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…

Bühler Group introduces new digital rice analyser TotalSense

SWITZERLAND - The Bühler Group has introduced a new digital rice analyser TotalSense, which enables the reduction of costs, improvement of yield and improvement of quality for rice processors. As part of Bühler’s digitalization initiative, this innovation features a number of new solutions that leverage the power of Internet of Things (IoT) with increased customer…

Brazil Agrobusiness Group to increase rice production

GHANA - The Brazil Agrobusiness Group, a company focused exclusively on rice cultivation at Kpenu, near Dabala in the South Tongu District is to double production by 2020. The Company’s rice harvest currently corresponds to 2,220 hectares annually with the potential to produce up to 155,400 tons of rice, Ms Lidiane Jaconi, Managing Director of…

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…

Ingredion expands rice ingredients portfolio

USA - Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global ingredients solutions company, has launched two multifunctional rice flours, Homecraft Create 835 and 865, as part of expanding its rice ingredients portfolio. The company said that the new rice flours are designed to suit even the most challenging of applications, including in soups and sauces. Food manufacturers can…

Ghana launches new rice brand to meet local demand

GHANA – A local rice processing company has formally introduced locally processed and packaged rice, boosting domestic rice production and processing in the country and reduce imports. Royal Farmers Rice is a premium parboiled long grain rice, which is locally produced to meet the rising demand for the produce in Ghana and the surrounding countries.…