Flour Mills of Nigeria undertakes wheat seeds multiplication initiative

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria has announced that it is undertaking a wheat seeds multiplication initiative by cultivating 75 hectares of wheat farms in Nigeria, according to the newspaper PM News. The company has made the program possible by providing farmers with certified and high-quality wheat seeds and fertilizers. In addition, through a collaboration…

South Africa reduces wheat import tariff by 45% in March

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s wheat imports tariff has declined by 45% to US$32.78 per tonne following a drop in international wheat prices, based on a report by the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). The reduction is a reprieve for millers such as Pioneer Foods, Godrich Flour Mills, Premier Foods Ltd and others who have been…

USDA approves use of carrageenan in organic food

USA - The U.S. federal executive department, USDA has ruled that the use of carrageenan as an emulsifier in organic foods like ice cream and high protein drinks is acceptable despite recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB), its advisory arm to withdraw the approval. Carrageenan is used in high-protein beverages to keep the…

American craft beer exports surpass US$125m after growth

USA - The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, has reported a 3.6% export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2017 that saw it go above US$125 million. BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), also said that craft beer export volume increased in 2017, now totalling…

Kenya corn production to rebound, high wheat output forecast

KENYA - Kenya’s corn and wheat production is expected to increase to 3.2 million tonnes and 360,000 tonnes in the 2018/19 MY, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA. Corn production will increase 10% from 2.9 million tonnes in 2017-18 due to an improvement in weather conditions after a prolonged drought…

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…

Standard Meat recalls raw beef due to possible Salmonella contamination

USA - Standard Meat Company, LP producer, processor and seller of meat products is recalling up to 53,154 pounds of raw beef products that may possibly be contaminated with Salmonella, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw meat products shipped to restaurant locations nationwide were said to contain…

Korea’s soybean production to rise 20% while consumption remains steady

KOREA - USDA has forecasted that soybean production in Korea is likely to rise steadily by 20% to 100,000 tonnes in the year 2018/2019 following government plans to plant less rice. This comes even after drought conditions during the spring 2015 planting season resulted in less rice sown, along with stressful growing conditions for newly planted…

Russia harvests its largest grain crop in nearly 40years

RUSSIA - Russia has harvested its largest grain crop in nearly 40 years, exceeding 134 million metric tonnes (MMT) according to official reports, moving Russia into the number one position of global wheat exporters. The report includes 85.5 MMT of wheat, 20.5 MMT of barley, 12 MMT of corn, and almost 15.8 MMT of other…

USDA opens new APHIS office to expand US’s export market to Vietnam

ASIA - USDA through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has opened a new office in Hanoi, Vietnam as it seeks to improve US’s export market footprint for agricultural products in the Southeast Asian country. This makes up USDA’s strategy to create new opportunities for American producers and increase trade between them. USDA…