Agribusiness

Sasakawa Africa Association Partners with IT Firms to Provide E-Agric Extension Services to Farmers

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO The agriculture sector remains the main thrust of Uganda’s economic growth. This is because the sector contributes about 25% of the National Gross Domestic Product and it employs over 70% of the Uganda’s, population. This sector also provides great potential and avenues for economic growth and inclusion, particularly for women and the youth. Statistics shows that women make […]

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Artificial Intelligence Helping African Farmers in the Fight Against Locusts

Kuzi is a free early warning tool, delivered by SMS, that helps farmers across Africa to predict and control locust attacks. Kuzi uses satellite data, soil sensor data, ground meteorological observation, and machine learning to predict the breeding, occurrence, and migration routes of desert locusts. Farmers and pastoralists receive free SMS alerts 2-3 months in […]

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ICT the Solution for Youth in Agriculture

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO Agriculture has been categorized as the largest economic sector in most African countries, offering opportunities for poverty alleviation for youth, yet there is still a low percentage of youth involvement in the sector. This has been attributed to several factors. One major reason for poor youth participation in agriculture, according to research […]

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Pearl Dairy Scoops Two People’s Choice Quality Awards

Pearl Dairy Farm Limited, the producer of Lato Milk branded Products has emerged winner of two People’s Choice Awards 2020 in the yoghurt and milk category, according to a survey carried out by Muyz Plus Advertising International. The Mbarara based dairy processor was announced winner at a glamorous event officiated by the State Minister of […]

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Government of to Setup 10 Regional Agricultural Mechanisation Centers to Booster Agricultural ProductionUgan6da

Government of Uganda through the ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries plans to establish 10 regional Agricultural Mechanization centers across the country. The regional centers will act as centers of excellence to equip Ugandan farmers with modern agricultural mechanization skills and also act as centers where farmers can access have to agricultural mechanization equipment […]

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FRESH DAIRY URGES CUSTOMERS TO EMBRACE ITS FREE HOME DELIVERY SOLUTION THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Kampala. Fresh Dairy, the leading dairy products producer in Uganda has urged its customers to utilize its boosted free home delivery services this festive season for the safe and quick delivery of both Fresh Dairy and Brookside products. The recently expanded home delivery fleet includes more tricycle Tuk Tuks and mobile vans and a dedicated […]

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Strengthen Rural Resilience Through Women Empowerment in Coffee Farming

About 2,828 women coffee growers from five Coffee Washing Stations (CWS) in Rwanda have been empowered to manage their coffee farm as a business and implement good agriculture practices to improve productivity and thus farm economics. Coffee farming is normally male dominated however the women integration has a positive impact on the household financial management […]

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Lato Milk Awarded Best Dairy Processor in Uganda

Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd the producer of Lato Milk products has been awarded as the best dairy processing company in Uganda by The Visionaries of Uganda Advisory Board. The dairy processor was among the 30 government and private entities that were recognised and awarded at a ceremony held at Serena Hotel for their tremendous work […]

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Food security, agriculture, AfCTA, crucial for Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery – African Economic Conference

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 9 December 2020 – “The agriculture sector is among the most vulnerable. Agriculture is important not only for food security issues but also for inter-regional food integration,” African Development Bank Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research, Hanan Morsy, said during a news conference on the opening day of the African Economic […]

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EFFORTS UNDER WAY TO MAKE AFRICA’S SUGAR INDUSTRY A CATALYST FOR AGRICULTURAL GROWTH

Africa, December 2020: Africa, December 2020: A major initiative under way to boost sugar output in Africa and encourage sustainable intra-continental growth across the industry will be explored in a detailed focus report by Oxford Business Group (OBG), in partnership with the International Sugar Organisation (ISO). Titled “Sugar in Africa: Building Value in the African Sugar […]

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COMESA Extends Kenya Sugar Safeguard for Two Years

Lusaka, November 28, 2020: COMESA Council of Ministers has granted Kenya a two year extension of the sugar safeguard  beginning March 2021 to February 2023. In its 41st meeting conducted virtually on Thursday, 26 November 2020, the Council urged Kenya to share the modalities used in calculating the projected sugar deficit with other member states by 30 […]

