Egypt unveils plans of increasing wheat output, targets 3.6m tonnes

EGYPT - Egypt, the world’s largest wheat buyer, has unveiled plans of increasing local production to 3.6 million tonnes in the coming season that starts in April. According to a report by Reuters, Egypt’s supply minister Ali Moselhy said that the state will pay farmers between US$38 and US$39 (655-685 Egyptian pounds) per ardeb (150…

Nigerian chamber of commerce faults wheat policy amid low production

NIGERIA - The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has faulted the federal government’s policy on wheat, saying heavy import tariff on the commodity are adversely affecting millers in the country. In 2012, the Government of Nigeria introduced a 15% levy on wheat grain imports resulting in an increase of the effective duty from…

Buhler appoints Roman Sonderegger head of Wheat & Rye business

SWITZERLAND – Buhler, leading supplier of food processing plant, equipment and related services has named Roman Sonderegger as head of its Wheat & Rye business unit starting January 2019. Sonderegger reports to Stefan Birrer, head of milling solutions and will promote the company’s leadership in the grain processing industry dedicated to producing the highest quality…

EA Grain Council seeks Tanzania agricultural stakeholder’s partnership

TANZANIA – The East African Grain Council (EAGC) has called for partnership with the ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania in a bid to address challenges facing the sector. Fredrick Costa, Communications Officer, Fredrick Costa said that the council is engaging the ministry of agriculture in the country as it seeks to rump up support in…

Zimbabwe grain millers mull contract farming to boost production

ZIMBABWE - The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has unveiled plans of venturing into a contract farming scheme with an aim of increasing the country’s wheat output. According to a report by NewsDay, the move seeks to set off the country from overreliance on wheat imports - which has in the past implicated the…

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…

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…