Seed Co Zimbabwe introduces new ‘climate smart’ maize variety

ZIMBABWE - Seed Co Zimbabwe, the country’s largest supplier of certified crops has introduced new climate smart maize seed variety called SC 649, meant to address challenges in climate change experienced by many farmers. The new variety meets breeding objectives which came at a time when Southern Africa has had adverse climate effects, including prolonged…

New flour blending law to utilize other local grains to curb food shortage

KENYA - The Kenyan government is seeking to enact a regulation that will require millers to include other local, under-consumed grains such as cassava, millet, and sorghum in flour blends to ensure sufficient production of food. The government is making commitment to enhance food security by including the subsistence-produced crops into the national food chain,…

Kenya inks deal with Uganda for 6m bags of cheap maize flour

KENYA - The Ministry of trade has made a deal with Uganda to supply 6.6 million bags of maize flour as the country records a food deficit amid efforts to reverse the situation. Kenya will pay US$20 for each bag of maize flour to the Grain Council of Uganda, set to deliver the cargo at…

Unga posts US$5.03 million half year net profit amid buyout talks

KENYA - Listed miller Unga Group has posted an after-tax profit of Sh511.1 million for the six months to December, a near four-fold increase in earnings which resulted from higher sales. The firm, which is the buyout target of American multinational Seaboard Corporation, saw its turnover improve 8.1 % to close the period at US$109.15 million.…

KEMRI develops a type of fortified porridge flour that ‘fights’ intestinal worms

KENYA - In a bid to boost the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) scientists from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) developed a type of fortified porridge flour that can protect children from the adverse effects of intestinal worms. The flour (known as UjiPlus) is fortified with pawpaw extracts and is thus able to…

Farmers bank on late planted maize crop

ZIMBABWE - Crops that were planted between October and November last year were the worst affected by the mid-season dry spell in Manicaland, Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union provincial manager Mr Daniel Mungazi has said. Mr Mungazi told The Herald that crops planted between December and January had a better chance of reaching maturity, boosting farmers’ chances…