Kenyan scientists embark on research to boost fish industry

KENYA – Kenyan scientists have embarked on a research expedition that seeks to generate information and data on the coastal fisheries in a bid to promote sustainable utilisation of its fisheries. According to a report by Business Daily, the information will help in sealing the gap present on the lack of adequate data on the…

Kenya lifts ban on China fish imports as demand increases

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on fish imports from China as the country continues to experience increased demand that has caused fish shortage in the country, reports Business daily. The Department of Fisheries in the country, which imposed the ban last year after President Kenyatta issued a directive against importation of Chinese fish…

South Africa’s Chicken Bird Holdings to invest US$150m in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Chicken Bird Holdings (CBH), a South African poultry and feed company and KFC franchise, has committed to invest US$150 million in Zimbabwe’s poultry and agricultural sector. Chicken Birds’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Marthinus, noted that the company will invest in chicken production and abattoirs as well as maize and soya bean production. “CBH…

South Africa’s poultry products firm Quantum Foods reports 13.6% decline in earnings

SOUTH AFRICA – Quantam Foods, a feed and poultry products firm in south Africa, recorded 13.6% decline in its egg business during the first four months to January 2019, reports Business Day. Compared to earnings in the corresponding period of the previous year, Quantam had posted a significant decline in earnings which it attributed to…

Rwanda’s fish production grows by 27.8% as demand increases

RWANDA – Rwanda has recorded significant growth in fish production by 27.8% to 43,632 tonnes in 2018 compared to 31,465 tonnes produced in 2017, reports New Times. According to Rwanda’s Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), increased investments in modern and commercially oriented aquaculture practices were the major drivers of the growth. However, despite a rise in…

JBS USA to invest US$20m in expansion of Iowa food processing plant

USA – The American food processing company, JBS USA has unveiled plans to invest US$20 million to expand its prepared foods business in Ottumwa, Iowa, to meet growing demand for bacon products. The investment will see the firm establish additional bacon processing and slicing capacities, bacon equipment upgrades and new state-of-the-art slicing equipment. According to…

Tyson Foods recalls chicken nuggets on rubber contamination concerns

USA – Tyson Foods has announced a voluntary recall of 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets over concerns of possible contamination with small pieces of rubber. The company has recalled 36,420 pounds of product sold at club stores nationwide in the United States including Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Utah. Tyson…

Technology firms partner in launching digital aquaponics to address malnutrition

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s IT firm Matsei Technologies and Consulting has partnered IFS corporate in the launch of digital aquaponics farming solution aimed at addressing malnutrition in the country. The ‘smart agriculture’ initiative uses technology such as the Internet of Things, Enterprise Operational Intelligence and analytics to automate and monitor fish aquaponics operations in…

Tyson Foods to acquire BRF’s European and Thai operations for US$340m

USA – The American food corporation, Tyson Foods has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire BRF SA’s operations in Thailand and Europe at a purchase price of US$340 million. The deal includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in the United Kingdom, previously…

South Africa’s poultry producer Astral Foods reports decline in operating profit

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s integrated poultry producer, Astral Foods, said its operating profit for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year was significantly low blaming low consumer spending and high poultry stock for the decline. Astral said that constrained consumer spending in the country had a significant effect on the average selling prices,…