Corteva Agriscience partners AGRA to boost cereals, fruit production in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has entered into a partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in a deal that seeks to boost cereals, fruit and vegetable production in Ethiopia. Prabdeep Bajwa, President of Corteva Agriscience, Africa Middle East said that the partnership will provide famers with better…

Uganda, UK firms enter US$154.68m joint venture to boost agriculture sector

UGANDA - The ministry of agriculture in Uganda has entered into a joint venture with two United Kingdom-based agriculture firms that seeks to boost the agriculture sector through a US$154.68 million (UGX577.6bn) investment. Through the joint venture, Alvan Blanch Development Company and Colas Ltd will manufacture, supply, and install multiple post-harvest processing systems across the…

Kenya’s grain imports to increase as local production dwindles, says USDA

KENYA – Kenya’s imports of corn, wheat and rice are expected to increase in the 2019-20 marketing year as local supply of the commodities is projected to decline during the period. This is according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) recent report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).…

Rwanda unveils grains storage technologies to curb post-harvest losses

RWANDA – Rwanda has embarked on research and investments in crop storage technologies in pursuit of the country’s ambitions to reduce post-harvest losses from the current 16% to 5% by 2024. As part of the efforts, the country unveiled the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags, a grains storage technology, providing a simple and cost-effective…

Zimbabwe millers close 79 businesses amid economic hardships

ZIMBABWE – The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has revealed that at least 79 milling companies have folded up in the country as a result of economic hardships which have seen an increase in grey imports. GMAZ chairman Tafadzwa Musarara, said that the local milling industry has been straining to sustain their operations subsequently…

Japan, FOA hand over surveillance project to Zimbabwean small scale farmers

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwean small scale farmers are set to benefit from a US$500 000 disease and pest surveillance project from Japan and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project which was handed over to the government is expected to strengthen the capacity of small-scale farmers to fight Avian flu and the fall…

Nigerian chamber of commerce faults wheat policy amid low production

NIGERIA - The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has faulted the federal government’s policy on wheat, saying heavy import tariff on the commodity are adversely affecting millers in the country. In 2012, the Government of Nigeria introduced a 15% levy on wheat grain imports resulting in an increase of the effective duty from…

Kenya’s flour prices surge on declining wheat supply

KENYA – Kenya’s dwindling wheat supply has continued to exert pressure on the local flour prices on account of high international price of wheat. According to a report by Business Daily, the price in the world market has been on a steady rise since August last year when a tonne traded at US$224, rising to…

Zimbabwe millers alert over bread shortage as flour stocks dwindle

ZIMBABWE – Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe have warned over shrinking wheat flour stocks that may adversely impact on bread supply in the country, reports New Zimbabwe. In a notice to the National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe this week, the grain millers association said that this is as a result of the country’s inability to…

Africa’s wheat consumption grows as imports hit 47million tonnes

AFRICA – Africa’s grain consumption has over the past decade posted remarkable growth amid increasing demand propelled by the increasing population and changing consumer habits. According to a report by World Grain, wheat was among the major grains that recorded significant increase in consumption. Wheat imports in the continent increased to 47 million tonnes from…