SA poultry producers to import hatching eggs from Europe

SOUTH AFRICA – Poultry producers have planned to import hatching eggs from Europe, after the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus commonly known as bird flu, resulted to shortages in the country. The H5N8 avian influenza virus had been detected in several countries, with South Africa worst hit triggering shortages in both…

Ghana launches new rice brand to meet local demand

GHANA – A local rice processing company has formally introduced locally processed and packaged rice, boosting domestic rice production and processing in the country and reduce imports. Royal Farmers Rice is a premium parboiled long grain rice, which is locally produced to meet the rising demand for the produce in Ghana and the surrounding countries.…

Nigeria loses US$600m annually to sugar importation

NIGERIA - Nigeria is said to be losing at least $600million foreign exchange annually to the importation of sugar for domestic consumption. Director Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics, National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr. Hezekiah kolawole, disclosed this in his address at a Sugar Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of the national Sugar Master Plan,…

USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

USA - The “our beef for your chicken deal” hatched by President Donald Trump with the People’s Republic of China last May appears to be on track. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday quietly released the final audit report showing China’s inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to U.S. systems and standards. An onsite review…

Dar eyes to boost wheat supply to lucrative East Africa market

TANZANIA - The government in collaboration with various food processing industries is setting plans to boost production and supply of wheat flour in the East African region, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Prof Adolf Mkenda said yesterday. The PS said the idea was to increase the production and supply of wheat…