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RMRDC Supports BT Cotton Production in Nigeria

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has joined a league of other GMO advocates to support the production of genetically modified, also known as Bt Cotton in Nigeria. In a letter to the Country Representative of Monsanto, a global seed company, signed by the Director General of the Council, Dr. Hussaini Ibrahim stated that it was concerned with the current dwindli ...

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Sokoto River Basin, Labana Farms Partner To Sensitise On Large Scale Rice Farming

By Abdallah el-Kurebe As the Federal Government Anchor Borrowers programme on rice farming in Kebbi State progresses, the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority (SRRBDA) and Labana Farms have began joint mobilization of farmers for large scale rice farming in the State. The partnership is aimed at mobilizing individual rice farmers and cooperate organizations to support the utilization of 15,000 hect ...

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FG Wants Speedy Completion Of Mambilla Power Project – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari pledged Wednesday in Beijing that his administration will honour all agreements concluded between Nigeria and China under previous administrations to ensure the speedy completion of outstanding joint projects, including the 4,000 megawatts Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power Project. Speaking at a meeting with Mr Li Keqiang, the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of Ch ...

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GM Crops: African Farmers Planted 3.5m HA in 2015 – ISAAA

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has said that during the last year, African farmers planted a total of 3.5 million hectares of Biotech/GM Crops. This was also during the 20th year of global GM crops commercialization. The Director of the Afri-Center of ISAAA, Dr. Margaret Karembu who presented Africa's report during the launch of the 2 ...

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El-Rufai Lays Foundation Of N30b ‘Largest West Africa Poultry’

By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday laid the foundation of N30b largest integrated in west Africa for animal feed mill, poultry breeding farms and hatchery established  by Olam group in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state. In his speech, the CEO of Olam’s group for Africa, Mr Venkataramani Srivathsan, said, “This is the latest investment by Olam g ...

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Incoherent Policies Are Biggest Challenges for African Regional Agriculture, Says Coulibaly

Abidjan, April 5, 2016 - The vice president of the West African Network of Farmers Organisations (ROPPA), Ibrahima Coulibaly has lamented against African governments’ alleged incoherent policies In an exclusive interview with Newsdiaryonline during the ongoing FAO Regional Conference for Africa in Abidjan, Cote de I'Voire, Coulibaly said that although everything is a challenge for a smallholder farmer in Af ...

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FAO, Ministers, Experts Brainstorm on African Agric-food Systems

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Abidjan, Cote de I’Voire – April 4, 2016: As Fifty-four African ministers of Agriculture and various stakeholders are gathered in Abidjan, capital of Cote de I’Voire, for the 29th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO’s) Regional Conference for Africa to take stock of the progress made so far in the area of improving the continent's food and nutrition security. Institutions, regional ...

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Abia Governor Boycotts Eating Foreign Rice

In a replay of the days of anti-colonial struggle when the mantra was “boycot the boycottables” , the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has boycotted  eating of foreign rice. In the last six months, Governor  Ikpeazu has taken  foreign rice out from his menu and  said the reason is to  demonstrate that Nigeria,  with her rich agricultural potentials,  has the capacity for self-sufficiency in food pro ...

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NTMA Throws Its Weight Behind Bt Cotton Release for Nigerian Farmers

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialization of genetically modified Bt Cotton, which is known to be resistant against pests for Nigerian farmers. A position paper signed by the Acting Director General of the Association, Hamma Kwajaffa noted that while the Nigerian  textile industry was a strategic ...

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Bureau de Change Operators Kick Against Rice Ban

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Chairman of the Bureau De Change Operators Association in Sokoto state, Aliyu Yar Abba has criticised government's ban on rice importation to Nigeria through land borders, appealing at the same time that the federal government lifts the ban in the meantime. Reacting to the development in Sokoto on Monday, Yar Abba observed that although the policy was a good one, "It is ill-timed. It s ...

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Agri-Food Systems: UNFAO Holds Regional Conference for Africa

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) will hold its 29th session of the Regional Conference for Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which has a theme: "Transforming African Agri-food Systems for Inclusive Growth and a Shared Prosperity", is billed to hold at Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, from 4th to 8th April, 2016. According to a statement by FAO, among those exp ...

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Nigeria’s Economic Diversification: The Role of Biotechnology in Agriculture

By Abdallah el-Kurebe ‎ "Agriculture must cease from being treated as development programme; agriculture must be treated as business. Our goal will be to pursue government supported private sector agriculture value chain to make agriculture more productive, efficient and competitive." -President Buhari Most of those engaged in agriculture are the old people who are no longer strong enough to produce enough ...

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