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Ghana committed to implement timber legality licence as part of internal forest sector reforms

Samuel Abu Jinapor

There are hopes that the saga of the issuance of Forest Law Environment Governance Trade or Timber Legality Licence also known as FLEGT Licence in Ghana, will soon be over. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor The issue will soon end not because the extant leases have now been converted into Timber Utilisation Contracts (TUCs), as this ...

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Biotechnology giving Nigeria another chance to scale up food production – Adamawa Gov

Ahmadu Fintiri

Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has said Nigeria could unearth the enormous potentials tied to agriculture with the adoption and right application of agricultural Biotechnology. Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State The governor stated this while declaring open the media, farmers, and extension agents retreat on modern biotechnology for the northeast region held in Yola, the Adamawa State ...

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Govt begins spray to prevent quelea birds invasion in Jigawa

Quelea birds

The Federal Government has commenced a two-week aerial spray in Jigawa State to control invasion of quelea birds. Quelea birds The Special Assistant on Community Development and Social Inclusion to Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state, Alhaji Hamza Muhammad, disclosed this during an interview in Dutse, the state capital, on Monday, October 18, 2021. Muhammad said the exercise, which commenced ...

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World Food Day: Food waste, threat to food security – Minister

Mohammad Abubakar

The Federal Government says one of the greatest threat to food security in Nigeria is food wastages from farm to table. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, made this known at a news conference on Friday, October 15 as part of activities to mark the 2021 World ...

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World Food Day: Experts seek robust food system to reduce malnutrition

Food security

The Executive Director, Spectra Industries Ltd., Mrs Remi Kuteyi, has urged the federal and state governments to build a better food system that would be resilient to increasing volatility and climate change. Food Items Kuteyi said this on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Lagos during the 2021 World Food Day (WFD) programme organised by Spectra Industries Ltd. WFD is an ...

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Biosafety agency was not created to stop GMOs entering Nigeria – Ebegba


The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that only safe genetically modified products will be allowed in the Nigerian market. Participants at the sensitisation workshop Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, who reiterated this commitment at a one day sensitisation workshop on biosafety (genetically modified organism’s safety and regulation) in ...

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Reactions trail govt’s approval of new maize variety

Genetically modified maize

While experts in the agricultural sector on one hand lauded the Federal Government for approving the evaluation and open cultivation of the new Tela maize variety, some activists have, on the other hand, flayed the development. Genetically modified maize The Tela maize variety developed by researchers at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is genetically modified ...

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Nigeria grants approval for cultivation of genetically modified maize variety

Maize plant

The government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety developed by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria that resists fall armyworm, stem borers, and tolerates moderate drought. Maize plant The government decision was contained in a certificate issued to IAR by the National Biosafety ...

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Nigeria set to deregulate genetically modified maize variety

Maize plant

Efforts to avail smallholder farmers in Nigeria with maize variety that combines drought tolerance, insect resistance, and other important yield and disease resistance traits to enhance food security have started yielding positive results. Maize plant Scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in collaboration with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation have completed confined field trials of ...

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Increasing food bank through adequate mobilisation of soil nutrients

ActionAid Agriculture

Recently, some maize farmers in Ibadan and nearby communities experienced heavy flooding of their farms, causing fear of washing away of soil nutrients needed for their crops to grow optimally. Agriculture This brings to the fore, the importance of land preparation or tillage practice in farming. Land preparation is the mechanical manipulation of the soil to bring about the best ...

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