The Cameroon government has just launched a call for expressions of interest to select a private investor “to establish and run an agricultural-industrial sugar complex” in the east in the “inter Bertoua-Batoria zone”. The invitation, signed on November 17 by Minister for Mines, Industry and Technological Development (Minimidt) Emmanuel Bonde, was published in the press this Thursday, the Minister stating that “the main goal of this project is to supplement the current shortfall in the national sugar market on a yearly basis and to look to the future growth of the markets in the sub-Region and beyond”.
Three NGOs, the Youth Without Borders Association (Association Jeunesse Sans Frontières – A.J.S.F), S.O.S Consumers and Time, backed by the Counsel Bhongo-Mavoungou, are seeking to expedite the cancellation of the agreement reached in 2007 between the State of Gabon and the French Logistique Bolloré Group which is responsible for the high cost of living in Gabon. These NGOs claim that this partnership has been more profitable for the Bolloré Group than for Gabon. Just two weeks ago, Minister for the Economy, Investment Promotion and Future Prospects Régis Immongault paid a visit to the markets in the Gabon capital to check on the implementation of the agreement signed in 2012 between the State of Gabon and the key figures in the trade sector.
St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there. The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). “The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry statement said. It said the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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.