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Ambode, Bello Strategize As Lagos, Niger Mull Partnership On Agriculture

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday kick-started discussions on partnership for the development of agricultural commodity value chain with Niger State aimed at ensuring food security and job creation for the two States and the country at large. The partnership, which is the second of its kind that the Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is entering, was said to be directed at consider ...

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Kano Pledges Support For Programmes To Improve Agriculture

Kano state Government will continue to create and support any programme and project that will improve Agriculture in the state. This assertion was made by the state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje during the opening ceremony of the National Business Summit /Exhibition organized by Daily Trust in Partnership with Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission today in Kano state. The governor who was represent ...

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FG to create ‘Special Force’ to Protect Agro-Investment

As part of measures to stave off further attacks on farmlands as well as reduce incidences of cattle-rustling in some parts of the country, the federal government has concluded arrangements to create a 'Special Force' within the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC to tackle the menace. Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) announced this in Abuja when he received a delegation fro ...

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Agric: We’re In A Hurry To See Projects Take Off- Buhari

Nigeria is in a hurry to see projects take off in the agricultural sector to enhance food security and create jobs for teeming unemployed youths. President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this Thursday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Ambassador Nasser Bourita, a Special Envoy of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. "For us in Nigeria, it is like starting all over again. There was a time we had so much money and t ...

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How to Turn Waste to Wealth in Agricultural Sector –FUTA Don

A University Don has advised Nigeria to take advantage of the many benefits of   agricultural by-products in its quest for wealth creation and sustainable development in all spheres of life. Professor Babatunde Ajayi of the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA stated this while delivering the 77th Inaugural Lecture of the institution. He said adequa ...

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How Smallholder Farmers Can Ensure Food Security in Africa (II)

By Abdallah el-Kurebe One of the Goals of Sustainable Development is to "End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture." Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa number around 33 million, representing 80% of all farms in the region, thereby contributing up to 90% of food production in some sub-Saharan African countries. These facts state the importanc ...

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I’m Going into Farming after Leaving Office -Gov Ahmed

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has said he is prepared to go into big time farming to contribute to the economic growth of the state and ensure food security. Governor Ahmed who said this during an interactive session with Civil Servants on levels 16 and 17 as well as Permanent Secretaries, emphasised the need for economic diversification of the state to mitigate the current national economic cha ...

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GMOs Not Officially Grown in Nigeria Yet – FG

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has said presently there is  no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) officially grown in Nigeria and therefore called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue. In a statement issued by the Minister on Monday in Abuja, she stated that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), established in 2015 under the Federal Ministry of Environmen ...

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Burkina Faso’s Leadership in Biotech Adoption Threatened as Nigeria Explores Bt Cotton Opportunities

  By Rose Gidado, PhD. In an interesting turn of events, Burkina Faso’s recent fiasco over Bt. cotton fibre length – and the decision by cotton companies to slow adoption while the issue is being resolved – is being interpreted differently in the region. Most francophone countries envy the tremendous success Burkina Faso has experienced. Yields and farmers’ incomes have risen, chemical use is down, and ...

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Better Packaging Will Enhance Export Of Agric Products – Osinbajo

Once Nigerian products are properly standardized and packaged , exporting agricultural items would become much easier as standardization will promote the acceptance of such products abroad, according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. According to him, “standardization is very important, we must get all the agencies such as the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Export Promotion Council and others ...

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IITA-CWMP Gets Approval For 58 on-farm Trials, Targets 11,000 Farmers Across Nigeria

By Abdallah el-Kurebe For the 2916 farming season, the Steering Committee of the Cassava Weed Management Project, which is managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-CWMP) has approved the establishment of 58 on-farm trials across Nigeria. The plan, accordingly to the decision that formed part of resolutions and recommendations of the 2016 Steering Committee meeting held in IITA, I ...

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I Can Solve Ebola Tomatoes Outbreak Locally – Dr. Animashaun

Mufutau Animashaun holds a Doctorate degree in horticulture with emphasis on Post-harvest pathology from Writtle College University of Essex in England. He is a consultant post-harvest horticulturist, and has been studying and teaching the preservation, disease control of fruits and vegetables, for 40 years. He is a one-time Lagos state Commissioner for Agricultural Coop and Rural Development during Buba Ma ...

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