ZAMBIA - The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) says there is need to enhance access to information among small-scale farmers if they are to adopt genetically modified crops.
ZIMBABWE - Government has almost completed the process of taking back the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. He said the move would ensure cotton farmers are paid viable prices.
GHANA - A set of guidelines to guide the production of palm oil in some West African countries has been developed by participants at a workshop in Accra.
ZIMBABWE - Cottco Holdings Limited (Cottco) has registered a $30,2 million loss in the full year to March 31, 2015 from a profit of $14,9 million recorded in the same period last year.
GHANA - Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Unilever Ghana, has described the palm oil sub-sector as the next “gold” for the country if it can meet the increasing global demand for sustainable palm oil.
TANZANIA - The National Development Corporation (NDC) is in the final process of establishing an integrated large scale commercial farm for palm oil mainly for production of edible oil and electricity in the Coast Region.
NIGERIA - The dyeing cotton, textiles and garments industry may soon be awaken as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is extending life support to them through the Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF).
ZAMBIA - The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) is optimistic that once Zambia is given the permission to adopt genetically-engineered cotton that produces its own insecticide, it will help in reduce various challenges faced by farmers to effectively contribute to the sector’s development.
NIGERIA - The General Manager, West African Cotton Company Limited (WACOT) Pankaj Chawla, said Nigeria has non-oil revenue of $320 million from exports of sesame, representing 10 per cent of the total sum of $3.2 billion global trade of the cash crop.
KENYA - Rift Valley Textile Mills (Rivatex) is set to get Sh680 million from the government to finance its expansion plan.
ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia has earned 477 million USD annual revenue on the average by exporting 302, 598 tonnes of oil seed during the past five years.
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