As we gear up towards the festive season, let’s take a little time out to get updated on what is happening in the world of Agriculture. If this is your first time here, just click catch up with Agric to be updated on what has been happening.
Now that you’re up to speed, let’s get to business. We are starting off with some good news;
Nigeria cut food imports, saved $21bn in 34 months – CBN Governor
The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said that Nigeria’s monthly food import bill fell from $665.4m in January 2015 to $160.4m as of October 2018.
Emefiele said this at the bankers’ dinner in Lagos./1 pic.twitter.com/OatYAXduWy
— Fed Min of Agric/RD (@FmardNg) December 5, 2018
Wow, we are impressed!
This means we did not spend $21bn to import foreign food. That means we have started producing more of what we eat. That is progress.
— Sola Salako Ajulo (@purrples) December 9, 2018
Still on the good news;
Agric devt: Edo govt relaunches monthly farmers’ market
— Osazuwa Omoruyi (@Omoruyiosazuwa1) December 10, 2018
We are on a roll:
CBN To Support Agric Sector In 2019https://t.co/tcymFcSCf5
— The Nigeria Report (@TheNGReport) December 11, 2018
We are also saying kudos to a job well done;
Amazing work @InsideKaduna_ at GB Foods new Tomato Production and Paste Processing Factory. Nigeria’s Agric revolution progresses despite naysayers. Amazing working ongoing within this corridor on all side. Watch as @_LoftyInc_ promote new initiatives to shed light on theKDHUB pic.twitter.com/a7Q6XpSOoV
— TMZ (@busanga) December 7, 2018
The Vice President also had some hopeful words for us;
With a substantial percentage of the world’s arable land and over half of that uncultivated, it is becoming clearer that the world will be looking to Africa, and Nigeria in particular, as its food basket. pic.twitter.com/VbIVsIyrjf
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) December 11, 2018
FAO had some tips for us;
Tip to reduce your #foodwaste: make a shopping list 🗒️ before going to the market.
— FAO (@FAO) December 7, 2018
There was even a movie screening this week;
#Swallow movie screening was great! A big shoutout to everyone who showed up for the screening.
It was an amazing day for networking and discussing the urgency of food insecurity with Nigeria's ever growing population and climate change.
Thank you for coming out, Port-Harcourt.💚 pic.twitter.com/9gch2rGfCZ
— SustyVibes (@SustyVibes) December 10, 2018
One user gave us something to think about – food wastage
Nigeria actually produces a lot of food but more than 40 percent is wasted during post harvest loss.
Connect the dots and not reinvent the wheels.#Agribusiness
— Rótìmí Olawale (@RotimiLawale) December 11, 2018
And it seems somebody took food wastage a tad overboard;
The lady that sat beside me on this flight ate my lunch. Her reason “you were asleep and I didn’t want the food to get cold and go bad.” Her courage is amazing. I’m still in awe.
— Celestine Omin (@cyberomin) December 10, 2018
Quite a funny situation. What would you have done if you were in his shoes?
As we come to a close for this week’s ‘Tweets of the week,’ here’s something you should participate in;
SHOW OFF YOUR FARM CONTEST!!!
Have you got a farm & you would want to show it off to the world while contesting for huge Agri-business opportunities?
— Agricsquare (@agricsquare) December 11, 2018
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Join us next week for another dose of Agric Tweets. We hope it’s more good news.
Happy holidays from Farmcrowdy!