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Cassava Agronomy: ACAI Commences Trials in Nigeria, Tanzania

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Following a five-month progress report, the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) Project has established 137 limiting nutrient and 70 intercrop trials in a bid to crack the agronomy of cassava. A statement released by Godwin Atser, the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert disclosed that so far "20 limiting nutrient trials have been established in Nigeria and 117 in Tanzani ...

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Biosafety Management Agency Defies FG, Permits Deployment of GMOs In Nigeria

(Press Release) Despite the promise of the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril that “Nigeria would not mortgage the safety of its citizens by introducing unproven products into the country” and the concerted efforts by over 5 million Nigerians (made up of 100 groups comprising farmers, faith-based organizations, civil society groups, students and local farmers) to prevent the introduction of g ...

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Minister Seeks Swift Reform of River Basins, Water Sector

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, has charged members of the Steering Committee and Technical Sub-Committee of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to work assiduously to reform the river basins and the water sector to drive the agricultural sector towards the provision of food security, creation of jobs, diversification of the economy and development of the rural economy. ...

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Project Develops First Ever Rice Hybrids for Farmers in Africa

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships unit of the project, Nancy Muchri, the Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design Project, ...

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Democracy Day: Why We Are Focusing On Agriculture – Gov. Tambuwal

Emotional: Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal presents N500,000 to Hajiya Haina'u, wife of one of the victims of the 2015 hajj stampede from the state. 138 beneficiaries received the money from Sokoto government.   By Abdallah el-Kurebe As part of activities to mark Democracy Day, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Sunday distributed farm implements and other poverty eradication tools to far ...

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IITA, CWMP Train African Researchers on Weed Science

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Cassava Weed Management Project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is training African researchers on advances in weed science, drawing from the expertise of US and Nigerian researchers, thereby enlivening the legacies of Charles Darwin and making him proud. Launched in 2014, the Project, as part of its sustainability program, is building bridges across r ...

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In Picture: Atiku, Dogara, Ogbeh, Bello, others at Rico Gado Groundbreaking

(Photo: Hon Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, laying the foundation of Rico Gado Nutrition animal feeds plant and surrounded by from L-R: FCT Minister Alh. Musa Bello, former Vice President and founder Rico Gado Nutrition, Atiku Abubakar, Speaker  Yakubu Dogara, wife of the former Vice President, Prof Jamila Atiku Abubakar, and others at Idu Industrial Zone, Abuja on Saturday, 21-05-2016.) The grou ...

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Tambuwal:Why North-West Governors Met In Kaduna

Closer collaboration among all stakeholders and regional integration are key ingredients for the expansion and sustenance of agricultural activities in the North West geo-political zone of the country, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said. Speaking during a high level meeting of the governors of the region on agric action plan in Kaduna Sunday, Tambuwal said working together will ensure ac ...

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Sokoto Purchases N1.7bn Fertilisers, Announces Subsidy

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Sokoto state government plans to purchase 9,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers and 16,000 water pumps worth about N 1.7 billion. The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari made the disclosure in Sokoto on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting. According to Nagwari, the assorted fertilizers and water pumps will be distribut ...

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How Smallholder Farmer Can Ensure Food Security in Africa

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The issue of food security lies strongly in sustainable food production by the smallholder farmers who form the larger population in agricultural production. It is in general agreement that since the larger percentage of farmers in the African continent are smallholders and many of who live in the rural communities, policies in sustainable agricultural development should should be seem ...

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Buhari Presidency Has Clear Ideas On Agriculture,Diversification -Osinbajo

The Buhari presidency has a clear idea on how to execute its agricultural policy to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, and diversify the economy in the process, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Speaking today at a meeting in his office with a delegation of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, and the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, alongside Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagu ...

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Saraki Applauds Senate’s Intervention in Agriculture, Pushes for Formalisation of the Sector

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Wednesday  applauded the Senate’s passage of 2nd reading of A Bill for an Act to establish the National Agricultural Credit Fund to Promote Commercial Agriculture in Nigeria.’ Saraki, in a statement on his social media pages, commended the effort by the Senate to establish the credit fund, saying that once established, the Agricultural Credit Fund would addr ...

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