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Monday, 23 October 2017

A new bilateral trade agreement should mean Scottish seed potatoes will soon be found growing on Kenyan farms. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, who announced the trade deal at AgriScot, said the potential market demand for Scottish seed tatties in Kenya was significant. “Kenya grows around 160,000 hectares (395,360 acres) of potatoes annually but only 2% of this is grown from certified seed potatoes,” said Mr Ewing. “This agreement with the Kenyan Government will enable farmers to access high-quality Scottish seed potatoes that are free from disease, potentially improving Kenya’s potato crop health and yield.”

The budget support discussed on Monday with the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is part of the European Union's bilateral allocation of development assistance for Fiji for the period up to 2020, says Andrew Jacobs. "The total allocation is for 28 million euro ($F62.6m) and 20m euro ($F44.7m) of this is earmarked for budget support linked to the sugar and agriculture sectors. Most of the rest of the funds are being used for the ongoing Access to Justice programs being implemented by the UNDP," Mr Jacobs said.

The European Commission today presented to EU agriculture ministers the conclusions of a study on the cumulative effects of 12 future trade agreements on the agri-food sector, including specific results for producer prices and production volumes for a range of products accounting for 30% of the value of the EU exports in the sector. The study illustrates the potential for European agricultural products on the world market, while at the same time also showing the sensitivity of specific agricultural sectors.

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