EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…

Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…

Cargill invests US$17.2m in Ontario poultry plant

CANADA - Cargill Protein has invested US$17.2 million in state-of-the art chicken processing technology at its Ontario facility in a determination to ensure humane handling of food animals. To address customers and consumer concerns on animal welfare, the firm has installed a Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system to be replacing electric method, attributed to convulsive…

US-China partner in an agreement to increase dairy exports

USA - The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) in collaboration with Jiangnan University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance growth of US dairy export in China. The agreement, signed on March 30, opens new opportunities geared at benefiting both the China and US economy. China presents a large dairy and infant formula…

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…

East African competition authority begins operations to check on malpractices

TANZANIA - The East African Competition Authority has started its operations with a mandate to check on price fixing and other malpractices by investigative firms and trade associations which exploit consumers, The EastAfrican reports. In addition, the authority is undertaking market studies to inform the competitiveness of the regional economy. The Authority, based in Tanzania’s…

Kenya lifts ban on poultry imports from Uganda after 15 months

KENYA - Kenya will resume importation of poultry carcasses, eggs and day old chicks from Uganda in totality, after a recommendation that ascertained the country was free of avian influenza disease, reports Business Daily. According to a report given by the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Cheruiyot, they had lifted the ban partially and…

African countries sign continental free-trade agreement

RWANDA - African leaders from 44 countries have signed to the continental free-trade agreement, meant to open-up the continent through regional integration and economic growth. The deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed at the 2018 African Union member states summit, attended by 44 out of 55 African countries. With…

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade – UK Govt report

WORLD - Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns. The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and…

Ethiopian Authorities draft bill to safeguard bee farming and honey processing

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian authorities have drafted a bill, waiting approval and endorsement from the Council of Ministers (CoM) seeking to regulate honey production and its value chain right from the farm to export. The graft grants bee farm owners, honey producers, wholesalers and exporters access to information on product quality, market price and the packaging…