South Africa’s urban agricultural project gets US$8m assets boost

SOUTH AFRICA – The City of Ekurhuleni, a metropolitan municipality of the local government of Gauteng province, East of South Africa has released 56 farms valued at R120 million (US$8m) to local smallholder and subsistence […]

USDA outlines plans to ensure child nutrition funding in government shutdown

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined plans to ensure child nutrition programs are funded and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits continue to be paid through February. The move follows the partial […]

Tanzanian government to set up sunflower oil processing plant

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has said it will establish a sunflower processing factory in Dodoma as part of the government’s initiative to increase value chain of products, reports Daily News. The Minister of Agriculture, […]

SC revives US$91m class-action suit against Nestle India over Maggi noodles

INDIA – The Supreme Court of India has revived the government case seeking US$91 million in damages from Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements. The suit is based on […]

Rwanda government launches fruit project to boost agricultural export

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda through the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a fruit tree planting project that will see more than 100 million fruit trees planted by 2024 in a bid […]

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria […]

Tanzania government pays cashew farmers US$15 million for produce

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has announced that it has paid cashew farmers over US$15.2 million for their produce since it decided to buy the commodity early last month. According to Agriculture minister Japhet […]

Zambia launches SADC harmonized certified-seed regulatory system

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has launched the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seed certification and harmonized seed regulation system, reports Lusaka Times. This puts Zambia in a position to produce and trade certified […]

Zimbabwe’s biggest flour miller National Foods to close down mills

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has announced that it plans to shut down its flour mills blamed on impeding foreign currency shortages in the country, according to ANA report. The […]

Norwegian government, WFP sign US$3m deal to support Tanzanian farmers

TANZANIA – The government of Norway has signed a US$3 million (Tsh8 billion) with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at improving smallholder farming in Tanzania, reports Daily News. The funding will support the […]