Agency grants new company licence to process and export purple tea

KENYA – The Tea Directorate of the Agriculture and Food Authority has licensed Horera Forest Edge Tea Company to manufacture, pack and export purple tea products. Horera Forest Edge Tea Company, founded by Robert Murimi, joins […]

Rwanda approves tax breaks on alcohol brewed using locally sourced materials

RWANDA – The government’s proposal to reduce consumption tax on alcohol beverages brewed using locally sourced raw materials has received approval from the Members of the Chamber of Deputies. The MPs passed the draft law, […]

Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire lift suspension on 2020/2021 cocoa sales

WEST AFRICA – Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the world’s two largest cocoa producers have lifted the suspension of cocoa sales for the 2020/2021 season. The two West African countries, on June 12 announced the decision […]

Kenyan retailer Naivas Supermarkets suspends sale of red meat pending quality assessment

KENYA – Naivas Supermarkets has suspended the sale of red meat across all its stores countrywide to allow for the results of independent testing of its meat and assessment of its supplier base. This follows […]

Nigerian cashew association lobbys for policies to promote industry

NIGERIA – The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has called for the Federal Government to enact policies that would promote the cashew industry. The president of the association, Mr Ojo Ajanaku, says that it […]

South Africa mulls introduction of new policy on single-use plastics

SOUTH AFRICA – The government of South Africa is considering the introduction of a new policy meant to combat the use of single-use plastics as well as their disposal and management. According to the environment […]

World’s leading cocoa producers agree on ‘additional’ US$400 income for farmers

COTE D’IVOIRE – Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the world’s leading cocoa producers accounting for 65% of global cocoa output, have firmed up on their decision on the cocoa floor with a follow-up meeting in Abidjan. […]

Zimbabwe bans direct sales of maize to regulate trade amid dwindling production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has banned the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, and will only allow state owned Grain Marketing Board to be the sole buyer of commodity. […]

Zimbabwe grain millers to halt supplies to overcharging retailers

ZIMBABWE – Millers under the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) have said that they will no longer supply retailers engaging in overcharging of basic commodities. This move seeks to further support the millers’ price […]

Astral Foods signs water emergency agreement to avert supply constrains

SOUTH AFRICA – Astral Foods, a South Africa based integrated poultry produce, said that it had signed an emergency agreement with Standerton (Lekwa) Municipality as an interim measure to stave off the current water crisis. […]