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50,000 Smallholder Farmers To Boost Dangote Rice Outgrowers Scheme

By Abdallah el-Kurebe About 50,000 smallholder farmers in Jigawa, Sokoto and Zamfara will benefit from the Dangote Outgrowers Scheme, which was launched in Goronyo, Goronyo local government of Sokoto state on Wednesday. President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote who disclosed this during the flag-off of the Scheme stated that to address the deficits of Nigeria's rice production, which gulps a whooping ...

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African Cassava Establishes 563 Trials in Nigeria, Tanzania

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has said that in the past year, it established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. A statement issued by the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert, Godwin Atser explained that the trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropi ...

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Saudi Arabia Restores Nigeria Pilgrims’ Quota

Nigeria pilgrims' quota of 95,000 has been restored following completion of expansion work at the Holy site of Makkah, Consul General, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim Alghamadi disclosed during a visit to Jigawa State. He also said   his office is always ready to serve Nigerians The Consul General who said this during a courtesy visit at Dutse government house also asserted that  he was in the state to strengthen the good ...

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Analysis: Sokoto’s 2017 Agric Allocation Supercedes Others

By Abayomi Fidelis With allocation of N14.6 billion to agriculture in the 2017 budget, Sokoto State has allocated more funds to the sector than all states in the federation, an analysis of this year’s budget estimates from across the country has shown. Sokoto’s 2017 allocation followed a pattern from last year when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal allocated over N14 billion to the sector. Being the mainstay o ...

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Work on Sokoto’s N250m fertiliser plant begins

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal speaking after he inspected progress of work at the new fertiliser plant under construction in Sokoto Construction work on a new N250m organic fertiliser plant has started in Sokoto. When completed, the factory will produce 15,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser annually while also providing jobs to over 20,000 persons. Inspecting the progress of work done so far at the site, Gove ...

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Don’t Pay Lip Service to Agriculture, IITA Boss Warns African Leaders

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Director General (DG) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga has warned that there are negative consequences if Africa continued to pay lip service to agriculture by failing to invest in the sector. Speaking during the 2016 Partnership for Development Week (P4D Week), which held in Ibadan, the DG observed that the neglect of agriculture ...

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GMOs: NBMA Equipped to Carry Out Risk Assessments – Minister

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Minister of Environment in Nigeria, Amina Mohammed has assured that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) was adequately equipped to carry out risk assessments on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which are currently under trial in the country. Mohammed, who gave the assurance at the just concluded Second National Conference of the National Biosafety Management Agenc ...

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‘Nigeria Could Face Famine By January’ -Presidency

The Presidency has warned that Nigeria, which is Africa's largest producer of cereals and grains risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market that is targeting the country's surplus production. Giving the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano on Monday, a spokesman of the President, Malam Garba Shehu told Pyramid radio that the "huge demand for our grains in the global ...

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How Accessible, Affordable Seeds Could Boost African Food Production

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The large multinational companies' quality and range of seeds, if available and affordable, could help boost yields." - TASAIndex "As the value of each seed increases, farmers look to get the most from it and protect that investment. This means planting earlier to hit that optimum window..." - Martin Faerber, Syngenta Seedcare Generally, seeds play important role in agriculture and foo ...

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Biosafety Regulation Assures Safety, Builds Confidence, Says NBMA Boss

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria's Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians. ‎He stated this at the 2nd National Biosafety Conference (NBC), which held in Abuja on November 10th‎. Accordin ...

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Senate Committee on Environment Pledges Support for Biosafety Agency

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Towards achieving her mandate, the Senate Committee on Environment has pledged its support for the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). A statement issued by the Agency's Head of Press, ‎Ovuakporie Efe‎ on Thursday disclosed that the Senate Committee's Co-Chairman, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi made the assurance during an oversight visit to the Agency. "NBMA should strive for perfe ...

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Dry Season Farming: Niger To Produce One Million Metric Tonnes Of Rice

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello said adequate provision has been made to enable Rice farmers in the state produce one million metric tonnes of rice by the end of this year's dry season. He said this just as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh disclosed federal government's plan to provide irrigation equipment to rice farmers in the state to enable them meet t ...

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