Egypt’s citrus fruits exports rise to 1.22m tons as world’s second exporter

EGYPT – Egypt has exported 1,220,999 million tons of citrus abroad since the beginning of the new export season of fruits and vegetables, according to the ministry of Agriculture in the country, Ahmed al-Attar, the head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the ministry of agriculture, said that the country is also applying…

Kenya’s tea sales to Pakistan shrink 37% to US$100m in first quarter

KENYA – Kenyan tea exports to leading tea buyer, Pakistan, recorded a37 percent decline during the first quarter of the year compared with a similar period last year following low prices witnessed at the auction. According to a market report by the Tea Directorate, volumes exported to Pakistan fell from US$150 million (Sh15bn) in the…

Competition grows as South Africa focuses on Chinese US$105m avocado market

CHINA – The Chinese avocado market has in recent years attracted major African producing countries as they seek to gain a share in the highly valued US$105 million market. Most recently, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa’s said that the country’s avocado industry should focus on tapping into the growing Chinese market to…

Tanzania eyes China’s US$105m avocado market as production increases

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Horticultural Association (Taha) has unveiled plans of expanding its market into China’s US$105 million as it seeks to tap the potential market for local growers amid increased production. Jacqueline Mkindi, chief executive, Tanzania Horticultural Association noted that there has been an increase in demand of the produce in Asia, specifically China,…

Zimbabwe’s competition commission engages government over tax on oil seeds imports

ZIMBABWE - The Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) of Zimbabwe unveiled that it has made submissions to government for the removal of 15% value added tax (VAT) imposed on canola and sunflower imports. According to a report by the Herald, the competition body urged that it was essential for the government to temporarily remove 15%…

Mauritius lifts ban on Kenyan produce, imposes strict conditions

KENYA - Mauritius has lifted its ban on Kenya’s avocado produce imposed in 2015 but unveiled strict hygienic conditions for the fruit to access Mauritian market. Following the move, Kenyan authorities will have to meet high standards for the exports to commence as the country continues to expand its market for the lucrative produce. Kenya’s…

Nigeria’s annual palm oil imports down to US$500m, unveils self-sufficiency plans

NIGERIA – Nigeria's palm oil imports have declined about 302,000 metric tonnes worth US$500 million as the country embarks on efforts to become self-sufficient in palm oil through increasing local production. This according to Mr Godwin Emefiele of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who was speaking during a meeting with stakeholders in the Palm Oil…

Zimbabwean association calls for increased soybean production to curb imports

ZIMBABWE – The Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ), an oil producer’s lobby group, has called for increase output of soybean as an intervention to cut reliance on imports. A report by NewsDay reveals that Zimbabwe’s soyabean local demand stands at 400 000 metric tonnes annually against its current production capacity of around 60 000…

Kenya eyes Chinese market for lucrative avocado and stevia exports

KENYA – Kenya is set to market its avocado produce in the Chinese market after the Ministry of Agriculture launched an initiative that seeks to expand the country’s market at a global scale. According to said Agriculture Cabinet Minister, Mwangi Kiunjuri avocado and Stevia, a crop used for the making of calorie free sweetener, are…

Ugandan agro-processing firm bags Presidential exporters’ award

UGANDA - UGACOF, a Ugandan agro-processing and value-addition company, was ranked as the top exporter and winner of the 24th President Exporters’ Award for 2018. UGACOF, whose main business is coffee processing including hulling, cleaning, grading and sorting coffee beans harvested before export was declared the winner in the event organised by the Uganda Export…