing, with emerging popularity of skin-whitening products. With growth of 10% for cosmetics and personal care products, and 5–19% for soap in Asia and the Pacific, the requirement is enormous. Many of the Pacific countries are importing all products. Coconut oil, which is rich in C12 and C14 fatty acids (lauric and myristic), is good for skin care when applied as a pure product and also as manufactured cleaning products that have wide acceptance.

Oleochemicals
The long-term trend for oleochemicals is favourable, with world capacity expected to rise to 12 million t and production to 10.8 million t by 2010. Consumer trend is increasing towards the application of oleochemicals in detergent, soap and personal care products, and hence there is good scope for coconut based oleochemicals.

Biofuels/biolubricants
Energy security perspectives have become a driving force for the use of vegetable oil-based biodiesel fuels.
Numerous countries are in the process of making biofuels. However, there are three challenges the biofuel sector must overcome: price considerations, lack of awareness of the fuel and negative impact on the glycerine supply to existing markets. Biolubricants are functional fluids made from vegetable oils and downstream esters. For example, coconut oil as a biolubricant has been used in India for three-wheeler vehicles. The overall global usage of renewable raw materials in lubricants and related functional fluid applications is about 250,000 t, comprising about 0.7% of the total lubricant marketed and 0.25% of the total oils and fats produced annually.
The Philippines is moving forward followed by Thailand, Vanuatu and Marshall Islands. Double-filtered coconut oil is used directly in Marshall Islands to run cars, fishing boats, trucks etc, while in the Philippines a mixture of diesel and methyl ester from coconut oil at a 99:1 ratio is used, with plans to increase this to 95:5.

Premium Grade Monolaurin and HIV/AIDS
Over a period of 22 years, 42 million people in the world have been affected by HIV/AIDS. This viral disease affects 7.2 million people in Asian and Pacific countries, while India is reported to have 3.5–5.0 million sufferers. Coconut oil, with 48% lauric acid, is a potential source for producing monolaurin (lauricidin), which has been experimentally found to reduce the virus. Dr Jon Kabara, a scientist from the USA, has undertaken some preliminary work but pilot-scale testing with a large number of AIDS patients needs to be undertaken. The Philippines has also done some basic studies and would like to expand. If a small amount of the donor funds received for the Global AIDS Awareness campaign could be spent on this research, it should be possible to develop a cost-effective control measure. If this
happens, the coconut currently produced throughout the world may not be adequate to meet the needs of all sufferers.

Coir and coir pith

For environmental friendliness, cost and low weight, natural fibres are now considered to be important. Natural fibres used as reinforcements in industrial products have made considerable inroads into the production of automotive interiors, especially in Europe. Several European firms are testing whether coir pith can play a role in the growing automotive market for ‘biocomposites’ or as thermal insulation in home construction. It is also used as a filler to replace talc and calcium carbonate in certain household products.
Coir fibre matting products for soil protection along roadside cuttings and bare patches have been shown to be effective and are becoming popular under the label ‘geotextile’. In the horticulture sector, natural fibre pith can play a vital role as it has a short life (disposability) and reasonable strength for transporting flowers, vegetables and fruit and for bulking up potting mixtures. The Netherlands produces about 1,850 million plant pots annually, consuming about 30,000 t of synthetic plastics. It is anticipated that the use of biodegradable pots using natural fibres could replace these synthetic plastic pots within 10 years.
Rubberised coir used to be the material of choice for car seats but recently it has lost out to competition from synthetic foams. Yet, the remaining use of coir in several up-market European car models is an example of how natural fibre products can remain competitive and possibly regain ground. When compared to high-end foams, seat covers made from rubberized coir provide better feel and support.
Manufacturing these covers used to be a multistep labor intensive process, but in 2000–01 two major German automotive suppliers jointly developed a novel one-step injection process offering shorter cycling times, higher productivity, more consistent quality and, ultimately, lower production cost. The process requires that the used twisted coir fibre is virtually free of pith and very consistent in the weight per unit length of twisted strand.
Wall panels produced from blast furnace slag cement and coir fibres have been developed in Brazil using a low-cost environmentally friendly technology. This technology is available from the Institute de Pesquisas Technologie do Estado de Sao Paulo S.A., Brazil. High-tech production of industrial textiles is possible and needs to be exploited by importing coir fibre.

