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Friday, 23 June 2017

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.

A new report issued by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are making good strides in their global targets in reducing hunger and under-nutrition. The FAO’s “The State of Food Insecurity in the CARICOM Caribbean 2015″ report, released this week, showed that the number of undernourished persons in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92, to 7.5 million in 2014-16. The reduction represents a 7.2 percent decrease, from 27 percent to 19.2 percent.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016

A trio of agreements signed at the Caribbean Agribusiness Forum 2015 will pave the way for stronger development cooperation in the Caribbean. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two long - standing partners: the Caribbean Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),  pledging to work closely with both to further agricultural and rural development in the region. Meanwhile, CARDI and IICA signed a General Technical Cooperation Agreement (GTCA) with each other. The ceremony took place during the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum being staged this week in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The European Commission presented its annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea from the main commercial fish stocks for 2016. The Commission proposed to maintain or increase the fish quotas for 35 stocks, and reduce catches for 28 stocks on the basis of the scientific advice received. The proposal also includes an increase in fishing opportunities to help fishermen in the transition to the new obligation to land all catches. This is the first time the Commission proposes so-called quota "top ups" for all the fisheries under the landing obligation as of 2016.