Proposed commercialisation of Zambia’s FRA under fire

An array of stakeholders, including the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), slated a proposal by the Zambian government to commercialise the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). The Zambian Ministry of Agriculture says that FRA can become commercially viable by raising revenue through grain exports. But ZNFU, Grain Traders Association (GTAZ), National…

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Hope for evicted Zimbabwean farmers

Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister, Perence Shiri, has ordered illegal occupiers to immediately vacate farms grabbed from white farmers from early 2000 onward. “All those who were illegally settled, or who just settled themselves on resettlement land, should vacate immediately,” Shiri was quoted by the government-owned The Herald newspaper. Shiri’s order…

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AgDevCo partners with MozAgri to provide more markets for livestock farmers

AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has partnered with Mozambican livestock company MozAgri to help smallholder farmers. Through the partnership, roughly 9 500 farmers will see an increase in productivity and income. MozAgri, established in 2009, supplies improved genetics and buys fully-grown goats from 6 000 local farmers across a wide…

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Grain SA honours smallholder farmers

The Farmers Development team of Grain SA held its annual Day of Celebration in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Day of Celebration, established in 2009, was created to recognise excellence in the field, acknowledge transformation in grain production. The awards included the following: Grain SA Subsistence Farmer of the year, Grain…

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