Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Minna-Paiko Road, Minna Niger State
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20 Sep 2020


Niger State Government has provided 30 metric tons (30,000kg) of improved Sesame Seed to Farmers to reduce poverty and increase food security in the State.

His Excellency Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this at the official flag off of distribution of sesame seeds to Farmers at local government secretariat Lapai recently.

Represented by the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Alh. Haliru Zakari Jikantoro, the governor said, the state government’s renewed determination to diversify the economic base of the State is given great emphasis and focus to the Agricultural sector as a deliberate policy to provide sustainable employment opportunities and economic prosperity    for it’s citizens.

Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello stated that the 30 metric tons (30,000kg) of improved seeds to Farmers is to support commercial production of the crop in the state. Stressing that the intervention is expected to add impetus to the renewed drive by the present administration to explore various opportunities in the sesame crop value chain to drive investment and agro industrialization of the state.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Idris Usman Gbogan stated that it is the State Government’s aim to support Agricultural objective in improving sesame seed Farm among other cash crops.

He pointed out that the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has the mandate of ensuring that our Farmers have access to quality inputs particularly, Fertilizers and improved seeds which are very vital for higher productivity and  consequently higher income emphasizing that the present administration under the leadership of  Governor Alh (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello is now determined more than ever before to support the development of the Agricultural sector, Which according to him ,hold the key to the economic prosperity of the State.

Also speaking at the event, the state chairman Sesame Farmers Association, Idris Mohammad assured Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of its member’s preparedness to utilize the intervention.

In his remarks, His Royal Highness Alh. Umar Tafida Bago III Emir of Lapai applaud the state government for taking the decision of assisting Sesame   Farmers and called on them to look into establishing a sesame aggregation center in the State.

Courtesy call on the Emir of Lapai by the Hon Com. of Agric & Rural Dev

Courtesy call on the Emir of Lapai by the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Management Staff of the Ministry

The Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Haruna Zakari Jikantoro delivering his welcome address at the occasion of sesame seed distribution

Distribution of sesame seed to farmers by the                         Perm Sec. Min. of Agric & Rural Dev.  Dr. Idris U. Gbogan, Hon. Com. for Agriculture and Rural Development                  making remarks at the occasion











01 Sep 2020

Paper presentation on ways to improve competitiveness of Niger State Commodity Export

The Director General, Niger State Export Promotion Agency, Hadiza Wushshi in a on Tuesday 25th August 2020 at the Conference Hall of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minna. Present at the presentation are the representatives of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), NAFDAC and representative of all the Commodity Associations in the State.

Presentation by the DG Niger State Export Promotion

Participants at the session by one of the resource person                  DG. Niger State Export Promotion given remarks

12 Aug 2020
Group Photograph of the Management of MARD and the Task Force Committee

Brief Report on the courtesy visit of Niger State Task Force Committee on Fake Agro Inputs

Brief report on the courtesy visit of Niger State Task Force Committee on Fake Agro-chemicals, held at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Conference Hall, Minna, Niger State on 6th August, 2020. The Task Force Committee on Fake/adulterated chemical/ Fertilizers has seized huge quantity of fake chemicals in the state recently. Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Muktar Saleh disclosed this when the Committee paid a courtesy visit to management of Ministry of Agriculture and rural development in Minna, Niger State. He intimated the management that among the responsibilities of the committee was to ensure that only safe and qualitative agro-chemical properties are been received in the state. Alhaji Muktar Saleh who was at the Ministry to update the management on activities of the Committee emphasized that part of the statutory responsibility of the Committee is to enforce seizure of any adulterated chemical Fertilizers, sensitize some Companies engaged in producing Agro-chemical inputs and other related activities. He however, appealed for the State government’s continued support to enable the committee deliver effectively. In his respond, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Idris Gboga acknowledged members of the Task Force Committee including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NAMDA, NAFDAC, AFAN, FMARD, and NOCAIDA. While conducting members of the Task Force round the store of the Ministry where other seized adulterated chemicals are temporarily kept, Dr. Gboga expressed determination of the state government to stamp out fake chemicals/Fertilisers as well as other adulterated farm inputs He charged the Task Force Committee to redouble their effort with a view of checking the illegality. A member of the Task Force Committee from NSCDC, DC A.Y. Hopeman explained that the Corps has a Chemical, Biological, Radio active and Nuclear Unit (CBRN unit) in charge of the fake adulterated Agro-chemicals which is included in the NCDC Act adding that the Unit has not been activated in the state because they have to liase with the state government. Aisha Babadoko (Mrs.) Information Officer Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Briefing by the Chairman of the Task Force

