US strikes trade deal with Japan on agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade

FRANCE – The United States and Japan announced a new trade agreement at the G-7 summit in France that will focus on agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade. U.S. President Donald Trump said the deal would […]

Zambian farmers oppose reintroduction of maize price control

ZAMBIA – The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), Zambia’s biggest farmer-lobby group is opposing efforts by the government to reintroduce price controls on maize. The sentiment comes on the heels of escalating maize prices in […]

Kenya halts maize imports plans from Mexico, turns to regional market

KENYA – The Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya has halted importation of 11.1 million bags of maize from Mexico and will instead be importing the commodity from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) […]

South Africa’s maize supply to last until 2020 – says Agbiz

SOUTH AFRICA – The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) says that the country has sufficient maize supplies to last until April 2020, despite declining production in some producing areas. According to Wandile Sihlobo, […]

Zambia, DRC to sign maize supply pact to ease shortage

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has unveiled that it is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) that will see Zambia export maize to the Central African […]

Research institution to unveil fall armyworm-resistant maize breed in Kenya

KENYA – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) has announced that it will roll out the three varieties of maize that are immune to armyworm invasion by the end of 2020. Dr Stephen […]

State releases 600,000 bags of maize to ease grain shortage

KENYA – Kenya’s National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has resolved to release 600,000 bags of subsidised maize to grain millers aimed at easing grain shortage in the country. According to a Business Daily report, […]

NIRSAL secures US$12.48m funding to finance Nigeria’s agriculture sector

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has secured a total of US$12.48 million (N4.5bn) from four deposit money banks to boost cereal production in the country. According to a […]

Zimbabwe to purchase 700,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania to ease shortage

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe is set to purchase a total of 700,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania aimed at easing food shortage challenges following the El-Nino induced drought that has negatively impacted on the country’s agric […]