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Fall Armyworm invades as Kenya recovers from drought

Fall armyworm invades as Kenya recovers from drought

East Africa is grappling with a fall armyworm (FAW) invasion, while still recovering from the effects of a drought that had resulted in significant maize shortages.
New strategy to boost Zimbabwe’s livestock production

New strategy to boost Zimbabwe’s livestock production

President Robert Mugabe's cabinet has approved a policy for the government to introduce a US$150 million (R2,5 billion) "command" approach to boost livestock production.
Zambian farmers want zero tax rating on inputs

Zambian farmers want zero tax rating on inputs

For Zambia to become a breadbasket in Africa, it was necessary for its government to urgently implement a zero tax rate on products essential for enhanced agricultural production.

Kenya cashew nut exports decline after government ban

Kenya’s cashew nut exports decreased from 835t to 485t between 2013 and 2015.
World Bank aids Ivory Coast cocoa industry

World Bank aids Ivory Coast cocoa industry

The World Bank is set to grant funds of between US$100 million and US$125 million (R1,3 billion and R1,7 billion) to Ivory Coast to mitigate the drop in cocoa prices....

FAO hosts fall armyworm workshop in Kenya

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Southern Africa (FAOSA) is hosting a two-day meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the region’s response to fall armyworm (FAW). The meeting...

Zimbabwe plans to revive beef industry

Zimbabwe’s Cold Storage Company (CSC) is set to be capitalised.
5 things to look forward to at Agritech Expo Zambia

5 things to look forward to at Agritech Expo Zambia

Visitors will be offered an opportunity to meet with some of the world's leading agricultural companies, and network with agricultural professionals as well as government and union officials at the...
Kenyan cashew nut industry in dire straits

Kenyan cashew nut industry in dire straits

The cashew nut farming industry in Lamu County, Kenya, faces collapse after years of losses. These follow a government ban on exports in 2009, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.
Zim scraps 10% tobacco tax five days after introducing it

Zim scraps 10% tobacco tax five days after introducing it

The Zimbabwe government recently withdrew a tobacco tax less than a week after its introduction. The 10% tax on tobacco was imposed on 31 March and scrapped on 5 April.
Zim farmer wins longstanding court battle over land

Zim farmer wins longstanding court battle over land

Bruce Moffat, a great-great-great grandson of Zimbabwe's earliest white missionary, Robert Moffat, has won a protracted court battle over the ownership of a farm the Moffats have worked since 1910.
Tanzania hosts Commercial Farm Africa summit

Tanzania hosts Commercial Farm Africa summit

The 5th Commercial Farm Africa summit in Tanzania brought together industry professionals from all over the continent to share insights into transforming Africa’s agricultural value chain.

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‘No clarity on gun licences for the foreseeable future’

‘No clarity on gun licences for the foreseeable future’

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police has referred the draft notice declaring an amnesty on firearms back to Police Minister Bheki Cele for reconsideration.

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