Liberia’s cocoa processing company ACPEC obtains organic certification

LIBERIA – The Atlantic Cocoa Export & Processing Company (ACPEC), a privately owned accredited and recognized local Agri company has been granted organic certification by one of Europe’s top organic certification agents, KIWA BCS Garantie GmbH-f, buttressing the cocoa production sector. While addressing a press conference ACPEC’s Chief Executive Officer Clemenceau Wilfred Urey, said the recognition places Liberia amongst a list of selected countries in the world trading in organic certified cocoa produced and sold on the world market. He added that the acquisition of the Organic Certificate status, which…

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Uganda’s maize millers vow to comply with UNBS standards

UGANDA – Maize millers and other players along the value chain in Uganda have expressed commitment to comply with the mandatory standards of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). The millers in Lango Sub-region made the pledge during a dialogue with UNBS officials at Lira City Council Hall. This comes after more than 25 maize milling plants in Lira City and Apac Town were closed in the previous week for operating in unhygienic conditions and without certification. “Since we want to be part of the development of this country,…

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Veg-Fresh Farms aces SQF certification audit, crowned “Supplier of the Year”

U.S – Veg-Fresh Farms, a third-generation, family-run agribusiness farm has been awarded “Supplier of the Year” by two major national restaurant chains, and also received a phenomenal score of 99% after an unannounced, 3-day long audit by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF). Veg-Fresh Farms is, currently providing fresh produce to national food service chains and national retailers under the Veg-Fresh Farms, Crystal Cove Berry Farms, and Good Life Organic labels. “These accomplishments are a direct by-product of our customer-first mindset. Ensuring that our facility and our staff are always…

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Scientists identify genes to prolong broccoli shelf life

U.S – Scientists from the University of Florida (UF), Kansas State University, and Virginia Tech have found the genes to slow down the wilting and yellowing of broccoli when it is harvested. As soon as a head of broccoli is harvested, an internal clock for freshness starts counting down, and the crisp green crown soon wilts and yellows. To understand what causes this transformation, the research team investigated the genes responsible for the molecular changes inside broccoli as it ages. “With this research, one of our goals is ultimately to…

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Brazil okays importation of genetically modified HB4 wheat flour

BRAZIL – Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has given the green light for the importation of genetically modified drought resistant HB4 wheat flour for animal and human consumption. Following a rigorous review process that included the use of OMICS datasets to support the scientific safety evaluation of HB4 wheat, the Brazilian National Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) unanimously endorsed biosafety conditions for flour obtained from HB4 wheat. The drought resistant flour was engineered by Bioceres Crop Solutions, a provider of crop productivity solutions. “Meaningful resources and efforts have backed this…

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