Category “Fruit & Vegatables”

Angola: Agro-Industrial Programme Re-Launches Palm Tree Fruit Production in Kwanza Sul

Sumbe — A project to re-launch the planting of palm tree fruit, in an area of 7.500 hectares of arable lands will be executed in the municipalities of Amboim and Kilenda, coastal Kwanza Sul province, aiming for the production of palm oil.

The preliminary work will start this year (2014) and will be related to the clearing and preparation of lands, according to the information from social and agro-industrial programme, (Prosai) that Angop had access on Thursday.

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Bill Gates joins the support for biotech bananas in sub-Saharan Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently committed $10 million to help produce vitamin A enriched bananas in sub-Saharan Africa. The money will back a project at the Queensland University of Technology headed by professor James Dale.

“Bill and Melinda Gates have been strong advocates of biotechnology in the effort to address world hunger,” said Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, an agricultural trade association.

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Tanzania: Remedy for Cassava Streak Disease in Sight

TANZANIA has found a remedy for cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) but it cannot use it since it was genetically engineered and the country has no policy on the technology, it has been revealed.

The treatment for the disease was discovered by local researchers at the Mikocheni Agriculture Research Institute (MARI) in Dar es Salaam, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Eng Christopher Chiza.

“Scientists at MARI are, however, conducting alternative methods to control the disease since genetically engineering is not yet permitted for use in Tanzania,” the minister told the ‘Daily News’.

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Uganda: Farmers to benefit from UDB processing machine

Farmers in the Kigezi sub-region will benefit from a Uganda Development Bank initiative that seeks to add value to their potatoes before they are put on the market. The initiative will involve the construction of a potato processing plant in the sub region. The project spearheaded by Mr Tom Mugenga – a Kampala based businessman will be bankrolled by the UDB.

Mr Mugenga told the Daily Monitor that the plant will be installed with up-date technology and will be run under the Kisoro Potato Processing initiative.

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South Africa: New niche finance company for fruit producers

A new niche financial institution, Capespan Capital, has been launched to provide fruit producers exporting through Capespan with access to dedicated finance. Offering a comprehensive financial product range, the company aims to support producers’ short-, medium- and long-term finance needs.

This joint venture was established by Capespan, the largest South African fruit procurer, marketer and exporter, and leading niche agriculture financier Capital Harvest in partnership with the Landbank as financier.

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Nigeria: Canada Invests N500 Million On Research On Indigenous Vegetables in Nigeria

Osun State University, Osogbo, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two Canadian universities for carrying out research work on ‘Sustainable Production and Utilisation of Under-utilised Nigerian Vegetables to Enhance Rural Food Security’.

The project is being jointly funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

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Uganda: GM cassavas trialled

Cassava, a staple food in much of Africa is, unfortunately, highly susceptible to disease. For that reason, scientists in Uganda are testing a GM variety which is thought to be disease resistant.

However, like GM crops in many places, the new variety has run into controversy and opposition. The problem is Cassava Brown Streak Disease, which appeared in Uganda in 2005 and quickly spread, causing much damage to crops and to growers.

Scientist Titus Alicai thinks he has a solution: cassava plants that have been transformed for resistance to Cassava Brown Streak Disease.

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