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Food Security: Nigeria is self-reliant in food production – Nanono

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono said that the closure of all international borders, necessitated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, had made it evident that Nigeria could conveniently and sustainably feed itself.

The Minister made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi on Sunday in Abuja.

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The minister according to the statement, made this known while on a tour of Dangote Fertiliser Plant and other fertiliser companies in Lagos State as the Federal Government is set to inject over N600 billion as stimulus response into the agriculture sector.

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The minister, who commenced the tour with a courtesy call on the governor of Lagos State, Gov. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Babajide Sanwo-Olu, promised to support the state farming communities with rural roads, solar lighting and water holes to increase productivity.

Nanono also promised to collaborate with the Lagos State government in revamping the fish sub-sector in order to tap into its marine potentials to reduce fish importation.

Nanono further explained that the stimulus package would target small scale farmers nationwide to ensure food security and sustainability. This is expected to begin with an initial 2.4 million farmers.

He noted that to avoid the abuse of government funds and good intentions, the support would be in form of inputs and not cash as was the practice in the past.

Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu promised to collaborate with the Federal Government not only in the fishing sector but mechanised farming as well.

The governor said this would be actualised when the largest rice mill in Nigeria with a capacity to mill approximately 30 million metric tonnes of rice per annum was completed.

He said it would help Nigeria focus more on exportation of rice and downward review of prices at the retail market.

The governor said Lagos State had a large retail market for agricultural products as well as the largest enabler in the industry with Dangote Fertiliser Plant cited in its domain.

For their part, Dangote Group and other fertiliser blending companies, including Premium Agro Limited, Elephant Group and Kewalram Group complained that raw materials for fertiliser blending were a challenge.

They said ammonium phosphate, particularly, was a major challenge.

Dangote Group, however, assured it would consider exploration of local source for the raw materials which would hopefully solve the problem of fertiliser shortfall in the country.

Source: NAN

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Experts Harp On Why You Should Regularly Consume Sugarcane

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Some nutrition experts have recommended regular intake of sugarcane to boost immune system and prevent cancer and other diseases.

The experts made the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

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Mrs Olufunmilola Adewumi, Asst. Chief Nutritionist at the Orile Agege General Hospital, Lagos State, said sugarcane was rich in antioxidants helping to fight infections.

According to Adewumi, raw sugarcane does not contain fats, cholesterol, proteins and sodium.

She added that it contained significant amounts of nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorus.

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Adewumi said that sugarcane juice would be good for hydration, adding that it helped in weight loss, boosting of metabolism, improving digestion, preventing infections, fighting fevers and curing common cold. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Its alkalinity makes it counteract the effects of hyperacidity, heart and stomach burns; it also helps in preventing cancer.

“It helps to reduce accumulation of bacteria and oil in the pores, thereby preventing acne; it is an excellent source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as glycolic acid used as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle agent in creams.

“It is an effective diuretic: meaning it can keep kidneys functioning optimally, thereby preventing health issues such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

“Due to its low glycemic index, diabetic patients can enjoy it without any fear when taken in moderation. It prevents spikes in blood glucose levels,” she said.

Adewumi, however, cautioned against overconsumption of sugarcane juice to avoid stomach upset, dizziness, headaches and unnecessary weight loss.

The nutritionist also cautioned against drinking water after eating fruits, saying it hindered digestion and absorption processes.

She recommended taking of 200ml of sugarcane juice daily and waiting for an hour before drinking water.

Mr Soromtonna Okwuosa, Co-founder, Ambrosia Juice, told NAN that sugarcane juice was a natural instant energy booster.

“Boosting the immune system shouldn’t just be because of COVID-19; there are other diseases out there that are deadly.

“Lots of people don’t know that their lifestyle, what they eat or drink, has serious impacts on their health,” he said.

He said that high immunity would give a person greater chances of surviving a disease.

Okwuosa, who produces sugarcane juice, said that many people did not take it and enjoy its health benefits because of fear of complications from sugar.

