UGANDA - Ministry of agriculture is issuing cassava seed traders with movement permits to reduce on the number of people selling cassava planting materials from uncertified suppliers.
GHANA - Small Actions for Enterprise (SAFE Ghana), a Ho-based non-governmental organization is empowering farmers in the Volta Region to increase rice production in the region to 60,000 hectares by 2020.
KENYA - Transnational Bank has partnered with BrazAgro, a farm machinery dealer, to issue grain farmers with funds to purchase storage facilities at an interest rate of 9pc.
ZIMBABWE - The Grain Marketing Board has 118 000 tonnes of maize in its Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR), well below the 500 000 tonnes that the SGR should hold at any given time.
KENYA - National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) faces a major logistical challenge after failing to move old grain from its warehouses to create room for new harvest expected in three months.
MALAWI - Malawi's Grain Traders and Processors Association has faulted the government for importing maize from Tanznaia and Zambia instead of asking private traders to supply it.
KENYA - The viability of the Sh260 billion Galana Kulalu Irrigation Project in Tana River County will be known next month when the first maize crop is harvested.
CAMEROON - Agro-industries in the country still spend huge amounts of money to import raw materials like maize, cassava and sorghum for production.
ZAMBIA - The Centre for Trade Policy and Dialogue (CTPD) says maize export restrictions have a negative impact on the growth of the agricultural sector as farmers switch to other crops for fear of future bans, resulting in reduced maize production, and low government revenue.
TANZANIA - The East Africa Community (EAC) partner states have imposed Common External Tariff to help traders and farmers in the community to benefit from what they grow and protect rice smuggling that destroy small scale farmers engaged in paddy production in the region.
TANZANIA - Tanzania has been banned to export rice to the East African market due to poor quality of the crop, a situation that will hurt livelihoods of farmers and the economy in the long run.
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