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Latest research / Download Free Farm Management App
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:27:54 AM »
Check out this farm management service app called Farm At Hand. It is a way for producers to mange and track different aspects of their farms.
Farm At Hand provides the solution that will allow you to know exactly what is happening on your farm from anywhere at anytime. You will have access to information and open lines of communication when you need it the most to make the most informed decisions possible – saving you time and money.

WHY FREE?
As arable land continues to decline and global population continues to rise, there is increased pressure on farmers to be more productive and efficient in everything they do. A well-run and efficient farm doesn’t benefit just the farmer but everyone they help feed. By offering Farm At Hand for free to the farmer, we hope to do our part in helping farms become more efficient.

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Visit https://www.farmathand.com/ for more information

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Agric Jobs Vacancy / Extension Agronomists at Agro-Allied Industry
« on: June 21, 2014, 04:54:29 PM »
Agro-Allied Industry is recruiting to fill the vacant position of:

Job Title: Extension Agronomists
Reference Code: COCH/EA/0013

Location: Anambra

Qualification
First Degree in Agronomy

Experience
Minimum of 5 years experience in Production or research or extension.

Remuneration

The positions offer competitive compensation and benefit package, commensurate with what is obtainable in the upstream Agro-Allied Industry.
It's an Opportunity to elevate your career and boost your salary.

Application Closing Date
15th July, 2014

How to Apply
Interested applicants are to forward their  resumes to: cochedsjobs@yahoo.com

Note:
Applicants are expected to indicate their position of intereste and reference code respectively in heading of their emails.
The Farm is located in Anaku, Ayanmelum LGA of Anambra State.
Staff must be willig to live and work in Anaku.
It is into rice value chain.
Farm & Mill.

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Agric Jobs Vacancy / Farm Engineer At An Agro-Allied Industry
« on: June 21, 2014, 04:17:22 PM »
An Agro-Allied Industry is recruiting to fill the vacant position of:

Job Title: Farm Engineer
Reference Code: COCH/FE/0014

Location: Anambra

Qualification
HND or BSc in Agric Engineering

Remuneration
The positions offer competitive compensation and benefit package, commensurate with what is obtainable in the upstream Agro-Allied Industry.
It's an Opportunity to elevate your career and boost your salary.

Application Closing Date
15th July, 2014

How to Apply
Interested applicants are to forward their  resumes to: cochedsjobs@yahoo.com

Note:
Applicants are expected to indicate their position of intereste and reference code respectively in heading of their emails.
The Farm is located in Anaku, Ayanmelum LGA of Anambra State.
Staff must be willig to live and work in Anaku.
It is into rice value chain.
Farm & Mill.

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Poultry / Managing Turkeys For Optimum Health And Performance
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:43:22 PM »
As pressure increases to reduce further antibiotic use in animal production, animal scientists and farmers need to come up with smarter ways to prevent and control diseases. This piece reports some of the work to come up with effective alternative solutions from a recent turkey conference.

Aims of the 8th Turkey Science and Production Conference, which took place near the UK city of Chester earlier this year, were for delegates to meet each other, do business and learn to compete with the other meat industries, according to organiser, Dr James Bentley.

Several of the papers presented at the conference offered an overview of some of the more innovative means of improving the health and productivity of commercial turkeys by examining more closely various aspects of management and feeding with the view to disease prevention without resorting to antibiotics unnecessarily.

Turkey management requires attention to detail
Every time we observe a turkey flock – even one that appears healthy – we must consider the possibility that subclinical disease may be present. That was the main message from Helen Wojcinski of Hybrid Turkeys in her presentation aptly entitled ‘Management and multiple disease challenges: When worlds collide’.

She stressed the need to look carefully for clinical signs or actively measure bodyweights, flock uniformity, feed and water consumption, as well as air and water quality. If not, mortality may occur or flock performance will drop below standard and when that happens, it is already too late.

Subclinical disease or underlying environmental challenges will allow disease agents to become additive and the consequences on performance and mortality to become magnified, said Dr Wojcinski.

The presence of multiple pathogens can be particularly challenging to the health of the birds. Citing research work from Virginia Tech University in the US, she showed that infections with E. coli alone caused just four per cent mortality and pericarditis in growing turkeys, but this increased significantly if the birds had been previously exposed to Newcastle disease virus, Bordetella avium and/or haemorrhagic enteritis virus.

Consideration of these dynamics must be taken into consideration in the management of our turkey flocks, Dr Wojcinski added, especially when we introduce stressful events into a flock such as vaccine administration or flock movement.

Roslin research increases understanding about foot pad dermatitis
Reviewing the research on foot pad dermatitis (FPD) in turkeys, Dr Paul Hocking of the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh confirmed that FPD is mainly a consequence of wet litter, whatever its cause. Experiments indicate that the moisture content of the litter should be below 30 per cent. Excessive drinking behaviour, high dietary potassium and gut infections can all result in wet litter.

When the litter is very wet – up to 70 per cent moisture – all breeds and types of turkey become affected by FPD but there is considerable individual variation in the incidence of the condition, he found.

Dr Hocking added that the evidence points to FPD lesions being painful to the birds – and therefore a welfare issue – as well as reducing performance.

These two factors offer are a strong argument for identifying and investing in methods to reduce the prevalence of FPD in commercial turkey flocks, he concluded.

Turkey foot pad health Management via the gut
Managing a healthy and balanced microflora in the intestinal tract is a pre-requisite for optimal health and performance of all poultry, said Dr Sven Keller, and supplementing their diets can be a useful strategy.

Dr Keller, Technical Service Manager with Novus Deutschland, stressed that the site in the gastrointestinal tract where these antibacterial feed additives become active is crucially important to their efficacy.

Manufacturing technology can ensure that the active substances are released gradually, down to the lower gut, he said, and he showed the results from trials in which the addition of 500g per tonne of a blend of aromatic compounds, including benzoic acid (Avimatrix, Novus), modified the gut microflora and improved final weight, feed efficiency and foot pad health.

Dietary electrolytes impact turkey health and performance
Dr Sally Noll outlined her work at the University of Minnesota on the effects of alternative feed ingredients on dietary electrolyte balance (DEB) in market turkeys.

Research in the 1970s and 1980s brought awareness of the importance of DEB in poultry in terms of the birds’ health and performance, but since that time, feed formulations have changed to include distillers dried grains (DDGS) and canola meal and feed enzymes, such as phytase, are routinely used nowadays.

From her work, Dr Noll concludes that electrolytes and DEB continue to affect bird performance and litter conditions; chloride levels above 0.3 per cent increased litter moisture and bodyweights were adversely affected in older turkeys Canola meal and DDGS both increased the overall chloride level in the feed.

Phytase modified the response in feed conversion, she found in her research.
Canola meal and DDGS also contain more sulphur than other feed ingredients and including this nutrient in the DEB calculation better predicted the correlation with performance.
Feed additives such as phytase need to be considered for their effects on DEB as mineral relationships are better understood, Dr Noll concluded.

Further benefits of phytase explored
Robten Doeschate of AB Vista presented research results that suggest the destruction of phytate by dosing high levels of an appropriate phytase in turkey feeds may offer some additional benefits beyond the already well-established impacts on phosphorus availability.

There are few published studies on the effects of phytase at higher-than-normal levels of inclusion on turkeys. However, he described three studies that show at least numerical improvements in feed conversion efficiency and/or weight gain of growing turkeys fed these so-called “superdosing” levels of phytase, two of them using Quantum Blue (AB Vista).

While further trial work is needed to confirm these results in the field, Dr ten Doeschate concluded that the evidence is growing for the non-phosphoric benefits of super-dosing phytase and that the mechanisms for these effects are becoming ever clearer.

Tackling pathogens with fewer antibiotics
Antibiotics are still regularly used in the early rearing stages for turkeys, according to Biomin’s Poultry Technical Manager, Andrew Roberton, to protect the birds against both respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases.

He explained that acids can reduce antibiotic use for digestive problems by maintaining a healthier gut and reducing diarrhea. Particularly interesting is the possibility of preventing the translocation of bacteria from the intestine to other organs.

Organic acids are already quite widely used, he added, but the newer enhanced acids can have positive effects on the battle against pathogens in the early stages of turkey production. The inclusion of permeabilising substances to these acid products allows a reduction in the inclusion rate of the organic acids, freeing up space in the diet, which is already very concentrated.

