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…

Ghanaian company signs MoU to promote mechanized rice production in Liberia

LIBERIA - A private Ghanaian firm, Abanga and Grace (A & G) Agro-Mechanical Industries and the government of Liberia have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote mechanized rice production in the country. According to an Observer report, the collaboration seeks to boost domestic rice production, enhance food security and create employment opportunities for the…

SON develops new standards for dry beans to aid acceptance in global markets

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed a standard specification for dry beans following numerous rejections at the international market, reports This Day. SON is looking to aid in acceptance of the commodity based on international standards by developing new ones, reviewing of existing ones, and adoption of international, continental and regional…

Zimbabwe’s grain board GMB receives 900,000 tonnes of maize

ZIMBABWE - The cereals and oilseeds commodity trader, Grain Marketing Board (GMB) of Zimbabwe has received 896 273 tonnes of maize and 21 750 tonnes of small grains for the past crop season. The Herald reports the volume was a result of measures put in place by the parastatal to ensure smooth deliveries of the…

Kenyan government drafts standards for blending of maize and wheat flour

KENYA - The government of Kenya has drafted guidelines and standards governing the blending of maize and wheat flour by millers to strengthen the nutritional components of the products, reports the Nation. According to a Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) technical team, the ministry of agriculture wants all flour to be blended by crops like…

Ethiopia tenders bid for procurement of 200,000 MT milling wheat

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Trading Business Corporation through the state grain buyer, Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) has tendered to procure 200,000 MT of wheat grain or milling wheat even as the country faces a shortage of wheat. PPPDS has invited eligible bidders both from local and international countries for the supply of the…

Government opens new bidding process for stalled sugar projects

ETHIOPIA - The government of Ethiopia has announced a new bidding process for the construction of stalled sugar projects and is considering awarding the work to Chinese firms for completion, reports Addis Fortune. Sugar Corporation, the government-owned sugar milling firm responsible for the construction of the sugar factories has invited three companies to visit the…

USAID supports Tanzania to develop new technology to fight aflatoxin

TANZANIA - Tanzania, with the support from the United States Agency for International Development has developed a new technology that reduces aflatoxin contamination in food by 80-90%. The technology known as Aflasafe TZ helps to reduce contamination of the poisonous chemical in both food and animal feed thus, rendering them safe for human consumption. Developed…

State reopens closed Abakaliki rice mill over poisonous and adulterated rice

NIGERIA - The State Government of Ebonyi has ordered the reopening of Abakaliki Rice mill which was closed due to discovery of adulterated and poisonous rice in the mill, according to This Day Nigeria. The move follows an investigation by the state government into rice millers which revealed Abakaliki was involved in the production and…

Liberia initiates probe into the alleged availability of plastic rice on the market

LIBERIA - The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Liberia has started investigations into the alleged availability of fake rice (rice made from plastic) on the Liberian market. According to the NEWS, the move followed claims from social media that plastic rice was being sold in the country, prompting the ministry to contact all of…