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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Post COVID-19 survey: Mental health bigger than climate change - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The latest international survey has revealed thaT young people view mental health as a bigger generational challenge than climate change as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on younger generations, according to new data.
The Purpose Pulse found nearly three quarters (70%) of Millennials and Gen Z think mental health is a challenge, second only to COVID-19 (76%). Economic inequality (66%), climate change (65%), and job security (65%) are also viewed as a concern by solid majorities of young people. Yet, despite the preoccupation with the pandemic and mental health, there are still high expectations for COP26 this year, with nearly three fifths (58%) hopeful it will lead to a positive outcome.

Greenpeace reacts to UN plastic findings - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a scathing report about plastic and environmental inequality, which shows how countries within the global south are being force-fed plastic pollution by wealthy countries, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, exposes the truth about how the plastic industry is capitalising on “false solutions” such as recycling when, in fact, single-use plastic waste is more likely being shipped off to developing countries than being recycled. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Nutrition, environment tops Nestle agenda for journalists - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Nestle Nigeria Plc has reaffirmed commitment to training of Lagos journalists especially those on nutrition, climate and environment beats, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The pledge was made during a courtesy visit by Executive members of the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Tuesday to the corporate headquarters of the company in Lagos.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Predator Energy drink controversy: NBC insist on contesting case against Rite Foods - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, has declared it would vigorously contest the case against Rite Foods, reports NaijaAgroNet.

A press statement from NBC, a member of Coca-Cola Hellenic Group made available to 
NaijaAgroNet, the company said it would contest legally, the controversy over the copyright issue on Predator Energy drink.

Monday, March 22, 2021

AUDA-NEPAD’s pandemic resilience accelerator gets first cohort - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Pandemic Resilience Accelerator for African Health-Related Businesses was founded by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), a pan-African institution at the forefront of policy harmonization, in partnership with JICA, the official development assistance agency of the Government of Japan, and with support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.

The initiative aims to accelerate African home-grown solutions that are improving pandemic resilience. It provides hands-on, tailored acceleration support to growth and mature stage African health-related businesses that are improving healthcare capacity or reducing reliance on external medical supply chains.

The accelerator is launching as a pilot in the East African Community, following a call for applications in December 2020. Five companies have been selected from a highly competitive applicant pool and after a rigorous assessment process.

Access Afya Inc.: Provider of low cost, primary health care to people living in informal settlements & remote areas of Kenya. 

Africa Healthcare Network: Provider of affordable high-quality renal care services to typically underserved areas / secondary cities of Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda.

Damu Sasa Systems Limited: Cloud-based end-to-end blood services information management system to increase and manage blood supply in Kenya.
Mobile Scan Solutions Uganda: Developer of low-cost hand-held ultrasound units to diagnose pregnancy complications in low resource settings in Uganda.
Revital Healthcare (EPZ) Limited: Manufacturer of over 40 types of medical devices in Kenya which are distributed to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi & 12 other countries.

These five home-grown companies contribute meaningfully to pandemic resilience, both in the immediate COVID-19 crisis and in their longer term strengthening of healthcare capacity and local supply chains. They constitute the inaugural cohort for this accelerator and will receive support over the six-month pilot programme.

Based on the outcomes of the pilot programme in the East African Community, the accelerator aims to expand to other parts of Africa later this year, with the ultimate goal of improving our continent's ability to respond to future outbreaks through home-grown solutions.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that organizations interested in joining the accelerator network as well as engaging with these exemplary companies by serving as advisors or providing direct support, or qualifying African home-grown solutions, can contact them via George Murumba, the accelerator project lead via GeorgeM@nepad.org and pandemicresilience.africa@gmail.com.

Friday, March 19, 2021

US Consulate General, IVLP partner Ekiti on recycling project - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to transit from the “make-use-dispose” orientation of materials utilization to an industrial ecosystem where wastes can be recycled, reused, recovered and re-purposed for other uses.
Dr Fayemi, who stated this at the launch the Ekiti State Recycling Project tagged “Sodotin dowo” (waste to wealth), said the initiative was aimed at changing the perception of Ekiti people towards wastes disposal.

Prime Foods unveil first vitamin table water - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

In line with its vision for a healthier and happier world, the Prime Foods and Beverages Nigeria Ltd, an indigenous manufacturer of healthy drinks on Thursday launched its premium quality Omnia Vitamin table water brand, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The product which is made from demineralized water infused with natural fruit extracts, vitamin and minerals, comes in four variants- Blackcurrant, Pineapple, Orange and Apple variants, and it is the first indigenously produced vitamin water in the country.

