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Friday, 22 June 2018

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.

The European Commission is launching a call for experts such as farmers, advisors, scientists and other relevant actors for four new EIP-AGRI focus groups. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ aims to provide a working interface for innovation leaders, including farmers, advisors, agri-business, civil society and researchers, working at EU, national and regional level.

The European Commission's department for agriculture and rural development has two new deputy directors-general, Monique Pariat and Mihael Dumitru. Pariat, who is French, comes from the maritime affairs and fisheries department, where she is currently a director. In her new post, which she is scheduled to take up on 1 April, she will be in charge of bilateral and multilateral relations and quality policy.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The European Parliament’s Greens group on Wednesday (12 February) threatened to table a motion of censure against the European Commission, because of its persistence to authorise a GM crop that was rejected by 19 member states and a parliamentary majority.
The Greens, other MEPs and environmental organisations were outraged by the Commission’s decision to move ahead and authorise the GMO maize crop Pioneer 1507, despite the opposition of 19 member states which voted against on Tuesday (11 February).

The special meeting of the Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Agriculture and Local Government and Development Working Group Leaders on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) National Agriculture Investment Plans ( NAIPs), on Country Post-Compact and Investment Plans Implementation, opened today 11 February 2014, at the African Union Commission Headquarters with a call for African leaders to place agricultural transformation at the top of their agendas.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Representatives from government, international organizations, climate science and farmer organizations met at a three-day workshop to share experiences on how development and implementation of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans have interacted with the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Africa.