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The Growth of Agricultural Sector in Nigeria

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The Growth of Agricultural Sector in Nigeria

The growth rate of the agricultural sector released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows a steady decline in growth of the sector.
Although, agriculture contributes to a significant part of the country’s GDP.
The latest statistics released reveals that the agricultural sector growth rate declined marginally by +1.39% in Q3 2020 from +1.58% in Q2 2020 and +2.20% in Q1 2020.
The major driver of the sector was forestry which grew by +2.55% in Q3 2020.

Other sub-sector activities in the agricultural sector are:
Crop production grew by – +1.38%
Livestock grew by – +2.29%
Fishing – -2.07%

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The major driver of the sector was forestry which grew by +2.55% in Q3 2020.

Other sub-sector activities in the agricultural sector are:
Crop production grew by – +1.38%
Livestock grew by – +2.29%
Fishing – -2.07%

According to the latest data (October 2020) from NBS, factors that attributed to the rise in food inflation are:
Flooding
Herdsmen attacks
Border closure
Poor storage facilities
Lockdowns
Travel restrictions
Border closure

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President Buhari Unveils N1.7b Yearly Income-Capacity Farm Estate in Katsina

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President Buhari Unveils N1.7b Yearly Income-Capacity Farm Estate in Katsina

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, commissioned the first integrated farm estate established by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) in Katsina State.

The project is targeted at improving food security, generating employment and improving revenue generation in the state.

The farm settlement is expected to generate about N1.7 billion in revenue within its first year of operation, and would create direct jobs for 1.5 million youths and women in the state.

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Established on a 100-hectare land, the estate is designed as cyclical, where every process is part of a value chain. It is divided into 80 hectares for crop production and 20 for animal production, processing and packaging, with growing of feeds, recycling of animal wastes for fertilizer and growing plants to feed the animals.

The estate also has a school, clinic and a residential area, with 120 units of one-bedroom apartments, so that farmers and their families can live and work in the farm.

Executive Secretary of NALDA, Paul Ikonne, at the commissioning of the farm estate, explained that the Integrated Farming System (IFS) was built to avoid waste, as the by-product of one system becomes the input for another.

He mentioned that following the vision of the President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, with focus on the most vulnerable members of the society and teeming youths, the integrated farm was deliberately designed to accommodate, empower and position new sets of 1,500 agro entrepreneurs every year.

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Annual Fish Import Now 2.2 Million Tonnes

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Annual Fish Import Now 2.2 Million Tonnes

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe said Nigeria currently imports 2.2 million tonnes of fish while it produces 1.1 million tonnes against the total demand of 3.6 million tonnes annually.

Umakhihe who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the Independent Dialogue on the Transformation and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria, said 10 million Nigerians are actively engaged in primary and secondary fisheries operations, and the contribution of fisheries to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about 4.5 per cent.

While noting that the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari is to grow Nigeria’s agricultural sector to achieve a hunger-free nation through agriculture that drives income growth, accelerates food production to address the food and nutritional security, he said the Ministry has played a key role in addressing aquatic food systems which include “backward integration policy of Government to encourage fish importers to go into commercial aquaculture.

“Fish is one of the cheapest and predominant sources of animal protein in Nigeria. It accounts for about 50 per cent of total animal protein consumed in Nigeria with per cent consumption of 17.5 Kg per person peryear,” Umakhihe said.

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“In this regard, the total demand for fish is 3.6 million tons annually while Nigeria is producing 1.1million tons from all sources (Aquaculture, artisanal and Industrial sectors) leaving a deficit of about 2.5 million tons to be supplemented by importation”, he noted.

Speaking, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhalji Mohammed Sabo Nanono said despite the potential impacts of the fisheries and aquaculture resources, the sector is however confronted with numerous challenges including high cost of inputs and use of unimproved breeds in aquaculture.

Nanono said the ministry is willing to engage and partner with all stakeholders for the development of the sector for economic development, wealth and job creation as well as food and nutrition security.

“The aim of the dialogue is therefore to deepen our understanding of these challenges while also proffering noteworthy recommendations that would leverage aquatic food systems capacity to contribute to the attainment of SDGs in Nigeria in the coming years”, he said.

In his remark, Country Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Dr Michael Ojo said, Nigeria has seen significant growth in production over the past 18 years, but we still have a large supply deficit limiting access for consumers and potentially contributing to relatively high costs of aquatic foods.

Ojo said the factors that constrain the supply of safe and affordable fisheries products to meet consumer demand are multiple, and reside at many different points in the supply chain.

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“We have seen significant growth in production (10-fold over the 18 years from 2000), but we still have a large supply deficit limiting access for consumers and potentially contributing to relatively high costs of aquatic foods.

“Deficits in availability of feed and fingerlings, poor or inadequate cold chain, poor harvesting and handling, financing, etc. are some of the documented bottlenecks along the supply chain that can compromise food safety, increase price, and ultimately constrain distribution to consumers, particularly those in low-income markets.

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Badaru Applauds President Buhari on Agriculture

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Badaru Applauds President Buhari on Agriculture

Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa state, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in transforming the agricultural sector of the economy towards higher productivity.

Badaru said this when he received the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on a courtesy visit in Dutse on Monday.

The governor also commended Buhari for approving interventions for the states to get them out of economic problems, saying that many states had benefited from numerous interventions of the administration.

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He said that Jigawa benefited from Buhari’s bailout amounting to billions of naira, in addition to the refund of about N10billion for the airport project.

He said the bailouts helped the state to clear backlogs of workers’ salaries, execute new projects and introduce cash transfer scheme to vulnerable groups.

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