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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Fayemi commissions multi-million naira integrated snail farm - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Ekiti State has commission a multi-million naira integrated snail farm, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Revealing this, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi also said his administration plans to ease ways of doing business policy and other vital supports for investments attracted over a million dollar agribusiness investment into the State in the last two years, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Dr Fayemi stated this on Tuesday, during the commissioning of a multi-million naira integrated snail farm in Okemesi-Ekiti. The Egbeja Snail Farm is a private initiative of Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited.

The Governor said many investors prefer to invest in the state because of the ease of doing business policy of the administration and sundry support the government offers prospective investors, including land and tax holidays.

"You will recall that the State Government efforts on agriculture and agribusiness over the last two years had already attracted almost a hundred million dollars investment in the agricultural sector to Ekiti State via the Ikun Dairy Farm by Promasidor Nigeria; FMS Agro, JK Rice, Stallion Rice, Dangote rice, Promise Points and many more that are located in our special agricultural processing zone where all the facilities are being provided such as good roads, irrigation, schools etc.

"Our ease of doing business personnel would continue to work with all investors while intending investors will enjoy necessary support including ease of doing business registration, land allocation, issuance of C of O and tax holidays for certain category of business,” he said.

Commissioning the multi million naira Egbeja Farm, Governor Fayemi promised to continue to provide enabling environment and strengthen the ease of doing business policy to attract more investors into the State.

The Governor said the new snail farm, when completed, would produce a minimum of 2,600 metric tons of snail per annum and provide opportunity for the extraction of slime for use by beauty care and pharmaceutical companies across the world.

He said the project would not only place Ekiti in the world market for the exportation of snails and slime but would also complement the vision of his administration in providing job opportunities for the teeming youths as the project has the capacity to engage over a 2,000 thousand personnel across various sectors of the initiative.

Dr. Fayemi who undertook a guided tour of facilities on the farm, explained that the Egbeja snail village project was a demonstration and commitment of his administration’s quest for a complete agribusiness value chain ”from farm to fork where there will be value addition that would go beyond primary production to include processing, marketing and delivery to our various dining table.”

“Only last week, we flagged off the first phase of a 1000 kilometre rural access and Agricultural Marketing Project, our RAAMP initiative, which is a state wide rural road project. This is an addition to the ongoing road projects that cut across the three senatorial districts of Ekiti State.

"Our rural road project is strategically structured to link our farmstead and hinterland to the major road in order to enhance movement of farm produce to the market and by the time we complete all the ongoing road project particularly the ring road and the cargo airport, agribusiness in Ekiti State will experience unprecedented growth.

"We are busy laying the foundation for the projected economic growth and urged other investors to key into our innovative agenda."

Earlier, the initiator of the project and founder of Farmkonnect Agribusiness, Azeez Oluwole said the project was proposed to occupy a 100,000 square meter of land to make it the largest place of snail farms in Africa and the second in the world.

He said the construction of the structures of the farm which is massive would continue for the next two years and is going to be technologically driven.

According to him, the setting up of the snail project in Ekiti was informed by the friendly investment environment made possible by the ease of doing business policy of the Fayemi led administration.

Pix: L-R: Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Adebayo Adewole; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Owa Ooye of Okemesi, HRM Oba Gbadebo Adedeji; Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Founder, Farm Konnect Nigeria Limited; Lt Comdr Azeez Oluwole (rtd); during the official commissioning of  Agbeja Integrated Snail Farm in Okemesi Ekiti…on Tuesday

Genetic diversity: 3 funding mechanism to explore - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Project Africa GRADIENT comprises three funding mechanisms to support, including fellowships, investigator-sponsored research and seed-fund, reports 
For the fellowships: A limited number of fellowships in academic institutions with a reputation for global excellence to collect and analyse data on determinants of drug response.

COVID-19 vaccines: 270m doses for Africa - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The African Union has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa through its COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), reports NaijaAgroNet.
AMSP made this acquisition on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and has commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States. Afreximbank will facilitate payments by providing advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of the Member States.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

GRADIENT attracts combined USD3.6m funding commitment - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Project Africa Genomic Research Approach for Diversity and Optimising Therapeutics (GRADIENT) has attracted a combined funding commitment worth USD3.6 million, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Just as it calls on local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Elumelu acquires 45% stake in OML 17 from Shell et al - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The African strategic investor led by Tony Elumelu's Heirs Holdings has acquired the the 45 per cent interest in Nigerian oil licence OML 17 and related assets from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and ENI, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The latest acquisition, NaijaAgroNet gathered was facilitated through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited, an affilaite of Heirs Holdings and Transcorp.

NaijaAgroNet in addition gathered that TNOG Oil and Gas Limited would have sole operatorship of the asset.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Pathfinder petitions Biden-Harris on 3-point global health agenda - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Pathfinder International has petitioned the incoming administration of Joe Biden and his vice president, Senator Kamala Harris to take urgent action for global health sake, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The petition entitled "Tell the Biden-Harris Administration: Take Urgent Action For Global Health" Pathfinder is demanding three actions be taken as first executive order.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

FFAR grant develops climate-resilient wheat - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Durum wheat drought tolerance trials in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, 2017. (Photo: Alfonso Cort├ęs/CIMMYT)

Wheat constitutes 20 per cent of all calories and protein consumed, making it a cornerstone of the human diet, according to the United Nations. However, hotter and drier weather, driven by a changing climate, threatens the global wheat supply. 

To address this threat, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $5 million grant to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to develop climate-resilient wheat.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

IFAD to eradicate hunger with credit rating - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The prospect of eradicating hunger and poverty received a boost today as the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) obtained its second strong public credit rating, facilitating its access to private funds to invest in increasing rural prosperity and development in the world’s poorest countries. 

The AA+ rating was announced today by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings. This complements the AA+ Fitch rating that IFAD received on 2 October, when IFAD became the first fund in the United Nations system to receive a public credit rating.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Cervical cancer: How to eliminate the silent killer - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The whole world is currently grappling with the second surge of COVID-19 infection. This pandemic destabilized year 2020, affecting over 85 million people and causing nearly 2 million deaths with a global mortality rate of about 2%. For this reason, every nation is making effort to gain access to the recently developed vaccines against the dreaded virus.  

Incidentally, Nigeria is also experiencing a second surge of Cervical Cancer, a disease that has a much higher mortality rate than COVID-19 and which is also caused by another deadly virus, known as the Human papillomavirus (HPV). Most Nigerians are oblivious of HPV and cervical cancer, a silent killer which disproportionately devastates women in the developing world, but is a disappearing disease in the developed world, where appropriate steps have been taken. 

Climate change: Hope rises for millions of Sahel farmers - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Millions of poor farmers living in the world’s most climate-impacted parts of the Sahel have cause for hope because of their governments’ support for accelerating Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW), reports 

GGW area, NaijaAgroNet gathered, covers 11 countries from Senegal and Mali in the West to Ethiopia and Djibouti in the East.