Agriculture Sector Highlights


AGRICULTURE, monthly reviews of the different sectors of the nation’s economy as published by select local newspapers. 

2016 Highlights

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  • N130m Lost To Ghost Cocoa Farmers In Cross River –New telegraph
  • FG Begins Construction Of Fish Market In Edo – New telegraph
  • FG to restructure, recapitalise BoA with N500bn - Punch
  • Agric lending: Heritage Bank explains collaboration with CBN - Punch
  • FG recapitalises Bank of Agriculture with N500bn - Punch
  • FG inaugurates 21-man committee to drive recapitalisation of BOA -Businessday
  • Sokoto’s 2017 Agric Allocation Supercedes Other States –New Telegraph
  • FG trains youths in aquaculture -Punch
  • Bauchi Selects 16,000 Farmers For Anchor Borrowers Programme – New Telegraph

  • Investment in fertilizer industry hits $4.5bn –The Guardian
  • Dangote Group and OCP Group of Morocco sign MoU on fertilizers' production –Businessday
  • BOA begins verification of anchor borrower beneficiaries in Cross River State –Businessday 
  • BMGF and DFID fund projects to boost agriculture –The Guardian 
  • Africa risks importing $110bn worth of food in 2025 –The Guardian 
  • Ebonyi State targets 54,000 hectares for dry season farming –Businessday 
  • Kwara State set to drive agric investment with N1bn CBN loan –Businessday 
  • Nigeria plans $3.2 bn capitalization for farming lender –Businessday 
  • Cassava farmers in Kogi State get processing equipment from Synergos –Businessday 
  • Lafarge Africa boosts investment in agriculture; empowers 127 farmers in Ogun –Businessday
  • AfDB6 plans investment in four states to end hunger –The Guardian
  • Ogun State’s Ministry of Agriculture to spend N5.7bn on capital projects in 2017 –Businessday
  • Honeywell to invest N64bn in food processing facility –The Guardian 
  • Cross River State targets 500,000 MT annual cocoa production –Punch 
  • Animal college trains 400 in poultry production –The Guardian
  • FG and LZ Intergrated Dairy Farm sign MoU on milk production –Punch 
  • Cross River State to provide N2mn grant each to 600 women farmers –Businessday 
  • AfDB plans investment in four Nigerian states –The Guardian
  • Nigeria-Morocco fertilizer deal to save Nigeria $200mn; N60bn in subsidy –Businessday
  • Improved agriculture and manufacturing to drive 1.22% growth in 2017–Businessday 
  • NRCRI trains and empowers 20,000 on root and tuber crops value addition –The Guardian 
  • BOA disburses N21.5bn to Nigerian farmers –Businessday 
  • Nigeria spends N3.4trn to import rice, fish and other farm produce annually –Punch 
  • Honey import from China hits N30.5bn Punch 
  • FG donates 2 rice mills to boost Lagos-Kebbi initiative –Businessday 
  • Farmers to cultivate 5,500 hectares of wheat in Jigawa State –Businessday 
  • Kano State approves N200mn for tomato farmers to procure seedlings –Businessday 
  • CADP implements 73% of project funding –The Guardian
  • FG trains 400 graduates in agribusiness –Punch
  • CBN and Heritage Bank offer N2bn loan for agric projects –Punch 
  • Cashew farmers’ revenue increases by 20% in 2016 –Businessday

  • Kano commences harvest of 1.2mn tonnes of rice –Businessday
  • Customs destroys N90mn poultry products –Punch  
  • CBN spends N23bn on local production of rice –Punch 
  • Nigeria can produce N32bn worth of tomato paste annually –Punch 
  • Senate to promote food sufficiency with laws –Punch  
  • Chevron partners with Niger State to improve rice production –The Guardian
  • Anchor borrower scheme targets 1mn tonne rice in Niger State –The Guardian 
  • Anambra secures N3bn CBN grant to invest in agric SMEs –The Guardian
  • CBN to support 2,620 rice farmers –Businessday 
  • IAR&T trains over 200 Oyo farmers to boost maize production –Businessday
  • Adamawa State recruits 500 agric officers –Businessday 
  • Nigeria imports $660mn wheat in nine months –Punch
  • World Bank support for Nigeria’s agriculture development hits $600mn –The Guardian 
  • Grain shortage looms nationwide amid export of surplus harvest –The Guardian 
  • Chi Farms partner with USAID to empower smallholder farmers in fish farming –Businessday 
  • Nigeria set to host digital agriculture platform –Punch
  • FG to start processing cassava leaves as livestock feed –Businessday 
  • FG reconciles N65bn GES debt; dealers to get paid soon –Businessday 
  • Firm inaugurates 160-hectare shrimp farm in Lagos –Punch 
  • Dangote, Indorama invest $4bn in Nigeria’s fertiliser sector –Punch 
  • Ebonyi will generate over N6bn from local rice soon, says CBN –The Guardian
  • Africa’s food import bill to reach $110bn by 2025 –Businessday

  • Imo State launches Rice Anchor Borrower’s N9bn loan programme –The Guardian  
  • FG urges the US to lift ban on cocoa and crude oil –Businessday 
  • Increase in demand for local rice attracts Delta State commercial farmer –Businessday 
  • NCAM1 trains 60 for agric mechanisation revolution –The Guardian 
  • Farmers get N247mn for commercial agriculture in Cross River State –Businessday 
  • Nigerian food firms to sign MoU in SIAL 2016 trade show –Businessday
  • CBN disburses N366.39bn for 465 agricultural projects –The Guardian
  • Aba leather cluster to comply with BoA and MADE agreement –Businessday 
  • Akwa Ibom State completes three agro processing mills –Businessday 
  • Customs pushes for total ban on rice importation from 2017 –The Guardian 
  • AGRIEKXPO and YESAA6 to empower youths for agric productivity –Businessday 
  • World Bank agric aid to Nigeria hits $1.5bn –Businessday 
  • FG releases 2 hybrid yams and 7 other crop varieties to farmers –Businessday
  • FG and IITA1 partner to upgrade National Seed Council –The Guardian 
  • Delta State inaugurates 14-man team for CBN anchor borrowers’ programme –Businessday 
  • CBN funds 2,000-hectare Coscharis rice farm in Anambra –Businessday 
  • 42 agric investors target Nigeria for investment –Businessday 
  • Guinness Nigeria promises to increase local sourcing by 44% –Businessday 
  • Local sourcing of agro inputs increases FX scarcity –Businessday 
  • FG and private sector to invest N40bn within four years in Kwali Agro-industrial Cluster –Businessday 
  • Niger State farmers to produce 1mn tonnes of rice –Punch
  • Jigawa State trains 5,000 youths on sesame and rice cultivation –The Guardian 
  • Kano State partners UK company on cotton processing –The Guardian 

