TANZANIA – A multi-billion sugar plantation and processing project, which has been planned for Coast region’s Bagamoyo district is expected to turn the country into a net sugar exporter by 2030.
WORLD – Global milled rice trade this year is predicted to drop 2.5 per cent from that of 2014 to 41.3 million tonnes, due mainly to good stockpiles or higher production in Asia, the United Nations food agency has said.
ZIMBABWE – Production of raw milk in Zimbabwe this year is expected to rise by between 0,5 to 1 percent as the country moves to rebuild its herd and increase capacity, an official has said.
NIGERIA – The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has disclosed the determination of the Federal Government in solving the challenge of nutrition in Nigeria.
EGYPT – Officials from the Principal Bank for Development and Agriculture Credit (PBDAC) and the Egyptian Holding Company for Silos and Storage (EHCSS) have signed an agreement, in which the EHCSS will make use of the bank’s land as an agricultural stock to store wheat and grains.
ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s liquidity crisis has hit local abattoirs hard in the past year forcing most to reduce production below 50%, according to Abattoirs Association of Zimbabwe chairman Godfrey Chanetsa.
SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa is importing maize for the first time in 11 months as the worst drought since 1992 destroyed crops in the continent’s biggest producer, the largest local grain farmers’ organisation said.
ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s largest sugar producer Tongaat Hulett (Tongaat) says it is seeking $20 million from various financial institutions earmarked for the development of 4 000 hectares it was recently allocated by government.
UGANDA – Uganda’s tea exports have stagnated at 50,000 metric tonnes for the last five years, a new study shows.
UGANDA – Farmers in northern Uganda should finally get a ready market for their cassava after an ethanol extraction factory opened in Lira.
EAST AFRICA – Sugar producers in the region are forming an association that will raise $6 billion in investments to help make the region self-sufficient by 2030.
ZAMBIA – Zambia Sugar Plc is expected to double its sugar production following an investment of over K520 million in its operation.
UGANDA – Consumers are finding it hard to have milk on their daily menu as prices go up.
NIGERIA – Post-harvest losses of fruits such as mango, pawpaw, orange, guava, pineapple have gone down to about 25 percent from about 50 percent three years and beyond, due mainly to increased commercial utilisation.
NIGERIA – The growing use of soybeans for human consumption and animal feed is creating a shortfall in the supply of the commodity in Nigeria.
SOUTH AFRICA – Drought in SA’s main sugar-producing region may cost the industry about R920m, South African Cane Growers’ Association executive director David Wayne said yesterday.
WORLD – Despite a collapse in the oil price and India raising an export subsidy, indications are that the world sugar market is about to shift into deficit territory for a few years, Illovo Sugar MD Gavin Dalgleish said on Friday.
AFRICA— Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped to push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
KENYA – The Kenyan government has approved $10.7 million from the national treasury to fight aflatoxins in the country.
ZIMBABWE – Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe expects to nearly double its cane production to 1,8 million tonnes in 2016, anchored by a programme to raise output by new farmers, its spokesperson said yesterday as the firm eyes a corresponding jump in raw sugar output to 628 000 tonnes within the next two years.
KENYA – National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has almost exhausted the Sh2.3 billion offered for maize buying, leaving the majority of farmers at the mercy of middlemen who pay much less than the State.
KENYA – Sugar millers will from October pay farmers based on the quality of cane as opposed to the current weight system following the procurement of Sh1.6 billion testing units.
ZIMBABWE –Tongaat Hulett (Tongaat) says sugar exports from Zimbabwe to the European Union (EU) are unviable due to the high cost of producing the commodity in the southern African country.
TANZANIA – Despite its economic potentiality as one of the world’s leading business crops, grapes production in Tanzania is experiencing diminishing trend with its growers enduring acute poverty.