Ghana aims for 1,5 million farm jobs in two years

Ghana aims for 1,5 million farm jobs in two years

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to boost the agriculture sector and create jobs as nearly 50% of 18- to 24-year-olds were unemployed.

Zimbabwe Farmer of the Year receives tractor

Case IH and its distributor AGRICON donated the first prize, a JX75T 4WD tractor and plough, to the 2016 Zimbabwe Farmer of the Year, Gracious Patricious Makoti from the Sanyati...

Botswana suspected of fresh produce protectionism

Members of South Africa’s fresh produce production and marketing industry have expressed suspicion that Botswana is unfairly protecting its fresh produce farmers in contravention of the arrangements of the Southern...

Mechanisation in Africa: AGCO on its plans for the continent

Global agricultural equipment company, AGCO, recently announced plans to restructure its Asia-Pacific region to include Africa and increase its operations in Africa. Gary Collar, senior vice-president and general manager (GM)...
Avian flu halts Ugandan poultry exports

Avian flu halts Ugandan poultry exports

The outbreak of the virulent H5 strain of avian flu in Uganda, has led to Kenya and Rwanda banning the importation of all poultry and poultry products from that country,...

Mastercard Launches Mobile Marketplace for East Africa

Mastercard recently launched its 2KUZE project, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. This was according to a Mastercard press release.

Zimbabwe’s dam levels on the rise

Widespread rainfall in Zimbabwe has increased the national dam level average, which had dropped to as low as 42% in 2016.

EU pledges R507 million for agriculture in Liberia

The European Union (EU) has announced funding of €35 million (about R507 million) for agricultural development in Liberia, as well as support for the country’s General Auditing Commission (GAC).

Outbreak of fall armyworm threatens Zimbabwean maize harvest

Zimbabwe is currently battling an outbreak of armyworm that has affected seven of the country’s eight rural provinces.

Botswana faces fresh produce shortage

The shortage of a variety of fresh produce, much of it usually imported from South Africa, is due to a self-imposed import ban.

Chinese nationals implicated in Namibian wildlife crime

Acting on behalf of 40 local environmental organisations, the Namibia Chamber of Environment has sent an open letter to the Chinese embassy in Windhoek, bemoaning the fact that some Chinese...

Rain brings partial relief to Namibia and Botswana

Good rains were reported in Namibia during the first week of January, but the rains were sporadic and some parts of the country remained desperately dry, said Sakkie Coetzee, CEO...


Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

The South African wine and brandy industry has welcomed the inflationary increase in excise duties announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in the 2019/2020 National Budget Speech on Wednesday.

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