NIGERIA - Agric investors in the country have urged the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) to sustain the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) started by the current President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration when it takes over.
RWANDA - The government has given in to demands by local agro-manufacturers and millers to have the Value Added Tax (VAT) on processed animal feeds and input products, dropped, The New Times has learned.
UGANDA - The leadership of Uganda meat producers wants the government to establish an autonomous institution to regulate the lucrative but disjointed industry.
AFRICA - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been attacked by activists over alleged support of a plan to privatise African agricultural markets.
NIGERIA - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has called for the development of policies on risk transfer systems to protect government and farmers from effects of climate change.
AFRICA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa southern Africa office (UNECA-SA) has called on governments in the region to transform the agriculture sector to become food secure and enhance nutritional security.
AFRICA - Comesa member states have moved to promote the sale of certified seeds across borders to help achieve food security.
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's largest sugar producer Tongaat Hulett (Tongaat) says government must review the indigenisation policy and consider empowerment credits for business sustenance in favour of compulsory acquisition of 51 percent share-holding.
ZIMBABWE - Government has been urged to come up with legislation that recognises the rights of smallholder farmers to save, use and freely exchange indigenous seed varieties to boost yields, agricultural experts say.
KENYA - The ministry of Agriculture has proposed to waive value added tax (VAT) and reduce ad valorem levy charged on Kenyan tea in order to make the beverage competitive in the wake of a slump in world prices.
UGANDA - Lack of seed guidelines on how marketable farming should be approached is compromising government’s efforts to commercialise agriculture, industry players have noted.
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