NIGERIA - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said Nigeria’s fish production, which is estimated at over 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum, is capable of meeting the local fish demand and generate surplus for export, if properly harnessed.
NIGERIA - The Nigerian National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) has released the first generation of maize hybrids, resistant to metsulfuron methyl herbicide, that are also endowed with resistance to the noxious parasitic weed Striga hermonthica.
TANZANIA - The government has projected a bumper harvest of food crops this year, allaying fears of the possibility of food shortages in many parts of the country.
KENYA - Wheat production in Narok County is expected to reduce by 40 per cent this season due to drought that set in during the crop's booting (flowering) stage.
KENYA - Kenya’s strategic maize reserves held at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has dropped to half of the optimum level of five million bags, underlining the food crisis facing Kenya.
ZAMBIAThe Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD), in partnership with Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), is conducting a research to help Government improve the way it regulates the agriculture sector, especially on the ban of maize exports.
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa raised its forecast for maize production this season 2.5% as yields improved, the Crop Estimates Committee said.
KENYA - Farmers are holding up to four million bags of maize, creating an artificial shortage in the market, the Agriculture ministry said in a food security report last week.
The ministry has warned farmers and traders against hoarding, saying they are distorting the market.
NIGERIA - Improved maize germplasm developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and disseminated across Africa is improving livelihoods, and the impact on the continent is greater than earlier imagined.
NIGERIA - With billions of naira being invested by private sector investors on rice production, industry watchers believe this is an endorsement of the Federal Government’s agricultural policy.
NIGERIA - Nigeria, the world’s fourth-largest cocoa grower, may produce less than originally expected this year as rainfall harms yields in the south-eastern part of the country.