Nigerian cashew association lobbys for policies to promote industry

NIGERIA – The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has called for the Federal Government to enact policies that would promote the cashew industry. The president of the association, Mr Ojo Ajanaku, says that it […]

South Africa mulls introduction of new policy on single-use plastics

SOUTH AFRICA – The government of South Africa is considering the introduction of a new policy meant to combat the use of single-use plastics as well as their disposal and management. According to the environment […]

World’s leading cocoa producers agree on ‘additional’ US$400 income for farmers

COTE D’IVOIRE – Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the world’s leading cocoa producers accounting for 65% of global cocoa output, have firmed up on their decision on the cocoa floor with a follow-up meeting in Abidjan. […]

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. […]

Zimbabwe grain millers to halt supplies to overcharging retailers

ZIMBABWE – Millers under the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) have said that they will no longer supply retailers engaging in overcharging of basic commodities. This move seeks to further support the millers’ price […]

Astral Foods signs water emergency agreement to avert supply constrains

SOUTH AFRICA – Astral Foods, a South Africa based integrated poultry produce, said that it had signed an emergency agreement with Standerton (Lekwa) Municipality as an interim measure to stave off the current water crisis. […]

Consortium to invest US$1.9m to boost seeds production capabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A consortium of non-governmental organisations has unveiled plans of investing about US$1.9million to support seed companies in Nigeria in the production of quality early generation seeds. The three-year project is being supported by […]

PIC seeks independent valuation in US$359m Karan Beef acquisition deal

SOUTH AFRICA – The Public Investment Corporation is in the process of getting an independent valuation for its bid in acquiring a majority shareholding in Africa’s largest feedlot, Karan Beef. In October last year, the […]

COMESA partners tech firm to launch regional seed label verification system

COMESA – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has partnered mPedigree’s GoldKeys technology to launch an online seed label verification system in the region. COMESA, which covers 19 countries across South, East […]

Ethiopia approves tax free imports of agricultural and animal feed technologies

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has approved the tax reform policy that looks to exempt agricultural mechanization, irrigation and animal feed technologies and equipment from import duties. The tax reform policy was initiated by […]