The new product which industry observers believe may reshape the non-alcoholic beverage market in Nigeria as it offers health-conscious consumers, non-alcoholic water beverages, provides the body with the necessary daily vitamins.

Speaking at the formal launch in Lagos, General Manager of Prime Foods, Alexis Odenigbo, Omnia Vitamin water contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to health.

She said the new product is part of Prime Foods and Beverages Ltd commitment to ensure that Nigerians get the very best quality and natural products that are not only healthy and safe for consumption, but also enhance consumers overall wellness.

“Omnia Vitamin Water is a low calorie drink that actually satisfies thirst, unlike other carbonated drinks. Each variant has a blend of vitamins and fruit extracts to deliver refreshing and naturally tasting hydration. There is no limit to the number of bottles that can be consumed by an individual because it contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to health.”

Earlier in her remark, a public health physician, Dr. Olajumoke Akinsanya, said most of the people do not know about the quality of water they are drinking, and have no knowledge about it.

“We tend to just turn on the tap and fill in our glasses. But do you know how much water we have to drink every day or are the water you are drinking safe enough for you. What if you drink the water and then become contaminated with it. It is important to know everything about the water you are drinking so that you do not fall sick and in your own home.

“Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that our body needs to work properly. Most of us get all the vitamins and minerals we need by eating a healthy balanced diet. Omnia Vitamin Water contains our daily requirements of vitamins,” she said.

According to the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Dipo Isaacs, Omnia Vitamin Water, is manufactured under a conducive environment, in compliance with very stringent processes and procedures that conform to Good Manufacturing Practices with State-of-the-art equipment and machineries.

“The company is committed to offering purely natural, safe, and healthier products in order to help people break free from the usage or consumption of toxic and harmful body care or Food products. The new Omnia vitamin water,” he said.

He said the product is now available in all parts of the country.

Pix: (From Left to Right) Mr. Dipo Isaacs, Consultant Director Marketing & Sales, Dr. Jumoke Akisanya, Health Consultant, Alexis Odenigbo, General Manager, Ofure Ibhakhomu, CEO LifeCard Investment Ltd and Barr Akintoye Sogunle, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Ogoni cleanup: Group calls for restructuring of HYPREP - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Federal Government of Nigeria recently inaugurated a new Governing Council and Board of Trustees for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), just as
 the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria had surmised from majority of Ogonis and reports of its team of monitors around the project areas that HYPREP was not working with optimal capacity. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

PASA records largest repatriation of trafficked monkeys - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.) sanctuary (www.JackSanctuary.org), after months of coordinated international effort, welcomed 20 monkeys to their new home. 
The monkeys, all native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, were confiscated in September 2020, disrupting a wildlife trafficking operation running between the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R. Congo) and South Africa. This is a historical event and is the first such operation in Africa, where the animals were repatriated back to their native origins.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Water crisis: Africa needs $35bn yearly - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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USD 35-billion per year is needed to tackle Africa’s water crisis; South African firm Khato Civils announces African expansion and calls for AfCFTA to be the catalyst to build Africa’s water infrastructure.

It is expected to increase levels of intra-Africa trade by over 50 per cent by 2030.

Ogoni cleanup: Eze applauds Buhari, others for bringing lifesaving water - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The determination of the Buhari-led APC federal government in ensuring the success of the implementation of the UN Environment report on Ogoni has continued to attract resounding applauses and commendations from analysts and critical stakeholders in the fields of politics and the environment.

The $1billion (USD) implementation which is hinged on a 2011 detailed report from the environmental assessment of sites polluted by oil exploration activities in Ogoni land since the discovery of oil in the 1950s, conducted and released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was launched in June 2016 by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on behalf of President Mohammadu Buhari, after several years of neglect by the previous administration steered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and allies.

