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Thursday, 19 October 2017

On an official visit to India, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, visited the Anand Agricultural University here and sought information about new technologies being developed in the field of agriculture.  The official delegation also visited a plant tissue culture laboratory; a farm - where varsity experts are doing experiments on groundnut and cotton crops - used by the university's research centre and 'Vidya Dairy', run by the students of Dairy Science College.

Monday, 07 September 2015

At an address to Nigerian farmers, Dr Husaini Ibrahim, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Raw Material and Research and Development Council (RMRDC) explained that Nigeria spends over $1.5 billion annually on tomato products' importation from China, South Africa and the EU amongst others. In order to address the problem of acute shortage of tomato vegetables and to boost Nigeria’s foreign currency earning, the RMRDC has decided to introduce improved and certified high yielding tomato seeds to various Growers Associations in the country. The essence of introducing the improved seeds is to boost its production in the country and to mitigate increased dependency on imports from third countries.

Recently, ULMA Agricola has been involved in the installation of several Arin type greenhouse facilities in the Caribbean & Africa. This type of structure is  known as a tropical structure because it is designed to meet the needs of these geographical regions with warm climates and high relative humidity. Growers using the tropical structures experience good results thanks to the vast volumes and excellent ventilation offered by this model, mitigating the effects of high temperatures and humidity in cultivation, thus obtaining optimal development. ULMA Agrícola is a Spanish company with experience in manufacturing and developing greenhouses.

The National Union for Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) are engaged in a fresh effort to ensure the implementation of Uganda’s National Coffee Policy 2013, in order to increase coffee production and improve competitiveness on the international market. Joseph Nkandu, executive managing director, Nucafe explained, “We were the key players in influencing the government to formulate the National Coffee Policy,” said. “This is the first ever public policy in Uganda directly influenced and demanded by farmers.

Scottish ministers are planning to formally ban genetically modified crops from being grown in Scotland. Ministers in Edinburgh are to apply to use recent EU powers that allow devolved administrations to opt out of a more relaxed regime, which is expected to increase commercial use of GM crops around the EU. The move will reinforce a long-standing moratorium on planting GM crops in Scotland. Agribusiness, scientific bodies and the National Farmers Union, support ministers in London who have signalled that they plan to allow commercial cultivation of GM crops such as maize and oilseed rape in England, despite significant resistance from consumers and environmental groups. It is not yet known what direct or indirect impact this will have on imports from third countries.

Small-scale farmers across six Caribbean countries are being empowered to play greater roles in the food security of the region, through the ‘Sustainable, profitable value chains and market linkages in the Caribbean’ project. The project which is estimated to cost some US$1.5 million was officially launched on August 4. It targets some 2,220 small scale farmers, in six countries namely Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda. The main objectives of the project are to equip and support small scale farmers with the skills and technology to cultivate better quality goods and to attract more lucrative markets for their produce. The project is being implemented by the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) and funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA ACP-EU) in partnership with the Sandals Foundation.

Thursday, 03 September 2015

The next Brussels Development Briefings no. 42 on Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development  shall be held on 17th September 2015. Women make essential contributions to agriculture and rural economic activities in ACP countries but still face limitations in integrating the agribusiness sector and upscaling their businesses. This briefing will look at successful business cases led by women entrepreneurs and analysing the drivers of success.

Friday, 07 August 2015

Portuguese chocolate company, Avianense, was in talks with Angolan investors to install a factory unit in Luanda, as part of an investment of €5 million. The factory’s managing director, Luciano Costa, said that the plant will produce Avianese chocolate and take advantage of the close proximity of São Tomé and Príncipe to import raw materials for production. The company also hopes to boost export sales to the rest of Africa. The company’s produces 60 tons and employs 15 people. Its annual turnover is around €1.5 million. Currently, Angola annually imports about €80,000 worth of chocolate from Avianense.

Thursday, 06 August 2015

agriculture extravaganza in the Western Hemisphere, took place with 200 exhibitors and visitors from within and outside the region. On the subject of drought, Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS) said, "I've been asked whether or not the drought is going to affect the show, and the verdict is out, but I expect to have quality produce. There is no doubt that the drought itself could certainly reduce the amount of produce that one normally has for trade, but in terms of display, I expect to see very, very impressive displays coming from the parishes."

The European Union (EU) and the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) have signed a €14.8 million project to construct agricultural service centres over a period of 4years. The EU is providing about €12.7 million, while ZNFU is contributing €2.1 million of the final sum. The ZNFU will oversea the project activities of upgrading two exiting centres in Choma and Mumbwa, and four new centres will be established in Chibombo, Mpongwe, Lundazi, and Mbala. Out-going head of EU delegation to Zambia and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Gilles Hervio said “These centres will be leased to and operated by agribusinesses and private service providers selected on a competitive basis.