Senate asks Govt to halt downward review of milk powder import tariff

NIGERIA - The Senate has condemned the downward review of import duty on milk powder by the Federal Government from 10% to 5%. The Upper House of the National Assembly went further to request its committees on Agriculture, Finance and Customs Excise and Tariff to investigate the ministries, departments and agencies involved in the reduction.…

Kenyans import $31.2m maize from Uganda, TZ to meet demand

KENYA - Kenya will next month waive duty to allow millers to import maize from Uganda and Tanzania. Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours. This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall…

Producers fault proposed palm oil importation under ETLS

NIGERIA - Stakeholders and members of the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria (POFON) have urged the Federal Government to dismiss the proposed application by OLAM to import some oil palm products under the West African Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS). OLAM plans to import 95,000 metric tonnes (MT) of crude palm oil, 50,000 MT of Stearin…

Ghana’s focus on domestic production to slow rice imports in 2017/18

GHANA - Ghana’s rice imports are expected to dwindle as the country proposes plans to increase its domestic production during the 2017/18 crop season, according to a report by USDA. The report said that growth in production could be attributed to several factors including favourable conditions that would allow production in large quantities and at…

South Africa’s poultry body backs march over ‘unsafe’ poultry imports

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Poultry Association has backed a planned march to Parliament by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), which wanted legislators to push for stricter regulations for poultry imports. South Africa has no laws ensuring the effective traceability of imported poultry products and its safety, where a single bag of frozen…

Nigeria’s rice importation dropped by 95% in two years – Minister

NIGERIA - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says rice importation into Nigeria has dropped by 95 per cent in the last two years. Ogbeh said this on Thursday in Abuja at the first Annual NACCIMA-NIRSAL Agribusiness and Policy Linkage Conference, which has “Implementing the Agriculture Component of the Economic Recovery…

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…