AfDB, EIB to foster environmental protection through joint Action Plan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a Joint Action Plan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to foster public and private investments in crucial economic sectors, including environmental protection. In addition to this, the partnership will focus on other themes such as; large-scale quality infrastructure investment; Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services; financial inclusion of the female

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Tanzania halts GM crop research to conserve local seed varieties

The government of Tanzania has announced the suspension of genetically-modified (GM) crop researches in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and preserve local seed varieties. GM crops are produced when DNA is artificially transferred into plant cells, altering their genetics in a bid to make them more disease resistant, nutritious and to improve their yields. Agriculture Minister, Prof Adolf

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Kenya: Nyeri County Sets Aside Sh17 Million to Support Coffee Farmers

Nyeri county has earmarked Sh17 million for the resuscitation of the coffee sector following the low production output last season. Governor of the county, Mutahi Kahiga revealed that the fund will enhance coffee production as well as boost soil fertility by providing lime and other farm inputs. According to the data collected by the Agriculture Department in the county, it

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Agric commodity market: Greenhouse cucumbers rapidly becoming more expensive in Russia

A noticeable increase in demand for greenhouse cucumbers in Russia as well as a significant reduction in its supply stimulated a rapid rise in prices according to analysts of the EastFruit project. Also this week, the supply of imported cucumbers produced in Iran significantly decreased as many wholesale companies gradually stopped working with imported cucumbers on the eve of the

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Agric commodity market: Export demand and prices for apples increased in Moldova

From the middle of January, the price of apple exports began to rise in Moldova. Compared to the beginning of this month, the average level of prices for nearly all apple varieties increased by an average of 1 lei/kg up to 8-14 lei/kg ($0.48-0.84/kg). Idared and Simirenko apple varieties are traditionally located in the lower part of the price range

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Agric commodity market: Maltaise oranges from Tunisia see 20% increase in volumes this year

This year, the first truck of Maltaise oranges from Tunisia arrived at Rungis on January 12th. Mourad Ben Salem, manager of Med’Essor, has been importing this juicing orange to Paris for 15 years. He has been selling it under the brand Med’Essor since 2007. “The variety is becoming more and more established on the market over the years. There is

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Agric commodity market: Queen garnet plum sees +300% in export volumes this year

The Queen Garnet plum season is now in full swing and at the current tree plantings, it is possibly the biggest planting of a single plum variety in Australia. “The Queen Garnet plum stores very well,” according to Luke Couch CEO of Nutrafruit, the Queensland based company which owns the global licence for the variety. “This enables us to market

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South African ginger market is white-hot, driving the price through the roof

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South Africans have been swapping social media horror stories on the price of supermarket ginger, as a shortage develops on the market, driving the price “through the roof” – this is according to a trader. The domestic season will start in earnest next month, but ginger growers have followed the market’s lead and started their campaign earlier. A Lowveld ginger

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Brazil: Government greenlights the import of Spanish blueberries

Freshuelva is happy about the positive response of the Government of Brazil to the blueberry management systems proposed through the Spanish Government by the blueberry sector of the province of Huelva. It means that the fruit’s marketing in the South American country has been greenlighted, thus opening an important market for which Freshuelva has been preparing for years. Last November,

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Canada: Demand for foreign farm workers expected to go up in Okanagan

British Columbia’s temporary foreign workers are starting to return to the region’s farms, and this year there are plans in place to ensure that their arrival will be safer. During the Monday COVID-19 update, Dr. Bonnie Henry said: “As you know, we are continuing our program of providing quarantine accommodations in hotels and support for people who have had temporary

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Dutch cooperative, Kompany, has first conventional lit-cultivation cucumbers available again

Last year, the Dutch cooperative, Kompany, had own-grown cucumbers available year-round for the first time. That was thanks to one of its growers using LED lightning. “That went well for both the client and grower. We aim to expand this further this year,” says a Kompany representative. Read also Acute poverty affects Ghana’s Savanna Region: How oilseeds could help boost

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Take advantage of Seven Seas Salt company’s presence – PRO tells residents

Seven Seas Salt Limited, a salt mining company operating in the Ketu South Municipality has called on residents in its catchment area to take advantage of the company’s presence for economic gains. Currently, the Company was licensed from the Ghana’s Minerals Commission, three concessions located in Klikor and Somey Traditional Areas in the Municipality. They are; Adina Concession (currently developed)

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Atiwa East Agriculture Department donates equipment to Rice farmer Associations

As part of efforts to ensure the success of the government’s Special Rice Initiative programme, the Atiwa East Agriculture Department has provided rice farming equipment to five Rice Farmer Associations to minimize the stress they go through processing their rice for marketing. The equipment were multicorp threshers and bundles of rice nets. The groups are from communities Aworonsua, Akutuase, Teawia,

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Acute poverty affects Ghana’s Savanna Region: How oilseeds could help boost local diets

In parts of Ghana there are still persistently high rates of acute malnutrition. This is despite the fact that there has been significant progress in reducing these at the national level. The area most affected by malnutrition is the Savanna Region of Ghana. Most people who live in the area eat monotonous, staple-based diets that are deficient in essential micro-nutrients.

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A Common Roadmap to Spread the Benefits of West Africa’s Blue Treasure

Fish is key to Ghanaians’ diets, as it provides 50 percent of the average per capita intake of animal proteins. Every Ghanaian eats an average of 25 kilos of fish per year, five kilos over the world’s average. However, the enormous potential of West Africa’s ‘blue treasure’ – its fisheries and aquaculture resources – for the country’s welfare and economic

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Ghana’s Industrialisation to benefit from Tema LNG Terminal

Sub-Saharan Africa’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Tema can turn Ghana into a petroleum hub, Tema LNG managing director Edmund Agyeman-Duah tells The Africa Report. The project, built at a cost of $350m, can be a “driver of growth” for Ghana and the region, says Agyeman-Duah. It will provide year-round guaranteed supply and promote investment in industries

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Trade Report: Nigeria’s decade-long woeful wheat production; 98% is imported

Nigeria’s wheat production has been so dismal that for a decade the country only managed to produce just about two per cent of all the wheat it consumed. Nigeria’s trade report shows wheat was the country’s second most imported item in the second and third quarters of 2020. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that between 2010

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Federal Executive Council approves ratification of plant genetic resources treaty

The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria has approved the ratification of the country’s membership of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the State House after the year’s first cabinet meeting, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the endorsement of

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Nigeria: Kano State government distributes 5,000 water pumps to farmers

The Kano State government in Nigeria says it has distributed 5,000 water pumps to farmers to boost irrigation farming in the state. The Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule-Garo, told journalists on Wednesday in Kano that the water pumps were distributed during the preceding dry season activities. Mr Sule-Garo said the state government also distributed motorcycles and utility vehicles to

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