ZAMBIA – Zambia lacks price information systems to facilitate the development of the small-holder horticultural supply chains, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) has said.
KENYA - Four Kenya-based flower firms have shifted to Ethiopia as a result of punitive taxes that are making the horticulture industry uncompetitive in the global market, industry players have said.
SOUTH AFRICA - A serious outbreak of a fungal disease that has been responsible for decimating millions of hectares of banana plantations across the world, could now pose a threat to SA’s R1.5bn banana industry.
KENYA - The lender announced last Friday that Kuria Muchiru and Muniu Thoiti will take over as joint receivers with immediate effect from Mr Small and Kieran Day, who took control of the flower firm in February last year.
ETHIOPIA - Fontana Flowers Plc, the largest Indian based horticulture company in neighbouring Kenya will begin operation of its horticulture farm in Ethiopia in the next few weeks at the cost of 11 million dollars.
NIGERIA - The European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS has refuted reports that the EU has banned the import of agricultural products from Nigeria.
ZAMBIA - York Farm Zambia intends to increase its rose flower production from the current six to eight hectares to meet the high demand for the commodity.
KENYA - James Finlay Ltd plans to sell its horticulture subsidiaries in Kenya and Tanzania for about $151.9 million.
ZAMBIA - Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) says improved policies and investments designed to enhance accessibility in high potential horticultural production areas are likely to encourage smallholder participation in the sector.
GHANA – The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has placed a temporary ban on exports of some vegetables to the European Union market.
NIGERIA - In a bid to curb the waste of enormous tonnes of tomatoes being produced in Kano state and to encourage investment in its production, processing, marketing and export, the state government has inaugurated a 12-man Innovation Platform on Tomato Value Chain Development.
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