MALAWI - Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr Allan Chiyemebekeza says Malawi is set to drive to economic acceleration through the promotion of horticulture.
RWANDA - A new initiative aimed at boosting horticulture production, quality and exports has been launched by the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) and sector stakeholders.
SOUTH AFRICA - Fresh produce suppliers in SA are failing to remain competitive in the global markets because of ineffective service standards, failing infrastructure and water constraints.
ETHIOPIA - Three foreign floricultural companies have become operational during the past six months, according to Ethiopian Horticultural Development Agency.
GHANA - A new regional laboratory in Ghana is seeking to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA - Citrus growers face a R10m knock after suspending organic lemon exports to the European Union (EU) following the discovery of citrus black spot in three consignments.
SOUTH AFRICA - SA’s R10bn citrus industry has been handed a reprieve following its long export battle with the European Union (EU), after an audit by a EU body found that the sector’s black spot risk management measures were up to standard.
NIGERIA - The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is set to start a 9-month mentorship programme for exporters as a means of increasing the nation’s export integrity.
TANZANIA - The government has been advised to ban transportation, importation and distribution of banana plants in the country from Mozambique.
ZAMBIA - Lack of fruit processing equipment in the agribusiness sector has prompted the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) to inject US$65,000 to promote juice production in Zambia and two other countries.
KENYA - Norwegian private equity fund, Norfund, has bought shares in agriculture firm Vertical Agro in a Sh476 million (38.7 million Norwegian krone) deal.
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