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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Easy in (Fiji) Limited’s trading as, Adi Chocolate and Fijiana Cacao, is hoping to secure a market to export chocolate to in the United Kingdom and the European Union countries. Company director Tomohito Zukoshi conrmed this during the launch of the Wainaka Cocoa Association’s Cocoa Processing Unit in Lutu, Naitasiri, on Thursday. Mr Zukoshi said his plans were to create premium chocolate quality and to stabilise the sustainable cocoa production in Fiji. “Chocolate is part of our revitalisation process. If you have a chocolate factory and your turnover is higher and your prot margin is higher than you can support more cocoa farmers,” he said.

Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana met European Union (EU) ambassador to South Africa Marcus Cornaro on Friday to discuss bilateral trade relations between South Africa and the EU. “The meeting took place in the context of the entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA group in October 2016,” the trade and industry department and the EU said in a joint statement. Both parties agreed that the EPA marked the strengthening of South Africa-EU trade and investment relations.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Jamaica has received Euro 6.5 million (One Euro=US$1.29 cents) from the European Union. Finance Minister Audley Shaw said that the disbursement “aims to assist the Government in reducing poverty and improving the living standards of the rural population in sugar dependent areas affected by the EU sugar reform”. He told the ceremony that EU Hand-Over instrument “is yet another channel of external development assistance through strengthened bilateral relations between Jamaica and the EU”. He said that the European Union Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol Countries, AMS 2013, was signed on March 25, 2014 and that the fixed tranche was disbursed in the sum of approximately Euro7.07 million on October 23, 2014.

Proxifresh Rwanda, has been exporting French beans since 2014. The Mauritian company, was the first firm to engage in exporting Rwanda grown French beans, according to the National Agriculture Exports Development Board (NAEB). While they were alone in the export of French beans for a while, Nsanzabaganwa said two more companies; Garden Fresh and Nature (Fresh Food), have since embraced the French bean export business as well. Information from NAEB shows that the beans are currently exported to France and the UK and that in November 2016, a sample of the beans was sent to the United Arab Emirates in a bid to explore the Middle East market.

The European Union has indicated it would provide an additional 11 million Euros (F$22.6m) assistance to the sugar sector. This was announced yesterday by the Chairman of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Vishnu Mohan at a press conference in Lautoka. He said this would come under the EDF11 Program through budget support. “There are also possibilities that the EU would assist in the rehabilitation of farms affected by TC Winston,” Mr Mohan said. Currently, EU is assisting the Sugar Sector under its Accompanying Measures for the Sugar Protocol (AMSP) Program.

Thursday, 09 February 2017

The Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has introduced a new Standard Operational Procedures for export inspection and phytosanitary certification of vegetables, fruits and plants. The procedure was part of reforms rolled out to help the country to come out of the ban on some vegetable exports imposed by the European Union (EU). This was contained in a document made available to the Ghana News Agency at a workshop funded by the Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Programme (TRAQUE) with exporters in Accra.

Major suppliers from East and West Africa will be present and ready for European partnerships during Fruit Logistica 2017. Three CBI Pavilions will help to match European companies with both new and experienced suppliers from developing countries. CBI sector experts will be available to answer specific questions from visitors and to help find the right match between Exporters and importers. The CBI exhibitors can provide sources for a range of fresh produce including pineapples, mangoes, exotic fruits, African yams, sweet potatoes, okra, French beans and more. The African countries which are represented claim that they can deliver fresh off-season fruits and vegetables to Europe, as well as a wide range of exotics.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), in partnership with the African Caribbean and Pacific European Union- Technical Barriers for Trade (ACP-EU TBT Programme) held a validation workshop yesterday. The workshops aimed at enhancing trade capacities of Pacific Agribusiness and improve access to international markets. The European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said agribusiness sector was important to allPacific Islands countries and European Union as well.

The Government has pumped more than $18 million into the establishment of an in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds programme in a bid to reduce the country’s dependence on imported seeds. The Government is also hoping that the programme will increase the yields of Irish potato farmers across the island. The project, which is a component of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ National Irish Potato Development Programme, will be implemented with the assistance of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), the Scientific Research Council (SRC), and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU)

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The South African Citrus Growers Association (CGA) has expressed relief and anger at the admission of the Spanish Citrus Management Committee (CGC) that there were no South African citrus on the shelves of Spanish supermarkets during December 2016. Spanish growers’ union Unió de Llauradors alleged that “bad quality” citrus from South Africa was putting pressure on Spanish citrus growers. The CGC now says that the oranges were erroneously labelled as South African and were, in fact, of Spanish origin. The South African Citrus Growers Association CEO, Justin Chadwick, calls the allegations “a slap in the face” for South African growers.