Ugandan government establishing US$11.4m aquaculture park

UGANDA – The Government of Uganda is constructing a 10 million Euros (US$11.4m) Mwena Aquaculture Park, under the ‘Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Aquaculture’ (PESCA) aimed at enhancing aquaculture development and management in the country. The project is being constructed by Engpro International, a local Engineering Company in Uganda to serve both Apac and Kalangala Districts in pond and cage farming, reports Kilimo News. It will incorporate 81 Fish ponds, an Office block, a feeds store, a Hatchery for Nile perch and Catfish with a capacity of producing 5 million fingerlings…

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Kenyan sorghum farmers set to bag more earning in a new EABL trade deal

KENYA – The East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has entered into a trade deal with Sorghum farmers of Tharaka-Nithi county in Kenya that will see the farmers sell their produce directly to the brewer, eliminating middlemen who offer poor prices. The sorghum farmers, according to reports by Business Daily, will be required to deliver their produce to the nearest county cereal stores where EABL aggregators will be buying from. In addition, the partnership will see farmers benefit from extension services such as offering of seeds that will improve quantity and…

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Africa Food Show makes virtual debut from 20th – 24th July 2020

AFRICA – The Africa Food Show Virtual Exhibition (AFS VE) organized by Global Exhibitions Inc, the Kenya-based subsidiary of MIE Groups has kicked off today Monday, 20th July – 24th July 2020, being the Africa’s largest and most comprehensive VIRTUAL B2B food show since the global COVID-19 crisis. The 5-day show will play host to some of the most cutting-edge trends in food & agriculture and showcase ground-breaking new products and technologies that are set to help businesses thrive for the next decade. The global pandemic has put extraordinary pressure…

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Royal DSM partners with agro-industrial Avril Group to develop a new plant-based protein

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM, a nutrition and health solutions firm and French agro-industrial company Avril Group have formed a joint venture, Oletein, to produce canola (rapeseed) proteins for the global food market. The partnership with DSM owning 75% and Avril 25% will draw on the unique know-how of each of the partners including DSM’s patented process and technology for extracting high-quality protein from canola meal and Avril’s 35-year legacy in oilseed and protein crop production. Through the partnership the companies will begin work on a new manufacturing plant in Dieppe,…

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Three more brands of Nestlé Waters North America to convert their packaging to 100% recycled plastic

USA – Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that three more of its US domestic still water brands are converting their packaging to 100% recycled plastic (rPET). According to NWNA, the wholesale switch to rPET packaging for its Ozarka, Deer Park and Zephyrhills 100% Natural Spring Water brands, is already underway. Once the change has been made, the company says that nearly 60% of households in the US will have access to one of its regionally distributed spring water brands in bottles made entirely from recycled plastic. NWNA’s Poland Spring…

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IFAD, Mars and ICRAF invest US$4m on sustainable farming project in Indonesia and the Philippines

ASIA – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mars, Incorporated and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) have partnered to invest US$4 million on a five-year research-in-development project, Sustainable Farming in Tropical Asian Landscapes (SFITAL) in Indonesia and the Philippines. The project, according to a press-release by IFAD, aims to explore how agricultural systems can be managed sustainably in entire landscapes in a way that respects the environment and enables the producers to thrive by linking them to global supply chains. SFITAL will focus on palm oil in Indonesia and cocoa in…

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Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria secure US$41.2m financing from CBN

NIGERIA – The Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN) has disclosed that it has secured N16billion (US$41.2m) funding from the Central Bank of Nigeria for the 2020/2021 planting season. This comes after the ban on importation of maize by the apex ban to boost local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods, and increase jobs which were lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CBN in a recent memo had directed all authorized dealers to discontinue processing of the Form M requesting for the importation of…

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Castel Group’s Ethiopian subsidiary BGI to debut new beer products

ETHIOPIA – BGI Ethiopia PLC, subsidiary of the Castel Group is set to introduce two new beer products in the market dubbed Doppel alcoholic beer and Senque malt, a non-alcoholic beer. The new products come at a time when the beer industry faces a couple of challenges, including lukewarm sales linked to recently introduced excise tax, the COVID-19 pandemic and strict advertisement rules that have pushed beer sales downwards. According to reports by Reporter Ethiopia, Doppel beer will be a “lower-gravity German-style bock beer” that is dark and is set…

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Cargill promotes sustainable seaweed production in Zanzibar partnering with The Nature Conservancy

ZANZIBAR – Cargill has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, to help seaweed farmers in Zanzibar to adopt best farming practices that will boost their incomes and restore the coastal ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. The program will be supported by C-Weed Corporation, Cargill’s local supplier and conducted in collaboration with the Government and citizens of Zanzibar. The pilot initiative announced by Cargill will work with farmers in Pemba and Unguja Islands in the Zanzibar…

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Danone invests US$114.3m in China strengthening its specialized nutrition offering

CHINA – Danone, a multinational food-products corporation has announced a series of investment totalling around €100 million (US$114.3m) to strengthen Specialized Nutrition in China. According to the company, the investments will enable it to broaden and deepen its range of nutritional products and services that are tailored to Chinese health needs, traditions and tastes. The investments include the opening of an open-science research center based in Shanghai and the expansion of capacity at its Jiangsu facility to further develop offerings in FSMP (Food for Special Medical Purposes). The new Danone…

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