Tanzania’s milk production hits 2.4bn litres amid increasing imports

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s local milk production has increased to 2.4 billion litres annually amid an increasing demand which has pushed the country’s spending on milk imports to US$12.78 million. Speaking during a meeting with stakeholder in the dairy sector, Luhaga Mpina, minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, noted that the country spending on milk imports…

Kenya’s flour prices surge on declining wheat supply

KENYA – Kenya’s dwindling wheat supply has continued to exert pressure on the local flour prices on account of high international price of wheat. According to a report by Business Daily, the price in the world market has been on a steady rise since August last year when a tonne traded at US$224, rising to…

Kenyan tea prices plunge dipper as production increases

KENYA – Africa’s leading tea exporter, Kenya, has continued to experience deteriorating auction prices hitting a three year low on increased production increases. In the recent trading, a kilo of tea fetched as low as Sh200 per kilo, the price that was witnessed four years compared to Sh280 that the commodity attracted in corresponding period…

Zimbabwe reports growth in horticulture exports to US$112m

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s horticultural sector recorded significant growth in 2018 exports generating US$112 million up from US$50.9 million in 2017 as production of commodities increase, reports The Herald. According to Zimtrade’s acting export development manager, Tatenda Murume, an increase in consumption and conscience of healthy food consumption in the global market was also a major…

Kenya’s Indo Power Solutions wins bid to purchase US$180m worth Tanzanian cashew nuts

Tanzania – Kenyan registered firm, Indo Power Solutions Ltd has entered into an agreement with the Tanzanian government to purchase 100,000 tonnes of cashew nuts valued at $180.2 million. This comes a few days after the Tanzanian Government unveiled plans of selling 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts in its warehouses was therefore seeking bulk international…

Kenya’s tea agency projects lower prices as production increases

KENYA – Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) projects low earnings for tea farmers this year following a 17% drop in the price of the beverage in the first half of the 2018/2019 financial year, reports Business Daily. In the first half of the 2018/2018 financial year, Kenya recorded increased volumes of processed tea which pushed…

Kenya mulls quality based milk payment system to boost the sector

KENYA – Kenya is set to adopt new regulations that will see dairy farmers receive payment based on the milk quality as opposed to the payment based in weight, reports Business Daily. The quality based pricing model is set to be adopted in March that will be influenced by the amount of butterfat in a…

Cocoa prices expected to increase amid poor weather conditions

NIGERIA - A Financial Derivatives Company’s (FDC’s) commodity updated has projected an increase in coca prices at the international market due to persisting poor weather conditions in the major producing countries. According to the Daily Independent, FDC analysts said that although cocoa prices were down by 2.86% to $2,274 per metric ton in the past…

Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

Tetra Pak to offer customized and flexible digital printing on cartons

SWITZERLAND -  Global food packaging leader, Tetra Pak has unveiled new digital printing technology that will offer customers with full-colour, customized and flexible digital printing on its carton packages. This offers new possibilities for beverage manufacturers, benefiting from on-package printing and a variet y of designs that best suit their customers The digital printing technology…