Triumph for cassava farmers as Bayer launches herbicide to increase yields

NIGERIA – Bayer Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, , one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, has developed and launched a new crop protection product known as Lagon to help farmers tackle the problem of weeds in cassava and raise yield. Tested on more than 200 trials and demos across Nigeria and Tanzania, Lagon was rated among the top best pre-emergent herbicides for control of both grasses and broad-leaf weeds in cassava. “The launch of Lagon aims to provide a big relief to farmers. These are…

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Nigeria’s biotech stakeholders push for alliances in genome-editing research

NIGERIA –  Nigeria’s biotechnology stakeholders have challenged local experts to forge stronger ties and collaborations in hastening genome-editing research whose results carry enormous prospects to solve regional problems. In a joint communique, the stakeholders affirmed the benefits of genome editing in improving food security and nutrition in Nigeria and the region. The statement, signed and adopted by 17 biotechnologists, has proposed a raft of measures aimed at facilitating efficient acceptance and utilization of this technology and its products. The biotechnologists are calling on the Federal Government of Nigeria to sustain…

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NAFDAC urges export traders to ensure registration of products

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has at a one-day South-East Stakeholders’ Sensitization on Registration and Guidelines for Export Trade held in Enugu, counselled export stakeholders to endeavor to seek proper registration of their products to prevent their rejection. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, represented by the Director, South-East Zonal Office of the agency, Mrs. Olajumoke Ojetokun, said that NAFDAC offices are open for free counselling and guidance to help exporters get it right. She admonished exporters to make use of…

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Nigeria risks surge in substandard products as AfCFTA implementation commences

NIGERIA – Nigeria may be at risk of becoming a hub for substandard products especially with the commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which has opened more doors for goods within Africa to come into the country. For years, one of the major regulators of standards in the country, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been ejected from Nigerian seaports. The Federal government in 2012 banned SON from carrying out the inspection of products that come into the country at the ports, giving reasons that the…

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NAFDAC cautions on irresponsible use of chemicals, seizes unlicensed milk

NIGERIA – National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged food vendors and market women to desist from using dangerous chemicals as preservatives or catalyst to ripen fruits, saying it constitutes risk to major human organs. Speaking at the flag-off of the agency’s sensitization campaign, the NAFDAC Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director, Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the Agency, Mr. Sheriff Olagunju, attributed the increasing rate of kidney diseases and cancer in the country to irresponsible use of drugs…

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Crown Flour Mill Ltd acquires FSSC 22000 certification

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Crown Flour Mill Ltd (CFM), one of the top 10 millers in the world, have received the Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000 certification. FSSC 22000 is designed to help organizations establish and continually improve their control and management of food safety. It fully incorporates the International Organization for Standardization’s, ISO 22000 management system, with sector specific prerequisite program and additional FSSC 22000 requirements. This ensures recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which demonstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards globally, leading to international…

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SON unveils standardization strategy to bolster Nigeria’s socio-economic development

NIGERIA – The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has unveiled what is tagged the Nigeria National Standardization Strategy (NNSS) to unlatch a total of 658 standardization projects in key priority areas classified by economic sectors as highlighted in the federal government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP). Explaining the NNSS at a capacity building workshop for media practitioners, the Director, Standards Development, SON, Chinyere Egwuonwu said it is a document that identifies priorities for standardization in a country based on an assessment of national…

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NAFDAC shuts down 38 sachet water production outlets

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has closed down 38 sachet water production outlets in Sokoto State, Nigeria, for flouting various production laws. NAFDAC State Coordinator in Sokoto, Malam Garba Adamu, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no fewer than 300 sachet water popularly called “Pure Water” production outlets were registered in the 23 local government areas in the state. He noted that the exercise was part of the routine operations of the agency aimed at safeguarding…

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NAFDAC, ATWAP join hands to aid purification of water

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) are working together to adopt up-to-date methods of table water purification in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Table water is purified water from a natural source in which impurities are reduced to over 99%. Mineral and spring water have significantly higher levels of minerals and salts of non-biological nature, and are usually extracted from a natural underground water source by not undergoing the stringent process of impurities from the table, through…

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NAFDAC warns on use of formalin to preserve food, nabs man over product counterfeiting

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned meat and fish sellers against the use of formalin to preserve the products as it is harmful and not meant for consumption. Formalin, a colorless substance is derived from formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. The best-known use for formalin is the preservation of dead bodies in mortuaries Speaking at the sensitization programme on the dangers of using local medicine, in Birnin Kebbi, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, said the sensitization was…

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