SOUTH AFRICA - A strike at a Foskor plant in Richards Bay ended on Tuesday, but the month-long stoppage has caused a shortage in fertilisers and animal feed for farmers.
ETHIOPIA - The Federal Public Procurement & Property Administration Service (PPPDS) is buying 70,000tn of wheat, which is part of a total of 140,000tn to be bought with the assistance of the International Development Association (IDA) and other donors.
RWANDA - Rwanda is counting on its robust horticulture industry to fetch at least $140 million (about Rwf105 billion) worth of export returns annually by 2020.
KENYA - The ongoing rains and higher prices of maize offered by millers have slowed purchase of grains by the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), putting at risk the strategic grain reserve (SGR).
KENYA - Thousands of farmers in wheat-producing zones are stuck with produce with millers’ stores currently full of the imported grain.
KENYA - The second phase of the Sh400 billion Galana-Kalulu food security project is set to start even as experts warn that it is not financially and environmentally viable.
SOUTH AFRICA - Unlisted Kaap Agri reported bumper profits in the year to end-September, but expects a tougher financial year ahead as drought conditions take hold in its main markets.
KENYA - Millers say huge quantities of local wheat this year has created unusual pressure, making it difficult for them to accommodate all produce.
SOUTH AFRICA - The Western Cape provincial cabinet will formally request national government to declare the province a drought disaster area, local government, environmental affairs and development planning MEC Anton Bredell said Thursday.
KENYA - The government is headed for a collision with maize farmers in the North Rift over prices for their produce.
SOUTH AFRICA – In the middle of a desiccated lake bed in the North West, a seven-month-old calf is too weak to get up. It is doomed to die from thirst and hunger.
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