Government commissions fruit processing factory under industrialization initiative

GHANA – The Ghanaian Government has commissioned an avocado processing factory in Akuapem under government’s One-District-One-Factory industrialization initiative. The Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Limited has a capacity to process six to eight tons of avocado per hour, which also integrates 200 acres of land to support consistent fruit supply. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Albert…

Zimbabwean government unveils new boards for key agriculture parastatals

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has unveiled new board members across major agriculture parastatals in the country under the ongoing restructuring. This follows the approval of the head of state, President Mnangagwa, to dissolve entire boards and appoint new board members of the Cold Storage Commission (CSC) and Grain Marketing Board (GMB) among other…

Nigerian state government secures US$95m to finance agriculture sector

NIGERIA – Kano State in Northern Nigeria has secured a US$95 million agriculture credit facility from the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia that seeks to improve the agriculture sector. Mallam Nasiru Gawuna, Deputy Governor, Kano State, said that the funds will be used to improve the irrigation facilities in the region and strengthen its…

EU proposes to increase price transparency in food supply chain

EU – The European Commission has proposed to increase price transparency in what it says would help promote fairness in the food supply chain. The proposal seeks to introduce better ways to enhance transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The draft regulations will make available crucial information on how prices are…

Corteva Agriscience partners Zimbabwe’s Valley Seeds to bolster growth in agriculture

ZIMBABWE - Corteva Agriscience, a division of United States-based global agricultural inputs provider DowDuPont, has entered into a strategic partnership with Zimbabwe’s Valley Seeds in a bid to enhance growth in the agriculture sector. The partnership seeks to enhance to the accessibility of high yielding seed products as well as improve agronomy and training services…

South Africa’s Rhodes Food lifts interim operating profit 6% to US$12.04m

SOUTH AFRICA - Rhodes Food, a South African food company, reported an improved performance for the six months to March as operating profits grew 6 percent to US$12.04 million (R173m). Rhodes Food increased turnover by 9.3 percent to US$187.94 million (R2.7bn) while sales in its regional and international businesses increased by 8.8 percent and 12.3 percent…

Kenyan tea agency secures US$10m credit facility to improve trading operations

KENYA – The Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings (KTDA) has secured a US$10 million (Sh1 billion) credit facility from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help the agricultural firm improve its tea trading operations. The funds will form part of KTDA’s planned total investment of US$17.7 million (Sh1.7 billion) aimed at upgrading its warehouses and…

COMESA partners tech firm to launch regional seed label verification system

COMESA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has partnered mPedigree's GoldKeys technology to launch an online seed label verification system in the region. COMESA, which covers 19 countries across South, East and Central Africa, will utilise the pan-African tech start-up system to remove phony seed concerns and improve business in quality…

Caltech Ventures to partner Ghanaian university to improve raw material sourcing

GHANA – Ghana’s Ho Technical University (HTU) has unveiled plans of partnering with Caltech Ventures Limited, a cassava processing firm in Ghana, to increase raw material supply to the firm. According to Mr. Phanuel Klogo, Head of Agro-Enterprise Development Department at HTU the partnership seeks to increase investment in the agro sector and improve the…

Egypt’s citrus fruits exports rise to 1.22m tons as world’s second exporter

EGYPT – Egypt has exported 1,220,999 million tons of citrus abroad since the beginning of the new export season of fruits and vegetables, according to the ministry of Agriculture in the country, Ahmed al-Attar, the head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the ministry of agriculture, said that the country is also applying…