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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, His Excellency, Mr Andrew Jacobs and Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Her Excellency, Ms Margaret Twomey today handed over equipment valued at approximately F$330,000 (EUR €141,000) to Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) on behalf of the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project, marking the completion of the four-year project. The assets were part of the EU-funded Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project implemented by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) to improve the livelihoods of the sugarcane dependent populations, by promoting income generation through sugarcane farming or alternative livelihoods. The equipment included vehicles, hand and electrical tools, training resources, computers, projectors, as well as other office equipment.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

The Hass variety may have been at the forefront of the recent global avocado craze, but one South African exporter has noted there was far higher demand for green-skinned cultivars in the European market this season than previous years. A representative from Limpopo-based ZZ2 said EU retailers had been asking for greater volumes than normal of varieties like Fuerte, Ryan and Pinkerton, which are the more sought-after varieties in the South African market. “This year we were blown away by the demand for green-skinned [avocados] in Europe,” marketing manager Clive Garrett told Fresh Fruit Portal.

A Rwandan Chili pepper farmer is silently harvesting money season after season as he gradually captures foreign markets. Dieudonné Twahirwa the founder of Gashora Farm Ltd grows chili pepper on 150 hectares of land in Bugesera district and other parts of the country. He harvests 10 metric tones of dry chili every season. An Indian company- Akay Flavours and Aromatics pvt ltd was the first to purchase chili from Gashora Farm and directly exports to the United Kingdom. Since 2016 Twahirwa has been supplying the Indian company. Twahirwa broke the ice during an encounter with agro experts at International Trade Center (ITC) through its project Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA). “This meeting facilitated me to reach international markets. They facilitated me to attend the international spice conference in India, I have met different international buyers, now I have buyers from Belgium, France, India, Netherlands of the dry African bird eye chili,” Twahirwa said.

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, says that since 2013, the union has provided over Euros 30 million for programmes aimed at improving the livelihood of people, who reside in sugar-dependent areas. The support has been provided under the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries, Jamaica (AMS 2013) Project, which is being implemented through the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) of the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry. The money has gone towards the repair of roads, the introduction of social programmes, training, provision of sporting facilities, and entrepreneurial support.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The ministry of agriculture yesterday announced new operators and management for the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs. “The cost of operating the abattoirs will be N$8 million for Oshakati and N$6 million for Katima Mulilo,” agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika said in Windhoek yesterday. The abattoirs will be operational by the end of October, and they will be funded by the European Development Fund 11 (EDF).

The European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Agriculture will this year sign a financing agreement amounting to €87 million to support the agriculture sector under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) 2014-20 national indicative programme. Ministry of Finance national authorising officer-agriculture sector Kondwani Gondwe said the financing agreement is expected to be signed by December this year while the implementation of the project will be next year. Mr Gondwe said a bigger portion of the funding will go towards financing for small-scale farmers with concessional loans that will be given through commercial banks.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

African exporters could lose out to rival markets, researcher warns, with developing countries at risk of losing preferential access to UK market. Brexit could harm trade between the UK and Africa, with fears on the continent that certain African countries could lose out to larger markets when the UK leaves the bloc. Several African nations, including South Africa and Kenya, send significant quantities of fresh produce to the UK and there are concerns that tariffs could rise and exporters in certain countries could lose the preferential access to the UK market that they currently enjoy through Britain’s membership of the EU.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Zimbabwe will not be exporting beef anytime soon because of regular outbreaks of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease and government does not have resources to eliminate the disease, according to deputy Agriculture Minister Paddy Zhanda. The southern African nation has experienced regular outbreaks of FMD — a highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed animals — in recent times in cattle-rich regions of Matabeleland and Midlands, which killed hundreds of cattle in those regions over the past four years, The Insider reports. “Zimbabwe will not export for the meantime because of foot-and-mouth and we don’t have resources to deal with.

The Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Dr. Nurah Gyiele has expressed fear that Ghana may not meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. He stated that efforts should be made to increase support in the agricultural sector to meet to the SDG. Speaking at the launch of Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) in Wa in the Upper West Region, the Minister noted that 11 out of the 17 development goals have a direct link with the Agriculture sector.The SDGs are development goals adopted in New York in 2015 which focuses on accelerating Africa’s transformation. It embraces the need for economic development that leaves no one behind and gives everyone a fair chance of leading a decent life.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) have commenced quality guideline training of bee farmers across the country. Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director, Veterinary and Pest Control Services in the ministry, made the statement on Thursday in Goshen, Nasarawa State.He said the training was aimed at enabling Nigeria meet European Union requirements for export of honey. He added that the training would also help to build the capacity of bee farmers on modern bee keeping practices for them to comply with international standards in honey production.