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_ _ _ _ _ _ _.; T..HE " N ATION FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012

AGR()~BUSINESS

Cashew group chief calls for telnporary soybeans import HE FedeJ"iI Go\'emment has Stones by Daniel Esslel, been lllJ;1-d to aUow the tem"!jllc Co rrespondent porary mlpm of ~ to eNtblepoultJy f..mnersmeet thechal- I!\'er, that Ihl! proposed strategy should not affect tfle fundamental tenge of risi.ng feed prices. Speaking mill TIlt Natiun, the Presi- issue of stable and sustainable dent. Nationll C~hew Association of soybean production. To this end, he advised that gO\'Nigeria(NCAN) ToIa Faseru. saki the mO\'l!waslle(J'5laJyonthe shortl~ emment pollcies should be targeted to address th.! soaring price of at improvinJS domestic soybean prosoybeans. I!spednlly at the retailer duction.addu1g lhat!his would lead IeVd,whicilis g~tingouloftheH'ach toself-!iufficiency. lloosting national production of soybean, he advised of poultry furriil.T.l. Lending his IVfighl to the call 10 .5houId be ~ to reduce the ef· allow import of rq,wans todeal With fect of rust! and volatile prices on nasupply pcoblelR!, FaSC'ru said the tional foOd S«"lIrity. He said the poticy should work meas\U1! is like'" 10 be effective only throu2h :severaJ str.I~ such as the temporarily He said the ~o :emmenl and the introd'uction of modem te:hnoI~, private 5eCiOl should prepare good quality seeds, belter fertihser, soybeans Tt~ervC5 and sikl!i to link it inachinery lind fanning tools. Faseru ~ the 5l'CIor to invest to safety net pre gra mmes, where the\.. can be der lo~ to address the in soybean Crushing Inhastructure 10 fee(! crisis, with l'mphasis on the farm· process more lonnes of soybeans ing population faseru noted, how- rearly. He said inVE5ting insOybeans

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E ~:perts HE Olai:f, Consortium Boord ofCGIAR [Ir Carlos pb"ez del Castillo, I a!: commended the high quallty of Il!fcarm work being undertaken br lhi' Intemationalln· sliMe of Trop!CIl . \~ture (lITA). He emphMiseJ that this is needed

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morethari~\'er ~trckJelhrchallenges

tofood secllnty~flropkalnationsnol only in Afr.ca. bi It alSo the rest 01 the world. According t~1 a statement. Castillo ~at the n'OOl n office cllJT/\ dur-

aushing plants will creale jobs for Nigerians, Complaints about the skyrocketing price of soybeans have come from livestock and poultry prodlK'ers acJ055 the nation. 1he producers are facing a di lenuna: on one side, the price of soybeans iJ very hi~, but on the other side, it is alniost ID\pos5Ible 10 signifx:antly ~ the ~rice of eggs. which are popular side dishes. "Tli" advme impact of rising the SOybeiUl price is the instabillty of poultry production. since soybean is ~key component of the poultry Although there art' alternatives 10 SO)bean 10 JlI?doce rm:t.!O)'be.1n i!nd CD1l

remains d-e preferred d-ioice by thr:

I11ilPity d the pr!xIuce:s. The irDmscd

priers may beleIit t3rrnm in thr: 50t run. but <XlI1SUmf:IS will ~ tht aftermath of price increases in the form of more money spent on poultry, beef. pork. and dairy products.

laud liTA research Uvescodc. Reieardt fr6tituJe (JLRI). Castillo said: ~We are very impressed with our interactions ";th [ITA sdentisl:5 and the high quality of science they are doing in various fields. Their degree of commitment and ~ lolITA's missionoferadieating hunger and poverty through their science is nothing shoit oIamazing. We are ex~ely happy with what we'l'e seen during this \'isil.~ He cited lITA's " foOO production 5)'Stems" approach to addressing ag-

