China, EU suspend Brazil imports after meat scandal

China, EU suspend Brazil imports after meat scandal The fallout from a tainted meat scandal in Brazil is deepening. Despite assurances from President Michel Temer, some of the largest importers, including China, Chile and the EU have decided to halt purchases of beef and poultry from the country. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – … Read more China, EU suspend Brazil imports after meat scandal

Shunting hectares: Land Reform in South Africa

On 19th June 2013, South Africa marks the centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act, which effectively excluded the black population from the ownership of some 90% of land. The emotive issue of the land reform programme, initiated in 1994 by the African National Congress (ANC) to redress historical injustices, is once more to the … Read more Shunting hectares: Land Reform in South Africa

Chilean Cranberry Growing Operation Joins Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray will now be able to produce cranberry products throughout the year after a deal with Agrícola Cran Chile Limitada. Ocean Spray have acquired the main processing plant for Chile’s cranberry production and the Cran Chile growing operation will join the Ocean Spray Cooperative alongside 700 cranberry growers from the USA and Canada. This … Read more Chilean Cranberry Growing Operation Joins Ocean Spray

Australia Considers New Zealand Potato Imports in Light of Zebra Chip Disease

Australia is reviewing the latest evidence on potato pests in New Zealand ahead of a decision to receive imports from the country. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is looking into a 2009 assessment on zebra chip disease and the tomato-potato psyllid. Trade in potatoes for processing was suspended in 2008 following discover of … Read more Australia Considers New Zealand Potato Imports in Light of Zebra Chip Disease

Cotton Bollworm Affecting Crops in New South Wales, Australia

The cotton bollworm is affecting crops of canola in the Central West Slopes and Plains district of New South Wales. Helicoverpa armigera – also known as the corn earworm – have been munching their way through pods and stems just North of Gilgandra. The pest ranges from Southern Queensland all the way down to Tasmania … Read more Cotton Bollworm Affecting Crops in New South Wales, Australia

Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency

In Africa, agriculture is big business. The sector accounts for 30-40% of the continent’s GDP, and almost 60% of export earnings. Two thirds of Africa’s population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. But the continent’s potential as a cost-effective food producer – not just for Africa, but the world – has barely been realised. Farmers … Read more Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency

Kenyan Government Focuses on Irrigation as Solution to Food Security

Kenya and the Horn of Africa are struggling to emerge from the grip of food insecurity and drought. According to the Kenya Redcross, 12.4 million people have been exposed to starvation. An ambitious plan is being is being put in place by the Government of Kenya to alleviate the perennial hunger problem. According to the … Read more Kenyan Government Focuses on Irrigation as Solution to Food Security

“Africa Can Feed Itself” – Professor Ratemo Michieka

Kenya and the Horn of Africa are capable of producing enough food for the people who live there, says Professor Ratemo Waya Michieka an expert agronomist and weed scientist. Prof Michieka, who is the former Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, said that there is indeed a problem of water in … Read more “Africa Can Feed Itself” – Professor Ratemo Michieka

The Wine Group to Buy Loxton Winery in South Australia’s Riverland

The Wine Group is to buy the 100,000-ton yield Loxton winery on the banks of the river Murray in the Riverland region of South Australia. The Wine Group company operates brands such as Fish Eye, Foxhorn, and Little Roo. The company was formed when the wine assets of Coca-Cola were bought out in 1981. Ross … Read more The Wine Group to Buy Loxton Winery in South Australia’s Riverland

Kenya: Coffee Industry Bouncing Back to its ‘Black Gold’ Status

Kenya’s coffee industry which was dubbed as the ‘black gold’ in the 1980s to ’90s is bouncing back with its 7,000 small scale farmers and 3,000 large scale farmers earning averagely $ 1.35 per kilo gramme, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Romano Kiome has said. Dr Kiome who was speaking during a luncheon … Read more Kenya: Coffee Industry Bouncing Back to its ‘Black Gold’ Status

Kenya Integrates with Global Standards on Animal Disease and Veterinary Services

Kenya’s ministry of livestock development has identified the coast and Isiolo complex for the rearing of livestock for exportation. The country’s Minister of Livestock Development, Dr. Mohamed Kuti said Kenya is struggling to overcome general animal diseases which is hindering it from livestock export. Thus, Dr Kuti said “Kenya will undertake World Organization for Animal … Read more Kenya Integrates with Global Standards on Animal Disease and Veterinary Services

Agriculture: Paramount Citrus Corners Limes Market

Paramount Citrus has corned the lime market with a purchase of 9,500 acres of lime groves in Tabasco, Mexico. The purchase will make the company the largest vertically integrated provider of Persian limes to North America. David Krause, President of Paramount Citrus explained: “With this acquisition, Paramount Citrus will provide customers with a seamless experience in … Read more Agriculture: Paramount Citrus Corners Limes Market

South Africa: Parts of KwaZulu-Natal Declared Free of Foot and Mouth

The ban on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals (domestic and wild), and any of their products, in the rest of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been lifted, except in the Umkhanyakude, uThungulu and Zululand districts. Farmers and members of the public in areas where the movement ban has been lifted are still advised to exercise extreme … Read more South Africa: Parts of KwaZulu-Natal Declared Free of Foot and Mouth

Agriculture: UK Government Restricts Cattle Movement

Cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996 have had new movement restrictions placed on them as an extra precaution against meat from these older cattle entering the food chain. The restrictions are being placed on cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996 following a Government investigation into … Read more Agriculture: UK Government Restricts Cattle Movement

UK Government Releases Report on Food & Farming Futures to 2050

The UK government Science & Technology think-tank, Foresight, has produced a report on the future of food & farming predicting a range of outcomes between 2011 and 2050. The most startling aspect of the report is that it aims to model a food industry that will serve over 9 billion people. Almost one billion people … Read more UK Government Releases Report on Food & Farming Futures to 2050