TANZANIA - The East Africa Community (EAC) partner states have imposed Common External Tariff to help traders and farmers in the community to benefit from what they grow and protect rice smuggling that destroy small scale farmers engaged in paddy production in the region.
GHANA - The Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG), an umbrella body of enterprises in the seed value chain, has been launched to advance the diverse interest of members.
SOUTH AFRICA - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is pressing ahead with government’s plan to limit the size of farms despite strong opposition by AgriSA which believes the policy is impractical.
KENYA - Multinational tobacco firms want the implementation of new strict tobacco rules suspended, citing sections they claim are unconstitutional.
UGANDA - Uganda must make further reforms to the current land policies if the country wants increased agricultural production and productivity to alleviate conflicts and food insecurity, a new independent study has recommended.
SOUTH AFRICA - Phytoenergy International Holding said it will only proceed with a plan to build a R5bn plant to convert canola into diesel in SA if the government passes laws needed by the industry.
GHANA - The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) is engaging stakeholders to solicit their input for a draft National Sugar Policy to help revamp the industry and make it a globally competitive one.
ETHIOPIA - Almost three years after the death of Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian parliament has approved a genetically modified organisms (GMO) law that relaxes the strict policy enforced under the late prime minister.
RWANDA - Revenue from agriculture exports is set to increase, thanks to a five year strategic plan by the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) to increase productivity and value addition along the value chain.
UGANDA - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the government of Uganda have signed a new framework that will guide the organization’s operations in the country for the next five years.
KENYA - Stakeholders in the agricultural sector want sweeping changes made to the draft Agricultural Policy before it is approved by the Cabinet, and forwarded to Parliament for debate.
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