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Published: 15 Feb 2020 12:11

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Africa: Q&A: Africa Must Innovate its Food Systems in Order to Beat Hunger and Poverty

Africa needs to invest in agriculture by putting more resources into innovative research and development that can boost food and nutritional security, according to leading scientist, Nteranya Sanginga. Sanginga, Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, Nigeria, says Africa comes short on leveraging its huge resources when it comes to transforming agriculture for economic growth ...

Source: Inter Press Service (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Government is addressing challenges in agriculture - President - Ghana Business News

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says government is addressing the financing challenges associated with agribusiness to make Ghanaian farmers globally competitive, and reap the benefits inherent in the African Continental Free Trade Area He said this when he met the 2019 best national farmers and fishermen at the Jubilee House, Accra Noting the significant ...

Source: Ghana Business News (General) (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Kenya, Uganda:  Uganda to Buy Aircraft for Aerial Sprays Against Locusts

The government is planning to buy its own aircraft for aerial sprays in response to locusts and other insect attacks in future. Uganda has been on high alert in anticipation of a possible invasion of desert locusts, now reported to be about 60 kilometers away from Amudat and Kaabong districts in North Eastern Uganda. The locusts are wreaking havoc in West Pokot in Kenya. ...

Source: The Monitor (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Vegetables Rot While Half Population Faces Food Insecurity

Bulawayo — Piles and piles of rotting vegetables at food markets situated right in Zimbabwe's central business district would elsewhere be viewed as a sign of plenty. But this Southern African nation has not been spared the irony of food wastage at a time of food shortages. In Bulawayo's sprawling vegetable market in the CBD, which provides a livelihood for ...

Source: Inter Press Service (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Development and Aid

Ghana, USA: Agribusiness is more than farming - Korboe

Mr Kwesi Korboe, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Advisor to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has said that agribusiness goes beyond farming to include all processes in the agriculture value chain. He said although farming was part of agribusiness, it includes all activities of ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Ghana, Africa:  UN Targets Small Farm Businesses to Help Poorest Producers

Despite producing half of the world's food calories, most small-scale food producers cannot access loans, while hunger and poverty are increasingly concentrated where they live and work As harvests fall and hunger rises on a warming planet, the United Nations plans to use new financial tools and work with banks and other partners to help fill a gaping hole ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  How Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo Govts Failed Nigeria On Key Agric Funding Treaty

Seventeen years after the African Union passed the Maputo Declaration of 2003, which among other things stipulates the allocation of 10 per cent of federal budgets to development of agriculture, Nigeria is yet to implement the agreement. This is in spite that the Nigerian government signed the agreement in 2003, after which the National Assembly ratified it on 16 ...

Source: Premium Times (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Experts Urges Govt to Expand Agricultural Programmes

Agricultural experts in the country have urged the federal government to expand its agricultural policy programmes so as to support its drive for food security. They disclosed this to THISDAY, at the Africa Agri Expo, with the theme; "Your Gate Way to Agri Business in Africa", held in Lagos. They agreed that despite various challenges affecting the Nigerian ...

Source: This Day (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Govt Plan Agric Industrial Parks

The federal government has revealed that it has partnered with a private sector firm to establish Agricultural Industrial Parks (AIPs) across the six geopolitical zones of the country, in order to create jobs and ensure food sufficiency. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Hon. Mustapha Shehuri, stated this when he received a delegation of the Global ...

Source: This Day (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda: Rwanda leads in implementing continental agriculture plan

Rwanda has emerged the best-performing country overall in implementing a continental policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all ... The CAADP focuses on improving food and nutrition security, and increasing incomes in Africa's largely farming-based economies. It aims to achieve this by raising agricultural productivity and increasing public investment in agriculture.

Source: The New Times (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Space key to wetland conservation

Wetlands worldwide are vanishing at an alarming rate. New maps produced by ESA's GlobWetland Africa project show how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa. ...wetland under threat from urbanisation, agriculture or aquaculture?

Source: Space Daily (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Ghana and the rosewood curse

When the final stock is eventually taken, the illegal logging of rosewood would be found to have left a deep scar on Ghana and mostly its vulnerable people and communities. The level of illegal logging of the precious tree species for export has left a gaping hole in the savannah forests of the country’s northern regions, largely poor and far behind on the development ...