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Closer Africa-Europe Collaboration Needed to Deliver Food and Nutrition Security Roadmap, Says Leading Research Body

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) calls for more engagement as the long-term EU-AU research and innovation partnership (LEAP) reaches its midpoint. November 26, 2020, ACCRA, Ghana – Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research and innovation has called on more African and European countries to prioritize investment in science, […]

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DIAGEO LAUNCHES NEW TEN-YEAR SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PLAN

By 2030, Diageo’s ‘SOCIETY 2030: SPIRIT OF PROGRESS’ plan will enable the company to: Reach 1 billion people with messages of moderation through its brands Achieve Net Zero carbon emissions across direct operations Increase representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds to 45% Use 30% less water in every drink it makes Today, Diageo, maker […]

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African Development Bank’s AgriPitch competition awards $120,000 in prizes to African youth “agripreneurs”

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 November 2020 – The founder of a cassava processing business in Kenya, a co-founder of a novel food processing technology start-up, and the owner of a smallholder farmer food procurement company in Nigeria won the top cash prizes in the African Development Bank’s $120,000 AgriPitch competition on Tuesday. The AgriPitch competition […]

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FRESH DAIRY BOOSTS ITS FREE HOME DELIVERY SERVICES WITH MORE FLEET

Kampala. Fresh Dairy, the leading dairy products producer in Uganda has boosted its free home delivery services with more fleet to deliver both Fresh Dairy and Brookside products. The expanded home delivery fleet includes more tricycle Tuk Tuks and mobile vans and a dedicated sales team that deliver door to door with an aim of heightening […]

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The gradual recovery of the economy witnessed in the 3rd quarter of 2020, has contributed to the positive performance of the agricultural sector with prices improving by 5 percentage points.

Agricultural prices improve by 5% as economy recovers

The gradual recovery of the economy witnessed in the 3rd quarter of 2020, has contributed to the positive performance of the agricultural sector with prices improving by 5 percentage points. According to the June 2020 Uganda Bureau of Statistics report, food crop growing activities registered a growth of 4.3 per cent in 2019/2020, compared to […]

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Letshego has officially handed over poultry projects to respective farmers and beneficiaries that took part in the “Improving Life Campaign” (ILC).

Letshego hands over Poultry projects to different farmers

Letshego has officially handed over poultry projects to respective farmers and beneficiaries that took part in the “Improving Life Campaign” (ILC). This is in line with Letshego’s Strategic Social Investment (SSI) policy, which aims at bettering livelihoods of the low and middle-income communities. The ILC campaign, picked exemplary and model farmers from the four regions […]

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Fresh Dairy has handed over approximately 264 litres of milk to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in aid of their clean milk handling and production campaign which is expected to attract over 400 dairy farmers from various organizations across Uganda.

Fresh Dairy supports DDA’s clean milk handling campaign

Fresh Dairy has handed over approximately 264 litres of milk to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in aid of their clean milk handling and production campaign which is expected to attract over 400 dairy farmers from various organizations across Uganda. Samson Akankiza, the  Director Technical Services Dairy Development Authority who received the lot said the […]

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Small-scale Farmers within East Africa have called upon EAC Member states to support them to adopt Organic farming practices.

EAC Member States urged to Support Smallholder Farmers to adopt Organic Farming

Small-scale Farmers within East Africa have called upon EAC Member states to support them to adopt Organic farming practices. The farmers under their umbrella organization the Eastern and Southern Africa Small scale Farmer’s Forum(ESAFF) said that farming organically has economic and environmental advantages to the community member states. They said it reduces environmental degradation through […]

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Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd the producer of Lato Milk has added five more new flavours to their yoghurt range providing their consumers with a total of seven varieties to choose from.

Pearl Dairy adds more Yoghurt flavours onto the market

Pearl Dairy Farms Ltd the producer of Lato Milk has added five more new flavours to their yoghurt range providing their consumers with a total of seven varieties to choose from. The new yoghurt flavours which include apricot, peach, butterscotch, coconut and plain were officially launched by the State Minister of Finance for Investment and […]

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UGX. 48 Billion Free Zone Facility Construction Inaugurated by Uganda Free Zones Authority in Entebbe.

