Post-harvest crisis: Tomato yield drops by 40% –Report

African nations spend $35 billion annually on food importation There are indications that poor post-harvest practices have led to 40 per cent loss in tomato yield in Nigeria. The figure was revealed in a report by Rockefeller Foundation. Consequently, the poor post-harvest practice caused Nigerian economy about N170 million in revenue loss. The foundation stated that about 40 per cent of the nearly two million tons produced annually in the country were damaged before getting to the market. The report revealed that there was need for the Federal Government to…

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Govt should be blamed for teachers’ crisis in Kaduna – NUT chair

Audu Amba is the Chairman of Kaduna State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT). In this interview with BABA NEGEDU, he bares his mind on the controversial competence test conducted by the state government for the teachers, the planned sack of 21,780 teachers who were claimed to have failed the test, and its implications, among other issues affecting the system. What is the situation at present concerning the planned sack of teachers in the state? We have been telling the government the implications of this sack. At this…

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Petrol price: Marketers, depot owners’ crisis deepens

Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) fixed N133.28 as price for premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol at the depot The bickering between marketers of petroleum products and depot owners has degenerated, with representatives of both parties pointing accusing fingers at each other, triggering uncertainty over smooth supply of fuel in Lagos and its environs. Marketers of petroleum products have demanded a clamp down on private depots in Apapa over alleged total disregard by some of the depot operators for the ex-depot price fixed by the Federal Government.…

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100m people face food crisis in Nigeria, others

The World Food Programme (WFP) has estimated that over 100 million people worldwide face severe food insecurity. According to the WFP, the situation is most severe in countries affected by conflict and violence including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen, affecting over 40 million people. It stated that another 22 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Mozambique are affected by the adverse impact of climate change and environmental degradation. Besides, more than 30 million people in several of these countries and Somalia are at risk of famine…

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Oando stocks lose N10bn to crisis

Prompt action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to put on hold trading in the shares of Oando will guide against a possible run on the value of the shares of the embattled firm The crisis rocking Oando Plc due to alleged corporate governance breaches has taken a toll on the firm’s stock value between September and October 20, 2017 when trading on the shares were suspended, costing shareholders about N10.193 billion of their wealth, investigations by New Telegraph have revealed. Further checks by this newspaper showed that the…

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