Govt orders repatriation of imported genetically modified maize

NIGERIA – The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has, in conjunction with the Nigerian Customs Service, ordered that the genetically modified (GM) maize consignment illegally imported into Nigeria be sent back. Dr Rufus Egbegba, the Director-General of NBMA, said this in a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja. “In view of the information…

Natfoods invests US$7.7m in contract farming

ZIMBABWE - Listed firm, National Foods has invested $7.7 million through Paperhole Investments Commodities towards contract farming for the 2017-2018 summer cropping season. The NatFoods scheme comes at a time when farmers are increasingly turning to contract farming and joint ventures for inputs and equipment at lower interest rates compared to banks. For years, farmers…

Zimbabwe denies food insecurity fears

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe has in excess of 700,000 tonnes in grain and Government has put in measures that will ensure that no one will starve before the next harvest, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. Acting President Mnangagwa said this in the National Assembly yesterday while responding to a question by MDC-T Bulawayo Representative Dr…

Report shows one million at risk of hunger in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE - At least one million food-insecure households in Zimbabwe are at high risk of exhausting their food stocks between January and March next year despite the bumper maize harvest recorded this year, a United Nations agency has warned. Unicef in its end of September 2017 situational report highlights that there would be food insecurity,…

Zim pays farmers US$400m for grain deliveries

ZIMBABWE - Government has so far paid close to $400 million to farmers after they delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board. This comes after Treasury upped weekly disbursements to GMB to about $40 million to farmers every week to boost farmers' preparations for the 2017 /2018 summer cropping season. Agriculture,…

Local sourcing initiative impacts over 175,000 lives – Guinness Ghana

GHANA - Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has held a stakeholder’s workshop to showcase and assess the socio-economic impact of their Local Raw Material (LRM) sourcing on the Ghanaian economy. A statement issued in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the workshop was held bi-annually to review the impact of the company’s…