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Nigerian farmers not ready for hydroponic farming, says agriculturist

Hydroponic farming

An agriculturist, Mr Ismail Olawale, has said that local farmers in Nigeria may not be ready to practice hydroponic farming system despite its multifaceted benefits. Hydroponic farming Olawale, a fellow at the Nigerian Agriculture and Extension Liaison Service (NAERLS), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that hydroponic farming was a ...

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AfDB supports Nigeria on infrastructure development to boost agro-business

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged to support the Government of Nigeria to provide infrastructure development to boost agro-business in the country. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina President of the bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, made the pledge in Abuja on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the AfDB Investors Forum on promoting “Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs)’’. Represented by his Special ...

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Scaling up of heat-tolerant wheat transforms food production, policy in Sudan

Sudanese farmers

Sudanese wheat farmers are in a joyous mood. They are celebrating the success of new heat-resistant wheat varieties which have transformed their country’s food landscape. Sudanese farmers celebrating the success of new heat resistant wheat varieties Thanks to the scaling up of proven technologies by the Wheat Compact of Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT), the farmers can now boast of new ...

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AfDB deploys TAAT to combat food insecurity in the Sahel

Akinwunmi Adesina

As part of the plan to ensure food security in the Sahel, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has named Senegal as the next stopping point for its African agricultural transformation programme. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina Holding from April 23 to 24, 2019 in Dakar, the launch forms part of African Development Bank’s (AFDB) plan to transform sorghum and millet in ...

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Biosafety agency says insufficient awareness leads to misguided information


The Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says inadequate public awareness on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) leads to misguided information. Editors from media houses meeting with the DG/CEO of NBMA and management staff of the agency Ebegba said this during an interactive session with editors of media houses on controversies surrounding GMOs in the country on Thursday, ...

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Food security in the Sahel: TAAT launches out in Mali

Sahel region

As part of the plan to ensure food security in the Sahel, Sorghum and Millet Compact of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is set to launch its activities in Mali. Drylands of the Sahel region in West Africa Scheduled to hold from April 16 to 17, 2019 in Bamako, the launch forms part of African Development Bank’s plan to ...

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Agric council to go digital on seeds certification

Hybrid seeds

The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) says it will soon go digital with the certification of seeds to ensure that farmers get quality seeds to enhance their production. Hybrid seeds Dr Philip Ojo, Director General, NASC, stated this in Abuja on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the second edition of the Seed Connect Africa 2019 conference. The conference, with the ...

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Food security: Concern over increasing soil acidity in Kenya

Hamadi Boga

Increasing soil acidity is complicating Kenya’s goal of achieving food security by lowering farmer’s yields, a government official on Friday, April 12, 2019 said. Hamadi Boga Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary of the State Department of Agricultural Research in the Ministry of Agriculture, said this in Nairobi, the nation’s capital. Boga said that most of the agricultural land especially in the ...

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Why Nigeria should design own plant variety protection laws

Conference on Seeds, Food and Biosafety

The Federal Government has been urged not to sign the Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties (UPOV 1991) but instead should design its own plant variety protection laws that are suitable to the Nigerian environment. A panel discussion session during the conference The call was made by some 100 delegates made up of consumers, farmers, academics, researchers, government ...

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TAAT highlights transformation as farmers’ forum begins in Togo


With more than 3.4 million hectares of land available, the Togolese government is worried that only 45% is being used presently. Togolese Agric Minister, Noël Koutéra Bataka, with Dr Mpoko Bokanga, Head TAAT Clearinghouse, at the forum The government is equally concerned that despite Togo’s natural comparative advantage in agriculture when compared to other countries, its inability to maximise technologies ...

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