To encourage European consumers to increase their awareness of sustainable and organic agricultural products, growers in the Netherlands have launched a green label on their produce to denote the quality. Growers that attach this label to their products affirm that their produce is grown in the philosophy of quality, sustainability, and superior taste.
South Africa will be exporting 2 million fewer boxes of oranges to the European Union (EU) this season. The decrease in exports is due to a fungal issue called the Citrus Black Spot, which makes the product less appealing to the consumer.
Ghana would lose about 825 million Euros in import revenue by 2022 if it signs the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, said a consultant, Osman Mensah, at a forum which was convened in Ghana the last weekend of September by ActionAid-Ghana in collaboration with the General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) of the Ghana Trade Union Congress. The trade agreement would erode the Ghanaian government’s possibility to raise import duties, he told the forum.
Most members of the Spanish fishing industry – tuna, longliner, hake and shellfish sectors – refuse the national government's decision to request the non-ratification of the fishing agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania while the cephalopod industry has welcomed this position. The Secretary General of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Dominguez , announced the position of the government last Thursday.
The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, appealed to the European Union (EU) to open up its market to encourage export of value added products from Nigeria, during the second EU-Nigerian Business Forum on “Forging Partnerships in Africa's Economic Powerhouse” in Lagos, on Friday 4th October 2013.
Ministers of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) discussed the latest proposals to revive stalled negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) during an extraordinary session in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Monday 30 September.
South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced on Monday tariff increases— of an overall average rise of 8.75 percentage point— on five categories of imported chicken products to protect local poultry producers. However the measure do not apply to the huge amount of European Poultry imports.
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will bring the Caribbean Kitchen Pavilion to the 2013 ANUGA Food Show at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne, Germany on the 5th to 9th October 2013. 12 Caribbean food suppliers from 7 different countries will sample a range of beverages, condiments and selected items. This trade fair will give the opportunity to European professionals to sample first-hand the diverse flavors found within the Caribbean region.
A voluntary partnership agreement between the European Union (EU) and Ivory Coast was signed this summer in Abidjan to address the problem of illegal logging. The EU reported that Ivory Coast has around 10 million hectares of forested area and that about 80 percent of the forestry products are exported to Europe.
The European Union (EU) has given Uganda 112 million Euros in credit and grants for road investments to facilitate trade in east Africa, it said on Wednesday 25 September. The EU has traditionally been a major source of funding for transport infrastructure for the prospective oil producer.