Solid maize exports critical for SA farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa will have to put in place a solid export programme for its expected record harvest for any hope of restoring the maize price, because at the present price levels it is not profitable for farmers to grow maize, according to Neel Rust, chief operating officer of Laeveld Agrochem.

Maize price expected to reduce – PMRC

ZAMBIA - The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) anticipates the market price for maize in the Southern Africa region in the 2016/17 marketing season to reduce further from the current US$290 per tonne due to the expected increase in production in the region.

GEPF, ETG Inputs Holdings talk merger

ZAMBIA - Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and ETG Input Holdings Limited, a global integrated agricultural supply chain group, intend to merge and have applied to competition and consumers protection bodies for approval.

Late rainfall won’t affect harvest - ZNFU

ZAMBIA – Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says the late rainfall that occurred in some parts of the country last week will not destroy crops but will delay the start of the marketing season due to the increase in moisture content in the affected grains.

Turf war erupts as maize millers clash over subsidy

KENYA - Simmering tension between small-scale maize millers and their large counterparts came to the open Thursday as the government was forced to raise their allocation of the subsidised grain, which is intended to lower the cost of flour to a maximum of Sh90 per two-kilogramme packet.

Grain sector players move to ease maize shortages as demand shoots up

RWANDA - Rwanda had a good harvest for both grains and cereals last season, which attracted huge demand from regional buyers.

This has benefitted farmers in terms of better revenues earned, but has also created big grain shortages on the local market and pushed up prices of beans and maize, according to the Rwanda Grains and Cereals Corporation.