ZAMBIA - HarvestPlus has provided orange maize to 100,000 farmers in the country as of December last year.
UGANDA - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda to fast track the development of a standard for sesame (commonly known as sim-sim) and implementation of the EAC maize standard.
WORLD - Asian rice prices were little changed this week, with export demand sluggish and Thai mills on an extended holiday, traders said on Thursday.
EGYPT - Local suppliers will start supplying the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) with local wheat for the next three months. The wheat will be supplied at a price of EGP 420 per one ardeb (equal to roughly 150kg), Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Khaled Hanafy, announced Monday.
WORLD - An international consortium of public and private partners plans to sequence the genome of wild emmer, an ancestor of modern wheat.
ZAMBIA - The National Union for Small-scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ) has called on Government and stakeholders in the agriculture sector to devise ways of increasing wheat production.
RWANDA - The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) is training a group of Burundian researchers how to combat the spread of maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Burundi.
NIGERIA - Nigeria’s standards regulator will work with the Cassava Weed Management Project to tackle weeds ravaging cassava fields in Africa, the Director of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Joseph Odumodu has said.
WORLD - Global milled rice trade this year is predicted to drop 2.5 per cent from that of 2014 to 41.3 million tonnes, due mainly to good stockpiles or higher production in Asia, the United Nations food agency has said.
BENIN - Investing in rice marketing could increase the production of the crop in African countries, according to rice experts who attended an international conference in Benin.
GHANA - The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has alleged massive importation of rice through the inland borders of the country in spite of the government ban on the practice.
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