Kenya: New drought-tolerant varieties rekindle hopes of food security in drought-prone Makueni County

Hoping against hope of decent harvests, farmers in the semi-arid and arid regions of eastern Kenya have always planted their traditional and favourite food crops – pigeon pea, green gram, sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, cowpea, and maize – at … Continue reading Kenya: New drought-tolerant varieties rekindle hopes of food security in drought-prone Makueni County

African Plant Nutrition Institute sponsors Prof. Kwame Agyei Frimpong for Executive Masters Programme in Precision Agriculture

The Vice-Dean of the School of Agriculture of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Kwame Agyei Frimpong, has been offered sponsorship to the tune of $ 11,200 to participate in an Executive Master of Science in Precision Agriculture at Mohammed … Continue reading African Plant Nutrition Institute sponsors Prof. Kwame Agyei Frimpong for Executive Masters Programme in Precision Agriculture

Kenya: Animal feed prices go down, farmers laud Prez Kenyatta’s directives on reduction

Livestock farmers in Nyahururu Sub County in Laikipia County have expressed their delight after President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a directive on the reduction of the prices of animal feeds. During Mashujaa day celebrations at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County, the … Continue reading Kenya: Animal feed prices go down, farmers laud Prez Kenyatta’s directives on reduction

Value Chain Financing underpins cropping season success

The recently released Zimbabwe Agricultural Sector Survey report indicated the Government of Zimbabwe remains the lead funder of agriculture through the Climate Proofed Presidential Inputs Scheme (Pfumvudza) and the National Enhanced Agriculture Productivity Scheme formerly known as Command Agriculture. However, … Continue reading Value Chain Financing underpins cropping season success

South African rising input costs, a serious challenge for future food production

Rising input costs, such as direct materials, direct labour and other overheads, are posing a major challenge to food production in South Africa. “The costs of fertiliser, herbicides, packaging, diesel, electricity and labour, to name a few, are increasing rapidly, … Continue reading South African rising input costs, a serious challenge for future food production

Cocoa farmers’ pension funds will be prudently managed – National Pensions Regulatory Authority

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana’s National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Hayford Atta Krufi, has assured that adequate measures have been put in place to prudently invest pension funds of cocoa farmers under the Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme to … Continue reading Cocoa farmers’ pension funds will be prudently managed – National Pensions Regulatory Authority

Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute start new initiative to empower grape growers

The Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) has taken to a special strategy to empower grape farmers in the Dodoma region, relying on the introduction of modern tech. Director of TARI- Makutupora Centre, Dr Cornel Masawe, made clear that poor adoption … Continue reading Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute start new initiative to empower grape growers