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Women should be empowered for families to stand –– NGO

Mrs Osigwe Stella Chidinma is the founder of Destined Women and Child Foundation (DWCF), which was founded to promote, empower and explore the hidden potentials in an indigent woman, youth and child in their location. Recently, the Foundation trained over 150 women on fish and poultry farming in Abuja with the representative of the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT) present. In an interview with JOHNCHUKS ONUANYIM, the founder of the Foundation explains the essence of the training the expectations of DWCF.

Agriculture to boost Nigerian economy in 2013 –– FG

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina, has disclosed that  in 2013, agriculture would lead Nigeria out of gridlock.

Lagos focuses on agriculture to boost food security

The Lagos State Government said it would be focusing on agriculture and the agricultural value chain to promote food security in the state.

SGR: FG marks first component, distributes 40,000mt to victims of flood

The Federal Government has launched the initiation of the first component, the distribution of food from the Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) to families affected by the flood. The  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, during the flag off of the distribution of the food relief items to flood affected families  in Ibadan, Oyo State, said  a total of 40,000 metric tonnes of food items, which includes maize, sorghum, garri and millet, were released and distributed from its Strategic Grain Reserve Silos (SGRS) located across the country.
Adesina, who disclosed this,  said that  Ibadan was one of the epicenters for the food relief effort to many states of the Federation.

FG articulates vision to unlock Nigeria’s agriculture potential

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the convocation lecture at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said that Nigeria had huge agricultural potential waiting to be unlocked.
With an arable land potential of 98 million hectare, out of which 84 million hectare was cultivatable, he said: “Nigeria’s agricultural potential remains untapped. Only 34 million ha is cultivated or 48 per cent of the available land for agriculture.

FAO forecasts increase of global rice production in 2013

Rice Market Monitor (RMM) of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has forecast an upward revision of global rice production in 2013, from 2012 figure, by five million tonnes. RMM said: “Compared to last year, world rice carryover stocks are expected to rise by seven percent, or 10 million tonnes, to a new high of almost 170 tonnes, marking the eighth consecutive year of stock accumulation. As a result, the world rice stock-to-use ratio is forecast to rise from 33.6 percent in 2012 to 35.5 percent in 2013."