Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission mulls nuclear tech for food preservation

TANZANIA - The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is considering development of a food preservation project using Nuclear energy in the country, reports Daily News According to the commission’s Director General, Professor Lazaro Busagala, TAEC is planning to introduce the food irradiation project with a view of reducing the risk of food-borne diseases caused by…

Central Bank of Nigeria to compensate 550,000 rice farmers

NIGERIA – The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved compensation via loan for over 550,000 rice farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster, reports the Vanguard. RIFAN National President, Aminu Goronyo, revealed that CBN governor had directed that the loans should be restructured for a…

Kenya’s Horticulture revenues hits US$ 1.257bn in ten months

KENYA – Kenya’s domestic horticulture has registered impressive performance after earning the country US$ 1.25 billion in 10 months to October 2018 an increase from full earnings for 2017 of US$1.13 billion, reports Business Daily According to Jane Ngigi, chief executive officer Kenya Horticulture Council, the enhanced earnings have been attributed to high standards of…

Nigeria’s Yam Committee to export 5,760 tonnes in 2019

NIGERIA - The Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export said it is targeting the exportation of more than 5,760 tonnes of yam to different countries in 2019, reports the Vanguard. However, Prof. Simon Irtwange, Chairman of the committee has highlighted existences of the 1986 Export Prohibition Act and logistics problems as some of the major…

Angola receives US$74.5m EU funding to boost food security

ANGOLA –The European Union has released US$74.56 million to aid the execution of the Reinforcement, Resilience and Nutritional Food Security Programme (FRESAN) in the southern region of Angola. Matteo Tonini, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Angola, said that from the overall amount at least US$28.22 million will be channeled to the…

COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

Nigeria’s Notore Chemical reports 123% loss for FY 2018 as 3 directors exit

NIGERIA – Notore Chemical Industries Plc, a Nigerian agro-allied products manufacturer, reported a 123% loss in its financial position for 2018, reports Premium Times. The company has been experiencing declining fortunes in recent years, with its latest financial report as at September 2018 showing 123 percent loss, from N8.65billion profit recorded in 2017 to a…

Kenya to host 9th International Macadamia Symposium

KENYA- Kenya is set to host the 9th International Macadamia Symposium in August 2021 owing to its increased small scale production of macadamia nuts, reports Business Daily. Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) CEO Charles Muigai said Kenya was chosen to host the event due to the success of the sector through small-scale farming, which…

Tea and horticulture remain Kenya’s top export earners

KENYA - Tea remained the top export earner at US$31.9 million followed by horticulture at US$30.4 during the July-September 2018 period, reports The Citizen. However, this is despite a drop in tea earnings which according to the 2018 Quarterly Balance of Payments (QBOP) report by Kenya Bureau of Statistics fell by 10.1% in the period…

Kenya to open US$10.7m banana processing factory

KENYA – The Kenyan government is set to open a banana processing factory, a project that aims at improving value addition to the commodity, reports Business Daily. The factory will be located on a 10 acres piece of land within the Kisii Agricultural Training Center, at a cost of US$10.7 million grant provided by the…