Nigeria’s biotech agency roll out outreach program to encourage GM cowpea consumption

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched a nutrition outreach program aimed at increasing consumption and boosting the demand of genetically modified Bt cowpea in the country. The outreach campaign, dubbed ‘Eating is Believing’ further seeks to demonstrate the food safety and nutrition effects of Bt cowpea, Nigeria’s first biotech food crop. It also aims at sensitizing the Nigerian population on this new bean, the pod borer resistant (PBR) cowpea, variety developed to resist the…

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Tanzania’s agricultural scientists detect Banana bunchy top disease in country

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s agricultural scientists have raised an alarm over a deadly banana disease recently detected in the country that can reduce banana production by up to 90 percent as infected plants will be severely stunted. This was after DNA samples from banana plants with typical Banana bunchy top disease symptoms from Buhigwe district in Kigoma region tested positive. According to the researchers, this is the first time that BBTV has been detected in Tanzania and the East African region. “BBTV or Babuvirus is considered among the most devastating banana…

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Zimbabwe develops app to furnish producers with information on best practices in beef production

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) – Beef Enterprise and Transformation (BEST) Project has spear headed the development of a mobile application called “Kurima Mari/Ukulima Imali” to assist large-scale commercial and small-scale beef producers with information on best practices in beef production. ZAGP is a response to tackle the challenges facing the livestock sector in Zimbabwe through financial support from the European Union (EU) amounting to €40 million (US$ 4,5092,800) The mobile app has six core components that include the beef information centre, health advisor, marketing, farmers chatroom,…

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Neogen Corporation ties up with multinational conglomerate 3M

U.S – Neogen Corporation, an international developer of food safety solutions, has announced a definitive merger with 3M, an American multinational conglomerate corporation, that will see 3M’s food safety business tie up with Neogen. The combination will create an innovative leader in the food safety sector with a comprehensive product range and a strategic focus on the category’s long-term growth opportunities. According to Neogen’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Adent, this combination will enhance Neogen’s position in this new era of food security, equipping them with an expanded product…

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Ghana’s food regulator destroys 122 cartons of out-of-date Carnation milk brand

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Upper East Region of Ghana has destroyed 122 cartons of expired Carnation milk from the Bawku Senior High School. Carnation is a brand of food products specially known for its evaporated milk product created in 1899, then called Carnation Sterilized Cream and later called Carnation Evaporated Milk. The brand which was acquired by Nestlé in 1985, has since been used for other related products including milk-flavoring mixes, flavored beverages, flavor syrups, hot cocoa mixes, instant breakfasts, corn flakes, ice cream…

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