The Netherlands to form a new institute for food safety and research

NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is set to create a unique knowledge and research institution for food and feed safety to further its capabilities in research as well as food security matters. The institute will be formed through a merger between RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s…

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…

Flipkart and Amazon appeal for more time to comply with new FDI policy

ASIA – Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart have appealed to the Indian government seeking more time to comply with the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy for ecommerce. The firms have requested an extension by up to six months to comply with the new regulation announced by the government in December last year that requires a…

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…

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…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

UK proposes restrictions on promotions of food high in sugar and fat

UK – The UK government has unveiled a campaign seeking views on its plans to restrict promotions of food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) by location and by price.  The consultation aims to reduce excessive eating and drinking of HFSS products that can lead to children becoming overweight and obese.…

Kenya’s Horticulture revenues hits US$ 1.257bn in ten months

KENYA – Kenya’s domestic horticulture has registered impressive performance after earning the country US$ 1.25 billion in 10 months to October 2018 an increase from full earnings for 2017 of US$1.13 billion, reports Business Daily According to Jane Ngigi, chief executive officer Kenya Horticulture Council, the enhanced earnings have been attributed to high standards of…

Kenya’s NCPB offers new price to maize farmers after bumper harvest

KENYA – Kenya’s National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) is set to purchase maize from Kenyan farmers at a new price of US$24.57 (Kshs2500) from the previous price of Kshs2300 (US$22.61) per 90kg bag, reports Business Daily. Strategic Food Reserve Fund (SFRF) had in November last year set the price as kshs 2300 with the…

COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…