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Farmers, scientists advocate use of biotechnology to boost food production

agricultural biotechnology

Following the impact of COVID-19 and banditry activities in the country, agriculturalists and scientists have advocated the use of biotechnology to be deployed to scale up food production in the country. Agricultural biotechnology involves the use of genetic engineering, molecular markers, diagnostics, vaccines, and tissue culture, to modify living organisms Some of the experts made this known during a webinar ...

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Nigeria: Agriculture and nation building

rice-farming

For a country to be ideally independent, it must be self-sufficient. When a country has difficulty in producing what it consumes, then there is imbalance of trade and that will affect the per-capital income of the country. Rice farming If a country cannot achieve self-sufficiency in technology, resources, or other sectors due to environmental location and/or other factors, it should ...

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Study knocks AGRA, alleges its promises are untrue

Agnes Kalibata

A study that assessed activities of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) has issued the agricultural organisation a negative report card. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA Released on Monday, July 13, 2020, the study, titled: “False Promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa”, was published by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Africa and Germany), Biba (Kenya), Bread for the ...

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Innovation key to unlocking Africa’s agriculture potential

Dr. Denis Kyetere

Agriculture is the fulcrum of Africa’s economy, with growth-enabling roles that cut across all crucial sectors despite its seemingly dwindling share of the continent’s GDP. Dr. Denis Kyetere In the wake of sustained efforts to translate economic challenges into opportunities, the African farmer is at the core of it, and must continuously re engineer their approaches to contribute meaningfully to ...

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Lagos distributes maize, sorghum to 15 farm settlements to avert food scarcity

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government  has begun the distribution of maize and sorghum to no less than 15 feed millers, farm settlements and other stakeholders in the livestock industry in the state. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday, June 14, 2020 in Lagos said that the measures were to  ...

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Africa’s most vulnerable called to bear brunt of Covid-19

One of world’s harshest terrains for farming threatens to crumble under COVID-19.  West Africa’s farmer collectives, small businesses and other stakeholders in agriculture reveal their plight as rains approach and call out for support through logistics facilitation, digital extension, awareness creation and financial backstopping to prevent food, nutrition security and livelihoods going downhill. Securing farming communities through and after Covid-19 ...

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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

Desert locust swarm

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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AfDB supports Nigerian youths with dry season farming irrigation technologies

Ayuba Abimiku, a young rice farmer at Gidan Mai-Akuya community in Nasarawa State, North-central Nigeria, is excited. Nigerian youth farmers Ayuba is witnessing the operation of a pressured plastic-piped sprinkler for the first time. “This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time,” he enthused. “With ...

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Osinbajo inaugurates $1.5bn fertiliser plant in Port Harcourt

Indorama Fertiliser

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, inaugurated an imposing fertiliser plant, built by Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited at the cost of $1.5 billion. The Acting President used the opportunity to remind all Nigerians that time has come for them to grow whatever they eat and produce whatever they consume. ...

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Study links deaths in Bangladeshi children to agriculture chemicals

Bangladeshi children

Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of  acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that killed 13 children in a rural Bangladesh community in 2012, according to a new study published online on Monday, July 24, 2017 in the American Journal ...

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