statemcr1t. lhe diverse options avail· able. such asaopimprovement. markets, and natural resource management, among others. It is • holistic way of thinking Ihat seeks to im' pro\·e IlvelihoodS. increa5e inroml's. and promote sustainable dC!"elopment. " In the past, most of·the I'!5l'W'dl wa~ cenb"i!d on either commodities or natural re5OUl'Q! management. bul the production system arproachwhich brings ~er al the rom·

ersandheipTeedthewO!"ld'sgro\\tng population, Rather than addre55U1g agnc de\·d· opment bottlellccks on cmnmo(hty basiS, the " produclion system" approach Integrates accordmg 10 the

houdsoflhepoortndifferentecos),&tenlS. This different way of domg

inga"\~':._a' . ,",~~ ..........,. ,..r~_. ~~turaI.,..."""t t~,.~tsu'·d·~tg~~ d"""~ts ~"Impacttcen~, . ',ill1He ""-..... ..... """ .... <:.>;,.u= egy.... ""'leIl Ta.... r weT .."",Iter on t,.c I\'r

o.."'Uti\·eOf&:er,

:;J\R ' Dr fr.Ink RiJ'b.rnlarl nrA Bonrd Chair, Dr IkuceCoulman;a .... tile ~ rral 01 !wootJoe( G:GIAR Con'illrtlwn

Centres:Dr P"pa!e kol AIricaRio..l!,and Dr Jimmy Smith of the Inlemi!tional

thiI,u~~ l~~t~inIdnr.t bbe~~L~ ~ u..."" Ultl <'UI.U '"'-'u"'''''' ...... an individual mandate.~ Ca5tillo exp""ined.

Cocoa farmers seek procurement procedure review

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HE Farmers Assoclation of N 'Keria (CFAN) has urged th,,1~ederal Government to rf!!\'lelY the procedure be-ing used in rrocmngand distributing agro-dlt' miuh to its members. The Na tional 'I esidenl of !hr as-SOCia lion, Alha i Rahet."ffi Adeniii. SUIted ttus ""hilt Iddll$Sing reporters at the end "f a summit of the ;tSSOCiation in CSt gbo. Ht said IiInnErs ought to be: coosuited in evulvh,. a mtch·free formula. "COCOd filfmeli ,·hould beaUQ\,rd

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to recommend the type of chrmlca1stob.>procuredforthemandlhe), should be distributed, accord ing to the SIU of eMh fanner', rocoa pTMIlItion," he said. " We urge President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Federal Min· istr)' of Agriculture and Rural ~ velopment to Iislen to farmers in the interest of the countr y's cocoa economy," he said. He further said: "'The procedure i~ unsoentiric and devoid of proper consultation with the cocoa farmers "We have wri tten to the minlSU)'

in charge, urging it to follow the request of the fftrmers. but it has continued to ignore our demands. ~Wea1.50 rejected the type of a~ dU"micals procured for us. " HolY do we explain Ihe inelusion o f three dHferBlt b rands of ag ro-c hemlca ls of the same potency in a single box, pu r~rtrdly mo:anl for the same uSllge for coCOl trees. . Are they saying different brands ofagro-chemicalsShouldbesprayrd simulta neously or be spraXed diffen:ntly on the same farm.

STATE FOCUS

Promoting Agric ;in Abia

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BlA State has huge agricultu ral resou rces, which are the main engine of eco-

nomic dev~opment. Depicted as an "indigenoU5 developmental state: the oveJall growth record of the state is based on small manufacturing and agriculture. The state', main economic d .....-dopment strategy hasbeen to exploit the country's agricultural resources and in-

