Egypt extends export ban of specified leguminous crops in bid to secure local demand

EGYPYT – The Egyptian government has extended the suspension of exporting beans and lentils for three more months in bid to fulfil local demand in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The first export exemption of the leguminous crops was undertaken in April this year. Trade and Industry Minister Nevine Gamae said the decision was taken after full coordination with the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade and came in implementation of a comprehensive plan adopted by the government to secure the citizens’ needs for commodities. The move falls within the framework…

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Zambian social enterprise gets international organic certification for groundnuts

ZAMBIA – The Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), a social enterprise that supports small-scale farmers in Eastern Zambia has attained international organic certification for groundnuts which will allow the country to start exporting the crop to the international market. According to Zambia Reports, the groundnuts are grown without chemicals and instead use natural and nature-based farming practices. Through the certification undertaken by a French based company, ECOCERT, the firm becomes the first in Africa to acquire it. ECOCERT is an organic certification organization that conducts inspections in over 80 countries,…

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Zambia National Biosafety Authority seizes products alleged to contain GMO

ZAMBIA – The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) of Zambia has seized products that are alleged to contain genetically modified organism (GMOs) from Game stores and Spar supermarket in Lusaka worthy over K 80,000 which were being sold without a permit from the Authority. NBA was established by the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009 to exercise general supervision and control over the transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Authority took note of the products during its spot and compliance checks. NBA Communications Officer Sandra Lombe has disclosed to the Zambian…

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Zambeef reports rise in half year revenue despite economic headwinds

ZAMBIA – Integrated cold chain food products and agribusiness company Zambeef has reported a rise in revenue by 27% in Kwacha terms and 9% in dollar terms in the half year period ended 31 March 2020, to ZMW 1,798 million (US$129.2 million) from ZMW 1,416.5 million (US$118.8 million) achieved in the same period in 2019. The company earned gross profit of ZMW 626 million (US$45.0 million) which was up in Kwacha terms by 33% and in dollar terms by 14% from the previous half-year period. According to the company, the…

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Thailand announces measures to strengthen the agricultural sector and agro-industry

THAILAND – The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has unveiled new measures to strengthen the country’s agricultural sector and agro-industry by promoting investment in sector based on the BCG (Bioeconomy, Circular Economy, and Green Economy) model. The agency has agreed to adjust the investment promotion terms and benefits for the agricultural industry to encourage the development and adoption of technology and innovation in order to add value to the sector’s output and help improve its productivity. As part of the measures, the Board has added a new activity, Plant Factory, to…

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Twiga Foods deploys IoT in farming in partnership with Liquid Telecom

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan tech-enabled food distribution platform has partnered with leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom to increase agricultural productivity through precision farming by use of Internet of Things (IoT) network. According to Liquid Telecom, its expansive and resilient network has enabled the deployment of innovative IoT solutions in Twiga’s Takuwa farm, with an eye on the long-term objective of making food security a reality in Africa. Commenting on the partnership Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom CEO East Africa said, “I am excited about this partnership because, at…

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Nigeria’s livestock industry projected to be worth US$128.8bn over the next decade

NIGERIA – Nigeria Livestock Industry estimated to be currently worth N30 trillion (US$77.3 billion), is projected to hit N50 trillion (US$128.8 billion) over the next decade showing an annual growth rate of 12.7 per cent, according to the Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science, Prof. Eustace Iyayi. The current worth of the industry constitutes approximately 20 per cent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product and will be more than 30 per cent at the rate of the 10-year projected figure against today’s GDP. Prof. Iyayi cited that the…

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LIVEKINDLY acquires Swedish plant-based food brand Oumph! to expand portfolio

USA – To charge its ambitions of becoming one of the world’s largest plant-based food companies, The LIVEKINDLY co., has acquired plant-based brand Oumph! from Swedish company Food for Progress, for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2014, Oumph! has been part of Food for Progress – which seeks to create a sustainable and secure worldwide food system – and a partner of the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) which develops plant-based ingredients. Since the launch in Sweden back in 2015 the brand has gained popularity in the market and has…

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General Mills launches additional regenerative dairy pilot in USA

USA – General Mills, the maker of Yoplait, Liberté and Mountain High yogurt products, has launched a three-year regenerative dairy pilot in western Michigan, USA to support the company’s commitment to advance regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres of farmland. General Mills has partnered with consultants Understanding Ag and dairy cooperative Foremost Farms to pilot regenerative practices and provide support to participating dairy farmers. The launch of Michigan, one of the company’s key sourcing region for its fluid milk supply, marks the the third regenerative agriculture pilot that the company…

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DSM to acquire animal nutrition company Erber Group for US$1.1bn

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition and health, has reached an agreement to acquire Erber Group, a specialty animal nutrition and health company based in Austrian for an enterprise value of €980 million (US$1.1 billion). The acquisition involves Erber Group’s specialty animal nutrition and health businesses; Biomin and Romer Labs – which specialize primarily in mycotoxin risk management, gut health performance management, and food and feed safety diagnostic solutions. Upon closing of the acquisition, DSM said that the Eber will expand its specialty solutions, with Romer…

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