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Ogun, FUNAAB to regenerate forest reserves


Ogun State Government has said that it will partner with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) to regenerate its forest reserves, revitalise forestry activities and mitigate the impact of climate change in the state. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing the stakeholders at a forum tagged: “Deforestation for ...

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Ogun seeks support for reforestation project


The Ogun State Government says it has requested for technical support and grant-in-aid from the Federal Government to further boost its reforestation programmes in its nine Forest Reserves. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure while speaking at a meeting with the Executive Director, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) in Ibadan, Oyo State. The Commissioner, through his ...

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Illegal logging thriving worldwide, warns report

Paolo Cerutti

A new report has indicated that one-third of tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation. The significant number stems from an increase of timber traded on domestic markets, which are less regulated and strict than international, export-oriented markets. More than 40 renowned scientists from around the world, including scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), produced the ...

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What would it be like to live without beans?


Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), imagine what a world without beans would be like. PABRA, a network of researchers from 30 countries in Africa, supports national bean programmes and other members to enhance delivery of improved beans for Africa I, like millions of others in Africa, can’t imagine what it would be like to live without beans. Venture ...

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Rice farmers urged to embrace Benue borrowers’ scheme


Benue farmers have been urged to key into the Federal Government funded Anchor Borrowers Programme in order to close the deficit gap in rice production in the country. This call was made on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Makurdi, Benue State during the International Fund for Agricultural Development-Value Chain Development Programme (IFAD-VCDP) Borrowers Training Programme by the Lead Consultant, Rural ...

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Why farmers should utilise organic fertilisers, by technologist

organic fertilisers

Against the backdrop of the widespread use of chemical manure, the Nigerian government has been urged to promote the use of organic fertilisers to produce healthy foods for local consumption and export, as well as check environmental degradation. An agricultural technologist, Gregory Ohiaeri, made the call recently while taking journalists on a tour of an organic fertiliser manufacturing facility at ...

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Ogun counts gains of forestry activities’ automation


The Ogun State Government may have begun to reap benefits accruing from the automation of its forest operations. There are indications that the development is translating into increased revenue for the authorities. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta, the state capital, while speaking with newsmen after a training programme organised by the Ministry for ...

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NAS’ endorsement of GMOs: Matters arising


A month ago, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) declared that genetically modified foods (GMOs) are safe for consumption. As a molecular geneticist myself, I was very excited to see the methods by which the apparent most foremost authority on science in Nigeria used to come to this conclusion. I looked forward to reading about the animal trials they carried ...

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Ogun earmarks N50m to revive timber sector


To provide job opportunities for its teeming youth as well as increase its revenue base, the Ogun State Government has concluded plans to resuscitate the moribund Gateway Timber Industry Limited (GATIL) in the coming year. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made this known recently while defending the 2017 budget of the Ministry at the House of Assembly at Oke-Mosan, ...

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Construction of N250m Sokoto fertiliser plant begins

Aminu Tambuwal

Construction of a N250 million organic fertiliser plant that will produce 15,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser annually as well as provide over 20,000 jobs has begun in Sokoto State. Inspecting the progress of work done so far at the site, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said 100 percent of the raw materials to be used in the production of the fertiliser ...

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