Friday , November 22 2019

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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Nigeria can generate N10bn annually from coconut subsector

The National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NACOPPMAN), has said that the country has the potential for generating over N10 Billion annually from farmers and agro- business entrepreneurs through the coconut subsector. President of the Association, Mrs Nma Okoroji who disclosed while speaking with journalists said, the …

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INTERVIEW: Africa may be losing 20 million MT of maize annually to Armyworm- Dr Oikeh

African Agricultural technology Foundation (AATF) Project Manager TELA Maize Project, Dr. Sylvester Oikeh in this interview at the National Agricultural Extension Research Liason Services (NAERLS), Zaria, Nigeria, opens up on dangers of the Fall Armyworm pest to especially maize crop, successes recorded in curtailing it in other countries and why …

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Stakeholders react to President Buhari’s Independence Day speech on agric

Stakeholders react to President Buhari’s Independence Day speech on agric   Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have expressed mixed feelings following the President Muhammadu Buhari comment on agriculture during his Independence Day speech. In his Independence Day speech, President Buhari said “our journey to food security and self-sufficiency is well …

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