Nigeria to import more rice and wheat as consumption needs rise

NIGERIA - Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa is set to import more grain supplies; wheat and rice to meet increasing consumer needs, consumption rates impacted by an influx of refugees in the country. According to a report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA, the country’s rice production is…

Seed Co Zimbabwe introduces new ‘climate smart’ maize variety

ZIMBABWE - Seed Co Zimbabwe, the country’s largest supplier of certified crops has introduced new climate smart maize seed variety called SC 649, meant to address challenges in climate change experienced by many farmers. The new variety meets breeding objectives which came at a time when Southern Africa has had adverse climate effects, including prolonged…

France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

Flour Mills of Nigeria undertakes wheat seeds multiplication initiative

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria has announced that it is undertaking a wheat seeds multiplication initiative by cultivating 75 hectares of wheat farms in Nigeria, according to the newspaper PM News. The company has made the program possible by providing farmers with certified and high-quality wheat seeds and fertilizers. In addition, through a collaboration…

Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA - ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost…

Unilever Nigeria aims to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019

NIGERIA - Unilever Nigeria has embarked on local sourcing of raw materials by partnering with local partners to enhance capabilities in production with an aim to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019. In collaboration local and intermediary companies, Unilever is building on long-term relationship with its strategic partners with a focus on value and…

Kenya corn production to rebound, high wheat output forecast

KENYA - Kenya’s corn and wheat production is expected to increase to 3.2 million tonnes and 360,000 tonnes in the 2018/19 MY, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA. Corn production will increase 10% from 2.9 million tonnes in 2017-18 due to an improvement in weather conditions after a prolonged drought…

Azelis inks distribution deal with biopolymers supplier, CP Kelco

INDONESIA - Azelis, specialty ingredients distributor and supplier has partnered with CP Kelco,  a leading hydrocolloids producer to enhance accessibility of its diverse range of products and innovative services including carrageenan, pectin, gellan gum and xanthan gum products in Indonesia. The partnership strengthens existing agreements between the two companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa…

New flour blending law to utilize other local grains to curb food shortage

KENYA - The Kenyan government is seeking to enact a regulation that will require millers to include other local, under-consumed grains such as cassava, millet, and sorghum in flour blends to ensure sufficient production of food. The government is making commitment to enhance food security by including the subsistence-produced crops into the national food chain,…

Danish Crown acquires majority stake in Chinese casings producer

CHINA - Danish Crown, through its subsidiary DAT-Schaub has acquired majority stake in Shanghai Natural Casing Company as it seeks to increase its activities in China in processing natural casings for sausage and salami production. This expands the capacity of DAT-Schaub in becoming a global leader in the selecting and processing of natural casings from…