The worst outbreak of locusts has been seen in East Africa. In Ethiopia, it has caused a food shortage for one million people. It has been the worst outbreak to be seen in decades.

Almost 200,000 hectares have said to be affected by the insects causing the loss of up to 356,000 tons of crops such as maize, sorghum, and wheat according to the UN food and agriculture organization.

The preventive measures against these locusts have been delayed and not fully applied due to coronavirus pandemic crisis. More locusts and pests are swarming after the March rains and are a threat to not only Ethiopia but many parts of Africa and Saudi Arabia mentioned by UN agency.

East Africa attacked by the swarms of Locusts in the mid of Coronavirus Pandemic:

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, protective measures against locust swarms threatening crops in Eastern Africa are being delayed due to flight restrictions triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The supply of pesticides has been delayed and, the ones that countries have will soon run out, which will cause 4 million people to face the shortage of food to feed their families, said the FAO head of resilience for East Africa Cyril Ferrand.

 

Encouraged by the strange weather, Great numbers of locusts were found swarming and started their journey from Yemen last year and hit East Africa and the hard-hit countries were Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia which caused 20 million people to suffer from food struggles and it has now given birth to a second wave as the farmers have started planting their crops.

Ferrand said that these are ravenous and attacking insects and if the pesticide supply is still short and, if these swarms are not contained, East Africa will face significant crop damage.

FAO authorities are attempting to get hold of pesticides from local sources as the flight operations are closed and, the pesticides can’t be delivered to the affected lands.  Coronavirus has caused the governments to close down the borders as well as factories that made pesticides, which has disturbed the global supply chain and a great problem for Locusts affected countries.

 

Ethiopians are all set to make a world record in fight against climate change

Ethiopian have started a campaign of planting 4 billion trees in Ethiopia to combat the drought and deforestation. Out of 4 billion trees, 353 million trees were planted in Ethiopia in just 12 hours, and the world record was set according to the Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Innovation and technology of Ethiopia.

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Mr. Abiy Ahmed plans to overcome the situation in which 3.8 million people needed assistance caused by droughts and scanty rains in previous years as only 14% of the total land of Ethiopia is covered from the forest.

Precautionary measures for farmers working amidst the COVID-19

The significance and requirement of Agriculture are not hidden from anyone, and even in these tough times, farmers working in the field are considered essential. Some farmers live in small and crowded homes, and the concern has been raised that if COVID-19 catches only one farmer, it is likely to spread rapidly and will be difficult to control within the close-knit farming community.

The need for food is vital for every living being. With COVID-19 haunting and taking away the lives and livelihoods of many people, farmers around the world must take precautionary measures in order to survive the pandemic themselves and provide the world with food.

Agro Asia Tractors cares for the wellbeing of farmers around the world and although no vaccine currently exists to prevent Coronavirus, these simple preventive measures gathered by the team of Agro Asia Tractors against COVID-19 will surely benefit every farmer:

  • Wash your hands frequently with hand wash or soap for at least 20 seconds to clean your hands properly.
  • Understand the coronavirus yourself, and educate the people around you on how it spreads, and how to defend yourself from infection.
  • To prevent contact with Coronavirus, use protective devices such as masks, gloves, and sanitizers while you are out.
  • Maintain social distance at all times, stay at least 3 feet away while working, or communicating.
  • Keep an alcohol-based sanitizer with you all the time to disinfect as soon as possible.
  • Stop shaking your head, hugging, or any gesture that involves touching and standing next to you.
  • Keep away from the sick at all costs.
  • Remember not to touch your face and always use disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing and discard after use immediately.
  • Practice strict hygiene regimen when preparing and serving food.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning are proving to be the only way of avoiding coronavirus, since the virus has a long shelf life in plastics, woods, and surfaces. Watch lessons on how to make disinfectants and use them to clean your home and workspace. Clean your tools, vehicles, doorknobs, chairs, dishes, and everything you tend to touch or use often.
  • Have all cleaning equipment on hand, such as mops, brushes, surface cleaners, buckets, and cleaning solutions for cleaning the house and the workplaces.
  • Communicate to all workers that if any of them is sick, they should stay at home and, there will be no repercussions because employees are scared that if they leave, they will be punished. Everyone should understand that health is the priority, and if they are sick, then the first thing they can do is stay at home until they get medical assistance.
  • Plan ahead of time for any unexpected situations which can happen under the current COVID-19 situation, such as shortage of farmers or services.

We hope that any worker who is considered essential and who works in these difficult COVID-19 times, will use these measures to save themselves and their loved ones around them and play their part in stopping Coronavirus from spreading.

Coronavirus Pandemic is not only dangerous to humans but also damaging to world economies. The African economy is facing its consequences as well, African countries rely on their agricultural exports to have a viable economy, but Coronavirus Pandemic threatens nations, forced countries to closed their borders as well as businesses and markets within countries which in turn affects Africa’s agriculture business. 31 countries in Africa have implemented full border closures, whereas most of the other countries have only allowed access to basic goods.

Demand for African agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, meat and, seafood has declined, and exports are facing a decrease. The European market is showing a great decline in its demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morocco is likely to face the highest export decline because it relies heavily on the European market.

South Africa is among those 31 countries that placed border closures. Luckily, South Africa’s agricultural production has not significantly impacted by COVID-19 however, due to closed flight operations, logistical problems and, border restrictions, agricultural exports are likely to be affected. The volumes of exports will decline particularly for seafood and fresh fruits.

Algeria is also facing problems for its agricultural goods, which are exported such as, coffee, dairy items, fruit, and vegetables. Kenyans are facing a shortage of corn and, eggs and product prices have risen as Uganda’s shipments to Kenya are now unable to move through because of lockdowns.

Many African countries will experience the decline in exports of their main agricultural products such as fruit, vegetables and seafood items due to COVID -19 and, the countries that most likely encounter the decrease are Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Uganda, Mauritania, Tanzania, and Egypt.

As a result of COVID-19, regulations and restrictions are imposed throughout Africa which have had an impact on the price of various products to increase, even within countries and with borders closed, food shortages are imminent and economies are at risk.

Garcinia Kola, also known as bitter kola nut, is a native western Africa produce that grows on the Kola trees. A star-shaped fruit is produced on the Kola tree, which has 2 and 5 bitter kola nuts. These nuts are packed with caffeine, antioxidants, and are a great source of the mineral, vitamins, fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron.

For centuries, Garcinia kola tree, bitter kola nut, bark, and fruit are used as medicines to achieve health benefits. Bitter Kola has anti-infection, decongestant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and vaso-protective properties, therefore it can cure from cough to cancer.

Kola nuts are very common in Western Africa and can be found in local shops, street vendors, and houses as some buy them for a daily dose of caffeine, medicines, and some homemade remedies. Kola nuts are also used for sodas and energy drinks.

As the name states, bitter kola have a bitter taste, but its health benefits are numerous, which makes the bitter taste worthy of all the discomfort of taking it.

Here is a list of health benefits of having Bitter Kola nut,

Bitter Kola Helps with Osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis, a degeneration of the joint cartilage and the underlying bone that causes painful and stiff joints.

Bitter Kola is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that help patients with osteoarthritis to relieve pain and increase joint movements. If taken regularly, Bitter Kola is said to help cure the disease from its roots.

Bitter Kola Strengthen the Immune System:

Bitter kola nuts are rich in antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system and support the system to fight against any foreign contaminants and harmful toxins in the body and to protect the body from foreign bacteria and other diseases.

Bitter Kola Helps Fight Glaucoma:

Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve of your eye. It causes an increase in the pressure of the eyeballs. It gets worse over time and causes vision loss, and a person can end up completely blind if left untreated.

Bitter Kola is proved to be an amazing cure for glaucoma. Bitter Kola extract can be used to make an eye-drop or, it can be eaten twice a day to reduce the pressure on the eye.

Bitter Kola Acts as an Anti-Malaria Agent:

Bitter Kola has Kolaviron which has anti-malaria properties, because it is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory element. Bitter Kola has been prescribed by healers to treat malaria and many other diseases for many years.

Bitter Kola is an effective medicine for malaria as well as fever, throat and, other respiratory problems.

Bitter Kola Keeps the Respiratory System Healthy:

Along with many miraculous healing power, Bitter Kola do wonders for the respiratory system, as it is high in antioxidants, it strengthens the fibers and lung tissues and fights against any contaminant that could cause damage to the lungs. Bitter Kola also cures the sore throat, cold, cough, and chest infections.

High antioxidant properties in Bitter Kola also tend to help the smokers in curing their lung and its proper functioning, if consumed in the right amount and regularly.

