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Stakeholders Chart Release of Vitamin A Cassava in Nigeria

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

By Paul Ilona,

Ibadan, October 13, 2010: Ahead of the World Food Day which comes up on 16 October 2010, agriculture and health experts are holding talks in Ibadan to discuss the progress made in breeding new varieties of cassava that can provide Vitamin A through the diet.

The nutritionally-improved cassava will give more Nigerians access to Vitamin A and help fight ‘hidden hunger.’

Pre-varietal release trials of the varieties across the country have proven that farmers find them irresistible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Africa needs more seed companies to push out improved maize varieties

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

From Godwin Atser,

African governments have been urged to encourage the emergence of more seed companies that will multiply, market, and disseminate improved maize varieties to farmers to boost food production.

So far, in the West African region, only Nigeria has a relatively vibrant seed industry with about 12 emerging private sector-driven seed companies. Ghana and Mali have three each, while the Republic of Benin has none.

Researchers say this development needs to change for Africa to taste the much awaited Green Revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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