US Air Force moves to stop construction of wet corn mill by Chinese company

USA — The United States Air Force has moved to stop a Chinese company from constructing a wet corn mill in North America for national security reasons. The mill by Fufeng USA is a subsidiary of Fufeng Group Ltd., which is based in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, is within 12 miles of a US air force base. Concerned about its…

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India records 13% drop in wheat prices after the government releases grain for flour millers

INDIA-Wheat prices in India have fallen nearly 13 percent following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government decision to release 3 million tonnes to bulk users such as flour millers. Following the directive, wheat prices in New Delhi fell to Rs 28,290 (US$347.11) a tonne, down 13 percent from last week’s high owing to low stocks. The decision did not however have…

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Madagascar requests India to waive export taxes on rice destined for the island

MADAGASCAR-The  government of Madagascar has requested the Indian ambassador Bandaru Wilsonbab, to obtain tax exemption for the importation of 200,000 tons of rice from the Asian country. The request comes barely months after the Indian government imposed a 20% customs duty for sales of different qualities of rice ((non-basmati, paddy rice, brown rice, non-parboiled rice) for importers. India is the…

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Pakistani flour millers urge Punjab government to lift the wheat export ban to tame widespread shortages

PAKISTAN -Pakistan Flour Mills Association Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter has called on the government to lift the ban on wheat movement from Punjab and increase the wheat quota as a measure to address the ongoing shortage. Then the ban imposed on May 13, 2022 affected all private wheat exports amid widespread loss of yield due to abnormal heat waves in the major…

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Ukraine ramps up grain export via Poland as Russia gears up for record wheat production in 2023

UKRAINE – Faced with a hostile neighbor on its eastern border, Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain producers, is turning westwards to Poland in search of an export route for its vast reserves of grain. According to a Reuters report citing Poland’s infrastructure minister, Fifty percent more Ukrainian grain is moving via Poland monthly compared to the middle of…

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Science academies urge African states to adopt GM foods to boost food security

KENYA – Scientists from the Network of African Science Academies (NSAC) and Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) have called for the adoption of GM Foods across Africa as a way of boosting food security in the continent. The calls come at a time when the continent is facing an acute food security crisis caused by frequent droughts that lead…

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Zimbabwe increases hectarage under cereal production by 42% to reduce reliance on imports

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe is seeking to eliminate dependence on imports of key staple crops such as sorghum, maize, and millet through increased planted hectarage. As of December 5, there were 163,116 hectares of maize, sorghum, and pearl millet, a 42% jump from the last year’s 115,060 hectares planted during the same period. This was revealed by Professor Obert Jiri, the…

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Ethiopia adopts wheat irrigation, ramps up fertilizer imports in bid to boost local production

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia has embarked on an aggressive agricultural campaign seeking to raise the country’s wheat production in a bid to wean itself from exports which are increasingly becoming unreliable.  The country has so far covered 450,000 of the cultivated 800,000 hectares of land with wheat seeds during this winter as part of the country’s wheat production irrigation scheme. The…

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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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