Zimbabwe’s agricultural programme gets US$7.74m boost to increase productivity

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has earmarked US$7.74 million (ZW$2.8bn) for Command Agriculture aimed at boostimg maize and soybeans production during the 2019/20 summer cropping season. Command Agriculture is a government initiated programme that […]

Kenya to purchase 1m tonnes of maize, flour from Tanzania to avert shortage

KENYA – Kenya has entered into an agreement with Tanzania for the purchase of one million metric tonnes of maize and flour to help the country bridge a shortfall of the commodity. Government officials from […]

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, […]

Kenya to import 12.5m bags of duty-free maize to bridge supply gap

KENYA – Kenya is set to open a window for duty-free import of 12.5 million bags of maize to meet its local demand following a shortfall of the commodity. The Treasury is expected to allow […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]

Zimbabwe bans direct sales of maize to regulate trade amid dwindling production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has banned the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, and will only allow state owned Grain Marketing Board to be the sole buyer of commodity. […]

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 […]

Firms partner in US$2.08m joint venture to boost Rwanda’s maize seed supply

RWANDA – Three companies have formed a joint venture to invest US$2.08 million (Rwf1.9 billion) in a project that seeks to increase Rwanda’s maize seeds supply targetting to reduce imports by 40 per cent. The […]

Seed Co to invest US$10m in new artificial seed drier to boost operations

ZIMBABWE – Seed Co, one of Africa’s leading seed producers, will invest US$10 million in acquiring a new artificial maize seed drier as it seeks to increase seed supply in the region. Seed Co intends […]

Japan partners with Malawi in pest surveillance project to boost productivity

MALAWI – The Japanese government has availed more than US$293000 (K222.6 Million) to fund a project that seeks fight fall and African armyworms in Malawi. The project dubbed “Strengthening, monitoring and early warning system for […]