Egypt rejects French wheat shipment over high fungus contamination

EGYPT - The government of Egypt has rejected a shipment of 63,000 tonnes of wheat sourced from France which officials in the country said that the commodity had exceeded the authorized levels of ergot, a grain fungus. According to a report by Reuters, Egyptian officials found 0.1% ergot in the wheat shipment, which exceeds the…

Ethiopia’s wheat production to increase as government unveils self-sufficiency plans

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s wheat production is expected to increase hitting 4.6 million tonnes during the 2019-20 period as the government unveils plans to ensure the country becomes self-sufficient in wheat production. This is according to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department…

Ethiopia tenders bid for supply of 400,000 tonnes of wheat to ease demand

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has issued a new international competitive tender to buy 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat as it seeks to fill the gap of wheat supply in the local milling and baking industries. According to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service…

Kenya’s grain imports to increase as local production dwindles, says USDA

KENYA – Kenya’s imports of corn, wheat and rice are expected to increase in the 2019-20 marketing year as local supply of the commodities is projected to decline during the period. This is according to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) recent report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).…

Ethiopia agrees to buy 400,000 tons of wheat from Bunge, ADM and Amropa AG

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has reached an agreement with three companies; Bunge SA, Amropa AG and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Co. in the supply of 400,000 metric tonnes of wheat. According to a recent report by Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture…

Kenya’s flour prices surge on declining wheat supply

KENYA – Kenya’s dwindling wheat supply has continued to exert pressure on the local flour prices on account of high international price of wheat. According to a report by Business Daily, the price in the world market has been on a steady rise since August last year when a tonne traded at US$224, rising to…

Africa’s wheat consumption grows as imports hit 47million tonnes

AFRICA – Africa’s grain consumption has over the past decade posted remarkable growth amid increasing demand propelled by the increasing population and changing consumer habits. According to a report by World Grain, wheat was among the major grains that recorded significant increase in consumption. Wheat imports in the continent increased to 47 million tonnes from…

Zimbabwe bakers fault lack of forex as bread shortage & prices shoot

ZIMBABWE - The National Bakers' Association of Zimbabwe has attributed bread shortage in the market to lack of foreign currency which has hampered importation of wheat to support the industry, reports The Herald. Mr Ngoni Mazango, the association's president, said that bread supplies in the country have in the past two weeks declined drastically leading…