Vegetable, fruit exports lift Kenyan horticulture earnings to over US$1b

KENYA – Kenya’s horticulture export earnings rose by one third to reach US$1.01 billion in the first eight months of 2018, boosted by increased vegetable, fruit and flower exports, according to a Business Daily report. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows vegetable earnings rose by 9.6% to US$165 million, from 50,000 tonnes…

Australian wine exports report double-digit growth by 11% increase in value

AUSTRALIA - Australian wine exports have posted double-digit growth in the 12 months to September 2018, with the value of exports up by 11% to US$2.71 billion, while reflecting an increasing taste for premium drops. The average value of wine exported was up 7% for bottled wine to US$5.90 per litre, with unpackaged wine rising…

Government of Zambia launches export of organic honey to China

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has officially launched the export of organic honey to China by flagging off the first consignment of 3.4 tons of organic honey worth US$34,000. The honey was processed by Mpundu World Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central Province. During the launch, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market…

Kenya’s President proposes import ban on fish from China

KENYA - President Uhuru Kenyatta has proposed a ban on fish imports from China, a move he noted was government’s efforts in benefiting the local fishing industry, reports the Nation. Speaking during the 2018 SMEs conference at Strathmore University, the President said imported fish was hurting the local market thus the need to ensure the…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Grain millers receive 30,000 tons of imported wheat to address shortage

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Germany to address shortage that had seen millers temporarily cease operations, reports the Herald. The move follows foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owed to Holbud’s Lithuanian, who had held the consignments due…

Associated Foods of Zimbabwe implements ISO 22 000 targeting export market

ZIMBABWE - The spreads and nuts company, Associated Foods of Zimbabwe (AFZ) has implemented ISO 22 000 food safety management system to enhance conformity to international standards with an eye on the export market. The certification not only provides assurance of product quality but also gives its Farmgold and Mama’s brands a better competitive edge…

Kenyan confectionery firms lose US$1.3m in export earnings from sweet row

KENYA - Local sugar confectionery firms have lost US$1.34 million in export earnings in the six months ended June, reflecting the impact of trade war between Kenya and Tanzania, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), earnings from sugar confectionery that is, sweets, biscuits and chocolate fell to US$23.57 million from…

Tanzania’s milk import fees increases 13-fold amidst a series of bans

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has introduced new regulations which will require milk importers to pay thirteen times more in milk import fees, reports the Citizen. According to stakeholders, the move which equates to total ban will hurt the dairy industry which relies on imported milk to manufacture some of its products. The newly…

Ghana shippers slash cocoa freight charges to Europe by 9.4% for 2018/19

GHANA - Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and shippers have said that freight charges for exporting Ghana’s cocoa to Europe have been slashed by 9.4% for the 2018/19 season. According to Reuters report, the reduction was made following the about 40% decline in cocoa prices on the world market in the 2017/18 season. “The reduction in…