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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Citrus export from South Africa is going well at the moment although some traders say that they are not doing lemons or grapefruit because they just cant get a hold of it. Volumes of grapefruit are short but with lemons it is the huge demand which is making them scarce. Navels however, are available as harvest started 2-3 weeks ago and demand is good. Gary Britz from Ele Trading said they were starting to get a bit of cold weather which is very important for colour development. "There are lots going into Canada, UK and the EU where the demand is good and the Middle East is still good prior to Ramadan. Some people have already started Valencias, but the big volumes will start in around 2-3 weeks and prices are pretty much the same in comparison to last year but the exchange rate is giving a slight advantage to the growers and exporters. Spain and Turkey finished their citrus seasons early leaving a clear European market but according to Gary the consumer is not prepared to pay more for a Navel or Valencia, they would rather leave it and buy something else so prices will be around the same as last year.

Source: freshplaza.com

European Union import restrictions concerning citrus black spot disease (CBS) and South African exports have been partially relaxed with revised rules coming into force from June 1. One of the most significant relaxations concerns the CBS interception threshold of five which was a limit aimed at stronger controls and was often referred to as the ‘five strike rule’. The other easing is for citrus used in juicing. It must still come from CBS-treated areas, but from June will only be subject to a visual inspection. If CBS is detected then only that particular consignment will be refused, without knock-on effects for the South African packing facilities from which it originated. Both relaxations come after a European Food Safety Authority risk assessment that determined there is a low risk of transferring CBS to processing juice. Reacting to the EU’s partial easing, South Africa’s Citrus Growers’ Association’s special envoy for market access and EU matters, Deon Joubert, tells www.freshfruitportal.com it’s a step in the right direction.

Source: freshfruitportal.com

This week, Denmark's environment and food minister Esben Lunde Larsen is in Kenya as part of a Danish export delegation, which aims to gain a foothold in the country and boost its ability to produce more fresh fruit and vegetables. Larsen has signed a co-operation agreement with Kenya to improve food security in the African nation. “Kenya has considerable potential as a food-producing and food-exporting nation, and it’s positive that we can help contribute with Danish expertise in a growing market,” said Larsen. In the World Bank’s most recent Ease of Doing Business Index, Kenya shot up 28 spots on the global rankings, attesting to the nation’s significant growth potential and its relevance as a regional trade hub in east Africa.

Source: freshplaza.com

Wednesday, 01 June 2016

The European Commission should come up with legislative proposals for mandatory country origin labelling of certain foods, such as milk, dairy and meat products, MEPs said in a new resolution on Thursday (12 May). Ever since the horsemeat scandal three years ago, which revealed that a lack of transparency in the food chain enabled producers to replace beef with horsemeat in certain products, the European Parliament and the Commission have debated how to improve food labelling. In several non-binding resolutions, Parliament told the executive to get back to the drawing board, and on Thursday, in Strasbourg, a majority of MEPs (422 votes to 159, with 68 abstentions) reiterated that country of origin labelling has to be made mandatory for all kinds of dairy and meat products, in order to boost consumer confidence in food products. They also said that the European Commission should consider extending the legislation to cover single-ingredient foods, or those with one main ingredient. The legislators emphasised that they don’t expect adding extra labelling to products would be a major cost for food producers.

Source: euractiv.com

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) is collaborating with the ACP EU TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) Programme to assist the Institute to achieve its strategic objectives in a number of areas. The project aims to make recommendations for incorporating a new National Quality Policy into a comprehensive National Quality Infrastructure that includes the developing of national standards and the provision of testing, inspection and certification activities for Namibian products and services. Activities under the project will include the provision of training, attachments of NSI staff to other quality-related institutions, and a range of capacity-building interventions for the NSI Testing Centre and Fishery Inspectorate at Walvis Bay as well as capacity interventions for the NSI Certification staff. The successful completion of the project will further enhance Namibia's ability to maintain standards of quality for products and services, including exports of key products such as fish and fishery products to international trading partners, and will raise awareness among SME's of the benefits of participating in and supporting NSI's activities.

Source: allafrica.com

Wednesday, 18 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.