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Nigeria can be agricultural power house in Africa — Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President African Development Bank (AfDB) says Nigeria has all it takes to be “a power house in food and agriculture” on the African continent. Adesina, who said this on the sidelines of the Banks’s Annual Meeting in Malabo, expressed delight that the country had introduced a lot of agricultural initiatives to […]

Ghana considers new rules to enhance its GMO regime

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo Ghana’s parliament is considering new regulations that will help facilitate its safe adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The rules, which would ensure the safety of GMO foods and further refine regulatory procedures, received the endorsement of renowned physician Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who is also Ghana’s Minister for Environment, Science, […]

Agriculture insight: the impact of African swine fever

David Whitten & Janus Handerson A major dislocation has recently occurred in global protein markets in the form of a rapidly spreading disease called African Swine Fever (ASF). The China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) confirmed its first ASF outbreak in Liaoning Province on 3 August 2018 and since then 130 ASF outbreaks have been […]

Trials underway for saltwater rice strains

China has planted about 300 new strains of saltwater-tolerant rice on 670 hectares of experimental alkali fields in search of resilient, high-yield varieties that can grow on previously unproductive land. Qualified varieties will then be promoted for commercial cultivation nationwide, covering about one-fifth of the 100 million hectares of saltwater soil that is believed to […]

Agric tops Ortom’s discussion with Ambassador of Belarus

The Republic of Belarus has promised to support Benue State in expanding the state’s agriculture value chain programmes. Belarus Ambassador to Nigeria, Vyacheslav Bril made the pledge today when he met with Governor Samuel Ortom in Abuja. Mr Bril said his country had decided to collaborate with states such as Benue which have high potential […]