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Rice Farmers Smiling to Bank as Demand for Local Brands Surge

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  • Rice Farmers Smiling to Bank as Demand for Local Brands Surge

Local rice farmers and millers are smiling to the bank as border closure bolstered demand for local rice, research has shown.

The inability of importers and smugglers to access the Nigerian market following the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to close the nation’s land borders has led to the surge in the price of foreign rice and eventually forced many Nigerians to shift preference to more pocket-friendly local rice.

“A whole lot of rice farmers are increasing their production areas because there is a huge market for paddy since the border closure,” Aminu Goronyo, national president, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria.

The price of local rice has declined by 19 percent in the last 10 days due to the unusual heavy harvest by farmers struggling to meet growing demand.

“This is because millers are patronising rice farmers now and off-taking all that the farmers produce immediately,” stated Goronyo.

According to Goronyo, prior to border closure, farmers were holding more than 20,000 tons of paddy as millers were not buying due to weak demand. Largely because of Nigerians preference for imported rice.

However, the surge in the price of foreign rice after land borders were closed has paved way for paddy. While the price of a 50kg local rice like Mama Pride, Umza, Classic, Mama Choice, Lake Rice, Three Brothers, Al Hamsad, among others, that rose as high as N24,000 has started moderating in the last 10 days and currently selling for N19,500.

The Chairman of Integrated Rice Processors Association of Nigeria, Mohammed Abubakar, said: “Yes, the prices of rice went up immediately after the border closure. The prices have peaked and are now coming down.”

“We would be able to meet demand and Nigerians have no need to worry about Christmas demand. Our members are already increasing their capacity,” Abubakar added.

Farmers are now shifting to rice cultivation because of the growing demand for local rice.

Muhammed Augie, chairman, Rice Farmers Association, Kebbi chapter, said: “Since the surge in prices, farmers who have abandoned growing rice have returned and even other farmers are shifting to rice cultivation because the market is there.”

“A bag of paddy rice now costs N8,500 as against N10,000 sold two weeks ago. This is because we are growing more and the harvesting season just commenced,” Augie said.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Record Highest New Cases on Thursday as Continent Death Nears 83,000

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COVID-19: Nigeria Record Highest New Cases on Thursday as Continent Death Nears 83,000

The largest African economy, Nigeria recorded her highest ever COVID-19 new cases on Thursday, 21st of January.

Nigeria recorded her highest daily count of 1,964 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, this was 300 higher than the previous high record of 1,664 new COVID cases it recorded on the 7th of January, 2021.

The country has recorded a total of 116,655 cases, 93,646 recoveries and, 1,485 deaths across the states since the outbreak of the Corona Virus.

According to health experts, the daily increase of new cases in the new year could be ascribed to the massive gatherings during the festive season, the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols in the various parts of the country, and in the two major airports, Lagos and Abuja airport.

The adverse effect of the global health pandemic has seen Africa recorded 82,781 COVID-19 death cases across the continents.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,364,031, reported deaths were 82,781 and, 2,809,825 were reported to have recovered as of January 22, 2021

The Africa country with the most reported COVID-19 cases in South Africa with a total of 1,380,807 cases of which 39,501 are death cases. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (463,706), Tunisia (190,884), Egypt (159,715), Ethiopia (132,326), and Nigeria (116,655).

The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (world map) using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well as national and regional public health departments.

 

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The 46th President of the USA, Joe Biden Reversed EX-President Donald Trump Immigrant Visa Ban on Nigeria

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The 46th President of the USA, Joe Biden Reversed EX-President Donald Trump Immigrant Visa Ban on Nigeria

On his first day in office, the 46th President of the United States of America reversed the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries by the former president, Donald Trump.

The executive order, 9983, issued by the former president Donald Trump on January 31st, 2020, unveiled the ban on immigrant visas to six countries; Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan.

Amongst numerous executive orders signed by the new president of the United State, Joe Biden, on January 20th, was the reversal of some of the orders issued by his predecessor, Donald Trump, which bans citizens of certain countries from accessing the immigrant visa.

According to the Trump administration, a system was established to access three important criteria-

“whether a foreign government engages in reliable identity-management practices and shares relevant information; whether a foreign government shares national security and public safety information; and whether a country otherwise poses a national security or public-safety risk.”

The failure of Nigeria and other countries to measure up to this criteria landed them on the ban list.

Biden’s Press secretary, Pen Psaki said additional action which will ensure that the president-elect delivers his promise to the American people will be announced.

“In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the president-elect’s promises to the American people,” Pen said.

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Buhari to Spend N729 Billion on 24.3 Million Poor Nigerians

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Buhari to Spend N729 Billion on 24.3 Million Poor Nigerians

President Buhari is working on spending N729 billion on 24.3 million poor Nigerians despite the present economic recession, weak industries and zero new job creation.

Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, disclosed this during the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor.

In a statement released by Nneka Anibeze, the Minister’s Aide, the financial intervention would help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on identified people.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government would disburse N5,000 each to 24.3 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians for a period of six months. A total of N729 billion.

In part, the statement reads, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register.

“Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.

The government is embarking on handouts despite the nation’s fiscal challenges and economic recession. The N5,000 or N729 billion can help build or support available industries, fast track economic recovery and improve job creation against sharing it with people it will has little to zero impact on their lives.

This is one of the numerous leakages being addressed by the same administration. The database can not be verified neither are the people to be paid.

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