ZAMBIA - The Livestock Services Cooperative Society (LSCS) says Government should consider manufacturing the East Coast Fever vaccine locally to enable livestock farmers access the drug at an affordable price.
KENYA - Kenya has signed a Sh6.23 billion financing package with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund small scale irrigation projects across 11 counties.
TANZANIA - Procurement of six major cash crops increased slightly in the third quarter of last year compared to the similar period in 2014 mostly due poor weather, low prices and the seasonality of farming in Tanzania, The Guardian has established.
GHANA - The Tropical Legumes (III) Project aimed at developing sustainable legume seed systems to enhance yield increases in groundnut and cowpea production by smallholder farmers, has been launched, reports GNA.
SWITZERLAND – The long and protracted sale of Syngenta has finally been sealed after China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) and Syngenta announced a definitive deal for ChemChina to acquire the Swiss agrochemicals and seed giant for an all-cash US$43 billion.
SOUTH AFRICA - Once the world’s seventh biggest exporter of sorghum, SA may have to import a significant amount of the grain this year, as risk-averse farmers are thought to have planted less of the crop despite its ability to tolerate hot, dry weather.
SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa will not declare a national disaster in response to its worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve the situation, deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele said on Sunday.
UGANDA - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US $76.7-million loan to finance phase two of the Uganda Farm Income Enhancement and Forestry Conservation Programme (FIEFOC-2).
UGANDA - The grain council of Uganda has embarked on a countrywide campaign of constructing grain silos, a move aimed at upholding grain standards for better markets.
SOUTH AFRICA - The JSE is broadening its agricultural commodities trading platform by allowing buyers of beef to trade in carcasses in order to manage price expectations.
KENYA - Coffee farmers in Embu County are expected to fetch more returns from their produce with the establishment of a milling and processing factory at Kavutiri.
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