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Wood associations begin reforestation programme in three states

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria and Processed Wood Manufacturers Association of Nigeria are said to have begun reforestation programme in the states of Ekiti, Ogun and Adamawa. Acting Director of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Adetolu Osakuade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 that the programme was aimed at planting ...

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Government approves N40b for resuscitation of Kontagora Dam


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 approved N40.2 billion for the resuscitation and completion of Kontagora/Auna Dam and Irrigation project in Niger State, as well as N226 million for pests control along 11 frontline states. The Ministers of Water Resources and Agriculture, Suleiman Adamu and Audu Ogbeh, respectively, said these were part of the Council’s decisions ...

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Farmers call for more investment in agric infrastructure


Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have called on government to increase investment in agricultural infrastructure across the country. They made a case for more agricultural facilities such as silos, irrigation and other equipment to boost dry season farming across the country. The farmers, under the umbrella of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), made the call in separate interviews with ...

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Yobe urges government to develop proposed 5,000-ha grazing reserve


The Yobe State Government on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 appealed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to develop 5,000 hectares (ha) of land it received from the state to establish the proposed grazing reserve. Dr Mustapha Gaidam, the Manager of Yobe Pilot Development Programme, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, the capital city. ...

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Nigeria imports $125m fishery products from Norway annually – Ambassador

Kjemprud Jens-Petter

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Kjemprud Jens-Petter, says Nigeria imports fishery products worth $125 million (N45 billion) from his country annually. Jens-Petter told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, October 30, 2017 that the fishery imports from Norway included stock fish, mackerel and salmon. “Annually, Norwegian fish exports to Nigeria stand at $125 million and ...

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Nigeria loses $13.7b annually to farmers, herdsmen conflicts, says Abdulsalami

Abdulsalami Abubakar

A former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that Nigeria loses $13.7 billion annually as a result of farmers-herdsmen conflicts in Benue, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Plateau states. Abubakar made the disclosure at a forum organised by Search for Common Ground, Nigeria, in collaboration with Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development. The forum, with the theme, Amplifying ...

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Anti-open grazing law: Herders seek government intervention


The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to prevail on the Benue State Government to extend the implementation of its Anti-Open Grazing law scheduled to take effect from Nov. 1, 2017. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Makurdi, the National Coordinator of ...

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GMOs: Ghanaian farmers express interest in biotechnology

Ghana OFAB

Members of the Association of National Best Farmers in Ghana have called for intensive education of farmers on agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in order to understand what the technology is about. They said that, as farmers, they were not against GMOs, but they needed accurate information to dispel speculations that have portrayed “this science as an evil ...

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Forest Preservation Bill will curb poaching, deforestation in Ogun – Lawmaker


A lawmaker in Ogun State on Thursday, October 26, 2017 assured that the passage of the Forest and Wildlife Preservation Bill would help curb the menace of poaching and deforestation of forest reserves in the state. Mr Adeyemi Harrison, Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, gave the assurance during the committee’s on-the-spot visit to Area J4 Forestry Plantation as ...

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GM cotton can revive textile industry, says food scientist


Head of Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ogugua Aworh, has appealed to the Federal Government to use the potential of bio-technology (bt.) cotton (or genetically modified cotton) to revive the country’s textile industry. Aworh made the call when he spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of the 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting of Nigerian Institute of ...

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