Pesticide contamination threatens Egyptian fruit exports to Europe and Saudi Arabia

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation has tightened inspection procedures for export fruit following threats by the European Union (EU) and Saudi Arabia to curtail Egyptian imports due to high pesticide contamination. In a statement issued on 30 December, the ministry said the move was meant to increase…

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EU deregulation to shrink Swaziland sugar exports

Swaziland’s sugar exports are likely to decline after the European Union’s (EU) deregulation of the industry. Swazi sugar farmers have struggled to assert themselves outside the EU. Sugar farmers in the world’s only absolute monarchy have for decades benefitted from the EU’s cap on annual sugar production. It kept prices…

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Capitalise on opportunies in Angolan market, ZDA urges Zambian agro producers

Angola has a vast market for Zambian agricultural products, said the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA). Angola’s potential for agro imports is the result of a 27 year-long civil war that crippled its agricultural production. Livestock was killed and irrigation systems are in disrepair. Before the civil war, the country was…

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Possible revival of international groundnut market for SA farmers

Large maize harvests combined with large carry-over stock could mean South African grain farmers will have to turn to planting more groundnuts in the coming season. Higher yields and prices in the previous season can now stimulate local markets to explore historic markets and exploit new opportunities. Data from GrainSA…

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