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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Friends of Earth: Nnimmo, Chima in contempt of court - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Former Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Arc. Nnimmo Bassey and a former staff of ERA/FoEN Barr. Chima Williams have been dragged before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for contempt of court, reports NaijaAgroNet.

A Federal High Court, NaijaAgroNet recalls, had ordered on 7th October 2020 restraining the duo from parading themselves as the Board Chairman and acting Executive Director of ERA/FoEN respectively.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dairy Industry: U.S. to train Nigerian stakeholders - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


A joint venture between Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Ekiti State Government, the Ikun Dairy Farm has advanced plans to produce 10,000 liters of milk daily and will take delivery of two additional shipments of dairy cows from the United States over the next couple of weeks.

These shipments will provide a better breed of cow for the rapidly growing Nigerian dairy industry, helping to diversify the Nigerian economy.

Gerald Smith, Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Mission to Nigeria noted that introduction of U.S. dairy cows will boost local milk production and contribute significantly to ensuring sustainable food security in Nigeria.

Smith explained that the successful cattle shipment was as a result of the strong partnership between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, the Ikun Dairy Farm, and senior officials of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, with support from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The United States is the leader in producing dairy cows,” Counselor for Agricultural Affairs Smith said. “Promasidor Nigeria Limited in partnership with Ekiti State Government and with the strong support of the Central Bank of Nigeria have successfully started an integrated dairy industry in Nigeria with the acquisition of the first batch of pregnant Jersey breed dairy cows from the USA. A sustainable dairy industry requires modern genetic cows. This collaboration marks the start of increasing milk production and enhancing the dairy value chain in Nigeria,” he added.

To further support the Nigerian dairy industry, Smith noted that the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission is designing a two-week long training program in the United States for diverse Nigerian dairy stakeholders. The training program holding later this year will introduce participants to the unique characteristics and genetic potential of U.S. dairy cows. “We believe these efforts will maximize the local dairy sector’s potential and help Nigeria emerge as a major player in the dairy market in the region,” Smith added.

Based at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, the Foreign Agricultural Service is the overseas arm of the United States Department of Agriculture. It offers a variety of services to American and Nigerian agribusiness companies, government and non-government entities involved in agricultural trade and development. Through a variety of programs, the service helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing capacity building opportunities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Nutrition: MeCAM Coordiantor urges CSOs to optimise ICT tools - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The National Coordinator of the Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM Nigeria), Mr. Remmy Nweke, has urged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to optimize the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools in communicating nutrition in the country, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at the first quarterly capacity building of the Lagos State chapter of the Civil Society on Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) hosted by the Communication Team, Mr. Nweke said that optimizing ICT tools in this era has become imperative.

Faster way to decarbonize with gas, renewables - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The power sector accounts for up to 41 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions today, with Africa contributing about 2-3%. In parallel, there are still over 580 million people on the continent who do not have access to reliable energy and the demand for electricity is expected to continue to grow as populations increase, industrialization ambitions grow and urbanization continues to fuel the need for more power.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Farmers may resort to self-defence over herders attack, Oba Olugbenle warns - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Olu Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland in Ogun State, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle has petitioned the presidency over the incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen in his domain, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Oba in his petition, electronically signed and made available to NaijaAgroNet, and entitled, “Stopping the time bomb before it is too late” called the attention of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired and all the security agencies over the continued siege of the entire Yewaland in Ogun State in last few weeks by armed herdsmen.

According to him, the bandits have been callously killing and literally slaughtering and maiming his people.

The criminal and dangerous activities of these herdsmen, he said, he said, have so far happened in Egua, Oja-Odan, Igan Alade, Gbokoto and Ijoun, Owode-Ketu, Ebute Igboro, Imeko Afon and other places with reports of plans to attack major towns in Yewa land.

Oba of Yewaland also implored the federal and state governments as a matter of extreme urgency to act fast to secure the lives and properties of his people before it goes out of complete control.

“In this situation it is not out of place that people may resort to self-help to defend themselves if the government fails to guarantee their safety as citizens of Nigeria in the face of renewed insurgency by these criminals terrorizing our people with arms and dangerous weapons,” he warned.

His people, Oba said, are in high hope that government of both state and federal will listen to their lamentations alongside the security agencies by living up to the expectation of their responsibility as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution, so as to ensure the security of lives and properties in Yewaland.

HRM equally enjoined his people to fully cooperate with government in this regards to map out measures towards curbing the activities of these bands in the days ahead.

“A stitch in time saves nine,” he warned.

