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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 September 2018 at 06:57

Looking forward to meeting and interacting with like-minded youth involved in agribusiness and livestock.

Gloria Kyomugisha Hello Kristofer, a warm welcome to the AgriProFocus network where we work towards linking different agribusiness stakeholders (local and international) to make agribusiness work for development. You can also Join in on our Youth in Agribusiness discussions via:  https://hangouts.google.com/group/xCICaRBGK5cJhsqY2

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 14 September 2018 at 09:36

Farmers get tips on maize planting techniques:

Maize is one of the crops capable of combating food insecurity but at the same time, an income generating activity in most parts of the country. It is consumed widely in the country, the reason why it is grown by almost every household especially in the Albertine region.

However, like any other crop, maize is vulnerable to various challenges, ranging from pests and diseases to adverse weather conditions like drought as this deprives the soil of moisture that is needed for proper plant growth.

Most farmers also cannot afford irrigation systems to water their crops until the rains surface.

To help such farmers, researchers at Bulindi Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute based in Hoima district, have embarked on the promotion of planting maize in permanent planting basins (PPBs) technology.

According to Jude Abitegeka, the farm manager at Bulindi ZARDI, the PPB technology involves digging up of holes called basins in which maize

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 3 August 2018 at 07:28

With looming low maize prices; value addition is key:

With the high amount of rains we early received this year, everyone can say it has been a good season, because of the bumper harvests by farmers. According to the East African Regional maize supply and market outlook report, 2017, Uganda is ranked one of the maize surplus-producing countries in East Africa.


However, these bumper maize harvests are currently suffocating the market with the prices of the products such as maize grains, maize bran and maize flour falling to record lows. Victor Kawuki, a maize farmer and trader shares that prices have been affected by stable inflow of maize from the local communities and could still decline further as farmers are harvesting more maize.

Since the prices were low the previous season, people hoarded maize expecting the prices to go up, which did not happen. This time around, a lot of people grew maize, so, the fresh maize found some old maize in the stores from the previous season pushi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 May 2018 at 04:57

NEW FARA REPORT: PATHWAYS FOR IMPROVED NUTRITION IN ZAMBIA: LESSONS FROM PRO-VITAMIN A RICH MAIZE INNOVATION PLATFORM


ABSTRACT

The high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency in Zambian population, particularly among the young children of rural areas, has been a consistent phenomenon in the country for a while. In response to this, several government’s policies have, since 1998, been formulated to promote increased intake of the vitamin while encouraging healthy food intake. This policy resulted in the establishment of National Pro- Vitamin A Orange Maize Steering Committee (NPASC), an Innovation Platform (IP) formed in 2010 to promote bio-fortification of maize following. Complimentary measures of addressing Vitamin A deficiency among the Zambian population include: (i) Fortification of processed cane sugar; (ii) Production and consumption of orange maize (Pro-vitamin A maize); (iii) Administration of “high” dosage of Vitamin A (medical treatment); (iv) Breeding and production of orange-flesh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 February 2018 at 09:03

FAO launches guide to tackle Fall Army Worm in Africa

Fall Army worm larvae can affect many crops including maize, rice sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. By end of January 2018, it was reported that all Sub Saharan Africa countries except Djibouti, Eritrea and Lesotho were affected with FAW infestation and expected to spread further in the rest of the continent. The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) took a leading role in convening partners towards developing a comprehensive guide towards tackle this challenge. 

The guide summarizes the important technical information about the worm and describes in details on how to integrate FAW management in a farmer Field School(FFS) where it focuses on providing resources and ideas on how to integrate FAW management in FFS.

Some of the key guidelines and advice to effectively and sustainably manage FAW  include:

  • Visit the field and look at the status of the crop: its health and signs of presence of the FAW. Farmers can take d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 January 2018 at 04:28

we need dry  maize below 14.5 moisture  content 1000MT pliz call/watsapp 0775811774, 0754044726 

Geofrey Musasizi Hi Arnold,Hope you are pushing on well over there. so when do you hope to start purchasing and on what conditions in terms of payment, place of delivery and maybe a written and signed contract? i need to hear from you. Because do supply processed grain maize and we understand all about food safety so don't mind about any quality issue we have a certified warehouse together with certified staff .

12 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI. 

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 November 2017 at 11:52

Solar-powered irrigation sees farmers double their yield

Source: The NewTimes

Gerard Munyeshuri Gatete inspects a solar powered water pump on an 8-hectare farm in Barija Sector in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. It pumps water 60 metres underground to irrigate his crops during drought.