  • FX scarcity shoots orange price up by 28% –Businessday  
  • Saro to empower 2mn farmers through greenhouse technology –Businessday 
  • 2mn farmers to benefit from greenhouse mechanization –The Guardian 
  • Nigeria drops to seventh position as cocoa producer –Punch  
  • “FG to support farmers with facilities for all-year farming”, says Audu Ogbeh(Minister for Agric and Rural Development) –Businessday
  • Agric import hits N960bn in Q2 2016 on lower naira –Businessday 
  • Nigeria spends $22bn yearly on food imports –Punch 
  • FG targets 10% annual growth for agriculture –Businessday  
  • “No poisonous rice in Nigeria”, says FG –Punch 
  • Abia State approves N20mn for purchase of cocoa pesticide and equipment –Businessday 
  • NIRSAL moves 500 cattle to Lagos by rail –Punch 
  • FG sees technology driving rice production to 7mmt in 2017 –Businessday
  • Abia State flags off planting of 2mn oil palm seedlings –Businessday 
  • FG to support bee farmers with 20,000 beehives –Businessday 
  • Food items and soup pot theft on the rise as household income diminishes –Businessday 
  • CBN offers N1.9bn loans to 12,405 farmers –Punch 
  • Over $30bn pledged for African agric development at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum –Businessday
  • Katsina State set to revive cotton and rice production –The Guardian 
  • Abia State acquires land for oil palm revolution –The Guardian
  • LAPO commits N12bn to empower farmers –Businessday 
  • World Bank partners Ogun State on agriculture and rural development –The Guardian
  • Nigeria’s currency woes favours Presco Plc (a leading indigenous palm-oil producer) –Businessday 

  • Jigawa State attracts $600mn agric investment –Businessday 
  • Triton targets $50mn investment in Nigeria’s aquaculture –Businessday 
  • AfDB invests $9mn to support enterprise in Nigerian agriculture –Businessday
  • Nigeria spends $700mn on fish imports annually –Businessday 
  • “Black-cutter” disease kills 23 cows; infects 63 people in Katsina –Businessday 
  • “Nigeria must export tomato pastes to earn FX”, says FG –Businessday 
  • DFID scheme to bring 650,000 rural farmers into agribusiness –Businessday 
  • AfDB gets 12% of Nigeria’s agric fund initiative –The Guardian
  • Edo farmers and USAID train 1,000 youths and women on aquaculture –Businessday
  • ICMG Commodities targets 5,000 soya beans out-growers in Kebbi –Businessday
  • Locally available tomato fails to quench consumer taste despite over 60% price drop –Businessday 
  • Govt launches ‘Wetin App’ to curb flood challenges –Businessday 
  • Nigeria imports $227mn of sugar between January and July 2016 –Businessday 
  • CBN rolls out N1bn loan to rice farmers in Enugu State –Businessday 
  • FG moves to rehabilitate grazing reserve centres nationwide –The Guardian 
  • NIRSAL to reduce agric produce waste by 40% –Punch 
  • Green alternative to spur lending to agric sector 15% in 4 years –Businessday
  • FG to train 500 ex-militants in agriculture –The Guardian 
  • Ogun State approves N5bn CBN loan for farmers –Businessday 
  • Govt resolves to push ahead with GM foods in Nigeria –Businessday



  • NASC educates farmers on adulterated seeds –Businessday 
  • “Localisation of raw materials in brewing industry will boost agric sector “, says Donald Duke (Former Governor, Cross River State) –Businessday 
  • BOA targets 300,000 farmers for rice production –Businessday 
  • Anambra State signs N1.93bn large scale integrated agric project MoU with agro company –Businessday 
  • FG urges China to reduce export tariffs on Nigerian produce Businessday 
  • Nigeria experiences drop in price of key food items –Businessday 
  • Tuns Farms leads in food safety and quality system audit –Businessday
  • Indorama set to crash fertilizer prices in Nigeria –Businessday 
  • “Shortage of tractors hindering agricultural mechanisation”, says Audu Ogbeh (Minister of Agriculture) –Businessday
  • Stakeholders urge revival of rubber to spike non-oil revenue –Businessday
  • Nigeria’s cashew nut production to increase by 30% –Punch
  • 75% of harvested tomatoes wasted annually–Punch
  • Anambra records $5mn vegetable exports to Europe 60,000 farmers benefit from N2bn CBN programme in Kaduna–Vanguard
  • ”Food shortage will end by 2018”, says FG –Punch
  • FG outlines modalities to harness $60mn local coffee market –Businessday
  • Olam empowers over 1,000 sesame farmers in Jigawa, Bauchi, Nassarawa and Benue States –Businessday 
  • Erisco spends N3mn daily on trucks; invests N4bn on value chain–Businessday
  • Presco produces 176,477 tons of fresh palm oil bunches in 2015 –Businessday 
  • Lagos State and Niger State partner on agro value chain –Businessday
  • NIRSAL guarantees over N61bn loans to agriculture –Businessday 
  • Graduate Farmers Scheme revives Omi dam 33 years after construction –Businessday
  • FG’s new agric policy to focus on food security and import substitution –Businessday 
  • BOA and Chinese company LOVOL to commence $300mn agriculture mechanisation programme –Businessday 


