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Cross River threatens to sanction indebted cocoa lease allottees

Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Government has directed beneficiaries of 2016-2019 cocoa lease allocation who are yet to pay their lease fees to clear such debts before June 21, 2019 to avoid possible sanctions. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State Dr Oscar Ofuka, acting Chairman, Cross River State Cocoa Board, gave the directive via a statement made available to newsmen ...

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AGRA commits $2m to Nigeria’s seed sector

Hybrid seeds

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says it will be committing about $2 million to fund the production of quality early generation seeds for farmers across the country. Hybrid seeds Mr Kehinde Makinde, Country Manager, AGRA, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at a meeting organised by the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) in collaboration ...

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AFF marks anniversary with tree planting craftsmanship in Karura forest

10th Anniversary of AFF

 With 10 years of active interest in tree conservation and sustainable forest management, members of the African Forest Forum (AFF) demonstrated their experience in hands-on plants-man-ship at a tree planting spree to boost the Karura forest in Nairobi. Planting of trees and at celebrations marking 10th Anniversary of AFF The tree planting exercise as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations according to the chair of AFF governing councils was testament to the ...

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Buhari told to reject bill incorporating extreme biotechnology in biosafety law

Nnimmo Bassey

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), the GMO-Free Nigeria Alliance and over 40 non-governmental organisations representing millions of Nigerians have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to not sign into law, the recently passed Bill for an Act to amend the National Biosafety Management Agency Act, 2015 to enlarge the scope of the application and include definitions of other evolving aspects ...

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How middlemen undermine Nigeria’s food security programme

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Some stakeholders have decried activities of middlemen in the agricultural production, saying they are undermining the efforts of the Federal Government in the food value chain aimed at achieving food security. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) National Survey on “the Excesses of Middlemen in the Food Value Chain in Nigeria’’ ...

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New Forest Management Policy Guidelines underway

Ibukun Odusote

The Federal Government is working on new National Forest Management Policy Guidelines that would promote equitable management of the nation’s forest in such a manner that the harvest of timber and non-timber products does not have any adverse effects on the forest’s biodiversity, productivity and ecological process. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environmet, Mrs Ibukun Odusote Permanent Secretary in the ...

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Africa’s certified forest least in the world, study reveals

Nigeria REDD+

The total area of forest certified in Africa is less compared to other regions of the world, a study that was released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 reveals. Forest certified in Africa is the least compared to other regions of the world. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey The study that was initiated in 2017 found out that 7,684,980 hectares ...

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AU to launch Africa’s forestry management framework in 2020

Almami Dampha

Africa’s sustainable forestry management framework will be launched in early 2020 to guide the continent in sustainable exploitation of forest resources, an AU official disclosed on Monday, May 20, 2019. Almami Dampha, Senior Policy Officer at AU Commission Almami Dampha, Senior Policy Officer at AU Commission, said that the framework had been developed to help countries meet the AU Agenda ...

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ECOWAS biosafety regulations to boost agricultural productivity, economic growth

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

The Federal Government has said that the ECOWAS biosafety regulations would facilitate the adoption of safe and useful modern biological processes to boost agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and economic growth in the region. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Minister of Environment, Mr Suleiman Zarma, made this known at the ministers’ meeting on the Validation of the Preliminary Draft ...

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Govt, UNDP, GEF commit $58m to Nigeria’s food security

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in collaboration with the Federal Government have set aside $58 million to Integrated Approach Programme for Food Security (IAP-FS) project in Nigeria. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, the National Coordinator, National Programme Management Unit (NPMU), made this known during a one-day Food ...

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