IITA in the News 2006
31 December 2006
|29 December 2006
||Vanguard newspaper, Apapa, Lagos Nigeria - GM bananas to fight wilt in Africa|
There is no doubt that farmers and governments have tried to make the most use of available methods to fight banana wilt. But these efforts need to be supported with additional alternatives—developing transgenic banana varieties resistant to banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) would boost the available arsenal to fight the disease and save livelihoods in the Great Lakes region.
|23 November 2006
||Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria: News - the Highlight of the 2007 Budget of Akwa Ibom State |
The 2007 Budget has a total estimated outlay of N144.705 billion against the total appropriation of N114.841 billion for the 2006 financial year. Of the total proposed expenditure, N37.202 billion is allocated to recurrent services while N107.503 billion is for capital programmes representing a ratio of 26 per cent to 74 per cent. The total projected recurrent revenue is put at N123.784 billion as against the corresponding estimates of N84.019 billion for 2006.
|17 November 2006
||The Tide Online - Etche council boss tasks agencies, OPS on agric dev|
The Executive Chairman, Etche Local Government Council of Rivers State, Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi , has called on relevant government agencies and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to design programmes that would promote agriculture as well as encourage farmers in the area through micro credit initiative.
|14 November 2006
||VC approves immediate start of cassava farm|
Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Celestine Onwuliri has approved the immediate commencement of integrated cassava farm project in the university.
|13 November 2006
||Cocoa Field School to begin operation, Jan|
The Cocoa Farmers Field School (FFS) is to begin operation in Edo State in January 2007 as necessary machinery are being put in place in some selected Cocoa producing areas to ensure effective take off.
|06 November 2006
||AFRICA@VOANEWS.COM - Sustainable Tree Crops Program Boosts Africa's Cocoa Crop|
This week’s feature series is on the effect of agriculture on Africa’s economies. Tonight’s topic: cocoa production. The Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP) works to improve cocoa production and distribution for small-scale farmers in West Africa. The five-year-old program is a public-private partnership.
|31 October 2006
||Burundi: Press release - banana disease|
A team of researchers have confirmed for the first time that a harmful banana bacterial disease, known as Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), has made its way into Burundi’s borders from neighboring countries, most likely Tanzania, Rwanda and possibly Democratic Republic of Congo. The survey was sponsored by the Crop Crisis Control project (C3P) led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
|30 October 2006
||An Inconstant Mind - Where enterprise feeds hunger|
In a continent where traditional methods of farming no longer work, where nutrients get sucked out and pests spread faster than plants, the Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) now boasts of having saved from extinction one of Africa's most important food crops--cassava--by releasing insects to biologically control pests and implementing selective breeding to improve yields.
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