Seed Co Zimbabwe introduces new ‘climate smart’ maize variety

ZIMBABWE - Seed Co Zimbabwe, the country’s largest supplier of certified crops has introduced new climate smart maize seed variety called SC 649, meant to address challenges in climate change experienced by many farmers. The new variety meets breeding objectives which came at a time when Southern Africa has had adverse climate effects, including prolonged…

South Africa’s beef imports to remain flat as production to increase 4%

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s beef imports for the year 2018 are estimated to remain relatively flat at about 45,000 tons, close to 2017 which saw a decline in domestic beef supplies due to a severe drought in the preceding years. USDA reported that possibility to grow imports was suppressed by low demand for beef.…

Kenyan dairy production increases by 25% to reduce milk powder imports

KENYA – The Kenyan dairy sector has reported a 25% increase in milk production according to the Kenya Dairy Report. Latest industry report by the Kenya Dairy Board covering between January and March indicated the volume of milk has gone up from 47.9 million kilogrammes in January to 60.2 million kilogrammes last month. According to Business…

Investors to pump US$693.7m in Nigeria rice production

NIGERIA - Investors in the Nigerian rice industry are planning to invest about US$693.7 million to enhance domestic production and save on importation costs the country has always incurred. The Guardian Nigeria reports that the announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture Audi Ogbeh during a Rice Conference organised by Agro Nigeria. This is…

Dangote, Flour Mills of Nigeria boost wheat production with threshing machines

NIGERIA - Dangote, Flour Mills of Nigeria and other stakeholders in the milling industry have donated 50 units AMAR multi-crop threshers to wheat farmers to boost wheat production in the country. According to the Guardian Nigeria, this aims at improving grain production for Nigeria estimated at about 16.3 million tons for wheat, rice, corn and…

France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

China’s beef production expected to increase to 7.4 million metric tonnes

CHINA - China’s beef production will increase by 1% in 2018 to 7.4 million metric tonnes (MMT), with its appetite for beef forecast to grow by 3% to 8.4 MMT, outpacing demand and leading to higher imports, according to a USDA report. China recently approved several new suppliers, most notably the United States, to help…

Australia releases its oilseeds and products annual report

AUSTRALIA - Australia produces over 5 million metric tonnes (MMT) of oilseed crops each year, with canola and cotton seed accounting over 90% of total production. According to a USDA report, there are forecasts of 2018/19 canola production to expand to 4 MMT, up 8% from the previous year because of improved climatic conditions. In…

Flour Mills of Nigeria undertakes wheat seeds multiplication initiative

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria has announced that it is undertaking a wheat seeds multiplication initiative by cultivating 75 hectares of wheat farms in Nigeria, according to the newspaper PM News. The company has made the program possible by providing farmers with certified and high-quality wheat seeds and fertilizers. In addition, through a collaboration…

South Africa reduces wheat import tariff by 45% in March

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s wheat imports tariff has declined by 45% to US$32.78 per tonne following a drop in international wheat prices, based on a report by the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). The reduction is a reprieve for millers such as Pioneer Foods, Godrich Flour Mills, Premier Foods Ltd and others who have been…