South Africa’s sorghum output to drop 9% to 100,000T in 2018/19

SOUTH AFRICA - Sorghum production in South Africa is on the decline and according to Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this will drop by 9% in 2018-19 to 100,000 tonnes from 109,855 tonnes in 2017-18. The drop was attributed to a 32%decrease in area planted as many producers substituted…

China’s grain imports fall on rising prices and impact of US tariffs

ASIA - China’s sorghum imports in July declined by 62.5% to 220,000 tonnes from 588,364 tonnes a year ago, impacted by heavy tariffs imposed on shipments from the United States and rising international prices, reports Reuters. According to data from the General Administration of Customs, the imports were also below June’s 450,000 tonnes when buyers…

Chinese sorghum importers to visit US amid trade tension

USA - Top importers of sorghum from China are set to visit the United States for a training on sorghum production, trade and also build relationships even as trade tension between the two nations intensify. The training hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in collaboration with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, the Kansas Grain…

KBL pledges to source 100% of raw materials locally for its new Kisumu plant

KENYA - Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a subsidiary of Diageo Plc has announced that it will source 100% of its raw materials at its new Kisumu pant locally by 2020, reported the Nation. According to the KBL Supply Chain Director Patrick Kamugi, the move was part of EABL’s Western and Nyanza raw material sourcing plan.…

Botswana turns to South Africa and Zambia for maize imports

BOTSWANA - Botswana continues to import 170,000 metric tonnes of maize annually as it has always run out of corn due to insufficient local production, according to an article by AllAfrica. Speaking in an interview, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) chief executive officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi noted that on annual basis the country needed 190…

Trade tension soothing as China drops sanctions against US sorghum

CHINA - China through the Ministry of Commerce announced on May 18 that it was dropping sanctions on US sorghum after the two sides said they were engaging in talks to ease trade tension. China’s commerce ministry said it terminated the anti-dumping probe and duty investigations terming calling those measures that did not serve the…

New flour blending law to utilize other local grains to curb food shortage

KENYA - The Kenyan government is seeking to enact a regulation that will require millers to include other local, under-consumed grains such as cassava, millet, and sorghum in flour blends to ensure sufficient production of food. The government is making commitment to enhance food security by including the subsistence-produced crops into the national food chain,…

EABL reaches out to sorghum farmers ahead of new plant opening

KENYA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has intensified its outreach to farmers ahead of a grant opening of a new brewing facility in Kisumu in a bid to achieve a steady supply of the grain. In addition, the East Africa's largest alcohol beverage company seeks to deepen socio-economic benefits, at the same time play…

US Grains Council, sorghum industry respond to China anti-dumping rules

CHINA - The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and sorghum industry led by the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) have acted in response to new anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations launched against imported U.S. sorghum by China. The response came a week after the sorghum markets reacted as farmers and the trade became concerned about market access…

KBL targets 15,000 sorghum farmers as brewery set up continues

KENYA - Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) targets to recruit 15,000 sorghum farmers in the lakeside region ahead of production set to commence next year. The move has already excited small-scale farmers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Busia counties who intend to start planting the drought-resistant plant as a cash crop. Among other raw…