Importers frustrating Govt’s tomato policy, say stakeholders

NIGERIA - Stakeholders in the agriculture sector say Nigeria is yet to feel the impact of the tomato policy six months after it was put in place by the Federal Government. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the stakeholders told participants at Agra Innovate West Africa forum on Tuesday in Lagos that Nigerians…

Ministry, Coca-Cola sign MoU to boost India’s agro ecosystem

INDIA - The Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Coca-Cola India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards investing in the agri-ecosystem of the country. In this agreement signed at the World Food India, The Coca-Cola Company, its bottling partners and its fruit suppliers and processors in India, will contribute US$1.7billion in the agri ecosystem…

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…

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. This comes at a time when the country’s agricultural sector is dealing with the fallout from a prolonged drought. The Western Cape, which produces more than 50% of SA’s agricultural exports, has been particularly hard hit.…

Mackays announces US$4.5m expansion to its site in Angus, Scotland

UK – Mackays, a Scottish marmalade and jam producer, has announced a US$4.5 million expansion to its site in Angus, Scotland, seeing its business premises growing by 50%. The expansion, which is set to begin in January 2018, will allow the company to introduce new product lines into the existing factory as well as create…

Tesco introduces sale of “green” satsumas to curb food waste

UK - Tesco Company has introduced the sales of “green” satsumas and clementines in its latest attempt to reduce food waste by giving them up to two days’ extra shelf life. Last month, Tesco had announced plans to join forces with suppliers to tackle global food waste. It had widened other quality specifications to take…

Traditional veges, sweet potato key to food security in Africa

AFRICA - Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as "orphan crops" shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people. Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on these crops mainly to improve yields and…