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…

Zambia maintains restrictions on wheat flour imports from SADC

ZAMBIA - Zambia is not expected to relax its rules on the importation of wheat flour from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states as it looks to protect the local industry and economy, according to an article on Lusaka Times. Speaking at the SADC 30th meeting of the committee of Ministers of Trade…

Uganda considers banning sugar exports to Kenya to address shortage

UGANDA - Uganda is planning to limit or ban sugar exports to Kenya in order to protect the local market that is facing supply shortfalls, an article in the Business Daily has revealed. Due to a sugar crisis in Kenya, local traders have rushed to seize the opportunity to import sugar across the border, something…

Maize prices drop 40% on increase in supplies

TANZANIA - Maize prices declined by an average of 40% for the last three months as a result of increase in supply, according to an article on the Citizen. According to data by the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, prices fell in many regions, a 100-kilo bag of maize dropping to US$17.99 on July…

Ukraine doubles grain shipments to China with 1m tons in exports

EUROPE - Ukraine through its grain firm, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) shipped more than 1 million tonnes of grain to China in the MY 2017/18, more than double exported in the previous year, reports World Grain. According to SFGCU, 90% of the grains shipped to China National Complete Engineering Corp.…

Kenya sighs relief as COMESA extends safeguards on sugar imports for 2yrs

KENYA - The regional trade bloc, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has approved an extension safeguarding Kenyan sugar industry from cheap imports from the region for two more years. According to Business Daily, the July 14 nod, granted by the bloc’s Council of Ministers in a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia protects Kenya…

Ethiopia’s oilseed sector expected to expand to meet growing demand

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia’s production of oilseeds mainly sesame and soybeans is forecast to increase in the year 2018/19 basically as a result of growing demand for cooking oil and livestock feed, most notably soybean meal for poultry production, according to USDA’s June 14 GAIN report. Rise in production is expected to greatly contribute to the…

Kenya seeks to solve stalemate on dairy and oil exports to Zambia

KENYA - Kenya is expecting to host government officials from Zambia this month to deliberate on trading solutions including possibilities of exporting dairy and oil products to Zambia. Business Daily reported that although a consensus may be reached on oil products, dairy exports to the Southern Africa nation may remain strenuous due to differences in…