Nigeria produces approximately 8million metric tonnes of maize per year. Maize is one of the most versatile emerging crops having wider conditions. Globally, maize is known as the queen of cereals because it has the highest genetic yield potential among the cereals. It is cultivated on nearly 150m ha in about 160 countries have a wider diversity of soil, climate, biodiversity and management practices that contributes 36% (782MT) in the global grain production.
Agriculture is a significant economic activity in economies around the world. It plays vital roles in economic development in Africa. In sub-Saharan African (SSA), agriculture provides employment for over 60% of the population [see]. It contributes between 30% and 35% toGross Domestic Product (GDP) in West Africa [see]. Compared to GDP in non-agricultural sector, agricultural GDP growth in SSA is two to four times more effective in raising income and reducing poverty [see]. However, the potentials of the sector to contribute to development are largely untapped and poverty is endemic especially in rural areas in Africa, Nigeria inclusive. Successive governments […]
Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change, but it also produces about 14% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. There is consensus that climate change will have a significant impact on agriculture in developing countries. Even a 2°C rise in the mean global temperature by the year 2100, which is regarded as an optimistic scenario, will radically change the face of farming. So far agriculture has been on the fringes of negotiations, despite it being a role player in any future legally binding agreement. But because it stands so central to climate change, voices are getting stronger that agriculture […]
Agriculture plays a vital role in the Nigerian economy and a critical source of growth in many developing countries. It is also a means of livelihood for the rural populace and a source of investment opportunities for the private sector. However, Agriculture is exposed to adverse natural events, such as drought, flood, windstorm, pest, diseases, etc. The impact and economic costs of such disasters may increase further in the near future because of climatic factors occasioned by climate change. These events, in most cases, can lead to the impoverishment of farmers if not checked or controlled. Agricultural Insurance is a […]
The mobile telephony service is powered by Airtel using the 3-2-1 Service of Viamo. Farmers with Airtel sim cards who want to access the service and get good advice on cassava production can simply dial 3-2-1 and listen to all the information they need to make the most out of cassava production.
Nature, in its entirety, was crafted by God in such a wonderful way; one cannot but imagine, with amazement, the mysteries behind the work of creation. One of the wonderful creatures that has attracted attention based on the way it was crafted by God is the bloodless slow-moving creature called snail. It has a boneless fleshy body and belongs to the molluscan class called Gastropoda. Snails can either be terrestrial aquatic in nature; we have both sea snails and freshwater snails. Some species of snail have calciferous shell that can completely accommodate the retractile fleshy body while others either completely […]
A farm plan is a document assessing site-specific aspects of a property and outlining best management practices (BMPs) identified as necessary to avoid potential negative environmental impacts. The plan contains an assessment of the site and outlines a series of actions developed to meet a farmer’s goals while protecting water quality and natural resources. No matter which option you choose, what you require will vary depending upon the location, size and scale of your proposed development and the likely impact or change to the surrounding land.
A farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes with the primary objective of producing food and other crops; it is the basic facility in food production. The name is used for specialized units such as arable farms, vegetable farms, fruit farms, dairy, pig and poultry farms, and land used for the production of natural fibers, and other commodities. It includes ranches, feedlots, orchards, plantations and estates, smallholdings and hobby farms, and includes the farmhouse and agricultural buildings as well as the land. In modern times the term has been extended so as to include such industrial operations as wind farms and fish farms, both of which can operate on land or sea.
Poultry farming is the breeding of domesticated birds (chicken, turkey, geese, duck, etc.) for commercial purposes and/or for personal consumption. Poultry farming is a lucrative but delicate business. Lucrative in the sense that the consumption of the end product; chicken and egg are in constant demand up and down the country and it happens to be a potent source of animal protein outside fish, pork and beef. More importantly, poultry products fall into the category of white meat, believed to be more healthy for human consumption. Delicate in the sense that producers are very careful in caring for the birds to […]