Video: Rice farmers mull 24m mt production

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Illustration: more adolescents infected with HIV globally, says UNAIDS

===The National Agency for the Control of AIDS says 95% of HIV/AIDS funding is provided by donor agencies.

Dr Sani Aliyu, Director General of NACA, at the public screening of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s “Keep the Promise” to AIDS video campaign, urged government and all stakeholders to take seriously the responsibility of providing treatment for victims of the disease.

====The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria says its members have the capacity to produce 24 million metric tonnes of rice annually.

The RIFAN National Treasurer, Alhaji Sadiq Daware, said that the development resulted from encouragement and capacity building of rice farmers by the present administration.

===The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice says it heard 352 cases, delivered 127 judgements and has 90 pending cases from the first quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2018.

The court, at the hand-over ceremony of the president of the court and the college of judges to the new judges in Abuja, said that the reduction in the number of judges from seven to five posed an existential threat to the court’s activities.

===Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, has urged scientists at the on-going 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum in Kigali, to explore ways to improve the quality, packaging and delivery of climate information.

Biruta said providing forecasts in a more flexible manner and interactive web portal would help farmers to access information about various factors that could affect different crops such as total rainfall for the coming season to enable them to determine the right crops to grow.

====Zimbabwe’s newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to open a probe into violence which followed the country’s first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.

Mnangagwa said his administration would inaugurate a commission of inquiry to investigate the incident and publish their findings to put closure and finality to the matter.


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