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Nigeria: Bankers Committee Mobilises N26 Billion for Agric, Enterprise Equity Funding

By Chijioke Nelson and Tobi Awodipe The much expected five per cent equity funding for agriculture and enterprise from the profits of Deposit Money Banks’ in the country has hit N26 billion. The Bankers Committee, had at the end of ...

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Tanzania: Cotton Contract Farming Held Back By Old Agricultural Practices

Mwanza — Contract farming may fail to boost cotton production as expected due to failure to adopt modern agricultural practices, the Cotton Board Director General, Marco Mtunga has cautioned. He told District Commissioners, District Executive Directors and District Agricultural Officers from ...

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Dutch fishermen discover world’s first two-headed porpoise

A group of fishermen accidentally discovered the world’s first two-headed porpoise, but tossed it back into the sea for fear of getting into trouble. The bizarre animal was picked up by a Dutch trawler near Hoek van Holland, and is ...

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Rwanda: Irish Potato Growing Has Turned Munyaziboneye Into a Millionaire

After graduating as an accountant he got a job as a cashier but earned less than Rwf100,000 a month. The salary was not enough to enable him achieve his dream. To pursue his dream, he abandoned the job for farming. ...

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Nigeria: We Will Turn Kogi to Rice, Cassava Haven – Dangote

The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has expressed his readiness to build the biggest agricultural company in Kogi State with focus in the areas of rice and cassava production. Dangote, who said this when he paid a ...

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Uganda: Museveni Drip Irrigation Poses Environmental Concerns – Activist

A human rights activist, also environmentalist, Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha has criticized President Museveni for promoting the use of mineral water bottles for crop irrigation. Twinomugisha says the president’s method of irrigation is bound to create a catastrophic environmental issue in ...

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Africa: At Ocean Conference, UN Agencies Commit to Cutting Harmful Fishing Subsidies

As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries. The agencies – the UN Food and ...

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World Bank report cites corruption for low cocoa production in Ghana

The absence of transparency in fertilizer distribution and low farm gate prices hampered the effort of cocoa farmers in Ghana to plant more, a World Bank report has revealed. According to the report which is yet-to-be made public, the prices ...

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Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire Sign Cocoa Deal

Ghana has signed an accord with its neighbour, Cote d’Ivoire, for closer collaboration in the areas of cocoa production and marketing. The Accra Agreement, signed on Friday, June 2, this year at the end of the two-day second technical cooperation ...

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe to Kick Out All White Farmers in Mash East

  President Robert Mugabe has threatened to remove all the remaining 73 white commercial farmers in Mashonaland East and give the land to the youths. Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera at a youth rally, ...

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