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…

Zimbabwe’s grain deliveries top 1.1m tons as it moves to become food secure

ZIMBABWE - State owned commodity trading enterprise, Grain Marketing Board has received 1.1 million tonnes in maize deliveries from farmers for the 2018 marketing season as the country moves away from grain imports, reports the Herald. According to GMB, maize deliveries were expected to reach 1.2 million tonnes given farmers were still selling their commodities…

Rabobank announces launch of 20 Start-ups to help reduce food loss in Asia

ASIA – Rabobank, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, has announced 20 start-ups; Food Loss Challenge Asia that focus on critical holistic solutions addressing the issue of food loss throughout the supply chain. According to Rabobank, Food Loss Challenge Asia is a competition where start-ups pitch their ideas to reduce food loss to…

Fonterra Group revises Farmgate Milk Price as a result of higher global milk supply

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, has revised its 2018/19 forecast Farmgate Milk Price from US$6.75 per kgMS to a range of US$6.25-US$6.50 per kgMS and increased its forecast New Zealand milk collection volumes by 1.3 per cent to 1,550 million kgMS. According to Fonterra’s Chief Executive, Miles Hurrell, the change in the forecast…

Solidaridad implements initiative to boost cocoa and palm oil production

SIERRA LEONE - The social and ecological development network Solidaridad is working on two projects with an aim of improving cocoa and palm oil production in Sierra Leone. According to the Concord, the successful implementation of phase two of the Sustainable West African Palm Oil Programme (SWAPP) and the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP)…

ASAS Dairies boosts its milk consumption campaign as production grows

TANZANIA - The 18-year old private dairy processing firm, ASAS Dairies is seeking to boost milk consumption in Tanzania through efforts including healthy living promotions in the country. The company has reported a 20% increase in milk production for livestock keepers who feed their dairy cows with ingredients for the past one year. Increasing milk…

IRRI opens regional office in Kenya to boost Africa’s rice productivity and sufficiency

KENYA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has opened a new regional office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to help Africa achieve self-sufficiency and productivity in rice production. The new regional hub hosted by CGIAR center, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will work in collaboration with AfricaRice to offer training and research services…

Tanzania receives US$115m European Union funding to boost agriculture

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has received US$115.91 million (Tsh265 billion) from the European Union to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the Agricultural sector. According to the Citizen, the programme dubbed ‘agri- connect’ would focus on key agricultural sectors such as horticulture, coffee, tea as well as food production and nutrition security. During the…

Unga Group to commission new Eldoret wheat mill, plans soya meal facility

KENYA - Seaboard-backed grain miller, Unga Group is set to commission a new 300 tonnes-a-day wheat milling plant next month, an expansion of the Eldoret facility that currently handles 250 tonnes. According to Business Daily, the company will also install a soya meal production facility at its Nairobi plant by June next year. Unga’s investment…

State takes over US$23m school meals project from World Food Programme

KENYA - The government of Kenya has taken charge over the school feeding project previously allocated to the global food-assistance agency, World Food Programme (WFP), reports the Nation. The WFP, who have been sponsors of the school feeding programs in Arid and Semi–Arid areas in the country had earlier indicated that they were set to…