Trump administration provides US$12b to aid US farmers in US-China trade wars

USA - The Trump administration has said it would provide up to US$12 billion in aid for U.S. farmers from early September to shield them from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United States and China, the European Union and others. According to CNBC, the United States has never before offered aid of this…

South Africa soya beans unlikely to be affected by US-China trade war

SOUTH AFRICA - Following China’s response tariffs on US goods including soya beans, there could be possibility of price shocks on the commodity, but an agricultural economist, Wandile Sihlobo has said that this should be cushioned by the ability to substitute yellow maize in feed stock. An article in the Business Day reported that despite…

African countries sign continental free-trade agreement

RWANDA - African leaders from 44 countries have signed to the continental free-trade agreement, meant to open-up the continent through regional integration and economic growth. The deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed at the 2018 African Union member states summit, attended by 44 out of 55 African countries. With…

East Africa moves to harmonise staple food standards, boost trade

UGANDA - The quality of regional trade in cereals and pulses is expected to improve following the launch of newly gazetted standards for staple foods. The harmonisation comes after a long period where each East African country used its own yardstick to determine quality of cereals including maize, millet, wheat, sorghum, rice and pulses such…

Govt. ban on maize exports not working – report

MALAWI - Malawi Government ban on maize export is not working to it expectation following revelations that between June and July a total of 3,519 metric tonnes of maize illegally crossed the borders into Tanzania and Mozambique a development that is feared to result into severe shortage of the staple in the coming months. In…

Fake honey continues to flood European market

EUROPE – Beekeeping is endangered around the world as cheap imports of counterfeit honey continue to flood the market, with severe consequences on world food production. According to a research published in December 2016, foreign sugars were found 1.4 times in every 10 honey samples tested by the European Joint Research Centre. Around 20% of…

FDA approves peanut allergy health claim

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a qualified health claim for peanut, supporting continuing evidence that early introduction of the nut to infants can eliminate peanut allergy later in life. The claim states, “For most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing…

Kenya hits TZ wheat imports with higher inspection fees

KENYA - Kenya has imposed a steeper inspection fee on Tanzanian wheat imports, threatening to escalate the trade war between the two neighbours. The government has increased the cost of wheat inspection at the border from Sh600 per truck to Sh8,000, a move that would technically lock out the commodity. The two East African countries…

No records of US$6 million maize proceeds – Parliament

MALAWI - State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has been asked by the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to be accountable on the K4.4 billion (US$6m) proceeds it got from selling government maize Admarc, embroiled in maize scam following questionable maize imports from Zambia, had K4 billion realised from the sale of SS530,448 tonnes…