US$4.9 million sweet potato plant spells promise for Meru farmers

KENYA - Sweet potato farmers in Meru are looking forward to a brighter future following the establishment of a plant to aid in value addition as a way to boost their earnings. Construction of a US$494,000 bakery and milling plant funded by the European Union (EU) through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is already…

USDA estimates high US beet and total sugar production in 2017/18

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported forecast record high U.S. beet and total sugar production in 2017/18, in it’s in its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The U.S.D.A. forecast U.S. 2017-18 sugar production at a record 9,230,000 short tons, raw value, down 82,000 tons from January based on beet sugar at…

Arjuna implements sustainable approach in nitric-oxide booster production

INDIA - Arjuna Natural Ltd has implemented a sustainable approach to nitric oxide booster; Amaranthus extract production as demand for boosting nitric oxide levels rise among consumers. Arjuna produces OxyStorm, a standardized nitrate extracted from red spinach (Amaranthus dubius) that is highly sort after in the US and Europe. This natural source is sugar free…

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…

Nigeria’s rice importation dropped by 95% in two years – Minister

NIGERIA - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says rice importation into Nigeria has dropped by 95 per cent in the last two years. Ogbeh said this on Thursday in Abuja at the first Annual NACCIMA-NIRSAL Agribusiness and Policy Linkage Conference, which has “Implementing the Agriculture Component of the Economic Recovery…

Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year, seeks local production

ANGOLA - Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year to add to its locally grown 25,000 tons to market needs, says the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Carlos Alberto Pinto. In order to meets its needs and reduce imports, the country, emerging from decades long conflict, has to put in place about 300,000 hectares…

Rice in Nigeria: Building local capacity to grow, process vital grain

This article appeared in the Sept/October issue of Food Business Africa magazine The Government of Nigeria, the world’s second largest importer of rice, has initiated a number of policy initiatives in the last few decades to boost rice production and processing in the country. Despite these initiatives, the country continues to import large quantities, as…

Group says 12m farmers set for rice growing scheme

NIGERIA - The National President, Rice Farmers Association (RIFAN), Aminu Goronyo, says more than 12 million rice farmers will participate in this year’s Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mr. Goronyo disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Thursday, while sensitising rice farmers to the requirements…

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest. Growers will probably reap 16.74 million metric tons of corn in the 2016 to 2017 season, Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, said by…