Source: Ghana Business News (General) (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Southern Africa: Hunger stalks southern Africa as climate crisis deepens

Just under a year ago, Alice Posha fled her home in the middle of the night and then watched as it was swept away by floods. The torrential rain came from Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms ever to hit Africa and the fiercest on record to strike Buhera, a district in the usually arid province of Manicaland in eastern Zimbabwe. Today, the scene in Buhera is entirely ...

Source: News24 (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria, West Africa: Africa holds first edition of West Africa Agribusiness Show in Lagos

All is set for the maiden edition of the West African Agribusiness Show later in February. According to the managing director, Agri supplies limited, Idowu Asenuga, who is the convener of the show, the event was conceptualised based on the need for West African countries to come together to showcase the rich agricultural heritage of their subcontinent and contribute to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Source: Vanguard (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Aapc 6th Annual Meeting Opens Today in Dodoma

NATIONAL Agriculture policy, Private Sector engagement and Climate Change are among the major issues that will be discussed at the 6th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) as stakeholders in the agriculture sector meeting in Dodoma City. The three-day conference kicks off with key players in the agricultural sector meeting to deliberate on how the country can ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Investment - domestic

Ethiopia: Auto Dealer Jumps Into Water Bottling, Juice Processing Business

A local automotive importer has ventured into a new industry by setting up a mango juice processing and water bottling business with an investment of 150 million Br. Sendelet Food Processing, a subsidiary of Risiq Group, set up a juice and water bottling plant in Burayu, Taxeq Industry Zone, West Shoa, Oromia Regional State. The plant is expected to start production in ...

Source: Addis Fortune (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  As CBN Ramps Up Anchor Borrowers' Programme

The bumper harvest recorded recently by maize, sorghum, cassava, tomatoes and cotton farmers under the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) has given the agricultural initiative a major boost. According to the structure of the ABP, a farmer who wants to repay his loan can either do so with cash or give the central bank his produce of same value, ...

Source: This Day (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Investment - international

Zimbabwe, USA:  Crisis Chokes U.S.$50 Million Pepsi Zim Investment

Pepsi Zimbabwe, the local unit of Varun Beverages, is struggling to recoup its US$50 million investment in the country due to a turbulent economic environment characterised by an acute foreign currency shortage, the Zimbabwe Independent can report. Varun Beverages made a foray into the Zimbabwean market in 2018, injecting US$50 million to set up a beverage manufacturing ...

Source: Zimbabwe Independent (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Land rights/Land reform

Africa: Calls for Transparency Over Marked Increase in Land Deals

An international coalition of researchers and NGOs have released the world’s largest public database of international land deals, reports the Global Development blog of The Guardian’s (UK). This marks an important milestone in highlighting a developmental issue that has received little attention in the international news cycle. The report states that almost 5% of Africa’s agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000 ...

Source: The Good Men Project (09 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Production - arable

Mozambique: Nampula province, Mozambique, fails to achieve cotton production target in 2019

Nampula province in Mozambique has failed to achieve its seed cotton production target of 25,000 tonnes in the 2019 season, and produced just 19,588 tonnes, said the head of the department for the promotion and production of cotton of the provincial delegation of Mozambique’s Cotton Institute. Frei Sualé ...

Source: Macauhub (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Practise Contract Farming, Govt Urges Cassava Farmers

DEPUTY Minister for Agriculture Mr Omary Mgumba has urged smallholder cassava farmers to engage in contract farming that ensures market stability and increased income. He made the remarks in Dar es Salaam over weekend while launching Tanzania Cassava Producers and processors Association (TACAPPA) saying the government is committed in formulating good policy that ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Focus On Cashews Industry As Driver of Economic Growth

Tanzania's cash crops map has changed drastically in recent times, beginning with the days when the country was the world's largest producer-cum-exporter of sisal. In due course of time and events, other crops turned the tables on sisal. For example, according to the International Monetary Fund, coffee next became Tanzania's most important cash crop - accounting for 17.7 ...

Source: The Citizen (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Taskforce to Address Grape Farmers' Woes Gathers Momentum

TASKFORCE to address serious challenges, which include taxation burdens, insufficient inputs, few professionals and lack of real-time statistics, which are threatening grapes' farmers' progress in Dodoma, was yesterday formed by the government. Dodoma Region has at least 2,700 grape farmers with some reports suggesting that the potential farmers could exceed 10,000, but ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Fruit Logistica Unlocks Growth

ZIMBABWE'S horticultural sector is set to hog the limelight when the country showcases its horticultural produce for the first time at Fruit Logistica in Germany. Fruit Logistica is a leading international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable industry. The three-day fair is currently underway in Berlin. The event started yesterday and is expected to end tomorrow. ...