Bitter Kola Helps in Weight Loss:

Bitter Kola is known as a hunger suppressant and increases the need to drink more water. Both properties are required for weight loss. Nutritionists always suggest drinking more water and eats less, which you can do without much effort by introducing and adding the miraculous Bitter Kola nut into your diet.

Adding Bitter Kola to your diet will help you reduce your hunger and increase the intake of water, and the harmful substance and extra fat will be flushed out of your body. Bitter Kola nut can be used as a snack along with all other nuts, which will lead to fewer cravings and reduced hunger and will help you lose weight.

Bitter Kola Helps with Diabetes: 

Bitter things are likely to reduce blood glucose levels, which is why Bitter Kola is known to help with diabetes. Seeds of bitter Kola intake help lower and stabilize blood glucose levels and can treat diabetes overall. It is suitable for people with diabetes 1 & 2 and any dysfunction and problems that arise due to diabetes.

Bitter Kola Helps Keep Your Mind Vigilant:

Bitter Kola is packed with caffeine, which is known to keep your senses awake and mood elevated. Bitter Kola is said to be psychological boosters that keep you focused and alert. Bitter Kola is also used to avoid sleeping due to high caffeine properties, but it must be taken at times of need as regular intake to avoid sleep can lead to insomnia, restlessness, irritation, and others.

Bitter Kola Helps to Prevent Cancer:

Bitter kola has anti-cancer properties as it has phytoestrogens that help to treat cancer and reduce tumor cell growth. Bitter Kola has compounds that are most helpful in stopping the development of prostate cancer and are also useful in the treatment of breast cancer.

Bitter Kola Acts as Diuresis:

Bitter kola has caffeine and theobromine content, which works as natural diuretics. Diuretics medications are uses to eliminate excess salt and water out of the body. Taking Bitter Kola will help in passing the excessive salt, water, and, other harmful substances out of the body through urine and keeps your body healthy and strong.

Bitter Kola Fights Food Poisoning:

Bitter Kola has anti-poisonous properties, which makes it very helpful in recovering from food poison as it fights the bacteria that cause food poisoning and its antioxidants will detoxify the body and flush out the toxins from the body and recover the patient. Bitter Kola should be consumed if someone accidentally eat the expired or contaminated food, to avoid food poisoning and other harmful effects.

Bitter Kola’s anti-poisonous nature is not only helpful in food poisoning, but can also heal and flush a snake poison out of the body if someone is bitten by a snake.

Bitter Kola nuts have wonderful healing properties, but they must be taken to the right amount to enjoy their benefits, as anything excessive could be dangerous. Bitter kola nuts properties and health benefits only make it important to have them in your home and get the best natural remedies.

On an end note, always notice if you have any negative reactions from the use of Bitter Kola, such as high blood pressure, nausea, insomnia, or others, then change the amount of Bitter Kola intake or stop the consumption altogether.

 

Bitter leaf is a herb plant whose botanical name is Vernonia Amugdalina. Bitter leaf is a native tropical African produce, which is commonly used and available for consumption and health management across Africa. Bitter leaf is considered to have many useful nutrients and, a medicinal capability for many known diseases including stomach ache, typhoid, cancer, constipation, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, eczema, dysentery, fever, hepatitis, high blood pressure, insomnia, indigestion, malaria, nausea, ringworm, obesity, schistosomiasis, skin diseases, skin rashes, wounds, and vomiting.

Bitter leaves are commonly consumed as vegetables or as a drink. Bitter leaf will provide you with the most benefit if you take it as juice or as a medicine, since cooking will take away most of the nutrients in the process and, very little benefit can be achieved. The taste of bitter leaves is not so different from its name, but the tremendous benefits of having bitter leaf will outweigh the bitter flavor.

We gather some of the benefits of consuming bitter leaf for you and, why should you always keep them in your pantry.

Help to Regulate Fever:

Many people in Africa use the bitter leaf as a fever medicine, as bitter leaf has antibacterial agents, such as flavonoids, which help to regulate body temperature and lessen fever.

Help to Minimize the Risk of Cancer.

Bitter leaf is known to have anti-cancer properties. It has andrographolide, which is known to help reduce the risk of gastric, prostate, and colon cancer. The bitter leaf extract helps boost the immune system and also prevents tumor growth and the development of breast cancer cells.

Helps in Hypertension:

Hypertension is also referred to as a silent killer. Bitter leaf can help lower blood pressure as it is rich in potassium, which helps to eliminate excess water and salt from the body and maintain the blood pressure levels.

