Nigeria agric products exports worth US$81m in three months

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s exports in agricultural products including cashew nuts, biscuits, cocoa butter, sesame seeds, frozen shrimps, biscuits and others were estimated to be worth US$81.02 million between January and March 2018, a 558.46% increase compared to the same period in 2017. ThisDayLive reported the increase in agricultural commodities which stood at 45,462 tonnes was…

Kenya’s sugar imports fall 54% after end of duty-free period

KENYA - Kenya’s sugar imports have fallen 54% to 49,445 tonnes in the in the first quarter of the year after the period announced by the government for duty-free sugar imports elapsed. In March alone, volumes went down to 9,907 tonnes from 33,623 tonnes and while table sugar imports totalled 1,815 tonnes, refined white sugar…

Nigeria considers levies on imported starch to enhance local production

NIGERIA - The Federal Government of Nigeria is considering levies on imported starch sweeteners, flour and ethanol to encourage local production and reduce its food import bill on those products estimated at US$654 million. The government also aims to enhance cassava processing, the raw material for the products while attracting investments in that area. Although…

Horticulture earns Kenya US$3.04bn as export markets become lucrative

KENYA - Kenya earned US$3.04 billion on account of good prices in the export market for the 2017 year, a 41% increase from the previous year, according to the market data from the Horticulture Department. This covers flowers, fruits and vegetables whose overall sales rose from US$2.15 billion in 2016 to US$3.04 billion last year…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

Nigeria to import more rice and wheat as consumption needs rise

NIGERIA - Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa is set to import more grain supplies; wheat and rice to meet increasing consumer needs, consumption rates impacted by an influx of refugees in the country. According to a report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA, the country’s rice production is…

Tanzania’s corn production to fall 2% for 2018/2019 harvest

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s corn production is forecast to decline 2% to 5.25 million tonnes for the year 2018/19 down from 5.35 million tonnes in the previous year, affected by pests and diseases, according to a report by Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA. USDA further noted that apart from a major impact from…

South Africa’s beef imports to remain flat as production to increase 4%

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s beef imports for the year 2018 are estimated to remain relatively flat at about 45,000 tons, close to 2017 which saw a decline in domestic beef supplies due to a severe drought in the preceding years. USDA reported that possibility to grow imports was suppressed by low demand for beef.…

Kenyan dairy production increases by 25% to reduce milk powder imports

KENYA – The Kenyan dairy sector has reported a 25% increase in milk production according to the Kenya Dairy Report. Latest industry report by the Kenya Dairy Board covering between January and March indicated the volume of milk has gone up from 47.9 million kilogrammes in January to 60.2 million kilogrammes last month. According to Business…

South Africa reduces wheat import tariff by 45% in March

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s wheat imports tariff has declined by 45% to US$32.78 per tonne following a drop in international wheat prices, based on a report by the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). The reduction is a reprieve for millers such as Pioneer Foods, Godrich Flour Mills, Premier Foods Ltd and others who have been…