Agricultural Reform in Nigeria

Before technology arrived and oil was discovered in Nigeria, Nigerians survived mainly on substantial farming. Nigerians survived on agriculture.

With the discovery of oil, Nigeria has been given another potentially profitably source of income. Oil exportation.

Till now, Nigeria is the fifth largest exporter of oil in the world and as a country, she has thrived on it. Subsequently it seemed that major agricultural pursuits had been abandoned, by the government and also by the people. Many young minds move to the cities to earn minimum wage, surrounded by substandard living conditions. Especially in states like Lagos, to get good accommodation in Lagos is a struggle considering that you can even afford it. Sometimes you have to settle on housing in Lagos that is more than forty miles away from their work place. People it seems are overlooking the gold mines that they walk on everyday; the soil.

But no longer!

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said the Federal Government will soon release N10 billion for cassava bread development fund and to further boost the cassava production.

This great news was revealed to Nigerians when the Senior Technical Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, who represented Adesina in Kogi State at the Cassava GES Roll Out at Agbadu Staple Crop Processing Zone, SCPZ, in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the government established the cassava bread development fund, which is to be supported financially through the tariff on wheat flour.

He added that the Cassava Bread Development Fund would also be used to support research and development efforts on cassava bread, training of bakers and support for bakers for the getting of new equipment for production.

The minister said that the Growth Enhancement Scheme will allow the farmers to produce more food because the farmers will receive their improved cuttings and fertilizers.

This marks a major breakthrough in Nigeria’s drive to support the Farmers, especially the modern cassava farmers and help them adopt more efficient agricultural practices.

This is also gives many people in Nigeria the assurance that they will have something else to depend on for nationwide development, a source of income and also progress other than the oil exportation that Nigeria so heavily depends on right now.

With the progress that is going to be made with this new project that has been undertaken we can expect that the agricultural sector in Nigeria is going to get a substantial boost.

In addition to this, there are talks about the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan going to sign a Biosafety bill into law. Although he set up a committee to vet the biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly. This bill has been long awaited for a while now and the committee have called on the president not to further delay signing the bill.

This is also meant to push towards the goal of Nigeria achieving food sufficiency in 2015.

God-willing, this will be a reality.

Some Agricultural Waste Disposal Or Storage Tips

1. Only burn agricultural waste or “plant tissue” if you have prior consent from EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

2. Reduce, re-use and recycle farm waste, if possible segregate plastic bags and wrapping materials. Collect and store agricultural waste plastic straight after use and contact an approved plastic-recycling scheme if the plastic is deemed no longer usable on farm. You should be able to find a local collector by contacting your local council.

3. Keep all out buildings farm steadings and farmlands clean and tidy and free. Remove unsightly litter from farming activity, especially used agricultural plastics, scrap and containers.

4. Store agricultural waste securely, thus reducing environmental damage and any risk to human health, and excellent way of doing this is with a specially designed agricultural recycling bin.

5. monitor water use carefully to minimise leakage or wastage, especially where any seepage is increasing levels of agricultural waste production (for example slurry build up)

6. Burn oil waste in any appliance once prior authorisation has been granted by EPA for burning this troublesome waste by product.

7. Recycle waste oil, lubricants, scrap metals and plastics and tyres as some of these will become toxic and hazardous over time.

8. If possible sort your agricultural waste into categories for example string, net, fertiliser bags, cardboard and paper, buckets and containers, feed bags, silage waste.

9. Separate into hazardous and no hazardous waste some materials are toxic and should be handled with extreme care. If ever in doubt (COSHH – control of substances hazardous to health) guidelines should be available on request from your product supplier this is their legal responsibility.

Manure Spreaders – A Very Useful Piece of Agricultural Machinery

The first manure spreaders were designed in 1891 in the United States, and since then they have been indispensable in the process of supplying crops or improving soil quality with fertilizer or organic growing matter. What is more it is not only economical, but also environmentally-friendly way of manure disposal.

Types of manure spreaders

Typical spreaders look like trailers with rotating mechanisms, and are usually designed to be towed by tractors. The mechanism can be ground driven or require power-take-off. Smaller units can be pulled by compact tractors or even ATVs, and it is also possible to come across truck mounted spreaders. In the past spreaders were designed to be pulled by a horse and enabled to put down a thin layer of dried manure into fields. Nowadays, new and used machinery of that type can distribute not only solid waste but also liquid-based or slurry wastes.

Where to buy used manure spreaders?

When looking for used manure spreaders or other used agricultural machinery for sale, it is best to look through online classifieds. Specialist websites allow you to quickly locate available machinery in your area and go through numerous offers in a short time. If you prefer, you can also find a dealer close by or check the availability and cost of spare parts. The Internet is also a great source of information (forums, blogs) where you can find lots of advice from farmers and dealers on the models or brands you are interested in.

If you are patient and careful, you will definitely find some used agricultural machinery that could be as good as new, but much cheaper.