KENYA - Agriculture PS Sicily Kariuki says the move is aimed at bringing the depots closer to farmers for buying and drying of growers’ produce to enable them sell their produce without having to travel long distances.
ZAMBIA – Zambia’s cassava production is expected to be boosted following the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) approval of a US$30 million loan that will accelerate inclusive economic growth and sustainable livelihood.
ZIMBABWE - A University of Zimbabwe agricultural economist has proposed the introduction of a levy to fund the Strategic Grain Reserve (SRG).
NIGERIA - Apparently irked by the huge amount of money spent on importation of rice on a yearly basis, stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called for concerted actions to boost local capacity in rice production in order to reduce the importation of the product and boost foreign exchange reserve.
KENYA - A cassava revolution is taking over in coastal counties that have for decades been left to the mercy of perennial dry weather conditions, hunger and dependence on relief food.
KENYA - The government has blocked millers from buying 20,000 bags of maize directly from the Galana irrigation scheme.
NIGERIA - The Presidency yesterday met with governors of some rice-producing states concerning a new policy on agriculture and food sustainability with a view to banning importation of rice into Nigeria in the next two years.
ETHIOPIA - Promising International Trading, a UK company and Phoenix Commodities, are supplying 60pc and 40pc of the 222,000tn of wheat the government is buying for the replenishment of the strategic grain reserve.
ZAMBIA - Govt has with immediate effect banned the importation of wheat saying Zambian farmers have the capacity to meet local demand.
TANZANIA - The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat is investigating allegations that Uganda charges 18 per cent value added (VAT) on rice from Tanzania.
UGANDA - Thirteen thousand maize farmers under the association, Masindi District Farmers Association (MADFA), are set to resume exporting maize flour to South Sudan and Kenya after sorting out quality issues.
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