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Monday, 23 October 2017

Kenya is mulling a credit guarantee scheme to encourage farmers to raise production as 26 countries move to eliminate cross border barriers on goods.Vision 2030 director-general Julius Muia said the loan guarantee framework being worked out will target export producers, especially those eyeing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). “The loan guarantee scheme framework is aimed at upscaling production since it would form a good base for industrialisation through agro-processing and product diversification,’’ said Dr Muia. Due to agriculture’s dependence on unpredictable weather and volatile markets, traditional risk-averse financial institutions have over the years scaled down their lending to the sector. The state-guaranteed loans are expected to finance production and cross-border integration of value chains.

Monday, 23 January 2017

South Africa and Zambia have vowed to do things differently by enhancing their relations, which in turn will redress the trade imbalance between the two SADC countries. Relations are solid between Zambia and South Africa, with 2015 two-way trade statistics indicating that Zambia is one of South Africa's top trading partners on the continent and is currently ranked as South Africa's top 10 import sources in the world.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will disburse $6.6 billion through the African Development Fund (ADF) to African countries in 2016. Speaking at the Final Pledging Session for the ADF 14th Replenishment meeting in Luxemburg November 28, 2016, the President of the Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said four of the five High Five strategies of the Bank were developed and approved by the Board within a period of six months.

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Monday, 05 December 2016

Papaya production in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa has just past the peak production period. The drought and high temperatures have had an influence on the volumes and quality. "We had a bit less volume due to the drought and a few quality issues," explains Lean van Schalkwyk from Neofresh, the main supplier of Papaya to the South African retail market. "We still had decent volumes though, on par with last year." The annual volume should be pretty much in line with the previous season, and if it hadn't been for the drought, the volumes would have been higher, according to Lean.

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya says agriculture is the commercially untapped jewel of Fiji as the sector is brimming with opportunities. Koya says that in Fiji there are acres of arable land that can either be used for commercial agro-farming or organic farming in niche markets. The Minister says the prospects are enormous and the latest sectoral investment data suggests that a number of foreign have realized this and are seizing the opportunity. He adds the government has a vision to harness Fiji’s potential in the area of organic farming given Fiji’s environment, ideal climate and fertile volcanic soil.