As reported by Business Day ,Nigeria’s ability to control the high rate of toxins found in its foods largely depends on farmers education and their adherence to good agricultural practices, experts say.
According to Isaac Ogara, a lecturer in the department of Agronomy, Nasarawa State University said that mycotoxins and other toxins content found in crops can be drastically reduced by mainstreaming control strategies in the country’s farming systems along the various value chains.
“Farmers need to have
awareness that there are deadly chemical substances that occur naturally
without their knowing. One of the strategies through which farmers can
protect their crops from these toxins is to harvest their crops early.
Harvesting early helps to reduce the incidence of mycotoxins
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cassava
Weed Management Project (CWMP) in Ibadan has trained 70 agro-dealers in
Oyo state on how to control cassava weeds.
According to Voice of Nigeria ,the training was organised by African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) with facilitation support from KingsApple, an Ibadan-based agri-business consultant company.
Speaking on the event titled: ‘Scaling six steps to cassava weed management toolkit through agro-dealers,’ at IITA, the ACAI Country Manager, Dr. Christene Kreye, said the training would be beneficial to participants.
Kreye noted that the training was on how to control weeds on cassava
farms using an integrated approach that combined the use of safe and
environmentally-friendly herbicides with good ag
Prof. Michael Uguru, a lecturer in the Department of Crop Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has warned farmers in Nsukka and its environs not to begin cultivation with the early rains in the year via Voice of Nigeria
Uguru gave the warning saying that it is a threat risk for any farmer to go into cultivation for the new farming season without having a water reservoir in his farm.
“Farmers should not start planting
crops because of Monday night rain unless the farmer has stored water in
tanks in his farm to water crops if it did not rain very soon.
Without water, planted crops may roast in the ground or have stunted growth because of heat,’’ the don said.
urged farmers, who did not store water to use the period of the early
rain in clearing the bush and do oth
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos Chapter, has
promised that local rice in 50 kg, 25kg, and 10 kg measures would soon
be available to consumers in commercial quantities all year round. That
was according to Mr. Femi Oke, AFAN Lagos chapter Chairman.
urged consumers of local rice to be patient with the local farmers and
millers for local rice not having saturated the market to displace
The chairman said that rice farmers will soon have
breakthrough in providing rice paddy to millers in the country, adding
that rice millers are ready to produce polish rice but are facing some
He added that with the expected World Bank financial
support for rice farmers at five per cent interest rate, the farmers
hoped to increase their pla...
According to Voice of Nigeria a Pig geneticist at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, Dr. Olufunke Oluwole says pig rearing can be a money spinning business for farmers if properly developed.
Oluwole, a Senior Research Fellow who said this in Ibadan, noted that the industry could benefit the Nigerian government.
to her, pig is one of the most prolific domestic animals as it can
produce between four to 18 piglets compared to one or two in cattle,
sheep and goat.
Oluwole noted that the major problem of pig
rearing is the detection of estrus or heat as most farmers are not
familiar with their pigs and don’t notice when infected with estrus.
listed signs of estrus to include redness and swelling of vulva, vagina
The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approved the commercial release of genetically modified, pest-resistant cowpea to farmers in Nigeria according to ThisDay Live.
This places the country on the path to
becoming the first country ever to cultivate biotech cowpea. This
development adds a new crop to the global biotech basket from Africa.
approval allows the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) to
commercially release Pod Borer-Resistant Cowpea (PBR Cowpea)-event
AAT709A, genetically improved to resist Maruca vitrata. This permit is
valid until the end of 2022.
Principal Scientist in Plant
Biotechnology at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),
Leena Tripathi, expressed delight stating, “This is indeed good news
for IITA and N
According to Premium Times Newspaper, a poultry farmer named Mr Malik Mumuni, has advised poultry farmers to invest more in procuring less costly feeds to make their birds affordable.
Mr Mumuni said local poultry farms can yield more returns in their businesses if they can explore more affordable alternative means of procuring quality feeds for their birds.
The Chief Executive
Officer of Malykon Farm Limited gave the advice in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
He stressed the
need for poultry farms to always consider the viability of farming
grains for feed production or purchase grains at cheaper rates from
“A cheaper source where you can get affordable
grains is usually the northern part of the country beca
The Leadership Newspaper Nigeria has it that the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum, NZHF, is attracting more collaborations especially from international organizations which have shown concern about impending food shortages in critical areas of the country.
According to the Newspaper , that recently, a delegation from the United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, was in Nigeria with a special visitation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture to strengthen existing collaboration and synergize ways to improve and sustain the livelihoods of people in the priority states benefiting from the NZHF.
NZHF is chaired by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The three-member team led by Myrta Kaulard, WFP country director,
accompanied by Akeem Ajibo
Geoinformatics application in agriculture and resilience .
ICARDA Cairo, Egypt. defined Geospatial technologies as a term used to describe the range of modern tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies. Especially in the last decade, these technologies have evolved into a network of national security, scientific, and commercially operated satellites complemented by powerful desktop GIS. High quality hardware and data is now available to new audiences such as universities, corporations, and non-governmental organizations. The fields and sectors deploying these technologies are currently growing at a rapid pace, informing decision makers on topics such as industrial engineering, biodiversity conservation, forest fire suppression, ...
According to Punch Newspaper, as of November 19, 2018, the total amount released by the Central Bank of Nigeria under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme from inception to the participating banks for disbursement stood at N596.44bn for 576 projects.
Figures obtained from the CBN on Monday revealed that of the total number of projects, 34 were in respect of state governments.
revealed that a total of N852.15m was guaranteed to 5,454 farmers under
the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme in the fourth quarter of 2018.
amount represented a decrease of 40.1 per cent and 5.9 per cent below
the levels in the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of
2017, it added.
Sub-sectoral analysis showed that food crops got
the largest share, amounting to N369...
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