  • FrieslandCampina to pump N3bn into Nigeria’s dairy development –Businessday
  • Kano earmarks N200mn for purchase of surplus wheat –Businessday 
  • Influx of substandard farm machinery dims farmers’ productivity –Businessday 
  • Lakaji plans distribution hub for fresh foods and vegetables –Businessday
  • Kano tomato farmers put loss to outbreak of ‘Tuta Absoluta’ disease at several billions of naira –Businessday
  • FG gets over 6,000 EoI's on establishment of ranches –Businessday 
  • FG sets up national task force on production of rice and wheat –Businessday 
  • BATNF’s agricultural interventions boost revenues of rural farmers –Businessday
  • EU extends ban on beans from Nigeria by 3years –Businessday 
  • World Bank releases $39mn for Fadama projects –Businessday 
  • Kenyan Agric Foundation boosts agribusiness and empowers100 farmers in Kwara State –Businessday
  • FG signs MoU with Tuns Farms to facilitate 50mn daily egg production –Businessday 
  • FG distributes 500 threshers and 100 power tillers to farmers –Businessday 
  • IITA gets approval for 58 on-farm trials –Businessday
  • Kwara State to empower 160 poultry farmers –Businessday 
  • Poor packaging and compliance fester rejection of Nigerian products–Businessday 
  • Govt and firm sign N25bn MoU on egg production –Businessday 
  • Rice harvest in West Africa tops 14mn MT –Businessday
  • NIPC attracts $90mn from Japan –Businessday 
  • Agric sector to benefit as CBN gives exporters free hand on FX –Businessday 
  • IFAD kick-starts $85mn Climate Change programme –Businessday 
  • BoI and Abia State float N1bn lifeline for SMEs –Businessday 
  • Oyo rural farmers benefit from BATNF cassava initiative –Businessday 
  • Kwara expends N851mn on youths, women and farmers’ empowerment –Businessday
  • Abia receives N1bn CBN agric loan –Businessday
    States expand rice operations as Nigeria pushes to cut N356bn import bill –Businessday 
  • NIPC secures N17.7bn agric investment from Japanese firm –Businessday
  • Governor Bagudu sees new FX policy attracting better financial returns for agric sector –Businessday 
  • Kogi State takes lead in cashew production with N14bn annually –Businessday
  • AfDB plans $175mn for agricultural transformation in North-West region –Businessday 
  • Flour millers seal pact with farmers to boost local wheat production –The Guardian
  • China CAMC to partner UNIDO ITPO to invest in Nigeria’s agro-industrial sectors –Businessday
  • U.S. and NACC to train 200 Nigerian farmers on branding –Businessday 
  • DFID offers lifeline to farmers in the north –Businessday 
  • Kogi State to enhance agric for women and youth empowerment –Businessday
  • Agric still in shambles as policy makers fail to tackle key problem –Businessday 


  • Indigenous firm (Haske and Williams) secures 5,000 hectares of land for rice production in Adamawa –Businessday
  • Obasanjo Farms and IITA unveil roadmap to zero hunger in Nigeria –Businessday 
  • CGIAR launches new project on sustainable cassava seed system –Businessday 
  • NABG and ADEPTA to diversify Nigeria through agriculture –Businessday
  • “Nigeria spends $5bn annually on importation of dairy products”, says Audu Ogbeh (Minister of Agriculture) –Businessday
  • Prices of foodstuff soar in Nigeria –Businessday
  • Kwara boosts agric value chain through processing project –Businessday 
  • FG to establish 40 rice mills across federation –Businessday
  • Low quality seeds cripple farmers’ income –Businessday 
  • “Investments in agriculture can unlock untold prosperity in Africa”, says IFAD –Businessday
  • Abia rice farmers send SOS to governor over destruction of farmlands by herdsmen –Businessday
  • Germany commits €3mn to boost construction and agricultural sectors in Ogun State –Businessday  
  • Nigeria records poor growth in value added agriculture –Businessday
  • Dangote to suspend production of tomato paste –Businessday 
  • Skye Bank’s contribution to the agriculture sector rises to 10% –Businessday 
  • “Palm oil pushes up global food price in April”, says FAO –Businessday
  • Nigeria spends $480mn annually on ethanol importation –Businessday
  • Consumers switch to pastes as prices of tomatoes skyrocket –Businessday
  • “Poultry contributes 25% to Nigeria’s GDP”, says PAN President –Businessday 
  • North-West leaders partner with AfDB on agric development strategies –Businessday
  • Reps probe illegal importation of tomato paste via porous borders –Businessday
  • El-Rufai declares state of emergency on tomatoes –Businessday
  • NAFDAC to enforce new policy on imported food registration –Businessday 
  • MTN launches livestock tracking solution –Businessday
  • Dangote flour re-opens Kano plant to save 3,000 jobs –Businessday 
  • PIND plans to partner with Cross River State in boosting agriculture –Businessday 
  • Imo State to generate N40bn from palm oil and rubber –Businessday
  • Non-oil exports 6% contribution pushes CBN to float N550bn stimulation fund –Businessday 
  • Union Dicon completes purchase of 2,000 hectares cassava farm –Businessday 
  • FG sets 4-year target to end huge import bill on agricultural products –Businessday 
  • “We have home grown solution to Tomato Pest, Tuta Absoluta”, says FG –Businessday 


  • Nigeria's agric import hits N606bn in Q4 on forex crisis –Businessday 
  • Abia State to secure N1bn agric loan from CBN –Thisday 
  • Chinese firms to invest $200mn in agric and mining in Jigawa State –Businessday 
  • Nigeria’s cocoa output expected to rise to 350,000 tonnes –Businessday
  • Olam invests N30bn in Kaduna State –Businessday
  • “FG to open up 200 dams for irrigation”, says Ogbeh (Hon. Minister for Agric and Rural Development) –Businessday
  • Abia collaborates with Obasanjo farms to plan poultry village –The Guardian 
  • Informal seed system threatens Nigeria's agricultural productivity –Businessday
  • $30mn pledged for Oyo agric initiative –Businessday 
  • IFAD identifies poor data and lack of counterpart funding as bane of its intervention in Nigeria –Businessday
  • Olam breaks ground on Nigeria’s largest integrated animal feed mill –Businessday 
  • China offers $15mn for the establishment of 50 agric demonstration farms in Nigeria –Businessday  
  • Lagos targets 20 metric tons p/h1 rice production –Businessday 
  • Boko Haram containment revitalises Nigeria's N1.9trn cattle market –Businessday
  • Nigeria faces acute food shortage over non-payment of farm input suppliers –Businessday
  • AfDB launches TAAT; seeks $40bn to execute agric agenda –The Guardian
  • FG set to work out modalities of ranches within states –Businessday 
  • Seed supply gap of 231,000MT is an opportunity in agric industry –Businessday 
  • Nigeria set to cut $1.3bn diary import cost through Arla’s foods –Businessday 
  • AfDB to invest $300mn in agric-business led employment initiative –Businessday 
  • Buhari orders release of 10,000 tons of grains –Businessday
  • Nigerian cocoa farmers distraught on crop outlook due to bad weather –Businessday 
  • Abia targets 7.5mn oil palm trees in 3 years –Businessday  
  • Dizengoff to create 1000 jobs through greenhouse technology –Businessday
  • FX shortage spikes local sourcing of agro inputs –Businessday 