Source: The Herald (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Understanding the Locust Problem

Zimbabwean farmers were genuinely worried when swarms of desert locusts teared through large parts of East Africa a few weeks ago. With whispers of a severe drought, the second in as many years, buzzing throughout the country, the insects are the last thing farmers wanted to hear - they eat huge amounts of vegetation, posing a serious threat to Zimbabwe's already ...

Source: The Herald (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Irrigation Boosts Yields for Gwanda

Farmers at the rehabilitated Silikwe Irrigation Scheme in Gwanda North have for the first time in years, managed to grow crops twice in one season -- in the 2019-2020 farming season. "No one actually believed we could grow the maize crop twice in one season," said Mellina Moyo, secretary of the irrigation committee. "We harvested our first maize crop in December and ...

Source: The Herald (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Cameroon: Novel initiative combines fish farming, agriculture

A growing number of people in Cameroon are using an innovative method to integrate fish farming and plant cultivation ... Aquaponics combine fish breeding with hydroponics, growing plants in water without soil. The plants thrive on excrement produced by fish, while the recycled and purified water goes back to the fish tanks ...

Source: (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  Fishermen in Montserrado Protest

Credible information reaching this paper indicates local fishermen in Montserrado County have boycotted the trade in protest of taxes levied on them by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority or NaFAA.Some of the local fishermen who have laid down their nets, explain that the tax imposed by the regulatory agency is exorbitant, adding that unlike the past, they are ...

Source: The New Dawn (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Production - livestock

Kenya: ADC to supply quality semen

Dairy farmers will in the next months access pedigree dairy cattle semen in their neighbourhoods at no extra charge. This follows the importation of purebred bulls from South Africa by the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC). Receiving the 15 bulls at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this week, head of technical division at the ADC, Samuel Bundotich, said the animals will ensure enhanced production...

Source: Daily Nation (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Namibia:  Afrikaner Cattle Thrive in Namibia

The Afrikaner, once the most popular breed in southern Africa, is ideally suited to today's uncertain climatic conditions, says Namibia-based breeder Jan Blaauw, co-owner of the Salztal Afrikaner stud. The Blaauw family's Salztal Afrikaner stud has over decades proved the breed's worth as a truly African beef cattle breed. The herd is run on the vast and remote ...

Source: The Namibian (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Farmcrowdy acquires Best Foods to expand its meat market

On Wednesday the 5th of February, Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s leading Agtech company, announced the acquisition of Nigeria’s agro-based company Best Foods L&P. The acquisition is aimed at creating a wider livestock production and processing solutions in Nigeria’s meat market. Best Food is known for adapting technological skills in agriculture, with Farmcrowding ...

Source: Ventures Africa (07 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Ondo trains, empowers 38 in broiler processing

No fewer than 38 people have been trained by the Ondo State government in broiler processing at Isuada Poultry Farms in Owo Local Government Area of the state. The Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on agriculture and Agribusiness, Mr Akin Olotu, who disclosed this in Akure while issuing certificates to the trainees ...

Source: Nigerian Tribune (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: We're making agribusiness attractive with pig farming - Muyiwa Foloruns

Muyiwa Folorunso is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Divergent Enterprise Group, a group of companies that are into e-commerce, transportation, real estate, travel, and agribusiness. In 2018, he co-founded Porkmoney, an initiative meant to revive pig farming and its contribution to economic growth. In this interview, he bares his mind on pig farming, its economic advantages and how he intends to encourage more Nigerians to go into it.

Source: Vanguard (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Over 160 applicants selected for 2020 KIC Agritech challenge

Over 160 applicants have been selected to join this year’s Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) AgriTech Challenge out of the total number of 675 applications across the country. The selected applicants were chosen because of their commitment, drive and passion to become successful entrepreneurs, creating jobs and economic growth for the country ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: 'Technology's blocking agric wastages'

A fintech firm, Cellulant Corporation, has assured of its commitment to leveraging technology to help block inefficiency and wastages in the agric value chain through its improved payment and marketplace solutions, Tingg and Agrikore 2.0. Both solutions provide access to the marketplace, increase transparency and simplify the whole agric value chain ...

