Eastern Africa Grain Council pushes for pulse farming to boost food output

KENYA - The Eastern Africa Grain Council is seeking to promote farming of pulses such as beans, peas, green grams and lentils to boost food production in the region, reports Business Daily. EAGC said pulses take shorter periods and have higher returns compared to maize which has lately been threatened by pests including armyworms. “On…

Sasakawa Africa Association appoints Kenyan as new Regional Director

AFRICA - Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), a not for profit Japan founded agricultural organisation has appointed Kenya’s Dr Mel Oluoch as the new Regional Director to be based in SAA Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr Oluoch is an expert in agricultural research, rural and value-chain development, and policy formulation, thus brings SAA knowledge…

Kenya’s President proposes import ban on fish from China

KENYA - President Uhuru Kenyatta has proposed a ban on fish imports from China, a move he noted was government’s efforts in benefiting the local fishing industry, reports the Nation. Speaking during the 2018 SMEs conference at Strathmore University, the President said imported fish was hurting the local market thus the need to ensure the…

Farmers and millers mulling new policy regulations to revive sugar sector

KENYA - Farmers and millers mainly from the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) have agreed on key proposals in the sugar regulations in a bid to adopt a new policy that would revive the long-ailing sugar sector. According to the Nation, the stakeholders led by LREB Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Kisumu’s Anyang’ Nyong’o agreed on…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

Abraaj in talks to sell its Java House interest and Brookside stake to UK fund Actis

KENYA- The British private equity fund Actis is set to acquire Abraaj Holdings’ Kenyan assets including Java House operations and a 10% stake in the country’s leading dairy firm, Brookside Dairy Africa, Business Daily reports. This is after Reuters reported that Actis has placed a bid to acquire Middle East and North Africa private equity…

Kenya Breweries’ trains 300 youth and women through vocational courses

KENYA - Diageo’s local operator Kenya Breweries Limited has unveiled about 300 youth and women graduates from its vocational training and entrepreneurship programme dubbed Heshima. Heshima is a local training initiative aimed at equipping youth and women from across Kenya with entrepreneurial skills at the same time tackling the issue of unemployment among target groups.…

State fails to defend US$19m compensation in plastic ban case

KENYA - The government of Kenya represented by the office of the Attorney General (AG) has failed to meet a seven-day deadline that required it to provide defence against a Nairobi-based manufacturer who is seeking a US$19 million compensation following plastic bags ban. According to Business Daily, the manufacturer, Hi-Plast Limited is also seeking to…

Kenyan confectionery firms lose US$1.3m in export earnings from sweet row

KENYA - Local sugar confectionery firms have lost US$1.34 million in export earnings in the six months ended June, reflecting the impact of trade war between Kenya and Tanzania, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), earnings from sugar confectionery that is, sweets, biscuits and chocolate fell to US$23.57 million from…