Tanzania: Fate of Problematic Cashew Nuts Auctions to be Known Later

The fate of cashew nuts trading in the 2018/19 harvest season will be known after 4pm today when the government of Tanzania is expected to issue a statement.

The statement is expected to either name the firms that will participate in the business, or announce commencement of a government operation to purchase the product.

On Friday, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed 35 companies registered to buy cashew nuts this season to submit letters to his Office expressing intent to purchase the crop, as well as quantity and timeframe for the purchase.

However, on Saturday, President John Magufuli reiterated the government’s commitment to purchase the entire crop if the firms miss on the government’s Monday deadline.

He made the statement when addressing senior Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) officers at the 95KJ Camp in Dar es Salaam – also known as the General Twalipo Camp.

Dr Magufuli made the statement after inspecting 75 TPDF vehicles with a total carrying capacity of1,500 tonnes. The trucks are lined up ready to ferry the cashed crop to export points should the government end up having to buy the produce.

Noting that there are warehouses in Mtwara and Dar es Salaam Regions with a storage capacity of 77,000 tonnes and 90,000 tonnes respectively, the president said it should be no problem for the government to store the 210,000 tonnesof cashew nuts that may have to be purchased by the government.

Insisting that the government has enough money with which to purchase the ‘stranded’ crop, the president said it will also have no trouble finding export markets. It will also process some of the cashew nuts locally for export and domestic consumption as well.

Later during the day, Dr Magufuli sacked Agriculture minister Charles Tizeba and his Trade counterpart, Charles Mwijage, in a cabinet reshuffle that was just as soon announced by State Louse.

The Head of State also disbanded the Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT), and revoked the appointment of its chairperson, Ms Anna Abdallah.

In the event, the president appointed Mr Japhet Ngailonga Hasunga – who is the MP for Mbozi (CCM) – to hold the Agriculture docket, and Joseph George Kakunda (MP for Sikonge-CCM) as the new Industries and Trade minister.

In the mini-reshuffle,Dr Magufuli also appointed four deputy ministers.

Yesterday, efforts by this paper to reach senior officers in the Prime Minister’s Office to get their response regarding the premier’s directives proved futile.

Prospective cashew nuts buyers – including representatives of the Tanzania Mercantile Exchange PLC, Alfa Krust $ Alfa Choice, OM Agro and Mkemi Cashews – would not comment on the matter.


ref: https://allafrica.com/stories/201811120240.html

Agra Innovate showcases Nigeria’s agric potential

Agra Innovate West Africa expo will host the agribusiness leaders and stakeholders from Nigeria and beyond at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 27 to 28 November 2018, to showcase the agricultural potentialities of the country and attract more investments into the sector.

The theme of the expo is ‘Food Security: The role of finance in the creation of commercial opportunities for agricultural value chain stakeholder operations.’

The expo, being organized by Informa and Contact Consulting Nigeria, marks the fifth edition of the event, with growing emphasis on thematic conference and seminars on topical issues.

This year’s event serves as a high level platform for product exhibition, business-to-business linkage, deal making, networking, technology transfer, knowledge exchange, public-private collaboration and policy discourse among participants drawn from all walks of life.

Over 5,000 exhibition visitors have registered online and attendance is free for online registered delegates.

Governor John Kayode Fayemi will lead the way for other states’ chief executives on how to turn agricultural prospects into prosperity as he addresses agribusiness stakeholders on the potential for agribusiness partnerships.

Governor Fayemi has indicated that his government will make agriculture a top priority in Ekiti State.

Confirmed speakers at the event are Mr. Michel Deelen, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Netherlands Embassy, who will deliver an address on emerging potential partnership opportunities between Nigeria and the Netherlands; Vanessa Adams, Vice-President, Country Support and Delivery, AGRA (Kenya); Alex Elphistone, Programme Director, Adam Smith International; Fatima Ali Mohammed, CEO Brand Warrior; Ade Adefeko, VP OLAM (Nigeria); Nneka Eze, Country Director, Dalberg Global Advisors; and Dr. Olusegun Ojo, Director General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (Abuja).

