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Thursday, 05 May 2016

The European Union (EU) says it has earmarked N2.5 billion to support and improve the standard and quality of four Nigerian agricultural products. Mr Filippo Amato, the Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economics Section of EU, disclosed this at a National workshop on the Development of Standards and Engagement of the Private Sector, in Abuja on Thursday. The workshop with theme, 'Standards and Quality-Unleashing the Potentials of Agricultural Products to Grow Non-Oil Exports in Nigeria’, was organised by EU in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Prarastatal beef exporter, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), has closed indefinitely its major abattoir for EU market pending the assessment of the buffalo incursion in Southern Botswana, APA learnt here Monday.The Minister of Agriculture Patrick Ralotsia states that a specimen has been taken to Botswana Vaccine Institute laboratories to test if the buffalo was harbouring the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

100 million euros for the Namibian infrastructure and a 150 Megawatt power plant for Namibia are just two aims mentioned by the 16 member strong business delegation from Germany visiting Namibia from the 13th to 15th April. The delegation was led by the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft) to explore business opportunities in the country. The participating business leaders were mainly interested in sectors such as mining, energy and infrastructure but also in healthcare, automation, financing and security. The German company Gauff GmbH wants to invest 100 million Euro in the Namibian infrastructure (...)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Cook Islands opposition says a purse seine fishing agreement with the European Union is invalid because it's been signed off incorrectly. However a government spokesperson, Edwin Pittman, says the government is yet to complete the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement. But the opposition leader, Teina Bishop, insists it has been approved by cabinet and merely needs to be rubber stamped by prime minister Henry Puna. He says the document was initialled by the Marine Resources secretary for the EU to endorse, but under the 2005 Marine Resources Act, only the minister, who happens to be Henry Puna, can do that.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Saint Lucia's banana industry is recovering following several natural disasters over the last decade and it is currently the only Windward Island exporting bananas to the UK.Aside from gale force winds and flooding, Black Sigatoka disease has riddled Saint Lucia’s banana industry and the ministry of agriculture is aiming to bring Black Sigatoka under control and stabilize banana production. Martin Satney, project coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Management Unit, announced that the first phase of the Black Sigotak project ended in 2013 and the second phase ended in 2015.

The head of European farming group Copa Cogeca is calling for stricter measures to deal with the threat of citrus black spot disease (CBS) entering the EU from outside of members states. General secretary Pekka Pesonen recently wrote to the EU Commission lobbying for stronger measures to control the spread of CBS after dozens of cases were detected from South American countries and South Africa. "Unless the EU Commission takes tough action and puts in place real measures to prevent the spread of the contagious disease, there is a real risk it will enter the EU," says Copa Cogeca general secretary Pekka Pesonen in the letter.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Data collection and analysis are at the core of EFSA’s work. Every year EFSA receives millions of data records including, for instance, analytical records on pesticide residues and on contaminants in food and feed. EFSA uses this information for its risk assessments. Beyond that these data remain largely unexploited. Against the background of ever stronger societal demands for open data it is timely to ask how these data can be shared and used more widely. Scientists discussed open data, data interoperability, data quality and data visualisation at the break-out session on “Open risk assessment: data”.

On January 27, 2016, the Parliamentarian Committee on the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation gathered to discuss three policy letters from Minister Lilianne Ploumen on international food security and food wastage. A lively debate on the current Dutch policy on food security was held where the role of knowledge for impact was acknowledged. Exportation of Dutch knowledge to improve food security was pinpointed as an important action for the Minister by many parties. The Minister stated that the Dutch efforts to export knowledge are indeed a priority in the new governmental policy they are working on, and promised various additional efforts to improve Dutch impact on food security.

Friday, 04 March 2016

The Federal Government says it is working to resolve the suspension of Nigeria’s dried beans exports to the European Union before the June deadline. The Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA, Rufus Ebegba, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja. Mr. Ebegba said that relevant agencies of the federal government were working closely on the matter and would ensure that the anomaly was corrected before June. It would be recalled that the EU announced an import suspension measure in June 2015, which affected dried beans from Nigeria. Nigeria’s dried beans was said to contain high levels of pesticides which is dangerous to human health.

Monday, 01 February 2016

Based in Kosrae State, the Raimond Company in Tafunsek which produces gluten-free taro flour, and Wawa Chips in Lelu which makes banana chips, are businesses supported by the European Union's increasing agricultural commodity trade (IACT) project which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Raimond Company and Wawa Chips have become the first two food producers in the Federated States of Micronesia to open factories that comply with international standard for hazard analysis and control.

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