FAO: World cereal utilisation reduced by 24.7mt

World cereal utilisation for 2020 has been reduced by 24.7 million tonnes since the previous report of April, as a result of COVID-19 impact on economic growth, energy markets, and, to a lesser extent, feed demand, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations said in a report released this week. The reduction stems mainly from a 22.4 million tonnes downward revision to the 2019-20 maize utilisation, mostly in the United States of America and China, reflecting a sudden slowdown in feed and industrial demand. The forecast for total…

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FAO hails China initiatives on Africa’s food security

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative in Kenya, Gabriel Rugalema, said that new initiatives rolled out on food security and agricultural growth by China will help African countries achieve their industrialisation goals on schedule. China had pledged at the event that it will support Africa in achieving general food security by 2030, work with Africa to formulate and implement a programme of action to promote China-Africa cooperation on agricultural modernization. During an interview with Xinhua in Nairobi, Kenya, Rugalema said apart from food availability, the new initiatives…

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Food security: Reinforcing agric insurance

Nigeria’s quest to become self-sufficient in food production has continued to gain traction especially through sudden realisation of the role insurance plays in developing the agric sector. SUNDAY OJEME reports     Although agric insurance had existed for long in the country with services provided by the Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation (NAIC), recent development espoused by the Federal Government through the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has added some positive fillip to the endeavour. Apart from issuing licences to more underwriters to give covers…

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New food seasoning hits Nigerian market

A new food seasoning called UMA curry mix seasoning has made its entry into the Nigerian food seasoning market. A curry brand of Japanese origin, UMA, according to a statement, is now available in retail outlets nationwide. Managing Director, Green Diamond (the owners of UMA Curry Mix Brand), Engr. Anthony Okpara, disclosed this in Lagos, while speaking with market traders and distributors of the product. He explained that Nigerians are health-conscious people and as such deserve to be offered the best, which is why the new food seasoning is good…

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Housewife allegedly poison’s mate’s food in Jigawa

The Jigawa Police Command said it had arrested a 45-year-old housewife (name withheld), who allegedly poisoned to death her 14-year old housemate, Zulfa’u Amadu, in Kangan Village in Taura local government area. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Jinjiri Abdu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday. Jinjiri said that the suspect, on May 4, prepared lunch for the family and allegedly put rat poison in Zulfa’u’s share of the food. He explained that the incident occurred in Kangan village, barely six days after…

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… Raises alarm over food poisoning outbreak

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has alerted the public aboutfood poisoning outbreak in South Africa. In a statement, Adewole described the outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa as food poisoning caused by eating food items such as meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables contaminated by listeria monocystogene. To this end, the minister for health said, “The Nigerian public is advised to wash their fruits and vegetables properly and ensure that meat products are well cooked before consumption.” Adewole called for increased vigilance at the points of entry into the…

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A festival of food, flavours

Hundreds of Food and Beverage enterprises, nutritionists, food artists including hundreds of world class chefs, caterers and food aficionados, gathered last week at Harbour Point, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos for exhibitions of various world class foods, beverages and assorted types of drinks.  It was actually the third edition of fiesta of flavours for family and friends, an annual food fair hosted by FirstBank- aimed at providing varieties of food and fun activities for both adults and kids while promoting the business, art and entertainment of food. Different…

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Man, 50, kills wife for starving him of food

A 50-year-old man, Tanko Bamaiyi, has reportedly killed his 30-year-old wife, Auta, because she refused to serve him food. Bamaiyi was arrested at Maigoge village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State, claiming he killed his wife because she starved him of food. It was learnt that he married Auta over 10 years ago, It was also learnt that in the heat of argument over food, the suspect took a machete and killed his wife. He reportedly threw the machete into a river in his community. Bamaiyi told our…

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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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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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