  • Bird flu: Plateau loses 110,000 birds –Daily Trust 
  • FG to plant 3mn cashew seedlings annually –Leadership  
  • FG to save $4.6bn on wheat importation via local production –BusinessDay 
  • Akwa Ibom signs MoU for integrated poultry processing plant –BusinessDay USAID trains 2mn Nigeria households on new farming methods –ThisDay  
  • Dangote Sugar secures global food safety certification –The Guardian  
  • Akwa Ibom begins cocoa expansion scheme, targets 1.5mt in four years –BusinessDay 
  • Poultry products supply gap hit 1.7mmt –BusinessDay  
  • Harsh weather may threaten 2016 harvest –BusinessDay
  • “Nigeria spent $11bn annually on food imports”, says Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara State Governor) –Punch  
  • Nigerian businessman plans $750mn agro-investment in Edo State –The Guardian  
  • Dangote tomato company begins test production in Kano –BusinessDay 
  • Dangote borrows Brazilian model to boost local rice production –Vanguard  
  • Custom re-imposes restriction on rice importation through land borders –BusinessDay
  • Lagos and Kebbi agree on joint venture for increased food production –BusinessDay  
  • Abia seeks partnership with Indonesia for opportunities in mining and agriculture –BusinessDay  
  • Farmers record $200mn net income from rice scheme –Punch 


  • Bird Flu outbreak costs farmers N1.8bn –BusinessDay 
  • FG to save N127bn annually on substitution of cassava flour for wheat imports –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria ranks low on agric mechanisation scale –BusinessDay 
  • Nigerians pay more for bread on 14% increase in price of flour –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria losing revenue on cassava policy flip flop –BusinessDay 
  • Kaduna partners Sahara Group and UNSDG on Food Africa Project –BusinessDay 
  • Farmers lament impact of poor seedlings on yields –BusinessDay 
  • “Cassava generates N8.5trn yearly” says NCGA2 president –BusinessDay 
  • Indigenous wheat growers have capacity to meet local demand –BusinessDay 
  • Rivers State launches school farms and agri-business project –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria spends $20bn on food importation yearly Cross River State plans to expand cocoa farms –The Guardian 
  • Importers flood Nigeria with 300 substandard tomato pastes in 2015 –BusinessDay 
  • Price of bread hits N400 in Edo –BusinessDay 
  • World Bank Programme move to boost fish production in Nigeria –The Guardian 
  • Erisco Foods' tomato paste factory promises more jobs –BusinessDay 
  • Eight sub-sectors (including food, beverage and tobacco sector) source N1.9trn worth of inputs in 2 months –BusinessDay 
  • NASC warns against importation of fake seeds –BusinessDay 
  • Edo State farmers count losses as fire ravages farmlands –BusinessDay 
  • Dangote partners GEMS4 to boost tomato production –BusinessDay 
  • BOA to grant N14bn loan to rice and wheat farmers in Kebbi –BusinessDay 
  • Scarcity of fresh tomatoes to hit Southern states in Nigeria –BusinessDay 


  • BoI pledges to support local sugar industry –BusinessDay 
  • Cotton growers partner with FUNAAB for improved productivity –BusinessDay 
  • Labour union calls for FX policy review on tomato paste concentrate –BusinessDay 
  • Poor farming practices and infrastructure impede increase in agricultural productivity –BusinessDay 
  • Soybean commercial usage and insurgency create N225bn domestic supply gap –BusinessDay 
  • Indorama begins countdown to inauguration of $1.4bn new fertilizer plant in Port Harcourt –BusinessDay 
  • Ekiti LG to cultivate 20,000 hectares of maize and cassava –BusinessDay 
  • Iraq bans poultry imports from 24 countries over avian flu threat –BusinessDay 
  • Olam invests $275mn in wheat and pasta mills in Nigeria –Vanguard 
  • Food prices in Nigeria defy logic as global prices drop –BusinessDay 
  • Wada partners BoA to boost agribusiness in Kogi; offers N750mn credit for farmers –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria cocoa midcrop harvest drops by 60% due to harsh weather –BusinessDay 
  • China indicates interest in Nigeria's honey and other products –BusinessDay 
  • Abia to set up poultry villages –BusinessDay 
  • GFFA advocates rural-urban cooperation to meet global food demand –BusinessDay 

 2015 Highlights

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  • Ogun partners with Kenya on agriculture exchange programme and investment in cassava and rice –BusinessDay 

  • FUNAAB canvasses biotechnology as panacea for food insecurity in Nigeria –BusinessDay 

  • Cost of food soars in Nigeria despite fall in global prices –BusinessDay 

  • Investors plan cocoa processing factory in Akwa Ibom –BusinessDay 

  • Olam expands into animal feed business –BusinessDay 

  • CBN and commercial banks set aside N300bn for agricultural lending in 2016 –BusinessDay 

  • Pearl Universal Impex Ltd to create 4000 jobs with $100mn rice investment –BusinessDay 

  • Ogun finalises N2.4bn agriculture deal with IFAD –BusinessDay 

  • World Bank grant $500mn for rehabilitation of irrigation facilities –BusinessDay 

  • CBN's forex restriction has increased agriculture production capacity from 5% to 25% –BusinessDay 

  • IITA and corporate farmers initiate TV programme to boost agribusiness and create jobs –BusinessDay

  • Delta to invest N326mn to boost cassava and palm oil production –BusinessDay

  • Nigeria agric imports hit N76bn in Q3 2015 despite currency restriction –BusinessDay 

  • BoI partners FUNAAB to push N3bn investment in sugar industry through credit facilities –BusinessDay 

  • FG pilots irrigation farming in Ogun –BusinessDay 

  • ETLS damaging gains in Nigeria's CPO sub-sector –BusinessDay 

  • Investors currently buying into Nigeria's $3.1bn Sugar Master Plan –BusinessDay 

