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FADAMA cassava scheme gets $200m World Bank lifeline

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, has said the World Bank will support FADAMA III Project in the country with $200 million. Ogbeh made this known on Friday at the official launching of FADAMA III Additional Financing Cassava Intervention Project in Awa Iman in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Represented by Peter Ajibade, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry ...

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What the National Confab agreed to on biosafety, GMOs


During the 2014 Nigerian National Conference (Confab), three committees made recommendations with regard to handling of Biosafety in Nigeria and with particular reference to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). As at the time of the Confab the National Biosafety Management Act 2015 (simply known as Biosafety Act 2015) had not yet been enacted. The Confab committees that considered Biosafety matters were ...

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How drought worsens food insecurity in Southern Africa


An estimated 41 million people – 23 per cent – of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance. This is according to the latest Vulnerability Assessment Results released at the 10th SADC Meeting of Regional Vulnerability Assessment ...

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FUNAI plants trees, establishes Pioneer Garden

Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba

The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, on Wednesday, June 15 2016, launched a novelty by floating what they call Pioneer Garden. The Garden is meant to honour and immortalise staff and students who started the institution five years ago. The Garden is located in the east of the university, akin to the Biblical Garden of Eden that shares the same location. ...

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Nairobi forum seeks to better farmers’, families’ lives

Uhuru Kenyatta

Organisers of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2016 say the forum will advance policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families – 70% of the population Today, across Africa, big things are happening on the millions of small family farms that are the continent’s main source of food, employment, ...

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Niger Delta leaders laud agric ministers

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region on Thursday in Abuja showered praises on the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, for their understanding of the agricultural terrain and moving the sector forward. The leaders also praised the ministers for harnessing the good policies on the table, reducing dependency on food imports, ...

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No GM food grown in Nigeria, says government


Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). She said on Monday in a statement that, presently, no GMOs are officially grown in the country. “What we have approval are for field trials. All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields; the insect resistant cotton ...

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Biosafety law not compliant with UN biodiversity pact, says group

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act 2015 is not compliant with the Cartagena Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) has said. The Owerri, Imo state-based group made the submission against the backdrop of its opposition to the NBMA’s issuance of permits for the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the ...

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On Monsanto’s claims that GMOs are safe


We have read with interest Monsanto’s defence of NBMA in its response to Premium Time’s report highlighting NBMA’s surreptitious granting of permits to them to bring their GMOs and glyphosate into Nigeria. We restate here that Monsanto’s applications were approved without due diligence and that the law setting up NBMA is extremely flawed in that it gives individuals in the agency the latitude ...

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Weed control: 11,000 farmers for IITA’s on-farm trials


For the 2016 farming season, the Steering Committee of the Cassava Weed Management Project, which is managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-CWMP) has approved the establishment of 58 on-farm trials across Nigeria. The plan, accordingly to the decision that formed part of resolutions and recommendations of the 2016 Steering Committee meeting held in IITA, Ibadan 28-29 April ...

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