Kenya eyes Chinese market for lucrative avocado and stevia exports

KENYA – Kenya is set to market its avocado produce in the Chinese market after the Ministry of Agriculture launched an initiative that seeks to expand the country’s market at a global scale. According to said Agriculture Cabinet Minister, Mwangi Kiunjuri avocado and Stevia, a crop used for the making of calorie free sweetener, are…

Netherlands partners Rwanda in US$18.17m project to boost horticulture output

RWANDA – Netherlands has partnered Rwanda in the launch of a US$18.17million project that seeks to increase horticulture production and improve food security in the country. The project dubbed as ‘Investment in Horticultural Development in Rwanda’ (HortInvest) is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda and will run through a…

Tanzania avocado producer Africado receives US$2.8m loan from Finnish fund

TANZANIA – Africado Limited, a Tanzanaian avocado producer, has secured US$2.8 million loan from Finnfund, a Finnish development finance company, to boost production. Africado Chief Executive Officer, James Parsons, said that the funding will enable the company to expand and develop its operations and diversify into other investments. “Finnfund’s funding of Africado has enabled Africado…

Ethiopia’s US$10bn Agro-processing parks set for completion by June

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia is set to complete construction of its 4 pilot Integrated Agro-Processing Industrial Parks (IAIPs), an investment worth US$10 billion, by the end of June this year reports Ethiopia News Agency. The pilot agro-processing parks have been under construction since 2016 and features; a Baeker for sesame, sorghum and livestock; Bulbula for cereal…

Belgian government injects US$1.29m in Tanzania’s banana research facility

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology has received US$1.29 million from the Belgian government to aid the construction of a state of art banana research centre, reports IPP Media. The research centre is aimed at providing technical expertise and information on modern farming practices as it seeks to boost production…

Nigerian Government mulls banning tomato paste imports

NIGERIA-  The federal government of Nigeria has unveiled plans of imposing a total ban on the importation of tomato paste in a bid to boost local tomato production in the country. Speaking during a visit at Dangote Tomato Processing Plant, the Minister of agriculture and natural resources, Audu Ogbeh, revealed that the government will introduce…

Zimbabwe reports growth in horticulture exports to US$112m

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s horticultural sector recorded significant growth in 2018 exports generating US$112 million up from US$50.9 million in 2017 as production of commodities increase, reports The Herald. According to Zimtrade’s acting export development manager, Tatenda Murume, an increase in consumption and conscience of healthy food consumption in the global market was also a major…

Government to invest US$2m in new fruit processing factory

KENYA – Kenya farmers in the North rift region are set to benefit from a US$2 million avocado processing plant after the government unveiled plans of setting up the factory as it seeks to diversify the regions agricultural value chain, reports Kenya Digest. Jackson Mandago, Uasin Gishu county governor said that the government has contracted…

Nigeria to set up cold storage facility to facilitate tomato preservation

NIGERIA – The government of Nigeria has unveiled plans of establishing solar-powered cold rooms in Kano State as in its efforts of ensuring preservation of tomatoes, reports The Vanguard. Speaking during the National Tomato Stakeholders Summit in Kano State, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the cold rooms will be…

Lagos State launches fruits and vegetables safety initiative

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has commenced a sanitisation process to ensure of safety in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Lagos State, reports Beverage Industry News. LASCOPA, working in collaboration with other Ministries and Agencies of Government has inaugurated a committee to oversee handling, packaging, and display of vegetables…