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PUBLIC HEARING: STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT LAGOS ASSEMBLY ON ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL

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PUBLIC HEARING: STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT LAGOS ASSEMBLY ON ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILLIMG-20200921-WA0044

AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

SPONSORED BY: H&H

Stakeholders at the Public Hearing held on a bill for a law to prohibit open cattle grazing in Lagos State, the trespass of cattle on land and for other connected purposes supports the rudiments of the proposed Bill.

Welcoming the stakeholders to the event, Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Kehinde Joseph stated that the bill under consideration will harmonise the relationship between herders, farmers, and the people creating peaceful coexistence in the State.

He added that the bill also makes provision for the registration of herders and prepares them for ranching, condemn cattle roaming to prevent accidents and advocate stiffer penalties for herders carrying firearms.

Hon. Kehinde enjoined participants to contribute meaningfully to the proposed legislation as their contributions would be considered to form the bedrock of passing the Bill into Law.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, ably represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni, in his keynote address, stated that the Bill seeks to address the ravaging malaise of insecurity in the Southwest, having considered the nature and dynamics of the conflicting activities of both farmers and herders.

He maintained that, “The Bill in entirety is well drafted and targeted at dousing the tension emanating from the activities of herders, thereby stimulating and introducing a world class practical that will ensure competitive productivity in the sector and initiate regulations that will attract more investment.”

Giving the general overview of the bill, Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams, explained that the proposed bill with 21sections has a detailed intendment of the Bill, proposing 21years jail term for herders in possession of firearms; approval for enclosed grazing; establishment and control of cattle pounds; establishment of taskforce on cattle trespass; impounding of cattle; receipts to be issued by owners and penalty for forcibly opposing the seizure of cattle.

Other sections of the bill lists: regulations; reductions of fines and costs; procedure when owner claims the cattle and pays fines and costs as well as procedure when owner refuses or omits to pay the fines and costs among others.

Stakeholders took turns at the hearing to present their memoranda and other constructive contributions.

Contributing, Dr. Kemi Joseph, Chairman, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Lagos Chapter submitted that a requisite qualification personnel, registered with relevant professional bodies and private farm keepers be included in the establishment of cattle pounds.

She added that the April 4th of every year, which is World Animal Control Day, be recognized in the bill as well as proper definition for pet doctors and control of stray animals.

Secretary, Zonal Southwest Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Usman implore the House to emphasise on giving the association time to train herders on enclosed grazing as well as financial support for herders to engage in cattle pound.

He further stated that the Chairmen and High Chiefs (Baales) of each local government should have harmonious relationships with the breeders and ensure that breeders register their herds.

Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim, President of Sheep and Goat Association expressed that most of the concerns of the association have been addressed in the bill and urged the State government to subsidize farm produce.

In response to the stakeholders’ inputs, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni assured them that their inputs and contributions will be added to the recommendations of the Committee.

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CFM receives Commendation From Kano Govt for Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

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L-R: Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet; Alhaji Datti Danjuma, Head, Human Resources, both of Crown Flour Mill being welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas at the launch of CFM’s Tree Planting Campaign at BUK on Friday, August 27, 2021.

CFM receives Commendation From Kano Govt for Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

L-R: Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet; Alhaji Datti Danjuma, Head, Human Resources, both of Crown Flour Mill being welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas at the launch of CFM’s Tree Planting Campaign at BUK on Friday, August 27, 2021.

L-R: Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet; Alhaji Datti Danjuma, Head, Human Resources, both of Crown Flour Mill being welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas at the launch of CFM’s Tree Planting Campaign at BUK on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, launching Crown Flour Mill’s Tree Planting Campaign at the Bayero University Kano, on Friday, August 27, 2021

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, launching Crown Flour Mill’s Tree Planting Campaign at the Bayero University Kano, on Friday, August 27, 2021

Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet, Crown Flour Mill, launching Crown Flour Mill’s Tree Planting Campaign at the Bayero University Kano, on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet, Crown Flour Mill, launching Crown Flour Mill’s Tree Planting Campaign at the Bayero University Kano, on Friday, August 27, 2021.

L-R: Professor Mahmoud Umar Sani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Bayero University Kano; Alhaji Datti Danjuma, Head, Human Resources, Crown Flour Mill; Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet, Crown Flour Mill; Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano; Rauda Musa Umar, Wheat Development Programme Officer, Crown Flour Mill; and Malam Jamil Ahmad Salim, Acting Registrar, Bayero University Kano, at the launch of CFM’s Tree Planting Campaign at BUK on Friday, August 27, 2021.

L-R: Professor Mahmoud Umar Sani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Bayero University Kano; Alhaji Datti Danjuma, Head, Human Resources, Crown Flour Mill; Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, Business Head, Olam Fleet, Crown Flour Mill; Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano; Rauda Musa Umar, Wheat Development Programme Officer, Crown Flour Mill; and Malam Jamil Ahmad Salim, Acting Registrar, Bayero University Kano, at the launch of CFM’s Tree Planting Campaign at BUK on Friday, August 27, 2021.

AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Crown Flour Mill Limited (CFM), a subsidiary of Olam, an agribusiness conglomerate, has donated 5,000 tree saplings to the Bayero University Kano (BUK). This is part of a tree planting campaign launch geared towards offsetting carbon emissions and conserving biodiversity. The tree saplings were donated to the premier university through Olam’s fleet management team, at an event held on the school campus in Kano recently.
CFM is implementing this environmental sustainability partnership with some leading universities and their respective state governments, flagging off the campaign with BUK and the Kano State government. The tree plantation campaign is seen as an important climate action that is aimed at achieving carbon neutrality and the net-zero targets on a larger scale. It would ensure that the fuel emission created by its fleet operations are to a large extent offset from the ecosystem.

Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State commended the timeliness of the implementation of the CFM tree plantation campaign. He noted that the effort would bolster the state’s ministry of Environment’s current drive aimed at curbing industrial waste and engendering a healthier ecosystem.

“To make our dear state pollution-free and healthier, the state government decided to shift waste management in the state from a state-dominated effort to public-private partnership (PPP) as this strategic route aligns with global best practice,” Governor Ganduje said.

The Kano State governor added: “This CFM tree planting programme is timely. No doubt it will strengthen the ministry’s commitment because of its significance in making our environment healthier. I therefore thank CFM for initiating this important event which aims at making our life better and our environment a better place to live.”

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, vice-chancellor of BUK, explained that targeted investment in nature is key to achieving carbon neutrality. He commended CFM for the tree plantation campaign, describing it as a bold initiative that would strengthen the biological richness of the ecosystem and maintain biodiversity.

On the impact of this sustainability drive, Mr. Ashish Pande, the Managing Director of Crown Flour Mill Limited, said, “This tree planting campaign is part of our overarching corporate responsibility and sustainability initiative. This is our small way of contributing to the important activity of climate action.

Also reiterating the importance of the sustainability action, Mr. Bishesh Ranjan Jha, the Business Head of Olam Fleet, said, “We want to increase awareness about the importance of tree planting. Trees and forests play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change and the more people we can canvass to take action the faster results we will get.”

Dignitaries who attended the event included Hon Farouk Lawan Sule Garo, who represented the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Professor Abbas and Professor Mahmoud Umar Sani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) of the school. Others were Malam Jamil Ahmad Salim, Acting Registrar; Professor Ibrahim Baba Yakubu, Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Abdulazeez Raji, Sub-Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor Murtala Badamasi, all of Bayero University Kano.

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Food Crisis: Experts Warns, Canvass Support for Flour Milling Industry

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Food Crisis: Experts Warns, Canvass Support for Flour Milling Industry

AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Citing the prevailing economic conditions and unfavourable regulatory frameworks, economic analysts at the financial, business and economic information hub – Proshareng, have warned the nation of an impending food crisis.

According to a recently published review of the wheat value chain, the analysts explained that due to the disruption to vital supply chains, globally and locally, as a result of several COVID-19 curtailment policies, and unfavourable FX regimes, and insecurity issues in the wheat-planting belt of Nigeria, securing food for the average Nigerian is becoming tougher to sustain.

The report highlighted the profit eroding effects of the shrinking global wheat production levels, increasing cost and skyrocketing freight/ free on board (FOB) rates placed on Nigeria-bound goods on the revenue of flour millers and bakers.

It submitted that the current price hike in the global wheat market, which the local millers rely upon to bridge the expansive supply short-fall occasioned by the low level of domestic wheat production, constitute an operational strain that is heavily impacting the cost of production of millers and have the potential to further elevate wheat-based staples prices.

Highlighting recent price volatility in the global wheat market, the analysts noted that from as early as the first quarter of 2021 the global price of wheat rose to US$642 per bushel in January 2021 and then US$650 per bushel by the end of the quarter. Further market pressures saw price settle at US$726.75 per bushel in May. By the end of June 2021, price dropped to US$693.5 per bushel, while yet another spike pushed price to US$707 per bushel in July 2021.
The sector report revealed how the millers and bakers absorb the inflationary burden and the impact of rising global wheat cost on the cost of wheat-based products. Adding that wheat-based food products are fairly price elastic and therefore any rise in the price of these products in the local markets can potentially heighten pressure on the disposable income of Nigerians, many of whom fall within the C, D, & E socio-economic spectrum.   The experts at the well-respected economic information portal revealed that a likely third wave of COVID-19 outbreak, considering the widening spread of the new Delta variant in addition to several early knocks, could see the bottom fall out entirely for the flour milling industry.

The flour milling industry plays a significant role in providing Nigeria’s ever-growing population access to relatively cheaper staples. Recent industry reports show that 45% of the food variants served in Nigerian homes are wheat derivatives, and account for 75 million of the daily food portions in Nigerian households.

They urged the government to allow the millers to access FX at the I&E window, suspend the 15% cassava levy, explore other measures to support the millers and bakers, as well as assist local wheat farmers to acquire improved wheat seed varieties. They pointed to strategic tax concessions in areas that align with the backward integration target of the CBN amongst others as further measures that would forestall a cave-in of the flour milling industry.food crisis

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Sterling Bank Partners StearsData to Publish Agric Industry Report 2021

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Sterling Bank Plc, in partnership with StearsData, has released an in-depth report for the agriculture sector in Nigeria. The report titled Agriculture Industry Report 2021 provides the most up-to-date view of the challenges and opportunities in Nigeria’s agriculture sector in a COVID-19 era.

The four-part report critically examines the country’s agriculture value chain state, state of affairs post-COVID-19, the climate change challenge and opportunities for innovations and investments.

Bukola Awosanya, Group Head of Agric Finance and Solid Mineral at Sterling Bank, said the industry report empowers players in the agriculture sector with a navigation roadmap. And affirms Sterling Bank’s commitment to de-risking and making the domestic agriculture value chain more viable for commercial lending.

“The goal of the report is to help investors and operators understand the challenges facing the sector, consider recommendations by experts, and become aware of relevant opportunities, both now and in the future. It would empower them to support policymakers to craft policies that would create the enabling environment that the sector needs to thrive,” Awosanya informs.

According to the agric finance expert, the industry report is a continuum of the bank’s annual Agriculture Summit Africa (ASA) held for three consecutive years since 2018. It supports the bank’s goal of creating a pathway for lending to farmers and other value chain players without intervention funds, making it possible for the federal government to free up funds allocated to subsidising the sector to other industries.

She disclosed that the first part of the report provided an overview of the agricultural value chain and analysed some of the conditions that led to the sector’s underdeveloped state.

While the second part reviewed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s agriculture sector, response to the pandemic, and lessons learnt from other countries on the need to build a more resilient agricultural sector.

The third part explored how climate change impacts the sector, highlighting ways stakeholders can overcome the challenge. And the fourth part of the report explored opportunities for innovation and investments and how recent innovation is transforming the industry.

Michael Famoroti, Chief Economist at Stears, said the Agriculture Industry Report 2021 provides insights and actionable recommendations for future-proofing the sector from severe disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that the recommendations are essential for all stakeholders and a valuable resource for building a resilient and commercially viable industry.

In the main, the Agriculture Industry Report 2021 powered by Sterling Bank and StearsData shows that Nigeria’s agricultural sector is operating below its potential, “even by its standards.” It identified the inefficiencies that slowed and crippled the growth of the sector.

The industry report indicated that continued reliance on trade restrictions as a primary tool for stimulating local production would lead to greater market instability. It will undermine supply and expose consumers to significant price fluctuations, making food security elusive as population growth puts more pressure on food resources.

COVID-19 and its attendant shock, according to the report, makes an agricultural sector that is more resilient to shocks an imperative. More importantly, the effects of climate change which continue to pose a real long-term threat.

It, therefore, advocated improved production methods that are more efficient and sustainable, investing in large scale storage so that national reserves are sufficient in times of crisis or implementing a public sector framework such that issues that concern the sector can be assessed by the appropriate bodies and a coordinated response is pushed out in a timely manner.

The Agriculture Industry Report 2021 also advised policymakers to protect the blossoming innovation ecosystem in the sector with consistent policies and collaborate to foster growth. It suggested a value chain approach so critical links are not ignored when designing solutions for the sector.

It said, “As Nigeria inches out of another recession, there is no better time to take steps that support its resolute claims that the performance of its agriculture sector is key to its long-term growth.”

StearsData is a data collection, analytics, and data access division of Stears, a digital information company. Agriculture, on the other hand, is one of the five sectors of the economy that Sterling Bank focuses on as part of its effort to accelerate industrialisation and reduce poverty through sectors that impact the quality of life of millions of Nigerians. The other sectors are health, education, renewable energy, and transportation.

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