ZAMBIA - Government will soon identify land for a farm block in Ndola of between 40,000 and 50,000 hectares to promote economic diversification, Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said.
GHANA - Mr Winfred Osei Owusu, President of Cashew Industry Association of Ghana has called for a higher level of commitment from policy makers towards the development of the cashew sector, reports Ghana News Agency.
KENYA - An Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) meant to give preferential access to a range of Kenyan agricultural goods and services to the European market could be ratified before the end of next year.
SOUTH AFRICA - The Land Bank has stepped in to provide financial relief to drought-hit farmers who are facing a bleak Christmas.
GHANA - Ghana has no plant variety protection law and so breeders lack the opportunity to patent their newly developed crop varieties, an official of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has said.
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.
AFRICA - African nations Thursday won a major concession at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Nairobi ministerial conference after rich countries agreed to phase out market-distorting farm subsidies in five years.
AFRICA - The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has moved a step further towards abolishing subsidies offered to cotton farmers in rich countries after negotiators agreed that the State support should be removed by July next year.
GHANA - President John Dramani Mahama has stated that this year, Government spent GH¢120 million in supporting the rice, cashew and agro-processing sectors, as well as the importation of tractors for farmers.
GHANA - Panelists at a post budget forum have bemoaned the declining growth in the agricultural sector of the economy and called for the situation to be addressed in order to ensure the development of the nation.
RWANDA - Agriculture is the main economic activity for the majority of the developing world, especially Africa. Despite this fact, the sector is rarely given enough attention by governments and is often underfunded, which has undermined it growth and crippled productivity.
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