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Edwin is an agriculture enthusiast who believes in the potency of agriculture in driving economic growth in developing countries. He also believes in the use of biotechnology to advance agriculture in order to fight hunger and poverty. Edwin believes in the power of the media to bridge the gap between policy makers, sector actors and the farmers, especially those in the rural areas.

Nigerian released BT cowpea, BT cotton undergoing performance trial ahead 2020 commercialization

As Nigerian farmers await the commercial release of the two genetically modified crops, BT cotton and BT cowpea, there is an ongoing National Performance trial for the crops in over 10 locations across the country, including farmers field. This trial is part of the requirements of the National Varietal Release …

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Over 4m Nigerians expected to be in crisis through December 2019- FAO

  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) disclosed that over 4 million Nigerians are expected to be in crisis or worse through December 2019. The FAO Representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma who made this known while presenting Cadre Harmonisѐ (CH) in Abuja, explained that it has been a regional …

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FEPSAN targets expansion of fertilizer, insurance package to 3.9 million farmers  

The Fertilizer Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has engaged over 60 stakeholders in the agricultural sector at a workshop on Tuesday in Abuja to discuss the potential of adding Area Yield Index Insurance as part of their offering to farmers. The potential partnership, which would bundle insurance with up to …

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Nigerian government gives farmers 50% discount on equipment purchase 

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri has reassured farmers of Federal Government’s resolve to support and also make farming equipment accessible to them in other to achieve food sufficiency and economic growth in Nigeria. The Minister gave this assurance when he visited the Livestock …

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IITA unveils digital tools for agricultural transformation

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Friday unveiled a suite digital tools that are helping in transforming farming, improving yield and livelihoods of farmers. The digital tools include the cassava, Goseed and yam seed trackers; Akilimo, IITA Herbicide Calculator, e-commerce site and IITA News App. Dr Nteranya Sanginga, …

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How we turned N1.5m investment in agric to N2bn in 2 years- NFGCS Coordinator

The National Coordinator Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) Mr Retson Tedheke has said they were able to grow a N1.5 million investment in agriculture to N2 billion in two years following the commitment of cooperative members and support from the Federal Government. Tedheke who was a former Niger …

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Genome Editing: Nigerian biosafety agency train staff on regulation 

By Edwin Nwanojuo The National Biosafety Management in conjunction with the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) has commenced a series of trainings to properly equip Biosafety Regulators on how best to regulate the emerging technology – genome editing. Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, while speaking …

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Technology necessary to curb food crisis in Africa- AATF

Dr Issoufou Kollo Abdourhamane, Regional Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), has encouraged African countries to embrace technologies capable of solving the food crisis confronting the continent. Dr Abdourhamane, in a keynote address at the 4th edition of the South West Agroecological Biosafety Awareness workshop hosted by the Ife Biotechnological …

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Stakeholders meet to dissect Nigeria’s agricultural policies

  Nigeria’s agricultural policies are in focus as stakeholders gather for the forthcoming 21st Annual Lecture of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI). ARMTI said in a statement that the forum, billed for Thursday in Ilorin, Kwara, would see participants brainstorming on emerging challenges in implementation of the …

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