Local and Chinese firms compete for a bid to construct US$73.24m food reserves

ETHIOPIA - Both local and Chinese firms have come out to compete in a bid to construct over 50 silos worth US$73.24 million to be used for food reserves across Ethiopia. In November 2017, the Strategic Food Reserve Agency (SFRA) through Public Procurement & Property Disposal Services (PPPDS) placed the bid to construct three silos…

Kenyans import $31.2m maize from Uganda, TZ to meet demand

KENYA - Kenya will next month waive duty to allow millers to import maize from Uganda and Tanzania. Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours. This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall…

Nigeria’s maize output may fall 7% amid rising imports, pests

NIGERIA - Corn output for the 2017-18 season will probably decline by as much as 750,000 metric tonnes due to the impact of pests and increased imports, according to the Maize Association of Nigeria. Bloomberg sources quoted the President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Tunji Adenola, as saying that Nigeria was estimated to produce 10 million tonnes of…

BASF, GAIN partner on study to combat post-harvest losses

NIGERIA - A leading chemical company, BASF, has collaborated with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on a study aimed at finding solutions to post-harvest losses in Nigeria. According to statement from the partners, the study aims to identify the current cold storage capacity of Nigeria in both frozen and ambient temperature segments. It said the…

South Africa’s stocks fall 11% month-on-month as drought bites

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa is chewing through its vast stocks of corn, data for December from the country’s agriculture ministry shows Thursday, as fears mount on the impact of drought on its current crop. According to the data, South African stocks of white and yellow corn, for food and feed use respectively, fell by…

SA expects a 23% decline in wheat production this season

SOUTH AFRICA - South African wheat production for the 2017/18 season is expected to decline by 23percent as compared to the previous season, mainly due to poor yields in the Western Cape and in some parts of the Free State province. Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist and head of agribusiness at the Agricultural Business Chambe,…

Zimbabwe’s meat production declines 10% in 2017

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe experienced a substantial decrease in meat production during the third quarter of last year. Official figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, said cattle and pig slaughters were down eight and 10 percent respectively during the third quarter of 2017 from the prior comparable period. Sheep and goat slaughters…

WHO report highlights rise in malnutrition, obesity in Africa, decries data gaps

AFRICA - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that under-nutrition is still persistent in the Continent while the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, which was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under…