Friday , September 20 2019

Youth, Women trained on ginger, mushroom production

In its effort to add value to mushroom and ginger production, the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), has organised a training for youths and women on Ginger and Mushroom Value Chains. The training which is aimed at harnessing the potentials of the commodities for sustainable livelihood and national economic development, …

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Stakeholders call for private sector driven livestock masterplan 

The Federal Government has been called urged to subject its draft masterplan on livestock value chain to stakeholders’ review and input while allowing the implementation to be private sector driven This was the conclusion of a policy roundtable with the theme “Developing Sustainable National Livestock Value Chains Master plan” organised …

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How gene editing can be used to cure cancer, sickle cell- Scientist 

A scientist, Dr Rose Gidado has said that with the advanced biotechnology which is called Gene Editing, some terminal disease like cancer, and sickle cell could be cured permanently without introducing foreign gene into the patient. Gene editing, or genome engineering, is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA …

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INTERVIEW: Nigerian farmers to get 50% yield increase with PBR Cowpea- Dr Kolo

Dr Issoufou Abdourrahman Kolo, the Regional Coordinator of the Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), in the interview speaks on the progress level of Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea commercialisation in Nigeria. He also talked on the ecomomic importance of the new Cowpea variety. What is happening now on PBR Cowpea? …

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How AATF cassava project increased yield to 30mt  per hectare in Nigeria- Dr Kolo

The Regional Coordinator of the Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Issoufou Abdourrahman Kolo has said that their ongoing cassava mechanization project has increased cassava yield from 8 tons per hectare to 30 tons per hectare in the south west.The South Western part of Nigeria which comprises of Oyo, Ogun, …

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OFAB Nigeria launch biotech, biosafety club in school, to strengthen awareness campaign 

The Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria chapter has taken its awareness on biotechnology to primary and secondary schools, where it formed biotechnology and biosafety club for students. The aim of this initiative is to educate the students on the importance of using technology to drive the agricultural sector, …

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INTERVIEW: Biotech can assist Nigerian farmers close 500,000mt deficit on Cowpea production- Dr Gidado 

What do you think are the challenges of cowpea production in Nigeria? The challenges of cowpea production in Nigeria are in many phases, in the area of productivity, the farmers have been experiencing very low productivity, their harvests are in Kilograms, and not even in metric tons. The low productivity …

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Cattle Breeders fault Nigeria’s apex bank plan to ban milk importation   

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have rejected the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to restrict Forex on milk importation. MACBAN said this move will be counter-productive and would undermine the efforts already put in place by the government to improve the livestock sub-sector …

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WFP, ADP, IITA train 300 Nigerian farmers on post-harvest practices

A training carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Yobe State, North East Nigeria, has improved methods of food storage after the harvest season. WFP, in collaboration with the Agricultural Development Project (ADP) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), trained 300 farmers on post-harvest …

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