Zimbabwe bans horticultural products imports

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe has been engulfed by fruit shortages after the government banned imports and other horticultural products with immediate effect. Producers yesterday said while the ban would be welcome for some products it would shorten the availability of apples and pears whose production in Zimbabwe is constrained. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told state media that…

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,…