MORE SOLUTIONS IN WATER POTABILITY

Water treatment now has an enhanced face. Many solutions and interventions are today being marketed particularly in developing countries known to have some economic and awareness challenges . In Nigeria , companies in Europe have flooded the market with products each claiming effectiveness in water purity and potability

Rhizucor Nig Ltd welcomes manufacturers with integrity only to offer their products on its platform. Apart from this, such products can be distributed by our organization in Nigeria or packaged in a way that guarantees win-win scheme

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Nov 2020

E –NOSE, E TONGUE AS INTERVENTIONS TO ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY

With the need to increase the speed and reliability of detecting food fraud , some laboratories have developed e nose and e tongue and other devices that can capture the status of food on site. The era of laborious laboratory based analyses may be on its way out as research is now intensified on miniaturized, portable, hand held devices with the sensitivity expected. Ellis and co researchers, in 2015, in a paper tagged “Point and Shoot…” delved much on this and similar issues on analyses in the Agri Food sector. The Safe Food and Feed Foundation has always proposed and supported all effort to make food testing easier for direct consumers. This will further enhance the quality of human health and international trade. Now that many stakeholders are thinking along this line, achieving a global food safety, through a rapid detection and quantification technique, may be just near the next bend .
For more , please access
David I. Ellis, Howbeer Muhamadali , Simon A. Haughey , Christopher T. Elliott b and Royston Goodacre 2015. Point-and-shoot: rapid quantitative detection methods for on-site food fraud analysis – moving out of the laboratory and into the food supply chain DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02048D (Critical Review) Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 9401-9414

THE PROFILE OF FERTILIZERS IN WEST AFRICA

For 4 weeks now, WAFA, IFDC and AfricaFertilizer.org<http://africafertilizer.org/> have been providing weekly updates on the fertilizer situation in West Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with ECOWAS, UMEOA, CILSS, CORAF, and USAID.

The situation is still satisfactory logistically and financially for a timely delivery of fertilizers to producers, helped by the easing of restrictions and containment measures in several countries. Our last issue focused on price reports across the region. This week, our map shows fertilizer use in the 17 countries of West Africa on both food and cash crops.

Read our West Africa Fertilizer Watch – Weekly Analysis #4 (EN)<https://ifdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/West-Africa-Fertilizer-Watch_No-4-summary_May-1-EN.pdf> and download the past editions and full set of documents at https://ifdc.org/2020/04/10/west-africa-fertilizer-watch/

Current Highlights
Published Friday, May 1, 2020. These highlights will be updated every Friday.
·         The supply chain is working, and stocks are being built up, while some countries are taking measures to open up. This is true in Ghana and Nigeria, where the economic impacts of the pandemic may be more severe than the direct health impacts.
·         Government responses are being fine-tuned, with response plans and support programm for inputs (Togo, Nigeria, Senegal) being put in place, or for agricultural commodity chains (Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Chad).
·         Subsidies, first of all for food crops? While food crops only consume a little more than half (54%) of the fertilizers consumed in West Africa and receive barely 20% of the recommended inputs, governments should encourage local food production and maintain the production level and purchasing power of cash crop farmers. Implementation options should be based on ECOWAS regulations and the future Fertilizer Subsidy Directive, as well as existing national subsidy programs (see the map published in Issue 2 and RODEVA’s viewpoint).
·         Responses from the seed sector are being prepared with support from CORAF, which notes that enough certified seed for rice is available for the next growing season, while all other crops have a shortfall in the quantity of seed required.

_ Source=Patrice Annequin    PAEPARD