TANZANIA - The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), an inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership to rapidly develop Tanzania’s agricultural potential, has said that delayed responses from public institutions and access to surveyed and titled land are the most challenges hindering the project from prospering.
UGANDA - Agriculture projects and programmes in Uganda are performing impressively on expenditure of funds allocated to them, according to the 2014/2015 Semi-Annual Budget Monitoring Report released by the Finance ministry.
UGANDA - As the clock ticks away to the 2015/16 Budget reading in June, a regional smallholder farmers’ lobby group has asked Uganda’s government, among other countries, to demand increased budget allocations to the agriculture sector.
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says the decline in agriculture production is due to most farmers’ lack of collateral.
ZAMBIA - The government of the Republic of Zambia and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a US$14.23 million loan and $0.87 million grant agreement to finance the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP).
GHANA - Ecobank Ghana has stepped up its support in the agricultural sector with a credit facility of GH¢152 million in 2014 to help the sector unlock its potential.
KENYA - Barclays Bank has launched a new plan to boost agribusiness in Kenya. Under the initiative, Agribusiness Unit, farmers will get affordable credit and an opportunity to sharpen their skills.
ETHIOPIA - Adame Tulu Pesticide Processing S.C. is to begin production at its new herbicide factory, the first in Ethiopia, by June 2015.
SOUTH AFRICA - Poultry producer Astral Foods, which released strong interim numbers on Monday, could enhance its fledgling African presence with a move into Ethiopia.
ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian government has completed a 350 million-dollar loan agreement with the World Bank (WB) on May 7, 2015 on a highly concessional basis of 38 years for the second phase of the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP).
RWANDA - Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) will extend a tune of Rwf68 billion long-term credit to the private sector this year, Alex Kanyankole, the chief executive officer, has said.
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