Nigeria’s agriculture exports decline 11.5% to US$239.32m in three months

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s agricultural goods exports in the first quarter of 2019 dropped by 11.5% from US$270.45 million (N97.3bn) recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 239.32 million (N86.1bn). According to data from the […]

Surface Wilmar to support soya bean out grower schemes in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Surface Wilmar, one of Zimbabwe’s leading edible oil manufacturers, has said that it has the capacity to finance local soya bean out-grower schemes to bolster production. Wilmar seeks to increase soybean production capacity […]

Ghanaian manufacturers push for establishment of a raw material council

GHANA – Manufacturers in Ghana are longing for the establishment of a Raw Material Council to, among other things, regulate and maintain standards of the raw materials fed to industries. According to the manufacturers, the […]

US based Corteva Agriscience launches operations in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Corteva Agriscience, a United States based agriculture company, has officially launched its operation in Zambia as it seeks to expand into the African agriculture sector. Corteva, which supplies crop protection technologies and seeds […]

Zimbabwe to invest in nationwide industrialisation projects under new policy

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe is set to establish at least one factory in each of the country’s 63 districts through a national wide initiative aimed at promoting industrialisation in the country. This follows the approval of […]

Private equity fund unveils US$9.19m to support agribusinesses in Uganda

UGANDA – The Yield Uganda Investment Fund, an European Union (EU) backed agribusiness impact fund has injected US$9.19 million (UGX34bn) into Uganda’s agribusiness sector. The new financing follows the joining of Soros Economic Development Fund, […]

Ethiopian agricultural agency to invest US$21.4m in establishing retail outlets

ETHIOPIA – The Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in Ethiopia has unveiled that it will be setting up about 200 agricultural inputs retail outlets, at an estimated investment of US$21.4 million (624 million Br). The agency […]

Research institution unveils plans of setting up incubation centre in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has unveiled plans of establishing an incubation centre at the Matopos Research Station in Zimbabwe. ICRISAT is a non-profit making organisation that conducts […]

Netherlands grants Ethiopia US$50 million to boost agriculture sector

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has secured US$50 million grant from the government of the Netherlands for its Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative. Under the funding, the governments signed a Memoranduon of Understanding (MoU) […]

Ghana’s Atomic Energy Commission adapts technologies to boost Agriculture production

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has adapted an array of new technologies to help improve the agricultural systems in the country and enable farmers accelerate their farming activities. The commission says that […]