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Chemical protection of crops has become an important part of crop farming for which certain facts must be understood. In fact, the development of chemicals protection for crop plants is an important activity within the chemical industry. Some of these chemicals, the insecticides, are also very important in combating plant, human and animal diseases. Without chemicals, many crops would suffer dramatic losses. Food crops must compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of worms and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects. Even the threats don’t stop once crops leave fields – bugs, molds and rodents can all cause damage in
In eighteenth century Japan, human waste played a vital role in agriculture. It was the summer of 1724, and two groups of Japanese villages were arguing over a sewage issue in Osaka. The dispute was about waste removal, but not quite in the way one would imagine. The villages weren’t arguing about whose job it was to dispose of the filth, but rather about who had the rights to collect it, keep it, and use it. Notably, the village residents didn’t consider the substance filth. They used a special term, night soil, to describe the product they were after. And
Changing the Agricultural Story Compiled by Olusegun Falade 10,000 years ago marked the beginning of agriculture. Before that time, earlier humans survived on wild fruits, veggies and animal hunting. But when years of casting seeds aside caused plants to spring up in unexpected places, our ancestors started considering the possibility of cultivating close to home. Many more years led to several improvements from planting styles to irrigation methods to domestication of animals. Even though it took a lot of time and hard work, they were able to achieve a certain level of farming that worked well for them. Fast forward
The Gluten Diet Compiled by Olusegun Falade Gluten has been a controversial food topic in recent times. Most sources claim that it is safe for everyone except those who have celiac disease. On the other hand, some health experts believe that gluten is harmful for most people. But what, really, is gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in wheat, rye, spelt, barley, bread, pasta, cereals, beer, cakes, cookies, pastries. Of the gluten-containing grains, wheat is by far the most commonly consumed. The two main proteins in gluten are glutenin and gliadin, but the latter is responsible for most
10 Health and Nutrition Tips That Are Actually Good for the system Compiled by Akeem Ayorinde Health is one of the most basic values of life. Every individual is responsible for their health, and must take it sacrosanct. According to the World Health Organization, Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. There is an age-long aphorism which goes thus; ”health is wealth.” Keeping a healthy lifestyle can also influence the longevity and self-esteem of the individual. Hence, our health is very important to us, both physiologically and
Compiled by Babatunde Famokunwa Maize is so important to man’s diet that we can almost not do without it. We either eat it roasted or cooked. There are a lot of things that maize can be processed into, for human consumption. Highlighted below are different foods that maize can be converted to: Cooked maize Roasted corn Corn flakes Semo Tuwo Costad Pap Livestock feeds Egbo Pop corn Oat Maize cake These are few out of many foods that maize can be used for. Corn contains different types of vitamins depending on the type of corn.    
compiled by Olusegun Falade Sustainable agriculture, according to wikipedia.org, refers to farming in sustainable ways, which means meeting society’s food and textile present needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability focuses on the business process and practice of a farm in general, rather than a specific agricultural product. Sustainable agriculture produces safe food with high nutritional value. The quality of food is now more important than ever before. Numerous studies found out that the nutritional content of grains, fruits and vegetables keeps decreasing. Scientists believe that popular high yielding varieties of crops often have poorer capacity
Health benefits of bananas compiled by Temiloluwa Babatayo ​​1. ​Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6​ Vitamin B6 from bananas is easily absorbed by your body and a medium-sized banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs.Vitamin B6 helps your body: produce red blood cells, metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy, metabolise amino acids, remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and maintain a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs. 2. Bananas are respectable sources of
Compiled by Adeniyi Olayanju Vegetables are well known for their dietary and medicinal importance. Besides, their socio-economic values could not be overemphasized. However, one of the major constraints to their sustainable production is soil fertility, particularly under tropical soil condition, Celosia argentea is an annual herbaceous vegetable of the family Amaranthaceae. It is an important leaf vegetable in South-Western Nigeria. Celosia argentea is a small genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word (kelos\ meaning “burned,” and refers to the flame-like flower heads. In Nigeria, six species of
Milk has been enjoyed throughout the world for thousands of years (1Trusted Source). By definition, it’s a nutrient-rich fluid that female mammals produce to feed their young. The most commonly consumed types come from cows, sheep and goats. Western countries drink cow’s milk most frequently. Milk consumption is a hotly debated topic in the nutrition world, so you might wonder if it’s healthy or harmful. Below are 5 science-backed health benefits of milk so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you. 1. Milk Is Packed With Nutrients. 2. It’s A Good Source of Quality Protein. 3. Milk
Have you ever wondered if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Botanists classify tomatoes as a fruit because they develop from the ovary of flowering plants and contain seeds. However, because tomatoes are prepared and served like vegetables, they are often thought of as a type of vegetable. Regardless of the category tomatoes fall into they are delicious and nutritious. Nutrition Facts The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for one small, whole tomato measuring 2 2/5″ in diameter (91 g). Calories: 16 Fat: 0.2g Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 3.5g Fiber: 1.1g Sugars: 2.4g Protein: 0.8g Carbs
A farm plan is a document assessing site specific aspects of a property and outlining best management practices (BMPs) identified as necessary to avoid potential negative environmental impacts. The plan contains an assessment of the site and outlines a series of actions developed to meet a farmer’s goals while protecting water quality and natural resources. No matter which option you choose, what you require will vary depending upon the location, size and scale of your proposed development and the likely impact or change to the surrounding land. Within certain zones, the detail required to demonstrate sound management may be difficult
Whether you have owned a farm for years, or you’re simply interested in the field of agriculture, there are plenty of ways to break into the writing scene with other freelance agriculture writers. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert on tilling the land and taking care of animals in order to write profound, informative pieces on agriculture; however, you do have to be creative, clear and concise. Tips For Breaking Into The Agriculture Writing Industry: 1. Know how to market your education and background. For instance, I attended Michigan State University, one of the top agriculture colleges in
Farmers in most parts of Africa have always waited for the rains before they begin to plant their crops. To them, a season begins with the coming of rains. However, that may be all about to change due to the findings of a research project that used satellite data to work out what causes the growing season to start. According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period — known as photoperiod — as
As humans advance to solve specific problems, another set of challenges emerges. This is one of the several paradoxes of development. The protracted efforts to combat climate change and its debilitating effect on the human race has raised other problems, one of which is the invasion of some deadly parasites on the farms. Climate change and Africa’s high population growth rate and rapid urbanization necessitate intensification of agriculture in the continent, such as producing more from the same piece of land. However, more pests and diseases come with intensification, especially from soilborne threats, such as nematodes. In a research review

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