Gatete said that before getting the technology one year ago, he and family members who co-own the farm would harvest about one tonne of beans per hectare, but now they harvest 2.5 tonnes.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:17

Dr. Fentahun on Fall Armyworm (FAW) Control in Ethiopia

Agriculture Knowledge Learning Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) Project

26th October 2017

For the Agroecology platform's new Agroecological Weed and Pest Management Working Group, Dr Fentahun from AKLDP presented the overall situation related to the new pest, Fall Army worm (FAW). He also shared a technical brief focusing on the characteristics of the pest, agro-climatic conditions and agro-ecological consistency affecting FAW, and management options and on suggested action points for the FAW in the context of Ethiopia.

Fall Army worm has existed for more than 150 years in Central, Eastern and South America. It is able to attack up to 186 crop species from a wide variety of families. It reproduces quickly and is able to travel far and fast, adult moths flying up to 100 km/day. It was identified in Ethiopia in February 2017, and due to its quick reproductive nature and favorable environmental conditions, it has now present in 8

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Sarah Assefa With regard to Conservation Agriculture, the research has conflicting findings about maintaining crop residues on the soil in addressing FAW: some advocate clean cultivation as a means of controlling the pest, however other publications have findings that do not support this. There is no conclusive finding.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 October 2017 at 02:57

Hello Everyone!

I am SENGOGA Desire actively involved in Agribusiness sector. Currently, am doing maize farming in in Eastern Province of Rwanda. Together with other youth, we look forward to start a vibrant cooperative which will  enhance our economic status and create more jobs for people living in rural areas. Our goal is to make an  effort to combat hunger and malnutrition in Rwanda. I am glad to be part of this network looking forward to learn from you.

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Mr.Desire, welcome on the platform. Through this network you can have access to many contacts which can help you in maize value chain! Feel free to use this platform and make deals with different stakeholders!

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 October 2017 at 06:12

Maize one tonne for sale in Masindi. Price is 700shs per kg. Contact 0784667725 if interested.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 07:23

News on Fall Army Worm

Read about push and pull plants to protect maize crops in the latest issue of African Farming.

As a sideline, they mention the use of sand to protect the young plant (funnel of leaves stage) from the FAW caterpillar. Who has more about this?


3 pages in this link:

https://issuu.com/alaincharles/docs/af_sep_oct_2017/20?e=4518041/42766464

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good job at Wim Goris, FAW is a big a challenge in maize production especially in East Africa. Now in Rwanda we are applying strong pesticides for controlling  FAWs but this preventive method kills all important natural enemies of insects in the fields. Therefore, PUSH&PULL method like using sand is a good approach to handle FAW disease in maize farms.

1 year 3 months ago

Wim Goris hi Thacien. thanks for sharing. please read the source  again.  Push and pull is about plants that repel or attract FAW away from the maize. The sand  in the young maize plants is another method.  Which Rwanda institutions and companies are involved in the battle against FAW? 

1 year 3 months ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Wim, you are right 100%. Thanks for supporting farmers!

1 year 3 months ago

Sarah Assefa Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) has a lot of experience with push and pull in Ethiopia (and they have worked closely with ICIPE in Kenya on this). More here: https://agriprofocus.com/upload/Push-Pull_Technology_in_Ethiopia_Progress_and_Challenges1448614788.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyHa8e9hDI

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:17

Researchers in Wolaita Sodo managed to eliminate the "stranger American" maize pest

Assistant Professor Dawit Dalga had been working on researching the pest, and he said the new chemical was tested on farmlands in 14 villages and proved successful. The pest is locally being called the "strange American pest" because it made its way into Africa from the Americas.

More on: 

Fana Broadcasting Corporate (Amharic)

Anadolu Agency

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 07:39

“I want to be a key player in the battle towards the realization of food and nutritional security"

Breaking Ground: Dagne Wegary at a busy intersection on the maize value chain

BY Mike Listman / July 19, 2017

He has been involved since the early 2000s in promoting quality protein maize (QPM). The grain of QPM features enhanced levels of lysine and tryptophan, amino acids that are essential for humans and certain farm animals. Wegary took part in a CIMMYT project that supported the release of five new QPM varieties.  

