Nigeria launches traceability system to monitor livestock

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the National Animal Identification System and Traceability System (NAITS) to solve some of the challenges faced in the livestock sector. The system tech is part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) meant to foster greater prosperity through reforms that will make the livestock sector “more productive and sustainable” at the…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria permitted back to Nigerian ports

NIGERIA – With the conditional approval of the Federal Government, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has returned to Nigerian seaports to take part in cargo examination, eleven years after it was fired. Farouk Salim, the agency’s Director-General, stated that the organization was seeking cooperation from other government agencies to guarantee a smooth return to the ports, noting that Section…

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Seed Co introduces hybrid crop seeds in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Seed Co, a developer of certified hybrid crop seeds, has concluded plans to introduce into the market hybrid seeds for wheat, millet, fruits, and vegetables which are climate-smart and disease-tolerant, in Kaduna. Kolade Dada, the company’s Managing Director, revealed this at the company’s recently held 2022–2023 grand finale, which featured a display of its products. Agric regulatory organizations,…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria commences nationwide calibration exercise

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has launched a free nationwide calibration program for industries in order to guarantee equity and fairness in measurement and provide Nigerian goods a chance to compete on the international market. Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, opened the free calibration exercise in Kano by stating that the exercise would make sure that…

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South Africa, Nigeria report cases of African Swine Fever

SOUTH AFRICA/NIGERIA – Over the past two months, new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been recorded in seven provinces of South Africa and some Southern States of Lagos and Abia in Nigeria. Additional 13 ASF occurrences have been formally reported by South Africa’s veterinary agency to the World Organization for Animal Health since the end of August (WOAH).…

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SON issues MANCAP certification to 16 businesses

NIGERIA – 16 businesses in Anambra State now have MANCAP certificates thanks to the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). The certificates pertain to 36 products that the organization had examined and approved as suitable for both domestic and foreign markets. Mallam Salim Farouk, the Director General of SON, who presented the certifications to the businesses in Awka, the state capital,…

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GMOs still at large in Nigeria’s market despite stakeholders’ concerns about safety

NIGERIA – A survey by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has found that over 30 different genetically modified (GM) products are in the Nigerian market, despite calls from stakeholders for the government to review the country’s entire biosafety framework in order to shield Nigerians from consuming unwholesome foods.  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are products of genetic engineering which is…

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NAFDAC to reinforce surveillance activities in Kaduna state

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is set to embark on surveillance visits to restaurants and fast food outlets in Kaduna state. The goal, according to Nasiru Mato, the State Coordinator for NAFDAC, is to ensure the operators adhere to appropriate hygiene practices. According to Mr. Mato, the agency had noticed that several…

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Nigeria yet again takes strides in regulating GM sector, adopts stacked genes regulations

NIGERIA – Nigeria has adopted national guidelines on the regulation of genetically modified plants with a combination of two or more genes of interest in the genome of a single plant (stacked genes). The objective of these guidelines is to provide guidance and information on the risk assessment and risk management requirements and procedures for plants with Genetically Modified (GM)…

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SON cautions manufacturers against patronizing calibration charlatans

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged manufacturers to employ the services of the National Metrology Institute (NMI) in calibrating their instruments. Mallam Farouk Salim, Director General of SON gave the charge against patronizing quacks while flagging off a sensitization campaign in Abeokuta. He claimed that the event’s topic, “Meeting Global Competitiveness,” was consistent with efforts made…

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