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…

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…

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…

Tiger Brands revenue to grow 8.4% in the listeriosis wake, Arqaam report

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands’ road to recovery after facing the recent Listeria crisis may see the food producer grow its revenue and earnings by 8.4% and steadily thereafter in the next three years. Business Live reports that, Finance and investment firm, Arqaam, projects a strong growth for Tiger Brands, but off a low base,…

Angola receives US$74.5m EU funding to boost food security

ANGOLA –The European Union has released US$74.56 million to aid the execution of the Reinforcement, Resilience and Nutritional Food Security Programme (FRESAN) in the southern region of Angola. Matteo Tonini, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Angola, said that from the overall amount at least US$28.22 million will be channeled to the…

Zimbabwe bans animal imports from South Africa over foot-n-mouth

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwean government imposed an immediate suspension of imports on all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), reports the Herald. The government said the decision was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province.…

BRF sells Argentine subsidiary Campo Austral for US$35m

USA – The Brazilian meat processing company, BRF SA has sold its wholly-owned Campo Austral business in Argentina for US$35 million, completing its asset sale in the country. The sale involves the facility in Florencio Varela, and all assets and liabilities related to it, including the Bocatti and Calchaquí brands, to Argentine firm BOGS. BRF…

Zimbabwean government suspends duty on commodities

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has suspended duty on selected commodities among them powdered raw milk, fertilised eggs, ammonium fertilisers among other critical goods, reports the Herald. However, according to the Government Gazette, raw wine all for approved importers and manufactures featured on goods in the exemption list. Customs and Excise duty exemptions have…