KENYA - Kenya has borrowed Sh4.3 billion ($39.55 million) from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance small scale irrigation and value addition projects.
NIGERIA - Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO, is introducing a new range of 50hp-85hp tractors for selected African and Middle East markets.
AFRICA - Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), on Wednesday said that African farmers were effectively using mobile telephone technology to eliminate middlemen in the market prices of farm produce.
RWANDA - More than 800 small-scale irrigation projects will receive financial subsidies under a new government initiative to forge partnerships between farmers, credit institutions and service providers.
ZAMBIA – In the wake of climate change, the Zambia Seed Company has urged farmers to plant high yielding seed varieties that are being developed locally and have a strong tolerance to diseases and droughts to enable them get a good harvest.
KENYA - A rating agency has come up with a formula that ranks agriculture-focused co-operative societies and small-scale businesses in a move that will make it easier for them to access loans and social investor funds.
ZAMBIA - The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) has urged Government to accelerate the implementation of the electronic voucher system to end delays in delivering of farming inputs and allow for diversification in the inputs received.
AFRICA - Climate change has prompted some African countries to use nuclear applications in water and soils management, thereby increasing crop yields by up to five times while improving irrigation water use efficiency by sixfold.
RWANDA - About 2,500 agronomists and field facilitators will be integrated into government’s new farming extension model (Twigire Muhinzi programme), the agriculture minister has said.
UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has handed over three maize storage facilities to three farmers’ cooperatives of Kyabarungira and Kitswamba sub-counties in Kasese district.
AFRICA - The use of irrigation across Sub-Saharan Africa creates conditions that attract devastating foreign plant pests, such as the tomato leaf miner, a Kenyan study has found.
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