BY Samuel Nabwiiso. The Government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) has inaugurated the construction of the first public Free Zone in Uganda. The free zone facility is established at Entebbe International Airport and it’s estimated to cost Government UGX48 Billion. Upon  construction completion  whose construction is said to last for 6 […]

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As Uganda prepares to conduct its National General Election in 2021, smallholder farmers have called upon all political parties intending to participate to prioritize Agriculture while drafting their manifestos.

Farmers ask Ugandan politicians to prioritize agriculture

As Uganda prepares to conduct its National General Election in 2021, smallholder farmers have called upon all political parties intending to participate to prioritize Agriculture while drafting their manifestos. Under their Umbrella Organization of Eastern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Uganda chapter, they urge that politicians, especially Members of Parliament, play a crucial role when […]

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The 10th edition of the annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali Rwanda, saw heads of state, government ministers, civil society, and business leaders resolve to use the flourishing urban food markets as a launchpad for growing the continent’s agricultural investments into stable businesses.

AGRF 2020 Concludes with Call for Greater Focus on Urban Food Markets

The 10th edition of the annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali Rwanda, saw heads of state, government ministers, civil society, and business leaders resolve to use the flourishing urban food markets as a launchpad for growing the continent’s agricultural investments into stable businesses. The AGRF, the world’s premier forum for advancing Africa’s agricultural […]

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Dr André Bationo and Dr Catherine Nakalembe have been announced as the 2020 winners of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) for their exceptional contribution towards the promotion of food security across the continent.

Ugandan Doctor wins Africa’s Food Award

Dr André Bationo and Dr Catherine Nakalembe have been announced as the 2020 winners of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) for their exceptional contribution towards the promotion of food security across the continent. Dr André Bationo, a researcher from Burkina Faso, has been recognized for his efforts into the improvement of micro-dosing fertilizer technology. Dr […]

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The 2020 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) has been launched at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Africa Agriculture Status Report launched in Rwanda

The 2020 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) has been launched at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s AASR focuses on Feeding Africa’s Cities by assessing the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers and agribusinesses to serve the rapidly growing urban food markets. The report seeks […]

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CASSAVA farmers in Serere District found in Eastern Uganda have started planting disease-resistant cassava varieties which are currently undergoing trials.

Cassava farmers in Eastern Uganda participate in planting field trials of disease resistant cassava

CASSAVA farmers in Serere District found in Eastern Uganda participated in planting field trials of disease-resistant cassava varieties at the National Semi-Arid Resource Institute (NaSSARI) in Serere. The Cassava Varieties were developed by Ugandan Scientists in collaboration with their global counterparts using Biotechnology Science. NaSSARI is one of the places where trials for disease-resistant cassava […]

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Milk is a key component of any balanced diet and yet many people are not well versed with its processing or value chain that impacts the quality of milk before it gets to their glasses.

How milk processing impacts the quality of dairy products

Milk is a key component of any balanced diet and yet many people are not well versed with its processing or value chain that impacts the quality of milk before it gets to their glasses. According to the Dairy Development Authority (DDA) in Uganda, although milk production in Uganda has increased from 2.08 billion litres […]

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East African Grain Council IITA and EAGC partner to produce aflatoxin-free grains

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) have signed an agreement to work together to tackle aflatoxin contamination of grains in the region to help ensure that they are safe for human and livestock consumption and meet export standards. Aflatoxin is a highly poisonous chemical […]

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Serious hunger and malnutrition loom for millions of refugees across Eastern Africa who depend on assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to survive, as the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reduces vital funding from donors.

EAC refugees face starvation as WFP cuts food supply

Serious hunger and malnutrition loom for millions of refugees across Eastern Africa who depend on assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to survive, as the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reduces vital funding from donors. WFP has already been forced to reduce food or cash transfers by between 10 to 30 […]

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How can Africa’s Covid-19 food insecurity challenge be tackled?

The Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated existing food security issues in Africa and given rise to some new challenges. With an economic downturn under way, efforts to combat hunger are being accelerated. While short-term measures are part of the solution, the crisis has also made a powerful case for long-term change. The IMF projects that a […]

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