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Association allocates N10b facility to cassava farmers in Katsina

cassava

The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) has allocated N10 billion lending facility to Cassava Farmers in Katsina State to boost production. State Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Hassan Danmarke, disclosed this on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Katsina, the state capital, at the flag-off of the distribution of 250,000 bundles of improved cassava seedlings to farmers. According to him, N3 ...

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Biosafety agency partners Customs, others to tackle unauthorised GMOs

Rufus Ebegba biosafety

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it is collaborating with Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Police Force and other relevant stakeholders to tackle unauthorised Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) in the country. The Director-General of NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, said this at a sensitisation meeting with journalists in Abuja on Friday, July 13, 2018. Ebegba said that the agency had signed ...

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Landmark varsity, FIIRO collaborate to accelerate agro-industrial revolution

Landmark University

The Landmark University, Omu-Aran in Kwara State, says its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) is to upscale agrarian and industrial revolution toward revamping Nigeria’s economy. Prof. Adeniyi Olayanju, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, made the remarks on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Omu-Aran at the signing of the MOU, commemorating the institution’s ...

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Communities urged to engage in organic farming to minimise soil erosion

organic fertiliser

The Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, has called on erosion-prone communities to engage in organic farming to minimise soil erosion. Oyewumi gave the advice at the ongoing National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) 2018 on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Lagos. The summit is themed: “Organic Agriculture: Abundant Opportunities for Health and Hospitality ...

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Farmers, herdsmen welcome government’s ranching plan across 10 states

Herdsmen

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have welcome the Federal Government’s ranching plan across 10 states. They hailed the plan in Abuja on Thursday, July 12, 2018 while briefing journalists at the end of a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting between the associations. Speaking at the briefing, the National ...

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GMO: Biosafety agency urges retailers to formalise dealings or face prosecution

NBMA

Director General/CEO of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has advised retailers across the country who sell products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to formalise their dealings or face the wrath of the law. Dr Ebegba, who gave the advice in a meeting with representatives of retail store owners in Abuja on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, ...

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FAO, WFP establish joint support to boost food production in northeast

Suffyan Koroma

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday, July 12, 2018 established joint support to augment food production for conflict-affected people in the northeast. WFP Representative in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard, and the FAO counterpart, Suffyan Koroma, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja by Ms IngerMarie Vennize, the Head of Communication ...

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Switzerland commits to support sustainable organic sector development in Africa

Yves Nicolet

The Consul General of Switzerland in Lagos says the Consulate will continue to strongly support sustainable organic sector development in Africa. Yves Nicolet, Consul General, represented by Mrs Ngozi Anyanso, said this at the 3rd National Organic Agriculture Business Summit, 2018 organised by the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture. ...

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CASP, ICARDA sign MoU on sustainable land management in seven states

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Climate Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) on sustainable land management activities in seven states. Mr Abdullahi Surajo, the Communication Officer of IFAD-CASP, made this known via a statement on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Abuja. NAN reports that the MoU was ...

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Exposure to farm-use pesticides, chemicals detrimental to human health

Gambia

The Director of Technical Services Network at the National Environment Agency has disclosed that exposure to pesticides and chemicals in farmlands, rice-fields and gardens has a high toll on human health especially the farmers and gardeners. According to him, The Gambia has recognised this need to explore safer alternatives to synthetic pesticides for use in agricultural activities. Dr. Dawda Badji ...

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