World Fisheries Day Is Not Just About Fish, Says U.S. Official

This week, the world celebrates a natural resource that provides food for billions and employment opportunities for over 50 million people worldwide - fisheries.World Fisheries Day - established in 1998 and celebrated each year on November 21 - highlights the importance of conserving the ocean and marine life.. more»

We Have Developed 50 Cassava Varieties - Egesi

As an Assistant Director and head of the cassava breeding team at the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Chiedozie Egesi has led efforts at developing and releasing to farmers improved varieties of cassava including pro-vitamin A cassava. His research activities involve the use of cross-cutting biotechnology tools in the genetic improvement of cassava including transgenic technologies. more»

Government to Announce New Maize Prices As Farmers Protest Maize Importation.

New maize prices will be announced in two weeks time. The National Cereals and Produce Board is planning to give maize farmers priority before middlemen.The government will buy a 90kg bag for between Sh3,000 and Sh4,000, State House adviser Joshua Kuttuny said yesterday at Tuigon Primary School in Cherangany during a fundraise more»

New Financing Agreement to Strengthen Rural Finance Services in Uganda

Today the government of the Republic of Uganda and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a US$29 million loan agreement to finance the Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA). This project aims to sustainably increase access to and use of financial services by rural populations in Uganda." more»

Kenya Faces a Sugar Deficit Leading to Increased Importation

The country has a deficit of 200,000 to 250,000 metric tonnes of sugar, which has necessitated importation. This follows the closure of four sugar companies. Agriculture cabinet secretary Felix Koskei recently said Kenya consumes about 800,000 metric tonnes and produces about 600,000 mts, so the country is always having a deficit. more»

Can Rice Replace Wheat On the Sudanese Table

Indeed Hassan Mohamed al-Hajj Kadous has the right to be so jubilant during the State celebrations marking the Field Day. Hassan, a farmer from Faris Al-Kitab village Gezira State, has scored the higher rate of production of the upland rice this season; His production was 8 tons per hectare, compared to the world's highest production rate of 10 tons a hectare. more»

$19.27 Million Agric Project Launched in the Gambia

The Gambia government through the Ministry of Agriculture over the weekend launched the Gambia Commercial Agriculture and Value Chain Management Project (GCAV) in the North Bank Region and Janjanbureh in the Central River Region. more»

Reducing Poverty, Improving Food Security Through Cooperatives

Much has been said about how to improve the lots of Nigeria's rural poor, especially smallholder farmers, since the Federal Government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) seem to focus more attention on the cooperative farmers, but experts have observed that cooperatives play a crucial role in reducing poverty, improving food security and generating employment opportunities. David Agba writes on harnessing the potential of cooperatives to improve the socio-economic condition of Nigerian farmers." more»

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