Last week, a number of African leaders were meeting in Kigali, for the Africa Green Revolution Forumb (AGRF) and to discuss how to use agriculture as a way to transform African economies faster. This year the big question was: Will this forum be different from others or will it turn out to be just another talk show?
Yet there is always a frisson of excitement when leaders meet; a sense of opportunity hangs in the air that makes us want to believe that this could be the start of real change. Agricultural transformation by definition is all about change, but whether it is going to happen, particularly in Africa, rests in the hands of leaders who must paint the vision, and then make that vision reality. It is vital that agriculture is seen as an instrument to help leaders achieve their political ambitions and to drive economic goals. If not, agricultural-led economic transformation will remain a pipedream. Read more. Source | New Times
Public offices operating in border posts countrywide must operate for 24 hours every day to ensure smooth movement of goods and products, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Prof Joseph Buchweishaija has said. Prof Bushweishaija noted that the government would like to see directive for the 24 hours operation at the border posts is enforced to enhance efficiency in cross-border trade. Read more.Source | Daily News
Uganda’s effort to grow shea nut as an export commodity have been boosted by four new standards that will be used at the local, regional and international market. The cosmetics standards that have been developed by Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB)include pure shea nut butter cosmetics (DUS 1931:2017), lip balm (DUS 1932: 2017); lip shine (DUS 1933: 2017) and after shave (DUS 1934:2017) plus the already developed shea nut butter food products standards. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
Kenyan farmers lose tonnes of food produced due to different reasons which can be avoided with enough inputs in the agricultural sector. Globally, food wastage is estimated to be approximately 1.3 billion tonnes. This is roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year. In monetary value, food losses and waste amount to roughly US$ 310 billion in developing countries-which Kenya is part of- and US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries. Read more. Source | The Exchange
The International Trade Centre (ITC) yesterday launched a market price information portal, an online database that will provide access to live updates and prices for more than 100 agriculture products.
The portal aims at improving transparency in trade and help improve the decision-making processes for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to export. The portal will also provide research and up-to-date agricultural commodities news. Read more. Source | New Times
Agriculture was the main driver for the Kenyan and Ugandan economies in the first three months of this year, expanding almost 10 per cent from 2017. Kenya said its economy expanded by 5.7 per cent in the first three months of 2018, compared with 4.5 per cent over the same period last year. Read more. Source | East African
The government has been asked to enact an agriculture insurance law to help bolster the sector. This will give insurance cover to crops and enable farmers to access bank loans.
Debating ways of promoting lending in agriculture as the nation prepares to implement Phase Two of the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP-II), seminar facilitators underscored the need for government to throw its weight behind a comprehensive agenda that seeks to promote lending in Tanzania’s farming. Read more. Source | The Citizen
The government has been challenged to allocate more funds to agriculture sector so as to attract multiplying effects on other sectors including industries which could in turn create huge employment opportunities to youths.This was said yesterday at a breakfast meeting that brought together economists, tax experts and bankers in Dar es Salaam.
Organised by Enerst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory, the meeting aimed to discuss on the recent presented 2018/19 budget and whether it meets the demands of the majority. Read More. Source | Daily News
Over 60 smallholder farmers have been trained on tomato processing and packaging, a move which would enable them to make good earnings from their backyard gardens. The week-long training programme was conducted through the northern zone office of the Vocational Education Training Authority (Veta) as part of capacity building for grassroots business groups. Read more. Source | The Citizen
The Agriculture Insurance Scheme has grown to Shs4.5b in terms of premiums, with actual utilisation from the government programmes standing at Shs1.5b, according to the Agro Consortium, which brings together 10 local insurers. Speaking at the National Agriculture and Food Security Forum in Kampala yesterday, Ms Joan Nyangoma, of the Agro Consortium, said over the past two years, the scheme has been able to reach 50,000 farmers across the country. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor