GHANA - Mrs Angela Dannson, Director, Projects Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has encouraged stakeholders in the rice value chain to aggressively market rice produced in Ghana.
NIGERIA - Nigeria aims to be self-sufficient in both rice and wheat production within three years, a document by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration seen by Reuters showed at the weekend, a massive undertaking given current production levels.
SOUTH AFRICA - Maize producers desperate for rain and already in record debt will implore the government to provide guarantees for new bank loans as the worst drought in 23 years leaves farmers short of collateral before the new planting season.
NIGERIA - Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu has said Nigeria can save as much as N500 billion annually with the increased local production of wheat.
ZAMBIA - A new report by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) has revealed that the maize open border policy does not make Zambia food-insecure, but will help expand its market for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the economy at large.
AFRICA - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with project "Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa" (TAMASA) has received nothing less than N2.4 billion ($12 million) grants from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost maize production in Sub-Sahara African countries of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the next four years.
KENYA - Scientists at a State-owned research agency have made a breakthrough in developing maize seed variety that is resistant to deadly virus that saw Kenya suffer losses estimated at Sh4.7 billion last year.
NIGERIA - Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that the new rice policy of the federal government to be released soon would rejuvenate local rice farming for maximum production in the country.
SOUTH AFRICA - South African prices for yellow maize, used mostly for animal feed, scaled their highest peaks in 2015 on Monday as drought concerns mounted, fuelling food price pressures in the SA economy.
ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia is breaking its own wheat import record with the latest invitation by the government to 11 companies to supply one million tonnes.
NIGERIA - Several billions of Naira investment in the country’s rice value chain may be endangered with plans by the government to open land borders for the importation of rice.