Briefing by the Chairman Task Committee

Group Photograph of the Management of MARD and the Task Force Committee

Group photograph of Management staff of MARD with the Task Force Committee

Samples of adulterated Agro inputs displayed

26 Jun 2020








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26 Jun 2020


The Alliance for Green Revolution assisted Capacity Strengthening Project for Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is conducting Food Security and Nutrition Survey in the State.
The survey involved 30 households in each of the 13 Local Government Areas, Focused Group Discussion and Key Informant Interview of Agricultural Stakeholders.
The training of Enumerators was conducted on 9th June, 2020 at the Conference Hall of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and field questionnaire administration was carried out from 15th – 18th June, 2020 using KoBoCollect app.

Focused Group Discussion with Women in Gulbin Boka, Mariga LGA, Niger State
Enumerator taking height measurement of respondents at Kwarkwata village, Chanchaga LGA
Enumerator taking weight measurement of respondents at Kwarkwata village, Chanchaga LGA
Cross section of Participants during the Enumerators’ Training on Food Security and Nutrition Survey
Practical demonstration by participants during the Enumerators’ Training
Practical demonstration by participants during the Enumerators’ Training
08 Dec 2019

Nigeria Commercializes First Improved Food Crop

The Federal Government has approved registration and release of a new Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea variety for commercialization.

The approval was granted by the National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crop Varieties, chaired by Mr. Oladosu Awoyemi.The meeting held  in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The new cowpea variety, SAMPEA 20-T, was developed by scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, in collaboration with various partners under the coordination of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

PBR Cowpea was earlier in the year granted environmental release approval by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), which confirmed the product was safe for human, livestock and the environment and paved the way for submission to the National Variety Release Committee for consideration and registration as a commercial crop.

The SAMPEA 20-T has been bred for resistance to Maruca vitrata, a lepidoptreran insect pest that causes up to 90 percent yield loss in severe infestation cases.

The new variety is early maturing (70 to 75 days) with semi-erect growth habit and photoperiod insensitive and has medium large white seeds. It is also resistant to Striga and Alectra, two notorious parasitic weeds.

The decision to release the variety means that farmers will have access to the seed that will help them significantly reduce the number of sprays they currently apply to their crop from six to seven times to only two per cropping season and as a result realise better yield in quantity and quality.

It will also contribute to addressing the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500,000 tonnes and also improve the national productivity average of 350kg/hectare.

During the Multilocational Advanced Yield Trials conducted across Nigeria’s agro-ecologies, researchers found SAMPEA 20-T to have high stable grain yield across the test locations.

The minimum observed grain yield increase over the conventional cowpea varieties was 20 percent  and the maximum was over 200 percent.

The variety can yield up to 2.9 tons of beans per hectare, and over 3.0 tons of fodder per hectare.

The Principal Investigator for the project and Executive Director, Institute for Agricultural Research, Zaria, Prof. Mohammed Ishiyaku, said both the on-station and on-farm trials demonstrated the superiority of SAMPEA 20-T relative to local, recently released cowpea varieties and improved breeding lines tested.

‘SAMPEA 20-T is high yielding, early maturing and resistant to Striga and Alectra, which are major constraint to cowpea production in most producing areas in Nigeria and other dry savanna regions,’ said Ishiyaku.

The protein and nutrients content of variety ‘SAMPEA 20-T is the same as that of other conventional varieties meaning that the Bt gene that was introduced into the variety has no negative influence on the nutritional composition of both grain and folder,’ added Prof. Ishiyaku, saying that the newly released variety does not differ in any way from already existing cowpeas (beans) other than the improvements made.

Executive Director AATF, Dr Denis Kyetere, thanked the Federal Government for releasing the new cowpea variety, saying it showed  its commitment towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmer.

‘Cowpea farmers have had to endure difficult farming conditions that required spraying dangerous chemicals on their crop to make a profit which is risking their lives,” Said Kyetere.

“We at AATF express our joy with Nigeria as it takes the lead in the deployment of necessary technologies that show promise of solving the challenges which farmers encounter on a daily basis,’ added, Kyetere.

The AATF PBR Cowpea Manager , Dr Issoufou Kollo Abdourhamane, attributed the successful registration and naming of SAMPEA 20-T to the hard work and synergy between the various project partners including researchers at the IAR “Our joint effort of over 10 years addressing one of the vital challenges faced by cowpea farmers in Africa has paid off.

