USDA outlines plans to ensure child nutrition funding in government shutdown

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined plans to ensure child nutrition programs are funded and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits continue to be paid through February. The move follows the partial shutdown of the federal government on low-income Americans relying on food assistance programs and on farmers who usually rely on…

Tanzanian government to set up sunflower oil processing plant

TANZANIA - The Tanzanian government has said it will establish a sunflower processing factory in Dodoma as part of the government’s initiative to increase value chain of products, reports Daily News. The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Japhet Hasunga said that the project is aimed at eliminating importation of cooking oil to sustain the local market,…

SC revives US$91m class-action suit against Nestle India over Maggi noodles

INDIA – The Supreme Court of India has revived the government case seeking US$91 million in damages from Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements. The suit is based on an earlier case that claimed high lead content and presence of MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in Nestle’s popular brand of pasta,…

Rwanda government launches fruit project to boost agricultural export

RWANDA - The government of Rwanda through the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a fruit tree planting project that will see more than 100 million fruit trees planted by 2024 in a bid to improve agricultural exports. According to New Times Rwanda, the project is also expected to create more employment opportunities among…

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria outbreak. According to a Reuters report, Tiger Brands has received permission from South Africa authorities to immediately resume production of…

Tanzania government pays cashew farmers US$15 million for produce

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has announced that it has paid cashew farmers over US$15.2 million for their produce since it decided to buy the commodity early last month. According to Agriculture minister Japhet Hasunga, the money has been paid to 34,938 farmers from 146 verified Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (Amcos), The Citizen report…

Zambia launches SADC harmonized certified-seed regulatory system

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has launched the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seed certification and harmonized seed regulation system, reports Lusaka Times. This puts Zambia in a position to produce and trade certified seeds in the SADC region and ensures availability of high quality seed to farmers through rationalizing and removing national regulatory…

Zimbabwe’s biggest flour miller National Foods to close down mills

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has announced that it plans to shut down its flour mills blamed on impeding foreign currency shortages in the country, according to ANA report. The Harare based food company had written to its customers indicating the intention to close down its flour processing factories in…

Norwegian government, WFP sign US$3m deal to support Tanzanian farmers

TANZANIA – The government of Norway has signed a US$3 million (Tsh8 billion) with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at improving smallholder farming in Tanzania, reports Daily News. The funding will support the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), an initiative aimed at affording smallholder farmers to access farm inputs and markets for their…

Zambia bans single-use plastic packaging materials to curb pollution

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has banned single-use plastic packaging materials and their resultant waste to safeguard the environment, reports Lusaka Times. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection through the principal secretary who said this was in accordance with the environmental management act. The ban comes as…