Cashew nut industries seek aid extension from the government to boost local processing

IVORY COST-The Grouping of Cashew Industrialists (GTCI) has called on the executive to extend its support plan for local processing companies as a cushion from bankruptcy. Ivory Coast is the world’s top cashew producer, with an annual production of about 1 million tonnes, and the crop is the second agricultural export product after cocoa. Although the sector has generally shown…

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Fall Army Warm wreaks havoc in Zambia and Cameroon threatening sorghum and maize crops

WEST AFRICA- Food security efforts in Cameroon have received a major blow after 4,335 hectares of sorghum fall prey to Fall Armyworms. According to local reports, the affected areas include Diamaré, Mayo Danay, Mayo Kani, and Mayo Sava departments. Sorghum and maize production in Cameroon are the main drivers of agricultural production to provide staple as well as the source…

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KALRO develops high-yielding, climate smart rice varieties as GM crops receive a nod from researchers

KENYA-The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is conducting trials for new climate-smart high-yielding rice varieties in a bid to bolster food production in the country The CSR36 rice variety which is long slender grain, non-sticky rice that separates on cooking has passed the National Performance trials and is now under distinctiveness; uniformity and stability test was displayed to…

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AFEX sets up operations in Uganda 7 months after entry into East Africa

UGANDA-AFEX, Africa’s leading commodities exchange and commodities market player, has announced its expansion into Uganda, seven months after it first entered East Africa. The new development is the latest in the company’s series of planned expansions to 10 African countries over the next five years Often referred to as Africa’s ‘bread basket,’ Uganda has one of the most dynamic commodities…

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UK Capital Markets Authority blocks Jus-Rol by Cerelia over monopoly concerns

UK – French firm Cérélia, a Puff pastry giant, has been denied the green light to purchase Jus-Rol over concerns it may leave UK retailers and shoppers facing “higher prices and lower quality products.” The UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has further directed Cerelia to sell the business which it acquired from General Mills. Inc in January 2022. The…

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