I love me a good Agriculture, and when it comes with games it is even my two best things combined. Nepal is ushering in a good rice planting season with their National paddy day. With everything that is considered unpleasant in the first half of 2020, I hope the opposite will take over in the second one, even for the beautiful and proud farmers of Nepal .
Former President of Nigeria, 87 year old Olusegun Obasanjo, and Ex-Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Desalegn Boshe, have amongst other things warned that COVID-19 response should be focused on food security, agribusiness, and rural development.
Following the tumbling in the oil barrel price, and how much it has already affected the smooth operation of OPEC Countries and other oil dependent Countries, it is however obvious that other options have to be explored to keep the country or just half of it afloat during a time like this.
The Ex-African nations’ leaders gave the warning in a publication on the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s website on Thursday.
Foundation for Agriculture has long been laid, and it’s growth had been on a good track until Covid19 emerged. While it’s importance had been made known for the longest time, young Nigerians are taking advantage of it, either participating in it, or investing into it. But what is clear is that the foundation has been laid long before now, and Nigerians have embraced it.
It said, “Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continent looks like it could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of the crisis: 80 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty if action is not taken. And disruptions in food systems raise the prospect of more Africans falling into hunger.
With WHO saying that this pandemic might never go away, it is however scary for some people to continue with their routine, but going to the farm is social distancing and can actually be practiced, unless the means to get there involves mixing up with people.
“Rural people, many of whom work on small-scale farms, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the crisis. It is therefore vital that the COVID-19 response addresses food security and target the rural poor.
“Agriculture contributes 65 per cent of Africa’s employment and 75 per cent of its domestic trade. However, the rich potential of agriculture as a tool to promote food security and fight poverty is at risk from the effects of COVID-19.”
It added, “The effect of restrictive measures on food trade is especially worrying, in particular for food-importing countries, but also because of the shrinking export markets for the continent’s farmers.
“African governments have defined stimulus measures to mitigate national and regional economic impacts of COVID-19. As they do, they must remember that investments in agriculture can be up to five times more poverty-reducing than investments in other sectors.
“Small farms everywhere traditionally make a huge contribution to global food security. Around the world, small-farm dominated systems produce 50 per cent of all food calories on 30 per cent of the world’s agricultural land. In sub-Saharan Africa, however, the role of small-scale farms is even more significant: 80 per cent of farms are small in most of these countries.”
Data from the World Health Organisation showed that there are over 72,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent.
According to Punchnews, The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore herdsmen group has said the support for the South-West security outfit, Amotekun, shows how primitive Yoruba people are in politics.
The National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, said this during Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Monday.
Saleh said it was unfortunate that both the Yoruba intelligentsia and political class could support such an initiative which seeks to curb the activities of herdsmen in the region.
When asked if he indeed told The PUNCH last week that support for Amotekun could cost the South-West the Presidency in 2023, Saleh admitted saying so but said it was not blackmail.
He said, “It is not blackmail. Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of politics. They are not tolerant to opposition and if you allow them to have an ethnic army, definitely there will be fear from Nigerians.”
Saleh recalled that in Lagos during the 2019 governorship elections, many persons in Igbo dominated areas were not allowed to vote because of the level of intolerance.
He said if Amotekun is allowed to see the light of day, worse may happen.
“We know what happened in Lagos during the last elections. The Igbo were denied voting and the oba even threatened to throw them into the lagoon. So, if you now have a Yoruba ethnic militia, what do you think will happen?” he asked.
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore secretary was, however, cautioned by the Channels anchor, Chamberlain Usoh, who asked him to be civil in his speech.
Saleh, who adamantly insisted that Amotekun was an ethnic militia, wondered if persons of other tribes would be recruited into Amotekun.
He called on the Federal Government not to allow the security outfit to begin operation.
When asked why Sharia Police, Hisbah, and the Civilian Joint Task Force in North-East were allowed to operate in the North-East, Saleh said they were backed by law and were working in concert with the police.
“Hisbah is legal because it is backed by law. That is clearly different from what you have now as Amotekun,” he said.
Reposted from @saharareporters Amotekun Not Illegal, Fani-Kayode Tells Nigerian Government
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the decision by the Nigerian Government to declare Amotekun, the security outfit set up by South-West governors, an illegal organisation.
While reacting to the statement, FFK in a post shared on his Facebook page on Wednesday, wondered why the Hisbah Police in the North-West and Civilian Joint Task Force in the North-East can be seen as legal but Amotekun which is to protect indigenes of the South-West is illegal.
Reposted from @saharareporters #BREAKING: Nigerian Government Declares ‘Operation Amotekun’ Illegal
The Nigerian Government has opposed the establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ by South-West states, branding it as an illegal institution.
The government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said that the group runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian laws.
Reposted from @lewishamilton – It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault. My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction. I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is. Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing.
I implore you to join me in thinking about the impact we are having on our planet. Let’s work together to make small changes, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so we can help shift the direction we’re going in.
I’m donating $500K to support @wireswildliferescue @wwf_australia and the Rural Fire Services. If you are able and haven’t already, you can donate too. Every little helps.
Rural Fire Services:
TasmanianFireServicePrayingForAustralia – #regrann
from @lewishamilton – Focus on what you love doing. Set your sights and dreams high. Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t or you’re not good enough. You need to believe (if you really aren’t good at it then you need to be realistic too) nobody can do it for you, only help along the way but you are going to have to do the heavy lifting! Let’s set our sights higher for 2020, never backing down! I believe in you and so should you! #letsgo #believeinyourself
Reposted from @lewishamilton (@get_regrann) – Surfing into the new year, one of my favourite things to do. There is much to do, so much to see. Much work is ahead of us but I try to set my sights high on things which most people would say are impossible, envision it and work to manifest them. What are YOU going to do to make the difference for you this year? #believeinyourself – #regrann
Isn’t he God? And is there anything he can’t do? Well we are grateful for his change of heart, pity in humanity, and gift of rain.
Reposted from @nowspacetime – Nearly 200 fires are still burning across the entire country of Australia, with smoke spreading across thousands of miles — affecting places as far as New Zealand, where ash has turned glaciers yellow.
More than 15 million acres of land has been scorched — 7x the 2019 Amazon fires and 3x the 2018 California fires. The death toll has climbed to at least 24 people and more than 1,200 homes have been destroyed.
It’s estimated that 8000 koalas (one third of the koala population in New South Wales) have been killed –– a figure that is feared to be even higher as the fires continue. Due to their slow movement, koalas are more at risk as they’re unable to escape the flames.
These are the devastating effects of anthropogenic climate change. This is the slaughter of life, the destruction of nature and the loss of hope. Let’s make 2020 the year that we stand up for the climate. It’s time to speak up for the voiceless and take action for what is right.
Thankfully, conditions are beginning to ease as firefighters are gaining control over several dangerous fires. The awareness shared through social media has helped raise tens of millions of dollars, money which will help aid first responders and animal rescuers to do all they can to put an end to this nightmare.
Links to donate:
Follow for more @nowspacetime🌌
Photos by @anthony_hearseynowspacetime – #regrann
Following the Australian fires the country world has been so heartbroken about, The one and only Thor has something to say about his Homeland while she battles to protect what’s left of her rich land of nature while nature ravages her.
from @chrishemsworth – Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I’ve added links to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya. – #regrann
Talk about the significant item sent. Maybe u am being too extra, but what exactly can these victims do with thoughts and prayers? can thoughts and prayers help them start up life? can they now rebuild what’s lost and save more lives with thoughts and prayers? #damn
from @kensingtonroyal – We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event.
We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firefighters who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Image courtesy of @nytimes
from @theroyalfamily – Her Majesty The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the Governor General of Australia, Governor of New South Wales, Governor of Queensland, and Governor of Victoria and to all Australians: “I have been deeply saddened to hear of the continued bushfires and their devastating impact across many parts of Australia.
My thanks go out to the emergency services, and those who put their own lives in danger to help communities in need.
Prince Philip and I send our thoughts and prayers to all Australians at this difficult time. Elizabeth R”
from @hilaryduff – The next photo is absolutely gut wrenching. The fires in beautiful Australia are covering the entire country 14.7 million acres have burned. That is an unfathomable number. Half a billion animals GONE. Burned alive. 💔💔 its a strange feeling of guilt to be enjoying my honeymoon in South Africa in a similar landscape where the animals are healthy and free and such devastating circumstances for others occurring at the same moment. Homes burned, people displaced and unfortunately some lives lost. @Matthewkoma and I are coming up with a number that we feel comfortable with to donate and will keep you posted on that. Please do what you can
The horror of the Australia fires is spreading like it’s name implies. With the destruction yet unaccertained and still counting, the world is just now coming to terms with the extent of ruin this fire must now have caused in the motherland of life itself.
Actress and wife to Keith Urban Nicole kidman, yesterday revealed that she is now donating to the rural fire service the whopping sum of half a million dollars, to encourage their will and power with the right equipment and protection suitable for nature’s horror. Thank you Nicole, and the rest if you people who have decided to help out.
Reposted from @delemomoduovation – I have been patronising this OMUTUO joint in Labadi, Accra for about two decades but time has not permitted me lately as I travel globally and also spend time as a Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, in the UK. So when I showed up today, I was specially invited into the kitchen to point at whatever I wanted… They were happy to see their customer ‘CHIEF CHIEF’ from the great country Nigeria… I love them too.. – #regrann
Credit to from @alibabagcfr – A BAN ON FOREX FOR FOOD IMPORT IS NOT A BAN ON FOOD IMPORT. YOU CAN IMPORT. JUST GO FIND YOUR FOREX.
About time… now if you want to import all your foreign food, source your forex by yasef. Shebi you are in the business to make money.
Once Dangote refinery opens, they should do the same for petroleum products. Find your money. NNPC should not be seen importing sef. It’s a shame. Fix your refineries. How come, all these boys are refining products with drums and firewood, yet we, as a country can’t?
When there was a ban on fruit juice importation, didn’t #5Alive #JustJuice #DonSimon and co leave? Didn’t that help #Chivita to dominate the market?
Let’s increase Electricity to 150,000 megawatts and tell all them car makers… “Wosss wobiii!!!! if you don’t have a plant in Nigeria… Then let Innosson motors take over your market”.
That’s not to say, we will resign ourselves to substandard products o. It just means the businesses get a fighting chance to survive. Without the pressures of foreign backed competition.
And it doesn’t stop anyone from importing. But when your foreign Toyota Camry lands Nigeria at a duties enhanced N85m, and the Nigerian Assembled one sells for N18m, autocorrect will help you. –
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed a manufacturing and packaging warehouse where honey was being poorly and unhygienically packaged in Nigeria’s federal capital city Abuja.
In a statement by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director-General, the action was based on information on social media which indicated that the product, produced in Durumi, Abuja was adulterated. “NAFDAC officials clamped down on the facility in Abuja where honey was being packaged. “We acted based on information (video) of honey purchased from a certain supermarket in Abuja, circulated on social media by a customer alleging that the product was adulterated. “The product was produced by Upon the Rock Church of God, Durumi, Abuja,’’ Adeyeye said.
She said that tests on the product, which was initially registered with NAFDAC, confirmed that the product had become unwholesome and unfit for consumption and for that reason, had his licensed revoked.
Despite the fact that NAFDAC registers business, it also revokes it if the business mangers is trying to deceive the general public and poison them for his own personal greed. We know Sars and EFCC are constantly on the look out for the indivisuals who are acting suspicious on social media, but who would have thought that NAFDAC equally looks out for these things on social media.
I’m social on pressed with them for going after this factory. Ladies and gentlemen, you can now freely report poisonous foods making rounds in the society. Good to know NAFDAC… 👏👏👏
from @kensingtonroyal – 🍃 Today The Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to her #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden.
The Duke and Duchess showed Her Majesty some of the features of @The_RHS Garden, and introduced her to some of the activities that those experiencing the Garden can enjoy, including Reed Boat making ⛵ – #obyorijiblog
from @theroyalfamily – Today, The Queen, accompanied by members of The Royal Family, attended The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The Queen has attended many Chelsea Flower Shows including this visit in 1952, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh (Picture 2). This year The Duchess of Cambridge has designed a garden on the theme of “Back to Nature”. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied The Queen on a visit to the garden today.
The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra also attended the annual show. – #obyorijiblog – #regrann
from @theroyalfamily – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘Back to Nature’ Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous.
@the_rhs Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.
Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular.
Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate the garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.
Tomorrow Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, will attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. – #obyorijiblog – #regrann
Reposted from @nature – Follow @nature: The day dreamer 😌 Portrait of a red-shanked douc with half-closed eyes enhancing its characteristic almond-shaped slanted eyes. A vegetarian, it spends many hours every day feeding on leaves and flowers, and may be caught dozing off while eating. ☺️ Son Tra Nature Reserve, Vietnam. Photos by @mogenstrolle #nature – #obyorijiblog
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The politician, actor, husband and son has given an idea to strangers and friends his on instagram, the essence of the Eastern capital state.
The actor who posted himself practising what he is preaching. Announced to fans that the beautiful City of Enugu has just a thig it is known for, and that is the legendary eastern delicacy known as Okpa and a humble bottle of coke.
Reposted from @yuledochie – Enugu (042) is a beautiful city.
Can’t come here without eating okpa, with coke.
Wetin you gain??
😁😁😁 – #obyorijiblog – #regrann