NIGERIA - The controversy that has trailed the rice import allocations for 2014 notwithstanding, the federal government at the weekend went ahead to review downwards, its import target for the commodity to 1.3 million metric tonnes (MT).
NIGERIA - Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has trained over 200 farmers from Odeda and Abeokuta North Local Government areas of Ogun State ahead of farming season with a view to equipping them with modern agricultural techniques and expertise required for massive production, distributing 600 bundles of improved cassava stems to them.
SOUTH AFRICA - Wheat output in South Africa, the continent’s biggest grower of the cereal after Ethiopia, fell 6.4 percent in 2014, making it the smallest harvest in four years, the Crop Estimates Committee said.
RWANDA - A number of countries, including Zambia and South Sudan, have expressed interest in Rwanda’s Irish potatoes, a development that could turn around the fortunes of farmers and expand the country’s exports base and revenue.
ZIMBABWE - Farmers have been urged to adopt drought-resistant maize varieties to counter the effects of persistent droughts and erratic rainfall patterns caused by climate change.
EAST AFRICA - The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.
KENYA - Maize germination in the country’s breadbasket of North Rift has attained 90 per cent rate, improving prospects of a good harvest this year.
ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia is to begin the export of around 180,000ql of teff flour, one of the country’s major food staples by the next fiscal year, following the embargo set by the government on the export of teff in 2006.
ZAMBIA - This year's early distribution of inputs under the Fertiliser Support Programme (FISP) will help to increase maize productivity in the country, Chitimukulu Agriculture Cooperative secretary Humphrey Kacholi has said.
ZAMBIA – Research scientists have come up with draft Aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in the region.
NIGERIA - The Executive Director, Lake Chad Research Institute, Dr. Gbenga Olabanji, has said that Nigeria will achieve the 68 per cent local wheat production target by the end of the year as local wheat production is rising in the country.
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