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Formal trade in Africa can improve region, prospects for women – UN agency reports

Formal trade in Africa can improve region, prospects for women – UN agency reports

Simplifying the requirements for a business license, offering incentives to tax payers, and tackling official corruption are among the recommendations by the United Nations agricultural organization to cut informal trade among African countries and boost economic prosperity, particularly for women. “Informal cross-border trading, in which transactions are not compliant with local tax and other rules, […]

Zimbabwe govt gives former white owned farms to Chinese farmers

Zimbabwe govt gives former white owned farms to Chinese farmers

Chinese farmers have taken over formerly white-owned farms for the first time, investing millions of pounds into tobacco production. Farms that were badly managed for nearly 20 years, after Robert Mugabe’s mass seizure of white-owned land, are now being worked again in the hope of reaping a  potentially huge reward. At least five farms have […]

Africa Has Vast Agricultural Potential – So Why Are We Due to Import U.S.$110 Billion Worth of Food Annually By 2025?

Africa Has Vast Agricultural Potential – So Why Are We Due to Import U.S.$110 Billion Worth of Food Annually By 2025?

The African continent has the potential to feed itself and even have surplus food to export to other parts of the world. But instead, the continent imports $35 billion worth of food and agricultural products every year, and if the current predictions hold, the import bill will rise to $110 billion annually by 2025. So […]

Zimbabweans gave Mugabe freedom to destroy ‘bread basket of Africa’

Zimbabweans gave Mugabe freedom to destroy ‘bread basket of Africa’

A LEADING figure in neighbouring South Africa’s growing anti-President Jacob Zuma social movement has warned the country’s citizens not to allow their nation to be destroyed “Zimbabwean style”. Freedom Movement’s Prince Mashele told journalists this week that Zimbabwe represents a perfect example of a citizenry that allowed its leadership a free rein at destroying the […]

Dangote will be the largest exporter of rice in 5 years to come

Dangote will be the largest exporter of rice in 5 years to come

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, may become the largest exporter of rice in the world by 2021. Speaking at the Mo Ibrahim Forum in Morocco over the weekend, Adesina said Africa must focus on agriculture to drive growth and create jobs on the continent. “I remember […]

Ethiopia Secures U.S.$72 Million From Meat Exports

Ethiopia Secures U.S.$72 Million From Meat Exports

The Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute said the country has secured 72 million USD over the last nine months of the fiscal year exporting meat to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. UAE and Saudi are major importers of Ethiopia’s fresh goat’s meat and mutton, Institute Deputy Director-General Khalifa Hussein told The […]

Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more Naira from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in […]

Who is Trafficking Maize as Malawians Go Hungry?

Who is Trafficking Maize as Malawians Go Hungry?

Malawi Police in Chitipa on Sunday confiscated 17 trucks loaded with bags of 270 tonnes of maize which was being smuggling to Tanzania. Northern region police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said they arrested drivers of the trucks and believe there is a syndicate to externalise the country’s maize. Kalaya said police were tipped by well-wishers and […]

Ethiopia’s $75m Abattoir Set to Be Operational Next Month

Ethiopia’s $75m Abattoir Set to Be Operational Next Month

An abattoir owned by a subsidiary of Allana Group – Frigorifico Boran Foods Plc – will be opened in the coming month in Adami Tulu, 163kms from Addis Abeba. “We are left with internal and external finishing works,” said Vijay Dongare, General Manager of Frigorifico Boran Foods Plc, a subsidiary of Allana Group.”Trial production is […]

Agriculture Pulling Nigeria Out of Recession – Presidency

Agriculture Pulling Nigeria Out of Recession – Presidency

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu says efforts to get the nation out of its present economic challenges is beginning to yield positive results, especially in the area of agriculture. The presidential aide said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, an increase in the volume of rice production and processing across […]

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