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COVID-19 speeds up digitization of African agricultural sector

When it became harder in Kenya for plant and animal health specialists to meet physically with farmers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides embraced digital agriculture services. And when farmers found it difficult to buy agri-products like seeds and fertilizer, they turned to online

Coronavirus: FAO seeks $350 million to fight hunger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19’s impact could be devastating. In a report published on the FAO webpage, the agency said its new funding request of $350

Tomato ‘Ebola’ resurfaces in Kano, ravages farms

The Kano State chairman of Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN), Sani Danladi, has revealed that Tuta absoluta, one of the most devastating pests affecting tomato crops, has resurfaced in the state, destroying farms. Mr Danladi disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES in an interview on Thursday.

FEC approves $1.2 billion loan for agric mechanisation

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a loan facility of $1.2 billion to finance the mechanization of agriculture in the country. Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting

Lockdown: How countries can support smallholder farmers – FAO

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisationhas issued six ways countries can efficiently support smallholder farmers to prevent the breakdown of food supply chains. The organisation shared its recommendations in a video published on its official Twitter handle Friday. According to the FAO, during this

World food prices fell in March – Report

The dwindling demand for and subsequent fall in the prices of crude oil due to the global upsurge of the coronavirus pandemic drove down international prices for major food commodities, a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation Food Price Index(FFPI) of the United

Coronavirus: Nigerian govt eases movement of agric products

The Nigerian government on Friday said it had begun the process of ensuring agricultural products have easy access across the states. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, inaugurated the joint technical task team on emergency response to COVID-19 to ease the movement of agricultural