SON sensitizes agricultural processors to improve products standards

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has during a sensitization programme organized for agricultural processors and farmers, urged the stakeholders in Kano State to improve the standards of their commodities. The programme was organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the main regulatory institution of the Nigerian capital market, in collaboration with SON. The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim said Nigeria was still lagging despite being rich in agriculture, with arable land put at 34 million hectares, which represents 33 per cent of the country’s landmass.…

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Safefood launches eLearning tool to provide basic food safety training to new staff

IRELAND – Safefood, a food safety management software company, has launched a new free eLearning tool for small and medium-sized (SMEs) food businesses across Northern Ireland to provide basic food safety training to new staff as they manage a post-pandemic increase in demand. ‘Safefood for business’ is a free online training programme in basic food safety for SME food businesses across food service, catering, retail and manufacturing sectors in Northern Ireland. The interactive training programme covers key areas of food safety training in short, practical and engaging modules using real-life…

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Ghana to host 65th Council Meeting of African Organization for Standardization

GHANA – The government of Ghana through the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) will host the 65th Council Meeting of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) in Accra, amidst calls to accelerate the harmonization of standards in the region which is seen as crucial to achieving the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It is the first Council meeting since the General Assembly unanimously elected the Director General of GSA, Prof Alex Dodoo as the President of ARSO. He is scheduled to lead the organization from June 2022…

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Jamaica’s Banana Board to establish protocols to improve plantain cultivation

JAMAICA – The Banana Board of Jamaica is set to establish protocols to improve and formalize cultivation of plantain to supply local, regional, and international markets like in Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. Plantain – green or ripe, fried, boiled or baked – is a welcome treat on the Jamaican breakfast or dinner plate, and is a produce that is being prioritized by the Banana Board as it looks to meet market demand and increase earnings from the crop. Janet Conie, the General Manager of the…

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