Brazil set for another record-breaking grain harvest in 2023, corn production forecast up by 8%

BRAZIL – Brazilian agricultural production is expected to continue growing in 2023, maintaining the trend of producing another record-breaking grain harvest, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the report, the FAS post in Brazil maintained its corn planted area forecast at 22.5 million hectares (ha) for MY…

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Kenya to increase rice acreage by 100,000 in 5 years as plans to transition to irrigated agriculture intensifies

KENYA – Kenya has embarked on a 5-year plan to increase the acreage under rice production in the country by at least 100,000 acres as part of its efforts to achieve rice self-sufficiency, Joel Tanui, Chief Operating Office at the National Irrigation Authority has revealed. Currently, Kenya imports 80% of its rice from Asia and Tanzania to meet the demand…

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Nigerian President Buhari commissions Africa’s largest rice mill, US$1.5bn Lekki Deep Sea Port

NIGERIA – Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the ultra-modern Imota Rice Mill complex in Lagos as the country pushes toward self-sufficiency in rice production. Imota Rice Mill, which can produce 32 metric tonnes per hour, is the largest in Africa and third globally. Upon full operations, the facility will create 1,500 direct and 254,000 indirectly. Standing on an 8.5-hectare…

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Zambia intensifies campaign to recruit more farmers into rice production to meet local demand

ZAMBIA- The government of Zambia, under the Market Oriented Rice Development Project (MOReDeP), is on course to meet a target of farmers in the quest for increased rice production. The Market-Oriented Rice Development project (MOReDeP) has kickstarted the recruitment practice in Luapula Province, located in the northern part and among the top 5 rice producers of the country. Luapula Province…

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Zanzibar invests in irrigation and modern technology to boost rice production

TANZANIA – Zanzibari government has allocated US$214,000 to boost irrigation infrastructure and modern technology in rice cultivation as the country strives to achive self-sufficiency in food and commercial crops.  The allocation targets increasing production as well as producing quality seeds adopted by the Tanzania Research Institute (TARI) Dakawa center. The center is committed to undertaking rice research for farmers in…

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FAO grain index forecast decreases as Ukraine reports low grain export in November

GLOBAL  – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) forecast for world cereal production in 2022 has been cut by 7.2 million tonnes this month and is now pegged at 2 756 tonnes, 2.0 percent (57 million tonnes) lower year-on-year. The global cereal stock-to-use ratio is estimated to drop to 29.3% in 2022-23 from 30.9% in 2021-22, registering the lowest level…

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Nestle Purina PetCare pursues scope 3 greenhouse gas emission reduction in new partnership with Riceland

US —  Nestle pet care division, Purina PetCare has partnered with US rice miller Riceland Foods in an effort to help rice farmers in the United States transition to environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Under the partnership, Purina will invest more than $1.5 million over four years in the Riceland-Nestle Purina PetCare Sustainable Rice Program. The investment, according to the companies…

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