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FG To Protect Poultry Industry Against Epidemic

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The Federal Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has begun the training of key stakeholders in the poultry industry to enhance disease prevention, detection and control.
The Director, Department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services, Dr Ademola Raji, made the disclosure at a workshop organised for stakeholders on Wednesday at New Nyanyan in Nasarawa State.
He said that the step became necessary as attention was being focused on animal health globally.
Raji, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Dr John Taiwo, said the workshop, titled, “Behaviour Change in Bio-security in Poultry Production’’, was aimed at empowering stakeholders to prevent diseases.
He said that such workshop was necessary following the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in the country.
According to him, proper knowledge and application of bio-security will help to curb the ugly situation.
“The objective of the workshop is to develop an action plan in all aspects of disease detection, prevention and control.
“It is also to develop appropriate bio-security for poultry farms and live birds market in rural and urban areas.
“It will build capacity in technical, communication skills and advise poultry growers, sellers and live birds marketing administrators on developing a bio-safety plan,’’ he said.
Raji listed co-organisers of the workshop as Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Services, the Nigerian Institute for Animal Science (NIAS) and Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN).
Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, the Registrar of the NAIS, Dr Oyedele Oyedeji, said the workshop would address many challenges facing the poultry sub-sector.
According to him, the forum will have great impact on the standards used in crop and animal production.
He added that, “products are as good as the process used in producing them’’.
He said the participating stakeholders were required to retrain farmers and other actors along the poultry value chain in their various localities.
The registrar urged the department to convene a meeting of all stakeholders to review the livestock policy for Nigeria.
Oyedeji said it would give a proper direction to animal breeding and genetics, animal nutrition marketing, operating procedures and animal welfare which would be disseminated to states through the extension services.
He said that this would enable the country meet all international benchmarks in animal feed, product and human food safety.
In an interview with The Tide source the Zonal Secretary, North Central, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Mr Dennis Eze, commended the department for organising the workshop.
He said that the training was timely as many poultry farmers had recorded huge losses in the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza otherwise called “Birds Flu’’.
Eze identified diseases as the major challenge facing the sector and urged the department to also sensitise farmers in the area of feed production.
The secretary encouraged poultry farmers not to lose hope in spite of the various challenges.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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