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Role of the media in agricultural development

There is no doubt that agriculture is back on the development agenda. But despite the promises and the rhetoric from governments worldwide, investment in agriculture and rural development is still lagging. Communication for agriculture is also not seen as a major priority at either...

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Health Benefits of Cucumber

Here is a short list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries: Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate! Fights heat, both inside and...

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Precision Farming Increases Crop Yields

As the world’s population grows, farmers will need to produce more and more food. Yet arable acreage cannot keep pace, and the looming food security threat could easily devolve into regional or even global instability. To adapt, large farms are increasingly exploiting precision farming...

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AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION: A NECESSITY FOR COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE NOT AN OPTION

Farm Mechanization is the application of engineering principles and technology in agricultural production storage and processing on the farm. In G. D. Aggarwal’s words, “Farm mechanization is a term used in a very broad’ sense. It not only includes the use of machines, whether...

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How a New Vaccine Could Save Cattle Herds

For 10,000 years, the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides has infected goats, cows and other livestock, annihilating entire herds in days. In sub-Saharan Africa, the disease, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia CBPP or “lung plague,” is still difficult to control. It causes more than US$60 million in annual losses to cattle...

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7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF SCENT LEAVES (OCIMUM GRATISSIMUM) Ocimum gratissimum is an amazing herb known for its great and countless health benefits. My Mom once told me that, the herb can cure over hundred (100) different diseases. She has planted it all over our...

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How to Feed Africa Using Climate Change knowledge

The world’s population has just hit seven billion and nearly one billion people do not get enough to eat. Agricultural land is being degraded at the rate of 12 million hectares a year and the world faces a huge challenge in feeding this growing...

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Five Reasons Why Youths Should Consider Agriculture

Plenty of evidence shows us that agriculture provides a viable way for youths to harvest success and grow a sustainable future. Here are five reasons to choose Agriculture : Agriculture can alleviate poverty.  When it comes to fighting poverty, agriculture is more effective than other sectors....

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SIX HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUAVA LEAF.

Guava leaves are just as medicinally useful as the nutritional powerhouse fruit they grow with. The leaves of the guava tree are full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, antibacterials, and even tannins that can have significant health benefits, from treating stomach troubles to chronic diseases...

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Transformational Opportunity in Africa’s Agriculture

The Case for Change There are, essentially, two truths today about African agriculture: significant progress has been made, and there is potential for much more . Building agricultural ecosystems can boost social cohesion, drive beneficial continental and global trade, and create millions of jobs for...

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VEGETABLE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES FOR 12 COMMON AQUAPONIC PLANTS

Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Aquaponic plants are those plants that will do well in any aquaponic system...

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ROLE OF AGRICULTURE IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF A COUNTRY

Some of the major role of agriculture in economic development of a country are as follows: Agricultural sector plays a strategic role in the process of economic development of a country. It has already made a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of advanced...

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Why Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Will Hit US$ One Trillion in 2030

A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” says that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value...

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Youth involvement in agribusiness

Agribusiness can provide jobs for young people and help African countries achieve development goals. Progress in this arena, however, remains limited. According to the 2017 World Food Prize laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the ”future of African youth lies in agriculture.” This future can be realized through...

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11 INTERESTING MUSHROOM BENEFITS

The health benefits of mushrooms include relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. They also help in weight loss and increase the strength of your immune system. Almost all of us are familiar with mushrooms and their miraculous, beneficial powers....

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Managing Water as a Key to Adapting African Agriculture to Climate Change

A unanimous decision on how to take action on climate change is incredibly rare. Yet, African nations have overwhelmingly included climate resilient agriculture in their indicative pledges to the United Nations. And agriculture is seen as a major focus through a common position of the African Union on...

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Profitable Types of Commercial Vegetable Farming in Nigeria

In the bustling metropolis of Lagos alone, over 30 different types of vegetables are farmed commercially. These vegetable farms are usually situated in residential backyards or open space areas along roads, streams or in open fields. In other major cities around the country, as...

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Five Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Start An Agribusiness In Africa…NOW!

When most people think of agriculture in Africa, images of poor and overworked farmers with crude tools on a rural farm readily comes to mind. Many, especially young Africans, still think that agribusiness is a poor man’s occupation. Nowadays everybody wants a white-collar office job...

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ICT Integration to Agriculture

According to Ozowa (2010), over the years, deliberate, though ineffective efforts have been made by donors and African countries to bring about agricultural development without much to show for it. Much of the failure is attributed to non-integration of agricultural information with other development...

