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Breather for Makurdi agric varsity seed centre

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria) will collaborate with the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, to resuscitate of the moribund pioneer seed centre at the…

BoI’s CAP-Fund to enhance indigenous technologies

By Onche Odeh The Cottage Agro Processing (CAP) Fund of the Bank of Industry (BoI) will be used as a platform to enhance food processing technologies designed and produced in…

Vitamin A Cassava features in new Nollywood movies

Nigeria’s Nollywood got four unusual additions to its array of productions last week Wednesday, with the premiere of movies in that number that promote improved diets and health, including the…

Nigeria’s e-wallet system gets additional $150m W’Bank support

Nigeria’s e-wallet system gets additional $150m W’Bank support

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja The World Bank says it has scaled up the funding support to Nigeria’s electronic wallet system to $150 million for the implementation of the second phase…

Figure of world’s hungry people declines by 100m

The number of hungry people across the globe declined by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92. However, about 805 million…

Moringa is FAO’s traditional crop of the month

Description Moringa is a genus of shrubs and trees with multi-purpose uses: its leaves, roots and immature pods are consumed as a vegetable. There are 13 species of Moringa, of…

New wheat varieties for commercialisation in December

The Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) in Maiduguri has said it will release two new wheat varieties that can yield six tonnes of wheat per hectare in December. Executive Director…

Nigeria, Kenya enter key agribusiness partnership

The Nigeria-Kenya agribusiness partnership, as disclosed by officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, prior to the departure of the Nigerian team, led by some key members…

Excitement in Ogun over NERICA rice harvest

Members of Eggua community in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State are excited about the successful harvest of the NERICA 8 rice variety in their community, and have…

Private sector to drive new rice, cassava mills

By Onche Odeh  THE 10 integrated rice mills and six cassava processing mills approved for establishment by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are to be largely private sector driven, Minister…

Nigeria to douse effect of Ebola on food security

Nigeria to douse effect of Ebola on food security

By Onche Odeh  Prediction by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations (FAO) that certain measures to contain the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa could…

…Vegetables now big money earner in Nigeria

Previously underutilised indigenous vegetables, such as local celery, eggplant, and amaranth are proving to be preferred sources of high quality nutrition in Nigerian, giving the growers major economic leap, as…

Adesina makes case for agric subsidies

Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, has risen in defence of subsidies for farmers in Africa, arguing that they deserve the same kind of support given to their peers in…

Nigerian engineers, experts move to halt cassava weeds devastation

Efforts to control weeds in cassava farms received a boost with Nigerian engineers joining forces with experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to seek sustainable solutions to…

IITA ponders agricultural solution to insurgency in Nigeria

IITA ponders agricultural solution to insurgency in Nigeria

By Onche Odeh The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Youth Agripreneurs (IITA Youth Agripreneurs) has taken a step towards its planeed use of agriculture to tame restiveness in northeastern Nigeria.…

Prosperous tobacco farmer stories a myth –ERA/FoEN

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has alerted African governments on the need to be wary of exaggerated tobacco industry gains of farmers. This is coming ahead…

Maize, wheat force decline in food prices  

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index released this month has shown a sustained decrease in food prices across the globe for a fourth consecutive month in July.…

‘Nigeria primed to make $263b from agric’

‘Nigeria primed to make $263b from agric’

By Onche Odeh Nigeria’s agricultural sector has made improvements on various fronts that can help raise both the volume and value of the country’s gross earnings from both local and…

Enter Nigeria’s 10.1m Euro research vessel

By Onche Odeh Nigeria has acquired a 10.1 million Euro research vessel for the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, which the Federal Government has said would help boost…

Foreign firms almost ran Nigerians out of fish business –Igbe

Foreign firms almost ran Nigerians out of fish business –Igbe

By Onche Odeh Nigerians in fish business are currently having a jolly ride, as they are gradually inching to take advantage of the local market in a business dominated by…

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