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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Sunday's River Valley in the main region producing lemons at the moment and Hannes De Waal MD at Sunday's River Citrus Company, one of the biggest citrus producers in the valley said, "Lemons are still being loaded for Europe, certainly from the Eastern Cape, although it is not the most ideal year for exports to Europe due to the small sizes and CBS restrictions but there are containers getting loaded." "The CBS restrictions put an automatic curb on exports to Europe, so some importers are not getting as much as they want. We load in a very different way than we used to here in the Eastern Cape due to these restrictions."

South African President Jacob Zuma while addressing a South Africa – France Business Forum in Paris said, wine made in the rainbow nation is the best. ‘‘Yes, South African wine is the best! If you have not tasted it yet, do not be left behind. Do so without delay. You will not be disappointed,’‘ Zuma said. Zuma is on an official visit to France, the second during his presidency, which saw him hold high level bilateral meetings with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande. Yes, South African wine is the best! If you have not tasted it yet, do not be left behind. Do so without delay.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The call, in a report made by the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, not to support genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa is unfortunate and an attempt to institutionalize poverty on the continent. The G7 group of nations’ joint initiative with the New Alliance—aimed at lifting 500 million people out of poverty by 2022 using 10 African countries as pilot studies—to start using genetically modified tools in agricultural production is being thrown out of the window.

Thursday, 07 July 2016

The Ghana Vegetable (GhanaVeg) Programme, which was introduced by the Dutch government, is working through the horticultural value chain to help Ghana overturn a European Union (EU) ban on exports of selected vegetables. The EU last year banned the exports of chillies, aubergine and other vegetables from Ghana to stop the introduction of pests into the ecosystem of the EU.

South Africa's renowned Rooibos Tea has secured geographic indicator status in a pact with the European Union (EU), Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Friday. "Geographical Indications (GIs) are recognition that the use of a particular name, which is usually derived from some place name, that this is exclusively for producers who come from that area," the minister told a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The European Union may be planning to lift the ban placed on the export of some vegetables from Ghana last year, because the produce did not meet the required quality standards. This was hinted at by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna. According to Hanna, though there is a huge market in the EU for Ghanaian produce, the union will not compromise on quality standards. Speaking to Citi Business News on the latest development, William Hanna explained that the EU is currently assisting local farmers through its Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Programme (TRAQUE) to ensure that they meet the standards.

South Africa’s wine industry has received a major boost with the signing of an agreement between the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the EU which will allow the country to export 110-million litres of wine to Europe — up from the current annual duty-free quota of 48-million litres. Although SA exports worldwide, the EU is by far the wine industry’s biggest export destination, accounting for close to 75 % of annual off-shore sales volumes, worth R5bn. SA’s nearly 100,000ha of vineyards, mostly situated in the Western Cape near the coast, generate about 3% of the world’s wine production.

Friday, 17 June 2016

A draft bill at the EU parliament which urges G8 member states not to support GMO research and cultivation in Africa, has been criticised by Kenyan MPs. Mt Elgon MP John Serut said he reads malice in the proposed draft bill on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. “.. it looks like it is intended to make Africa remain in subsistence farming,” said Serut a member of the agriculture committee. The bill has been drafted and sponsored by the Committee on Development in the EU parliament and it claims that the technology is not good for Africa. The MPs and biotechnology experts noted that the success of this motion will lead to termination of most Africa based research and development for GM crops. He called for support from the Kenya’s legislatures by writing a formal protest letter to the EU Parliament. “Interestingly, there is no single word in the Bill that touches on export of GM products to Africa,” he said.

Source: freshplaza.com

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Mr Peter de Wit is a Netherlands based PUM horticultural expert; according to de Wit the blueberry industry is poised for growth, with European consumers prepared to pay more for fruit and vegetables with certain health or wellness attributes. Blueberries are popularly known as a ''superfood'' for their health benefits. De Wit recently visited Zimbabwe, where Zimtrade is urging growers to cultivate alternative high value fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, mange tout and sugar snap, among others. In Africa, the top producers and exporters of blueberries are Morocco and South Africa, but the two only account for 4.9% of the world market share.

Source: freshplaza.com

Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Dominica is among seven Caribbean islands participating in an over seven million dollar project for the revision and strengthening of the national emergency response plan for the highly pathogenic, avian influenza or bird flu. Avian influenza is a severe, often fatal, type of influenza that affects birds, especially poultry, and that can also be transmitted to humans. It is considered a global problem. The 42 month project which ends in 2017 includes countries from the Caribbean forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, CARIFORUM. The other countries are Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This exercise follows an on-farm simulation with farmers which took place last year. The table top simulation brought the relevant parties together to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the response and plan better for a possible occurrence.

Source: news.gov.dm