Tanzania’s Reserve agency to receive US$6m to buy 28,000 tonnes of maize

TANZANIA - The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) will receive US$6.56 million from the government of Tanzania to be used for purchasing 28,000 tonnes of maize, only 2% of the surplus commodity to be purchased during the period. Since the government is only buying a small of the 970,000 tonnes it was supposed to during…

Tanzania suspends rice importation on increased local production

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has suspended rice importation into the country alleging that local production in the previous agricultural season increased significantly to cater for the local demand. The Citizen quotes the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Mathew Mtigumwe saying that local production for this year doubled the demand to…

The State grain buyer seeks to raise US$75m to purchase maize from farmers

ZIMBABWE - Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA), the government’s marketing agency plans to raise US$75 million for the purchase of maize from farmers in 2018 season, reports the Herald. The agro-bills which have a tenor of 360 days and interest rate of 7% per annum would be used for the purchases through the Grain Marketing Board…

Cargill introduces a new range of label-friendly potato starches for meat and meat alternatives

USA - Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has introduced a new portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. According to the company, it is designed for mild processing conditions, these starches offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without…

SON develops international standards for staple food products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed international standards for most of the country’s staple food products such as garri, dry beans, soya beans, rice to aid acceptance of its agricultural products in the international market. According to Director, Standards Development, Chinyere Egwuonwu, the standards were developed to ensure they meet the…

Bunge and Hakan places bids to supply 155,000tons of wheat worth US$49.5m

ETHIOPIA - Bunge SA and Hakan Agro DMCC have placed offers to supply the government of Ethiopia wheat worth US$49.50 million amidst shortages of the commodity in the market. The Herald reports the two were the only among 12 companies who bought bid documents after expressing interest in supplying the commodity meant for both government’s…

Cargill India ventures into rice bran oil segment through its Gemini brand

ASIA - Cargill India’s Gemini brand has ventured into the rice bran oil segment with a goal to gain 10% of the market share in the segment in Maharashtra within one year. The company said Gemini rice bran oil has 40% more oryzanol as compared to any regular edible oil, which reduces bad cholesterol in…

WFP partners Agrihouse for a Pre-harvest exhibition and conference to support farmers

GHANA - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the non-governmental agricultural capacity building organisation, Agrihouse Foundation have signed a partnership to organise the 8th edition of the Pre-harvest exhibition and conference geared at supporting farmers and agro-processors. The agreement worth US$75,000 will provide technical and financial assistance to support the programme set for October 3…

Excitement galore greets new products winners at the Awards ceremony

KENYA– There was excitement as the winners of the new products category were announced at the just concluded  Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards ceremony that took place on September 14, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. On an evening full of pomp and colour, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) and Bio Food Products showed their…

Africa’s Most Prestigious Food Industry Awards Ceremony is finally here!

KENYA -  The 2018 edition of the Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards - Africa's most prestigious food, beverage and milling industry awards -  has finally arrived. Hon. Peter Munya, who is the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Co-operatives in Kenya will be the Chief Guest at the Awards ceremony. During the event, winners of the…