Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo – Western Africa edition

AFMASS Western Africa is the largest food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Western Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. Bringing together delegates and visitors from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast and surrounding countries in Western Africa, AFMASS…

Nigeria reports biotech cotton varieties allowing farmers access to biotech cotton seeds

NIGERIA – Nigeria has recorded a major breakthrough in crop biotechnology following official approval and registration of two Bt cotton varieties, allowing the farmers to access biotech cotton seeds. According to Crop Biotech, the registered Bt cotton varieties were MRC 7377 BGII and MRC 7361 BGII, and were approved by the National Committee on Naming, Registration…

Zambia’s food agency increases maize purchasing price after intervention

ZAMBIA - The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has increased its maize purchasing price to US$7.02 per 50kg bag for the 2018 crop marketing season, from the previously set US$6.5. Lusaka Times has reported that this follows a directive from President Edgar Lungu to revise the price that was announced by FRA Board Chairman…

Agricultural agency to outlaw importation of agricultural equipment

NIGERIA - The National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM) has said its plan to outlaw the importation of some agricultural equipment into the country are almost done, New Telegraph has reported. NCAM said the agency is looking to encourage local production of such farming tools since most of the imported implements have proved difficult to…

Zambia Cooperative to install 2,000 solar milling plants before end year

ZAMBIA - The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) has said it will complete installing all the 2,000 Solar Milling Plants countrywide before the end of this year, Lusaka Times has reported. So far, 1,300 solar milling plants have been installed but the 2,000 target may not be realized by the previously set deadline, August 2018. Out…

Uganda’s Local Content Policy boosts grain trade as volumes rise

UGANDA - Uganda’s local content policy has played a significant role in boosting grain trade as a result of increased volumes of grain bought locally, improved value for farmers and high quality grain, the East African has reported. Local content policy aims to improve production jobs, incomes while unlocking the potential of agriculture which contributes…

Beth Ford named first female president and chief executive at Land O’Lakes

USA - The American, member-owned agricultural cooperative Land O’Lakes has appointed Beth Ford as new president and chief executive officer effective 1 August 2018. Beth Ford becomes the first female chief executive in the company’s history after previously serving as chief operating officer in charge of its three largest businesses since 2017. She succeeds Chris…

Uganda considers banning sugar exports to Kenya to address shortage

UGANDA - Uganda is planning to limit or ban sugar exports to Kenya in order to protect the local market that is facing supply shortfalls, an article in the Business Daily has revealed. Due to a sugar crisis in Kenya, local traders have rushed to seize the opportunity to import sugar across the border, something…