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Partnership on GIs to boost rural development, exports of traditional food products and wine

"GIs add value to products and promote the origin and heritage of the products. South Africa abounds with unique and high quality agricultural and traditional products that evoke the rich heritage of our country's diverse regions.

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Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo
Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo

A delegation from South Africa's Black Business Council recently held talks in Johannesburg with business leaders from Singapore and Malaysia on potential investment...

16 Nov 2017

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Exports of white and yellow maize increase

White maize exports for the 2017/2018 marketing year are projected at 860,000 tonnes, which represents an increase of 46.40%. Yellow maize exports are projected at 1,330 million tonnes, an increase of 203.04%...

13 Nov 2017

Tool helps developing nations map out export targets
Tool helps developing nations map out export targets

A new online trade-boosting tool that makes it easier for businesses in developing countries to identify and target market opportunities has been unveiled by the International Trade Centre...

By Tom Nevin 1 Nov 2017

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Better trade terms will improve access to Asia for citrus exporters

The absence of required trade agreements - compounded by restrictive import tariffs - makes seamless exports to countries like China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam much more difficult...

By Justin Chadwick 31 Oct 2017

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Drought takes its toll on SA's most precious fruit export

The drought has caused a 21% drop in the production of oranges - South Africa's most precious fruit export...

19 Oct 2017

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Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis...

18 Oct 2017

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Bird flu outbreak sees egg shortage, hefty price increases on the cards for SA

The bird flu outbreak in South Africa has wiped out more than 15% of layer hens and with the resultant shortage of table eggs, comes the prospect of hefty price increases...

18 Oct 2017

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms
Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms

A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves...

By Roland Peens 18 Oct 2017

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From the tree into the frying pan: The olive oil journey

As world demand increases, South Africa is stepping up to the plate in meeting the shortage of quality, fresh olive oil...

By Wessel Lemmer 13 Oct 2017

Nigeria's VoomNow starts exporting local produce
Nigeria's VoomNow starts exporting local produce

Nigerian assisted shopping startup VoomNow has started exporting local produce to the United States (US), making local food stuffs such as catfish, egusi and noodles available...

By Tom Jackson 13 Oct 2017

Growing need for greater, tech-enabled supply chain visibility
Growing need for greater, tech-enabled supply chain visibility

The need for importers to view their supply chain processes as real assets rather than just a means to an end is now more important than ever...

12 Oct 2017

Philafrica aims to become big food exporter
Philafrica aims to become big food exporter

Philafrica Food says it plans to transform food processing in sub-Saharan Africa through investments of between R50m and R100m...

By Neels Blom 11 Oct 2017

Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain
Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit...

10 Oct 2017

Freshmark MD Dr Johan van Deventer with Tru-Cape director and grower Derek Corder.
Tru-Cape reaches over 20m apples, pears supplied to Shoprite Group

To date the Shoprite Group has purchased over 20 million cartons of apples and pears for its Shoprite and Checkers customers in 2,689 outlets throughout 15 African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands from Tru-Cape...

9 Oct 2017

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NAEB markets Rwandan tea under national tea brand

Rwandan tea will now be marketed under the Rwanda National Tea brand name as one of the ways to strengthen consumer confidence, as well as promote and ensure its competitiveness on the local and global markets...

By Peterson Tumwebaze 5 Oct 2017

Nigerians spent $3bn annually on foreign goods - MAN
Nigerians spent $3bn annually on foreign goods - MAN

Local manufacturers lost an average of $3 billion annually due to the preference of Nigerian government and consumers for foreign goods...

By Olajide Fabamise 4 Oct 2017

SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria
SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets...

3 Oct 2017

I.Coast freezes cocoa farmer prices due to falling rates
I.Coast freezes cocoa farmer prices due to falling rates

Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, set its minimum rate for farmers at 700 CFA francs per kilo for the 2017-18 crop, a steep drop over the previous year, due to falling global prices...

3 Oct 2017

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African SMEs need to prioritise supply chain management

According to John Lucas, country manager of DHL Express South Africa, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to make supply chain management part of their business plan if they want to succeed...

28 Sep 2017

Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms
Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms

Quantum Foods has become the latest major South African poultry producer to report a bird flu outbreak which has affected at least two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape...

By Andries Mahlangu 20 Sep 2017

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SA takes local flavour to the world

The Department of Trade and Industry will lead a group of 20 companies from the agro-processing industry to the World Food Moscow exhibition...

6 Sep 2017

SA agricultural sector slowly recovering from drought
SA agricultural sector slowly recovering from drought

Senior Agricultural Economist at FNB, Paul Makube takes a look at the agricultural sector and how it's recovering from the drought...

6 Sep 2017

SA's poultry industry under attack by global organisation
SA's poultry industry under attack by global organisation

SA is one of the most protectionist countries when it comes to poultry and has become "masters" at using anti-dumping as a method of keeping out foreign products...

By Linda Ensor 1 Sep 2017

Setting up shop in Africa presents challenges
Setting up shop in Africa presents challenges

Although there are untapped opportunities in the sub-Saharan African real estate markets, retailers face many challenges to setting up shops in some countries...

31 Aug 2017

What will Brexit mean for Sweden?
What will Brexit mean for Sweden?

Many experts have come out and said that the British Exit will lead to poor consequences for the UK, the EU, and Sweden, but just what will be affected and how?...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 29 Aug 2017

DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods
DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods

Authorities have banned imports of several popular consumer products in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo for six months to fight smuggling...

29 Aug 2017

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DTI calls on food producers to participate in Gulfood Exhibition

The DTI is urging companies in the agro-processing sector to apply for financial support to participate in the Gulfood Exhibition...

25 Aug 2017

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Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers EUR33m

Europe's contaminated egg scare, triggered by the presence of the insecticide fipronil in eggs, has cost Dutch poultry farmers at least €33m ($39m), according to a preliminary estimate...

24 Aug 2017

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