Economic Importance Of Cassava Production

  Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a popular crop grown in tropical regions. Cassava production in Nigeria is largely by subsistence farming and Nigeria is currently the largest producer of cassava in the world. It is the most extensively cultivated crop in the Southern part of the country, it contributes largely to the country’s Gross Domestic Production […]
Enhancing cassava output to boost economic growth

Enhancing cassava output to boost economic growth

The forum was organised by the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) Nigeria, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FMARD) and the Nigerian Incentive Risk-based System of Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL). Resident Representative, UNDP, Mr Opia Kumah, noted that the fall in the price of commodities, especially crude oil, underscored the need to position […]


Corn and soybeans were slightly lower in overnight trading on harvest pressure and as export inspections were well behind year-ago levels. The harvest continues to move along, though behind the average pace, for both corn and beans, according to the USDA. Export inspections of corn, meanwhile, totaled 782,346 metric tons, down from 1.49 million tons […]
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Flood sacks 12 communities, destroys 3,000 farmlands in Cross River

No fewer than 12 communities in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River have been flooded, following two days of heavy rain, which equally destroyed more than 3,000 farmlands. The incident, which occurred between September 18 and September 19, has rendered hundreds of residents homeless as property worth millions of Naira were destroyed. Mr. John Inaku, […]

Nigeria Agriculture Awards Woos Younger Generation

Winners of the Nigeria Agriculture Awards, NAA, 2017 essay competition for secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the country with the theme, “Building a Crop of Young Young Agropreneurs,” have received their cash award. During the 2017 NAA awards presentation ceremony in Lagos, cash awards were presented to three groups that emerged winners in the […]

FG gives reasons for high cost of local rice

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has attributed the high cost of local rice in the market to the inability of local millers to get the paddy at reduced cost. The minister, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja at the weekend, said government was working on an arrangement with rice […]

FAO to tackle army-worm disease in Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has developed a five year project known as `Fall Army-worm’ to control the spread of army-worm disease in Africa. Mr Allan Hruska, the Principal Technical Coordinator of the project, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, that the task would involve training of […]

Protecting Cassava

There is an efforts to fight a disease that is spreading and attacking a plant that is important for Africa. Scientists and agricultural experts recently met in Italy to talk about how to fight cassava disease. A virus that has been killing this important crop in East Africa was recently discovered to have spread to West […]

Cassava Farming

  Cassava farming is one of the most popular farming in Africa. The reason is simple; Cassava is an essential raw material  for foods in our continent. As early as 1667 the planting and cultivation of cassava began in Nigeria. This move was credited to the Portuguese explorers and slaves from Brazil and the West […]

Cassava farming declining in Katsina

Cassava farming in Katsina State is on the decline, Daily Trust’s investigation has revealed. This is coming just as the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has said although Nigeria is the highest grower of cassava in the world, it has a zero value chain for the produce. The AATF’s Communications and Partnerships Officer for West […]
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