Cowpea farming will now become attractive even to the younger generation as it has become less cumbersome with the effective management of Maruca,’ he said.

The Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Prof. Garba Sharubuta,  the apex organisation supervising all agriculture research in the country welcomed the release of the new variety, saying that cowpea is a major staple and vegetarian source of dietary protein in Africa.

04 Dec 2019

Niger State expends N7.9m on fishing boats

Niger State Government through its Ministry of Livestock and Fishery has expended N7.9million on two boats to facilitate fish farming activities in the state.

Speaking to journalists at an interview in Minna, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Jonathan Wasa said the ministry purchased the boats to improve farming activities and create employment opportunities for the youths.

“The Niger state government recently acquired two boats at the cost of N7.9 million to monitor aquatic live and artisanal fishing on our rivers.

“We will use the boats to ensure that our artisanal fishermen adhere to best practices in fishing,’’ he said.

Also: Federal Government partners WorldFish to boost fish production through research

He disclosed that all the boats used by the fishery department were bad, which necessitated the purchase of the new boats.

Wasa added that one of the boats would be used at the fishing area in Shiroro Dam, while the other being coupled would be put to use at Kainji Dam, another fishing community in the state.

He stated that the state government had concluded arrangements to distribute recommended fishing inputs, such as; fishing nets and hooks, among others to over 20,000 artisanal fishermen across the state.

Speaking on rehabilitation, the secretary said the government had rehabilitated some ponds at the Tagwai fish hatchery in Bosso Local Government Area of the state: “The department of fishery had established hatchery at the dam with the intention of providing fingerlings and table sized fish this year.

“We also want to use the Tagwai fish hatchery as a learning centre for youths and other people that may want to go into fish farming,’’ he added.

Wasa said the state government had also concluded arrangements to partner a Norwegian company on local fish farming in the state – as an approach in advancing the sector.

“As I speak with you, the company has concluded its visibility studies and will soon start business,’’ he said.

He disclosed that the company would be actively involved in the production of tilapia fish, while partnering with local fish farmers to develop the sector, which will help provide employment opportunities for 500 direct labour and 5,000 indirect labour.

23 Oct 2015

NAFDAC charges Agro-Input dealers of Agrochemicals

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has charged agro-input dealers and farmers to ensure the safe and responsible use of agrochemicals. The agency alongside relevant stakeholders is taking the initiative to track the safe use of agrochemicals and pesticides across Nigeria.

To promote this course, NAFDAC on Tuesday held a sensitization workshop in collaboration with CropLife NIGERIA, for Agro-Input dealers in the South-West Zone, on the Safe and Responsible Use of Pesticides and Agrochemicals.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who was represented by Dr. Sanni Mayaki, stated in his keynote address that Crop Protection Products (CPP), play a significant role in the agricultural value chain to prevent and reduce losses, due to past infections and improve crop yield. He said the only insecticide products to be used indoors, are ready-to-use sprays, dust or baits specifically marketed for in-home use.

The agency emphasized that the sale of counterfeit, substandard and fake products, not only pose a threat to health, environment, and profit-margins of farmers, but also to consumers and anyone handling the products.

It also stated that the neglect of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or Good Warehouse Practices (GWP), both accidental and deliberate, drives the circulation of substandard CPP.

NAFDAC blamed this on the lack of adequate knowledge on products, precautionary measures associated with this class of products and regular training/workshops on the use to prevent human pesticide exposure and environmental contamination.

As a result of the injudicious and indiscriminate use of some pesticides, many accidents have occurred in different parts of the country, and presence of pesticides in foods, fruits, vegetables and environment, and its use as a suicide tool by youths and vulnerable persons, is of great concern to NAFDAC.

The agency, in compliance to the Federal Government policy on initiating mandatory listing of pesticides and agrochemical dealers and effective pesticide regulations in Nigeria, has decided to ease the regulatory requirements for micro agrochemical dealers as canvassed by Nigeria Agro-Input Dealers Association (NAIDA) the umbrella body of Agro-Input dealers in Nigeria.

Recently, Paraquat Dichloride, popularly used contact herbicides for the control of weeds known for its toxic and harmful effect on humans and the environment is banned in several countries of the world. In line with the development, NAFDAC has developed a phase-out action plan to ban the manufacture, importation, sale, and use of Paraquat in Nigeria.