President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has flagged-off free vaccination for domestic animals across his Yobe North Senatorial District. The ceremony, which held in his native home, Gajama, along Gashua-Yusfari road, was witnessed by traditional rulers, state government officials, lawmakers, party leaders and representatives of various Fulani groups.
No fewer than 21,300 livestock will be vaccinated against contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBP) and pests des petits ruminants (PPR) in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa under the 2019 Animal Vaccination Programme. Kabiru Haruna, the Head of Department of Agriculture in the area, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Guri on Monday.
Farmers in Katsina State have expressed concern over the early rainfall experienced recently in some parts of the state. There are fears this will have a damaging effect on tomato especially. Early rainfall is said to generate heat which destroys the tomato plant; it also occasions the early evolution of pests especially tuta absoluta which damages the fruit.
After nearly a decade of research by its own scientists, Nigeria has approved its first genetically modified (GM) food crop — pest-resistant cowpea. The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) decision to allow the environmental release of GM cowpea affirms the crop’s safety. It also paves the way for commercializing GM cowpea and making the seeds available to farmers.
Fresh crisis looms in Nigeria’s maize production as armyworms attacks the country’s local maize farmlands as local demand for the commodity sparks rise in importation by 100 per cent from the 2017 figure as two new vessels has berthed with 25,200 tons of the produce in Lagos and Calabar ports. Eagle Star has just discharged 13,200 tons at Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL), Lagos Port, while MV Eternity C offloaded 12,000 tons at Calabar Port.
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