Welcome to our weekly report on the latest happenings in the agricultural sector worldwide. Agriculture is an integral part of the global economy and is essential for providing food security to the world’s growing population.
This article will provide an overview of the most recent developments and notable events from the past week in the agricultural industry.
Fear Grips Igarra Farmers Amid Abductions by Suspected Herdsmen; Farm Roads Under Their Control
Farmers in Igarra, situated in the heart of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area within Edo State, are grappling with apprehension as they hesitate to venture onto their own fields. The cause of their distress is the abduction of five individuals allegedly carried out by suspected herdsmen.
These suspected individuals have reportedly taken control of vital farm roads within the area, causing significant disruptions. The Okpameri Descendants Union (ODU) has raised concerns over the escalating threat, condemning the recent surge in attacks by suspected kidnappers and bandits posing as herdsmen along the Igarra/Ibillo Road. The focal point of concern is the Uneme-Nekhua-Ayetoro/Ogbe/Okpameri Junction section of the road within the local government area. Read More
Experts Urge Collaboration for Agriculture Growth and Security with Incoming Minister
Agricultural experts are emphasizing the importance of collaboration with major stakeholders for the growth and security of the sector under the incoming Minister, Sen. Abubakar Kyari. These calls were made during interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
President Bola Tinubu recently revealed the portfolios for the confirmed ministerial nominees, including Sen. Abubakar Kyari as the nominee for Minister of Agriculture and Food Security. Mr. Akin Alabi, Co-founder of Corporate Farmers and a youth agripreneur, urged the incoming minister to work closely with stakeholders to implement policies and drive the sector’s success. He highlighted that a nation’s progress is linked to effective agricultural policies and innovations. Read More.
Nigeria's Annual Inflation Rate Surges to 24.08% in July 2023
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that Nigeria’s annual inflation rate climbed to 24.08% in July 2023. This marks a significant increase from the previous month of June when the inflation rate stood at 22.79%, showing a rise of 1.29 percentage points. The NBS reported, “In July 2023, the headline inflation rate rose to 24.08% compared to June 2023’s rate of 22.79%. This increase of 1.29% points highlights the movement.”
When analyzing the data on a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate in July 2023 was 4.44% points higher than the rate recorded in July 2022, which was 19.64%. This indicates a noticeable rise in the headline inflation rate for July 2023 when compared to the same month in the preceding year, July 2022. Read More
Entomologist Explores Pest Research in Controlled Environment at University of Saskatchewan
Sean Prager, an entomologist and associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, gains access to a quarantined room in the agriculture building by swiping his key card. Within this space, dimly lit with red illumination, Prager navigates to a collection of industrial refrigerators. These refrigerators house transparent containers holding pests engaged in consuming different crop types.
Outside the controlled environment, students delve into various projects connected to these pests. Their activities include observing eating patterns and dissecting insects to explore their internal composition.
The research carried out within these specialized rooms provides insight into the intricate interactions between pests and crops, contributing to the broader understanding of agricultural dynamics. Read More.
Gina Rinehart Critiques Costs of Achieving Net Zero, Expresses Concerns for Agriculture
During a regional summit, Gina Rinehart delivered a critical evaluation of the expenses tied to achieving net zero emissions. She expressed strong reservations about the potential adverse effects on the agriculture sector.
Under the leadership of the Albanese Labor government, Australia has adopted a legally binding emissions reduction goal of 43% by 2030 and a net-zero target by 2050.
Rinehart, addressing attendees at the final Bush Summit sponsored by her mining company Hancock Prospecting in Rockhampton, discussed the topic in a keynote address. She directed her criticism towards the allocation of resources for “climate research and government advisors,” highlighting her concerns about the agriculture industry’s outlook. Read More.
So, that’s a quick summary of what’s been going on in the last two weeks. If you enjoyed this update, please consider giving us a like, sharing it with your friends, leaving a comment, and subscribing to our channel.
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