Sunday, October 22, 2017
Deal with Morocco sparks local production of 1m tons of fertilizer. A creative new initiative by Nigeria to make its own fertilizer at home is bringing life back to some of its 38 fertilizer blending plants across the country, while saving the nation up to $200 million annually and aiming to create a 100,000 jobs. Government officials tell BusinessDay a blossoming relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari…
Aarinola Olaiya - the 1st student in 28 years to bag a distinction in Surgery at the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, OAU.
Aarinola Olaiya - the 1st student in 28 years to bag a distinction in Surgery at the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, OAU. Woman power! Aarinola Olaiya reportedly just broke a record by being the 1st Student in 28 years to have a Distinction in Surgery at the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun. She reportedly also bagged distinctions in Medicine and Community Health. Congratulations to her! Aarinola Olaiya
Give incentives to agriculture graduates, expert urges FG. An agriculturist, Samuel Ishola, has called on the Federal Government to provide jobs and other incentives to all agricultural science graduates to promote interest in the course. Ishola, who made the call in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said government has a role to play in developing passion for agriculture among students. He said if the government was determined to diversify the economy from oil to agriculture, it must start from schools and institutions. Ishola, a fish farmer, also advised government to establish farm settlements that would accommodate fresh graduates and allow them to put the knowledge gained into practice. “There is need for students studying agriculture to be gainfully employed by the government; there should indeed be automatic employment offer for them. “If the government can do that, it will motivate others to have passion for the course and that will really help in boosting Nigerian economy.
WHO boss 'rethinking' Mugabe goodwill ambassador post.The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador in the face of growing criticism over the move. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among key WHO member states and opposition figures in Zimbabwe who noted that the country's healthcare system, like many of its public services, has been rife with problems under Mugabe's decades-long leadership. Mugabe
Agric financing raises hope of economic recovery. The agricultural sector has recorded impressive growth in recent years despite the decline in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) thanks to funding from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through commercial banks, Head of Agriculture Department at the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc Olabode Abikoye has said. He said the sector recorded positive growth of above four per cent last year despite the decline in the oil and non-oil sectors, saying the sector thrived in terms of the GDP due to the government’s economic diversification which brought more funding to the sector at a time contributions from the oil sector have nosedived. “The Nigerian economy is import-dependent with very little non-oil exports. It relies substantially on crude oil and gas exports with other sectors trailing far behind. The economy is, therefore, susceptible to shocks in the oil and gas industry. In recent times, these shocks have been caused by either developments in the international crude oil market or unease in the Niger Delta region. Despite the challenges in the macro environment, businesses are increasing investments in mechanised farming and other activities in the agric value chain, such as processing, storage, packaging, delivery and logistics,” he said. Agriculture
Friday, October 20, 2017
Lagos fights mosquitoes, to inaugurate Community Vector Control Point. An environmentalist, Mr Oluwasegun Benson, on Wednesday said that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State would officially inaugurate the Community Vector Control Point (CVCP) in Lagos on Thursday, Oct. 26. Benson, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Ltd., said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. He said that the CVCP project was expected to help provoke a rapid decline in diseases caused by mosquitoes and other vectors in the state. He noted that the diseases were posing a threat to the well-being of the state, adding the CVCP would aid efforts to reduce the incidence of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the state.
What does the bump on the egg indicate? A bump on the egg’s head might indicate a serious problem. The image below was provided by Roodbont Publishers and is part of the Look, Think, Act series that will be published weekly on World Poultry. Hover over the icons within the image for more information.