Africa Agriculture Government 

Is Technological Innovation in Agriculture Enough to Secure Food Security in Ghana?

Innovation in agricultural technology is instrumental in achieving broad-based social and economic growth in developing countries. In Ghana and the wider region, the sector employs more people than any other industry. It is, however, much more than a source of employment and economic growth. Ghana’s agriculture sector has proven to be the nation’s route towards achieving food security. For a country to be self-sufficient and able to feed itself is a basic requirement – and, it is the only feasibly sustainable way to realise the United Nation’s 2nd Sustainable Development…

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Agriculture Technology 

Fighting Two Major Cassava Diseases in Burundi with Nuclear Technology

“The average fresh yield of cassava in Burundi is 9.9 tonnes/ha, which lags behind yields of 15–40 tonnes/ha achieved elsewhere,” said Ernest Vyizigiro, Head of the Institute of Agronomic Sciences (ISABU). The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is supporting Burundian scientists in using nuclear technology to develop high-yielding varieties of cassava resistant to these diseases. Some existing cassava varieties in Burundi are resistant to CMD, but not to CBSD, which first appeared in the country in 2011. “To date, all five…

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Agriculture 

Farming commissioners require restriction on usage of paraquat in Nigeria

Some commissioners for farming have gotten in touch with the National Company for Fda (NAFDAC) to prohibit the usage of paraquat for weed control in the country. Paraquat is a chemical herbicide or herbicide that is extremely harmful and used all over the world. It is likewise understood by the brand name Gramoxone. The call for the restriction of paraquat for weed control came at the end of the conference held at the International Institute of tropical Farming (IITA), Ibadan, in a communiqué on Tuesday. The style of the meeting…

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