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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.

TAAT to add food worth $2.8bn to Africa through deploying technologies 

The Technologies for African Agricultural transformation (TAAT) is targeting to add 120 million metric tons in Africa’s food production, valued at $1.5 billion to $2.8 billion. The TAAT Coordinator at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Jonas Chianu disclosed this during a presentation at the 6th African Association of Agricultural Economists …

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NBMA receives application to introduce GM Maize that resists Armyworm 

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said it has received application from the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) Zaria to commence the Confined Field Trial (CFT) of Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA). WEMA is a Public Private Partnership that started since 2008, to develop and deploy royalty-free, African …

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INTERVIEW: How AATF’s technology is improving Nigeria’s agriculture- Marechera

George Marechera the Business Development Manager for African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), speaks on the deployment of technologies by the Foundation to improve agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Our reporter brings excerpts. Can you tell us about AATF’s contribution to agricultural revolution in Africa especially in Nigeria? AATF as  international  organization …

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Forex restriction on starch: Processor call for total ban of starch importation

Following the recent forex restriction on importation of starch, ethanol, syrup and other raw materials from cassava by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a starch processor, Goke Adeyemi have called on the government to completely ban starch importation in order to encourage local processors. Just recently, the CBN Governor, …

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INTERVIEW: We are deploying technologies to improve agric sector- TAAT

  In this Interview with Agro News Updates, the Program Coordinator of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Dr Chrysantus Akem, highlighted some of the activities of TAAT to improve agricultural productivity in Africa. Our reporter brings excerpts. What is the progress so far in deploying agricultural technologies in Africa? …

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Nigeria to revive moribund textile industry- Agric Minister

Federal Government has reinstated its commitment towards revitalizing the Cotton, Garment and Textile industry aimed to create more employment and also grow the Nigerian economy. The Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono disclosed this when he received in audience the Nigeria – Vietnam Chambers of Commerce …

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Stakeholder faults Northern Governors’ adoption of NLTP

A stakeholder in the agricultural sector, Ihechukwu Chima said the recent adoption of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), by Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) led by its Chairman and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, in place Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) policy is a step taken in the wrong direction. Chima while speaking with …

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