  • AfDB creates $300mn loan facility to assist women in agribusiness –BusinessDay 

  • Buhari endorses new rice policy as CBN unfolds N40bn support –BusinessDay 

  • FUNAAB empowers farmers with high-yielding kolanut seedlings –BusinessDay 

  • Tambuwal sets up committee for $250mn food processing factory –ThisDay 

  • Firms to export N52bn worth of agro-allied products yearly –ThisDay 

  • Olam targets 310,000 MT of rice in 2 years –BusinessDay 


  • Nigeria’s inflation may soar as floods destroy produce worth of N49bn –BusinessDay 
  • Low purchasing power and ignorance affecting tea demand –BusinessDay 
  • Okowa presents N35.2mn grant and utility van to fish farmers –BusinessDay 
  • Flood hits Anambra villages, destroys farmlands –BusinessDay  
  • IFAD moves to pilot agro-allied processing clusters and irrigation in Ogun –BusinessDay 
  • USAID to support Nigeria's Shea industry –BusinessDay 
  • CPC3 moves against banned poultry products –ThisDay  
  • “Nigerian agricultural sector needs public-private collaboration to achieve economic goals”, says Experts –BusinessDay 


  • African entrepreneurs to explore agric opportunities in Israel - Businessday
  • Kano constitutes 12-man tomato value chain development committee - Businessday
  • Sugar Council reaffirms FG's commitment to job creation and diversification of economy - Businessday
  • Syngeta launches fast acting pesticide, tomato hybrids and rice seed varieties Businessday 
  • “Agric commodities' import tops N630bn”, says Emefiele - Guardian 
  • FG to implement fertilizer quality control system - Businessday 
  • Stakeholders to explore profitable investment in sweet potato - Businessday
  • African weather prompts cocoa supply fears - Businessday 
  • 15% of Nigeria's food exports rejected because of poor quality standards - Businessday 
  • Agric ministry plans strategic partnership with China - Businessday
  • Industrialisation to boost incomes for 14mn poultry industry workers - Businessday


  • Nigeria to save N163bn from 20% cassava inclusion in wheat –BusinessDay 
  • Climate change threatens food production in Nigeria –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria's N180bn tomato harvests depend on erratic climate –BusinessDay 
  • Rubber Estate of Nigeria takes over Orhionigbe rubber plantation management –BusinessDay 
  • Greenhouse technology yields 264 tons tomatoes per hectare –BusinessDay 
  • Farmers explore alternatives as irregular rainfall threatens production –BusinessDay 
  • “More than 70% of Benue foods are wasting”, says Mr Benson Abuonu (Deputy Governor of Benue State) –ThisDay  
  • Ogun industries wax stronger as intermediate firms raise raw material supply –BusinessDay 


  • Nigerian agriculture ranks 132nd out of 188 on mechanization scale –BusinessDay 
  • Customs destroys N70mn worth of poultry products –BusinessDay 
  • “Availability of electricity in rural areas will enhance agricultural sector growth”, says NERC chair –BusinessDay 
  • Tomato price expected to decrease by 75% in December –BusinessDay 
  • FG urges Thailand investments in Nigeria's rice and other sub sectors –BusinessDay 
  • Ogun and FUNAAB establish agric marts for fresh agric produce –BusinessDay 
  • Ban on frozen turkey and chicken increases prices by 35% –BusinessDay  
  • Opportunities in N450bn food market of 18 markets –BusinessDay 
  • TGI expands Ogun economic base with N5bn investment in poultry, food processing –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria losses $13.7bn annually due to farmer-herder conflicts –BusinessDay
  • Lagos farmers say enforcement of frozen poultry products ban will boost local production –BusinessDay 
  • FG partners OPS on agricultural policy implementation –ThisDay
  • Agric entrepreneurs urge government divestment of farm storage facilities –BusinessDay 
  • “Nigeria spends $2.1bn on rice importation in three years says”, says CBN –BusinessDay


  • North-West Agro Input Dealers Association to train 150 farmers in modern farming techniques in Kano  -BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria agricultural imports in Q1 hit N738bn –BusinessDay 
  • Kogi commences free distribution of new maize varieties to farmers –BusinessDay 
  • Songhai Centre ready to partner with FG to develop agricultural sector –BusinessDay 
  • May palm oil inventory rises by 22% -BusinessDay 
  • Dry weather hurts Nigeria mid-crop cocoa as output falls – BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria's agro industry has10 million job opportunities –BusinessDay 
  • Food inflation rises despite low global commodity prices and strong output –BusinessDay 
  • NACCIMA pledges support for agropreneurs –BusinessDay 
  • Livestock feeds posts N7.9bn turnover and N252mn profit in 2014  –The Guardian 
  • Nigeria spent N660bn on imported chicken in 2014  – ThisDay 


  • Poor infrastructure and farming practices impede increase in agricultural productivity - Businessday
  • EU pledges support for Nigeria's food manufacturing and agro-business sub-sector - Businessday
  • BATN Foundation empowers small farm holders Businessday
  • Investors project N4.9trn private sector agriculture investment by 2019 Businessday
  • FAO predicts world food import bill to fall to five-year low Businessday
  • FUNAAB empowers 200 farmers in Ogun with high-yielding cassava varieties - Businessay
  • Fruit wastage nosedives on growing commercial usage - Businessday
  • Poor road network hinders market access to farm produce Businessday
  • CBN amends agriculture credit scheme guidelines Thisday
  • Soybean commercial usage and insurgency create N225bn domestic supply gap Businessday


  • Nigeria sugar import to fall due to oil plunge – BusinessDay
  • Domestic seed production rises by 3,415% – BusinessDay
  • Crude palm oil importation: Dangers under Economic Trade Liberation Scheme –BusinessDay 
  • Increasing consumption and insurgency fuel N225bn soybean shortfall – BusinessDay 
  • BoI 1 disburses N989mn Cassava bread fund to 100 beneficiaries – BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria's agricultural output shows resilience expanding by over N1trn in 9 months – BusinessDay 
  • Agro dealers want FG to align Indorama's $1.2bn fertilizer plant with GES2 scheme – BusinessDay 
  • Oil palm industry self-sufficiency drive opens N2trn investment gap – BusinessDay
  • NB Plc partners with Psaltry to optimize cassava productivity –The Guardian
  • FCMB in renewed agricultural push, raises sector's credit access to 8% – BusinessDay 


