Monthly Archives: August 2017

New varieties of rice to be introduced to farmers soon

By James Kariuki August 29, 2017 Kenya is looking at introducing 15 high-yielding, locally developed rice varieties that, once commercialised, could drastically reduce the country’s import requirements. The move could save the nation billions of shillings in foreign exchange. It … Continue reading

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How cassava mechanisation is sparking industrial revolution in Ogun State, Nigeria

By Collins Nnabuife August 29, 2017 Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with the production capacity of approximately 45 million tonnes which is almost 19 per cent of the total cassava production in the world.  Cassava, … Continue reading

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Building Nigeria’s agribusiness through smallholder farmers: The AATF initiative

By Abdallah el-Kurebe August 29, 2017 “By 2030, the size of the food and agribusiness in Africa will reach $1 trillion. So, if you are thinking of how to make money, that’s the sector to be in.” – Akinwumi Adesina, … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso farmers still yearn for Bt Cotton

By Suleiman Okoth August 28, 2017 In my journey to understand the intricacies of Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso, I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr Francois Traore through a translator in his modest residence about 10 kilometres from … Continue reading

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Drought-tolerant, pest resistant maize variety promises higher yields

By GERALD ANDAE August 27, 2017 Scientists have unveiled a new drought-tolerant and pest- resistant maize variety, raising prospects for higher yields. The Mon 87460/Mon 810 variety, which has been undergoing tests in confined fields, can withstand harsh climatic conditions … Continue reading

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Enhancing commercial cassava production

By Daniel Essiet August 25, 2017   Cassava is used for many things: Food, feed, ethanol and other industrial uses. Besides, it has a lot of derivatives. It is, particularly, valuable for rural small-holder farmers, breweries, pharmaceuticals, distilleries and ethanol-producing … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Cassava Farming Declining in Katsina

By Aliyu Kwaifa August 25, 2017 Cassava famers in Katsina State is on the decline, Daily Trust’s investigation has revealed. This is coming just as the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has said although Nigeria is the highest grower of … Continue reading

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OFAB Ghana Meets Select Committees of Parliament

OFAB Ghana, August 2017 A four-member OFAB Ghana delegation on Wednesday August 2 2017, met with ranking members of Select Committees of parliament to push for the passage of the Plant Breeders Rights Bill (PBR) which has been in Parliament … Continue reading

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Nigeria spends N160 billion annually on ethanol importation, industrialist

By Charles Coffie Gyamfi, Abeokuta August 22, 2017 The Director of Allied Atlantic Distilleries Limited (AADL), Igbesa, Ogun State, the largest cassava based ethanol producing company in Africa, Mr. Rajavelu Rajasekar yesterday disclosed that Nigeria spends N160billion annually to import … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Oyo, Ogun cassava farmers adopt mechanisation through CAMAP project

By Nigerian Tribune August 22, 2017 Farm mechanisation is one aspect of agriculture which has made agriculture easy, profitable and attractive to Nigerian farmers, especially the youths. The conventional ways of farming which are manual, have not yielded much result … Continue reading

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