FRA releases 35,000 tons of maize to Copperbelt millers to mitigate shortage

ZAMBIA – The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has started releasing 35,000 metric tonnes of maize to selected millers in Copperbelt Province to address maize shortage in the region. According to Lusaka Times, Zambia’s President Lungu had directed FRA to release the maize to millers as an intervention on the maize and mealie meal shortages…

Nigeria cuts bills on imported wheat, rice, milk by 50% to US$698m

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that import bills on wheat, rice, milk, tomato and sugar have reduced by almost 50% to almost US$698 million, compared to US$1.424 billion spent on imported foods in 2013, reports This Day. According to Olatunde Akande, the Personal Assistant to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,…

Vegetable, fruit exports lift Kenyan horticulture earnings to over US$1b

KENYA – Kenya’s horticulture export earnings rose by one third to reach US$1.01 billion in the first eight months of 2018, boosted by increased vegetable, fruit and flower exports, according to a Business Daily report. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows vegetable earnings rose by 9.6% to US$165 million, from 50,000 tonnes…

Uganda receives US$1.5m equipment from aBi Trust to boost coffee production

UGANDA - Agribusiness Initiative Trust (aBi), a multi-donor entity devoted to private sector agribusiness development in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation has donated US$1.51 million worth of equipment to enhance coffee production in Uganda. According to the Monitor, the equipment included two trucks, motorcycles, scale metres, laptop computers, furniture and…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Cereals board risks US$43m loss over lack of market for imported maize

KENYA – Kenya’s National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) is likely to plunge into a US$43.86 million loss due to lack of market for tonnes of maize it imported under the subsidy programme. A report by Business Daily shows that the board is holding 217,000 90kg bags which have so far not received any inquiries…

Zimbabwe’s President inaugurates Innscor’s Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa

ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa has commissioned a new Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa, Zimbabwe that will aid the country in addressing milk consumption gap. According to the Herald, the new facility which is a division of a consumer goods focused group, Innscor Africa Holdings becomes Zimbabwe’s third UHT Processing Plant after Dairibord and Dendairy.…

United Kingdom hikes wine duty but freezes duty on beer, spirits and cider

UK – United Kingdom Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced that duty tax on wine will increase while that on beer, spirits and cider would remain the same in line with the rate of inflation, effective 1 February 2019. Duties on beer and spirits will remain at the same level as last year in a bid…