IWD2021: CS-SUNN celebrates women - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) on Monday join the world in celebration of 2021 International Women’s Day which is marked each year on 8 March, reports 
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The International Women’s Day gives the opportunity to celebrate women and their many achievements.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

NLTP, ranching & how to resolve farmer-herder clashes says Osinbajo - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Task of building a society desired by all Nigerians is exerting and requires the contribution of all Nigerians as the challenge for everyone is “to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away,” according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo made the call at the opening session of an International Conference on Patriotism, Security, Governance and National Development.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Sewage coverage: €109m grant for Egypt - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The African Development Bank Group has signed financing agreements of €109 million with the Government of Egypt to improve sanitation infrastructure and services for rural communities in Luxor Governorate in Egypt’s Upper Nile region.
The financing consists of a €108 million loan from the Bank, and a grant of €1 million from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) – an Africa-wide initiative hosted by the African Development Bank.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

FG, CBN offer 200,000 tonnes of paddyrice for sale - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Federal Government (FG) 
has commenced the sale of about 200,000 metric tonnes of paddy rice to 18 Nigerian millers, reports NaijaAgroNet

The sale being coordinated through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) came to the fore in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday as the bank marked the fifth year of ABP.
Speaking at the occasion, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed some gains of the programme over the last five years.

“Just as we have given the money to farmers for the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, we will be disbursing the paddy aggregation loans to those millers.

“This is in order to use the loan to pay the farmers so that the farmers can repay their loans,” Emefiele said.

He said that the CBN had financed 2,923,937 small holder farmers cultivating 3,647,643 hectares of land across 21 commodities through about 33 participating financial institutions in the country.

Emefiele said the experience of 2015 to date had led to significant improvement in the execution of the programme.

He said that the bank had added several layers of control to improve on transparency and accountability among stakeholders.

“Today is a demonstration of the growth that had been attained in the agricultural sphere.

“It is important to note that, we are still far from attaining perfection but the emerging result from the programme reaffirms our belief in the potentials inherent in our agricultural sector.

“Farming will become a profitable venture in Nigeria as all farmers, because of the guaranteed off-take of their produce, are smiling to the banks.

“Under the 2020 wet season CBN and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) partnership, we financed 221,450 farmers for the cultivation of 221,450 hectares in 32 states of the country.

“Repayment of loan is crucial to the sustainability of the programme.

“In support of the growth recorded in this drive to attain self – sufficiency in food production and to moderate prices of agricultural commodities, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the resuscitation of Nigeria’s commodity exchange.

“And the CBN in partnership with other stakeholders, will be committing at least, N50 billion to this initiative,” Emefiele explained.

He expressed the bank’s commitment to finance one million hectares of rice farms in the present dry season farming with the plan of exploring two cycles of production with the season.

In his remarks, Gov. Atiku Bagudu expressed optimism that the farmers would take the country out of her tough economic challenges.

Bagudu commended President Buhari for his magnanimous support to all states in the country to ensure that economic activities were kept functional.

The President of Benin Republic, Mr Patrice Talon was represented by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aurelie Agbenonci at the occasion.

Talon said that a team of about four ministers was in the state to witness the celebration of successes by the state in particular and the country at large.

“We have seen it all and we are going to establish a partnership in milling and produce rice together to feed the whole West African sub- region,” he said.

Earlier, the National President of RIFAN Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, commended President Buhari for his commitment to food security and visionary ideas for the initiation of the programme five years ago.

Those in attendance at the event included the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

Pix: Emefiele and other dignitaries pose with bags of rice in Kebbi to mark the 5th anniversary of the ABP.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Gas production: Digitalization offers high RoI to Mozambique - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The benefits of digital investment in the oil and gas sector are multifold: increased productivity, cost savings and improved performance all tend to follow investments in big data, the ‘Internet of Things’, artificial intelligence and other digital technologies. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Pacific Island countries, territories unite for enhanced renewables ambition - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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In a year of critical action on climate mitigation and adaptation, Pacific Island governments have reinforced their commitment to energy transition action and strengthened sustainable energy goals within updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom in November, reports NaijaAgroNet.

At a meeting of high-level policy and intergovernmental representatives jointly hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Regional Pacific NDC Hub and the UK COP26 Presidency, ministers and government representatives reiterated the need for transformative pledges that significantly reorient the world’s energy transition pathway. Pacific nations aim to be at the forefront of global efforts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Friends of Earth: Nnimmo, Chima in contempt of court - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Former Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Arc. Nnimmo Bassey and a former staff of ERA/FoEN Barr. Chima Williams have been dragged before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos for contempt of court, reports NaijaAgroNet.

A Federal High Court, NaijaAgroNet recalls, had ordered on 7th October 2020 restraining the duo from parading themselves as the Board Chairman and acting Executive Director of ERA/FoEN respectively.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dairy Industry: U.S. to train Nigerian stakeholders - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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A joint venture between Promasidor Nigeria Limited and Ekiti State Government, the Ikun Dairy Farm has advanced plans to produce 10,000 liters of milk daily and will take delivery of two additional shipments of dairy cows from the United States over the next couple of weeks.

