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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Phytosanitary regulations that bar entry of some horticultural products from Uganda into the European Union are still in place, in the face of several measures being taken to resolve the issues of contention. The commodities that are most in focus are hot peppers, which represent the majority of interceptions that have been made due to the presence of a pest known as false codling moth.  For some years, a number of Uganda's agricultural commodities have been found to violate EU's rules on plant health. Prominent among these is hot pepper.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has said it foresees a significant drop in the rejection of the country’s non oil exports to the European Union any moment from now. This optimism is hinged on the ongoing training of 70 staff of the agency over the next eight months by the EU, on requirements for exporting of local honey, cocoa, millet, rice, sorghum and gum arabic to the EU markets. The EU is the main destination for agricultural goods from Nigeria but most of these commodities are rejected because of non-conformity to EU standards.

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, is encouraging private sector organisations to make greater use of the European Union (EU)-funded facilities for trade improvement through the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). She made the call while addressing a signing ceremony for J$2.3 billion (€17.7 million) in budgetary support from the EU at Jamaica House yesterday. The EPA is aimed at promoting trade between Europe and CARIFORUM and to boost the countries’ economies.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Since 2013, the population of the commune of Marigot (Southeast department, borough of Jacmel), supported by the organization Solidarity Union Cooperation (SUCO) and the European Union, is currently meeting the food security challenge through a project, which in addition to nutrition, aims to protect the environment and agricultural recovery. Two years after launching the project, the results are very encouraging: 18 hectares of watersheds were protected by the installation of metal structures and biological, more than 69,000 fruit and forest seedlings were planted nearly a thousand jobs were created and about 400 families became familiar with soil conservation techniques.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The European Commission has launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”. The European Commission has launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”, made up of €1.8 billion from the EU budget and the European Development Fund (EDF), to be complemented by contributions from EU Member States and other donors. To date, Member States' contributions amount to around €81.3 million and the EU expects more contributions to follow.