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Genetically modified cowpea seed may be available for farmers in 2020


The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (ATF) says the Pot Borer Resistant (PBR) variety cowpea seeds may likely be commercialised for farmers by 2020 planting season. Cowpea Dr Issoufou Abdourhamane, the Regional Head of Africa of ATF made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Abuja. Abdourhamane said this was feasible ...

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Bauchi inaugurates tree planting campaign to curb desertification

Bala Mohammed

Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 inaugurated 2019 Tree Planting campaign with the theme “Planting for Reclamation’’. Gov Bala Mohammed Mohammed, who inaugurated the campaign in Gadau, expressed regret that the state was facing environmental challenges such as drought, desertification, erosion and floods. He said combined effects of the problems in the environment led to ...

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Tree planting more spiritual than economical, says Cleric

Bishop Emmah Isong

National Publicity Secretary, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Emmah Isong, says planting of trees has more spiritual than economic and environmental benefits to mankind. Bishop Emmah Isong Isong, who is also the founder, Christian Central Chapel International, made this known on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 during the ongoing tree planting campaign in Calabar, Cross River State. He said that ...

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Expert sets agenda for minister on environment

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

A waste management expert, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, has advised the incoming Minister of Environment to prioritise approval of a national policy on solid and hazardous waste management and regulations. Prof. Oladele Osibanjo Osibanjo, President, Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. According ...

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Rangers Day: 20 park rangers lost since 1991 – Parks Service

National Park rangers

The National Park Service says Nigeria has lost 20 park rangers since its inception in 1991. A team of National Parks Service rangers Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General, National Parks Service, disclosed this at a pre-event news conference to mark the 2019 World Rangers Day in Abuja on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Goni said the World Rangers Day is celebrated ...

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Tobacco control community honours Adewole, Irukera, others

Tobacco community honourees

Nigeria’s tobacco control community on Monday, July 29, 2019 held a Thank You Dinner to honour lawmakers and public officials who played crucial roles that led to the passage of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 and its Regulation. The honourees at the Thank You Dinner Among those recognised for their efforts were former Federal Minister of Heath, Professor ...

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CAN urges govt action ahead IPCC report on climate, land

Stephan Singer

On the eve of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Action Network (CAN) members have called on governments to urgently incorporate policies and lock commitments that halt deforestation, drive sustainable use of land, protect forests, restore ecosystems, and secure land property rights for small scale farmers and indigenous communities. Stephan ...

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Nigerians urged to embrace polystyrene construction technology

Polystyrene construction technology

The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter, has advised Nigerians to embrace the polystyrene’ construction technology to reduce construction cost and increase housing delivery. A building that utilised the polystyrene construction technology Mrs Lola Adetona, Chairman of NICE, made the disclosure while canvassing the adoption of the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) technology during the Institution’s industrial visit to Monumental ...

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Drought hits 570,000 residents in central China

Drought China

More than 570,000 people in central China’s Hunan Province have been affected by drought, resulting from heatwaves and a lack of rainfall while other areas have difficulty getting drinking water, local authorities said on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Severe drought has hit central China The drought has affected a total of 571,800 people in the province and 42,600 people need ...

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11 dead, around 6,000 hospitalised as heatwave scorches Japan

Heatwave Japan

Eleven people were killed and nearly 6,000 hospitalised in Japan due to heat-related illnesses last week, the government said on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. A deadly heatwave has continued to scorch Japan The heatwave saw 5,664 people taken to hospitals, 1,199 of whom displayed severe symptoms requiring being admitted for at least three weeks of treatment, and 1,792 requiring shorter ...

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