Export of Hibiscus to Mexico to resume soon



The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) says the cuntry will resume the export of hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo to Mexico.
The Coordinating Director, NAQS, Dr Vincent Isegbe disclosed yesterday in Abuja.
He said that in 2017, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
He added that NAQS had initially suspended the export following the detection of storage pest in some consignments from Nigeria.
“The issue has now been taken care of. That is why we are resuming the export of the plant again,:” he said.
He noted that the issue was resolved in collaboration with stakeholders across the value chain, adding that Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus.
“Nigeria is ready to resume export of the plant to Mexico. In a couple of weeks, we will resume shipments.
“Our farmers are eager and the fields are near ready. The harvest season of hibiscus will start any moment from now.
“And the good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt, with harvest available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for the country and support the present administration’s diversification of the economy,” he said. Isegbe, however, called on farmers to show more commitment to growing the plant in order to increase their income.

How we process and transport Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus flower

Have you ever wondered how we get your hibiscus to you in good condition? Wonder no more! Hibiscus flower is mostly produced in Northern Nigeria and at tinker and bell trading, we have staff members on ground to source for good quality hibiscus flowers. This means going to the source itself to get freshly produced Hibiscus flower.

Once this Hibiscus flower has been harvested, we take it to our processing centre where our employees who are mainly women sort, clean and process the hibiscus flower. Once that has been completed, we put them into 25kg bags that are air-tight and load them into truck to be transported to either a warehouse, directly to the client, or to the Sea port to be exported to the country of order.

Before we load them into the truck’s container, we have to dress the container as containers which are made of metals are corrosive once they are at sea and can damage the product, and we certainly don’t want that to happen.

Our goal is to ensure that the customer gets his hibiscus flower in good condition and that is why we apply due diligence in in processing and transport the our products to our clients.

So why not order you own Hibiscus from Tinker and Bell trading, we sure know how to take care of our own customers.

IFAD/VCDP to host National Commodity Alliance Forum

Buoyed by a successful implementation of a spate of developmental objectives under the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are partnering to convene a National Workshop on the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF).

The CAF which was pioneered by the VCDP in six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun, and Taraba successfully galvanized smallholder farmers’ productivity and access to markets in the rice and cassava value chains using the innovative Public-Private Producer Partnership (4ps) model.

According to the IFAD Value Chain Development Programme Knowledge Management and Communication Advisor, Mrs. Vera Onyilo, the CAF is a strategic partnership between farmers, key private sector players and government to facilitate business transactions, knowledge sharing, as well as policy dialogue, an initiative that has culminated into ready market for the farmers as well as access to extension services, agro inputs, and financial services.

The ensuing CAF stakeholders relationship has yielded significant results, a major one being the receipt of 150,000mt of rice paddy from rural farmers in the six States. This represents an estimated income of USD63.6 million to the hands of the rural smallholder farmers.  From a macroeconomic parameter, it represents 150,000mt import substitution and USD63.6 million foreign exchange savings to Nigeria, hence a great support to the Nigerian government’s agricultural promotion policy – which primarily targets import substitution.

Sharing his thoughts, Richard-Mark Mbaram, CEO of AgroNigeria and Strategic Consultant of the CAF Workshop notes that the 4Ps Model of CAF “has resulted in a major accomplishment for the current administration’s agricultural development efforts which has the clear potential for rapid, inclusive calibration of productivity across the country and across value-chains. It is therefore fitting that the VCDP seeks to replicate the CAF model across the country”.

The Workshop themed: Partnership for Enhancing Productivity and Marketing for Sustainable Agri-Business, is scheduled to hold from October 30 – 31st,  2018 at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja.

The Event is expected to converge players in the commodity value chains to share their knowledge and experiences, in a bid to guarantee increased  private sector participation in agricultural commodity development in Nigeria, while also charting a roadmap for the establishment of the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF) in the 36 States of the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)


Nigeria lost $100 billion in 10 years


The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has disclosed that Nigeria has lost over $100 billion since 2008 over its inability to produce, process, and export additional cocoa beans, palm oil, groundnuts, and cotton.

