Agriculture: Latest News
Staff, 7:22 am
Dutch suppliers have halted imports and production at their Ethiopian operations after anti-government protesters damaged their facilities. Prices have spiked in the Netherlands for products such as fine beans and exotic vegetables due to the disruption in supply from Ethiopia, with Kenya and Zimbabwe helping to fill the immediate sourcing gap.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
Blacks are getting squeezed out of the marijuana business all over the U.S., says Ron Jones, founder of Sons of Hemp. The organization gets its name from the Bena Riamba or “Sons of Hemp” who lived in equatorial West Africa in the 1800s. The Bashilenge tribe worshiped hemp and formed a religion around it. Although U.S. minorities use marijuana at about the same rate as whites, they get arrested and go to jail for it more often. Sons of Hemp sued Detroit and now it plans a cannabis school to help nurture cannabis startups.
Dana Sanchez, 11:10 am
Ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru agreed to pay $1.4M in personal funds to a white farmer whose land was taken by her late husband. Some analysts say this will inspire investor confidence in Zimbabwe and demonstrate respect for property rights. The ruling Zanu-PF party will do its best to discredit Mujuru as a traitor. “People should not be fooled by Mujuru’s gesture,” an analyst said. “Mujuru was a member of Zanu PF most of her life and she now wants to rebrand herself as (its) acceptable face.”
Staff, 12:01 am
Milk consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world. The continent has more than 10 percent of the world’s cattle, but contributes less than 3 percent to global milk production. African countries import more than $500 million worth of milk a year from Europe and North America. Ghana’s dairy industry has been plagued with challenges including lack of modern technology. Most dairy farmers milk cattle the traditional way, and don’t know where to market their product.
Staff, 4:09 am
African Donkeys have something Chinese consumers want — so much so that the balance of trade in this new industry is getting out of sync. Africa is kicking back. China, a world leader in donkey imports, needs an estimated 4 million donkeys annually to achieve a massive 5,000-tonne production goal of making a traditional Chinese medicine known as ejiao. Currently, China can supply around 1.8 million donkeys. “The scale of the demand from China is often so large that it can rapidly overwhelm the supply of any single resource,” a stakeholder said.
Staff, 3:20 am
As the nation grapples with severe economic crisis, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that its survival was dependent on the agricultural and manufacturing sector. Buhari stated this at the 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) held at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja on Thursday. He lauded the association over the theme of the conference “Diversifying the Nigerian Economy: the Role of Government in Manufacturing”
Dana Sanchez, 11:12 am
In Africa, proposed consolidations of seed and agrochemicals industries will result in a bigger push for genetically modified technology. For sub-Sahara’s predominantly small-scale farmers already operating at a low profit margin, greater consolidation means less choice for them and consumers. These proposed mergers are not just about seeds and pesticides. They’re about controlling big data, DNA and intellectual property, stakeholders say.
Dana Sanchez, 6:05 pm
In a closed-door meeting at this week’s U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu said he plans to visit West Africa later this year, “but I don’t intent to limit myself to East Africa or West Africa. Israel is looking at all of Africa,” he said. “And I hope that all of Africa looks at Israel.” Energyia Global Capital, a Jerusalem-based solar enterprise, launched East Africa’s first solar field in 2015 in Rwanda. The company is prepared to invest $2 billion in Africa over the next four years through Obama’s Power Africa program. The goal is clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:43 am
Esmeralda Farms Nederland, a US-based flower farm in Bahir Dar, has ceased its operations in Ethiopia after an attack on its premises by alleged anti-government protestors that led to damages worth millions of dollars. The attack which was linked to the ongoing Oromia protests happened earlier in the month. It caused damages estimated at $ 11, 158, 900 (10 million euros), according to DutchNews.nl.
Dana Sanchez, 12:04 pm
The Chinese have entered many sectors of the economy under Zimbabwe’s Look East policy, but until recently avoided white-owned farms liberated by Mugabe. Chinese are now investing in tobacco production, growing it on formerly white-owned farms, and paying rent to landowners who were given farms seized by Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF. Mugabe’s disastrous land reforms caused agricultural production to nosedive. Now there are plenty of jobs in the tobacco-growing district, a worker said.
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