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New vaccine plant to help Zambia combat FMD

Zambia is mobilising US$22 million (about R415 million) to set up a veterinary medicine production plant to help mitigate the high rate of cattle and other animal fatalities that have affected local farms.

Kenya’s black rhino numbers quadruple since 1984

Black rhinos in Kenya were on the brink of extinction three decades ago, but their numbers have since quadrupled from 240 in 1984 to 966 in 2024.

Limit on animal feed imports from SA hampers Namibian livestock farmers

The strict regulations introduced by the Namibian government on the importation of animal feed from South Africa pose a serious challenge for livestock producers in the southern region of the country, according to Rina Hough, commodity analyst of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU).

Zimbabwe’s 2024 maize harvest expected to shrink by 50%

Zimbabwe's staple maize harvest is expected to halve to 1,1 million tons in 2024 due to an El Niño-induced drought, Reuters recently reported.

Botswana border shut could lead to cheaper fresh produce in SA

Botswana has extended its import ban on fresh produce from South Africa, continuing to defy the free trade agreement that is in place.

Namibia’s livestock industry excelled in third quarter of 2023

The Namibian meat industry recorded a top performance during the third quarter of 2023 in comparison with the third quarter of 2022.

Emphasis on collaboration highlighted at aquaculture conference

Africa should collaborate and share knowledge on agriculture best practices to nurture the aquaculture industry for enhanced and sustainable food security, says Zambia’s fisheries and livestock minister Makozo Chikote.

Namibian livestock producers propose Meatco split

Namibian livestock producers called on that country’s government to seriously consider the creation of two Meatco entities that would service producers north and south of Namibia’s veterinary cordon fence (VCF) as two independent subsidiaries.

Good maize season for Zambia despite challenges

Zambia remains one of the main exporters of maize in Africa, following sustained output of the country’s staple food in recent years spurred by input subsidies, despite some climate change effects, invasion of pests, erratic rains, post-harvest losses and frustrated production in recent years.

Scientists shed light on cause of mass elephant deaths

The cause of elephant deaths in Zimbabwe and Botswana in 2020 has been revealed by scientists. The detection and presence Bisgaard taxon 45, an unnamed close relative of Pasteurella multocida in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which covers Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Namibia, was of great concern.

Namibia introduces measures to safeguard pig imports

The Namibian Directorate of Veterinary Services recently issued a directive to that country’s pork importers, informing them about the change in import conditions for fresh frozen pork with regards to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (RPPS).

Zim clinches sweet citrus fruits export deal to China

Zimbabwe’s first citrus exports to China commenced after Zimbabwean citrus orchards and packing houses were given the green light for the exports in June this year.