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Effective soil management key to national food security, says don


The National President, Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Prof. Victor Chude, has said that any country that failed to adequately care for its soil, risks hunger and diseases. Quality of soils plays a critical role in food production and security. Photo credit: smeonline.biz Chude said in an interview in Abuja that the quality of soils plays critical roles in food ...

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Monsanto ordered to pay man $80m in weed-killer cancer trial

Roundup weed killer

A court on Thursday, March 28, 2019 ordered Monsanto to pay a U.S. man $80.3 million in damages after a jury determined that the agro-chemical company’s weed killer product “Roundup” contributed to his cancer. A farm is treated with a weed-killer The Federal Jury in San Francisco ruled that Monsanto, a unit of German agriculture and pharmaceuticals company Bayer, was ...

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How to tackle irrigation management issues in Africa, by experts


Irrigation specialists from across Africa on Thursday, March 28, 2019 converged on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, to discuss irrigation management issues and ways to improve its practices in Africa. Irrigation in Eritrea. Photo credit: www.treehugger.com The symposium, titled: “Irrigation and Water Resources Management (IWRM), for agriculture: achieving impact for Africa”, was organised by ...

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Biosafety agency restates need to regulate emerging technologies

NBMA public hearing

The Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has called for the strict regulation of new and emerging aspects of the application of modern biotechnology. Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, at the Public Hearing Dr. Ebegba in a submission on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to the Public Hearing organised by the House ...

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Group urges govt to dismiss bill seeking to expand scope of biosafety agency

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has called on the House Committee on Environment and Habitat to dismiss the proposed bill to expand the scope of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act to include evolving aspects of biotechnology such as gene drives, gene editing and synthetic biology. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, ...

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Legislators back biosafety agency

Chidoka Obinna

The Chairman, House Committee on Environment and Habitat, Obinna Chidoka, has said that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has the full support of the National Assembly. Chidoka Obinna, Chairman House Committee on Environment and Habitat, speaking during the oversight visit to NBMA He stated this while addressing the management team of NBMA during an oversight visit by the committee ...

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Agriculturists identify challenges of agribusiness in Nigeria

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Agriculturists have identified non-availability of funds, low quantity of feed inputs and reduction of participants in the business as major challenges hindering the growth of agriculture. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh The experts in separate interviews with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Ibadan, Oyo State, also called for intensified efforts ...

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Biosafety agency established to avoid dumping of unsafe GM products in Nigeria – D-G

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says the agency was established to regulate modern biotechnology to avoid Nigeria being turned into a dumping ground for unsafe genetically-modified products. Dr Rufus Ebegba Ebegba gave the explanation during a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, March 21, 2019. ‘‘If modern biotechnology and its products are ...

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IAR&T develops high-yielding, disease-resistant maize varieties

Maize plant

Executive Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, Prof. James Adediran, says the institute has developed high-yielding, disease-resistant maize varieties adaptable to Southwest agro-ecologies and beyond. Maize plant Adediran, made this known on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at a training and empowerment workshop held in the institute for no fewer than 120 youths and farmers across ...

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Government to re-construct grazing reserves

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government says it will soon commence the reconstruction of grazing reserves across the country. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this in Abuja when participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course Twelve (EIMC12) and Institute for Security Studies, Usma Dam, Bwari, visited him. A ...

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