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Quelea birds invade 17 Jigawa communities

Quelea birds

Quelea birds have invaded farmlands in 17 communities in Auyo Local Government Council of Jigawa State. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) investigation reveals that the communities are: Ayama, Furawa, Auyo, Mado, Adaha Gamsarku, Tsidir, Hadiyo, Gatafa, Marina, Anauya, Tagir, Zumoni, Muran, Fige, kateje and Hakudau. The red-billed quelea, also known as the red-billed weaver or red-billed dioch, is a ...

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Biosafety agency reviews, validates operational guidelines

National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has commenced the review and validation of some of its guidelines to strengthen the nation’s biosafety system. Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director General/CEO, NBMA, said at the opening of the review and validation meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 that the guidelines were in the process of development over the past two years ...

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CIFOR hosts global database on REDD+ programmes

Robert Nasi

The innovative REDD+ monitoring tool, International Database on REDD+ Projects and Programs Linking Economic, Carbon and Communities Data (ID-RECCO), is now hosted by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Launched in 2013, ID-RECCO highlights 467 subnational REDD+ initiatives from around the world. It includes 110 variables, such as carbon certification, sources of funding, and expected socio-economic and environmental impacts, in a ...

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Moldova ratifies biosafety protocol

Igor-Dodon

The Republic of Moldova has ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, making it the 42nd nation to do so. The eastern European country and former Soviet republic deposited its instruments of ratification on Monday, July 30, 2018. It will enter into force on Oct 28, 2018. The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary ...

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AfDB to increase fish production, others by 5m tonnes in Africa

Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) through its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme is targeting to increase aquaculture production in Africa by five million tonnes by 2025. Dr Chrysantus Akem, the TAAT Programme Coordinator, said this at a workshop organised for focal countries under the TAAT programme in Abuja on Monday, August 6, 2018. Akem said that TAAT programme, ...

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GMO in Nigeria: At last, science has prevailed

Bt. Cotton

The greatest global challenge today, especially in Africa is how to make our food more sustainable by 2050. In Nigeria, as in many other African countries, food security and nutrition remain a critical challenge. Production constraints like inversion of insects/pests and diseases, inadequate rainfall and poor quality of agricultural input are some of the major contributors to low agricultural output. Despite the ...

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Farmers urged to embrace dry season farming

Fadama

An Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr Joseph Aboyeji, has advised farmers in the country to embrace dry season farming as a way of improving production and increase their income. Aboyeji gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday, August 5, 2018. He also said that ...

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River basins directed to begin routine dredging of rivers

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government has directed River Basin Development Authorities to embark on routine dredging of rivers and water channels to boost agriculture. Alhaji Sulieman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, gave the directive on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Wachakal, Yobe State, while launching the dredging of the Kumadugu-Yobe tributary. He said the measure became necessary to meet the target of President Muhammadu ...

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Farmers in southeast decry late supply of fertiliser, other inputs

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Farmers in the southeast geopolitical zone have decried the late supply of fertiliser and other inputs, saying that it will affect their productivity in the current farming season. Some of the farmers, who spoke in a national survey conducted by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), bemoaned the late supply of fertiliser although crop growing in their neighbourhoods ought to commence ...

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IFAD-VCDP tasks farmers on measurement, provides 70% of cost

rice-farming

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) Consultant, Dr Ken Ukaoha, has advised farmers to embrace scale of measurements. Addressing farmers on Friday, August 3, 2018 in Makurdi, Benue State, on the importance of weighing or measuring their produce before sale, Ukaoha said that the programme was ready to assist farmers to procure weighing scales. According ...

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