Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Grain millers receive 30,000 tons of imported wheat to address shortage

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Germany to address shortage that had seen millers temporarily cease operations, reports the Herald. The move follows foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owed to Holbud’s Lithuanian, who had held the consignments due…

Associated Foods of Zimbabwe implements ISO 22 000 targeting export market

ZIMBABWE - The spreads and nuts company, Associated Foods of Zimbabwe (AFZ) has implemented ISO 22 000 food safety management system to enhance conformity to international standards with an eye on the export market. The certification not only provides assurance of product quality but also gives its Farmgold and Mama’s brands a better competitive edge…

Kenyan confectionery firms lose US$1.3m in export earnings from sweet row

KENYA - Local sugar confectionery firms have lost US$1.34 million in export earnings in the six months ended June, reflecting the impact of trade war between Kenya and Tanzania, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), earnings from sugar confectionery that is, sweets, biscuits and chocolate fell to US$23.57 million from…

Tanzania’s milk import fees increases 13-fold amidst a series of bans

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has introduced new regulations which will require milk importers to pay thirteen times more in milk import fees, reports the Citizen. According to stakeholders, the move which equates to total ban will hurt the dairy industry which relies on imported milk to manufacture some of its products. The newly…

Ghana shippers slash cocoa freight charges to Europe by 9.4% for 2018/19

GHANA - Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and shippers have said that freight charges for exporting Ghana’s cocoa to Europe have been slashed by 9.4% for the 2018/19 season. According to Reuters report, the reduction was made following the about 40% decline in cocoa prices on the world market in the 2017/18 season. “The reduction in…

National Microfinance Bank to finance palm oil cultivation to cut on imports

TANZANIA - The National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania has ventured into financing palm oil cultivation with an aim to increase production as well as cover deficit met through imports. Daily News reports that the bank is expected to partner with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank Limited (TADB) in boosting palm oil production in Kigoma Region.…

Turkey’s food exports to China increases by 100% over 3 years

ASIA - Turkey’s food exports to China have risen 100% from US$72 million in 2014 to US$144 million realised by the end of 2017, according to the Aegean Exporters Association. Growth was seen in exports involving meat, fish, dried fruits, olive and vegetable oil, fruit and vegetables, and hazelnut. Speaking on the development, Birol Celep,…

Tanzania’s chicken import ban bites as shortage looms

TANZANIA - Tanzania is facing a chicken shortage with rising retail prices, months after banning importation of poultry from its neighbours in the East African Community. Speaking to The EastAfrican, Tanzania Poultry Breeders Association secretary General Manase Mrindwa said that some firms had stopped production of day-old chicks, leading to a shortage of broilers and…

Unga Group revenues rise by 2.3% following Uganda exit

KENYA - The Kenya based flour milling company, Unga has reported a gainful year with revenues rising 2.3% to US$198.25 million after discontinuation of Uganda operations which contributed to losses in the previous year. According to Business Daily, profit for the financial year ended June stood at US$7.76 million comparable to a US$69,791.39 loss made…