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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…

Weeds most challenging constraint to cassava farming –Young farmers

Young farmers have identified devastations by weeds as the most challenging constraint that could hurt yields from cassava farming. They disclosed this during an interactive discussion with members of the…

Food safety: Environmentalist raises doubts on Nigeria’s draft biosafety law

Food safety: Environmentalist raises doubts on Nigeria’s draft biosafety law

By Onche Odeh Proponents of Genetic Modification (GM) of food, which thrives on biotechnology, have said that it has the cure for Africa’s agricultural and food problems, although they also…

Osun resolve for agric revolution

By Gbenga Faturoti Correspondent, Osogbo Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has stated the resolve of his government to evoke unprecedented agricultural programmes that would transform Osun into a veritable bread-basket, while…

Ogun to train farmers on new cassava varieties

Farmers in Ogun State are to be trained specially on methods of farming new cassava varieties, as they received stems from the cassava preparatory to the next planting season of…

Osun O-REAP: Aregbesola’s move to ensure food security

Osun O-REAP: Aregbesola’s move to ensure food security

By Gbenga Faturoti Correspondent, Osogbo The current economic status of the State of Osun under the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been on the high pedestal through the agricultural policies…

Nasarawa community launches Nigeria on path to rice self-sufficiency  

Nasarawa community launches Nigeria on path to rice self-sufficiency  

By Onche Odeh Somewhere in Rukubi village of Doma Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, sits an integrated rice farms and a mill with the capacity to process 105,000 metric tonnes…

Nigeria gets three more pro-vitamin A cassava varieties

Three newly improved vitamin A cassava varieties with yellow roots have been released by the Nigerian government, stepping up efforts to tackle the problem of vitamin A deficiency especially among…

‘Only 5% of Nigerian farmers access agric insurance’

‘Only 5% of Nigerian farmers access agric insurance’

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja Managing Director of Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC), Bode Opadokun, said only five per cent of Nigerian farmers have access to agricultural insurance. In an…

…National crop insurance for farmers due in 2015 –Adesina

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said that the Federal Government would launch national crop insurance for farmers by 2015. Adesina, who disclosed this in Abuja…

Biotechnology: NABDA boss laments information mismanagement

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, has decried the poor management of information biotechnology that has labeled the science in the negative.…

Prolonged use of fertilisers hurting Nigerian soils

Prolonged use of fertilisers hurting Nigerian soils

By Onche Odeh Fears are rife that the continuous use of inorganic fertilisers may be killing the quality of soils across parts of Nigeria. This is as experts have said…

S’Africa must take some agric lessons from Nigeria –Meyer

By Onche Odeh That Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s largest economy has attracted phenomenal attention with accolades to the country. However, head, Africa business, global commodity finance, at…

S’South cooperation links Nigeria, China, FAO

The impact of a major initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for food security has successfully led to an impactful linkage between agriculturists in…

Bumper harvest: Kebbi to mop up excess paddy rice from farmers

Bumper harvest: Kebbi to mop up excess paddy rice from farmers

By Onche Odeh Kebbi State government has undertaken to buy about 10,000 metric tons of rice paddy from its farmers across the state. This decision, as disclosed by the state’s…

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