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Published: 21 Mar 2019 01:25

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This Agribusiness Alert brings news of a variety of developments in agriculture across Africa, including a switch towards dairy farming in Kenya As Large Herds Struggle, Some Maasai Try a Swap to Dairy Cattle, increased avocado production in Tanzania Rungwe Turning Tanzania Into Leading Commercial Avocado Producer, moves to boost growth by encouraging women in farming How to Boost Africa's Growth? Close the Gender Gap in Agriculture and using technology to improve agricultural productivity Harvesting new opportunities with LED based Horticulture Lighting, Mobile apps to help Kenyan farmers shape new future.

 Agribusiness (37) 

Production - arable

Kenya: Machines you need for large scale conservation farming

For good minimum tillage practices, one must involve new farm implements to prepare land, including a chisel plough or subsoiler and a crumbler roller. Fergus Robley, the managing director of Farm Machine Distributors (FMD), noted that the common practice of using disc ploughs to invert the soil normally results in unnecessary moisture loss ...

Source: Daily Nation (08 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: | Wandile Sihlobo: There's confidence in SA agriculture - from farmers themselves

If I were to be asked to name one word I used more extensively than any other this week, it would be confidence . I participated at the Citrus Growers’ Association Summit held in Port Elizabeth on 13 March, and the South African Feedlot Association’s Cattlemen’s Annual Conference in Bloemfontein on 14 March. Subscribe to Fin24's newsletter here In ...

Source: News24 (19 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Tanzania:  Rungwe Turning Tanzania Into Leading Commercial Avocado Producer

By Deogratias Mushi FOR those who have visited the southern highlands of Tanzania, may have noticed that those areas form part of an invaluable ecosystem, with huge fertile land for agriculture, and probably for everything else to do with agribusiness. This region features the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania, making it a critical ecosystem for the ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (07 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia: Zambia's push for more protein

A recently published report uses Zambia as a case study of the pan-African trend toward greater availability of commercially produced, affordable, protein-rich foods ... Zambia’s relatively modern agriculture and food sectors are well-positioned to respond to demand for more accessible and affordable ASFs. Self-sufficiency in both soybeans and corn underlies a thriving feed milling industry...

Source: (13 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe:  Tobacco Farmers to Get 50pc Forex - Mangudya

By Paidamoyo Chipunza Tobacco farmers will get 50 percent of their earnings in foreign currency when the marketing season gets underway on Wednesday, up from 30 percent proposed earlier. A joint statement signed by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Dr John Mangudya and Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) chief executive Dr Andrew Matibiri, indicated that the money ...

Source: The Herald (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe:  Tobacco Body Must Activate All Systems to Avoid Chaos

The 2019 tobacco marketing season opens in earnest on Wednesday next week, heralding another hectic period for stakeholders in industry, mainly the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), 32 buyers, the 30 companies funding contract farming and the farmers. Like previous selling seasons, indications on the ground do not point to a flawless marketing season due to a ...

Source: The Herald (14 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - livestock

Kenya:  As Large Herds Struggle, Some Maasai Try a Swap to Dairy Cattle

By Caroline Wambui Olomayiana, Kenya — In a culture and economy built on cattle, having fewer isn't easy - but it is bringing in a more reliable income, some herders say In this Maasai village, where cattle have long been a symbol of wealth and pride, "I hope your cattle are well" is the most common greeting among friends and neighbours. But raising large herds, ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Probe in the pipeline as milk prices stay high

The Livestock Department wants the dairy sector regulator to probe the high consumer prices of milk at a time the farm-gate rates have fallen. Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai said the Agriculture ministry would task the Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) to look at the variance between the price at which the processors are ...

Source: Daily Nation (12 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa:  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Gives Update On Foot and Mouth Disease On 14 March 2019

On 07 January this year the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed and reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the high surveillance area of the foot and mouth disease free zone in Limpopo, adjacent to the protection zone. Subsequently, South Africa lost its World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recognised foot and mouth disease free zone without vaccination status ...

Source: Government of South Africa (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - non-consumables

Nigeria:  Why Govt Should Solve Issues in New Textile Policy

Last week, the Federal Government placed forex restriction on textile materials import - a move that many stakeholders consider good for the industry. However, one of the greatest problems of the Nigerian cotton industry is the issue of poor access to high quality cottonseed which is necessary for the production of high grade cotton lint. Recently, the country's ...

Source: Daily Trust (14 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Kenya: Lamu County’s untapped gold is in blue economy

If you stand on a hillside overlooking fertile fields full of crops grown by Kenya’s hard-working farmers, the economic value of the production you see before you is obvious... But stand on the beaches of Lamu County and I expect few Kenyans looking over the ocean would see an environment teeming with value on its way to becoming a Sh7.5 billion industry ...

Source: Daily Nation (01 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - domestic

Malawi: Agriculture Minister woos private sector to invest in Agriculture

Lilongwe, March 15, 2019: The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has expressed the need for the private sector across the country to invest in agriculture, in a quest to boost the economy of the country. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha, made the remarks on Wednesday in Lilongwe when he opened Malawi ...