These shipments will provide a better breed of cow for the rapidly growing Nigerian dairy industry, helping to diversify the Nigerian economy.

Gerald Smith, Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Mission to Nigeria noted that introduction of U.S. dairy cows will boost local milk production and contribute significantly to ensuring sustainable food security in Nigeria.


Smith explained that the successful cattle shipment was as a result of the strong partnership between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, the Ikun Dairy Farm, and senior officials of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, with support from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The United States is the leader in producing dairy cows,” Counselor for Agricultural Affairs Smith said. “Promasidor Nigeria Limited in partnership with Ekiti State Government and with the strong support of the Central Bank of Nigeria have successfully started an integrated dairy industry in Nigeria with the acquisition of the first batch of pregnant Jersey breed dairy cows from the USA. A sustainable dairy industry requires modern genetic cows. This collaboration marks the start of increasing milk production and enhancing the dairy value chain in Nigeria,” he added.

To further support the Nigerian dairy industry, Smith noted that the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission is designing a two-week long training program in the United States for diverse Nigerian dairy stakeholders. The training program holding later this year will introduce participants to the unique characteristics and genetic potential of U.S. dairy cows. “We believe these efforts will maximize the local dairy sector’s potential and help Nigeria emerge as a major player in the dairy market in the region,” Smith added.

Based at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, the Foreign Agricultural Service is the overseas arm of the United States Department of Agriculture. It offers a variety of services to American and Nigerian agribusiness companies, government and non-government entities involved in agricultural trade and development. Through a variety of programs, the service helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing capacity building opportunities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Nutrition: MeCAM Coordiantor urges CSOs to optimise ICT tools - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The National Coordinator of the Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM Nigeria), Mr. Remmy Nweke, has urged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to optimize the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools in communicating nutrition in the country, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at the first quarterly capacity building of the Lagos State chapter of the Civil Society on Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) hosted by the Communication Team, Mr. Nweke said that optimizing ICT tools in this era has become imperative.


Faster way to decarbonize with gas, renewables - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The power sector accounts for up to 41 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions today, with Africa contributing about 2-3%. In parallel, there are still over 580 million people on the continent who do not have access to reliable energy and the demand for electricity is expected to continue to grow as populations increase, industrialization ambitions grow and urbanization continues to fuel the need for more power.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Farmers may resort to self-defence over herders attack, Oba Olugbenle warns - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Olu Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland in Ogun State, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle has petitioned the presidency over the incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen in his domain, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Oba in his petition, electronically signed and made available to NaijaAgroNet, and entitled, “Stopping the time bomb before it is too late” called the attention of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired and all the security agencies over the continued siege of the entire Yewaland in Ogun State in last few weeks by armed herdsmen.

According to him, the bandits have been callously killing and literally slaughtering and maiming his people.

The criminal and dangerous activities of these herdsmen, he said, he said, have so far happened in Egua, Oja-Odan, Igan Alade, Gbokoto and Ijoun, Owode-Ketu, Ebute Igboro, Imeko Afon and other places with reports of plans to attack major towns in Yewa land.

Oba of Yewaland also implored the federal and state governments as a matter of extreme urgency to act fast to secure the lives and properties of his people before it goes out of complete control.

“In this situation it is not out of place that people may resort to self-help to defend themselves if the government fails to guarantee their safety as citizens of Nigeria in the face of renewed insurgency by these criminals terrorizing our people with arms and dangerous weapons,” he warned.

His people, Oba said, are in high hope that government of both state and federal will listen to their lamentations alongside the security agencies by living up to the expectation of their responsibility as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution, so as to ensure the security of lives and properties in Yewaland.

HRM equally enjoined his people to fully cooperate with government in this regards to map out measures towards curbing the activities of these bands in the days ahead.

“A stitch in time saves nine,” he warned.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Igangan: Oyo relocates victims of killer herdsmen for medical treatment - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, on Monday, stated that his Ministry has commenced the treatment of the three victims of herdsmen attacks in Igangan, who were ordered relocated to Ibadan by Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Commissioner, who spoke to newsmen in Ibadan, said that the trio are currently receiving treatment at a government hospital in Ibadan and that they are in stable condition.


