Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

South Africa commits to transforming the fish industry

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Government has expressed its commitment in transforming the fishing sector as it seeks to expand the multi-billion sector which is currently dominated by only a few companies, reports Business Day. Senzeni Zokwana, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister said the ministry is finalising the allocation of 15-year fishing rights to…

Nigeria partners Brazil through US$ 1.1b investment loan to boost agriculture

NIGERIA – The federal government of Nigeria has taken a US$1.1 billion loan from Brazil to boost agricultural sector and create 5 million jobs, reports Premium Times The programme under the name “The Green Imperative” was inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo. Osinbajo said that…

Canada to invest US$29m in crop research and innovation in 5 years

CANADA – The Canadian government has unveiled US$29.61 million (C$39.3 million) funding to enhance research and innovation in crops such as barley, wheat, diverse field crops and soybeans over the next five years. The funding is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and comprises industry contributions worth US$21.40 million for a total of US$51 million.…

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…

Burger Singh to offer 430 jobs as it increases outlets

INDIA – Quick service restaurant start-up Burger Singh, says it plans to increase the number of employees by 430 as it unveils plans to open 100 more outlet within the next three year. “We are planning to hire about 430 employees before the calendar year 2019 ends. In addition, we are planning to open 100…

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…

Tyson Foods partners environment lobby to accelerate sustainable food production

USA – The American food processor, Tyson Foods and environmental advocacy group, EDF (Environmental Defence Fund) have launched a partnership to accelerate sustainable food production. The deal seeks to develop and deploy initiatives that will ensure sustainable and enough food production, while putting in regard the environmental and social issues. According to Tyson, the partnership…

Skretting join forces with West Coast Group to boost Indian aquaculture

INDIA - Nutreco's aquaculture division, Skretting has announced that it has joined forces with India’s leading fresh seafood manufacturer, West Coast Group to boost the country’s aquaculture sector. The joint efforts will work to enhance availability of sustainable shrimp and fish feeds in the market while providing health and nutrition expertise through value addition. This aims…

Coca-Cola launches Bar None line of non-alcoholic sparkling drinks

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has launched bottled line of non-alcoholic sparkling beverages, Bar None in the United States to expand the options from which alcoholic drinkers can choose from. The bottled drinks offer alternatives beyond soda, juice and tea to consumers of beer, cocktail, alcohol and wine. They are available in varieties such as…