China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…

USDA and FDA launch audit program to reinforce produce safety requirements for farmers

USA - The US government in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) as part of their strategy to strengthen food safety. The announcement made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,…

Bunge S.A to supply ‘cheaper’ wheat for humanitarian relief in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - Bunge S.A, Amsterdam based subsidiary of Bunge Limited has made the least offer to supply 35,000 tonnes of wheat for US$10.51 million meant for humanitarian assistance programme deemed Productive Safety Net Program. The program targets to reach 10 million food-insecure people, spending US$3 billion a year out of which 14% is funded by…

Ghana to build one factory in every district focusing on agric sector

GHANA - Ghana has announced that twenty-four factories have so far been approved for construction under the government’s “One District One Factory (1D1F)” initiative to build one factory in every district with a close emphasis on the agricultural sector, reports GNA. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay said the category includes six existing factories…

Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA - ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost…

US-China trade war intensifies with additional tariffs on selected US products

CHINA - China’s State Council Tariff Committee (SCTC) has announced additional tariffs on selected US products set to impact roughly US$2 billion in U.S. food and agricultural exports, cites USDA. Despite the fact that it affects most food products, dairy remains unaffected after the US Dairy Export Council signed a new agreement on March 30…

Ghana’s poultry industry to grow with 6% increase in annual chicken consumption

GHANA - Ghana’s local poultry industry is predicted to possess the potential to grow in the next few years due to a 6% increase in consumption of chicken per year, report GNA. According to the Netherlands Ambassador, Mr Ron Strikker, national demand for frozen chicken stood high at 175,000Metric Tonnes(Mt) paving way for large importation…

Astral Foods wants chicken to be among VAT free food items

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African integrated poultry producer, Astral Foods has expressed its concerns following the increase of Value Added Tax (VAT) on basic commodities, saying that chicken should be exempted from the list. SA Treasury increased VAT to 15% in April from 14% it had been for the past 25 years, adding to…

Korea’s soybean production to rise 20% while consumption remains steady

KOREA - USDA has forecasted that soybean production in Korea is likely to rise steadily by 20% to 100,000 tonnes in the year 2018/2019 following government plans to plant less rice. This comes even after drought conditions during the spring 2015 planting season resulted in less rice sown, along with stressful growing conditions for newly planted…