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Stakeholders to Brainstorm on Biosafety

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Second National Biosafety Conference in Nigeria takes place between 10th and 11th November,  2016 in Abuja. Organised by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in collaboration of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), the theme of this year's conference is Biosafety, Food Security and Economic Development in Nigeria. The National Biosafety Management ...

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Embrace Agriculture To Exit From Recession, Oil Expert Counsels Nigerians

By Ade Akinmola Agriculture holds the key to the exit of Nigeria from economic recession,Group Executive Director of NNPC , Dr Victor Adeniran has stated. Speaking as Chairman of the 27th Orin day ceremony in Orin Ekiti in Ekiti state at the weekend, Adeniran said the present downturn in the economy has drawn out the importance of Agriculture in the drive towards our economic revival. He said despite the fa ...

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Ganduje Disburses N1bn Interest-Free Loans To Kano Farmers

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday disbursed N1 billion interest-free loans under the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS), to 517 farmers associations, comprising about 4, 000 members in the state. Launching the scheme at the Government House in Kano, Dr. Ganduje explained that the fund was secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria, for promoting commercial agricultural enter ...

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Agriculture, The Way Out Of Nigeria’s Economic Problems, Ganduje Declares

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has described agriculture as a formidable way to make the nations’ economy bigger and resilient. The governor noted that with the current economic situation caused by falling price of oil globally, Nigeria must return to the drawing board and embrace agriculture for nation building. He made the remark while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Institute of F ...

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Nigerian Farmers Benefit From New Millet & Sorghum Initiative

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Phase II of Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity and Enhancement (HOPE)‎, an initiative intended to help farmers of millet and sorghum in Nigeria, is being implemented with new seeds varieties provided farmers in four states in the country. ‎The programme is being supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid ...

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FUTA Don Wants Weed Management Included In Agricultural Agenda

As the country begins to re-position agriculture in its bid to rejuvenate its economy, a University don has stressed the need to put in place an effective weed management strategy in order to maximize the yields from the sector. Professor Muphtha Adekunle Smith gave the advice while delivering the 78th Inaugural Lecture at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. The Lecturer who spoke on the topic: ‘Wh ...

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Agriculture As Joker For Ending Biting Recession, By Idowu Samuel

By a recent projection, Nigeria’s population by year 2050 would have massed up to 500 million. That could mean nothing less than a certificate of disaster for a nation that depends squarely on importation of food items to feed its people. Over the years, Nigeria has been lethargic on efforts and initiatives towards meeting its food demands locally. On the strength of its petrol-dollars, it felt too comforta ...

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Finding The Sweet Spot Of Africa’s Agriculture, By Maria Andrade

Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebrate our diversity—the rich variety that can be found in our many cultures, languages, fashions, flora and fauna. That’s why it’s perplexing to see such a large segment of the African population depending on a very small number of food crops, like maize, rice and wheat. And it’s more than just boring to the palate. It’s severely diminishing th ...

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NIRSAL Farm To Market Scheme: Historic Cattle Train Arrives Oko-Oba Lagos From Gusau

The fifteen (15) wagons carrying about 500 cows which left Gusau, Zamfara State on Thursday have arrived Oko-Oba, Lagos Saturday.The arrival was some hours ahead of schedule. Reacting to the development, the Managing Director, Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) described it as a pleasant surprise and a good omen for the innovative project of moving cattle from the north ...

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Argentina Collaborates With Nigeria on Biosafety Regulations

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Director-General (DG) of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba has assured that the Agency would collaborate with the Argentine government in its efforts to enhance Biosafety Regulations in Nigeria. The DG who gave the assurance when Argentina's Ambassador to Nigeria, Gustavo Dzugala paid courtesy visit on him in Abuja, disclosed that Nigeria was in the ...

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Thinking Beyond Sending Public Servant To Farm, By Kareem Abdulrasaq

The Nigeria government needs to be very realistic in a bid to diversifying the country economy. For the past 20 years the Nigeria government has been calling for economic diversification without success. There is need for practical and not abstract or uncertainty in the implementation of agricultural policy as a major alternative for oil as source of revenue. With the current instability in the oil wealth, ...

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Agric Biotech: Group Kicks Against Anti-GMO Campaigners

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Nigerian farmers under the aegis of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) have chided the anti-biotechnology campaigners in the country, especially Green Peace International, Friends of the Earth and others against their efforts to misinform Nigerian farmers ‎on the modern technology. At a stakeholders meeting held in Abuja last Friday, AFAN national vice president, Mr. Chris O ...

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