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…

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…

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…

Tanzania’s rice imports from Pakistan climbs 20% higher

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s has recorded a 20% increase in rice imports from Pakistan valued at US$29.6 million between July and December 2017, based on a report by Smart Money. Tanzania tops the list of importers from Pakistan, the world’s fourth largest producer of rice exporting long grain white rice, parboiled rice, broken rice, irri6 rice,…

Thailand’s corn and rice production to hit record high

ASIA - According to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA, rice and corn production in Thailand is predicted to reach a record 21million and 5.1million tonnes respectively in the year 2018-19. The higher figures reflect a 3% and 2-3% increase for rice and corn production from 2017-18 marketing year. Growth in production is expected…

Canada approves nutritionally improved rice variety

CANADA - The department of the government of Canada, Health Canada through a note to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), has said that it has no objection to the use of golden rice as food. However, IRRI indicated that the product will not be sold in Canada at this time, World Grain reports. This…

Zimbabwe imports rice worth US$80m, plans to start local production

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe plans to cut on its annual rice importation expenditure of up to US$80 million by embarking on commercial rice production in the next season or two, reports the Herald. “Zimbabwe is a net importer of rice and spends about $80 million annually to import the cereal. “We can cut our import bill…

Yamazaki Baking net sales grows 1.1% from strong performance in bread, rice and noodles

JAPAN - Yamazaki Baking Co., the Japanese leader in manufactured bread and baked goods showed improved net sales to US$9.84 billion in the fiscal year 2017, a 1.1% increase boosted by growth from the company’s processed bread, prepared rice and processed noodle. Strong performance from the bread and sweet buns contributed to a 1.3% increase…