Botswana turns to South Africa and Zambia for maize imports

BOTSWANA - Botswana continues to import 170,000 metric tonnes of maize annually as it has always run out of corn due to insufficient local production, according to an article by AllAfrica. Speaking in an interview, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) chief executive officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi noted that on annual basis the country needed 190…

Pioneer Foods’ division Bokomo upgrades milling plant for increased efficiencies

BOTSWANA - Bokomo Foods, a breakfast cereals company and division of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd has unveiled an extensive mill upgrade which it had been undertaking since the first quarter of 2018, reported Botswana Daily News. According to the company’s CEO Mr Werner De Beer, the upgrade was a first of its kind in the…

Botswana retailer invests US$20m to enter SA market

BOTSWANA - Sefalana Holdings will invest about P200 million (R250 million, US$20 million) in a consortium for acquisition of supermarket and wholesale chains in South Africa as part of the BSE-listed retailer’s expansion plans. In a statement, the company said the largest participant in this consortium is the well-established buying group, Unitrade Management Services (Pty)…

Wheat millers face collapse over imports

BOTSWANA - Local wheat milling companies may face collapse if the government does not restore the 15 percent wheat levy it had put in place to protect the millers, an official has said. Botswana Millers Association (BMA) chairman, Nkosi Mwaba said the milling industry is under existential threat from predatory pricing behaviour on imports of…