Source: The Nation (09 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  App Links Farmers to Mobile Economy

Agriculture has undergone a series of revolutions that have driven efficiency, yield and profitability to previously unattainable levels. However, according to a 2019 Digital agriculture paper by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of a 'world with zero hunger' by at least 2030 will require more productive, efficient, sustainable, inclusive, transparent and resilient food systems. So, this calls for an urgent transformation of the current agri-food system and digital innovations and technologies as part of the solution....

Source: The Monitor (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Egypt, Algeria, Ireland: Irish trade mission in North Africa comes to 'successful conclusion'

A trade mission to two countries in north Africa by members of Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has come to a “successful conclusion”. According to a statement from the department, the trade mission to Egypt and Algeria “raised awareness of Ireland as a source of high-quality, safe and sustainable food ...

Source: AgriLand (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Ministry Waives Duties On Agricultural Machinery

The directive that exempts imported agricultural machinery and inputs from duties reached the final level. Drafted by the Ministry of Agriculture, the directive has been in the making for the last eight months to waive taxes and duties on selected agricultural machinery, irrigation technologies and animal feed processing machinery, as well as agricultural inputs. The ...

Source: Addis Fortune (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Liberia: Players Bemoan Move to Make Government Sole Exporter of Cocoa

A bill seeking to grant the Liberian Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Authority (LACRA) the exclusive right to export cocoa and coffee from Liberia is now the topmost debate among major agricultural actors and stakeholders. The proposed legislation was discussed during the NC3P Cocoa Sector Platform forum meeting  ...

Source: Front Page Africa (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Kenya, USA: Nakuru enters into collaboration with USA to promote trade and investment

The County Government of Nakuru has entered into collaboration with the United States of America to promote trade and investment opportunities within the devolved unit. Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration will provide an enabling environment and incentives for the private sector to negotiate strategic partnerships with US firms in key areas such as textiles, agribusiness and food processing ...

Source: Kenya News Agency (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  CBN Imposes Forex Restriction On Milk Importation

Abuja — The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has imposed foreign exchange, forex, restriction on the importation of milk into the country. The apex bank exempted and approved six companies for the importation of milk and other dairy products. They are: FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria; Chi Limited; TG Arla Dairy Products Limited; Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Nestle ...

Source: Vanguard (12 Feb 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: PwC warns of tough year ahead but fresh opportunities do exist

South African exporters should brace for a tough trading year ahead as its key trade and investment partners experience a slowdown in growth, hurt by a global economic downturn, advisory firm PwC flagged on Wednesday. PwC said it expected the trade tensions in the global goods market to persist ...

Source: IOL Independent (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Understanding South Africa's agriculture trade patterns

After reaching a record level of US10.6 billion in 2018, South Africa’s agricultural exports fell by 8% year-on-year (y/y) in 2019 to US$9.8 billion. This, however, was unsurprising as agricultural production data for 2019 showed a notable decline in a number of exportable commodities because of the drought. The temporary ban on exports of livestock products  ...

Source: Agrifocus Africa (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Africa: Does Rural Africa Have a "Youth Problem"?

More than 20 million young people, aged 15-24 years, join the workforce in Africa south of the Sahara every year. These young job seekers will need to find work in today’s more competitive global economy, and not everyone thinks they will be successful. Many governments are concerned about the prospect of widespread youth unemployment ...

Source: The Africa Report (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Namibia:  Walvis Bay Native Becomes First Woman MD to Lead Etosha Fishing Corporation

Etosha Fishing confirmed this week that its former Financial Director, Nezette Beukes, has assumed the position of Managing Director from the beginning of January 2020. She has acted in this capacity for a while since the former Managing Director, Pieter Greeff, left the company in December 2018. "Finance is my heart beat and acting in the position of Managing Director ...

Source: Namibia Economist (06 Feb 2020 )  Share

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Seychelles: Seychellois Woman Makes Clothes From Banana, Raphia Tree Fibres

Imagine wearing clothes woven from organic threads like from a banana tree. You may soon be able to buy such an item thanks to a Seychellois entrepreneur. Mariette Dine of M. eco - Fabrics has started her business, where she is weaving organic thread made from the fibres from banana and Raphia palm trees and even pineapple plants. Dine's dream has been realized ...

Source: Seychelles News Agency (10 Feb 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Andrew Makenete joins Africa Agri Tech as an event ambassador

Well-known agri-businessman Andrew Makenete has joined the Africa Agri Tech organising committee as an event ambassador and advisor. A trained agricultural economist and practising agriculturalist, Makenete’s expertise lies in agricultural finance and policy planning ...

Source: Mail  (11 Feb 2020 )  Share

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