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12 Sep 2018
Published in Farming breaking news
The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) is currently struggling to sell imported maize. The maize in question was imported under the subsidy program meant to cushion consumers from high flour prices. Now the millers are reportedly reluctant to buy the maize being sold at US $22.85 (Sh2,300) per 90kg bag despite having been imported at US $39.74 (Sh4,000). According to media reports, the NCPB is holding 350,000 out of the 630,000 bags it released to millers last year at Sh2,300 before the end of the subsidy program on December 31, 2017. The board’s corporate affairs manager Mr. Titus Maiyo…
11 Sep 2018
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Earlier this week, global news outlets reported that 90 carcasses of illegally killed elephants had been found around a famous wildlife sanctuary – the Okavango Delta – in Botswana. The elephants appeared to have been killed for their tusks a few weeks ago. Dr Mike Chase, a scientist who founded and directs Elephants Without Borders, a research and conservation organisation, made the finding while conducting an aerial survey of Botswana’s wildlife. The survey began on 10 July 2018. A statement by the Botswana government denies the finding, claiming that the number is only 53, with the majority of carcasses suggesting…
10 Sep 2018
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The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has urged Chinese business leaders to attend the Africa Investment Forum scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-9 November 2018. Adesina made the call while addressing delegates at the 6th Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs, which took place on the sidelines of the 2018 Beijing Summit, attended by leaders from 53 African countries and China. “I am sure you all know Africa is the place to be. African economies are growing well and the GDP growth rate is projected to average 4.1% this year,” he said. Akinwumi…
09 Sep 2018
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Banks are worried that South Africa is taking a wrong turn with laws being considered by the nation’s parliament that could leave the economy worse off. “They do not seem to be the legislative underpinning of a comprehensive, implementable national economic recovery plan,” the Banking Association of South Africa said in a statement distributed in Johannesburg on Thursday. “Rather they seem ideologically motivated and do little to address the real needs of an economy desperately in need of jobs, effective transformation and empowerment programs, and inclusive growth.” The comments come as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress embraces calls…
08 Sep 2018
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Since Emmanuel Agyekum took over a decade ago as chief of Nyame Nnae, a poor cocoa farming village in western Ghana, people’s incomes have fallen and his worries have increased.The cocoa trees planted behind wood-plank houses are getting old, and produce only a fraction of what they used to. Last year, money ran out between harvest seasons and people struggled to buy food. “The cocoa trees are dying and it is a worry to us all,” said Agyekum, sitting in a plastic chair in a dirt yard. Cocoa yields are declining across Ghana, the world’s second-biggest producer after neighboring Ivory…
07 Sep 2018
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South Africa produced a record oilseed crop of 2.5 million tonnes in 2017-18 and is projecting an output of 2.6 million tonnes next year, continuing an upward trend that began a decade ago, according to a Sept. 4 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report said South Africa has demonstrated a positive trend in oilseed plantings over the past 10 years, mainly driven by investment in soybean processing capacity. As a result, oilseed meal imports, which accounted for 70% of domestic consumption 10 years ago, now account for less than 20%, the USDA…
06 Sep 2018
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The organisation, however, says the biggest impediment to land reform is that black farmers cannot access finances. Grain SA chief executive officer (CEO) Jannie de Villiers told the Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Tuesday that rather than amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation, the government should focus on land reform. De Villiers, however, said the most serious impediment to land reform in the country at the moment is that black farmers cannot move into commercial status because they cannot access finances. De Villiers was making oral presentations in parliament on the possible amendment of Section 25…
05 Sep 2018
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South Africa’s economy tipped into recession as it shrunk 0.7 percent in the second quarter, official data showed Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Cyril Ramaphosa who came to office in February. The downturn, which was the second consecutive quarter of negative growth, was driven by contractions in agriculture, transport, trade and manufacturing industries. StatsSA said agriculture was hit by a fall in field crops, drought in the Western Cape and severe hailstorms in Mpumalanga province that damaged production. After a revised 2.6 percent contraction in the first quarter, the latest data piled pressure on Ramaphosa who has promised a…
04 Sep 2018
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A prototype robotic raspberry harvester developed by Fieldwork Robotics at theUniversity of Plymouth has the potential to be reconfigured to pick a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and repurposed for other field tasks, as well used for gathering vital data to improve crop management. PBUK speaks with a number of those involved to discover how the technology could support the UK horticulture industry. By firstly tackling the challenge of harvesting raspberries – the most delicate of soft fruits – Dr. Martin Stoelen, a lecturer in robotics at the University of Plymouth, is confident his prototype robotic arm can be…