Brazilian food company Marfrig acquires BRF’s Quickfood for US$55m

USA - Marfrig Global Foods, the second largest Brazilian food processing company has acquired 91.89% stake in Argentinean beef products producer, Quickfood for US$55 million. Quickfood, which has three plants in Argentina, was under the control of BRF SA, one of the largest beef producers in the world. The processing units have a daily processing…

Malawi bans sale, consumption of bush meat to control anthrax outbreak

MALAWI – Malawi’s Ministry of Health has declared a ban over the sale and consumption of bush meat in the southern region districts following an outbreak of Anthrax in one of the regions, reports Malawi News Agency. Malawi’s Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi who made the announcement said the ban would only be lifted once…

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria outbreak. According to a Reuters report, Tiger Brands has received permission from South Africa authorities to immediately resume production of…

Zambia’s fish production to hit 40,000 tons with ZAED project

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has said that fish production is expected to increase to 40,000 tonnes upon completion of the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development (ZAED) Project in 2021, reports The Times of Zambia. The project is aimed at stimulating growth in the aquaculture subsector in order to promote economic diversification and sustainable employment generation…

Kenya Meat Commission suspends over 60 staff on a go-slow fiasco

KENYA - The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has suspended over 60 workers from its Athi River based factory for allegedly participating in a work go slow that had seen the slaughter operation in the factory impaired, reports the Kenya News Agency. The commission through the Managing Commissioner, James Ole Serian issued an interdiction letter to…

Cargill acquires Colombian poultry products producer Campollo

USA – The global agribusiness company, Cargill has acquired Colombia’s leading chicken and protein products producer Campollo for an undisclosed amount to expand its global poultry business. Campollo which has a strong footprint in Colombia through its products and 20-year presence, will expand Cargill’s business in Latin America that is in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala,…

Tanzania to construct international shipping port to promote fishing

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to construct an international shipping port to promote Sustainable Blue Economy and improve the fishing sector as well, reports the Guardian. Speaking during the sustainable blue economy conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Abdallah Ulega, the deputy minister for Livestock and Fisheries revealed that the government is in its final stages to…

Namibia’s MeatCo to cut 650 jobs for sustainable operations

NAMIBIA - MeatCo, Namibia’s meat processing company has said that it plans to cut down up to 650 jobs as a move to ensure sustainable operations as a result of economic downturn in the country, reports the Namibian. Employees were encouraged to apply for an early voluntary retirement as a precautionary measure. The company said…

Cargill to invest US$70m in Thailand’s seafood and poultry in 2 years

ASIA – The American grain and agricultural trading corporation, Cargill has announced that it is committed to invest more than US$70 million in poultry and seafood in Thailand over the next two years. The investment aims to meet global demand and increasing consumption of the products while addressing the company’s innovation strategy. Cargill is looking…

SA’s largest feedlot looks to China for booming exports trade

SOUTH AFRICA (Bloomberg News)- The world’s largest cattle feedlot is expanding South African beef exports beyond the Middle East to take advantage of surging demand in China and other Asian markets. Karan Beef’s feedlot, south of Johannesburg, is emblematic of a push by South African agriculture to boost exports of more niche products, ranging from…