ZAMBIA - Cargill and the Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to engage in discussions to set up mini mills in various areas of rural Zambia.
KENYA - The Ministry of Agriculture has distributed 36 grain dryers at a cost of Sh390 million to the maize-growing regions ahead of the anticipated El Nino rains.
KENYA - Trans Nzoia County will invest Sh800 million in a maize miller and establish a market for farmers’ cereals.
UGANDA - East African countries have been advised to harmonize grain standards at all border posts to improve on the quality of grains traded in the region.
ZAMBIA - The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has urged the private sector to participate in maize purchase in the 2015 crop-marketing season that is expected to open next week as a way to create a readily available market for farmers.
KENYA - An Israeli firm contracted to develop a 10,000-acre model farm at the Galana-Kulalu irrigation scheme will complete its work in March 2016, opening part of the one-million-acre scheme to farmers.
KENYA - The Government has announced plans to release maize at a cheaper price to millers in the hope that it would arrest rising flour prices in the market.
NIGERIA - The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) on Tuesday said the Federal Government would partner a Chinese firm to grow sweet sorghum in the country.
NIGERIA - An agriculturist, Sola Adepomola, says the current price of cassava at N15,000 per ton has justified farmers’ adoption of the high yield cassava stems, which ultimately boosted their earnings.
SOUTH AFRICA - The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has on 7th August 2015, lodged an appeal to Agriculture, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana, against the general release approval of Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) maize, MON87460 granted by the Executive Council (EC): GMO Act.
KENYA - A ban on importing and eating genetically modified food will be lifted in a month or two.
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