GHANA - As part of efforts to strengthen surveillance to check the possible cross-border transmission of avian influenza from neighbouring countries into Ghana, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), has banned the importation of day old chicks, eggs and other poultry products.
ETHIOPIA - As it struggles with heavily weather-dependent subsistence agriculture, now facing a threat of drought, government declares the amalgamation of five state-owned enterprises engaged in agriculture under a corporate structure – the Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation (EABC).
RWANDA - Farmers have been urged to take advantage of the existing financial institutions to access credit to boost productivity.
GHANA - Dr. Gideon Agbley, Executive Member of the Cashew Industry Association of Ghana has recommended the establishment of a cashew development levy to finance the industry and enable it to function effectively.
ZAMBIA - Increased financing for African agriculture and implementation of well researched extension services is important in developing the sector that can ensure food security and uplift majority poor out of poverty, a senior international agricultural expert has said.
RWANDA - The first African Transformation Forum (ATF) to be held in Kigali next month will focus on how the continent can use agriculture as a base for its economic transformation, the organisers said in a press statement on Monday.
ZAMBIA - Government and various agro-stakeholders have resolved that it should be mandatory that exporters of fish and livestock products be inspected, certified and registered annually by Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to ensure sanitary compliance.
KENYA - The tender for the construction of dams and an electric fence at the Galana-Kulalu irrigation scheme has been cancelled weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta inked a deal with Israel on financing.
ZAMBIA - The Small Livestock Association of Zambia (SLAZ) says Government should consider engaging and consulting key stakeholders when developing the new livestock policy to ensure it safeguards and enables the sector to operate effectively.
ZAMBIA - As a move to address the impacts of El Niño on agriculture and food and nutrition security, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has organised a two-day multi-sectorial stakeholder consultative meeting to develop a regional readiness and response strategy.
GHANA - Dr Ekow Spio-Gabrah, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has called for the creation of a platform to ensure that regular information on food crops are made available at any part of the country.
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