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Friday, 20 October 2017

Zimbabwe recorded a trade surplus of 156.3 million U.S. dollars with the European Union in the first nine months of 2013, up from 85 million U.S. dollars recorded in the same period the previous year as trade between the two continues to firm, said a statement released on Friday. In 2012, total trade between the two reached 800 million U.S. dollars, up from 400 million dollars in 2009. Zimbabwe's exports to the EU comprise raw cane sugar, tobacco, non-industrial and industrial diamonds, refined copper, raw hides, citrus, cut flower, black fermented and partially fermented tea and leather.

The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years, to about 500,000 new hectares every year, according to EU statistics. Both the number of organic farm holdings and area grew by more than half between 2003 and 2010. In 2011, the European Union had 9.6 million hectares of organic farming land. The year before, there were more than 186,000 of such farms registered across the then 27-country bloc.

European Union Council president Herman Van Rompuy arrived in the country Sunday to attend the tripartite meeting with the Dominican Republic and  Haiti 10am Tuesday at Hard Rock Café Hotel, Punta Cana (east), a gathering in which Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo would ratify technical  cooperation to conciliate tariffs. At the meeting, presidents Danilo Medina and Michel Martelly are slated to sign new bilateral agreements related to a binational program in coordination with the Industry and Commerce ministries; and include the Customs agencies of both nations.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

South Africa has imposed anti-dumping duties against imports of chicken pieces from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK after domestic producers claimed the countries were breaching trade regulations. The International Trade Administration Commission of SA (Itac) said on Friday that it had imposed provisional duties ranging from 22 percent to 73 percent on frozen bone-in portions from these countries. The move follows an application by the SA Poultry Association in October last year. Exports from the EU nations covered by the steps amounted to dumping under World Trade Organisation standards and rules, Kevin Lovell, the head of the association, said. “This is not a punishment at all, it’s to ensure rules are followed.”

THE European Union will spend Sh1.2 billion to research on the indigenous crops and livestock in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas of Baringo county. This is aimed at increasing food production, said African EU coordinator in charge of agriculture Dominic Davuu. Addressing the press on Monday in Kabarnet town, he said his team is on a mission to check the possibility of funding new projects and up-scaling the current projects in the county.