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Yero Launches School Agriculture Programme

By Lola Idahosa, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has flagged off the national school agriculture program aimed at training students on rudiments of farming right from the schools. Speaking during the flag off ceremony held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Thursday, the Governor expressed the need to practically engage students in various agricultural practices in line with government target ...

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How Biotech Can Guarantee Improved Yields

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The introduction of biotechnology in agriculture is globally met with opponents' criticisms of genetically-modified (GM) crops. They argue that the crops do not increase more yields than non-GM crops. However, the proponents of such crops see it otherwise. They posit that biotechnology guarantees improved yields. But how? In agriculture, desirable crop characteristics are known as trai ...

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Nigeria, Two Other Countries Lead In Research Funding

By Abdallah el-Kurebe A report released on Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has that although public research spending across the Sub-Saharan Africa has grown by more than 30 percent in real terms, from $1.2 billion in 2000 to $1.7 billion in 2011, African states should double agriculture research spending. It said that of this new growth in research funding, Nigeria, So ...

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Groups Train West African Farmers On Tackling Threats To Cocoa Crops

By Abdallah el-Kurebe A joint training program aimed at boosting cocoa productivity and led by CropLife Africa Middle East and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has trained more than 32,000 cocoa farmers in West Africa to reducing the impact of pests and plant diseases on their cocoa crop. A statement jointly issued by CropLife International and World Cocoa Foundation said the program trains selected farmers ...

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Kenya Setting Pace Exploring Pollination To Boost Africa’s Food Production

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Scientists explain pollination as a means of transferring pollen from the anther of a plant to the stigma. Insects that carry out the task of this transfer are the pollinators. Apart from their roles of producing honey and beeswax, bees are known for their role in pollination and there are nearly 20,000 known species in seven to nine recognized families. Kenya is taking a lead in resea ...

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FUTA Students Unveil New Face of Agriculture

The  move   to give agriculture a new lease of life got a fillip recently when a sizable number of students as well as senior academic staff of the school of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) trooped out to sign the banner of the Face of Agriculture with the inscription “I believe in Agriculture, I study and will practice Agriculture asa career, “A ...

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Monsanto Faults Testbiotech on INTACTA Soybean

By Abdallah el-Kurebe with Agency reports Monsanto, one of the world's leading seed companies has debunked a claim by Testbiotech, a social-media outfit run by a former member of the Greenpeace, which alleges that Monsanto has warned on negative effects of growing its soybean variety, INTACTA. In a press release, Testbiotech claims that Monsanto, in collaboration with Brazilian scientists had discovered tha ...

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FUTA, Spanish Varsity ,Four African Universities Collaborate On Food Security

The Federal University of Technology, Akure, the University of Alicante, Spain and four Universities in Africa have commenced collaboration on a Capacity for Food Research Project. The European Union Sponsored Project titled, “Integrated Soil Fertility Management for Food Security: Matching Capacities in Anglophone West African Nations with local needs” is aimed at fostering capacity building and regional i ...

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FUTA’s F AMU Class Of 2014 Departs For USA

The collaboration between the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, FAMU, Tallahassee, USA was given further fillip recently with the departure of eight students for the United States of America to complete their undergraduate programmes. The students form the second batch to benefit from the collaboration between FUTA and FAMU under the 4+1+1 ...

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Of GM Crops, Safety and Ignorance ,By Abdallah el-Kurebe

“Victims live by excuses and ultimately die by them” “Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, remain controversial, but like so many other politically hot topics, the controversy is more cultural than scientific,” - Dr. Steven Novella, a Senior Fellow and Director of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) Science-Based Medicine project. “The genetic modification of crop plants is the defining featur ...

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Our Role In Boosting Resilience Of Smallholder Farmers Globally- Dupont Pioneer

(Photo Credit:Ms Lystra Antoine-Photo credit: article.wn.com) By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Director of Agriculture for Dupont Pioneer, Ms Lystra Antoine has explained the role that the seed company as a private sector is playing, is boosting the resilience of smallholder farmers, especially in the developing world. She said that the ways in which the company was contributing to the food and nutrition security ...

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GM Not Riskier Than Conventional Technologies ,Says Food Safety Boss

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI), Alan Reilly has said that conclusions from researches conducted on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have indicated that GM technology was not riskier than conventional technology. The comments contained in FSAI’s newsletter, questioned where food safety concerns in regard to genetic modification is still justified. H ...

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