“It is estimated that Nigeria has lost $10 billion in annual export opportunity from groundnut, palm oil, cocoa, and cotton alone due to a continuous decline in the production of those commodities.

“Food (crop) production increases have not kept pace with population growth, resulting in rising food imports and declining levels of national food self-sufficiency,” the FAO report said.

The main factors undermining production include reliance on rain-fed agriculture, smallholder landholding, and low productivity due to poor planting material, low fertilizer application, and a weak agricultural extension system, among others.

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), which the present Muhammadu Buhari-led government promised would be continued, set a cocoa productivity goal to double cocoa production in Nigeria from 250,000 in 2011 to 500,000 metric tonnes by 2015, but industry players claim the production has not improved.

Former Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Professor Malachy Akoroda, said the goal was not backed up with sincere actions, describing the goal as far from realities.

The national output of cocoa will increase from 230,000mt to 714,000mt. This will be accomplished by increasing planted land area from the current 657,143ha to 905,000ha.

As part of the private sector-led solutions to the challenges of the industry, the association says it has been working to increase cocoa beans per hectare from 350kg to 789kg.

“The average cocoa farmer who has about 2.5 hectares who normally produces an output of 875kg and earns a gross revenue of N525,000 will now produce an output of 1,625kg and earn a more reasonable gross revenue of N975,000.

“The plan has interventions directed at providing support to cocoa farmers who want to establish new plantations or introduce complementary enterprises into his farm business for income generation opportunities,” the cocoa association revealed.

Source: http://www.nigerianfarming.com

Brazil will inject $1.1b into Agriculture Sector


Mr. Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, the Ambassador of Brazil to Nigeria says that his country will soon inject $1.1 billion dollars into Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

He made this statement at a dinner to sensitize Nigerians to Agritech Nigeria, an agriculture programme organized by the Government of Osun State.

In his speech, he said that Brazil will help to transform Nigeria’s agriculture sector with the fund by establishing tractor assembly plants in Bauchi State.

According to him, mechanization of agriculture would enhance value addition, food system development and other opportunities for farmers. This will also reduce hard labour and labour shortages as well as improve the timeliness of agriculture operations.

“it will keep the youths busy because they will be employed, and create development in the area where the plant is established”, he said.

The ambassador said that the project is to be financed by the Brazilian  Exim- Bank and will come in three phases while the Central Bank of Nigeria would make available concessional resources through local banks.

He went on to say that the proposed term of financing is 13 years including 10 years of repayment and two years of grace.

Under this project, Brazil would bring agriculture equipment which would create jobs for the Nigerian youth thereby stabilizing the agricultural sector.



New method to transport farm produce introduced in Lagos

In a bid to ensure food security for Lagosians, the Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has declared the use of reusable plastics crates to aid transportation of farm produce rather than raffia baskets.

The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello made this known recently at an event held in Police college Lagos.

In his speech, the Governor said that this step was taken to secure agricultural produces.

Ambode noted that climate change was threatening the increase in agricultural output.

According to him “The greatest challenge to achieving a sustainable reduction in food shortage, therefore, remains our ability to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

“One of the measures we are putting in place is the encouragement of the use of reusable plastic crates in place of raffia baskets for the carriage of perishable farm produce; this is expected to commence state-wide next year.” He added

On her part, Executive Director of the British-American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF), Ms. Abimbola Okoya, also explained that a higher percentage of agricultural produce was perishable and so measures needed to be taken to ensure significant risks were minimized.

“Small-scale farmers have low volumes of marketable surplus and their farms are mostly located in remote areas with poorly developed infrastructure and transportation.” She said.

Source: http://www.agronigeria.com.ng

Nigerians spend N132 bn on Palm oil Importation

Despite difficulties in accessing foreign exchange by palm oil importers, a total of 650,000 metric tons of crude palm oil valued at N132.1billion ($439.1 million) has been imported to meet Nigerian industrial and domestic needs.

