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IFAD-VCDP to sustain campaign on dry season farming in Ebonyi

David Umahi

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) says it will sustain its campaign for Ebonyi State farmers to engage in dry season farming. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State Mr Sunday Ituma, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of IFAD-VCDP, made this known on Friday, December 28, 2018 in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a knowledge-sharing ...

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NABDA, firm collaborate to produce bio-pesticides, others

Prof. Alex Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Biocrops Nigeria Ltd, to produce bio-pesticides, nematocides and bio-fertilisers. Prof. Alex Akpa The Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Alex Akpa, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, said the partnership also focused on propagation of different biotechnology crops to enhance the nation’s food security. “Under the MoU, ...

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Agency’s lab will checkmate risks of GMOs – D-G

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has a state-of-the-art genetic modification detection and analysis laboratory to checkmate any risks associated with the technology. Dr Rufus Ebegba Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General of the agency, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, December 27, 2018. “Our agency is able ...

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Nigeria leads West African sub-region on biosafety

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that Nigeria has been mandated to lead the West African sub-region on biosafety. Dr Rufus Ebegba Dr Ebegba, who made the submission while presenting the agency’s score card to the public in Abuja on Friday, December 21, 2018 said It is gratifying to note that, within the ...

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Scientist says combating fall armyworm in Africa getting complicated


The effort to control the fall armyworm (FAW), a lethal pest that is ravaging food crops, through the application of insecticides is becoming complicated, a scientist warned on Friday, December 21, 2018. Armyworm invasion Sunday Ekesi, Director of Research and Partnership at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), said the adult pest’s habit of being active at ...

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Biosafety agency not established to stop GMOs, says director

Rufus Ebegba

The leadership of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says the agency was established to ensure the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), not to stop the product’s dissemination and use. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General and CEO of the the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). Photo credit: Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General of the agency, who made this known ...

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Katsina spends N2bn to revive cotton, other crops

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

The Katsina State Government says it has spent N2 billion to boost the production of cotton and other crops in the state in the last three and a half years. Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Katsina State According to the government, it released the funds to the Ministry of Agriculture and its parastatals for the development of the agricultural ...

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ECOWAS to assist member states address forest resources challenges

Dr Johnson Boanuh

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 restated its commitment to support Nigeria and other member states in their efforts to sustain management of forest resources in the sub-region. Dr Johnson Boanuh The ECOWAS Director of Environment, Dr Johnson Boanuh, said this at the National Consultation Workshop on the Technical and Financial Partners of ...

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Miyetti Allah reiterates calls for grazing reserve

Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo

The Miyetti Allah Kautal-Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, on Tuesday, December 19, 2018 called on the federal and state governments to secure grazing reserves across the country, to curb the farmers/herders’ crisis. Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo National President of the group, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Badejo, made the call in Sokoto, Sokoto State, during a courtesy visit to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal. He said ...

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Campaigners demand ban on GMOs in Nigeria

Anti-GMO public rally

Representatives of farmers, consumers, civil society organisations, scientists, youth and women groups on Monday, December 17, 2018 denounced the admission into Nigeria of genetically modified (GM) crops and products. The anti-GMO public rally in Abuja The condemnation was made at a public rally in Abuja, where the campaigners claimed that the products pose a threat to the nation’s food system, ...

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