European Union lifts ban on Ghanaian horticultural exports

GHANA - Ghanaian farmers can now resume export of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market from January 1, 2018, following the European Commission’s decision on October 31, to lift the current ban on commodities from Ghana. A release from the European Union Delegation to Ghana copied to the Ghana News Agency in…

U.S. Grains Council adds regional staff to expand global presence

USA - The U.S. Grains Council has added staff and promoted others in its Asian, Latin American and African operations as part of a global resource expansion meant to capture near-term demand for grain sales and build long-term demand for ethanol among global customers. The trade organisation that seeks to improve exports of US grain…

Rice in Nigeria: Building local capacity to grow, process vital grain

This article appeared in the Sept/October issue of Food Business Africa magazine The Government of Nigeria, the world’s second largest importer of rice, has initiated a number of policy initiatives in the last few decades to boost rice production and processing in the country. Despite these initiatives, the country continues to import large quantities, as…

Brazil’s sugar exports to hit record high, despite China duty hike

BRAZIL - Brazilian sugar exports will hit a record high, boosted by increased production expectations, and despite a slump in shipments to China after Beijing raised tariffs on imports of the sweetener. Brazil's sugar exports will rise by 1.1m tonnes to 29.6m tonnes in 2017-18, on an April-to-March basis, the US Department of Agriculture's Brasilia…

Afgri’s food unit takes aim at Africa’s food industry

SOUTH AFRICA - Philafrica Food, a recently launched subsidiary of agricultural investment holding company Afgri Group, says it plans to transform food processing in sub-Saharan Africa through investments of between R50m and R100m over the next 18 to 24 months. CEO Roland Decorvet said on Tuesday Philafrica aimed to become a big food operator in…