TANZANIA - The government has projected a bumper harvest of food crops this year, allaying fears of the possibility of food shortages in many parts of the country.
KENYA - Farmers are holding up to four million bags of maize, creating an artificial shortage in the market, the Agriculture ministry said in a food security report last week.
The ministry has warned farmers and traders against hoarding, saying they are distorting the market.
KENYA - The cost of seeds should go down after Treasury secretary Henry Rotich scrapped all taxes on imported inputs used in seed production.
NIGERIA - Improved maize germplasm developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and disseminated across Africa is improving livelihoods, and the impact on the continent is greater than earlier imagined.
NIGERIA - With billions of naira being invested by private sector investors on rice production, industry watchers believe this is an endorsement of the Federal Government’s agricultural policy.
ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s winter wheat production is this year seen dropping by as much as 29% to 10 000 metric tonnes (mt) as structural challenges affecting viability of the cereal's production persist, a top farming expert says.
NIGERIA - The International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Breweries and Psaltry International Limited to promote production of cassava in commercial quality.
KENYA - Wheat production in Narok County is expected to reduce by 40 per cent this season due to drought that set in during the crop's booting (flowering) stage.
KENYA - Kenya’s strategic maize reserves held at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has dropped to half of the optimum level of five million bags, underlining the food crisis facing Kenya.
ZAMBIAThe Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), in partnership with Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), is conducting a research to help Government improve the way it regulates the agriculture sector, especially on the ban of maize exports.