Tanzania reaches consensus to allow Uganda sugar imports amid duty

TANZANIA - Tanzania has reached an agreement to allow sugar imports from Uganda though this would only happen during periods of scarcity, a report from the Joint Permanent Commission meeting held in Kampala reveals. According to theEastAfrican, the meeting was attended by permanent secretaries from the two East African countries and came after a series…

Malaysia secures export deal with China for frozen whole fruit durians

ASIA - Agriculture and Agro-based Industry of Malaysia has signed an agreement to export frozen whole fruit durians to China, marking the second consecutive year Malaysia had succeeded in obtaining market access to China. As part of the export protocol, Malaysia would submit a list of durian plantations which complied with the Malaysian Good Agricultural…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

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…