Friday, February 5, 2021

World Cancer Day: Oyo state organizes free screening - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Government of Oyo State has organised a free breast and cervical cancer screening programme for women of reproductive age in the state, declaring that it remains committed to putting an end to the spread of the disease in the state, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, who disclosed this at the sensitisation programme organised by the Ministry of Health to commemorate the 2021 World Cancer Day, said the day was observed to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

Konga: Revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria through e-Commerce - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Konga, Nigeria’s foremost composite retail giant, has once again led from the front, revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria by leveraging e-Commerce in helping rural farmers access better agricultural inputs such as crop seedlings, fertilizers and much more at highly competitive prices.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Igangan youths didn't walk out on Makinde says Farmers' secretary - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Youth leaders from Igangan have denied insinuations that they walked out on Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday, when he held a Town Hall meeting in the area, reports NaijaAgroNet.

General Secretary of the Ibarapaland Farmers' Association, Mr. Taiwo Adeagbo, who spoke on behalf of the community, stated that no one walked out on the governor.

IRENA, SADC enter deal, boost energy transformation - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to work together on accelerating the deployment renewable energy solutions, including decentralised technologies, in Southern African countries. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Wirldlife Conservation: Creative collaborations boost powerful partnerships - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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“As an expert in the field of visual imagery, Canon Central and North Africa is cognisant of the deep impact powerful pictures and videos have in visual storytelling – and how successful these stories are in raising awareness and gaining support for various conservation projects,” notes Amine Djouahra, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. 


“For this reason we have embarked on several initiatives – such as the Miraisha Programme (http://bit.ly/3oF9akP) and our Ambassadors Programme (https://bit.ly/3axmTp0) - to advance and promote job opportunities and future livelihoods in Africa by sharing skillsets and knowledge for photographers, videographers and filmmakers,” he adds.

The Twendeni Porini na Canon campaign takes this even further, by enlisting 5 local wildlife photography Influencers to create authentic social media stories about conservation efforts across Kenya.   

“More than just rewarding Canon customers and raising awareness of our prized national parks, this initiative proved Canon’s support of local conservation efforts in building the awareness together with Kenya’s wildlife conservation team with an emphasis on interactions between influencers and community awareness.

Speaking during the award ceremony, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru said, “We are grateful to Canon for this partnership that has seen us raise awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation as an ongoing effort. KWS has a mandate to protect and preserve wildlife, but it is the collective effort of our communities that makes us successful in this calling. We have benefited greatly from the authentic stories that Canon has told about our parks, wildlife and rangers. We are extremely grateful for the renewed interest in wildlife conservation thanks to the extended boost on digital space, which successfully raised the profile of Kenya as a leader in wildlife conservation.”

Influencing a shared conservation narrative

The influencers – Anthony Ochieng, Clement Kiragu, Larry Asego, Usha Harish and Alissa Thakker – were accommodated at notable National Parks across the country. Each one produced compelling visual imagery and engaging content that stimulated serious engagement on social media – proving that captivating photography and videography play an essential role in creating change and driving awareness.

“This campaign underscored how partnerships and collaboration help build awareness of just how important conservation is to the continent, and how we can ensure that future generations enjoy and appreciate this rich, colourful, breath-taking and unique continent with all its wildlife and wild lands,” adds Djouahra.

The influencers’ riveting stories can be viewed on the influencers’ Instagram pages, as follows:

Clement Kiragu is a Canon ambassador and award-winning wildlife and commercial photographer whose incredible series of nature images were enhanced by a new love he developed while staying at Amboseli National Park: that of capturing birds in flight. www.Instagram.com/clement.wild/

Anthony Ochieng is a conservation photographer who produced a short film, Rhino Lover & Hero (https://bit.ly/36xyZxa), featuring an insightful interview with a Rhino Sanctuary ranger Kosgeyi, to highlight the work done at the sanctuary. www.Instagram.com/tonywild_ke/

Usha Harish proved her adeptness at capturing emotions of animals and in action: www.Instagram.com/usha.harish.photography/

Larry Asego took his assignment further, by hosting an interactive wildlife photography training session, streaming his experience and answering questions from amateur photographers. www.Instagram.com/larryasego/

Alissa Thakker combined photography and videography to document her journey at Nairobi National Park, while highlighting the features on her Canon R5 that made capturing these magnificent creatures. www.Instagram.com/alissatphotos/

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Four Nigerian fishermen get justice @Netherlands - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


After some 13 years legal battle, four Nigerian fishermen got justice at the Netherlands, in the case instituted by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.

