Thursday , November 14 2019

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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Embrace biotechnology to boost productivity- Nigerian Minister tells farmers

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has called on Nigerian farmers to embrace the application of modern agricultural biotechnology in a bid to aid the country in its pursuit for food security. Nanono, who made the call at the 2019 Seed Fair organised by National Agricultural …

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17 countries meet in Abuja over free movement of seeds across borders

Representatives from 17 Countries are meeting in the Federal Capital Territory  (FCT) to seek free movement of seeds across the borders within the region. Tribune also learnt that the meeting would also assess and evaluate the progress made by member countries in implementing harmonized regulations on Seed production and trade. …

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Nigerian biosafety agency begins drafting of guidelines on genome editing regulation

The Nigerian National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)  has begun drafting of guidelines for the proper regulation of genome editing in Nigeria. The Director General/CEO, NBMA Dr. Rufus Ebegba, while speaking at the guideline drafting workshop in Abuja, said there is the need to have proper guidelines for regulation of genome …

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Nigeria Hosts the Global Plant Quarantine Community

The global plant quarantine community is set to converge on Abuja to discuss critical issues and challenges of plant health, food quality and food security. In a statement released today in Abuja, the Head of Media, Communication and Strategies, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Chigozie Nwodo, announced that senior …

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Assist Africa cut $50bn food import bill, invest in agric- Obasanjo charges DR Congo

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to invest in agriculture and particularly cassava, soybean, cowpea and plantain to help Africa cut down annual food imports that is estimated at $50billion. Obasanjo spoke during the official inauguration of the International Institute of …

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Nigerian farmers commend new GM beans performance on the field 

Nigerian beans farmers have commended the performance of new beans variety, Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea (beans) over its outstanding performance on the field over the old varieties the planted in the past. The farmers who spoke during a nationwide demonstration trial of the new beans variety, said they could …

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