Author: cikm

Snail Farming in Nigeria Made Simple!

Although snail farming can be very profitable in Nigeria, it is one of the most neglected micro-livestock in the country. Snail farming provides one of the finest opportunity to make money within a short period of time. But why are Africans not yet fully engaged in this money making animal rearing? The reason is ignorance. In Australia and USA, snail farming is big business, providing opportunities to many farmers. In Uk, snails can be seen in many supermarkets and stores, meaning it’s a big deal over there. Most people in Nigeria still have the belief that snail can only...

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2016 Weather and Implications for Nigeria’s Agriculture

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has produced the 2016 edition of the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) in fulfilment its mandates of effectively monitoring the weather and climate of Nigeria, provision of relevant meteorological information, advisories and early warning services to the various weather-sensitive sectors of the Nigerian economy. This prediction constitutes a decision support tool for Nigerians, as it provides critical information to enhance informed decisions, especially for planners, policy makers, and operators of the various rainfall-sensitive sectors of the economy. Such sectors include agriculture, water resources management, environment monitoring, health, disaster management and a host of other weather-sensitive...

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RAS in Soil & Water Management and Agricultural Resilience in Nigeria

The nature of agriculture is changing. Water and soil are finite and vulnerable resources. Agriculture utilizes significant proportions of this finite land and water resources. Farmers in Nigeria and across the world tussle are battling nature to produce more food while facing a changing climate (demonstrated through increased flooding, drought, unpredictable rainfall distributions, increased desertification etc) and increased competition over land and water. Ecosystem degradation, declining soil fertility, and water stress add to these land use pressures. Climate change: Refers to a statistically significant variation in either the mean state of the climate or in its variability, persisting for an extended period, typically for several decades or longer. This challenge is becoming more severe in Nigeria where rain fed agriculture accounts for most of the nation’s food and feed production. Farmers in Nigeria therefore encounters a combination of several factors of changing climate, environmental degradation and poor resource availability militating against his crop and animal yields which are currently much below optimum levels. Nigerian farmers have been combating against drought and land degradation over the years through “coping strategies”. The key to agricultural resilience will however be to strengthen knowledge and information dissemination options in the research and extension system on climate change issues as well as develop capacity of same system to adapt to the climate change impacts. Adaptation is more pro-active and includes technological efforts, adoption of...

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NIFAAS & The 7th GFRAS AGM, Cameroon 2016

Welcome to The 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting: The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship 3 – 6 October 2016, Cameroon The 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting will gather participations from all regions, gender, ages, and sectors involved in agricultural and rural advisory services (RAS) to discuss, learn, exchange, and formulate recommendations on the roles and required capacities of RAS for supporting inclusive agripreneurship as important element of sustainable rural development. Aside from this thematic discussions and related field trips on day 1 and 2, RAS networks and fora will, on day 3, have the opportunity to learn from each other on how to strengthen their functioning to become stronger and more successful players in the agricultural innovation systems in their regions. You find on this page more information on the agenda, the objectives, as well as the contents and structure of the thematic part (focussing on the role of RAS in agripreneurship) as well as the functional part (focussing on strengthening capacities of RAS networks).   NIFAAS is providing support for two participants. The support covers ONLY the Round Trip Air Ticket from Nigeria to the event in Limbe, Cameroon. The participants to benefit would be ONE male and ONE female member of...

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NIFAAS Obtains Government Certification

After several weeks of tireless work and consultation, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has issued NIFAAS its certificate of incorporation. The certificate is dated 21st July 2016. Kudos to the Board of Trustees, the National Executives as well as to all members of the Forum. Many thanks too to our national and international collaborators, especially FMA&RD, NAERLS, AFAAS and...

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A New Rice Pest Seen in Nigeria

A new pest of rice has been observed at the experimental field of National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Nigeria. This pest is a threat to rice production. A team of scientist and technicians observed the devastating effect of the pest on rice on 16 August, 2016. The team, led by the Head of Rice Research Programme, S.O. Bakare (Agronomist), A.B. Umaru (Entomologist), Aliyu Abdulrazak, Egbo as well as Jeremiah Baba (General Agric), noted that this is the first observation of the destruction for the past 25 years on rice research at the Station. The larva was cultured and it emerged as adult on 19 August 2016. Preliminary identification resembles the Melasina spp and of the order Tineidae. However the specific name is still unknown as a versatile taxonomist will be needed to truely identify the pest. The effect was more on FARO 44 and FARO 52 seedlings on nursery bed than FARO 60/61. Partners are hereby invited to help solve this problem together. Suggestions are also welcomed from collaborators outside...

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Nigeria to Employ 100,000 Extension Workers

In its effort to develop Nigerian agriculture, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, declared on Monday 15, August 2016 that the federal government is set to recruit and train 100,000 young persons as agricultural extension workers as a way of providing support services in agricultural technologies to farmers. The Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), as well as other stakeholders in the research, extension and advisory service provision have welcomed this development. NIFAAS is particularly excited at such news and looks forward to expanding its networking for the purpose of effective and efficient extension service provision in Nigeria. The...

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Workshop on RAS Professionalization 2016

Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of RAS: Sensitization of the Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS) Date: 2-4 November 2016 Venue: Conference Hall of NAERLS/ABU Zaria Participant categories: Professionals in Research Institutes, Universities, Colleges of Agriculture and related Institutions, practitioners in both the Federal and States Ministries of Agriculture, NGOs in agriculture and rural development, and farmer-based organizations (FBOs) Purpose/Objectives: To introduce new extensionist concept to NIFAAS members To sensitise and equip champions on the New extensionist learning kit To work out modalities for mainstreaming and dissemination of the learning kit To kick start discussion on...

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