ZIMBABWE - Tobacco seed sales for the 2015/2016 season have declined by 34 percent, indicating that the country could register a decline in area planted that could affect output.
TANZANIA - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Tanzania has said it was ready to work with the government in implementing appropriate social protection policies that will help in increasing the agriculture productivity in the country.
NIGERIA - The Presidency yesterday met with governors of some rice-producing states concerning a new policy on agriculture and food sustainability with a view to banning importation of rice into Nigeria in the next two years.
TANZANIA - Sunshine Industrial Limited of Dodoma has assured sunflower farmers in the country a ready market for their produce because it will be buying between 50,000 and 100,000 tonnes of the crop annually from them.
NIGERIA - Nigeria’s profile in the importation of agricultural products has hit over N630 billion, even as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, put the blame on the neglect of the sector.
ZAMBIA - The Embassy of Sweden has signed an agreement with SNV (Dutch NGO) to promote the use of biogas for agricultural production in dairy and livestock farming, and for household cooking in areas not served by the national electricity grid.
SOUTH AFRICA - Water shortages in the Western Cape could potentially have a devastating effect on the key agricultural sector, and are proving a serious concern for authorities, provincial MEC for economic opportunities Alan Winde said on Friday.
ETHIOPIA - Recent figures reveal that the number of Ethiopians in need of food has risen sharply because of the lack of rain, combined with the El Nino weather phenomenon. In August, the United Nations said 4.5 million were in need - today, it is at least 7.5 million.
ETHIOPIA - Promising International Trading, a UK company and Phoenix Commodities, are supplying 60pc and 40pc of the 222,000tn of wheat the government is buying for the replenishment of the strategic grain reserve.
NIGERIA - To help the Federal Government’s agricultural diversification drive, Syngeta Nigeria has launched Ambligo, a new, fast acting pesticide that could be used at any time, against many crop insects, ‘Tuta absoluta,’ a deadly pest, which if not controlled could destroy up to 100 percent of the tomatoes in a field.
ZIMBABWE - Milk production for the first eight months of 2015 increased compared to last year, figures released by producers show.
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