Source: Malawai News Agency (Development) (16 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  Firm Targets U.S.$3.4 Billion Investments in Agric By 2023

By Joke Falaju Abuja — The Nigeria Agribusiness Register (NAR) has disclosed plans to facilitate new agribusiness investments worth $3.4 billion from domestic and foreign sources by 2023. The plan of the organisation is to provide both free and paid business development services, capital facilitation and project promotion for agribusiness owners, especially ...

Source: The Guardian (07 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - international

East Africa, Brazil:  Brazil Spends Sh21bn On Cotton Production in East Africa

By Jonathan Musa Mwanza — A total of $9 million (about Sh21 billion) will be spent on implementation of the Victoria Cotton Project, which is financed by Brazilian Corporation Agency. Speaking during a meeting of members of a steering committee that discussed the achievements and challenges facing the cotton sector, the Brazilian Ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Antonio ...

Source: The Citizen (12 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana, Netherlands: 'Invest in Ghana's agribusiness space'

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has invited Dutch businesses to invest in Ghana’s agribusiness space which it said, offers more opportunities. The Director of Value Chain and Logistics at the ministry, Papa Kow Bartels, said with more than 700,000 businesses on Ghana’s companies’ register, agribusiness accounted for only 0.44 per cent...

Source: Graphic Online (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: PwC: Seeing the business opportunity in feeding Nigeria's 398 million people by 2050

Feeding Nigeria’s current and future population is a critical challenge. With over 50% of the country’s 198 million people living in rural areas, the economy is highly dependent on agriculture as a means of livelihood. The sector contributed approximately 21% of the country’s GDP in FY2017. Despite this, agricultural productivity remains low, further dampened by post-harvest losses.

Source: How We Made it in Africa (19 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda, Israel:  Rwanda, Israeli Firm in Rwf60 Billion Deal to Develop Agribusiness Hub in Gabiro

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya The project brings relief to the communities in Rwanda's Eastern Province which has been prone to drought effects adversely affecting food security in the region. The first phase of the Gabiro Agribusiness Hub Project (GAHP) in Eastern Province has received a boost thanks to a deal signed between the Government of Rwanda and Netafim - an Israeli ...

Source: The New Times (05 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, India: Nairobi Sh10bn tractors deal with India ends in June without purchase

A Sh10 billion loan that Nairobi inked with India for agricultural mechanisation will expire in June without Kenya buying a single tractor. India High Commissioner to Kenya Rahul Chhabra said New Delhi last month informed the Treasury that it would need to apply afresh for the funding following delays in offering a plan to access the loan.

Source: Business Daily Africa (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Namibia, China:  Raw Timber Exports Irk Tweya

By Albertina Nakale Windhoek — Following media reports over the escalation of Namibian timber exports to China in raw form, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya, has expressed concern that the status quo should be reversed. The Namibian reported last Friday that exports of Namibian timber to China increased from 22 truckloads in ...

Source: New Era (11 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Nigeria spends $500 million annually on palm oil importation – CBN

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Monday said that over five hundred million dollars was being spent annually on importation of palm oil. Mr Emefiele said this at a stakeholders’ meeting on the Palm Oil Value Chain held in Abuja. The meeting was attended by the Governors of Akwa Ibom, Edo and Abia. Also, the managers of Dangote Farms, Flour ...

Source: Premium Times (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa, UK: Wesgro confident SA-UK relations will be strengthened after Brexit vote

The Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro) says that it is confident that relations with the United Kingdom (UK) will be strengthened even after the Brexit vote... The UK is one of South Africa's most important trading partners specifically, in the agriculture sector. The country gets the bulk of its grapes, apples and mandarins from farms in South Africa.

Source: Eyewitness News (13 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Development and Aid

Africa:  Promoting Urban Agriculture for Food Security

The world's population is expected to increase by about 3 billion by 2050 and it is forecasted that nearly 80 per cent of that population will live in urban centres. The urban growth rate in Africa is 3.5 per cent which is highest among all continents. Rapid urbanization in developing countries is accompanied with problems of urban poverty and urban food insecurity...

Source: The New Times (05 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana, EU: EU implements €1m agribusiness project in Nkoranza North District - Ghana Business News

The European Union (EU) has launched a one million Euro agricultural project to enhance local economic growth and development in the Nkoranza North District of the newly- created Bono East Region. The four-year project which spans 2019-2022 and targets to improve mushroom production is expected to create new jobs for 1,300 people – 390 women, 858 youth and 52 people with ...

Source: Ghana Business News (General) (15 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Malawi, Japan:  Farmers Benefit With Japanese Farming Project in Dowa

By Moses Nyirenda Lilongwe — Farmers in Dowa District have said they are enjoying huge profits with their crops following the coming in of a project called Market-oriented Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (MA-SHEP) which is being implemented in the district by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Embassy of Japan. Mndila ...

Source: Malawi News Agency (13 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Mozambique: Mozambique’s agricultural development model must be more competitive

Mozambique’s agricultural development model has to be changed in order to be more competitive and create added value, said Mateus Magala, vice president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in Maputo recently. He also said that it is important to invest in the necessary infrastructure for the desired ...

