U.S. Grains Council seeks export opportunity in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – The United States Grains Council (USGC) has embarked on a research to explore and identify opportunities for exports of U.S. corn and sorghum into South Africa amid the projected decline in local production. The persistent drought conditions could reduce the South African corn output by 20% this year, presenting short-term demand shortfalls in…

Zimbabwe Agriseeds partners CIMMYT in production of new drought tolerant cultivars

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Agriseeds, a local certified seed producer has partnered the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to facilitate production of drought tolerant varieties in the wake of persistent climate change. CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training institution with an aim of developing improved wheat and maize varieties to enhance food security…

Japan, FOA hand over surveillance project to Zimbabwean small scale farmers

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwean small scale farmers are set to benefit from a US$500 000 disease and pest surveillance project from Japan and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project which was handed over to the government is expected to strengthen the capacity of small-scale farmers to fight Avian flu and the fall…

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…