Veracruz Almonds introduces blockchain technology to enable traceability

PORTUGAL – Veracruz Almonds, an almond producer, processor and distributor, has introduced blockchain technology at their award-winning estates in Idanha-a-Nova and Fundão, Portugal, to enhance the produce’s traceability. This comes as the almond producer prepares to expand its exports to distributors and suppliers in the UK and Europe. The technology, which collates interlinked data on vital factors, will enable Veracruz to…

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Irvington Seafood recalls crab meat amidst fears of Listeria contamination

U.S – Irvington Seafood, an Alabama seafood supplier, has recalled its one-pound packages of “Crabmeat: Jumbo, Lump, Finger, and Claw meat amidst fears of Listeria contamination. This came after routine tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in crab meat processing equipment. So far, no crabmeat has been tested but there are…

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Greenpeace Africa, Seed Savers Network call for review of existing seed law

KENYA – Two non-governmental organizations, Greenpeace Africa and Seed Savers Network are calling for a review of the existing seed law which they claim favours large corporations at the expense of small-scale farmers. They said the Seed and Plant Varieties Act 326 of 2012 should be amended in order to recognize and allow the sale, exchange and sharing of indigenous…

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Tanzania Coffee Research Institute releases new high yielding coffee varieties

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has in a bid to bolster the cash crop’s production in the country, released new high yielding disease resistant coffee varieties for commercial production. The varieties include grade 4 Robusta Coffee, a high yielding large bean which is said to be resistant to Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD). Others are 19 Arabica hybrids…

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