Botswana turns to South Africa and Zambia for maize imports

BOTSWANA - Botswana continues to import 170,000 metric tonnes of maize annually as it has always run out of corn due to insufficient local production, according to an article by AllAfrica. Speaking in an interview, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) chief executive officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi noted that on annual basis the country needed 190…

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…

New flour blending law to utilize other local grains to curb food shortage

KENYA - The Kenyan government is seeking to enact a regulation that will require millers to include other local, under-consumed grains such as cassava, millet, and sorghum in flour blends to ensure sufficient production of food. The government is making commitment to enhance food security by including the subsistence-produced crops into the national food chain,…

EABL reaches out to sorghum farmers ahead of new plant opening

KENYA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has intensified its outreach to farmers ahead of a grant opening of a new brewing facility in Kisumu in a bid to achieve a steady supply of the grain. In addition, the East Africa's largest alcohol beverage company seeks to deepen socio-economic benefits, at the same time play…

US Grains Council, sorghum industry respond to China anti-dumping rules

CHINA - The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and sorghum industry led by the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have acted in response to new anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations launched against imported U.S. sorghum by China. The response came a week after the sorghum markets reacted as farmers and the trade became concerned about market access…

KBL targets 15,000 sorghum farmers as brewery set up continues

KENYA - Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) targets to recruit 15,000 sorghum farmers in the lakeside region ahead of production set to commence next year. The move has already excited small-scale farmers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Busia counties who intend to start planting the drought-resistant plant as a cash crop. Among other raw…

Local sourcing initiative impacts over 175,000 lives – Guinness Ghana

GHANA - Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has held a stakeholder’s workshop to showcase and assess the socio-economic impact of their Local Raw Material (LRM) sourcing on the Ghanaian economy. A statement issued in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the workshop was held bi-annually to review the impact of the company’s…

China may face ‘tight’ corn supplies, due to subsidy, demand reforms

CHINA - China, which last year held more than one half of world corn stocks, could soon "find itself tight" in supplies of the grain, thanks to reforms such as a farm subsidy shake-up, and moves to boost domestic consumption. The US Department of Agriculture's Beijing bureau, cut to a five-year low of 79.2m tonnes…

IGC ups world grains harvest to second largest on record

WORLD - The International Grains Council lifted its estimate for the world grains harvest to the second largest on record, citing improved ideas on wheat and, especially, corn production. The intergovernmental group raised by 20m tonnes to 2.069bn tonnes its estimate for world production of wheat and coarse grains, such as barley, corn and sorghum,…

Nigeria becomes World’s second leading sorghum producer

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s agricultural production of sorghum has leaped to the second place, now trailing only the United States in annual production. Data obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts world sorghum production at 59.34 million metric tonnes for 2017/2018. Of this number, USA’s output is projected to reach 8.4m metric tonnes…