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SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT: SOIL TESTING
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SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT: SOIL TESTING

The knowledge of soils is the essence of agriculture and the key to achieving food and nutrition security across the globe.Soils are strongly connected to the human existence and well being and as such some persons have described soils as the genesis of human civilization and this is because soils have social, economic and environmental...

NIGERIA LAND BORDER CLOSURE: MERIT OR DE-MERIT?
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NIGERIA LAND BORDER CLOSURE: MERIT OR DE-MERIT?

NIGERIA LAND BORDER CLOSURE: MERIT OR DE-MERIT? I have always wondered what a survey on the number of persons that do not consume rice on Christmas day or any other day in Nigeria for that matter would reveal. I just might never know… Rice is a widely consumed staple food in many Nigeria homes, mainly...

Nigeria: An Insight into the Food Importation Ban
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Nigeria: An Insight into the Food Importation Ban

It beats my imagination that the most populous black nation on earth and the giant of Africa was once 80% (yeah right? That high) self sufficient in food production and was highly dependent on foreign exchange earnings from the exportation of cash crops to manage its economy. Hmmm! Recall when I wrote an article in...

The Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) Plan
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The Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) Plan

Research reveals that farmer – herdsmen clashes in Nigeria dates as far back as 1999 (20 years ago or even before); owing to several factors such as urbanisation, increased agricultural productivity, adverse effects of climate change such as desertification and soil degradation etc (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes – ACCORD). In 2015,...

Agriculture: Changing the Perception
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Agriculture: Changing the Perception

Gentlemen and Ladies, today we take a break from the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) Series which has been my focus over the last three (3) articles. Pheeeww! (I hope you have read them though). Today’s article takes a look into some other areas of agriculture beyond farming -which is what most of us visualize when...