TANZANIA - Tanzania is working on strategies to increase heifer production from the current 1,000 to at least 5,000 heifers per year.
KENYA - Data from the Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) shows bananas remained the most valuable fruit with harvests worth Sh18.9 billion.
ZIMBABWE - The Agricultural Marketing Authority intends to raise $55 million through the floatation of bills to buy grain produced during the 2013/2014 season, the authority said in a statement.
KENYA - The Kenya Tea Board is focusing on value-added products in the face of poor returns due to failing global prices.
TANZANIA - The government has been urged to revoke decision by East Africa member states of blocking imported dairy to the region, and instead increase local processing factories as a way of improving production.
KENYA - Tea prices dropped to a six-year low this week spelling more doom for farmers who have already been forced to take a pay cut in the wake of the sector’s dismal performance.
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa, the continent’s biggest maize producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organisation representing local farmers of the crop.
TANZANIA - Agricultural processing industries must be set up if the country is to eradicate poverty, the Science Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organisation (STIPRO) has said.
TANZANIA - The government has said that it will adhere to Kenya’s proposal of purchasing 50,000 tonnes of maize from the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to reduce the shortage of food in the East African leading economy.
RWANDA - Rwanda's coffee export earnings plummeted to $5.05m (about Rwf3.4b) during the first quarter of this year, down from $11.6m (about Rwf7.8b) in the same period last year, statistics from the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) indicate.
KENYA - Unscrupulous Chinese merchants have been smuggling raw macadamia nuts out of the country dealing a blow to the industry.