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Why we targeted food security, income opportunities for farmers in 2021, by IITA

Nteranya Sanginga

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in 2021, focused on achieving Nigeria’s food security as well as creating income opportunities for farmers. Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the IITA The institute, knowing the importance of food security to the growth of any country’s economy, achieved its aims through its cassava/maize value chain project. The project, with special interest ...

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Military destroys 1,520 illegal refineries, arrests 755 illegal bunkerers in 2021 – Govt

Niger Delta refinery

The Federal Government of Nigeria says about 1,520 illegal refineries were destroyed while 755 illegal oil bunkerers were arrested by men of the Operation Delta Safe in the South-South region in 202. Illegal refining activities in the Niger Delta The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Lagos at a media ...

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FCT Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Mohammed Bello

The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic. FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello Bello made the disclosure in a statement on his verified Facebook account on Friday, December 31, 2021, in Abuja. ”I have tested positive for COVID-19, after a hide and seek period spanning 21 months (one year and nine months) between COVID-19 and ...

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Govt constructed 12 dams in 2021, says minister

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it constructed 12 dams and developed  96,000 hectares of irrigated land as of 2021 through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. Alhaji Lai Mohammed The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this at a media briefing on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Lagos. Mohammed said the ministry also constructed 159 Rural ...

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Food security: Farmers asked to plan operations on NiMet’s weather predictions

Prof Mansur Matazu

 The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Thursday, December 30, 2021 advised stakeholders in the agriculture value chain in Ogun State to take advantage of its weather prediction information to plan their farming activities and crop planting calendar. Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu Numerical Weather Prediction Expert from NiMet, Mr Charles Olubiyi, gave the advice ...

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WHO predicts COVID-19 will end in 2022

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has expressed optimism that COVID-19 pandemic will end in 2022. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 that it was two years ago, as people gathered for New ...

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NiMet predicts three-day sunshine, hazy atmosphere across the country

Hazy weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and hazy atmosphere across the country from Thursday, December 30, 2021 to Saturday, January 1, 2022. Hazy weather NiMet’s weather outlook released on Wednesday in Abuja predicted sunny and hazy atmosphere over the northern region and the north-central cities. According to it, the inland cities of the south should be hazy with ...

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Large herbivores enhance population of endangered butterflies

Mountain Alcon blue

In the past five years, the number of butterflies in the large herbivore reserve in the former military training area of Milovice near Prague, Czech Republic, has grown significantly. The mountain Alcon blue in in the former military training area of Milovice. Photo credit: Michal Köpping While carrying out regular monitoring, scientists have found out that the number of butterflies ...

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Thailand reports over 700 Omicron variant cases

Omicron variant

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, that the country has detected 739 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant to date. Omicron variant The new cases included 488 overseas arrivals and 251 local infections. Although the majority of new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand are still those of the Delta variant, more Omicron cases have started ...

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Germany announces plans to donate 75m vaccine doses next year

Svenja Schulze

The new German government has announced its plans to donate at least 75 million vaccine doses to poorer countries next year. German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister, Svenja Schulze Development Minister, Svenja Schulze, told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland news service that the target of 100 million donated doses for 2021 had now been reached. “But we must not stop there. “For ...

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