GHANA - Dr. Gideon Agbley, Executive Member of the Cashew Industry Association of Ghana has recommended the establishment of a cashew development levy to finance the industry and enable it to function effectively.
ZAMBIA - China-Africa Cotton Limited has expressed interest in revamping operations at the defunct Zambia China Mulungushi Textiles (ZCMT), where the company intends to process an annual 40,000 tonnes of cotton it grows in Eastern Province.
ZAMBIA - The country is expected to record low soyabean yields in the 2015/16 farming season due to a shortage of seed in the country.
KENYA - Increased demand for sisal fibre by western and middle-eastern countries has led to rising exports creating a scarcity of the raw material for local spinners.
AFRICA - The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has moved a step further towards abolishing subsidies offered to cotton farmers in rich countries after negotiators agreed that the State support should be removed by July next year.
TANZANIA - Sunshine Industrial Limited of Dodoma has assured sunflower farmers in the country a ready market for their produce because it will be buying between 50,000 and 100,000 tonnes of the crop annually from them.
GHANA - Mr Winfred Osei Owusu, President of Cashew Industry Association of Ghana has called for a higher level of commitment from policy makers towards the development of the cashew sector, reports Ghana News Agency.
ZIMBABWE - The cotton industry has moved to stem side-marketing of the crop by setting up a new system for procuring seed cotton.
GHANA - The Agence Francaise de Development (afd) and the Agricultural Development Bank (adb) have signed a €17.7million financial agreement for implementing phase-five of the rubber outgrower plantation project.
ZAMBIA - The Zambia Cotton Ginners Association (ZCGA) has urged farmers to start collecting seed from ginning companies in readiness for the the 2015/16 farming season.
ZIMBABWE - Cottco Holdings Limited (Cottco) shareholders are meeting next month to consider government’s proposal to take over the struggling company’s debt and convert it to equity.
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