Agriculture

Reviving Agricultural Potentials in Africa

Written by Shamsiyya Haruna   Africa has abundant uncultivated arable land, roughly over half the global total tropical climates that permit long growing seasons, and an expanding population that provides a readily available market for produce consumption.   Though African farmers who deploy old traditional tools for farming may look poor and dirty in appearance, the venture still remains a ...

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Scientists urge action to save chocolate from climate change

Academics have warned that the cacao plant used to make chocolate could entirely disappear by 2050 due to climate change. Half of the world’s chocolate is currently sourced from just two African countries: Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and changes in the amount of rain and sunshine could make growing the plant in these regions unsustainable. The plant can only survive ...

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Imported GM maize deported due to lack of authorization 

    The Director General/ CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba has said the imported GM maize that was impounded at Apapa Wharf was repatriated back to its country of origin as the importers failed to comply with the NBMA 2015 act.   Dr. Ebegba stated this while addressing a press conference noting that, the Agency, after ...

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Community’s hopes

The residents of Sabuwar Gandu Community in Kumbotso local government area of Kano metropolis are appealing for urgent intervention over the worsening state of their roads and lack of proper drainages to channel water ways in the community. Residents of the community who lamented total neglect of relevant government agencies despite several complains about the situation , complained that Sabuwar ...

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Reviving the once lost cocoa farming in Ghana

Like kola nut and palm oil, Cocoa farming is among the major cash crops cultivated in Ghana and it makes Ghana agricultural sector a leading sector that has improves the country’s gross domestic income over the year. Cocoa bean is the dried and fully fermented fatty bean of theobroma cacao that’s the cocoa tree, from which chocolates vinegar, alcohol cream, ...

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Overcoming the burden of maruca pest

    Cowpea is regarded as the most important food grain legume in the dry savannas of tropical Africa, where it is been grown on more than 12.5million hectares of land The traditional cowpea seeds planted by most African farmers suffer the effects of maruca pod borer which destroys the fruitful yield of the common farmer is now a fairy ...

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More Researches more carelessness

                  Nigeria with highest population in Africa, has most of its people depend on agriculture as their means of livelihood, especially those from northern part of the country where there is vast arable land conducive for rice production. Nevertheless, the country imports most of its rice from Thailand, Brazil. India and United ...

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GMO: safe for consumption

The world over, research is taking place in the field of agriculture where scientists are looking to see into the significance and safety of genetically modified food for human consumption. The case is not too different in Nigeria. According to findings so far, genetically modified plants are produced for human consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. Such plants are ...

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One Bill too Long Drawn Out

According to the agenda of the present administration headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, the bid to transform the economy with agriculture at the forefront is necessary, stating the need to ensure reform in terms of crops, institutional reforms, and international donor support from the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The administration’s objective is equally driven to filter corruption in fertilizer distribution ...

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The Knee Jerk

Recently a number of journalists from northern Nigeria converged at the research institute in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, to monitor how the bio-tech research institute operates in the quest to ensure the availability of food production and meeting up with the transformation agenda in terms of serving the need of common man in Nigeria. It is obvious that Nigeria is ...

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