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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed an €8.6 million euro programme to boost the Region’s agriculture sector. In his capacity as Secretary-General of the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), Ambassador LaRocque was one of four speakers at a signing ceremony of a Contribution Agreement on the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Programme for the Caribbean between the European Commission and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at the European Union’s Delegates office in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries says $109m is being spent on the improvement of schools, health facilities, rural roads and water supply systems in St Elizabeth through the Sugar Transformation Programme. A ministry release reported Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke telling his audience at the recent opening of the newly renovated Appleton Basic School about several projects being undertaken by the ministry in sugar-dependent communities across St Elizabeth. They include rehabilitation and upgrading of sports facilities at Elim and repair of over seven kilometres of cane roads.

In recent years there has been a drive in joint agricultural developments and agri-business investments between Africa, Ethiopia and Libya in particular, and Ireland; and knowledge transfer is key to this. Speaking recently, the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney stressed Ireland’s agri-food sector has a key role to play in assisting Ethiopia and other African countries to reach their full potential in developing sustainable agriculture production. During the Third Africa Ireland Economic Forum, held in Dublin last October, the minister met with his counterpart from Ethiopia, Tefera Derbew, to discuss current developments in the agri-food sectors in Ireland and Ethiopia.

The 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform Meeting (PP) is due to hold 18-22 March in Durban, South Africa, PANA reported. Discussions at the meeting will focus on the continent’s Agriculture Science Agenda and other related matters. In a statement made available to PANA here on Monday, the organisers said the meeting is an annual continental forum which brings together high level stakeholders in African agriculture within and outside the continent.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Zambia's agricultural sector, with its reliance in small-scale farmers, is in crisis. The government is pinning its hopes on foreign expertise and capital. One German-Zambian firm has taken up the challenge.George Allision holds a hard clump of earth in his hands weighing about five kilograms. He says the soil on this uncultivated land is acidic, lacking in nutrients and has suffered from erosion by the elements. Allison was born in Zimbabwe and studied agriculture in the UK. Together with two friends and the German holding company Sapinda, he founded Amatheon, a German-Zambian enterprise. Sapinda is investing $50 million (37 million euros) in the new firm.

Based on recent research by a consortium of organisations, banana, avocado and citrus farmers in Africa will now be able to export their produce to lucrative markets in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
The studies were conducted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in collaboration with the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS); the South African Avocado Growers Association (SAAGA) and the country’s Citrus Research International (CRI), and Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.

This call for projects is open to all organisations of the ACP group of States and from the European Union involved in the scope of Research and Development of sugarcane. The projects intend to introduce innovations and new products in the commodity chain to enhance the competitiveness of the sugar cane sector in ACP countries.  The ACP group of States wishes to focus on the promotion of intra-ACP, ACP – EU and public/private partnerships.
applications must be sent to the following address:callforproposals.phase2@acp-srp.eu
no later than 30 April 2014.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, discusses tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) and export permits under the TDCA between South Africa and the European Union.
In the Government Gazette of 21 January 2014 the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) published the latest information regarding the procedures, administration and allocation of export permits for specific agricultural exports under the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) between the European Union and South Africa.

Friday, 14 March 2014

South African avocados are on the verge of exports to the European market with the first shipments due to arrive by the end of March, according to South African Subtropical Growers’ Association
“The South African export crop forecast is 58,000MT. Although this will be South Africa’s largest export crop to date, it is not foreseen that the European market will be oversupplied as Peru will be channeling a greater proportion of its export avocados to the U.S.A. due to reduced supply from the Californian avocado industry,” Donkin said in a written response to www.freshfruitportal.com.

Direct payments, support programmes and administrative procedures form part of the regulation.
The European Commission today (11 March) adopted the first set of agriculture measures under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), laying down specific rules covering direct payments, support programmes and administrative procedures.The new CAP was agreed on 13 December 2013 and took effect at the start of this year, however the new rules are not yet being implemented. Specifications still needed to be made via the ‘delegated acts' procedure, under which the European Parliament and member states have two months to accept or reject the Commission's proposal to amend the CAP legislation.