Wheat Breeding Platform launched to improve yields

SOUTH AFRICA - The national Wheat Breeding Platform (WBP) has been launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and with Stellenbosch University's Plant Breeding Laboratory (SU-PBL) as a key partner which aims to increase yields and boost the profitability of wheat produced in South Africa. The WBP draws on expertise from the private and…

Natfoods invests US$7.7m in contract farming

ZIMBABWE - Listed firm, National Foods has invested $7.7 million through Paperhole Investments Commodities towards contract farming for the 2017-2018 summer cropping season. The NatFoods scheme comes at a time when farmers are increasingly turning to contract farming and joint ventures for inputs and equipment at lower interest rates compared to banks. For years, farmers…

Farmers start wheat deliveries to Grains Board

ZIMBABWE - Farmers have started delivering their winter wheat to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots across the country. Most of the farmers who are delivering the crop are the ones who benefited from the Command Agriculture programme. Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister (Cropping) Davis Marapira confirmed that wheat harvesting had started in…

India’s wheat planting area expected to surpass last year’s

INDIA – India, the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, expects wheat planting to surpass last year's 31 million hectares due to the improved water availability and better soil moisture. According to the officials, wheat planting had begun in irrigated parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and will pick up in other regions, including Punjab and…

Alberta Wheat Commission elects chairman of Canadian Wheat Research Coalition

CANADA – Alberta Wheat Commission has elected Terry Young, as the inaugural chairman of the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition, which was formed to facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability in wheat farming. Reiter, director of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC), has been elected vice-chair, while Jefferies, a director at the Manitoba Wheat and…

Officials cut Aussie wheat hopes, but stand by export forecasts

AUSTRALIA - US officials stood by expectations for near-average Australian wheat exports this season, despite following other commentators in downgrading their estimate for the drought-hit harvest to a 10-year low. The US Department of Agriculture's Canberra bureau cut to 20.0m tonnes its estimate for the newly-started harvest, citing the "poor rainfall and high temperatures across…