Livestock production: Dealing with trace element antagonists

Question: The borehole water on my farm contains a lot of lime (calcium). Could this affect my animals’ health? What about inoculations? Calcium is probably the best known antagonist to trace elements in Southern Africa and often occurs in borehole water. Successful trace element supplementation is often hampered by significant…

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Mauritius to import vegetables from SA, Egypt and India

The government of Mauritius says it will immediately start importing vegetables from South Africa, Egypt and India following heavy rains that destroyed large areas of farmland since the beginning of this month. In a statement, Agro Industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun said the latest assessment highlighted a…

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Lessons from the farm for Ghana’s One District One Factory programme

By Dr. Dede Amanor-Wilks, African Center for Economic Transformation. Over Christmas, I took the opportunity to visit Asare Odometa Plantations, a farming enterprise in the Asesewa area of the Manya Krobo District in Ghana’s Eastern Region that could be a model for the government’s One District One Factory election promise. The…

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Zambia’s cotton sector losing ground – IAPRI

Zambian cotton seed produces low yields and fetches poor prices, says the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). IAPRI Executive Director Chance Kabaghe says the number of cotton farmers has drastically dropped from 400 000 to just below 100 000 due to uncompetitive conditions in local cotton production. “The Zambian…

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Opening prices for Soweto and Kasumbalesa markets: 25 January 2018

  OPENING PRICES, SOWETO MARKET, 25 January 2018 (all prices in ZMW) Crop Cabbage (per head) Tomato (per box) Onion (per 10kg bag) Rape (per 50kg bag) Grade A 4 40 60 150 Grade B 3 30 50 130 Grade C 1.5 25 40 100 OPENING PRICES FOR KASUMBALESA MARKET,…

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US$101 million to finance agricultural projects in Angola

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Angola have signed an agreement for a US$101 million loan that will be invested in the development of agricultural value chains in Cabinda Province. The financing deal for the Cabinda Province Agriculture Value Chains Development Project was signed between Joseph Ribeiro,…

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