Government looks to improve dairy sector through incentives on dairy exports

INDIA - The government of India is considering incentives on milk product exports, add milk to mid-day meal rations, reduce GST (Goods and Services Tax) and increase import duty on some products as a way to ensure dairy farmers get value for their efforts. Highlighting challenges facing the milk production sector, government officials have decided…

AB InBev’s Eagle Lager launches ‘Lima Nawa’ initiative to boost farmer productivity

NAMIBIA - Eagle Lager, a subsidiary of AB InBev has unveiled an initiative dubbed 'Lima Nawa' in the northern part of Namibia that aims at improving farmer productivity and provide a market for their yields. The world brewer is seeking to promote production and availability of the Eagle Lager in the local market while using…

World Food Programme FAO partners to boost food production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has pledged to boost food production in North Eastern part of Nigeria by providing adequate seeds, fertilizers and other inputs, according to a Leadership article. FAO, through a 'twin track' approach, part of one of the Rome Principles for…

Macadamia market value grows by 60% in global tree nut consumption

WORLD - Green & Gold Macadamias has reported a 60% rise in global tree nut consumption, which is a testament to the fact that people are eating more and more of them. As a result of this, the market value for macadamias is up by 72%, according to Green & Gold Macadamias, who believe that…

Seed Co Zimbabwe to raise US$19m to support regional expansion and listings

ZIMBABWE - Seed Co Limited, Zimbabwe based producer and marketer of certified crop seeds is seeking to raise upto US$19.2 million through a partial unbundling to support expansion as well as separate listings of its regional operations. The Herald has reported that Seed Co wants to unbundle 71% of Seed Co International represented by 242…

Committee develops 4-year plan targeting US$10bn in annual yam exports

NIGERIA - The Technical Committee on Nigerian Yam Export Programme (TCNYEP) has developed a four-year action plan targeting US$10 billion earnings from annual yam exports, reported the Vanguard Nigeria. The plan which runs from 2017 to 2020 will bring improvement and development in all aspects of yam value chain, according to Prof. Simon Irtwange, the…

Ethiopia’s oilseed sector expected to expand to meet growing demand

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia’s production of oilseeds mainly sesame and soybeans is forecast to increase in the year 2018/19 basically as a result of growing demand for cooking oil and livestock feed, most notably soybean meal for poultry production, according to USDA’s June 14 GAIN report. Rise in production is expected to greatly contribute to the…

Dean Foods shuts down Illinois facility over decreased dairy consumption

USA – Dean Foods, an American food and beverage company and the largest dairy company in US, has announced that it is shutting one of its major Illinois facilities this year, with 'decreased dairy consumption trends' among the reasons given for the decision. According to Plant Based News, The closure is one of a number…

New KCC facility halts operations over power outage

KENYA - New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd’s production facility in Kiganjo, Nyeri County has stopped operations over power outage after a power transformer caught fire earlier in the week. Business Daily has reported that after being left in darkness for the rest of the nights, the factory stopped receiving milk from farmers in the area.…

Government to boost rice sector with US$29m large integrated rice mills

NIGERIA - The Federal government has said that it has allocated more than US$29 million to purchase ten large integrated rice milling machines by December 2019 with an aim to boost rice production in ten states. An article by the Guardian reported that according to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh, benefiting states…