Category “Farming Machinery”

Botswana: Government to Expedite Agriculture Infrastructure Development

In an effort to optimise agricultural production, government will expedite the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Initiative (AIDI) once the economy has improved. Speaking during a harvest day at Mosi in Southern District on Friday, March 22, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said under the initiative, government would provide water, power and telecommunications infrastructure across the country for both crops and livestock step by step until the high production areas including Mosisedi were covered.

President Khama explained that the initiative was dealt a serious blow and shelved following the economic recession in 2008. However, he said the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to bring services closer to farmers through agricultural service centres, adding that the Mosisedi commercial farmers were provided with fertilisers, seeds, agricultural machinery and implements through the centre at Good Hope rather than major centres in Lobatse and Gaborone.

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Malawi: Ntcheu Farmers Asked to Practice Commercialized Farming

Ntcheu — Farmers in Ntcheu have been asked to commercialize their farming practices by making it a business to improve their livelihoods for the better.

Ntcheu District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO) Annily Msukwa said farmers should go beyond farming solely to produce food for their homes only but rather they should appreciate to grow crops for sale to make money to meet their other personal needs.

Msukwa was speaking during a graduation ceremony for 40 lead farmers under Farming Business School at Bilira Extension Planning Area (EPA).

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Nigeria: Lagos Boosts Food Production With N16 Million, Farm Implements

The Lagos state government has granted a credit facility of N16 million to five farmers’ cooperative societies just as it distributed farming tools to over 200 farming households in the state to boost food production.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, made the presentation recently during the celebration of the 2013 Farmers Field Day in Ikorodu, alongside Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East senatorial district.

After the presentation, the lawmaker said 20 cooperative societies of about 200 farming households benefitted from such farming tools as knapsack sprayer, compost plus, water pump, wheel barrows, cutlasses, JK file, rain boot, big hoes, drums, manual movable scale, digital movable scale and big plastic bowls that were distributed at the celebration.

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Tanzania: Sugar Firm Invests Sh78 Billion in New Distillery

KILOMBERO Sugar Company Limited (KSCL) has started distilling extra neutral alcohol (ENA), which is used as an input to produce industrial alcohol.

KSCL has invested 78bn/- in the distillery that uses ferments cane molasses to produce 40,000 litres of ENA per day.

According to KSCL Managing Director Mark Brainbridge, the new plant uses cane molasses which are the byproduct in cane extraction process.

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Nigeria: Farmers’ Benefits From Air Cargo Revolution

Bassey Ekpe , 33, from Ikeja, Lagos State is not fascinated about many things in life, but when it comes to eating healthy, Ekpe has never hidden his passion.

For years, Ekpe has enjoyed eaten apples with a relish, but he does not know where these apples come from or how they get to him. Therefore, it was really a surprise to him when suddenly his eyes caught an inscription on the carton, on which the fruit seller near his home had laid her adorable apples, when she went to buy some apples. It read:”Grown in South Africa!”

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Mozambique: Tractors Boost Mechanised Agriculture in Manica

Maputo — Twenty new tractors will be available through a government scheme during the next harvest in the central Mozambican province of Manica. As a result, the province will have 145 tractors, sixty in the family sector with the rest in the private sector.

According to the daily newspaper “Noticias”, eleven of the tractors have already arrived in Manica, with the rest awaiting transport out of Nacala port.

The Italian government has financed the project.

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Tanzania: Farming Machinery to Cost Less

THE government has been commended for abolishing Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported agriculture equipment as the move will enable more farmers in the country to engage in improved farming practices.

The Chief Operating Officer of Farm Equip (T) Ltd, a company that imports and supplies agriculture machines, Mr Rattan Singh, told the ‘Daily News’ that the government’s decision was welcome as small-scale farmers are now in a position to own the equipment.

He said that his company was now planning to supply more such machines particularly small tractors popularly known as power tillers whose demand has increased in recent years. “We praise the government on this noble move.

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