Uganda launches standards for nine grain products to boost grain trade

UGANDA - The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) has unveiled nine product standards for staple foods that fall under grains category with an aim to boost and increase grain trade between Uganda and other East African countries. According to an article in the East African Business Week, the standards will play a critical role in…

Japan millers evaluates US wheat, sign deal to develop club wheat

USA - Japan flour millers have gone to the United States to evaluate and discuss on the quality of US wheat among other issues including relationship between the Japanese milling industry and US wheat. The group was welcomed by the Oregon Wheat Commission (OWC) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC). The forum, also attended by…

Zimbabwe Millers to import 150,000tonnes of wheat to supplement stocks

ZIMBABWE - The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has announced that it will be importing 150,000 tonnes of wheat upto November to avert market shortages that would rather be experienced in a short while. The millers said the country was left with 90,000 tonnes, only enough to provide two months’ supply but more wheat…

Trade tension soothing as China drops sanctions against US sorghum

CHINA - China through the Ministry of Commerce announced on May 18 that it was dropping sanctions on US sorghum after the two sides said they were engaging in talks to ease trade tension. China’s commerce ministry said it terminated the anti-dumping probe and duty investigations terming calling those measures that did not serve the…

Nigeria’s Lagos State to commission the ‘biggest in Africa’ rice mill in Feb 2019

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s Lagos State has revealed that it was planning to commission and start production for 32 metric tons per hour rice mill in February 2019, which Adebowale Akinsanya, Commissioner for Works described as the biggest in Africa, according to the Guardian Nigeria. This forms part of the Federal Government’s initiative to self-sufficiency and…

Seaboard Corp.’s profit falls 36% on lower corn and soybean meal sales

USA - Seaboard Corp, the diverse multinational agribusiness and transportation conglomerate has posted operating income of US$11 million, a 36% decline for the Commodity Trading and Milling (CT&M) segment on lower corn and soybean meal sales prices and volumes. In the first quarter ended March 31, net sales increased by 8% to US$786 million reflected…

Zambia’s 2018 maize output to fall 34% on account of drought

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s maize production for 2017/18 will fall 34% to 2.39 million metric tonnes as compared to the previous year largely impacted by drought, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo who based the report on a government survey. According to the minister, farmland under corn fell to 1.39 million hectares from 1.64 million hectares…

Sugar processor Tongaat Hulett to report 15% drop in profits

SOUTH AFRICA - Tongaat Hulett, the agricultural and agri-processing business has said that it expects operating profit to fall by at least 15% for the full year compared to year ended March 31, 2017 reports Business Day. According to the company, the decline was a result of higher than expected sugar imports in South Africa.…

Nigeria considers levies on imported starch to enhance local production

NIGERIA - The Federal Government of Nigeria is considering levies on imported starch sweeteners, flour and ethanol to encourage local production and reduce its food import bill on those products estimated at US$654 million. The government also aims to enhance cassava processing, the raw material for the products while attracting investments in that area. Although…

Corbion introduces pristine clean-label cake solutions

NETHERLANDS - Corbion, a Dutch food and biochemicals company, has introduced new expanded line of mixes, bases and icing stabilizers simplifies labels without sacrificing quality. To help bakery manufacturers meet the growing demand for simplified ingredients, Corbion has broadened its clean-label portfolio to include cake mixes, bases and icing stabilizers. Known simply as Pristine, these…