Ghana’s Kasapreko to open new beverage plant under 1D1F scheme

GHANA - Kasapreko Company Limited, a Ghanaian manufacturer and producer of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, is set to open a new factory under the government’s One district, One factory flagship programme. Construction of the factory, which is underway, is expected to be completed by June after which equipment installation and production are expected to begin…

Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission mulls nuclear tech for food preservation

TANZANIA - The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is considering development of a food preservation project using Nuclear energy in the country, reports Daily News According to the commission’s Director General, Professor Lazaro Busagala, TAEC is planning to introduce the food irradiation project with a view of reducing the risk of food-borne diseases caused by…

Unilever Ghana invests US$12m in new infrastructure and factory plants in 2 years

GHANA -  Unilever Ghana has said that it has invested more than US$12.27 million (GH¢60 million) in new infrastructure and factory plants over the last two years, cementing its leadership position in the country's consumer goods segment, reports GNA. The investment has seen the multinational company commission new personal care dryer plant, Biomass Boiler plant…

Chi Limited Launches ‘Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita’

NIGERIA – Chi Limited, a major producer of juice brands in Nigeria, has launched ‘Frooty Happy Hour by Chivita’ which the company says is produced to deliver natural fruity refreshment at an affordable price point. The new product comes into the market following the success of its major brand Happy Hour by Chivita fruit drink.…

Rwanda tea competes Kenya’s in quality and price

KENYA – Rwandan tea recorded better performance at the Mombasa Tea Auction for the year 2018 compared to Kenya’s on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers, reports Business Daily. According to data from the Tea Directorate, a kilogramme of Rwandan Tea on average attracted US$2.82 (kshs 287) against Kenya’s US$2.57…

Global coffee prices to shrink as production increases

WORLD - International Coffee Organisation (ICO) reports that coffee prices are expected to further move southwards as the world production is expected to increase. According to the report by ICO, international market is expected to receive a total of 167.47 million bags of coffee in the 2018/19 financial year creating a surplus of 2.29 million…

Ethiopia to intensify coffee exports to China as demand grows

ETHIOPIA – As a major coffee producer in Africa, Ethiopia, is seeking interventions to intensify coffee exports to China in a quest to supply the growing demand of the commodity in the East Asian nation. This comes as Ethiopian based coffee roastaries and cafes in China record good performance and significant growth arising from the…

SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Central Bank of Nigeria to compensate 550,000 rice farmers

NIGERIA – The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved compensation via loan for over 550,000 rice farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster, reports the Vanguard. RIFAN National President, Aminu Goronyo, revealed that CBN governor had directed that the loans should be restructured for a…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…