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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sources say it would be the first of its kind in East Africa and would boost both agriculture production as well as improve incomes.The multi-million dollar deal follows an agreement with Equator Suma JKT Company which has a share with Jeshi la Kujenga Taifa (JKT) signing a contract with Farmers Company from Poland.This means that once the production starts, Tanzania is likely to be a major exporter of tractors.Speaking in Dar es Salaam last week the Chairman of Equator Suma JKT Ramesh Patel said the two companies have secured a $70 million loan from Poland for the project.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA):
- 05 March: Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains’
European Parliament:
- 03-06 March: European Parliament Committee Meetings
- 03 March : Committee on Development
Council of the EU:
- 03 March: Meeting of the Environment Council
European Commission and FAO
- 03-06 March: 2nd International Symposium on Fishery-Dependent Information
ACP Group:
- 04 March: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
- 05 March: Meeting of the Ad Hoc W/G on Post-2015 MDGs

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‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains‘– this is the theme of the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord. The event will take place on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels.

In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Prof. Eric Tollens, Professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBSE) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, tells us a bit more about agricultural research and development (ARD). He explains how agricultural research and extension projects support innovation by smallholder farmers and reduce rural poverty. He is the chairman of the Executive Board of CTA since 2013. He has a very long experience in research having worked with the major research organizations and also having practical experience in Africa.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Complying with the requirements to export citrus fruit to the lucrative EU market had cost the local industry as much as R1 billion in the past year, Justin Chadwick, the chief executive of the Citrus Growers’ Association of SA, has said. In taking measures to minimise citrus black spot, the local sector has had to pay for orchard treatment, repackaging of fruit and possible diversion of containers from the final destination if they are found to be contaminated. South Africa exports about 650 000 tons of citrus fruit to the EU every year, which is estimated to bring in R4bn.

Cotton farmers in Mali have decreased their use of toxic pesticides and cut costs through an education project carried out by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and partially funded by the European Union. The UN started field schools to train cotton farmers to use alternative forms of pest control, such as “biopesticides”, which led to a 92% decrease in the use of toxic pesticides.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
- 05 March: Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains’
European Parliament:
- 24-27 February: European Parliament Plenary Session
- 24-27 February: European Parliament Committee Meetings
- 24 February : Committee on Development
- 27 February : Committee on Foreign Affairs
European Commission
- 24-25 February: EU-OECD conference on international migration and mobility: matching economic migration with labour market needs
ACP Group:
- 25-26 February: Stakeholders meeting : ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cutlural Sectors (ACP Culture+)
- 27 February: Trade and Commodity Protocols

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‘Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains‘– this is the theme of the next Brussels Development Briefing – organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (EC/DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Concord. The event will take place on Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the ACP Secretariat, in Brussels.

The European Commission (EC) has released the December 2013 edition of ”Commodity price data”, a price dashboard which provides a summary of commodity price data for the most representative agricultural products and consumer food prices, at European Union (EU) and world level for the month or December. Although not all the products are comparable at both EU and world level, this document is intended to give an indication on the most recent price developments.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states have expressed concerns on the elimination of European Union's sugar quotas scheduled for 2017 and called for additional time to complete their adjustment processes. They made the call at the 11th Regional Meeting (East African Region) of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) that ended over the weekend in Port-Louis.