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Nigeria Has No Reason To Import Rice, Says Attajiri

By Abdallah el-Kurebe A rice milling firm has debuted in Sokoto with the managing director of the company, Alhaji Nura Attajiri saying that Nigeria was blessed with fertile land capable of producing all types of crops, including rice and therefore had no reason to import rice. Attajiri said this during the inauguration of the N30 million mill, which has the capacity of milling 1,250 kilograms of rice per ho ...

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Nigerian Fish Importers At War With Minister Over Pro-Asian Import Allocation

Even before the row over the importation of rice could die down, a fresh war appears to be brewing between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the indigenous fish importers in the country. Again, at the centre of this fresh crisis, is the Minister, Dr  Akinwunmi Adesina. The crisis, our reporter gathered, has to do with an alleged favoritism in the issuance of import   license to f ...

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Buhari Lobbies For Adesina As ADB President

General Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect of Nigeria, has requested the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support  the candidacy of Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as the next president of the African Development Bank (ADB). General Buhari has communicated his backing of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy to the Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who is the current chairperson of the ECOWAS. In a s ...

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Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law, Joins League of Biotechnology Countries

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Nigeria has finally joined the league of biotechnology countries with the signing the National Biosafety Agency Bill into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday. The Law seeks to domesticate modern biotechnology used by advanced countries as cutting-edge technology to boost economic development. A statement signed by the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of National Biotec ...

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Arusha Hosts Post-Durban Dialogue On Climate Change , Agriculture

By Abdallah el-Kurebe A three-day Post-Durban Dialogue on climate change and agriculture, aimed at examining the outcome of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 17) held in Durban in November-December 2011, has opened in Arusha, Tanzania. Jointly organized by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); the East African Community, (EAC) ...

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Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil between March 16th and 20th 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project. This meeting was meant to enable  African countries learn about and improve on their food security st ...

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No Side Effects From GM Crops in Brazil, Says Farmer

By Abdallah el-Kurebe LONDRINA, Parana State, Brazil (March 15th 2015) – Jose Quirino Gouveid De Moraes, Brazilian farmer and owner of Fazenda Tangara Farms has said that he has never heard about cases of side effects resulting from the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Brazil of the 35 years he has been a farmer. De Moraes spoke with journalists, soybean farmers, regulators, breeders and policymake ...

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Between Nigerian Farmers, Biosafety Bill And Goodluck Jonathan

By Abdallah el-Kurebe There is a big issue between Nigerian farmers and President Goodluck Jonathan. The issue is that of Biosafety Bill, which is a regulatory framework for the application of biotechnology in the country; it is an issue about which Jonathan stands to gain if he ensures the Bill becomes law before elections in March. The Bill is a much sought for legal framework that was harmonized on March ...

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Wada Commissions New Equipment To Boost Agriculture

Kogi State Government has restated its commitment to the development of agriculture in the state.Governor Idris Wada stated this while commissioning new set of agricultural equipment in Lokoja the state capital. Governor Wada who said the new equipment is part of efforts to sustain the development of agriculture in the state noted that the procurement of the equipment would not only increase the pace of mec ...

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Nigeria’ s Dwindling Oil Revenue : The Case For BT Cotton

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Oil is described as 'Black Gold' while Cotton is ‘White Gold’. While Nigeria is blessed with both, the former is threatening the nation's economic strength while there are glittering economic opportunities in the later. From a population of 4.4 billion people in 1980, the world’s  dwindling economy is being further threatened with a population explosion of 7.1 billion, presently. More ...

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Agroforestry: African Agric Ministers Need To Own Orphan Crops

By Abdallah el-Kurebe As the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) graduates the first batch of plant breeders, at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has suggested that there is the need for the Ministers of Agriculture in Africa to own orphan crops. Speaking at the end of a six weeks training of 21 scientists ...

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Yuletide: Prices Of Food Items Rise In Bauchi

Bwrat Audu, Bauchi Prices  of food items in various markets in Bauchi state have been hiked as the Christmas and New Year celebrations draw nearer. A market survey conducted by our correspondent shows that the prices of  grain, rice, beverages, perishables and wines have gone up. While at the Wunti, Muda Lawal and central market it was  revealed that a bag of rice is now sold for between N10, 000  and  N11, ...

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