Read the full Article from CIMMYT 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:03

East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 21st July 2017

Maize (9,489MT) was the highest traded commodity in the region in the week ending 21st July 2017, a decrease from the previous week (11,304MT). The price of maize is on a decline across all Kenyan markets, as many parts of the country have started harvesting fresh maize. The Government of Kenya’s promise to import more maize at a much lower price seems to have finally pushed the price of maize on a downward trend. Zambians and Malawi traders continue looking at exporting maize to Kenya, which seems to offer a much more favourable price, despite unconfirmed reports of Tanzania’s continual barriers towards Kenyan imports from Southern Africa region. Maize wholesale prices were highest in South Sudan, Juba Ksh83($0.80)/kg, and Burundi Gitega, Ksh72($0.69)/kg. The lowest prices were in Tanzania, Mbeya Ksh21($0.20)/kg and Uganda, Kampala Ksh24($23)/kg. Kenya reported the following wholesale prices Kisumu, Ksh60($0.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 July 2017 at 07:16

Who Fed Kenya in June 2017. The Perspective of an African Woman Trader.

Maize meal continued to be a big topic of discussion in June 2017, and towards the end of the month Nairobi, started experiencing shortages of rice, a probable indication, that Kenyans were unwillingly consuming more rice than maize meal. In June 2017, Kenya was the Leading Net Importer (66,312MT), a 324% increase in comparison to May 2017 net import (20,449MT). Kenya imported (68,626MT) and exported (2,314MT). The leading imports were maize and beans, while wheat (2,194MT) was the leading export.


Uganda was the Leading Net Exporter (64,304MT) in June 2017 having exported (70,952MT) and imported (6,648MT). The leading exports were beans (34,096MT), a huge increase in comparison to May 2017 (9,803MT). Uganda exported beans to Kenya (30,552MT), to DRC (3,232MT), and to Tanzania (10MT). Uganda’s combined commodity exports were to Kenya (65,243MT), to Rwanda (2,326MT), and to DRC (3,232MT). Mai

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Dorina Prech Fostina Mani, many thanks for sharing these great insights on the food situation in the country. Interesting to note that there was increased demand for rice that Kenyans unwillingly resorted to in place of the maize meal. I think the recent food shortage situation called for the need to diversify our diets; as well as to explore climate smart ways to ensure abundant harvest rather than depending on rainfed agriculture as has always been the case. What do you think? 

1 year 6 months ago

Fostina Mani Thanks for taking the time to read.  With regard to maize vs rice, considering the nature of work many Kenyans do, especially manual work, its fair to say that rice may not be as sustaining as a  meal like good old Ugali or Githeri.  With regard to rain-fed agriculture there are a lot of innovations out we just need to adopt and implement.

1 year 6 months ago

CHARLES GUMIRA This is great information. 

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in Horticulture in Zambia
Posted 25 June 2017 at 06:21

Army worm in your country?

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect-pest which causes major damage to more than 80 crop species, including economically important crops, such as maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, several other vegetable crops and cotton.

It was first officially reported in Nigeria in early 2016 and has been officially confirmed in 11 and suspected in at least 14 other African countries, as of April 2017. Read more here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 June 2017 at 10:40

Zambia's maize to start trading on South African bourse

The Zambia Agriculture Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE)  in collaboration with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) will give exposure to Zambian grains on the world market in addition to the region markets . ZAMACE has since started registering brokers to trade with their counterparts on the South African bourse and the first trade would take place in the next few months 

Follow the link to read more:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 April 2017 at 01:33

Fall armyworm 'threatens African farmers' livelihoods'

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.

The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi).

It says farmers' livelihoods are at risk as the non-native insect threatens to reach Asia and the Mediterranean.

The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue.

The fall armyworm, so called because it eats its way through most of the vegetation in its way as it marches through crops, is native to North and South America but was identified for the first time in Africa last year.

Cabi chief scientist Dr Matthew Cock said: "This invasive species is now a serious pest spreading quickly in tropical Africa and with the potential to spread to Asia.

"Urgent action will be needed to prevent devastating losses to crops and farmers' livelihoo

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 13 March 2017 at 08:53

Save and Grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat

A guide to sustainable cereal production (FAO)

This guide describes the practical application of FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ model of sustainable crop production intensification to the world’s key food security crops: maize, rice and wheat. With examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it shows how ecosystem-based farming systems are helping smallholder farmers to boost cereal yields, strengthen their livelihoods, reduce pressure on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The guide will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners during the global transition to sustainable food and agriculture.

For a more extensive summary, and to download the publication (PDF), follow this link:

http://www.fao.org/publications/save-and-grow/maize-rice-wheat/en/

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