Helps to Boost Metabolism and the Immune System:

Slow metabolism contributes to obesity and its impact, but the metabolism can be improved by miraculous bitter leaf juice. Bitter leaf juice contains Thiamine, which is an essential nutrient for the body and a booster of metabolism. It helps to remove excess fat, minimize bad cholesterol and keep you full so that your calorie intake is reduced. If taken regularly, it will help improve metabolism and aids in weight loss.

Bitter leaf also helps to strengthen the body’s immune system as it contains several nutrients that act as antioxidants, white blood cell builders and helps to generate healthy bacteria in the body to enhance the immune system.

Helps with Diabetes:

Bitter leaf contains Andrographolide that helps with diabetes as it can lower glucose levels in the body. It also increases the development of insulin, which regulates body glucose levels and help people manage their diabetes. Adding bitter leaf to the diet can help reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and various diseases.

Helps in Detoxifying:

If you are trying to keep your body and organs clean by detoxifying, bitter leaf juice can be your natural detoxifier because it contains several elements that help to clean your kidneys, liver, stomach, and lungs. Bitter leaf juice helps to eliminate all harmful toxins from your body and helps avoid the formation of a fatty liver and kidney stones.

Helps with Skin Problems:

Bitter leaf not only cleans the inside of the body but can also help us handle our skin problems. Bitter leaf is known to have several nutrients that are beneficial for skin, and when converted to paste, it can be used to soothe rashes, itchy skin, and helps in disinfecting and healing of the wounds. Not only that, but it’s also an anti-aging skin agent that makes it even more impressive.

Helps in Curing Pneumonia:

Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria or viruses in either one or both of the lungs. It’s a severe condition, and it can be fatal. Bitter leaf has not stopped surprising us with its vast medicinal properties because this wonderful herb plant helps in fighting pneumonia as well by drinking warm bitter leaf juice three times a day and wait for its wonders.

Helps with Stomach Issues:

Stomach issues usually occur in every other individual from time to time. The problems usually are diarrhea, constipation, infections, dysentery, and others, which can turn the mood and day of a person upside down. Bitter leaf is used as a remedy for stomach problems for many years and helps in relieving the pain and issues altogether and must become a part of a regular diet.

Bitter Leaf is a miracle herb plant that helps us stay healthy and strong. We can only say that it’s a must-have in your life and your pantry.

Commercial Snail Farming in Nigeria is gaining popularity because it’s a profitable business with the small capital requirement and needs a very short time in getting your return on investments.

The market prospects for snail farming in Nigeria and Africa are enormous, as snails are a significant part of the diet in many parts of Africa, due to their distinctive taste and nutritional value.

Land snail is an easily available and inexpensive source of high levels of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A with very low-fat content. Snail meat is suggested for anemia patients due to its nutrients.

There are many reasons to move towards the Snail farming business in Nigeria, such as:

  • Snails are hermaphrodites – both sexes in 1 shell, and they cross-fertilize, which makes them highly reproductive.
  • Single snail can lay eggs 6 times a year. Every time over 100 eggs are laid by a single snail.
  • Snail meat is in demand because it is packed with high nutritional elements such as iron, protein, calcium, and phosphorus with low cholesterol and fat content, making it a safe and healthy choice for all.
  • Snail meat is very delicious and loved by people all over Nigeria.
  • The demand and the market for snails is huge in Nigeria and across Africa, and supplies are not yet meeting the demand that allows filling the void by starting the snail farming business in Nigeria and distributing snails both locally and internationally.
  • Snail farming business in Nigeria has a promising future as long as responsible snail growth and consumption continue, demand for snails will only increase.
  • Commercial snail-farming in Nigeria will have a positive impact on the Nigerian economy and will help you earn more.
  • Snail Farming in Nigeria will provide people with easy access to a snail, and help minimize the imports of frozen meat.
  • Snail Farming in Nigeria will create employment opportunities.
  • Snail farming business in Nigeria requires less capital investment with low operating cost.
  • Early profits are made in this business and it is less risky than other livestock businesses.
  • Each part of the snail body can be used.
  • Snail Farming can be started with your existing job as snails don’t require a lot of attention.
  • Snail farming isn’t time-taking with no smell, no noise, and no irritation.
  • They feed and play around in the night, as a result, feeding is usually once a day.