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…