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Saturday, 22 September 2018

FruitWorld has been importing strawberries from Ethiopia for around five years. On Thursday the 18th of November the first volumes arrived, a few days later than last year. According to Wout van Es there is an increase compared to last year. "The area was extended and if the harvest is good and the weather goes our way, we expect larger volumes." Until the end of MarchThe strawberries from Ethiopia are available until the end of March. Wout indicates that they are arriving at just the right time. "The Dutch season is almost finished and there are still few imported strawberries. The Ethiopian ones are nicely positioned between the Dutch strawberries and the strawberries from Egypt, Morocco and Israel."

The Governments of Spain and Guinea-Bissau signed an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to enhance the cooperation in fisheries and aquiculture issues. This document dating back to 2008 had been extended in 2010, and the deadline would expire on 31 December this year. The main objective of this MoU is to strengthen relations between sector fisheries and aquaculture institutions of the two countries to contribute to the sustainable development and improve the efficiency of producers. The parties agreed to promote cooperation to develop the fisheries-aquaculture sector in Guinea-Bissau, with special emphasis on the promotion of food security and the fight against poverty.

The EU's export growth was boosted by demand for certain commodities in China as well as in other emerging economies, according to a European Commission report on the global farming market. Exports of cereals such as wheat and barley to Middle East and North African countries alone accounted for over two thirds of the total export gain. China continued to be one of the fastest-growing exports markets for the EU, which saw its exports share to the Asian country jump to 9.1 percent in 2013, supported mainly by the sales of malt extract for beer brewing, and pork. At the same time, EU sales to the US, its top trade partner, witnessed only slight growth, although imports from the US increased sharply.

Monday, 24 November 2014

There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn't stop. Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there's some data to back them up. Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also looks like deficits aren't just carrying over from year-to-year—the industry expects them to grow.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Jamaican banana grower-exporters are back in business in Britain after a long spell of absence, with relations between the two nations high on the agenda for U.K. industry body Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), which was behind a recent deal to reignite supplies. Speaking with www.freshfruitportal.com, chief executive Nigel Jenney explains the working partnership with the Jamaican High Commission and export group JAMPRO. British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The sugar market in Europe is envisaged to become more competitive by 2017. This after the World Trade Organization (WTO) has obliged the European Union to do away with the preferential market access by 2017 for sugar coming from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. However, the EU head of delegation to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs says they are working on providing all the support they can to support Fiji’s sugar industry to help make it more competitive.

Baobab was licensed for the European food market just six years ago, and the white, floury pulp contained in its yellow-green pods is quickly gaining ‘superfood’ status in this market. The tree’s pulp has more protein than breast milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more magnesium than spinach, more iron than red meat and more potassium than a banana. It has become a popular additive in reinforced foods. Further, baobab seeds contain a stable oil that the cosmetic industry is adopting in body lotions and creams. The tree’s leaves have medicinal value and are used to fight infectious diseases. The trunk stores water, which can be harvested by thirsty travellers. Though sweetened baobab seeds are found in kiosks and along street corners across the country, the potential the whole tree holds for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutrition industries has largely been overlooked.

In order to help pineapple producers and exporters generate an offer potential export with greater international quality standards, the Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD), the Agriculture Ministry and the Pineapple Growers Association in Cevicos (APROPIC) presented Friday their support to the quality and food handling system for pineapple producers with export potential. The initiative, supported by the Delegation of the European Union in the country, is part of the "Overcoming Technical Barriers to Trade" program, which provides technical assistance to the commercial sector with funding from the European Union (15 million euros), and benefits all the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including the Dominican Republic.

Last week’s promise by members of the European Union (EU) that they would allow genetically modified foods from Kenya into their region may have been premature, with the European Parliament taking a new vote on Tuesday. The new vote will give EU individual states the power to limit cultivation or importation of the controversial GM crops into their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc. Last Friday, Dominique Davoux on behalf of the head of the European delegation to Kenya Briet Lodewijk, had said such crops would be welcome in the EU region provided they met the necessary requirements.

JSE-listed poultry producer, Astral Foods, on Monday said it had submitted an anti-dumping application to the International Trade and Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) against the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. As a result, ITAC effected provisional anti-dumping duties against poultry imports from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany until January 2 next year. “It is of paramount importance that these measures are sanctioned on a more permanent basis by the Minister of Trade and Industry in order to stem the tide of dumped poultry products into South Africa,” Astral said.This emerged as the company released annual results for the year ended September this year.