Isaac Oyimah/Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Igangan: Oyo relocates victims of killer herdsmen for medical treatment - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, on Monday, stated that his Ministry has commenced the treatment of the three victims of herdsmen attacks in Igangan, who were ordered relocated to Ibadan by Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Commissioner, who spoke to newsmen in Ibadan, said that the trio are currently receiving treatment at a government hospital in Ibadan and that they are in stable condition.

Friday, February 5, 2021

World Cancer Day: Oyo state organizes free screening - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Government of Oyo State has organised a free breast and cervical cancer screening programme for women of reproductive age in the state, declaring that it remains committed to putting an end to the spread of the disease in the state, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, who disclosed this at the sensitisation programme organised by the Ministry of Health to commemorate the 2021 World Cancer Day, said the day was observed to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

Konga: Revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria through e-Commerce - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Konga, Nigeria’s foremost composite retail giant, has once again led from the front, revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria by leveraging e-Commerce in helping rural farmers access better agricultural inputs such as crop seedlings, fertilizers and much more at highly competitive prices.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Igangan youths didn't walk out on Makinde says Farmers' secretary - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Youth leaders from Igangan have denied insinuations that they walked out on Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday, when he held a Town Hall meeting in the area, reports NaijaAgroNet.

General Secretary of the Ibarapaland Farmers' Association, Mr. Taiwo Adeagbo, who spoke on behalf of the community, stated that no one walked out on the governor.

IRENA, SADC enter deal, boost energy transformation - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to work together on accelerating the deployment renewable energy solutions, including decentralised technologies, in Southern African countries. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Wirldlife Conservation: Creative collaborations boost powerful partnerships - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


“As an expert in the field of visual imagery, Canon Central and North Africa is cognisant of the deep impact powerful pictures and videos have in visual storytelling – and how successful these stories are in raising awareness and gaining support for various conservation projects,” notes Amine Djouahra, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. 

“For this reason we have embarked on several initiatives – such as the Miraisha Programme ( and our Ambassadors Programme ( - to advance and promote job opportunities and future livelihoods in Africa by sharing skillsets and knowledge for photographers, videographers and filmmakers,” he adds.

The Twendeni Porini na Canon campaign takes this even further, by enlisting 5 local wildlife photography Influencers to create authentic social media stories about conservation efforts across Kenya.   

“More than just rewarding Canon customers and raising awareness of our prized national parks, this initiative proved Canon’s support of local conservation efforts in building the awareness together with Kenya’s wildlife conservation team with an emphasis on interactions between influencers and community awareness.

Speaking during the award ceremony, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru said, “We are grateful to Canon for this partnership that has seen us raise awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation as an ongoing effort. KWS has a mandate to protect and preserve wildlife, but it is the collective effort of our communities that makes us successful in this calling. We have benefited greatly from the authentic stories that Canon has told about our parks, wildlife and rangers. We are extremely grateful for the renewed interest in wildlife conservation thanks to the extended boost on digital space, which successfully raised the profile of Kenya as a leader in wildlife conservation.”

Influencing a shared conservation narrative

The influencers – Anthony Ochieng, Clement Kiragu, Larry Asego, Usha Harish and Alissa Thakker – were accommodated at notable National Parks across the country. Each one produced compelling visual imagery and engaging content that stimulated serious engagement on social media – proving that captivating photography and videography play an essential role in creating change and driving awareness.

“This campaign underscored how partnerships and collaboration help build awareness of just how important conservation is to the continent, and how we can ensure that future generations enjoy and appreciate this rich, colourful, breath-taking and unique continent with all its wildlife and wild lands,” adds Djouahra.

The influencers’ riveting stories can be viewed on the influencers’ Instagram pages, as follows:

Clement Kiragu is a Canon ambassador and award-winning wildlife and commercial photographer whose incredible series of nature images were enhanced by a new love he developed while staying at Amboseli National Park: that of capturing birds in flight.

Anthony Ochieng is a conservation photographer who produced a short film, Rhino Lover & Hero (, featuring an insightful interview with a Rhino Sanctuary ranger Kosgeyi, to highlight the work done at the sanctuary.

Usha Harish proved her adeptness at capturing emotions of animals and in action:

Larry Asego took his assignment further, by hosting an interactive wildlife photography training session, streaming his experience and answering questions from amateur photographers.

Alissa Thakker combined photography and videography to document her journey at Nairobi National Park, while highlighting the features on her Canon R5 that made capturing these magnificent creatures.