COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Palm oil plantations across Africa forecast to rise as demand increases, study says

AFRICA - A new study forecasts a rise in palm oil plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow, as the continent offers the low-lying tropical ecosystems palm oil prefers, hence an opportunity for businesses and local farmers to generate income. According to FoodingredientsFirst, lessons learned from Southeast Asia, where…

Agriculture bank to provide affordable loans for improved palm oil production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank (TADB) has pledged to provide affordable loans to small-scale farmers with a focus on enhancing palm farming and production of edible oil in the country, reports Daily News. The loans are meant to meet farming costs and increase palm oil availability by supporting production of quality oil palm seeds.…

RSPO reinstates Nestlé’s certificates and membership status

ASIA - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has reinstated Nestlé S.A.’s membership following the submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. Nestle earlier in June had its membership of the industry watchdog RSPO suspended as the Swiss food group had failed to submit a report detailing…

Nestle’s membership suspended for failure to submit palm oil sustainability report

ASIA – Nestle, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, had its membership of industry watchdog the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended as the Swiss food group when it failed to submit a report detailing how it would ensure the use of certified sustainable palm oil, the RSPO said. According to Reuters, the…

Zambeef appoints new general manager for oil palms scheme

ZAMBIA - Zambeef has welcomed Nelson Basaalidde as new general manager for Zampalm Limited’s palm oil plantation scheme that seeks to improve smallholder capabilities. The Zampalm out-grower scheme is collaboration between Zambeef Products and small-scale farmers in order to develop full potential of the 20,000-hectare plantation. Zambeef says the project has the potential to substitute…

South Africa’s oilseed production set to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s oilseeds production is forecast to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes with increased utilization of soybeans and sunflower seeds likely to affect oilseed meal imports that could drop by 14% to 480,000 tons. This is particularly driven by increased soybean plantings, with post forecasts by USDA that a record…

Wilmar partners with palm oil certifier to allow Malaysian suppliers obtain certification

ASIA - Wilmar has partnered with Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) to help Wilmar’s suppliers in Malaysia obtain certification by the end of 2019, aimed to benefit 260 mill suppliers covering more than 55% of the entirety of mills in Malaysia. This drives Wilmar’s approach to sustainability, which seeks to develop quality products not…

Unilever lays its entire palm oil supply chain for transparency

LONDON - Consumer goods giant Unilever has laid bare its entire palm oil supply chain, including all the suppliers and mills it sources from, to boost transparency in a rare industry move. Unilever said it was the first consumers goods company to publish such details, having disclosed the location of more than 1,400 mills and…

Producers fault proposed palm oil importation under ETLS

NIGERIA - Stakeholders and members of the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria (POFON) have urged the Federal Government to dismiss the proposed application by OLAM to import some oil palm products under the West African Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS). OLAM plans to import 95,000 metric tonnes (MT) of crude palm oil, 50,000 MT of Stearin…