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CBN-RIFAN Brand To Crash Price Of Rice

The mass production of the local rice, will among other numerous things, crash the prices of Nigeria’s most consumed staple food.

The programme, funded by CBN is midwifed by the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN).

Already, the Secretary of RIFAN, Taraba State chapter, Mamman Rabiu flagged off the sale of the rice over the weekend.

He noted that 36,000 bags of padi rice were sold to the integrated millers, local millers, women groups and among others at the subsidized price of N11,000 per 100-kilogram bag.

Rabiu noted the 36,000 bags were collected from members of RIFAN as 30 percent equity of the 2019/2020 dry season recovery, adding that the rice was sold to millers in the local communities, who are expected to process it and resell to the community at a subsidized price.

He disclosed they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the millers to sell the finished products at a subsidized price as part of efforts to ensure food security.

The secretary said the agreement would enable ntegrated millers who have bigger machineries for de-stoning and polishing to sell a processed bag of rice at N15,000 per 50 kilogram bag.

“It is worth mentioning that a 50kg local bag of rice sells at an average of N18,000 in Taraba state. On the other hand, the RIFAN agreement will see small holding millers (who don’t have machineries for de-stoning and polishing, etc) to sell their 50kg bag at between N13-13,500”, he added.

According to him, “The Taraba State success story is what is happening across the entire federation. The essence of ABP is to ensure food safety and security. By this, the local farmers are economically empowered, while the general public is fed with healthier and nutritious rice at affordable prices”.

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Recall that CBN Governor, Emefiele recently said in line with President Buhari’s directive, that the bank would boost provision of improved seedlings and access to finance for rural farmers in the agricultural sector across 10 commodities such as rice, maize, cassava, cocoa, tomato, cotton, oil-palm, poultry, fish, and livestock/dairy.

“Our choice of these 10 crops is driven by the amount spent on the importation of these items into the country and the over 10 million jobs that could be created over the next five years if efforts are made to expand the cultivation and processing of these items in Nigeria,” Emefiele said

Emefiele said the bank would sustain its intervention in the agriculture sector through its development finance mandate, in order to help catalyse growth in critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

“When I became governor of the Central Bank in June 2014, imports of rice, fish, wheat and sugar alone consumed about N1.3 trillion worth of foreign exchange from the Bank. My immediate question was: can we not produce these ourselves? After all, only a few decades ago, Nigeria was one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of many agricultural products like palm oil, cocoa and groundnuts,” the governor said.

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2,778 pastoralists to benefit from scheme

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In an effort to diversify the economy, improve livestock value chain production, and increase the IGR of the state, the Kebbi State Government has flagged – off the distribution of livestock to 2,778 pastoralists under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) at Hulkui Fulani settlement in Maiyama Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner of Animal Health, Husbandry and Fisheries, Alhaji Aminu Dandiga, said the government was committed to the diversification of the economy and increasing internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.

Dadiga explained that the programme was in partnership with Mass Literacy Programme and Almajiri Initiative (MALPAI Foundation). 2,778 are benefitting from the programme under the accelerated agricultural development scheme.

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He added that sevenlivestock value chains production enterprises were selected, which include: sheep multiplication, goat multiplication, local chicken upgrading, local cattle upgrading, homemade yoghurt for Fulani women, milk collection scheme, commercial pasture production and modern beekeeping.

The commissioner alsosaid that each of the beneficiaries of sheep, would be given four sheep plus one ram while beneficiary ofgoat, will be given four goat plus one male-goat . As for chicken: each beneficiary will be given five local breed of chickens and bags of feeds, among others.

Dandiga said that the state government was constructing yoghurt factory at Bulasa, in Birnin Kebbi, adding that if completed it would produce 1,000 liters of milk every day. This is also expected to generate N1.6 billion naira every year.

“About 10 milk collectors have been put in place with motorcycles and milk cans to collect and transport the fresh milk from villages to livestock investigation and breeding centre for processing.

Dadiga added that, 500 beneficiaries would be empowered with animal feeds and N40,000.

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FG To Receive $2.5 Billion China Loan To Complete Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline

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The Federal Government, Tuesday, said it is set to receive a $2.5 billion loan from china to complete the Ajaokuta-Kaduna- Kano, gas pipeline project by 2023.

Minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, made this known while inspecting the project by one of the contractors handling section one, Oilserv Nigeria limited, which is from Ajaokuta to Abuja.

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Ahmed who noted one of the cardinal objectives of the project as creating jobs for youth, also expressed optimism that the project will be delivered by 2023.

She noted with satisfaction that the pace of the project has been good despite the economic slowdown.

“We are glad that gas is being piped to Ajaokuta, Kaduna to Kano. This project in this part of the country will create jobs, even now that work is going on locals are being employed.

The contractor is doing a quality and excellent job, and we commend NNPC for implementing this project’’, Ahmed said.

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FG Says Hike in Price of Air Ticket Inevitable as a Result of COVID-19

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The Federal government on Thursday said the over 100 per cent hike in domestic Airfares was inevitable, describing it as one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also disclosed that 300 employees of Arik air who would have been recently sacked by the carrier had not been relieved of their jobs based on the intervention of government.

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The Director-General of the Nigerian civil aviation authority, Musa Nuhu, disclosed this in Abuja at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

Nuhu stated that because of the shutdown, airlines could not find slots to take their aircraft out, adding that the dollar rate had gone up and operators needed to raise enough money.

On the issue of 300 sacked staff employees of Arik air, the NCAA boss said the workers were not retrenched.

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