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…

Key Technology completes expansion of Netherlands facility

NETHERLANDS - Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has announced the completion of its facility expansion in Beusichem, the Netherlands. The upgrade increases Key’s production capacity at this location by 50% and features larger cranes with greater lifting capabilities, a thoroughly refurbished working environment, enhanced customer visitor experience and more.…

Tokyo’s Kaneka Corporation entering Japan’s dairy products market

JAPAN - Pur Natur-Kaneka Corporation, Tokyo based food company is considering entrance into the Japan dairy products business after its affiliate food sales company, Kaneka Shokuhin Co., Ltd began to sell its product ‘Milk for Bread’ in the country. FoodIngredientsFirst reported the company will start to sell butter mainly for commercial use such as bakeries…

Tanzania’s corn production to fall 2% for 2018/2019 harvest

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s corn production is forecast to decline 2% to 5.25 million tonnes for the year 2018/19 down from 5.35 million tonnes in the previous year, affected by pests and diseases, according to a report by Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA. USDA further noted that apart from a major impact from…

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…

South Africa’s beef imports to remain flat as production to increase 4%

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s beef imports for the year 2018 are estimated to remain relatively flat at about 45,000 tons, close to 2017 which saw a decline in domestic beef supplies due to a severe drought in the preceding years. USDA reported that possibility to grow imports was suppressed by low demand for beef.…

Kenyan dairy production increases by 25% to reduce milk powder imports

KENYA – The Kenyan dairy sector has reported a 25% increase in milk production according to the Kenya Dairy Report. Latest industry report by the Kenya Dairy Board covering between January and March indicated the volume of milk has gone up from 47.9 million kilogrammes in January to 60.2 million kilogrammes last month. According to Business…

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…

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…