Lesaffre announces the acquisition of Tunisia’s Rayen Food Industries

TUNISIA – Lesaffre, a French yeast manufacturer and the world's largest producer, has announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the company Rayen Food Industries in Tunisia. Rayen Food Industries is the largest production plant of baker’s yeast in Tunisia. This acquisition is in line with Lesaffre’s goal of strengthening its presence on the…

Investors to pump US$693.7m in Nigeria rice production

NIGERIA - Investors in the Nigerian rice industry are planning to invest about US$693.7 million to enhance domestic production and save on importation costs the country has always incurred. The Guardian Nigeria reports that the announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture Audi Ogbeh during a Rice Conference organised by Agro Nigeria. This is…

Dangote, Flour Mills of Nigeria boost wheat production with threshing machines

NIGERIA - Dangote, Flour Mills of Nigeria and other stakeholders in the milling industry have donated 50 units AMAR multi-crop threshers to wheat farmers to boost wheat production in the country. According to the Guardian Nigeria, this aims at improving grain production for Nigeria estimated at about 16.3 million tons for wheat, rice, corn and…

Bob’s Natural Foods recalls organic amaranth flour on presence of Salmonella

USA - Bob Red Mill, producer of whole grain and gluten-free foods in the US has voluntarily recalled 2,099 cases of Organic Amaranth Flour, after one of the flour lots tested positive on the presence of Salmonella. In an article by World Grain, the single lot of flour also had a sell-by date of Nov.…

Bayn’s e-sensory technology to replace human sensory in sugar-reduced bread

UK - Bayn Europe, an independent formulation developer of cutting edge and healthy sugar reduction solutions is performing research on an e-sensory technology set to replace human sensory panels used in sugar-reduced bread recipes. The new technology can be used in food and beverage applications just like human sensory measures sensory properties and translate results…

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…

South Africa reduces wheat import tariff by 45% in March

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s wheat imports tariff has declined by 45% to US$32.78 per tonne following a drop in international wheat prices, based on a report by the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). The reduction is a reprieve for millers such as Pioneer Foods, Godrich Flour Mills, Premier Foods Ltd and others who have been…

Lower corn sales plunge Monsanto’s Q2 revenue with 1.1% fall in net sales

USA - Monsanto, the publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation has reported a 1.1% fall in net sales to US$5.02bn in the three months ended February 28 compared to a year earlier. The company recorded US$181m drop in corn seed sales, US$181m drop in corn seed sales with US sales being the…

Africa Rice and IRRI join hands to enhance capacity in rice production

COTE D’IVOIRE - Africa Rice Center and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to expand their partnership to enhance research and develop capacity for rice production in Africa. A stronger partnership means to harness synergies in addressing the growing needs in the rice sector and in the long run impact positively on rice-based…

Africa Rice launches mobile app for low-cost rice weed control

COTE D’ IVOIRE - Africa Rice Centre has unveiled a free mobile app, ‘RiceAdvice-WeedManager’ a tool to help African rice farmers manage and control weeds most effectively and at a lower cost. The program aims to improve efficiency, productivity and in the long-run create value to farmers in rice environments ranging from rain-fed uplands to…