Source: Macauhub (19 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  'How We Irrigate 39 Kilometres Farmland With Gravity'

interview By Femi Ibirogba Managing Director of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (covering Kwara and Kogi states), Ilorin, Kwara State, Dr Adeniyi Saheed Aremu, spoke with Head of Agro-Economy Desk, FEMI IBIROGBA, on limited but result-oriented efforts of the authority to get youths and agribusiness individuals to contribute to food production using the ...

Source: The Guardian (07 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Sierra Leone:  Govt Signs U.S.$11.8 Million Financing Agreement With IFAD

By Ibrahim Tarawallie The government of Sierra Leone through the ministry of finance Friday March 1, 2019 signed a financing agreement with the international Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) worth $11.8million for the implementation of the Agriculture Value Chain Development project. The overall objective of the project, which will be implemented for the next six ...

Source: Concord Times (05 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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West Africa: Significant opportunities to commercialise agribusiness value chains

A few weeks ago while road tripping through Togo, Benin and Ghana, I was pleased to find different “Made in Togo”, “Made in Ghana”, “Made in Benin” products throughout my journey. Whether it was chocolate, dried food products, juices or flour made from different tubers, for me it was a sign that various small scale agribusinesses are processing, branding and marketing products...

Source: How We Made it in Africa (15 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Africa:  How to Boost Africa's Growth? Close the Gender Gap in Agriculture

opinion By Amanda Satterly When you try to promote women in commerce people always ask why, what's the business case? The truth is, for a long time sexual equality has been viewed as just a human rights imperative ... An analysis by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed if women had the same access to land, seed, fertiliser and mechanisation, productivity in women’s fields could increase by 20 to 30 percent. That would immediately lift 180 million people out of hunger...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (12 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana: WIAD showcases made-in-Ghana products against World Women’s Day | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Gifty Amofa, GNA Accra, March 7, GNA - Women in Agriculture Development Directorate (WIAD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on Thursday exhibited Ghana made food products with a call on women to shun chauvinism and reach higher heights. The exhibits included processed and nicely packaged brown rice, millet, coconut and palm kenel oil, ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Business) (10 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: STEP Woos Nigeria's Youths To Agriculture

Start Them Early Program” (STEP), is an intervention designed to take agribusiness studies to primary and secondary school students, engaging them in club participation, course work, and experimental learning... STEP aims to provide primary and secondary schools with agricultural inputs, and train and empower students to change their mindset towards agriculture as a business and as an opportunity for job creation...

Source: Leadership (14 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda: Desire to tackle malnutrition pushes trio to venture into agribusiness

Although studying and being an entrepreneur can be exhausting for full-time students, a group of three youngsters has found a way around it to launch a firm. Twenty-two-year-old Marie Rose Mushimiyimana and her colleagues have proved that this is not only possible but can also help one hone management skills. Mushimiyimana attending to one of the hydroponic systems ...

Source: The New Times (Business) (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia:  Women Farming Contribution Vital to Growth of Rural Economies

WOMEN are of vital importance to rural economies. Rearing poultry and small livestock and growing food crops, they are responsible for some 60% to 80% of food production in developing countries According to the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) 2009 policy brief, many farming communities, women are the main custodians of knowledge on crop varieties. It further states that in some regions of sub-Saharan Africa, women may cultivate as many as 120 different plants ...

Source: The Times of Zambia (13 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa: Harvesting new opportunities with LED based Horticulture Lighting

Light is crucial for most life-forms. Plants relay on light for photosynthesis. Utilizing artificial light to support this process enables farmers to control the development, shape, and flowering period of plants. The quantity of light, its spectral composition and light duration have an effect on plant properties in the growth process ...

Source: Farmers Review Africa (20 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Mobile apps to help Kenyan farmers shape new future

NAIROBI – When she wants to know what seed variety to grow, Josephine Mutuku would take up her smartphone, open an app and types in the name of the crop and its region of cultivation.  Mutuku, 38, is a farmer in Kenya's Machakos county. Once she gets the information, Mutuku can then choose the seeds and pay via mobile money or take credit, all through the app. Mutuku, 38, is a farmer in Kenya's Machakos county. Once she gets the information, Mutuku can then choose the ...

Source: IOL Independent (18 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, Kenya: Agri-tech startup Hello Tractor to expand across Nigeria, Kenya

Nigerian agri-tech startup Hello Tractor has partnered the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) to expand its services across Nigeria and Kenya, connecting 5,000 smallholder farmers to mechanisation services. Hello Tractor connects tractor owners to farmers through an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled digital solution that bridges the gap between manual and mechanised farming ...

Source: Disrupt Africa (Startups) (05 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Nigerian Startup EZ-Farming Rev Up Agritech Space With Highest ROI For Investors

Fast-rising Agritech startup, EZ-Farming has assured that its strategic agribusiness model of rapidly scaling small farms into commercial sizes and equipping the next generation of farmers. It has opened also up new opportunities for investment in the sector, with the firm pledging the highest return on investment (ROI) and best insurance cover for various packages in the Agritech space.

Source: Concise News (16 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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