Zimbabwe wheat stock improve as imports moderate shortage

ZIMBABWE – The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) says the country’s flour stocks have improved with supply to the bakeries from the millers now set at 500 tonnes per day. According to GMAZ chairman, Tafadzwa Musarara at the current supply capacity, the country can produce 1 million loaves of bread against a national daily demand of 1.4 million loaves. This follows the government move to avail US$7 million required for facilitating procurement of wheat from the international market. Musarara said wheat imports had started coming in from Beira, Mozambique.…

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Ghana partners with China in construction of a US$100m chocolate factory

GHANA – The Government of Ghana has announced a joint partnership deal with China for the construction of a US$100 million chocolate factory at Sefwi-Wiaso, North Western region. The facility will have an annual capacity of processing about 50,000 tonnes of cocoa beans into chocolate, aimed at helping the country add value to its cocoa beans before export. According to Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the agreement will soon be signed in Ghana in which Ghana will contribute 40% of the invetsment capital while China will inject the…

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Tanzania forecast 77% increase in milk production to 3.8bn litres by 2022

TANZANIA – Tanzania has projected an increase in annual milk production by 77% from the current production of 2.4 billion litres to 3.8 billion litres within a five year period. Deogratius Mlay, an official from the Tanzania Dairy Board, says that the country has rolled out a five year strategic plan dubbed ‘Tanzania Livestock Master Plan (TLMP) 2017/18 – 2021/22’ to support local production. The TLMP aims at increasing the national average annual milk production per animal from an average of 179 litres recorded in 2016/17 to 254 litres by…

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Arla UK 360 farmers to use 3D imagery to monitor animal welfare

UK – Arla UK 360 farmers, part of Arla Foods’ farming standards programme will trial 3D imagery systems to monitor the cow wellbeing by using data recording and artificial intelligence. The technology will enable farmers identify changes in each cow’s physical wellbeing, mobility and weight, before they are visible to the human eye. Called Herdvision, the system provides a more reliable way of monitoring cow welfare by removing measurements that currently have to be made subjectively by the human eye. It was developed by Kingshay in collaboration with the Centre…

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Uganda partners with Commonwealth in developing new guidelines for the fishing industry

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with partnership funding from the Commonwealth Standards Network has developed new guidelines to streamline the country’s fishing industry. According to UNBS, the new guidelines outline basic information on the laws, regulations, procedures, and principles for addressing the safety and quality of fish products. The guidelines also stipulate various measures on the appropriate fishing gears, handling, processing, transport, storage, preservation methods and marketing of fish. Speaking during the handover of the guidelines document, UNBS deputy executive director in charge of standards, Ms…

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Ghanaian regulator approves 5 firms to resume vegetable exports

GHANA – Ghana’s Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has approved five firms to resume vegetable exports to the international market. In June 1 this year, the country banned the export of Capsicum, Solanum, luffa and all leafy vegetables to European Union (EU) and the international market. PPRSD said the suspension was necessitated due to “the high level of local interceptions at the exit points; the alarming rate of external notifications, and the new EU directives to all countries to re-provide…

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OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook: Higher output to keep food prices low

FRANCE – Growth in agricultural output is expected to keep food prices low over the coming decade, according to an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Based on the statistics released on July 8, global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15% over the next ten years while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster. This is projected to cause inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to remain at or below their current…

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China’s soybean and feed demand falls impacted by African swine fever

CHINA – China has registered a declining feed demand and lower soybean imports in 2018/19 and 2019/20 as a result of the impact of the African swine fever on the country’s hog population. According to July 5 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), soybean production for the year 2019/20 is forecast at 16.8 million tons, up 5.7% compared to previous year. This is attributed to increased government subsidies, acreage expansion, and slightly higher expected yield.  Soybean planting area for 2019/20 is estimated at 8.85…

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Belfoods launches operations in Nigeria with emphasis on indigenous foods

NIGERIA – Belfoods, an indigenous food producing and processing company, has launched its operation in Nigeria with a focus of offering quality indigenous food products in the local market. The promoter of the brand, Rekhia Abu, said that the company, through its products, seeks address major issues in the country’s food industry by strengthening the quality systems of food offered to the Nigerian market “Belfood presently boasts of different range including garri, plantain flour, yam flour, poundo yam, odourless fufu, noravita, cassava flour, corn meal, beans flour and cassava grits. “As a safety…

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Nigerian agency signs MoU to strengthen regulations on utilisation of GM foods

NIGERIA – The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on the regulation of animal biotechnology. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Dr Rufus Egbeba, the Director-General NBMA, said that the MoU will strengthen the agency’s bid of regulating utilisation of Genetically Modified (GM) foods in the country. Egbeba added that it would also give the agency and the ministry the opportunity to work in synergy to build partnerships and bridges for the enhancement…

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