In 2008, NaijaAgroNet recalls that four Nigerian farmers from Ikot Ada Udo, Oruma and Goi in the Niger Delta supported by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and sister organization, Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands, sued Shell because of oil pollution in the three Nigerian villages.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

COVID-19: Makinde inaugurates committee on economic stimulus - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Thursday, inaugurated the state Steering Committee on COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (CARES), reports NaijaAgroNet.


CARES, is the state initiative targeted at mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state.

Lagos CS-SUNN holds 2021 first quarterly meeting, capacity building tops agenda – NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Lagos State chapter of the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has held its first quarterly meeting for the year 2021, with capacity building of members topping agenda, reports 
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The meeting which held at Hello Lagos Hall at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja on Tuesday saw a good number of its membership in attendance.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

500 Anambra women access family planning yearly in Fegge - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Estimated 500 women of reproductive age, are confirmed to have accessed family planning annually at St. Monica Healthcare Centre, Fegge, Onitsha South Local Government Area (LGA), reports NaijaAgroNet.
“No fewer than 40 women usually respond to the family planning programmes at the healthcare facility on a monthly basis.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Climate change: Help small-scale farmers adapt or face hunger warns IFAD President - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, has warned countries of the world to help rural small-scale farmers adapt to climate change in order to avert hunger and migration, reports 
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This follows a recent United Nations’ announcement that 2020 was one of the warmest years on record, with catastrophic temperature rises expected this century.

“It is unacceptable that small-scale farmers who grow much of the world’s food are left at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns, with such low investment to help them to adapt,” said Houngbo.

COVID-19: Innovation key to feeding the world says FAO DG - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General QU Dongyu has said that innovation is the key to feeding the world, especially in time of pandemic and climate change, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Addressing the Agriculture Ministers' Conference in Berlin Dongyu underscored the importance, in the wake of COVID-19, of continued global cooperation to find new ways to strengthen the sustainability of agri-food systems, and outlined FAO and its partners' role in this.

Monday, January 25, 2021

FAO joins forces to eliminate child labour - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today pledged to intensify efforts towards addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work programme within FAO's Strategic Framework.

‘'This year, we will step-up our efforts to strengthen the capacities of a wide range of agricultural actors to include child labour prevention and youth employment in their work,'' the Director-General stressed during the virtual event launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021 organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

"Policies, programmes, and investments related to agri-food systems need to address the root causes of child labour, including household poverty," he added, as the global COVID-19 pandemic also places more pressure on poor and vulnerable families. The Director-General highlighted that "we need a breakthrough in agriculture where child labour is frequently found".

This year, FAO will organize a series of regional consultations, and a global event on Child Labour in Agriculture will be held in November to increase awareness and promote good practices, the Director-General said, while noting the outcomes from that event would make a significant contribution to the Fifth Global Conference on Child Labour in 2022.

Qu also emphasized that FAO would continue to play a central role in the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture, which was established by FAO and the ILO with other organizations in 2007.

The Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, opened today's event noting there were 100 million fewer children in labour now than at the turn of the century while calling for greater commitments to wipe out child labour which he said often occurred in situations of conflict and fragility.

UNICEF's Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, indicated child labour had been exacerbated by rising poverty, weak protection laws and cultural practices in some countries even before the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the plight of vulnerable families.

Representatives of governments, worker and employer organizations, international organizations and civil society outlined how they intended to eradicate child labour by 2025.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, and Amar Lal, a human rights lawyer and child labour survivor, also addressed the launch event.

2021: Year of healthcare worker - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Frontline health workers, who are to be honoured during the World Health Organization’s international Year of the Healthcare Worker in 2021, must be better supported in their vital role to beat back the global COVID-19 pandemic on community level, according to global health technology experts, BroadReach Group.

Frontline health workers, and in particular Community Health Workers (CHWs) help educate communities, collect grassroots data and provide vital firstline health interventions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Herders, farmers clash: South-West, northern govs, Miyetti Allah leaders meet in Akure - NaijaAgroNet

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Some governors from the South West and Northern parts of Nigeria, have held a meeting with the national leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association of Nigeria and Head of Security Agency held at International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, over the recent herders and farmers clash in some parts of South West, especially Oyo and Ondo States respectively, reports 
NaijaAgroNet.


The governors included that of of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and his counterparts in Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Ondo State Governor, Romiti Akeredolu and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Speaking at the meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said that his government would not try to solve the insecurity challenges in his state by backing those bent on taking laws into their hands or carrying out jungle justice against perceived wrongdoers.

