NAMIBIA – The auditor general says that many resettled farmers in the country's four key farming regions are not paying rentals, a situation that has led to a loss of revenue by the state.
GHANA - Government is committed to aggressively tackling issues of child trafficking and child labour as a way of protecting the rights of children in cocoa-growing communities and in the country as a whole.
GAMBIA - Stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture sector met at a hotel in Banjul to discuss and add inputs, suggestions and recommendations to the new fisheries policy being developed.
KENYA - The regulator has appointed Egerton University think-tank, Tegemeo Institute, to establish the cost of producing milk, setting the stage for price controls.
ZAMBIA - Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) says improved policies and investments designed to enhance accessibility in high potential horticultural production areas are likely to encourage smallholder participation in the sector.
AFRICA - Regional trade block COMESA has instituted a policy framework that will open up opportunities for honey production to become a commercial enterprise across the region and increase economic, social and environmental benefits.
UGANDA - Cabinet has approved the amendments in the law that governs the operations of cooperative societies, with clauses that consolidate, strengthen and enhance monitoring of such associations.
NIGERIA - Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that the new rice policy of the federal government to be released soon would rejuvenate local rice farming for maximum production in the country.
NIGERIA - Several billions of Naira investment in the country’s rice value chain may be endangered with plans by the government to open land borders for the importation of rice.
ZIMBABWE - The government is quietly allowing scores of white farmers to return, forced into the concession by local communities demanding that land must be given back to those who can make productive use of it.
ZAMBIA - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says governments should find mechanisms to ensure majority poor farmers are not left out on benefits from the agriculture sector that is currently driving economic growth rates across global economies.
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