The commodity is among the products banned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from sourcing forex at the interbank market.

The product was ferried from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia between 2017 and August 2018 as annual consumption reached 2.7 million tons.

It was revealed that despite the 35 percent duty paid by manufacturing firms and other importers to bring the product into the country, importation of crude palm oil has increased by 50,000 metric tons from 300,000 tons in 2017 because of the 1.73 million tons deficit being experienced in the country.

The imports were 16.7 percent higher than what obtained last year because of high demand as Thailand palm oil price crashed from $732 per ton to $567 per ton in the first week of October 2018.

New Telegraph gathered that the country required 2.7 million tons to meet its consumption as local production had remained static at 970,000 tons since 2015.

In July this year, Lagos Port Complex, MV Tina Theresa discharged 5,700 tons at the Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL), while MV Champion Cornelia offloaded 4,999 tons at Josepdam in Tincan Island Port.

Also in March 2018, 55,699 tons were imported as Susan Victory and Desert Spring offloaded 45,000 tons of the commodity.

It would be recalled that the Senate had, in February this year, called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of palm oil in order to protect local production.

The lawmakers feared that importation of palm kernel and allied palm products was a threat to government’s campaign on diversification of the economy through increased agricultural production and exports.

Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum (WEF), in its forecast, said that palm oil market would expand to an estimated $88 billion a year by 2022 as Indonesia reduced its export tax for crude palm oil between 0 and 22.5 percent to attract importers from Nigeria and other countries.

Also, Indonesia has imposed a $50 per metric ton levy on crude palm oil export and a $30 per metric ton levy on processed palm oil products.

Indonesian Vegetable Oil Refiners Association (GIMNI) explained that the growth in export of palm oil and processed palm oil products to major markets would continue because of the country’s long-term target of producing 40 million tons of crude palm oil per year from 2020.

Nigeria, which was the largest producer of palm oil in the world with a market share of 43 percent in the 1960s, now has a world share of 2.9 percent, with Indonesia leading with 33 million tons; Malaysia, 19.8 million tons; Thailand, two million tons; Colombia, 1.108 million tons and Nigeria, 970,000 tons.


Hurricane Michael threatens crops and livestock in South-East America

As Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday, farmers in the Southeast were still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence just weeks ago. Michael, which brought 155-mile-per-hour winds and could dump several inches of rain on the region, was threatening crops and livestock from the Florida Panhandle to North Carolina.

Pecan, cotton and peanut harvests were at risk as the dangerous storm plowed its way through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused the loss of 10 percent of the Southeast’s pecan trees, which blew over in the wind. With Michael’s excessive rain and winds, unharvested peanuts could rot in the ground and cotton bolls could be stripped from the plants.

“The track of the hurricane is almost like you could name it the ‘Southeast Cotton Industry Hurricane,’ because it’s coming into Panama City, and there are about 140,000 acres of cotton in the Florida Panhandle,” David Ruppenicker, CEO of Southern Cotton Growers, told CNBC.

Although farmers in the region were reportedly working around the clock to harvest as much as possible before the storm arrived, much of the season’s crop remained in the ground. As of October 7, only 58 percent of Florida’s peanut crop had been harvested, and just 28 percent of Alabama’s. In Georgia, just 15 percent of cotton and 33 percent of fall vegetables had been harvested when the storm hit.

Michael was also endangering dairy and poultry operations in its path. Power outages from storms can be life-threatening to animals in confined farm operations.

Both Florence and Michael hit at a time when low commodity prices and retaliatory tariffs from President Trump’s trade war threaten the livelihoods of even the most prosperous farmers.

“We started off the year with very good prices and a pretty good crop,” Wayne Boseman, president of the Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative, told Politico. “Now the hurricane is taking away the crop, and the trade war is taking away the price. That combination is putting a lot of farmers in severe financial constraints.”

Reference : http://www.agriculture.com