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REGIONAL GRAIN SECTOR NEWS: FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016

Posted on February, 2, 2016 at 11:18 am


Regional News

Agriculture & Development - Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI) 2016

The National Coordinator of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia chapter, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, has announced that the government of Senegal would host the Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI) 2016 youth summit in Dakar, Senegal. He said the youth summit would run from 29 March to 2 April 2016, and 250 young people would converge at the summit in Dakar.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602012805.html

 

Kenya News

Farmers want State to increase allocations to North rift for food security

Farmers in the North Rift have called on the government to invest more on subsidies in the region because it had capacity to increase yields. The farmers observe that the current imbalance in production and market prices on maize have denied them opportunity to earn better returns thus discouraging them from the sub-sector.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000190145/farmers-want-state-to-increase-allocations-to-north-rift-agriculture

World Bank ranks Kenya highly on farm regulations

Kenya’s regulation practices are impacting positively on agriculture but there is still room for improvement, a new report compiled by the World Bank says. The Enabling the Business of Agriculture report indicates that Kenya has scored above the global average of 60 per cent, meaning that the regulatory environment is boosting the sector.

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/World-Bank-ranks-Kenya-highly-on-farm-regulations/-/1248928/3057820/-/yg3s0x/-/index.html

 

Tanzania News

'Farmers Lack Agricultural Skills'

Moshi — Lack of capital, education, better seeds and efficient markets proved to be a major challenge faced by farmers, ahead of the rainy season. The statement was made by some farmers in Kilimanjaro region at a two-day gathering organized by by a non-governmental organization Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Industry in Africa (SEVIA).

http://allafrica.com/stories/201602012016.html

Cashew nut processing factories to start next fiscal year

Construction of three big cashew nut processing factories is scheduled to start early in the 2016/17 fiscal year, with the country’s processing capacity poised to rise to 30 per cent from the current 10 per cent.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/business/46597-cashew-nut-processing-factories-to-start-next-fiscal-year

 

Uganda News

Ugandan maize lowers Kenya prices

Kenya's maize brokers who have been hoarding huge stocks of last year’s harvest, in anticipation of an increase in prices, may not realise their expectations as cheaper imports from Uganda flood the market.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Ugandan-maize-lowers-Kenya-prices/-/2560/3045530/-/cmtyr3z/-/index.html

AfDB gives Kampala $76m for food security

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $76.7 million loan to support farm incomes, rural livelihoods, food security and climate resilience in Uganda. The loan will finance Phase Two of the Uganda Farm Income Enhancement and Forestry Conservation Programme (FIEFOC-2) comprising agriculture infrastructure and agribusiness development activities.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/AfDB-gives-Kampala--76m-for-food-security/-/2558/3055874/-/9yff97z/-/index.html

 

Rwanda News

NAEB's new mandate a game changer for agro exports sector

The restructuring of National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) mandate to include support and facilitation of investors in the agricultural sector means that NAEB will be a wholly-owned state enterprise with powers to provide export development services to the private sector, as well as undertake investments to boost agro export revenues, according to Amb George Kayonga, the chief executive officer.

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-02-02/196670/