Commodities

Palm oil processing underway

The palm oil processing plant on the Lake Victoria island of Bugala has commenced with operations and is expected to save Uganda $60mn a year on vegetable oil importation.

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Tea company enters Ethiopia

Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (KDHP) that owns and runs Tata Tea estates in Munnar (Kerala), is planning to go global by entering into a joint venture with a tea company in Vietnam and acquiring management control of an Ethiopian tea estate.

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Helping to breed better crop varieties

hi_4271When plants become desiccated, tiny leaf pores collectively called stomata close to conserve water. Each stoma is flanked by a pair of ‘guard cells’, which change shape to open or close the central pore.

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The sustainability of cocoa production

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Pests and diseases already destroy about a third of potential cocoa production, and with climate change there will be a greater threat to future supplies of cocoa.

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Tight supply to keep sugar high?

Sugar_1aRaw sugar prices climbed to their highest level in 29 years on 1 February, with raw sugar ­for March delivery reaching 30.05 US cents a pound in early afternoon trading on ICE Futures US.

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