He noted that busy individuals regarded as timewasting, sitting and eating the quantities of sugarcane juice they would need.

He recommended extraction of the juice and storing in refrigerators.

He said that adding flavours such as lemon, ginger and orange would give additional health benefits to sugarcane juice.

Okwuosa, however, cautioned against consumption of sugarcane juice after six hours of production if not stored in a refrigerator as it could have turned sour. 

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Open Tiami Rice Now or Else – Federal High Court

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The federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Kano State Government, Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to forthwith, jointly and unconditionally unseal the rice mill factory belonging to Tiami Rice Limited given that they legally and are rightful owners of the property or face contempt of court.

This was contained in the ruling delivered by Justice O.E Abang dated 5/5/2020 on suit No: FHC/A BJ/CS/448/2020 Between; 1. Tiami Rice Ltd, 2)Tiami Multi Services Global Ltd, 3)Alhaji Aliyu Ali Ibrahim (Applicants) and 1) IGP, 2)CP, Kano State, 3) Government of Kano State, 4) Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (Respondents).

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The presiding Judge, Justice Abang in his ruling directed the opening and unfettered access to the applicant’s factory situated on C14, AA, Shehu House, Amana city, Zaria Road, Kano.

On the enrolment of the judgment order upon the Court having already heard A. A . Awolowo (SAN) AND THE COURT being satisfied that the respondents have been duly served with all courts processes and the court Order directing them to appear before the court on 27th April 2020 and they failed to appear before the court and offered no reason for being absent in court.

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“AND THE COURT having considered that the Respondents failed to avail themselves of the opportunity offered them to be heard before a decision is taken on the Applicant’s suit.

“AND THE COURT having also considered the matter on the merit, delivered its judgment in open court today the 4/5/2020. Its reasoning and conclusions are as contained in the body of the judgment.

“AND THE COURT having considered that it is deserving to grant the Applicant’s reliefs as contained in the Originating Motion on Notice dated 20/4/2020 and also make consequential Order in order to give effect to the principal reliefs granted by the court.”, is said.

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FG committed to diversified economy, manpower development – Hon Olarewaju

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Hon Olarewaju Kunle Ibrahim representing Ido/Osi Moba/llejeme federal constituency, Ekiti State
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The House of Representative, representing Ido/Osi Moba/llejeme federal constituency, Ekiti State, Hon. Ibrahim Kunle Olarewaju reiterated that the Federal Government is committted to diversifying the economy.

Honourable Olarewaju said, “by the policies and programmes developing our mono-economy to have other sources of income for the country.”

“The Federal Government is looking towards agriculture and everybody seems to be cuing in the programme.”

“Of course we are farmers generally in Nigeria, North, West, East and South and we do know that this kind of agricultural practices will not be sufficient without mechanized agriculture.

“To that extent, the Federal Government by all their programmes and policies import seedlings, implement tractors to aid this decision of government to improve the economy of Nigeria by improved agriculture.

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“We need to build graduates who will be specially trained to repair those things and build new ones.”

“So we need adequate manpower in Nigeria in such a way that those equipment we buy we can improve on them. We can use them to learn and improve on them.”

Talking about his recent motion to establish a specialised agricultural institution in Nigeria, Honourable Olarewaju reiterated that such an institution would ensure adequate manpower for the agricultural sector.

“Unlike other institute, this is degree awarding institute. They award National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma, (HND). A year with in you go for industrial attachment to learn practical farming from establishment; to see the equipment working and bring back method for which it can be improved or repaired.”

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“This is a unique institution, unlike other agricultural institution. It has technology behind.”

“Appreciatively in Nigeria, there are several things we can have, in the North we can have rice, in the South we can have cocoa, in the East we can have palm kernel. We have very good opportunity by God and our youths have no option. What they need is avenue for them to work and have good living.” he concluded.

“Appreciatively in Nigeria, there are several things we can have, in the North we can have rice, in the South we can have cocoa, in the East we can have palm kernel. We have very good opportunity by God and our youths have no option. What they need is avenue for them to work and have good living.” he concluded.

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