He stated that instead of backing a venture that is capable of throwing the country into ethnic crisis, the end of which cannot be foreseen, his administration would rather continue to support the security agencies in the state to do their works effectively.

He added that his administration would promote good neighbourliness by encouraging the residents of the state to live together in peace and to face their common enemies, who are criminals of all shades and tribes.

The governor also stated that the administration will continue to do its best to provide opportunities for the people, as that is another way to reduce the tension in the land, saying: “One of the things we found out is that opportunities are very limited at the top. We will continue to do our best to strive to expand our economy and provide opportunities for a whole lot of our people. And we believe when we do that, the tension will definitely go down.”

The governor stated these in Akure, while addressing a meeting of South-West governors, national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN) and heads of security agencies on the insecurity challenges in the South-West geopolitical zone, held at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that his government had foreclosed the option of backing anyone taking up arms against other ethnic nationalities resident in the state in the name of seeking justice as, according to him, such a step would have dire consequences for the society.

He stated that if government encourages residents to mete out justice through self-help to any ethnic nationality, due to the excesses of some of its people, it would amount to solving criminality with criminality.

The meeting had in attendance Governors Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi and Gboyega Oyetola of Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states, while Governors Mohammed Badaru (Jigawa), and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and the national leadership of MACBAN were also present.

According to Makinde, who maintained that a lot of people commenting on the security situation in Ibarapa had been displaying ignorance, his government would solve the insecurity challenge its own way by continuing to encourage residents of the state to work and live together and to face their common enemies, who are criminals, kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits from all tribes.

He added that all hands must be on deck to lawfully fight crimes, saying: “We will continue to promote good neighborliness among our people and we will ensure that all of us go after the criminals together.

“We will continue to support our security agencies because they are also trying to maintain law and order in an atmosphere of pandemic and economic challenges. We will continue to provide support for the security agencies for them to do their work.”

The governor equally warned Nigerians to deal with the menace of fake news and sieve information on social media properly, noting that the rate at which fake news is being circulated portends great danger to the society.

Makinde warned against some elements seeking political powers at all costs, who he said, have resorted to misinforming the public and causing division among them, calling on such persons to desist from the path, as it is capable of causing tension in the country.

He said: “I can tell you for a fact that when the Kisi area of Oyo State, which shares international border with Republic of Benin was invaded, all hands were on deck. MACBAN, Operation Burst, local hunters and the communities all worked together to clear the bush.

“During my electioneering, a major decision I was going to take was to scrap all the LCDAs in Oyo State and stick with only the LGAs that are known to the constitution of Nigeria. During the campaign, all the people I met at a particular LCDA (I think it is Oriire South) were Fulanis. And they told me I should not scrap the LCDA because it was the only LCDA dominated by the Fulani people.

“After I got elected, I decided I would not scrap the LCDAs again. I didn’t get such knowledge by sitting in the armchair in my house but by going out into the field and interacting with the people.

“So, when people talk, you wonder if they have done any kind of comparison with what has happened elsewhere in the world. What are we going to do moving forward in Oyo State? Well, the first thing I will say is to tell you the things that we will not do; we will not use criminality to solve another criminality, because of the unintended consequences of such an action; nobody can predict where it will end.

“Once you are drawn out to support criminality, you don’t know where it is going to end. So, what we are going to do is to continue to encourage our people to work together; to face our common enemies – the criminals, the kidnappers, the armed robbers and the bandits. Those are our common enemies.”

He equally charged his colleague governors and others in positions of leadership not to be tired or to relent, saying: “I want to end by saying that our leaders should not be tired. They will abuse us but we should continue to strive to provide the leadership that this country requires at this point in time.”

While speaking earlier, the MACBAN Secretary, Alhaji Baba Othman Ngelzarma, who noted that the Miyetti Allah was meeting the South-West governors on the escalating crisis between herders and farmers, said the body will continue to encourage herders in the Southern part of the country to live in peace and eschew criminality.

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved, among other things, that night grazing and grazing by underage children would stop henceforth.


Pic: From left, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Ondo State Governor, Romiti Akeredolu and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi during a meeting of South West Governors with the National Leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association of Nigeria and Head of Security Agency held at International Culture and Event Centre, Akure. PHOTO: Oyo State Government.

