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Zimbabwe: Cash Boost As Tobacco Season Nears

By Phillimon Mhlanga ZIMBABWE’S foreign currency situation is unlikely to get a hefty boost “immediately” as in the past because some merchants will fund purchases from export proceeds earned from last season’s tobacco, market sources said this week. However, a ...

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Kenya: Farmers Protest Pay Delay By Nzoia Sugar

By Angela Oketch Famers supplying cane to Nzoia Sugar Company have threatened to withdraw their services citing discrimination and late payment. The farmers who spoke to the Nation on Wednesday said they were going to transport their cane to other ...

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Kenya: Coffee Price Drops 17pc As Low Quality Beans Hit Nairobi Exchange

By Gerald Andae Coffee prices at the Nairobi auction declined by 17.3 per cent in this week’s sales, weighed down by low quality berries as the main harvest season comes to a close. A market report from Nairobi Coffee Exchange ...

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Africa: Dairy Farmers to Benefit From Solar-Powered Coolers

By Kennedy Senelwa Small dairy farms, which form the bulk of milk producers, are suffering from low production as a result of lack of cooling systems and animal feeds. Now, researchers at Germany’s University of Hohenheim have developed solar-powered milk ...

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Ethiopia: Farmers Cry Foul Over DBE’s New Loan Procedure

By Samson Berhane Some of the issues in the procedure brought disappointment among commercial farmers The Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) has introduced a new loan procedure to finance the commercial farm sector, which has seen many ups and downs ...

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Africa: Agribusiness Giants On Merger Path

“If the Bayer-Monsanto merger is approved, the new merged company will control almost 30% of the global commercial seed market and 25% of the agrochemical market – making it the world’s largest supplier of seeds and chemicals. In South Africa, ...

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Rice Production – Call to Reverse Negative Trends

By Choves Loh Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi of Agriculture charges new G.M of UNVDA, Eric Andanfung to increase rice production and give visibility to actionsAgriculture and Rural Development Minister (MINADER), Henri Eyebe Ayissi, has stressed the role of the upper ...

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South Africa: Drought Has Had ‘Devastating Impact on Agriculture Sector’ – Treasury

The nationwide drought has had a devastating effect on the agriculture sector and its value chain, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his 2017 Budget Speech. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries expects to spend R644m on infrastructure projects ...

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Why We Need to Teach Agriculture in Schools

OPINION By John Okiror There is unease about the proposed translocation of agriculture and other vocational subjects from the secondary school curriculum to technical institutes. This comes at the dawn of growing youth unemployment and criticism of the school curriculum ...

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Africa: As Solar Refrigerator Keeps Mangoes Cold, Farmers’ Profits Heat Up

ANALYSISBy Leopold Obi Nziu — Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya’s mangoes from climate change It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu ...

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