Netherlands invests US$19m in Rwanda’s maize, potato and tea value chain

RWANDA – The Agricultural Public-Private initiative of Rwanda has received funding worth Rwf18 billion (US$19m) from The Netherlands to support the professionalisation of maize and potato value chain and rehabilitation of tea estate. The four […]

Zambeef harvests 6,000 metric tonnes of winter maize in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Zambeef, Zambia’s leading agribusiness company realized 6,000 metric tonnes of Winter maize, harvested in Sinazongwe district South of Zambia, aimed at easing the shortage of maize and maize mealie in the country caused […]

Zimbabwe’s agricultural programme gets US$7.74m boost to increase productivity

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has earmarked US$7.74 million (ZW$2.8bn) for Command Agriculture aimed at boostimg maize and soybeans production during the 2019/20 summer cropping season. Command Agriculture is a government initiated programme that […]

Kenya to purchase 1m tonnes of maize, flour from Tanzania to avert shortage

KENYA – Kenya has entered into an agreement with Tanzania for the purchase of one million metric tonnes of maize and flour to help the country bridge a shortfall of the commodity. Government officials from […]

South Africa’s maize supply to last until 2020 – says Agbiz

SOUTH AFRICA – The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) says that the country has sufficient maize supplies to last until April 2020, despite declining production in some producing areas. According to Wandile Sihlobo, […]

Kenya to import 12.5m bags of duty-free maize to bridge supply gap

KENYA – Kenya is set to open a window for duty-free import of 12.5 million bags of maize to meet its local demand following a shortfall of the commodity. The Treasury is expected to allow […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]

Zimbabwe bans direct sales of maize to regulate trade amid dwindling production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has banned the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, and will only allow state owned Grain Marketing Board to be the sole buyer of commodity. […]

Zambia, DRC to sign maize supply pact to ease shortage

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has unveiled that it is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) that will see Zambia export maize to the Central African […]