www.thepoultrysite.com

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News / Livestock farmers decry hike in prices of animal feed
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:02:08 PM »
Livestock farmers in Hadejia, Jigawa, on Monday expressed concern over the hike in the price of animal feeds in the area.
A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that in the past eight weeks, the price of the commodity had increased by about 50 per cent.
NAN reports that the high cost of the feeds had also led to significant increases in the prices of livestock.
A 50 kg bag of refined chaff had risen to N3, 800 as against its old price of N2, 700, while groundnut weeds was sold for between N3, 000 and N5, 000, depending on the size of the bag.
Prices of livestock also showed similar increase, as a well-bred cow sold for N200, 000 as against N150, 000 while a ram was sold at N50, 000 as against its previous price of N35, 000.
Malam Kabiru Haruna, a livestock farmer in the area told NAN that the trend was ‘disturbing’ and was affecting livestock production.
Haruna said that he was spending so much on feeds, adding that the situation was compounded by the lack of pasture.
“Prices of feeds often go up during dry season due to the lack of pasture,’’ he said.
Another farmer, Mudi Baffa, blamed dealers for the hike in the price of feeds, accusing them of taking advantage of the situation to exploit consumers.
Baffa called for effective measures to regulate prices and encourage livestock production.
“Effective measures are necessary to ensure availability of animal feeds to encourage productivity,’’ he said. (NAN)

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Agriculture is the back bone of human survival - it has been sustaining mankind over the ages. Without it, there will be no food to eat and no raw materials for our different industrial use. Through agriculture we can produce enough food for yourselves and to others who will readily buy from us and make us rich.
It is said that the whole life of man revolves around nature and agriculture. If that is the case, why do most people look down on this noble investment, preferring to invest in products and services that are less sustainable to human race?

It is so sad to see how people these days are becoming more of consumers rather than producers. Everyone just like to relax on the beach all the time taking sun bath while crunching on glasses of exotic wine. No one wants to go out there to do productive farming that ensures continued provision of foods and other valuable sources that sustains life of human and animals.

Most affected in this regard are Entertainment celebrities who projects life of partying and walking on the streets holding a cup of wine as the real life, thereby encouraging laziness and wayward lifestyle among youths who tends to look up to them as source inspiration.
No wonder the reasons we now have more music singers than music listeners, more aspiring actors and actresses than those buying the videos, more entertainers than those being entertained. The world just seems to constantly degenerating to life of plenty enjoyment and plenty of laziness.

Granted, everyone (including me) wants to have a good time once in a while, of which is the beauty of life and the reasons we work, to enjoy some of the good things life has to offer - to keep us going and being more productive. No one is against that but a situation where people want to be merriment all the time is not just acceptable.

I can hardly see any entertainment celebrity investing in Agriculture; rather they'll invest millions of dollars in fashion and clothing line, in perfume and wines, and things like that. The consequences is that majority of the world is beginning to see such as the 'in thing'... looking down on what should truly be the in thing. This has to change!

There are very plenty of good reasons to invest in Agriculture and below are just some of the top 5 reasons anyone should invest in Agricultural sector today. Go through it and don't forget to share your opinion through commenting.

1. Personal Satisfaction - I don't know about you but there is this feeling of nature, being close to nature use to have each time I am in the farm. Seeing the beautiful plants bustling with life and tenderness, the joy of tending the crops and guiding them to growth is just amazing. You have the wonderful feeling that you are doing great and worthwhile things, helping to sustain the universe and not just consuming it to death.

2. Guaranteed Availability - Have you ever been afraid that one day, those raw materials you are using for your current production may not be available anymore? You are not alone, many people feel the same way.
One day they may be no woods for the furniture and carpentry works. They may be no more raw materials to make those cloths you put on and abandon at will. However, investing in Agriculture ensures that you have some these materials at all time. Agriculture I hate those who believe they can buy anything once they have the money, it doesn't matter it the think isn't available. But I like those who despite having the money still think of how to sustain nature for the benefit on everyone.

3. Purest Environment - The catarrh I am having right now is as a result of being exposed to certain industrial pollution few days ago and some others are having much worse cases than this. People die everyday because of artificial industrial pollutions due to the fact that more and more synthetic products are being produced everyday. With Farming, you are sure of contributing to the purest environment possible and not destroying it.

4. Support the Eco System - When you engage in Agriculture, you ensure that the natural food chain doesn't break. Everything shouldn't be just about the immediate quick profit, think of tomorrow and the generations yet unborn to whom you own the responsibility of sustaining this earth for because; someone else did the same for you thousands of years ago.

5. You Make Money - When you create value, the resultant effect is always wealth. Agriculture is one sure way to create great value that ensures you enjoy unlimited wealth. Farmers are not afraid of running out of raw materials anytime soon because your raw materials keep replenishing itself naturally. Perhaps there is more money to make in Agriculture than most businesses people glamorize these days. Hence, this is the time to get up, get your gloves on, and get close to nature! The reward will be much great.

Source: http://www.wealthresult.com/2013/08/top-5-reasons-you-must-invest-in.html

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