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Feeding the World: How Technology Will Change Farming Over the Next Decade

By 2050, there will be 9.1 billion people inhabiting our earth, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN predicts. That’s about 34 percent more than there are today. To feed them, farmers will need to produce greater yields at lower costs—often with fewer...

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Organic Farming Can Help Save the Bees, Study Shows

Organic farming practices can help save pollinator populations, according to recently published research in Biological Conservation. The study, conducted by Swedish researchers at Lund University over three years, shows that the absence of toxic pesticides associated with conventional farming can contribute to increased health and...

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IRRIGATION FARMING – HOW TO INCREASE YOUR YIELD SIGNIFICANTLY

Irrigation farming is the cultivation of crops through the application of water to them at intervals. With irrigation, you can farm all year round.  Irrigation farming can be very profitable as you do not need to wait for the rains before you cultivate your...

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CHALLENGES OF ORGANIC FARMING

Mainstream consumers have standards for quality that are difficult for organic growers to meet Lettuce with holes in it, or apples with a bit of scab are always passed over by shoppers, although nutrition and flavor quality might be excellent. Consumers have been trained...

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BENEFITS OF ORGANIC FARMING

Organic is GMO-free. By USDA standards, nothing organic is allowed to be grown with genetically modified seed. Food containing genetically engineered products are usually not labeled as such, so the organic label is important for consumers who are cautious about consuming these new types...

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7 FARM MANAGEMENT TIPS YOU MUST NOT IGNORE

Always have prevention mentality to limit crisis on the farm Always treat your farm workers with dignity and respect in order to get the best out of them Always be organized and keep things in their right places at all times in order to...

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PROCESSED FOOD

What is food processing? Food processing is any method used to turn fresh foods into food products. This can involve one or a combination of the following: washing, chopping, pasteurising, freezing, fermenting, packaging and many more.2 Food processing also includes adding components to food, for...

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ADVANTAGES OF ORGANIC FERTILIZERS

Environmental advantages: Harnesses atmospheric nitrogen and makes it available directly to the plants. Improves soil aggregation, permeability, and water holding capacity-thys reducing overall water usage. Detoxifies, conserves, and improves overall quality of water and the runoff tributaries. Organic fertilizers are renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and...

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Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizers contain only plant or animal-based materials that are either a byproduct or end product of naturally occurring processes, such as manures, leaves and compost. The biggest advantage of an organic fertilizer is that the danger of over-fertilization is reduced as the nutrients...

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 Chemical Fertilizers: Advantages and Dis-Advantages

Chemical fertilizers (also called inorganic, synthetic, artificial, or manufactured) have been refined to extract nutrients and bind them in specific ratios with other chemical fillers. These products may be made from petroleum products, rocks, or even organic sources. Some of the chemicals may be...

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Organic Fertilizer: Advantages and Dis-Advantages

Organic fertilizer is usually made from plant or animal waste or powdered minerals. Examples include manure and compost, as well as bone and cottonseed meal. They are usually sold as “soil conditioners” rather than as fertilizer, because the nutrient ratios are difficult to guarantee....

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What is Organic Fertilizer?

Organic gardening emphasizes cultivating your garden so that it sustains enriching soil, plants and beneficial insects. This is achieved by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and using products that nurture your garden soil and the organisms in it. When you embrace...

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Encouraging Youth Involvement in Agriculture and Agribusiness

According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, the national unemployment rate is 23.9 percent with the youth accounting for more than 70 percent. Increased involvement of youth in agricultural activities will help reduce the problems of the ageing farm population and increasing youth unemployment....

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ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

Organic agriculture is a highly sustainable form of crop and livestock production defined as a “system of farm management production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, the application of high animal welfare standards, and a production...

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Organic Farming in Africa

Traditional farming in Africa used to include some organic practices. Ugandan organic farmers have used these to build a major National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda. They supply the local market and in 2015 exported $42 million worth of certified organic coffee, cotton, cashews, vanilla, shea butter,...

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Organic agriculture is going mainstream, but not the way you think it is

One of the biggest knocks against the organics movement is that it has begun to ape conventional agriculture, adopting the latter’s monocultures, reliance on purchased inputs and industrial processes. “Big Organics” is often derided by advocates of sustainable agriculture. The American food authors Michael...

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Visayas Organic Agriculture Stakeholders Push for Dev’t Policies

BACOLOD CITY — About 60 farming stakeholders in the Visayas have converged for a two-day consultative workshop in Talisay City, Negros Occidental to push for the formulation of development policies for the organic agriculture sector. The activity, which was being held at Nature’s Village Resort...

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FIVE KEY LIMITATIONS TO ORGANIC FARMING   

1. Limited access to safe, effective, pest control options Organic growers use pesticides, but from a list based on whether they are natural.  This includes  some very effective chemicals made by the fermentation of microbes such as Dow AgroScience’s Spinosad.  It includes live biologicals like...

