UGANDA - Farmers in northern Uganda should finally get a ready market for their cassava after an ethanol extraction factory opened in Lira.
SOUTH AFRICA - The Gauteng provincial government is turning its attention to agro-processing with the aim of reviving areas that had depended on mining for growth.
KENYA - The Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority (Affa) is set to issue licences to eight tea factories, including Kenya’s second purple tea processor, to process high-value varieties.
KENYA - The New KCC kicked off a price war after the processor increased its raw milk buying price by Sh6 a kilogramme to a record Sh41 to boost its intake amid a shortage.
TANZANIA - The Japanese government has agreed to pump in 1bn/- to empower entrepreneurs who are engaged in agro-processing activities.
UGANDA - In efforts to expand market for Uganda's agricultural produce, Government has embarked on wooing more investors in agro-processing to set up investments in value addition and packaging.
NIGERIA - Current development drive in the cassava value chain in some African countries, including Nigeria, is expected to increase local and foreign earnings as well as improve Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.
NIGERIA - A partnership agreement to optimise the cassava value chain has been signed by Nigerian Breweries (NB) plc, Psaltry International Company and the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) 2SCALE project.
NIGERIA - Post-harvest losses of fruits such as mango, pawpaw, orange, guava, pineapple have gone down to about 25 percent from about 50 percent three years and beyond, due mainly to increased commercial utilisation.
KENYA - Mumias Sugar Company has suspended 52 employees in connection with the loss of an estimated Sh400 million following termination of their cane supply contracts to the miller.
ZIMBABWE - Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe expects to nearly double its cane production to 1,8 million tonnes in 2016, anchored by a programme to raise output by new farmers, its spokesperson said yesterday as the firm eyes a corresponding jump in raw sugar output to 628 000 tonnes within the next two years.
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