Kenya: 5,000 Bags of Maize Released to Tame Famine

By Gerald Andae. 19 March 2019. This story was originally posted in Daily Nation. The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has released 5,222 bags of maize to the drought-stricken counties as the government steps in to avert a humanitarian crisis. The stocks are part of the 3.5 million bags that the NCPB is currently holding

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Zambia Lifts Costly Maize Export Ban

By Jeff Kapembwa. March 11, 2019. This story was originally posted in The Southern Times. Zambia has rescinded restrictions imposed on the export of maize and mealie-meal to neighbouring countries, a decision that cost the Southern African state over US$1 billion in revenue in recent years. According to agriculture minister Michael Katambo, the Government decided

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Kenya: Wheat Price-Fixing Shortchanging Local Millers

16 January 2019. This story was originally posted in Business Daily. Millers say they have become uncompetitive after they were compelled to pay farmers Sh3,200 for a 90-kilo bag of wheat last year against the background of free movement of goods in the region. The State-set price was way above the import parity price of

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Western Cape agriculture set to lose billions

By Jeandre van der Walt. 1 March 2018. This story was originally posted in Farmer’s Weekly. The Western Cape’s agricultural sector is set to lose an estimated R5,9 billion in the 2017/2018 season due to prevailing drought conditions across the province. This is according to a recent policy brief report by the Bureau for Food and

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