Lunch box not under Ghana School feeding programme - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Lunch box, a school feed initiative of 
Food for All Africa has been affirmed to be a private-sector driven and is not under the Ghana School feeding programe, reports NaijaAgroNet.
School feeding programmes have been a key response to the recent food and economic crises and function to some degree in nearly every country in the world. School feeding is a multi-sectoral intervention with effects across education, health and nutrition, and with the potential for benefits across a life course.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Fayemi commissions multi-million naira integrated snail farm - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Ekiti State has commission a multi-million naira integrated snail farm, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Revealing this, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi also said his administration plans to ease ways of doing business policy and other vital supports for investments attracted over a million dollar agribusiness investment into the State in the last two years, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Dr Fayemi stated this on Tuesday, during the commissioning of a multi-million naira integrated snail farm in Okemesi-Ekiti. The Egbeja Snail Farm is a private initiative of Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited.



The Governor said many investors prefer to invest in the state because of the ease of doing business policy of the administration and sundry support the government offers prospective investors, including land and tax holidays.

"You will recall that the State Government efforts on agriculture and agribusiness over the last two years had already attracted almost a hundred million dollars investment in the agricultural sector to Ekiti State via the Ikun Dairy Farm by Promasidor Nigeria; FMS Agro, JK Rice, Stallion Rice, Dangote rice, Promise Points and many more that are located in our special agricultural processing zone where all the facilities are being provided such as good roads, irrigation, schools etc.

"Our ease of doing business personnel would continue to work with all investors while intending investors will enjoy necessary support including ease of doing business registration, land allocation, issuance of C of O and tax holidays for certain category of business,” he said.

Commissioning the multi million naira Egbeja Farm, Governor Fayemi promised to continue to provide enabling environment and strengthen the ease of doing business policy to attract more investors into the State.

The Governor said the new snail farm, when completed, would produce a minimum of 2,600 metric tons of snail per annum and provide opportunity for the extraction of slime for use by beauty care and pharmaceutical companies across the world.

He said the project would not only place Ekiti in the world market for the exportation of snails and slime but would also complement the vision of his administration in providing job opportunities for the teeming youths as the project has the capacity to engage over a 2,000 thousand personnel across various sectors of the initiative.

Dr. Fayemi who undertook a guided tour of facilities on the farm, explained that the Egbeja snail village project was a demonstration and commitment of his administration’s quest for a complete agribusiness value chain ”from farm to fork where there will be value addition that would go beyond primary production to include processing, marketing and delivery to our various dining table.”

“Only last week, we flagged off the first phase of a 1000 kilometre rural access and Agricultural Marketing Project, our RAAMP initiative, which is a state wide rural road project. This is an addition to the ongoing road projects that cut across the three senatorial districts of Ekiti State.

"Our rural road project is strategically structured to link our farmstead and hinterland to the major road in order to enhance movement of farm produce to the market and by the time we complete all the ongoing road project particularly the ring road and the cargo airport, agribusiness in Ekiti State will experience unprecedented growth.

"We are busy laying the foundation for the projected economic growth and urged other investors to key into our innovative agenda."

Earlier, the initiator of the project and founder of Farmkonnect Agribusiness, Azeez Oluwole said the project was proposed to occupy a 100,000 square meter of land to make it the largest place of snail farms in Africa and the second in the world.

He said the construction of the structures of the farm which is massive would continue for the next two years and is going to be technologically driven.

According to him, the setting up of the snail project in Ekiti was informed by the friendly investment environment made possible by the ease of doing business policy of the Fayemi led administration.

Pix: L-R: Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Adebayo Adewole; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Owa Ooye of Okemesi, HRM Oba Gbadebo Adedeji; Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Founder, Farm Konnect Nigeria Limited; Lt Comdr Azeez Oluwole (rtd); during the official commissioning of  Agbeja Integrated Snail Farm in Okemesi Ekiti…on Tuesday

Genetic diversity: 3 funding mechanism to explore - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Project Africa GRADIENT comprises three funding mechanisms to support, including fellowships, investigator-sponsored research and seed-fund, reports 
NaijaAgroNet.
For the fellowships: A limited number of fellowships in academic institutions with a reputation for global excellence to collect and analyse data on determinants of drug response.


COVID-19 vaccines: 270m doses for Africa - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The African Union has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa through its COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), reports NaijaAgroNet.
AMSP made this acquisition on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and has commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States. Afreximbank will facilitate payments by providing advance procurement commitment guarantees of up to US$2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of the Member States.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

GRADIENT attracts combined USD3.6m funding commitment - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Project Africa Genomic Research Approach for Diversity and Optimising Therapeutics (GRADIENT) has attracted a combined funding commitment worth USD3.6 million, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Just as it calls on local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients.