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GMOs: Biosafety agency seeks collaboration with Interpol

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) is seeking to collaborate with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) as part of efforts to ensure the safe application of modern biotechnology and the use of its products which includes genetically modified organisms (GMOS). Director General of the agency, Dr Rufus Ebegba, said this when he led the NBMA management team who paid ...

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Catholic doctors warn against GMOs


The chairman, Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN), Owerri Archdiocese, Dr Prince Philip C. Njemanze, has reaffirmed the need for precautionary approach towards consuming genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods and planting the crops. He made the submission at the quarterly press briefing of the ACMPN on Monday, May 21, 2018. The ACMPN Annual General Scientific Conference had published ...

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Government tasked on effective implementation of tomato policy to boost local production

The tomato policy introduced by the Federal Government, if effectively implemented, can boost local production and promote Nigeria’s economic growth. Chief Eric Umeofia, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Erisco Foods, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Lagos. According to him, the industrialisation strategy, which aims at achieving greater ...

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Concern as NBMA displays application dossier ahead of GM maize importation


The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on Monday, May 21, 2018 commenced a 21-day display of an application dossier by Golden Agri Inputs Limited, a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc., for the importation of genetically modified (GM) maize for feed processing. But certain quarters appear unexcited over the development, describing it as mere window dressing. The public display, ...

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International Day of Biodiversity: Biodiversity, our collective heritage – HOMEF


Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) celebrates global efforts to preserve earth’s biodiversity as this year’s International Day of Biodiversity marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Progress has been made at national and global fronts by the convention in achieving its objectives, says the group, adding however that a serious threat ...

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AfDB to host $3m Rockefeller Trust Fund to spur agriculture, youth employment

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has established a $3 million Rockefeller Trust Fund, a joint effort of the institution and The Rockefeller Foundation to help in spurring Africa’s transformation. With this initial endowment, the Trust Fund will support the bank’s activities particularly with regards to two of its High 5 priorities – under the bank’s “Feed Africa” priority, it ...

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Biotechnology agency creates web portal on animal genetic resources

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it has created an online portal on animal genetic resources to improve scientific findings in the country. The Project Lead, Animal Genetic Resources, NABDA, Dr Mustapha Popoola, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Abuja. Popoola is also Secretary, National Advisory Committee, Animal Genetic Resources ...

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AfDB approves $100m for expansion of fertiliser production in Nigeria


The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $100 million senior loan to Nigerian firm, Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals Limited, to support the company’s plans to double its fertiliser production from 1.4 million tons of urea to 2.8 million tons per annum. The bank’s intervention follows a previous loan extended to Indorama Fertiliser in 2013 for the commissioning of another ...

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Niger governor warns against felling of economic trees


Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State in Nigeria has warned that the full wrath of the law would be visited on those that continue with the habit of felling economic trees in the state. He gave the warning during the flag off ceremony of the 2018 cropping season and distribution of tractors to farmers in Minna on Tuesday. Bello disclosed ...

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Buhari launches N9b irrigation scheme rehabilitation project in Jigawa

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 14, 2018 launched the N9 billion Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme (HVIS) rehabilitation project in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project will be executed under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) programme, which is supported by the World Bank. Even though the president ...

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