  • Nigeria targets $2bn from cashew export – The Guardian
  • Olam provides N536mn interest free finance to Nigerian farmers – BusinessDay 
  • Poultry value chain investments create massive jobs in Nigeria – BusinessDay 
  • Pan-African fish initiative may salvage sector's $5bn yearly loss – The Guardian  
  • BOA disburses N1.5bn to Bauchi farmers – The Guardian 
  • AfDB, IITA, ministry target 120,000 jobs in agric sector – The Guardian 
  • Receding avian influenza takes 17 of every 100,000 birds – BusinessDay  
  • AfDB, FG and IITA partner on youth scheme, income, food security – BusinessDay 
  • Stakeholders expand cassava uses to attract more earnings – BusinessDay 
  • FG to engage 740,000 youths in agriculture – BusinessDay 
  • FG votes N600mn to compensate owners of bird flu ravaged farms – The Guardian 
  • CADP contributes 12.75% to Lagos agric GDP– BusinessDay 
  • Chocolate bars consumption to drive cocoa sales – BusinessDay 


  • Nigeria sugar import to fall due to oil plunge –BusinessDay 
  • Domestic seed production rises by 3,415% –BusinessDay
  • Crude palm oil importation: Dangers under Economic Trade Liberation Scheme –BusinessDay 
  • Increasing consumption and insurgency fuel N225bn soybean shortfall –BusinessDay 
  • BoI 1 disburses N989mn Cassava bread fund to 100 beneficiaries –BusinessDay 
  • Nigeria's agricultural output shows resilience expanding by over N1trn in 9 months –BusinessDay 
  • Agro dealers want FG to align Indorama's $1.2bn fertilizer plant with GES2 scheme –BusinessDay 
  • Oil palm industry self-sufficiency drive opens N2trn investment gap –BusinessDay 
  • NB Plc partners with Psaltry to optimize cassava productivity –The Guardian 
  • FCMB in renewed agricultural push, raises sector's credit access to 8% –BusinessDay 


  • Local food production increases by 21m metric tons in 2014 –Businessday 
  • FG to release another 11 crop varieties to farmers –Businessday
  • Poultry value-chain investments create more jobs –Businessday
  • Tea-bag demand rises 5% annually and creates untapped opportunities –Businessday
  • Cocoa, sesame, cashew exports hit $48m, boost non-oil export –Businessday
  • ‘Large private companies will boost agric sector through investments’ says, Abdul Oroh, Edo State commissioner for agriculture and natural resources –Businessday

2014 Highlights

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  • Afreximbank gives$350m in financing to African cocoa producing countries –BusinessDay 
  • FG distributes inputs to 8,000 cassava farmers –BusinessDay
  • Exploring innovation platforms is essential to increase agricultural productivity and profitability –BusinessDay 
  • Naira devaluation causes 17% rise in cocoa price in one month–BusinessDay
  • Stakeholders urge the government to develop large plantations through the use of modern technology –BusinessDay

  • Nigeria exports $10 billion raw cocoa annually - BusinessDay
  • “40 years of graft in agricultural sector ended”, says Dr. Akinwumi Adesina – The Guardian
  • Lentus Foods plans 500 hectares of cassava farm in 2015 - BusinessDay
  • NIMC integrates subsidised farm inputs into national ID cards - BusinessDay 
  • NAIC reviews operational strategy to boost agricultural transformation programme - BusinessDay
  • Algae production - agribusiness of the near future - BusinessDay
  • Reversing decades of cocoa neglect - BusinessDay
  • World Bank, WAAPP cassava processing initiative takes off in Oyo - BusinessDay
  • 75% crude palm oil import waiver a threat to local industry – Presco Plc MD - BusinessDay
  • Experts see asset injection model, vertical integration, corporate governance as key to agric capital - BusinessDay

  • Boost for fish production in Lagos    Businessday
  • Poultry value chain investor creates 140 jobs in 3 years    Businessday
  • Nigeria's food security - is agricultural biotechnology a good option?   Businessday
  • Lagos to hit 25% food production by 2018  Businessday
  • NAIC insures crops, livestock for N2.7 billion   Thisday
  • BoI, Agriculture ministry seal N13.6 billion pact on cassava, rice mills    The Guardian
  • FG, Nigerian Breweries seal pact on commercialisation of hybrid sorghum    All Africa
  • ARM Capital Partners, IFC set to boost agribusiness with $9.5 million investment   Businessday
  • 61 countries to participate at Nigeria Poultry show     Businessday
  • Experts in agricultural value chain to explore opportunities in Nigeria   Businessday

  • Researchers work against weeds, commend IITA chief The Guardian
  • Aregbesola tasks CBN over agric financing The Guardian
  • Auchi MFB plans N100 million investment in Edo agric sector Businessday
  • Opportunity knocks for female entrepreneurs - WIMBIZ N3m seed investment competition Businessday
  • Reducing Nigeria's N125 billion fish import bill Businessday
  • Kogi disburses N750 million credit facilities to 3800 farmers The Guardian
  • Women in agribusiness financial inclusiveness increases Businessday
  • Ondo to spend N2 billion on agro-business projects The Guardian
  • Boost for agro processors as BoI launches CAP Fund Businessday
  • Nigeria on path to food-sufficiency as import cuts hit N648 billion Businessay

  • Increased chocolate consumption to drive cocoa sales Businessday
  • Osun farmers get debit cards to access farming inputs Businessday
  • Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) to become sector's leading voice Businessday
  • FG acquires research vessel for NIOMR to boost local fish production Businessday
  • Growing commercial usage reduces fruit wastage by half Businessday
  • FG set to revive moribund textile mills Businessday
  • Private sector investment shoots rice production to 4 million tons annually Businessday
  • Arewa Cotton supports FG's move on cotton production, begins free distribution of seeds Businessday
  • Engineers partner IITA on weeds control capacity building The Guardian
  • IITA young agro-entrepreneurs to train Borno youths Businessday

