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South Africa: GM corn, soy & cotton OK but not potato

September 25th, 2015 / AFK Insider, US

South Africa has rejected genetically modified potatoes for commercial production, raising questions about a double standard that allows GM corn, cotton and soy to be grown and sold there. See …

Tanzanian fertilizer industry to transform agriculture

September 23rd, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

There are all reasons for smallholder farmers to increase productivity following the introduction of the world-class player in the fertilizer industry – Yara International. The Yara fertilizer Terminal that was launched by President Jakaya Kikwete, last week, has the capacity to hold 120,000 tonnes annually, enough to supply the …

Soil quality is an important factor in farming

September 23rd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Over last few years, land has become quite expensive and it is set to get even more expensive as our population grows. Rapid population growth and land shortage can have a limiting effect on farming in a country like Uganda where over 80 per …

Seed selection tool for Kenyan farmers goes live

September 23rd, 2015 / Farmbizafrica.com

Informed by the need to guide farmers on proper seed choice, the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in partnership with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) have developed an online application, MbeguChoice, which already boasts a database of over 200 commercialized crop varieties, including 61 varieties …

Kenya: New coffee variety Ruiru 11 is high yielding

September 22nd, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

The grafted Ruiru 11 coffee variety will lead to increased output by reducing production costs by 30 per cent, Coffee Research Institute director Elijah Gichuru, has said. And unlike the conventional varieties, the grafted Ruiru 11 has more yield ranging between 15 and 20 kg per tree per year. …

Ghana: Educating farmers on the misuse of chemical fertiliser

September 22nd, 2015 / Viasat 1 News, Ghana

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Akdi Christopher has advocated educating farmers on the potential dangers in the misuse of chemical fertilizer on crops and the soil. According to him, if not managed properly, chemical fertilizer can lead to crop distraction, negative growth effects, and high pollution levels in water …

Nigerian researchers release two new maize hybrids

September 22nd, 2015 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Jimoh Babatunde reports: Two new hybrids of maize that will help improve productivity and income of farmers in Nigeria have been released at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IART), Obafemi Awolowo University in Ibadan. The new maize hybrids – Ife Maizehyb-07 and Ife Maizehyb-08 were …

Twelve new crop varieties of cowpea, rice & maize released

September 21st, 2015 / Ghanaweb.com

The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released twelve new crop varieties onto the market. Four cowpea, seven maize varieties and a new rice variety capable to withstand hash weather conditions were released on Friday. The varieties are made up of …

Farmers’ lobby aims to boost East African Community potato yields

September 21st, 2015 / The Standard, Kenya

Lack of improved seeds, use of obsolete technology, lack of access to credit, effects of climate change and cartel-like behaviour are some of the factors that have been blamed for the East African Community’s (EAC) low production of potatoes. Last week during the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s (CAADP) …

Nigeria: Fertilizer subsidy continues, says Tambuwal

September 21st, 2015 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: Considering the importance of agricultural value-chain, governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State confirmed that his administration would continue with a fertiliser subsidy to farmers across the state. According to the governor, this was aimed at boosting food production, as well as increasing farmers’ purchasing …

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