COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

Nigeria’s grain imports hits US$2.44 billion as production stagnates

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s grains shipment – rice, maize and wheat, has gulped US$2.44 billion from Nigeria importers in 2018 as production remains constant, reports New Telegraph. The country spent US$1.1billion to import 5.5 million tons of wheat in the period as production remained static at 60,000 tons which constituted 99% of wheat consumed. Rice imports…

Ukraine grain exports forecast to rise to 42.5 million tonnes

EUROPE – Ukraine grain exports are projected to rise to 42.5 million tonnes in the 2018-19 marketing year (July-June) boosted by higher harvests expected during the period. According to Ukraine’s agriculture ministry, Ukraine expects to harvest 64 million tonnes of grain this year, compared with 61.3 million in 2017-18. The country has exported 14.1 million…

Ardent Mills partners Arcadia Bioscience to develop innovative wheat varieties

USA – Ardent Mills LLC, North America’s leading flour-milling and ingredient company and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. have announced a new collaboration to develop and commercialize innovative wheat varieties. According to the companies, the first project focuses on extending the shelf life and improving the flavor of whole wheat products. The storage life of whole wheat…

Grain millers of Zimbabwe fault bakers’ attempt to double bread price

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has faulted attempt by bakers to increase the price of bread, saying that the attempt was not justified by a rise in the cost of wheat. According to the Herald, bakeries sought to double the bread price from US$1.10 to US$2.20 citing rising costs of inputs. Media…

Federal Agency inks deal to construct 25 silos for wheat and teff value chain

ETHIOPIA – The Federal Cooperative Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the heads of regional cooperatives to construct 25 silos to be used by agricultural cooperative unions involved in teff and wheat value chain in four regional states. The bid aims to alleviate the shortage of warehouses and help cooperative unions with a reliable…

Algeria’s MY2018/19 grain production up by 74% to reach 6.05 MMT

ALGERIA - Algeria’s (Marketing Year) MY2018/19 cereals production reached 6.05 million metric tonnes, a 74.4% increase compared to last year’s 3.47MMT, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), quoted in USDA’s September GAIN report. The Ministry attributed the production level to favourable climatic conditions as well as government support through loans, seeds, equipment…

McDonald’s India launches whole wheat buns in a nutritional foods offering

INDIA - A leading quick-service restaurant chain, McDonald’s India has introduced whole wheat buns in its restaurants to offer customers with wholesome and nutritious food offerings. According to an ET Retail report, the whole wheat buns will be available in burgers as well as other products on the breakfast menu. "McDonald's in India has been…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

ADM re-opens modern flour milling facility in Oklahoma

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Company, an American global food processing company, has joined with members of the community to celebrate the re-opening of its modernized flour mill in Enid, Oklahoma. According to the company, the modernization project involved a complete retro-fit of ADM’s existing mill in Enid, which was built in 1928. ADM replaced…