  •  Minister, stakeholders disagree over genetically modified foods The Guardian
  • “Agribusiness holds opportunities for youths in rural economy” says Phillips Businessday
  • South Africa plans $200m agric investment in Edo, Enugu and Benue  Businessday
  • Lawmaker advocates cooperative lending for farmers     Busnessday
  • FUNAAB maps out food security strategies for Nigeria     Businessday
  • Nigeria releases three new higher pro-vitamin A cassava     Businessday
  • 18 integrated rice mills, three-cycles farming boost rice production    Businessday
  • UNIJOS partners Thailand university on rice production     Businessday
  • Harnessing untapped agricultural potential for inclusive growth     Businessday
  • DFID commits N250m to GES-TAP scheme in Sokoto, FCT in 2014    Thisday


  • Oxfam scores Nigeria low on farm input distribution    The Guardian
  • CBN identifies major challenges against CACS    Businessday
  • FG Commits N7.7bn to agricultural programme for youths    Thisday 
  • Farmers need knowledge to meet fish production sufficiency target     Businessday
  • Domestic rice production gets boost riding on FG's agric policy    Businessday
  • Nigerian multi-crop processor comes top 10 in Innovation Prize for Africa    Businessday
  • 133% increase needed in farmed fish supply by 2050    Businessday
  • Research institutes develop 11 hybrid crops for Nigerian farmers    The Guardian
  • BATNF empowers unemployed graduates on agric-based entrepreneurship    The Guardian
  • FG tasks parastatals on agric research    Businessday


  • Phones constitute 83% of marketing information to farmers  Businessday
  • OXFAM Questions Transparency in Nigeria's Agric Sector    Thisday
  • Bloomberg adds $250m investment in agric sector    Businessday
  • Government, private sector partner on SPCZ implementation    Businessday
  • Lagos farmers move to establish microfinance bank    Businessday
  • Federal Government to establish primary livestock value chains    Businessday
  • 300,000 Farmers to Benefit from GES Programme in Sokoto    Thisday    
  • British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation and National Horticultural Research Institute collaborate to boost agriculture with intensive training     Businessday
  • Farmers get 12.5m poly bags for cocoa production    Businessday
  • ‘GMO/hybrid seeds: Inviting cancer to our land, passing a death sentence on Nigerians'    The Guardian


  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta wins $18.8m on cassava programme from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation     Businessday
  • FG Distributes 80 Water Pumps, Rice Reapers to Farmers in Sokoto    All Africa
  • 13 companies to produce seeds for farmers     Businessday
  • Project Development Institute fabricates unique cassava processing machine     Businessday
  • FG says no going back on cassava-wheat bread policy     Leadership
  • FG re-affirms support for N10bn cassava bread intervention    Businessday
  • BoA in custody of N9.7b cassava bread fund, says FG     The Guardian
  • The Federal Public Administration Reform Programme in Nigeria (FEPAR) partners FCT, Agriculture Ministry and other stakeholders on Agro-input centres    Thisday
  • Stopping trend of rotten, expired fish imports into Nigeria     Businessday
  • Stepping up productivity with more women in IITA     Businessday
  • African farmer game: Exciting way of learning agribusiness    Businessday


  • Stakeholders unite to combat rice smuggling     Businessday
  • CADP fish farmers export smoked fish to US market     Businessday
  • Shifting food culture, increased capacity drive flour millers' growth     Businessday
  • Bio-Organics spends $30m to boost Nigerian food, beverage industries    National Mirror
  • FG floats N100b long-term agric financing scheme    The Guardian
  • Federal Government flags off dry season irrigation    Businessday
  • Generating 1m jobs from domestic wheat production    Businessday
  • 19 million farmers shut out of agric insurance     Businessday
  • Using polythene sheets - cheaper way of weed control     Businessday
  • Private firm to provide 15,000 jobs through farming in Edo    Businessday


  • Dangote acquires $35m equipment to boost sugar production.     Worldstagegroup
  • Cattle breeders want Government to create grazing reserves     Sundiatapost
  • Ogun partners FG on fresh fish production earmarks N11bn for agricultural production     Businessday
  • Agribusiness receives boost as Sahel Capital raises $33m for investments   Businessday
  • Fish farms to provide two-thirds of global supply by 2030      Businessday
  • UNIDO: Nigeria's Staple Crop Zones to Gulp $1.063bn     Thisday
  • Tobacco farmers get N280m interest free loans     Businessday
  • Edo disburses N104.1m to farmers     Businessday
  • Kwara to establish agric laboratory     The Guardian
  • Nigeria on path to food-sufficiency as import cuts hit N648bn     Businessday


  • Yams grown in air to reduce diseases in seed cuttings     Businessday
  • Delta to spend N1.6bn on agricultural sector in 2014     Businessday
  • Trends in Nigerian sugar market     Businessday
  • Lagos Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) boosts commercial operations of farmers     Businessday
  • NGO to boost Edo cassava production with 3000 acres of farmland     Businessday
  • All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) warns government on fake farmers concerning agric funds     Businessday
  • Government releases N14b for dry sea farming     The Guardian
  • Staple crop processing zones will contribute N1.4trillion to the economy     Mydailynewswatchng
  • Irrigation farming, solution to local rice scarcity     Businessday
  • Nigeria loses over N110bn as revenue on rice drops by 90.6% in 2013     Businessday
  • Dangote to revive local production of rice with N50bn     Cknnigeria
  • Price of sugar drops to N6950 per 50 kilogram as refining capacity utilisation reaches 75%     Businessday
  • Nigeria's cocoa output seen by industry rising 10% in 2013-14     Bloomberg


2013 Highlights

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  • Finland firm to set up fish feeds plant in Lagos     Daily independent
  • FG to pump N10billion into cassava bread programme     Businessday
  • NGO, Edo government to cultivate 3000 acres cassava farm      Businessday
  • NAPEP others sign N200million MoU to Boost Agric in rural communities      Thisday
  • Poultry production shoots up 20% in Nigeria      Businessday
  • Anambra government, BoA splash N1.2 billion loan on farmers     NAN
  • Growing apples in Nigeria, another wealth, job creation opportunity     Businessday
  • FG evolves strategy to save $1.2billion on wheat importation     Businessday
  • FG to process agric raw materials for export in 2014     Businessday
  • Flour Mills, Honeywell to benefit as wheat extends decline to 18-month low     Businessday
  • Local Fulani chicken shows exotic potential for meat, egg production     Businessday
  • Agric committee releases seven new crop varieties to farmers     Businessday
  • Agric Ministry, BOI sign N4.5 billion MOU for cassava bread     The Business Dispatch


