KENYA - The renewal of a duty-free regime between the European Union and five east African nations may not win approval until January, an EU official said, bringing it dangerously close to the Valentine's Day holiday so lucrative for Kenya's flower growers.
RWANDA - Rwanda’s flower sector players are upbeat following the Cabinet approval of a partnership deal between the government and a Kenyan-based company, Shalimar Flowers, to develop the country’s cut flower industry.
KENYA - Belgian-owned Vermont Flowers wants a company formed by its former Kenyan employees stopped from exporting flower vases, accusing it of copyright infringement.
ZAMBIA - Lusaka district agriculture coordinator Pharaoh Daka says the continued importation of citrus fruits from other countries has negatively affected the growth of the horticulture industry in Zambia.
UGANDA - Uganda has introduced new rules for chilli exporters as it seeks to save the fresh produce sub-sector, now threatened by substandard inputs.
KENYA - Karuturi flower farm’s woes have deepened with its indebtedness to CFC Stanbic increasing to $6.3 million (Sh560 million) after the company failed to secure a buyout last month that would have helped it settle the outstanding loan.
RWANDA - The National Agriculture Export Board (Naeb) seeks to tap into Dutch expertise as part of its efforts geared at developing the country’s nascent horticulture sector.
KENYA - Tomato prices dropped by 25 per cent last week following increase in supply, bringing some reprieve to household food budgets.
NIGERIA - The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, has advocated safe use of pesticide among farmers.
KENYA - Agriculture secretary Felix Koskei has removed four directors from the board of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis).
EAST AFRICA - The East African Community and the European Union will have the sovereign right of imposing sanitary and phytosanitary measures on certain products exported into their markets.
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