Egypt accepts French wheat cargo after re-testing

EGYPT (Reuters) - A French wheat cargo Egypt had rejected by Egypt due to high levels of the grain fungus ergot has been re-tested and found to have acceptable levels, a ministry document showed and an Egyptian official said.  The cargo at the Red Sea port of Safaga will be offloaded and distributed to mills…

Egypt soybean imports to grow supported by increase in local processing capacity

EGYPT – Egypt’s soybean imports have been projected to further increase by 14% in 2019-20 as local processing capacity continues to surge, a report by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals. The recent report by USDA projects soybean imports at 4 million tonnes in 2019-20, up from 3.5 million tonnes in 2018-19 with majority…

Ghana’s seafood and fish products imports up US$ 311.4m on increasing demand

GHANA - Ghana’s fish and seafood imports in 2018 grew to about US$ 311.4 million on account of increasing demand and dwindling fish stocks. According to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN), of the United States Department of Agriculture, the country imported an estimated 370,000 MT in during the period. The…

FDA unveils strategy to advance food safety and oversight of imported food

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced a new strategy to advance its food safety mission and modernize oversight of imported food. The FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy, Frank Yiannas have outlined steps the federal agency will undertake to promote FDA’s food safety and the implementation of the…

Kenya lifts ban on China fish imports as demand increases

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on fish imports from China as the country continues to experience increased demand that has caused fish shortage in the country, reports Business daily. The Department of Fisheries in the country, which imposed the ban last year after President Kenyatta issued a directive against importation of Chinese fish…

Kenya’s sugar imports rise to reach 189,000 tonnes in nine months to September

KENYA – Kenya’s sugar imports have clicked 189,000 tonnes in the nine months to September, a significant reduction from the 933,000 tonnes of sugar it imported last year. A report by the East African revealed that out of the total imported sugar, that from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East…

Government of Zambia launches export of organic honey to China

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has officially launched the export of organic honey to China by flagging off the first consignment of 3.4 tons of organic honey worth US$34,000. The honey was processed by Mpundu World Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central Province. During the launch, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market…

Kenya’s President proposes import ban on fish from China

KENYA - President Uhuru Kenyatta has proposed a ban on fish imports from China, a move he noted was government’s efforts in benefiting the local fishing industry, reports the Nation. Speaking during the 2018 SMEs conference at Strathmore University, the President said imported fish was hurting the local market thus the need to ensure the…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Grain millers receive 30,000 tons of imported wheat to address shortage

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Germany to address shortage that had seen millers temporarily cease operations, reports the Herald. The move follows foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owed to Holbud’s Lithuanian, who had held the consignments due…