AGRICULTURE Tag

Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media reported Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told The Herald that President Robert Mugabe had directed that the importation of horticultural products be stopped “as they waste much-needed foreign currency”. “This means that the importation of fruit and vegetables will be stopped immediately.” “The foreign currency being wasted on the importation of carrots and grapes will now be utilised towards the purchase of more fertilisersRead More

Posted On October 11, 2017By In None

Beauty is skin deep for Benin’s pineapples

From his chair in the middle of a pile of pineapples, Jean-Xavier Satola supervises cutting and packaging, as Benin -- Africa's fourth-biggest exporter of the fruit -- starts trading again after an eight-month self-imposed absence.Read More
Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, on Sunday set its minimum rate for farmers at 700 CFA francs per kilo for the 2017-18 crop, a steep drop over the previous year, due to falling global prices.Read More

Posted On October 1, 2017By In None

Ghana wakes up and smells the coffee

Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can't start his morning without a cup of coffee.Read More
Leklebi Fiape (Ghana) (AFP) Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can’t start his morning without a cup of coffee. “Every morning when I take coffee I feel happy and go about my day,” the farmer told AFP in his village in the green hills between Lake Volta in Ghana and the border with Togo. “When there is no coffee it seems I am the most miserable person around here,” he said. In common with many of his fellow coffee farmers, Afadi, whose dark hair and moustache areRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, on Sunday set its minimum rate for farmers at 700 CFA francs per kilo for the 2017-18 crop, a steep drop over the previous year, due to falling global prices. Although production increased 28.5 percent to a record 2.15 million tonnes in the 2016-17 season, world cocoa prices have fallen by more than a third. The minimum price guaranteed to farmers was 1,100 CFA francs (1.68 euros, about $1) per kilo at the start of the 2016-17 season. But the IvorianRead More

Posted On September 29, 2017By In None

Ivory Coast produces record cocoa crop

The cocoa crop of Ivory Coast, the world's biggest producer, increased 28.5 percent to a record 2.15 million tonnes in the 2016-17 season, the national Coffee and Cocoa Council said Friday.Read More
Abidjan (AFP) The cocoa crop of Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, increased 28.5 percent to a record 2.15 million tonnes in the 2016-17 season, the national Coffee and Cocoa Council said Friday. Exports increased by 23.3 percent to 1.9 million tonnes, helping to raise the overall gross income of the country’s producers by 28.6 percent to 2.013 trillion CFA francs (3.2 billion euros, $3.8 billion), compared to 1.565 trillion the previous season. But the year was “marked by a deep crisis,” said Lambert Kouassi Konan, chairman of the boardRead More
Sustained global demand for cashews has helped Guinea-Bissau's farmers rake in record prices, but the industry wants a crack at more revenue by processing the wonder nut at home.Read More
Bissau (AFP) Sustained global demand for cashews has helped Guinea-Bissau’s farmers rake in record prices, but the industry wants a crack at more revenue by processing the wonder nut at home. Demand for cashews has risen 31 percent globally over the last decade, according to the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), driven by its popularity in Asia and cashews’ image as a healthy ingredient in the West. “I have never earned as much money as this year,” said Braima Seidi, a cashew farmer who has collected enough thisRead More