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Southwest governors to collaborate on security, agriculture


Governors of the Southwest on Monday resolved to collaborate to tackle security challenges and foster economic growth of the region through agro value chain. The resolution was passed at the end of the meeting of Southwest Governors’ Forum hosted by Governor Ayo Fayose in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti. The forum also agreed to adopt a uniform educational curriculum to boost educational system in the region.In attendance at the meeting were governors of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States: Akinwunmi Ambode, Abiola Ajimobi, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose respectively, while Governor Ibikule Amosun of Ogun, was represented by Yetunde Onanuga, his deputy.


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AGRA plans massive investment on agri-input services

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has mobilized local talents to provide technical analysis of the economic impact of policy and regulatory reforms for agri-inputs and services in Nigeria. Working in partnership with the organized private sector and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), AGRA is investing in streamlined processes to align public-private investments in the production and supply of certified seeds of improved varieties and hybrids.


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ACAI sets up 563 trials in Nigeria, Tanzania on cassava agronomy issues

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers.Researchers are hoping that the trials will resolve the puzzle around fertilizer recommendation, best planting practices, intercropping, and scheduled planting of cassava to ensure all year cultivation and harvesting of the root crop.


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GMO: Between regulator, promoter and the church


Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the recent past have continued to generate controversies and heated argument between the pro and anti-GMO as Nigeria is looking for possible ways of improving agriculture, thereby reducing hunger and achieving food security.While the promoters of GMO said it is time for the government to adopt the biotechnology following the continued food shortage in the country, the anti-GMO argued that there is enough land and improved seeds for the country to explore and improve agricultural productivity.



Expert warns on stringent loan conditions to farmers

consultant to the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) Farmers Association, Mr Kolapo Raji, has advise commercial banks who offer loan facilities to farmers to desist from attaching stringent contingents to the facility that makes it unrealistic or difficult to farmers to frustrate them from accessing the loans.Raji gave the charge while speaking with hundreds of farmers from the association from all the 33 local government areas of Oyo state who gathered recently at the Trade Fair complex, Samonda area, Ibadan.