Ghana’s Fisheries Commission revamps Fish Farming Certification Protocol

GHANA – The Fisheries Commission, the implementing agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) in Ghana, has developed a new requirement to regulate aquaculture in the country in order to help pump up farm productivity and ensure safe and quality fish for the market. The Fish Farming Certification Protocol is currently being validated by experts and stakeholders in the aquaculture industry for necessary inputs before it is forwarded to the cabinet for consideration. The new protocol, which is a review of an existing one-stop certification, has been…

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Ghana to commence legal action against fraudulent palm oil dealers

GHANA – The government of Ghana is set to arrest and prosecute unlicensed and illegal artisanal palm oil producers and processors in the country by next year in a move to drive away unscrupulous traders who produce unclean and unhealthy palm oil for consumption. This is anticipated to enhance market access for workers in the palm oil value chain in the producing districts and ensure that finished products meet both local and international market standards to generate income and taxes for development. Mr. Paul Amaning, the National President of the…

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ISO elects DIN’s CEO Christoph Winterhalter as new policy Vice-President

GLOBAL – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has elected Christoph Winterhalter, DIN’s CEO, as the new ISO Vice President -Policy responsible for ISO’s policy and strategy. By agreement with the German Federal Government, DIN is the acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations. The permanent staff at DIN coordinate the entire standardization process at national level and are responsible for organizing German participation in standards work at European and international level. As part of the ISO General Assembly, members are asked to…

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Scientists launch research on ways to preserve post-harvest fruit quality

U.S – Scientists at Washington State University are set to launch new research to find safe, organic-friendly ways to defeat post-harvest diseases and foodborne illnesses in apples and pears, while extending their storability. Increasingly popular with consumers, Washington-grown organic apples and pears thrive in the region’s dry, disease-discouraging climate. Off the tree, however, organic fruits are at the mercy of physiological disorders and fungi that can rot and destroy more than a third of the annual harvest before it gets to the table. Achour Amiri, a Wenatchee-based plant pathologist, is…

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Cuban farmers to receive bioengineered tomatoes, soybeans seeds

CUBA – Cuba is set to kick off dispersal of bioengineered tomatoes and soybeans (Giron 50 and Cuvin 22) seeds following successful field trials earlier in the year. With the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Cuba’s National Institute of Agricultural Science (INCA) has been implementing breeding programmes using irradiation and biotechnology to develop new varieties that can better cope with extremes in growing conditions imposed by climate change. They will now be distributed to…

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