Nigeria’s Farmcrowdy partners Livestock247.com to improve market accesibility in livestock sector

NIGERIA –Farmcrowdy Group, a Nigerian agri-tech platform through its subsidiary company Farmgate Africa, has partnered Livestock 247.com in a bid to empower smallholder farmers in the country through improved market accesibility. Kenneth Obiajulu, co-founder and managing director, Farmgate Africa, said that the partnership was to strengthen Farmgate Africa's plans to grow the market-access for farmers…

Government to establish additional tapioca starch processing plant under IDIF programme

GHANA – The Ghanaian government has unveiled plans of setting up a cassava starch processing plant in the western region under its One District One Factory (IDIF) initiative by the close of the year. According to Moses Kwabena Boakye, administrative manager of Amenfi Farms Ghana Limited, the project will be supported by 500 acres of…

Ghana’s chamber of commerce backs Unilever Ghana growth strategy

GHANA – The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI) has pledged its support to the fast moving consumer goods manufacturer, Unilever Ghana, towards helping the firm boost efficiencies in its operations. According to Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso I, president GNCCI, the move is aimed at boosting Unilever Ghana’s revenue generation by addressing major operational…

Pepsi expands US flavor portfolio with three new citrus variants

USA – Pepsi has introduced three new citrus-forward variants in the US for the summer, expanding its flavor portfolio even as demand for great tasting beverages continue to rise. The new range comes in three flavors: Pepsi Lime, Pepsi Mango and Pepsi Berry, made using real fruit juice in the formula. The variants will be…

Buhler acquires PR&D, Inc. to strengthen feed offerings in the US

USA – Buhler North America has announced that it has acquired PR&D, Inc., a US-based pellet mill and other equipment service company to expand its feed service offerings in the United States. According to Buhler, the acquisition strengthens its service offerings in the US feed, pet food, grain and oilseed processing markets. PR&D's location which…

Kenyan government halts New KCC privatisation plans to focus on capacity building

KENYA – The Kenyan government has suspended its plans to privatise the state-owned dairy producer, New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (New KCC), saying that it will now focus on capacity building of the dairy firm. According to a Business Daily report, Peter Munya, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary said that one of the major players in…

East Africa legislative body pushes for formation of a regional food security and nutrition body

EAST AFRICA – The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is working on a bid that will facilitate the formtion of a regional body on food security and nutrition by the East African Community member states. According to Mathias Kasamba, a member of the EALA, the motion will help fast-track formation of the institution to spearhead…

FDA report calls for preventive strategies against bacteria in ice cream production

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new report highlighting the need for strategic preventive measures against bacteria contamination in commercial ice cream production. The report follows FDA’s inspection and environmental sampling of ice cream production facilities for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella carried out in 2016 and 2017. FDA says the…

Russia’s grain traders form new state-led exporters’ association

RUSSIA – Russia’s major grain trading companies have agreed to form a new association to foresee control over grain exports. The new union called the Russian Union of Grain Exporters (RUGE), was founded by Russia’s two largest grain traders - Russian firm RIF and the local grain office of global trade giant Glencore, as well…