ZAMBIA – The government has called for the commercialization of cassava to enable the crop become a major contributor to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
KENYA – Unga Group’s bakery subsidiary Ennsvalley has moved to cut costs by shutting more than five of its in-store bakeries in favor of supplies from its central commercial kitchen in Nairobi.
KENYA – A regional grain body and a US aid agency are working with millers and traders to import cheap maize from Ethiopia to ease the current shortage of the commodity that has hit the country.
SOUTH AFRICA – Pioneer Foods has said it would remain committed to the planned fixed capital investment program, acquisitive growth and sustained cost and efficiency focus to realise growth by 2020.
KENYA – The Government might be forced to import animal feed to cushion the country against a possible maize crisis as manufacturers compete for dwindling reserves of the commodity.
ZAMBIA – Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has objected to proposals by millers calling for an import duty waiver on wheat because it will threaten local production.
NIGERIA – Dangote Rice, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, is set to launch a multi-million rice outgrower scheme in Nigeria to increase local production in the country.
BRAZIL – Nestlé SA has opened a 270 million-real ($86 million) pet-food plant in Brazil, betting that higher-income Brazilians who love their pets will help it expand sales in Latin America’s largest economy.
KENYA – The current drought will cut rice production by half piling more pressure on the already worsening food crisis in the country.
ZIMBABWE – National Foods (NatFoods) is now operating at full capacity on its mills after seeing increased demand following the introduction of imports control on flour.