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Friday, 29 April 2016

Bananas consistently outperform other fruits and vegetables on the European market when it comes to consumption according to data from Freshfel. In a presentation on new actors, consumption and distribution trends, challenges and future prospects in the European Union made at this week’s International Banana Congress in Miami, Freshfel’s Raquel Izquierdo said the downward trend in European consumption meant per capita consumption had fallen by 80g in the past 10 years, the equivalent of one piece of fruit or vegetables per capita per day.

UK Parliament has appointed a Tanzanian businessman, Mr Ali Mufuruki, to be co-chair of its special team that is investigating efficiency of Britain's aid to Africa in expanding business, investment and international cooperation in the last five years. Mr Mufuruki is currently the chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania, a policy dialogue forum that brings together more than 100 CEOs of leading companies in Tanzania. This group engages regularly with the senior government leadership of Tanzania to find solutions for the country's economy.

The European Union (EU) says it has earmarked N2.5 billion to support and improve the standard and quality of four Nigerian agricultural products. Mr Filippo Amato, the Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economics Section of EU, disclosed this at a National workshop on the Development of Standards and Engagement of the Private Sector, in Abuja on Thursday. The workshop with theme, 'Standards and Quality-Unleashing the Potentials of Agricultural Products to Grow Non-Oil Exports in Nigeria’, was organised by EU in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Last week, the European Commission surprised the Spanish citrus sector with the publication of the latest update of the phytosanitary control regulations regarding Black Spot on citrus imports from South Africa, which will come into force this summer. The new regulation will allow the entry of citrus infected with Black Spot into the EU if they are intended for processing. Moreover, the Commission has proposed to abandon its decision to strengthen controls whenever six or more detections are recorded in the same year.

The EU has a long history of supporting Senegal, particularly in the areas of security, trade, fisheries and development, in line with the country's own development priorities. Senegal is located at the extreme west of sub-Saharan Africa. Senegal is a least developed country (LDC), with an incidence of poverty as high as 48%. Senegal is the fourth economy in the West African sub-region. The majority of Senegal´s population (55%) live in rural areas, with 60% of the working population relying on agriculture, livestock and fisheries, which only generates 13% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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