SOUTH AFRICA - SA will retain preferential access for its farming goods to the world’s biggest market after meeting benchmarks set by President Barack Obama to allow the import and sales of US meat products.
ZAMBIA - The Grain Traders Association (GTA) has over 200,000 tonnes of maize which it intends to export, following Government’s announcement that the country has more than enough stock to feed the maize country.
ZAMBIA - Government has challenged local producers and suppliers to take advantage of the recently signed bilateral trade agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to contribute to the economic transformation of the country.
SOUTH AFRICA - After intense discord over SA’s participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), the trade relationship between SA and the US is on the mend, with talks now under way to provide greater access for SA’s agricultural products into the lucrative US market.
SOUTH AFRICA - The JSE is broadening its agricultural commodities trading platform by allowing buyers of beef to trade in carcasses in order to manage price expectations.
RWANDA - Rwanda's campaign to diversify its exports to cushion the economy against a growing trade imbalance, may take a little longer, with agricultural exports falling by 29 per cent due to depressed international commodity prices.
ZIMBABWE - Tobacco exports for the week ended March 4, 2016 increased by nine percent to $216,1 million from $209,2 million recorded prior year comparative, data from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) shows.
KENYA - Kenya has inched closer to resuming avocado exports to South Africa, by creating pest-free areas for the growth of the crop.
TANZANIA - Procurement of six major cash crops increased slightly in the third quarter of last year compared to the similar period in 2014 mostly due poor weather, low prices and the seasonality of farming in Tanzania, The Guardian has established.
ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's tobacco exports have increased by 190 percent to 21,1 million kilogrammes (kg) in the first two weeks of 2016 fetching $161 million compared to 7,3 million kg sold in the same period last year, latest figures show.
RWANDA - The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) is stepping up efforts to link farmers and buyers in different markets abroad as one of the ways to ensure that they earn more from their produce.
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