International Coffee Organization in Kenya for talks with coffee farmers

KENYA - Members of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) are in Kenya for talks with Kenyan coffee farmers who are looking to ink direct purchase deals with top global coffee buyers. According to Business Daily, the ICO executive director Jose Sette held a meeting with Council of Governors vice chair Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and…

Agricultural agency to outlaw importation of agricultural equipment

NIGERIA - The National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM) has said its plan to outlaw the importation of some agricultural equipment into the country are almost done, New Telegraph has reported. NCAM said the agency is looking to encourage local production of such farming tools since most of the imported implements have proved difficult to…

Zambia maintains restrictions on wheat flour imports from SADC

ZAMBIA - Zambia is not expected to relax its rules on the importation of wheat flour from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states as it looks to protect the local industry and economy, according to an article on Lusaka Times. Speaking at the SADC 30th meeting of the committee of Ministers of Trade…

Uganda considers banning sugar exports to Kenya to address shortage

UGANDA - Uganda is planning to limit or ban sugar exports to Kenya in order to protect the local market that is facing supply shortfalls, an article in the Business Daily has revealed. Due to a sugar crisis in Kenya, local traders have rushed to seize the opportunity to import sugar across the border, something…

Maize prices drop 40% on increase in supplies

TANZANIA - Maize prices declined by an average of 40% for the last three months as a result of increase in supply, according to an article on the Citizen. According to data by the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, prices fell in many regions, a 100-kilo bag of maize dropping to US$17.99 on July…

Government extends subsidy to cooperatives to allow more pay per litre of milk

INDIA - The state government of Maharashtra has ordered cooperatives to pay farmers US$0.36 per litre of cow’s milk, an increase from the previous US$25 to US$0.28 paid per litre to end the dairy farmers’ strike, reported ET Retail. According to dairy development minister Mahadev Jankar, the government will extend its subsidy to US$0.073 per…

Ukraine doubles grain shipments to China with 1m tons in exports

EUROPE - Ukraine through its grain firm, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) shipped more than 1 million tonnes of grain to China in the MY 2017/18, more than double exported in the previous year, reports World Grain. According to SFGCU, 90% of the grains shipped to China National Complete Engineering Corp.…

Egypt drops Dubai-based wheat supplier as it approves 120,000T in imports

EGYPT - Egypt through the General Authority on Supply Commodities (GASC) announced on July 18 that it had removed one of its key grain traders, Dubai based AOS from the list of its key suppliers due to delays in wheat cargoes delivery. Reuters has reported the top wheat seller to Egypt had failed to deliver…

Government looks to improve dairy sector through incentives on dairy exports

INDIA - The government of India is considering incentives on milk product exports, add milk to mid-day meal rations, reduce GST (Goods and Services Tax) and increase import duty on some products as a way to ensure dairy farmers get value for their efforts. Highlighting challenges facing the milk production sector, government officials have decided…

Kenya sighs relief as COMESA extends safeguards on sugar imports for 2yrs

KENYA - The regional trade bloc, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has approved an extension safeguarding Kenyan sugar industry from cheap imports from the region for two more years. According to Business Daily, the July 14 nod, granted by the bloc’s Council of Ministers in a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia protects Kenya…