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African Farming weekly digest - 27th - 31st March

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on africanfarming.net, from 27 - 31 March 2017

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Track African fall armyworm with Russell IPM’s optimised pheromone lure 

UK-based biorational pest control solutions provider Russell IPM has developed and tested an effective monitoring system against fall armyworm (FAW). Read the full story here

SGS Agriculture and Food speak to Agritech Expo before the event in April

Agritech Expo interviewed Edwin Makuya, Business Manager of SGS Agriculture and Food, Zambia, the returning bronze sponsor of the show that is taking place in Chisamba on 27 - 29 April. Read the full story here.  

South Africa prepares for International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ world congress

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ world congress is taking place in Gauteng, Western Cape of South Africa. from 2 - 8 April 2017. Read the full story here.  

Roundtable on Responsible Soy unveil full conference line-up

The Roundtable on Responsible Soy Association still has some early bird passes available. Read the full story here

Public-Private partnerships yield agricultural research results

Partnerships between public sector institutions and private sector can go a long way in producing tangible research results in Africa. Read the full story here.  

Deutz-Fahr unveiled its Global Range at SIMA 2017

The equipment in Deutz-Fahr's new Global Range are built for robustness, durability, and ease-of-use in non-European markets. Read the full story here

The debut of the Massey Ferguson MF 6718 S, first 200HP four-cylinder tractor

The new MF 6700 S Series, which includes the world’s first 200hp, four-cylinder agricultural tractor, made its SIMA Show debut in Paris. Read the full story here


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NFU president Minette Batters appointed as ambassador of Farm Africa

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Farm Africa, a charity that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, strengthens markets and protects the environment in rural eastern Africa, has announced the appointment of NFU president Minette Batters as an...

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

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The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

Farming innovations which help conserve nature and create jobs

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US$20.5mn renewable energy agriculture project launched in Ethiopia

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Urgent action needed to stop child labour in Africa’s agri sector

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World Bank releases review report on Mauritius sugarcane sector

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The World Bank (WB) Report on the Sugarcane Sector Review was released during a workshop held at the Caudan Arts Centre, in Port Louis

Danone and Mars launch US$120mn fund to support African farmers

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French food company Danone and US-based chocolate manufacturer Mars will invest US$120mn over the next decade in an investment fund aimed at increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers in Africa

US$12mn grant for maize production in sub-Saharan Africa

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received a US$12mn grant to boost maize production in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the next four years

SOA-Mitsinjo gets young farmers involved in agroecological practices

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Heat tolerant durum wheat discovery to aid farmers in West Africa

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Zambia’s agriculture sector helps drive economic growth

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