  • RiMIDAN laments massive rice smuggling into the country     The Guardian
  • Global price swings open up Nigeria's N480bn milk market      Businessday
  • Centre for African Israeli Development (CAID) unveils initiative on food security     Thisday
  • FG boosts fish production, targets 25% import reduction       Businessday
  • NEPAD advocates increased development in cassava value chain     Thisday
  • Sokoto invests N1.6 billion on dairy company       Thisday
  • Dairy output to rise to 1.1m metric tons by 2015      Businessday
  • Nigeria loses N20b revenue to rice importation      The Guardian
  • Crown Flour Mills launches new wheat products     The Guardian
  • CBN's loan to agric sector rises 213.5% to N2.9bn      Businessday
  • FG warns against chemical fertiliser      Businessday
  • CBN links positive inflationary rate to agric transformation agenda      Businesday


  • 7,000 cassava farmers benefit from N1bn agric loan.    Thisday
  • Okomu oil palm falls to 3-month low as prices drop.   Bloomberg
  • Private investment in agriculture hits $4bn, says minister.    Businessday
  • Cross River distributes 40,000 oil palm seedlings to farmers.    Businessday 
  • Coordinated aquaculture needed to meet global demand, says FAO.    Thisday 
  • Local wheat production to meet annual demand by 2017.    Businessday
  • FG to cut down on wheat importation by 20%.    Businessday 
  • WACOT promotes agricultural transformation.    Businessday 
  • IFC, Diamond Bank to increase access to finance for Nigerian agric sector.    Businessday
  • Delta empowers 3, 921 farmers with N600m in loans.    Businessday


  • Government, private sector operators partner on oil palm industry revitalisation scheme.     Daily Trust
  • Bank lending to agric sector rose 614% in one year.     Businessday
  • Cassava: A wealth creation crop for all.     Businessday
  • Nigeria's agric sector to benefit from $120m loan.      Businessday
  • FG approves N15bn loan for farmers.     Vanguard
  • NES #19: Participants seek commitment of 10% national budgets to agriculture.    Businessday
  • Ogun new 100-hectare Ofada rice farm to employ 1,200.      Businessday
  • Nigeria's agric revolution notches higher as 30,000-ton rice mill berths in Kwara.     Businessday
  • Nigeria commits N211.5b to exportable crops in two years.     Guardian
  • Rice imports down 95% on local production, smuggling.      Businessday
  • Stanbic IBTC partners John Deere, Tata to boost mechanised farming.      National Mirror


  • Nigeria gets additional $350m fund for water resources.   Thisday
  • World Bank Agric project disburses N209m to 3,000 Kano farmers.   Thisday
  • Smallholder farmers export fresh vegetables with NAQS guidelines.     Businessday
  • Banana bunchy top virus spreads in Nigeria.    Businessday
  • BATN foundation establishes N10m oil palm processing factory in Cross River.    Businessday
  • IITA partners private sector for ‘aflasafe’ delivery to rural farmers.    National Mirror
  • Government plans to end rice importation by 2014.    Guardian
  • New beans to help Nigeria's cocoa farmers double output.    Businessday 
  • Osun partners local institutes to boost food production.    Leadership 
  • Delta government assigns 6,000 hectares to boost cassava production.   Thisday 


  • Nigeria leads as OECD sees boost in West Africa agric investment.    Businessday
  • World Bank unfolds fresh N32bn facility for agric scheme in Nigeria.    Guardian 
  • CBN worried as Nigeria spends N11.7bn annually on tomato paste imports.     NBF
  • FG to earn $1.37bn from dried cassava chips exports, ups revenue by N759bn.    Businessday
  • Unlocking Nigeria's Agribusiness potential.    Businessday
  • Falling rice imports cause stockpiles to reach 12-year high.    Businessday
  • Agriculture, agro-allied rated as Nigeria's most attractive investment sectors.    Businessday
  • ADP/NPFS boss advocates for GPS system in farming.    Businessday 
  • Ecobank Nigeria to surpass N50bn in Agric sector lending.    Businessday 
  • Technoserve, Olam train 6,000 cashew farmers.    The Tide


  • World Bank stakes $56 million on Nigeria's agric research scheme.    Guardian
  • World Bank/CADP ready to support firms servicing agribusiness.    Businessday
  • Cross River earmarks N800m for large-scale farmers.    Businessday     
  • ECOWAS to harmonise land policy to boost food sufficiency.    Guardian 
  • Nigeria hosts maiden palm oil global forum to address sector’s problem.    Businessday
  • Minister explains new strategy for increased cocoa output.    Guardian
  • Nigeria’s cocoa set to beat world record.    Businessday 
  • Integrated farming: Waste-to-wealth venture maximises profit.    Businessday
  • BATNF lifts community with N7m palm oil processing mill.    Businessday 
  • Reactivating Nigeria's oil palm industry.    Businessday


  • Nigeria’s cassava business threatened by disease.    Businessday
  • Opportunities inherent in palm oil industry.     Businessday
  • Empowering smallholder farmers will unlock 10 million jobs.    Businessday
  • Government introduces 148 agric co-operatives, says President's aide.     Daily Times   
  • United States set to establish $250m fertilizer plant in Nigeria.    Businessday 
  • Ogun generates N250m from forestry, allocates 30,000ha for wildlife sanctuary.    Businessday
  • Dangote set to invest $600m in sugarcane production in three states.    Thisday
  • Senate: Nigeria squanders N228.5bn on sugar importation.    Thisday
  • Lagos agro investors (3,216) benefit in World Bank assisted project.    Businessday
  • Agric Transformation Agenda attracts investors at World Economic Forum.    Businessday


  • West African Cotton Company Limited (WACOT) begins pre-planting training for 5000 cotton farmers.    Businessday
  • FG reports indicate rice production self-sufficiency on course.   Businessday    
  • World Bank to spend additional $120m on urban water supply.   The Punch
  • Cheap imports compete with local production in Nigeria's N1trn rice market.    Businessday 
  • Nigeria, others develop plans for mass dissemination of drought tolerant maize.    Businessday
  • FG needs N360bn to provide portable water for Nigerians- Minister.    Premium Times
  • FG begins graduate farmers' scheme.    Businessday



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