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Monday, 17 December 2018

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the weekend disagreed with world agriculture ministers over their position on organic agriculture as against agro-chemical practice. Adesina, who on behalf of the federal government, signed a bilateral cooperation agreement for agricultural development with  the Israeli government on Friday in Abuja, stated that the plant does not care how it get its nutrients.

Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) — Food crop production in St. Kitts increased by 15 percent last year, from 1,176 metric tonnes in 2012 to 1,356 metric tonnes in 2013. According to the Acting Director of Agriculture, Mr. Thomas Jackson, the increase in production could be attributed to increase acreage planted, the introduction of shade houses for vegetable production, the supply of water from dams during the dry period and favorable weather conditions during 2013.

When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives of a mother and son, and decimated the island’s vital banana industry. Seven years later, Dominica’s agricultural sector remains painfully vulnerable to natural disasters and climate variability. Every year, farmers lose a significant portion of their crops and livestock during the six-month hurricane season.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on Friday officially handed over Agricultural Training Centres and Agricultural Mechanization Stations to the county governments. Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei said the ministry will unveil support services and tools that will drive agriculture development in the counties. Speaking at Waruhiu Agricultural Training Centre in Ngewa ward, Githunguri, he said: "It was the intention of of the ministry to establish an ATC and AMS in each county within the transition period of 3 years but this was overtaken by the notices.""We are glad to hand over 27 established ATCs. Seven others are in various stages of construction in 7 counties.

Sources say it would be the first of its kind in East Africa and would boost both agriculture production as well as improve incomes.The multi-million dollar deal follows an agreement with Equator Suma JKT Company which has a share with Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa (JKT) signing a contract with Farmers Company from Poland.This means that once the production starts, Tanzania is likely to be a major exporter of tractors.Speaking in Dar es Salaam last week the Chairman of Equator Suma JKT Ramesh Patel said the two companies have secured a $70 million loan from Poland for the project.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA):
- 05 March: Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains’
European Parliament:
- 03-06 March: European Parliament Committee Meetings
- 03 March : Committee on Development
Council of the EU:
- 03 March: Meeting of the Environment Council
European Commission and FAO
- 03-06 March: 2nd International Symposium on Fishery-Dependent Information
ACP Group:
- 04 March: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 05 March: Meeting of the Ad Hoc W/G on Post-2015 MDGs

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‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains‘– this is the theme of the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord. The event will take place on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels.

In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Prof. Eric Tollens, Professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBSE) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, tells us a bit more about agricultural research and development (ARD). He explains how agricultural research and extension projects support innovation by smallholder farmers and reduce rural poverty. He is the chairman of the Executive Board of CTA since 2013. He has a very long experience in research having worked with the major research organizations and also having practical experience in Africa.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Complying with the requirements to export citrus fruit to the lucrative EU market had cost the local industry as much as R1 billion in the past year, Justin Chadwick, the chief executive of the Citrus Growers’ Association of SA, has said. In taking measures to minimise citrus black spot, the local sector has had to pay for orchard treatment, repackaging of fruit and possible diversion of containers from the final destination if they are found to be contaminated. South Africa exports about 650 000 tons of citrus fruit to the EU every year, which is estimated to bring in R4bn.

Cotton farmers in Mali have decreased their use of toxic pesticides and cut costs through an education project carried out by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and partially funded by the European Union. The UN started field schools to train cotton farmers to use alternative forms of pest control, such as “biopesticides”, which led to a 92% decrease in the use of toxic pesticides.