Kenya’s Agricultural CS calls for enhanced crop pest management strategies

KENYA – Kenya’s Agricultural Cabinet Secretary (CS), Peter Munya, has called for greater efforts in mitigating effects of pests and diseases in crops, an issue he considers the main challenge in the agribusiness sector. In a speech read on his behalf by Douglas Kangi, the Director of Crops Management at the Ministry during the official opening of the 3rd Phytosanitary conference in Nairobi, the CS highlighted that since studies have shown that agribusiness has the capacity to transform livelihoods, particularly here in Kenya and Africa, increased capacity building to meet…

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FAO launches online course to improve poultry production practices in African countries

ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through its Virtual Learning Centre for Southern Africa (SFS-VLC) has launched an online course to bolster the capacity of Farmer Field School (FFS) facilitators and master trainers in Zambia and Zimbabwe to prepare and run quality poultry-focused FFS.  The course will broaden their knowledge and skills in FFS facilitation in poultry production and health and in approaches to promote prudent antimicrobial use and raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Financial support for the training was provided from the Fleming Fund…

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Northumberland-Peterborough South receives boost for farming, agri-food projects

CANADA – Ontario is giving a Canadian$ 282,000 (US$225364.53) financial boost to over 20 Northumberland-Peterborough South, a federal electoral district in Ontario, farming and agri-food projects to aid in augmenting on-farm practices in the province. This local investment is part of an Ontario-Canada Canadian$7.3-million (US$ 5833904.50) shared investment through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is aimed at supporting farmers and agri-food businesses in priority areas. “It’s about supporting growth at the farm level, which will have positive impacts across Ontario’s agri-food sector. Building resiliency within our agri-food sector will help…

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CAVAC joins hands with Khmer Enterprise to support Agri-food SMEs

AUSTRALIA – Australia has launched a programme to support agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade food safety standards and quality management systems. The programme was created through a partnership between the Cambodia-Australia Agriculture Value Chain (CAVAC) and Khmer Enterprise, an entrepreneurship promotion unit within the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The agreement on cooperation was signed by representatives of the Australian embassy, Khmer Enterprise and CAVAC. CAVAC and Khmer Enterprise are running a grants scheme to encourage investment in improved manufacturing standards in the agri-food industry. Cambodia produces…

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Sectoral Council on Agriculture, Food Security in Africa calls for harmonized policies

AFRICA – The Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security (SCAFS), has called for the urgent need for the region to implement harmonized policies, and to operationalize regional instruments, in order to guarantee sustainable agricultural production, trade in commodities and to attain sustainable regional food and nutrition security. It had earlier in 2019 given a nod to harmonized procedures for conducting Pest Risk Analysis (PRAs) for maize, beans and rice. Subsequently, development of harmonized Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for inspection of the cereals were required to operationalize the PRAs.  In…

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Kenya’s agro-business firm Kakuzi PLC secures GLOBALG.A. P

KENYA – Kakuzi PLC, a listed Kenyan agricultural company, has received an unconditional renewal of the GLOBALG.A. P (Good Agricultural Practices) which is a globally recognized agricultural food quality certification. As part of the integrated agro-business firm’s quality assurance endeavors, it has been granted the GLOBALG.A.P. version 5.2 certificate subsequent to a recent audit of its production and processing procedures. GLOBALG.A. P is a global organization that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. The certification is widely accepted as the world’s leading standard for…

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