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Vitamin A bio-fortification: Why Cassava was chosen

Vitamin A bio-fortification: Why Cassava was chosen

By Onche Odeh An expert in crop genetics, Dr. Paul Ilona, has given insight into why cassava had been chosen for bio-fortification with Vitamin A in Nigeria, highlighting the crop’s…

It’s back to farm for NAFDAC employees

By Hassan Zaggi Correspondent, Abuja In order to encourage its staff to have other source of income through faming activities, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)…

Zamfara heralds Nigeria’s journey to mechanisation of 4m farmlands  

Zamfara heralds Nigeria’s journey to mechanisation of 4m farmlands  

By Onche Odeh The journey that could lead to the mechanisation of four million farmlands across Nigeria has began with the launch, in Gusau, Zamfara State, of the first of…

Farmers, agro dealers’ candid assessment of GES

Farmers, agro dealers’ candid assessment of GES

By Apata Oyeniran Correspondent, Lagos It was a day of candid assessment of the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES), as farmers and their respective associations, input suppliers, agro dealers, government officials,…

Don’s defence of Biotechnology in agriculture

Don’s defence of Biotechnology in agriculture

By Onche Odeh Professor of Biotechnology at the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Efiom Ene-Obong, has taken a glaring stand in defence of biotechnology…

Adesina urges climate change considerations for farmers

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has called on the global leaders in agricultural research to ensure that the vulnerabilities of poor farmers are considered and the…

Nigeria’s agric sector still under-developed, corruption-ridden –Adamu

By Chibuzor Emejor Correspondent, Abuja Chairman, Board of Trustees of National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN), Abdullahi Adamu, has said the Nigeria’s agricultural sector is still grossly under-developed and corruption-ridden. Speaking…

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…

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