Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA - Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the…

Kenya Budget 2018: Govt prioritizes agricultural and manufacturing agenda but consumers may have to pay more

KENYA - With a long term goal of ‘creating jobs, transforming lives and sharing prosperity’, the 2018 budget centred at the government’s Big 4 Agenda of growing The contribution of manufacturing GDP from 9% to 15%, but consumers may be required to pay more due to proposed amendments to the VAT Act 2013, considered to…

Tanzania to scrap 65% cashew export levy remitted to farmers

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has proposed changes to its Cashewnut Industry Act (Cap, 203), scrapping the 65% of the crop export levy remitted to farmers through the Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT). Amendment to the law will see the export levy collected in the consolidated fund, instead of the current situation where some…

Nestle SA launches ‘zero water technologies’ site at its Mossel Bay facility

SOUTH AFRICA - Nestle South Africa has launched a zero water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, Western Cape that will see the Swiss multinational company educe the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation. Equipped with new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology, the facility will reuse the…

Egypt to import milled, paddy rice to meet market demand

EGYPT - The government of Egypt has announced the decision to import milled and paddy rice to increase supply of the commodity as well as prevent potential price shock to consumers. A June 13 USDA report indicated that grain hoarding, which resulted in the decline in the volume of rice being offered to the country’s…

Nigeria to commission Africa’s first automated rice seedling factory in Calabar

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s President Buhari is set to commission Africa’s first automated rice seed and seedlings factory in Calabar, Cross River State as part of the country’s initiative to agricultural diversification. The factory is located in the Cross Rivers rice city and according to New Telegraph, the rice project is expected to boost the state’s…

Reserve Bank releases US$20m for 200,000 tons of wheat imports

ZIMBABWE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$20 million for importation of wheat from Canada and Germany to supplement the insufficient national wheat stocks. This was as requested by millers following poor harvest in the drought-hit southern African country. The amount will be used to pay for 200,000 tonnes of wheat procured…

Footprint to Africa stakes US$16.68m in new yam and plantain processing plants

NIGERIA - The premium African news media and investment company, Footprint to Africa has invested more than US$16 million for new yam and plantain processing plants in order to enhance food security in Nigeria. The initiative is part of plans to bridge Nigeria’s food gap as well as achieve the government’s diversification agenda for the…

Ghana opens a new flour milling factory in West Coast Region

GHANA - Ghana has established a new plant, Aspuna Flour Mill and Processing Factory in Duwasu, Kombo, West Coast region that will process cassava into flour and starch, reported a Ghana Newspaper, Foroyaa. While the cassava flour produced will be sold in the local market and surplus exported, the starch will be exported to attract…

Botswana turns to South Africa and Zambia for maize imports

BOTSWANA - Botswana continues to import 170,000 metric tonnes of maize annually as it has always run out of corn due to insufficient local production, according to an article by AllAfrica. Speaking in an interview, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) chief executive officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi noted that on annual basis the country needed 190…