RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…
ZAMBIA – Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya has called on stakeholders in the horticulture sector to agree on a common position with Government to avoid inconsistency in policies.
GHANA – A university don has appealed to research scientists to adopt ways of certifying Ghana’s fruits and vegetables so that they could be sold at stores and supermarkets to ensure consumer safety.
GHANA – The Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has introduced a new Standard Operational Procedures for export inspection and phytosanitary certification of vegetables, fruits and plants.
FRANCE – Thanks to Del Monte’s success with ready-cut fruit and vegetables, they are setting up their first processing factory in France.
SOUTH AFRICA – Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest provider of South African apples and pears, is now in its third year of delivering cherries to local and export customers.
MOROCCO – Morocco’s cultivation of avocados has grown over the past few years, reaching approximately 12,000 tons per year, according to FreshPlaz, an agricultural news website.
NIGERIA – Dangote Tomato Processing Plant, Nigeria’s leading tomato paste manufacturer, has said that its Kano plant was not shut down by dollar scarcity as reported earlier.
UK – In response to consumer demand for less packaging, Dutch fruit and veg supplier Nature & More and Swedish supermarket ICA have joined forces to run a trial to replace sticky labels on organic avocados and sweet potatoes with a laser mark.
USA – In a partnership with the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plans this week to develop a National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP).