By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja Groups on the platform of the HOMEF have called for the repeal of the Repeal of the National Biosafety Management Agency Act 2015. They also called for the revocation of Monsanto’s GMO permits as well as the protection of the nation’s food and environment. The call was contained in a statement jointly signed by HOMEF Director Nnimmo Bassey Convener of Nigerians against GMOs, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Food Sovereignty Programme, Friends of the Earth Nigeria/Africa Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje and the African Health Magazine Dr. Ifeyinwa Aniebo. According to the group “Besides the lack of elegance in the drafting of the law, some provisions do not make sense at all and in some places, references are made to incorrect sections or to nonexistent sections. “In our objections to the applications by Monsanto and NABDA, we raised serious concerns that would have led to the rejection of the unwarranted applications if they had...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The federal government is set to revive the School of Agriculture in Rivers state in order to put into good use the naturally endowed land and water resources as well as train the youths in the south-south region in agricultural production. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu  Ogbeh disclosed this when he paid  a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Rivers state, Barrister Nyesom Wike  on the sideline of the 42nd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development held from 24-26th April,2017 Ogbeh said a lot of agricultural potentials are inherent in Rivers state which requires supports of governments for them to be fully developed, saying that the School of Agriculture in Rivers state would be revived in partnership with the state government. He said “we think that we should revive the School of Agriculture and provide the place...
Mrs Chi Tola, the Founder, Mushroom Development Foundation (MDF) Nigeria, on Tuesday in Lagos said that a well-cultured Oyster mushroom could adequately replace maize in fish feed production. Tola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that fish feed was a major constraint to aquaculture development, hence, the need for alternatives for sustainability. She said that researches conducted showed that graded levels of oyster mushroom of between 0 to 100 per cent of Cultured Dried Whole Mushroom (DCM) supported growth of fingerling, O.niloticus. “Fish feed is a major constraint to aquaculture development in developing countries like Nigeria, where maize is the main carbohydrate energy source in fish diets. “This is due to its overuse in livestock feeds and human consumption, which makes it relatively expensive and scarce; hence, the need for alternatives for sustainability. “Oyster mushroom and Pleurotus ostreatus are edible fungus widely cultured for its ease of cultivation, nutritional and medicinal qualities. “Now, we...
Nigeria and other West African nations have been losing a whooping N2 trillion annually to the pillage of African fishing grounds by Asian and European countries. This rip-off will continue unless concrete steps are taken to halt the trend, LEADERSHIP Sunday investigations have uncovered. According to the Africa Progress Report launched by the former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Annan in London, billions of US dollars a year are being plundered from West Africa yearly through illegal fishing, which is also prolonging poverty in Africa, the world’s poorest continent. He estimated that the losses from fishing fleets flouting international conventions were costing West Africa at least $1.3 billion a year. West Africa suffers proportionally more from illegal fishing than any other region of the world especially from European trawlers that remain the primary foreign presence. In recent times, however, fleets from China, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea and Taiwan have also expanded. They are involved...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina The Federal Government is to implement 93.55 million US dollar (about N28.6 billion) loan and grants for farmers under International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and state governments financing for seven northern states, the National Programme Coordinator of IFAD-CASP, Muhammad Lawal Idah, has said. Idah, who made this known yesterday at a media sensitization meeting in Katsina, said IFAD would make available $70 million loan, which is 74.8 per cent of the total cost of the Climate Change Adaption and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) in the Savannah Belt of Nigeria. He also revealed that IFAD would give $0.48 million which is 0.5 per cent of the total programme cost as grant while ASAP grant accounts for $15 million, about 16 per cent of the total programme cost. He said the programme is scheduled to be operated in 104 local government areas in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno and Yobe...