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Windstorm destroys poultry farm, kills 3,600 birds in Plateau




A devastating windstorm hit the Dauda Mafala and Sons Poultry Farm at Rapomol, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau on Saturday, killing over 3,600 birds.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the farm on Sunday, learnt that the incident was caused by a heavy downpour in the area.

NAN reports that the windstorm destroyed six other chicken shades, part of poultry fence and electricity poles, amongst other structures in the farm.

The Managing Director of the farm, Mr Keneth Mafala, told NAN that the farm, which was established in 1976, had the capacity to house 60,000 birds.

Mafala said that the windstorm also destroyed an automated cage worth 80,000 dollars.

”At about 3.30 p.m. on Saturday,  a windstorm destroyed so many structures in this farm.

“It particularly destroyed a chicken shade housing 10,800 laying birds.

”As we speak, we have lost 3,600 birds already and, as you can see, we are still evacuating them.

“So, the number may increase by the time we are done.

”It has also completely destroyed a fully automated chicken cage that cost us 80,000 dollars to import in 2013.

”This machine has the egg packing system, feeding system and the manure recovery system,” he said.

Mafala further explained that aside the automated cage, the total damage recorded from the calamity worth over N250 million.

In a reaction, the Spokesperson for the Plateau Chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mrs Nanji Gambo, described the incident as ”unfortunate”.

Gambo also said it was a huge loss to the poultry industry in the state.

She called on the State Government to come to the aid of the farm proprietor.

She further expressed the need for government’s deliberate support for the poultry industry in the state in general.

According to her, the poultry industry is one of the largest employers of labour in the country.

”Already, poultry industry is facing a series of challenges due to the current economic hardship in the country.

“The removal of subsidy is really telling on poultry farmers.

”There is the high cost of feeds materials, poor market for eggs and other poultry products, among other challenges.

”Last year, for instance, a lot of our farmers were affected by flood that ravaged some communities in the state and no assistance came their way.

”So, we call on the government to support this farmer and other farmers affected by similar situations to revive their businesses.

”That way, they will bounce back to business and contribute to the growth of the economy of the state,” Gambo said.

She particularly called on the Plateau Government to use part of the N5 billion Federal Government’s palliative to revive the ailing poultry industry in the state


FG Urges States to Provide Land for Irrigation Projects




The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev has appealed to state governments and communities to provide land that would encourage farmers to practice irrigated farming.

Utsev in a statement on Friday said this was necessary in line with President Bola Tinubu’s directive to cultivate 500,000 hectares of irrigable agriculture across the twelve River Basins to boost national food production.

The statement quotes the minister as saying this when he paid a visit to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State at the Government House Benin City.

The minister said his visit was to officially launch the 2023 Dry Season farming through the Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority.

He announced the commencement of nationwide dry season farming to meet the National food production targets.

He sought the state government’s approval of Title Deeds for acquired lands from communities in the state to facilitate the proposed partial commercialisation of River Basin Development Authorities.

This, he added would encourage Public Private Partnerships in key projects for the benefit of the public.

Utsev highlighted the ministry’s intervention projects in water supply, irrigation, dams, erosion control structures, and sanitation facilities within the Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority catchment areas.

The river Basin covers Edo, Ekiti, Ondo States, and Delta North Senatorial District.

In his response, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, while welcoming the team to the state, stressed the need for synergy between states and the federal government.

He commended the minister’s dedication and urged him to bring fresh perspectives to achieve shared goals.

The governor emphasised collaboration on efficient water use, also urged the Federal Government to consider state water agencies, highlighting the economic potentials of water resources across the country.

The statement quotes both parties expressing commitment to collaborate in areas of irrigation, water supply, dams, and programmes like Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene and Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene.

Obaseki presented the Alaghodaro Summit Souvenir to the Minister, recognising his visit during the ongoing Edo Economic Summit.  (NAN)

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Ebonyi Rice Millers Assure of Surplus Rice Supply for Christmas




The Abakaliki Rice Mill Owners Association has announced that there will be a surplus supply of products in the market during the Christmas period due to the bumper harvest experienced from 2023 planting.

Chairman of the Association, Linus Nkwuda told newsmen on Thursday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, adding that the year’s rice production yielded good fruits.

According to him, the production in 2023 was better than 2022 because there was no flooding.

“We are experiencing bumper harvest; so, we expect more rice in the market for consumers this season.


On the price of rice, Nkwuda said the higher production would definitely push down the cost, making the product much more affordable for the people.

“We hope to have good supply to the market; we cannot predict the cost for tomorrow, right now, the prices are fluctuating on a daily basis.

“Currently, a bag of 25kg of the highest grade is sold between N17, 000 and N19, 500; we had a reduction in price in the month of October because it was sold between N18, 000 and N17, 000.

“A 50kg bag is sold between N38 and 32 depending on the grade; there are different species of rice in the market, we have Mass, CP, R8 among others.’’

Nkwuda explained that the price was also determined by the demand, adding that having an influx of customers in the market would make the price increase, but with high supply, the price would go down.

According to him, the market forces always determine the cost, especially during celebration periods like Christmas.

“But I hope there will be surplus supply to the market this year, 2023,” the Chairman said.

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Plateau ‘ill Soon Become Nigeria’s Agricultural Hub – Mutfwang




Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to revamp the agricultural sector toward boosting the economy of the state.

Mutfwang said this on Sunday at the 37th Reunion Service of the Gindiri Old Students Association (GOSA), on Sunday in Gindiri.

GOSA is made up of old students of both Boys and Girls Secondary Schools, Gindiri.

The governor, a member of GOSA, acknowledged the critical role of the agricultural sector in revamping the state`s economy and promised to adopt a multi sectoral approach to resuscitate key agricultural programmes in the state.

He promised to achieve the feat through stronger and sustained partnership with relevant institutions in the state.

“My administration will place more emphasis on agriculture in order to boost the economy of the state, “ he said.

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