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Sunday, 21 October 2018

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.

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.

Food security situation in member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, (Comesa) is steadily improving with a number of countries registering significant growth, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has said. The conclusion is contained in a statistical report by the UN food agency presented to the 6th Joint Comesa Technical Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources in Kinshasa, DR Congo this week. The three-day meeting, which started on Tuesday, addressed issues related to food security within the Comesa region. A statement released by the regional body on Thursday said FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report commended the growing food security within the region and noted a significant increase in food production, particularly in cereal output.

Angonabeiro, the Angolan subsidiary of Portuguese group Nabeiro, has acquired the entire share capital of Angolan public coffee company Liangol coffee under a privatisation decision of the Angolan government. The Portuguese group, which has been in Angola for 14 years, had been invited by the Angolan government to assist in the recovery of the old Liangol coffee factory, in Luanda, a unit that now produces the Ginga brand of coffee.Under the government’s decision, Liangol, whose factory was inaugurated on 25 May, 2001, was removed from state company Empresa de Liofilização e Moagem de Café also freeze drying and grinding of coffee (Limoca) in order to be privatised.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Zimtrade has put in place initiatives to revive the collapsing clothing and textile industry, which in recent years has gone through significant decline. ZimTrade CEO Mrs Sithembile Pilime said there was need to restore the clothing and textile industry to its glory days when Zimbabwe exported products in vast amounts to the European Union, SADC and the United States. She said this while officially opening the Mauritius-Zimbabwe buyers/sellers meeting organised by Enterprise Mauritius. She said ZimTrade had launched the cotton to clothing strategy, which began running this year and will continue until 2019 with the key objective of working towards the restoration of the textile industry.

Jamaica can now export bananas to Trinidad and Tobago, following phyto-sanitary clearance by the twin-island state authorities last week, the Ministry of Agriculture has reported. Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier made the announcement as he  launched Eat Jamaican Month at the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) headquarters in downtown Kingston on Wednesday, November 5. Speaking at the launch, which marked the 11th anniversary of the ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow’ campaign, Minister Kellier said that a contract  was also signed on October 16 for the supply of one container per week of bananas to a United Kingdom importer.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Restrictions on the movement of labour and goods as the Ebola crisis in West Africa worsens could have an impact on commodity markets, economists warn.Commodity prices have been largely unaffected by the outbreak, other than a two-week cocoa spike of 10 per cent in September, Capital Economics said this week. Noting that the virus is "first and foremost a human tragedy", commodities economist Hamish Smith said the rising death toll meant a higher risk of the disease spreading.

For many of the agricultural products from Uganda, we may not need to look for markets far beyond the borders. The annual International Trade Fair kicked off at the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association showground in Kampala last week and it was impressive to see all these Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) putting up a show of strength, purpose and focus. Many of these SMEs are in the agriculture sector and majorly focusing on adding value to the products, which have for long been consumed at their most basic level.A talk to these exhibitors reveals their keen interest to export to the European and American markets as soon as possible.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and West-Africa, Mr. Michel Arrion, has advised Nigeria to view the West African market as an extension of its domestic economy, stating that as the largest economy in Africa and the largest industrial hub of West Africa, Nigeria will undoubtedly be the greatest beneficiary of an integrated West African market especially in agricultural products.Arrion gave this advice at the 3rd EU Nigeria Business Forum, EUNBF, recently held in Lagos Nigeria with a focus on the role of private sector in driving the common EU/Nigeria economic agenda.