SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa continues to feel the effects of drought, with figures showing it is still importing maize. A drought earlier this year caused production shortages.
ZAMBIA - The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) says COMESA countries are importing food worth more than US$30 billion annually.
SOUTH AFRICA - Livestock will be moved to state-owned land and government will look into the feasibility of buying fodder for starving animals in the worst-affected areas‚ as part of a multi-departmental response to the drought gripping various parts of the country.
WORLD - Unusually heavy and widespread rains that fell recently in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen could favour Desert Locust breeding, FAO warned today, stressing that close monitoring is needed over the next six months to prevent the insects from forming destructive swarms.
SOUTH AFRICA – South Africans of all affiliations are set to unite in prayer next Friday in the wake of drought conditions in the country.
KENYA - Scientists at a State-owned research agency have made a breakthrough in developing maize seed variety that is resistant to deadly virus that saw Kenya suffer losses estimated at Sh4.7 billion last year.
NIGERIA - The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), as part of measures to make agriculture the mainstay of the state’s economy.
WORLD - Under the slogan 'nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,' the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), have launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.
WORLD - Ensuring better nutrition for all and transforming the world’s food systems to ensure their future sustainability represent the two greatest challenges facing FAO as it renews its mission to free the world from hunger and malnutrition, the UN agency's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, has said.
NIGERIA - Nigeria aims to be self-sufficient in both rice and wheat production within three years, a document by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration seen by Reuters showed at the weekend, a massive undertaking given current production levels.
NIGERIA - Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu has said Nigeria can save as much as N500 billion annually with the increased local production of wheat.
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