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The Advantages and Dis-Advantages of Organic Farming

The Advantages of Organic Farming No Poison Is Always Great Organic farming does not use any type of harmful chemicals to keep pests away, unlike the majority of industrial farming. They use all natural methods that do not harm the consumer or the environment...

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Benefits of Organically Grown Food Items and Agricultural Produce

Better Nutrition:As compared to a longer time conventionally grown food, organic food is much richer in nutrients. Nutritional value of a food item is determined by its mineral and vitamin content. Organic farming enhances the nutrients of the soil which is passed on to the...

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Organic Farming: Features and Principles

Key Features of Organic Farming Protecting soil quality using organic material and encouraging biological activity Indirect provision of crop nutrients using soil microorganisms Nitrogen fixation in soils using legumes Weed and pest control based on methods like crop rotation, biological diversity, natural predators, organic...

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Differences between Organic and Conventional Farming Methods

In conventional farming method, before seeds are sown, the farmer will have to treat or fumigate his farm using harsh chemicals to exterminate any naturally existing fungicides. He will fertilize the soil using petroleum based fertilizers. On the flip side, the organic farmer will...

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Integrated farming system

Integrated farming  (also known as  mixed  farming) is a farming system with simultaneous activities involving crop and animal. The  main  purpose  of integrated farming is so that the farming components support one another; hence, reducing external inputs.  For instance, the crop can provide...

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles.

WHAT IS IPM? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This...

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Six ways Drones are Revolutionizing Agriculture.

Drone technology will give the agriculture industry a high-technology makeover, with planning and strategy based on real-time data gathering and processing. PwC estimates the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture at $32.4 billion. Following are six ways aerial and ground-based drones will be used...

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CREATE A FEDERAL MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT- HERDSMEN TELL FG

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) National Secretary, Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma has called on the Federal Government to establish the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development which will be responsible for the affairs of Livestock development in Nigeria. Ngelzarma who stated this...

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Youth Engagement through Farming

Gardening, farming and otherwise raising food can be a powerful way for young people and adults to work together. Teaching essential lessons about sustainability, production and hard work, engaging youth as farmers can be an exciting way to change the world. Ways Youth Engagement...

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KOGI TO EMPOWER 99,000 SMALLHOLDERS FARMER

Kogi State government has revealed its plan to empower 99,000 small holders farmer across the state this year in order pursuit of its food production and agric-business policy. This was noted by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba at the monthly meeting of...

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Five Reasons Why Youths Should Consider Agriculture

Plenty of evidence shows us that agriculture provides a viable way for youths to harvest success and grow a sustainable future. Here are five reasons to choose Agriculture : Agriculture can alleviate poverty.  When it comes to fighting poverty, #agriculture is more effective than other sectors:...

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AFRICAN AGRICULTURE’S FUTURE LIES IN CULTIVATING YOUTH, NOT ONLY CROPS

For more than 50 years, IITA has been breeding improved crops for Africa, from drought-tolerant maize to vitamin-A enriched cassava. These crop improvements have an estimated market value of US $17 billion going back into the African economy. Publicly funded agricultural research centers, referred...

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IMPACT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Nigeria, and could benefit tremendously with the applications of ICTs especially in bringing changes to socio-economic conditions of poor in backward areas. Agriculture constitutes a major livelihoods sector and most of the rural poor depend...

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ORGANIC FARMING; METHODS, IMPORTANCE, ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

METHODS OF ORGANIC FARMING Soil management After cultivation of crops, the soil loses its nutrients and its quality depletes. Organic agriculture initiates the use of natural ways to increase the fertility of the soil.  Hence it focuses on the use of bacteria that is...

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ORGANIC FARMING: OBJECTIVES AND TYPES

Organic farming is the method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. In other words, it is referred to as, low input farming and uses natural sources of...

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ANIMAL HUSBANDRY – MEANING, HISTORY AND BREEDING TECHNIQUES

MEANING OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY Animal husbandry is the business of managing and caring for animals for human gains. Animal husbandry can also be referred to as the practice of selectively breeding and raising livestock to promote desirable traits in animals for utility, sport, pleasure,...

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Components of Organic Farming

Major components of organic farming are crop rotation, maintenance and enhancement of soil fertility through biological nitrogen fixation, addition of organic manure and use of soil microorganisms, crop residues, bio-pesticide, biogas slurry, waste etc. Vermiculture has become a major component in biological farming, which...

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INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC FARMING

Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities...

