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CIFOR, FOERDIA renew collaborative relationship


The long history between the Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency of the Government of Indonesia (FOERDIA)and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) stretches back to 1997, when the two organisations began their partnership, and now a new chapter is added. CIFOR Director General Robert Nasi and FOERDIA Director General Agus Justianto sign the MoU On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 ...

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Don warns farmers against cultivation with early rain


A lecturer in the Department of Crop Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Michael Uguru, has warned farmers in Nsukka and its environs not to begin cultivation with the early rains in the year. Farming Uguru, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, said that it ...

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55,000 farmers targeted as dry season rice farming kicks off


The North East Commodity Association (NECAS) has flagged off the NECAS/CBN/BOA, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) dry season rice farming, targeting 55,000 farmers across the six states. Youths involved in farming. Photo credit: Alhaji Sadiq Deware, the National President, NECAS, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 that the association had also opened ...

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Indonesia struggles to curb forest fire as haze chokes over 1,700 residents

Indonesian forest fire

Indonesian forest fire Indonesia has engaged aircraft, troops and volunteers to curb the fire that has razed forest and plantation areas in several regencies in Sumatra’s Riau province, a local official said on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Head of Provincial Disaster Mitigation Office, Edwar Sanger, said areas gutted by fire since January has reached 1,136 hectares. Sanger said most of ...

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Germany’s hospitality, wholesale, foreign trade sectors in joint climate scheme

Svenja Schulze

Germany has unveiled a joint climate protection project by the hospitality industry as well as wholesale and foreign trade, which is funded by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) as part of its climate protection campaign. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze According to Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, its aim is to show companies in the sectors, through climate and energy campaigns ...

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Ghanaian seed expert, others laud approval of BT Cowpea in Nigeria

Thomas Havor

The approval of BT Cowpea for eventual commercial cultivation in Nigeria has been described as “a development that answers the important issue of the production, availability and accessibility of quality seeds in the Seed Value Chain, which includes scientists, researchers, farmers and industry.” Thomas Havor, President of the National Seed Traders Association of Ghana (NASTAG) In an interview, the President ...

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Fresh concern over blast fishing

Fish bombing

Blast fishing, a rather peculiar method of fishing that entails the use of explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection, is bothering environmentalists, who say that the act portends grave danger to the surrounding ecosystem. Fish bombing Apart from destroying the underlying habitat that supports the fish, the explosion from fish bombing or dynamite fishing – as the act ...

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Indonesia to create artificial rain as forest fires rage on Sumatra

Indonesian forest fire

The Indonesian military deployed an aircraft to create artificial rain on Monday, February 25, 2019 as thick smog, caused by forest fires, forced schools to close on Sumatra Island, officials said. Indonesian forest fire “The plane can carry tons of salt to be used in cloud-seeding,’’ said Edwar Sanger, the Head of the Civil Protection Agency in Riau province on ...

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Two-thirds of Germans favour tobacco advertising ban, says study

tobacco smoking

More than two-thirds of Germans are in favour of a complete ban on advertising for tobacco products, a study released on Monday, February 25, 2019 showed. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Sixty-nine per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned by the German Insurance Association said they would favour a ban, while only 27 per cent ...

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Stakeholders urged to safeguard girls, women against gender-based violence

Girl child

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has urged strategic stakeholders to strive more to safeguard women and girls from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and other harmful practices. The girl child: The UNFPA seeks safeguard of women and girls from gender-based violence The fund made the call in a statement issued by Mrs Kori Habib, the Media and Communication Specialist of UNFPA Nigeria, ...

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