ci~t ~d ~=icinco"::gftio~ga~ creating new economic opportunities. The main industry in Abia State is farming and agricultural produce includes oil palm. cashew, rubber, rocoa, coconut and cassava. There are three agriculturalzone:s in Abla: Aba, Umuahia and 1Iende. The Bende agricultu ral zone is a major producer of rice and yam. In the Aba and Umuarua agricultu ral UlI"leS. cash crops, such as palm produce, cocoa and rubber are produced. whlle food crops such as yam, cassava. rice, plantain, banana, maize and cocoyam are p roduced in large quantities. BeslCles 011 palm, cashew, rubber and cocoa are grown widely in the state. When Govemor Theodore O rji was swom·in on Sunday, I\by 29, lOll, for asecond term, one major sector, he announced would re("f!!;lve transformation was the agricu1tUJ"1". The governor's reason was that through massive investment on a.8riculture, ~th'e change would be made on the standard of living of the people a.5 well as accelerate<l"development. According to Governor Orji, Abia is blessed with fertile land and has population of almost two million, The huge agricultural potential, when fully tapped, will serve as the main rogme for econo mic development. The governor said his administration is ready to dev~op Abia pe0ple through an all-round investment, especially in agriculture. "This is the beginning of a new dawn, a new healing. signifying the renewa l, which Abia nave fieen yeaming for". he said. Speaking during the flag-off of the disbursement of NI billion agricultura l loan imd Roll-Out of Growth Enhancement Support Scheme at Aguiyi lroRSi Cenotaph, Ogurube layout. Umuahia. Governor Orji said his admini&tration was determined to build an economically viable state, through a sustainable agricultural development. " Prom inception, this administration p""ced premium on revitalisation of agriculture. which in the past was the mainstay of the nation's economy. "Our pro~rammes and policy thrust are aimed at boosting foo(l production because of the belief that self-sufficiency in food production is panaC1!a for sustainable democracy and economic growth:' he said, He explained that his administration's belief that agriculture employs over 70 per cent of Nigeria's adults, inIormrd his decision £osign the Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) to enable farmers in the state to access the Nt biUion agriculturalloan of the federal Gov· ernment. "Through this 101ln, the government is targeting food sufficiency by 201S)ncrease export crops production and provision of jobS to the army of employable youths across the state among others," he said The govemor said Abia is participating in cassava, rice, cocoa, oil palm, aquaculture. leather, pig farm mg and Ul second phase of sheepand goat husbandry, adding that agriCultural transformation implementation committee to achieve the mandate have been inaugurated..

By Daniel Esslet Explaining the need for closer col· laboration in achieving sustainable agricultura l transformation, he added that for Nigeria to do well in agricul~, interested farmers. corporate bodies and government must collaborate. "We signed a Memo randum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minis try olAgricultlm! to guarantee Federal Government's collaboration on cassavavalue chain deve lopment and transformation programme. Mr administration cOMistently paid counterpart funds to dev~op-­ ment partners; s~p of programmes, such as FAOAMA. the rFAO/FGN/NODCCommunity Based Na tural Resource ManaJemenl Programme. in addition topurchase and sale of 54 tractors at subsidise rate to fa rmers. Accordins: to the govemor.30.ooo bags of fertili.5er were procun:d for free distribution as a back-up to the Federal Gove rnment growth enhancement scheme in addition to other Inputs for distribution toAbia farmers at the event. "We also provided substantial quantity of f3 Amaron and newlyreleued CRIN en improved hybrid coca seedlings in addition to otherinput to farmers," he said. ....1 urged the beneficiaries of this loan to make proper use of the credil facilities 10 achieve hunger-

· Cov O rjl fre..- Abia, drive income growth and accelerate the achievement of food security, as well as transform the state into a leading player in the national food marKet and grow wealth for Abia people. Abia State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Ike Onyenwaku. said the stale is blessed with rich agricultural potentials, fertile soil. adequate rainfall can grow oil palm. cassava. rice. COC03, cocoyam and \"<Irious livestock:' he Mid Onyenwaku said the state is par-

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Growth Enhancement Support Scheme. He assu rrd that extension suvice5 will be reinvigorated to offer guidance to farmers on best practices in the. use of the various Agro-input made available thrO\Jgh the Growth Enhanament Support Scheme, Analysts believe Govemor Orji"s transformation of agriculture is in the right direction as jobs would be created to many ~nd the state economic status made s tronger if the tempo of Investment is fol lowed. by farmers and future gov· ernment. They said Abia has the ~h.'fltial to auract investment in the: foUowing agro-allied industries: cassa\'i'I starch and flour, fruitand \·egela· ble canning. if the agriculturaf sector is developed.

THE NATION, 24 AUGUST, 2012  

Experts laud IITA research

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