Day: June 13, 2017

Millers call for suspension of food fortification

ZIMBABWE – The grain milling industry has requested Government to suspend indefinitely, the mandatory food fortification programme scheduled to commence next month saying it would cost about $20 million to import the equipment and machinery for the process.

Solid maize exports critical for SA farmers

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa will have to put in place a solid export programme for its expected record harvest for any hope of restoring the maize price, because at the present price levels it is not profitable for farmers to grow maize, according to Neel Rust, chief operating officer of Laeveld Agrochem.

Maize price expected to reduce – PMRC

ZAMBIA – The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) anticipates the market price for maize in the Southern Africa region in the 2016/17 marketing season to reduce further from the current US$290 per tonne due to the expected increase in production in the region.

Food inflation hits double digits amidst drought

ETHIOPIA – A week after the government has revealed that there is a drought surge once again in Ethiopia, the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) has reported that food inflation has hit a double digit to 12.6pc in May, its highest rate since January 2016.