Zimbabwe’s grain board GMB receives 900,000 tonnes of maize

ZIMBABWE - The cereals and oilseeds commodity trader, Grain Marketing Board (GMB) of Zimbabwe has received 896 273 tonnes of maize and 21 750 tonnes of small grains for the past crop season. The Herald reports the volume was a result of measures put in place by the parastatal to ensure smooth deliveries of the…

Nigeria to exit rice import by 2020 as States embarks on large-scale production

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh has said that the country is looking to exit rice importation by 2020 even as state government’s embark on mass production to boost food security, reports the Leadership. The federal government is committed to enhance rice production in the country with plans to become…

Ethiopia tenders bid for procurement of 200,000 MT milling wheat

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation through the state grain buyer, Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) has tendered to procure 200,000 MT of wheat grain or milling wheat even as the country faces a shortage of wheat. PPPDS has invited eligible bidders both from local and international countries for the supply of the…

U.S. FDA announces new export certification program for certain food products

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new export certification program, along with the fees that will be assessed, for certain FDA-regulated food products. According to FDA, the fees will apply to products, such as produce, grains, processed foods, food additives, color additives, food contact substances, and infant formula. “The…

South Africa farmers fight Trump with higher import tariffs on US chicken

SOUTH AFRICA - South African farmers have called for higher tariffs on ‘cheap’ chicken imports from the United States, which are said to be becoming a threat to the poultry industry in the country, reports Fin24. SA poultry farmers said that the tariffs on the metal industry were a breach of the African Growth and…

Tanzania reaches consensus to allow Uganda sugar imports amid duty

TANZANIA - Tanzania has reached an agreement to allow sugar imports from Uganda though this would only happen during periods of scarcity, a report from the Joint Permanent Commission meeting held in Kampala reveals. According to theEastAfrican, the meeting was attended by permanent secretaries from the two East African countries and came after a series…

Malaysia secures export deal with China for frozen whole fruit durians

ASIA - Agriculture and Agro-based Industry of Malaysia has signed an agreement to export frozen whole fruit durians to China, marking the second consecutive year Malaysia had succeeded in obtaining market access to China. As part of the export protocol, Malaysia would submit a list of durian plantations which complied with the Malaysian Good Agricultural…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…