Nigeria set to be leading maize producer in Africa, says Agbiz

NIGERIA – Nigeria is poised to become the leading maize producer in Africa, surpassing the largest maize producer, South Africa during the 22018/2019 production season. This is according to Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of South Africa, following the continued drought condition that has persisted over the planting season…

Ghana’s research institutes introduce improved Vitamin A orange corn

GHANA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with the Crops Research Institute (CRI) has introduced a new improved vitamin A rich orange maize varieties, reports Ghana News Agency. The research bodies say that the new varieties; Honampa, Ahoedzin, Ahoefe and Dzifoo come as a gesture to enable the farmers shift…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Grain millers receive 30,000 tons of imported wheat to address shortage

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Germany to address shortage that had seen millers temporarily cease operations, reports the Herald. The move follows foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owed to Holbud’s Lithuanian, who had held the consignments due…

Zimbabwe’s grain deliveries top 1.1m tons as it moves to become food secure

ZIMBABWE - State owned commodity trading enterprise, Grain Marketing Board has received 1.1 million tonnes in maize deliveries from farmers for the 2018 marketing season as the country moves away from grain imports, reports the Herald. According to GMB, maize deliveries were expected to reach 1.2 million tonnes given farmers were still selling their commodities…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

Research Institute embarks on strategic crossbreeding to boost beef production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) has rolled out a special crossbreeding programme aimed at boosting beef breeds while improving production in the country. The initiative seeks to increase the stock of Boran cattle, a popular Zebu beef breed while addressing challenges faced in beef production. Speaking to Daily News, TALIRI Director General, Dr…

Malawi’s grain buyer procures 9500MT of maize for strategic grain reserves

MALAWI - Leading commodity market, AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX) has procured 9,500 metric tonnes of maize for strategic grain reserves against the 32,000 metric tonnes targeted for the month. AHCX was contracted by the government through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to procure 32 000 metric tonnes of white non-GMO maize. The government released…

Unga Group revenues rise by 2.3% following Uganda exit

KENYA - The Kenya based flour milling company, Unga has reported a gainful year with revenues rising 2.3% to US$198.25 million after discontinuation of Uganda operations which contributed to losses in the previous year. According to Business Daily, profit for the financial year ended June stood at US$7.76 million comparable to a US$69,791.39 loss made…

National Foods posts 25% rise in profits favored by new political regime

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest milling company, National Foods Ltd has managed 25% rise in profits to US$17.174 million for the year ended 30 June 2018 and expects to benefit from better economic environment for its business following a new political dispensation. The group noted that this could only be possible if the ruling regime focused…