Kenyan county government Machakos adds value to local produce with launch of Best Tropical Fruits Processing Hub

KENYA – Machakos County in Eastern Kenya, has officially commissioned the Best Tropical Fruits Processing Hub, aimed to add value to the region’s produce and provide direct market for the farmer’s produce. The new processing facility is deemed to be a game-changer as it has also created employment opportunities for the youths in the area. Targeting the lucrative international markets; Australia, Europe and other countries across the world, the manufacturing hub is undertaking processing of high-quality mangoes, avocados, banana, pawpaw, tree tomatoes, peanuts and macadamia into avocado oil, macadamia oil,…

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South Africa bags US$15m Philippines’ citrus market, targets to be main exporter

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa is set to access the lucrative Philippines citrus fruit market, following the conclusion of negotiations that stretched over 12 years, further expanding the bullish South African citrus industry. The work plan to export South African citrus to the Philippines was signed between the Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant and Industry at the end of 2020. Marking the historic occasion, a delegation from the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) visited the Port of Durban earlier this…

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State-owned TADB seeks to partner with local cashew nut, grapes sub-sector players to enhance productivity

TANZANIA – Recognizing the opportunity in the cashew and grapes sub-sector, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) is setting out to support investment in the sub-sectors through a Processor – Producer Partnership Project. To this end TADB has called for submission of proposal from sector players who will follow a market-led and demand driven private sector development approach. In line with the bank’s Integrated Agricultural Value Chain Financing (IVCF) Model, key stakeholders in the project will include producer groups (smallholder farmers, women and the youth), input and technology suppliers, research…

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South Africa’s deciduous fruit sector taps lucrative export market following bumper harvest

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has announced it has reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons, a rise from the previous year’s 66.15 million cartons. Three of the five table grape production regions are in the Western Cape with the province’s Department of Agriculture’s Senior Economist Andrew Partridge highlighting that several factors supported the increase. “This has been the result of good weather conditions in most regions of the Western Cape during the packing season and is attributable to substantial…

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Sensient Natural Ingredients, Taylor Farms expand North American operations with new acquisitions

NORTH AMERICA – Sensient Natural Ingredients and US producer of salads and fresh foods Tailor Farms have made new acquisitions to expand their capacities in North America. On its part, Sensient Natural Ingredients announced that it has completed its purchase of New Mexico Chili Products, a dehydrated chilli production facility in the US. Located in Deming, New Mexico, the facility processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chillies for CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders and foodservice customers. The new asset is a great addition to the company which already processes…

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Morocco records rise in fruits, vegetable exports to UK by 51% in January post Brexit

MOROCCO – Moroccan exports of fruit and vegetables to the United Kingdom have grown exponentially, following the Union’s withdrawal from the EU on December 31, 2020. Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum, the UK government has been looking to expand its diplomatic and economic relationships. One facet of this has materialized through the UK’s imports of fruit and vegetables, as it looks to decrease its reliance on EU member states. As part of the UK’s renewed efforts to consolidate new partnerships following Brexit, Poole Harbour Commissioners announced a…

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Zambia to commence operations at US$8.8m tropical fruit processing plant

ZAMBIA – The Zambian Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is set to inaugurate the K160 million (US$8.8m) Katete Tropical Fruit processing plant in May this year. This was revealed by Katete District Commissioner (DC), Joseph Makukula disclosing that the factory’s equipment sourced from India are in transit and will be soon installed in readiness for commencement of operation. Located at the mango-rich region, the facility is aimed to curb wastage of fruits by providing a ready market for farmers, to produce fruit pulp and juices. Once operational, it will create 200…

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Kenyan mangoes to re-enter European market after almost a decade long ban

KENYA – Kenya is set to resume export of mangoes to the lucrative multi-billion European market after an eight-year hiatus following a self-imposed suspension. The ban was as a result of the fruit flies menace which was first discovered in the country in 2003 from Sri Lanka. The emergence of the fruit fly in Kenya led to numerous interceptions of mango consignments by the EU authority between 2010 and 2014. As a result, Kenya imposed a temporary self-export ban to protect the market and institute acceptable pest management measures. The…

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Terra Chips to cost 150% less in India following Future Group’s plan to have them locally made

INDIA – Popular US chips brand Terra Chips may soon cost up to 150% less in India following plans by Future Group to have them locally made. Currently, an imported Terra packet of 200 grams costs Rs 410 and Future Consumer plans to bring the prices down through local production and also plans to introduce smaller packs to make them more accessible in the country. The gourmet Terra chips come in colorful textures of yellow, white, blue, and red and are made from potatoes, yucca, taro, sweet potatoes, parsnip, and…

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IFC issues US$2.4m loan financing to Mali’s leading mango processor to expand export market

MALI – Mali’s leading mango processing company CEDIAM (Centre d’Étude et de Développement Industriel et Agricole du Mali), has received a €2 million (US$2.4m) financing from IFC to bolster its operations. According to IFC, the loan consists of a senior A loan of up to €1 million (US$1.2m) from its own account and a concessional loan of up to €1 million (US$1.2m) in its capacity as implementing entity for the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). CEDIAM will use the financing to upgrade its…

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