KENYA - The country will this year begin to automate trading at its weekly tea auction of regional produce to increase transparency in dealings, the chairman of the East African Tea Traders Association (EATTA), which runs the sale, said yesterday.
RWANDA - Rwanda’s tea export volumes and revenue grew significantly in the first 11 months of last year, statistics from the National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) indicate.
SOUTH AFRICA — US President Barack Obama is set to announce as early as Monday that he is suspending duty-free treatment of South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
IVORY COAST - A decline in cocoa output in top grower Ivory Coast is forecast to lead to a deficit of 183,000 tonnes in the 2015/16 season, the first shortfall in three years, Ryan Davies, head of cocoa futures trading at ECOM Agrotrade Ltd, said in an interview.
ZAMBIA – Zambia Sugar Plc has exported about 159,000 tonnes of sugar to southern Africa despite the company experiencing various challenges this year.
KENYA - The price of tea at the Mombasa auction declined marginally this week, reversing an improvement witnessed last week.
KENYA - Increased demand for sisal fibre by western and middle-eastern countries has led to rising exports creating a scarcity of the raw material for local spinners.
ZAMBIA - Allowing the importation of chickens into South Africa from the United States will have negative impact on the Zambian poultry sector, Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) chairperson Rodney Sisala has said.
ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has offered a discount to Ethiopian horticulture exporters using its cargo service.
RWANDA - Irish potato farmers could soon start earning more from their produce, thanks to a new wholesale market that was inaugurated in Kigali on Tuesday.
ZAMBIA - Shoprite says Zambians need to invest in the horticulture sector to save the country foreign exchange on imports.
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