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Tomato Farming in Nigeria

Brief History of Tomato Farming According to  wikipedia tomato species are originated in Central and South America. The Nahuatl (Aztec language) word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word “tomate“, from which the English word tomato originates. Its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the...

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ANCHOR BORROWERS’ PROGRAMME: RICE FARMERS BECOME BENEFICIARIES IN OYO

The Federal Government, under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, has delivered five million naira worth of farm inputs to eighteen rice farmers in Oyo State. The Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Oyo State chapter, Mr Victor Korede, who led the delivery in...

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NIGERIA HAS LOST 96% OF ITS FOREST TO DEFORESTATION -NCF DG

The Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, says deforestation has claimed ninety-six per cent of the country’s original forestation, leaving the country with only four per cent. Aminu-Kano who revealed this in an interview with newsmen said that it was catastrophic that the...

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MINISTRY BLAMES SCARCITY OF LOCAL RICE ON MARKET DISTORTION

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said that the scarcity of rice in the market is due to breakage between joint rice millers and the supply chain. Deputy Director, Rice Value Chain in the ministry Mrs. Fatimah Aliyu, made this statement...

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How to Start Coconut Oil Production in Nigeria

The coconut oil production business is largely promoted as one of the most profitable small-scale production businesses any entrepreneur can venture into in Nigeria, since the producer doesn’t undergo the common risks and the high cost of production associated with other types of businesses....

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Benefits of Investing In Agriculture Stocks

Discovery of agriculture is probably the biggest milestone in human history. Agriculture was the backbone of formation of human civilization. After formation of agriculture cities, villages started to prosper so did the art, science, and logic. Even in the current stock market and globalization...

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Coconut Water Nutrition Facts

Coconut water, in fact, is the juicy secretion (collection) inside the cavity or endosperm of young, tender coconut. Its water is one of nature’s most refreshing drinks consumed worldwide for its nutritious and health benefiting properties. The water of tender coconuts is a clear...

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Kogi to empower 99,000 smallholders farmer

Kogi State government has revealed its plan to empower 99,000 small holders farmer across the state this year in order pursuit of its food production and agric-business policy. This was noted by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba at the monthly meeting of...

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Maize Farming in Nigeria

Maize farming is one of the crop farming that is very suitable for Nigerians, considering our great arable land. Unlike rice farming, much more of our land can easily be used for maize farming. Maize farming is as old as man itself, and it...

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Create a Federal Ministry of Livestock Development –Herdsmen tells FG

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) National Secretary, Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma has called on the Federal Government to establish the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development which will be responsible for the affairs of Livestock development in Nigeria. Ngelzarma who stated this...

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10 reasons why you should be interested in farming

Farming can easily be your second job but the source of your major income: Agribusiness is arguably one of the most profitable businesses you could venture into. It is a business that gives you the chance of reaping as much as 300% of your investment. Just...

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Maize farmers beware! Armyworm is deadly and dreadful

The army worm is perhaps the most dreadful insect pest to Nigeria maize farmers in recent times. The name army worm was derived from its behavior of migrating in large numbers into fields similar to invading armies. This pest is ruthless and deadly as it destroys everything...

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Rice Farming

Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). As a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world’s human population, especially in Asia. It is the...

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Cassava Farming

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) production is vital to the economy of Nigeria as the country is the world’s largest producer of the commodity. The crop is produced in 24 of the country’s 36 states. In 1999, Nigeria produced 33 million tonnes, while a decade later,...

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Poultry

Poultry (/ˈpoʊltri/) are domesticated birds kept by humans for their eggs, their meat or their feathers. These birds are most typically members of the superorder Galloanserae (fowl), especially the order Galliformes (which includes chickens, quails, and turkeys). Poultry also includes other birds that are...

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Snail Dangers and Predators

Land snails have a large number of predators. They are small animals, slow, and lack agility or physical defense skills. For these reasons, they are the prey of other bigger, stronger and faster animals. From the ecological point of view, land snails are at...

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Farming Snails

Successful snail culture requires the correct equipment and supplies, including: snail pens or enclosures; devices for measuring humidity (hygrometer), temperature (thermometer), soil moisture (soil moisture sensor), and light (in foot candles); a weight scale and an instrument to measure snail size; a kit for testing soil...

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How Snails Reproduce

Different snails reproduce differently, but most snails are “hermaphrodites.” Being a hermaphrodite means that any given snail can be both male and female at the same time. This can make it a lot easier for snails to reproduce and quickly make a whole lot...

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Fishery

Generally, a fishery is an entity engaged in raising or harvesting fish which is determined by some authority to be a fishery. According to the FAO, a fishery is typically defined in terms of the “people involved, species or type of fish, area of...

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