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Agriculture and Irrigation

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in one day

Ethiopia has set a new tree plant record: More than 350 million trees were planted in the drought-stricken country on Monday. This was announced by the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Umer Husen, on Tuesday. The seedlings were planted in more than 1000 locations across the country by initiatives, individuals and government officials, the British BBC reported. Ethiopia is convinced that this is a new world record.

With this action the country wants to take action against the deforestation of forests and prevent deserts from spreading. As part of the Ethiopian government’s “Green Legacy Initiative” under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a total of four billion trees are to be planted in the coming weeks.

Source: BBC


Klöckner: German companies to invest more in Africa

Before the Africa conference on Tuesday at the Chancellor’s Office, Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) called on the German economy to invest more on the continent.

“Unfortunately, German companies are still turning too little to the African market,” she says to the editorial network Deutschland (Tuesdays editions). She wishes them “greater interest and commitment”.

Agriculture in Africa in particular offers a “huge opportunity”, Klöckner said. A modern, sustainable and productive agriculture could reduce local unemployment and offer young people a chance to stay. “It is set within a larger framework to combat the causes of flight in very concrete terms,” said the Minister.

At the same time, she admitted that it is not always easy for German companies in Africa. “Investments are often still associated with risks that are too great,” said Klöckner. A major problem is the lack of legal certainty.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will receive several African heads of state and government on Tuesday at an Africa conference in the Chancellery. This is about the so-called G20 Compact with Africa, which is intended to improve the framework conditions for private-sector investment in Africa.

Source: Epoch Times


Rising Hope for Agricultural Revival

Agriculture, once the economic base of the country, is receiving government and private sectors’ attention that will possibly usher in the greatest agricultural revival in Nigeria, Peace Obi reports

With the fall in oil prices and the subsequent decline in the country’s foreign exchange earnings now partly leading to the present day economic quagmire the country has found itself, the need to diversify the nation’s economy has become too obvious to be ignored.

The country having been ‘securely’ wrapped with the sweet crude’s arms, was gorgeously lined with foreign exchange, Nigeria lost the consciousness of developing other sectors along with its oil and gas sector. Thus, shielded from the realities of life, the country did not realise that it has neither overcome hunger nor attained an enviable height of development that is capable of sustaining the country in its rainy days. And given the steady inflow of the petrodollars, importation of food replaced agricultural development as the country became heavily dependent on other countries for most of its agricultural products to meet the food demand of her citizenry.

With the stormy wind of change hitting hard on the economies of the world and particularly the harsh effect on the prices of crude oil which now has left Nigeria with a leaner purse, there seems to be a unanimous call for a sustainable diversified economy. As Nigeria begins to wake up to these realities of life, especially the disappointment from the mono-economy, agriculture is seen as a better alternative with great potential for food sufficiency, employment and sources of raw materials for industries, among others.

Source: ThisDay


Economic Diversification and Non-oil Export Growth Back on the Front Burner

A peaceful outcome of the 2015 presidential election was the desire of the generality of Nigerians and the international community. Thankfully, we got it; and more. President Goodluck Jonathan converted his loss of the election to something remarkably positive for the country and for his legacy. His concession of defeat and early call to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari, who emerged as President-elect, is surely an indelible mark in our strides to entrenching a democratic culture in Nigeria. It also serves as a needed point of reference for Africa, where a number of elections are lined up for this year. Structural Transformation The latest general election cycle coincided with a period of serious slump in the price of crude oil at the international market. From trading at well over $100 per barrel a year ago, the Nigerian grade Brent Crude now trades below $60 a barrel. This has translated to revenue shock for the government. The slump in the price of oil has also repressed foreign reserves. In line with its responsibility for financial stability, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has had to regularly draw down on the reserves to defend the local currency. It is therefore evident that, while we deservedly celebrate the peaceful outcome of the election, we are confronted with the harsh economic realities imposed by lower oil prices. However, this immediate challenge advises on the path for long-term economic management.
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Nigeria gets nearly $ 1 bn loan of the World bank for irrigation projects

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday has approved three foreign loans totaling $ 945million meant to improve irrigation system, prevent flooding in Ibadan, Oyo State and provide water for Bauchi, Ekiti and Rivers States. The money comes from the International Development Association, an arm of the World Bank for irrigation and drainage projects, Minister of State for Finance Bashir Yuguda said.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is trying to expand agricultural production with the aim to reduce it’s dependence on crude oil exports, which account for more than 70 percent of the country’s revenue. According to the National Bureau of Statistics Agriculture is employing more than 60 percent of the population, representing about 22 percent of the gross domestic product,.

About one million Nigerians are to benefit from the project in the three states.