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Typha grass invades 1,000 hectares of irrigation field in Jigawa

Typha grass

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Jigawa on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 said typha grass had invaded over 1,000 hectares of farmland in Guri Local Government Area of the state. Typha grass Chairman of the association in the area, Alhaji Yakubu Dole-Zugo, made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Guri. He said ...

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Despite cyclone Idai, Malawi maize output up 24%

Cyclone Idai

Malawi’s maize output increased by just over 24 per cent in the 2018/19 farming year so far, boosted by favourable weather conditions and government subsidies, the agriculture minister said on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Cyclone Idai lays waste to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi Joseph Mwanamvekha said production rose to 3.355 million metric tonnes from 2.697 million metric tonnes in ...

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App enables smallholder farmers to be community influencers, citizen scientists

GeoFarmer app

The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and smallholders to easily collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions. Development agencies can use the tool to gather effective feedback and to respond to emergent climate needs The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and smallholders to easily collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions When a drought-bringing El Niño hits, farmers are the ...

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NBMA collaborates with Abuja media on biosafety awareness


The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Abuja Council has said it is ready and willing to partner with the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) to create awareness and educate the general public on its mandate which is ensuring the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Director General/CEO, NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba along with his staff, with the Abuja NUJ delegation ...

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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: 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: 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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