The European Commission has launched an E.U.-wide public consultation on how to make the E.U. food supply chain fairer.

E.U. works toward fair food supply chain

The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – August 16, 2017 – by Holly Demaree BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Farmers, citizens and other interested parties are invited to share their views on the functioning of the food supply chain through an online consultation that runs until Nov. 17. There are indications that the added value […]

Iran negotiates with world’s largest grain suppliers

The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – 7/23/2017 – Mehr News Agency (MNA) – TEHRAN Deputy agriculture minister said the world’s largest grain suppliers have been invited to develop exports of bread and durum wheat produced in Iran. Yazdan Seif, who heads Iran’s Government Trading Corporation (GTC), noted that the approach taken by GTC […]

Bulawayo to become strategic grain reserve storage site

The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – 7/24/2017 – The Chronicle – Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter The Government has identified Bulawayo as one of the key areas in the country with strategic silos where reserve grain would be stored for export to other countries, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr […]

Kansas corn producers awarded millions in Syngenta GMO case

June 26, 2017 – by Holly Demaree  (The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — On June 23, a Kansas City, Kansas, U.S., jury sided with Kansas corn producers in a state class action lawsuit involving the Kansas corn growers’ claims that Switzerland-based Syngenta’s actions with its genetically modified strains […]

GMB gets $200m to pay for grain… Zim expected to save $500 million after imports ban

13 June 2017 – The Chronicle – C de Davis Marapira. From George Maponga in Masvingo (The Grain and Grain Processing Information Site – The Grain Marketing Board has secured $200 million to buy grain from local farmers amid revelations that imports have been banned after permits were last issued in February.The country is expected to […]

Kansas wheat crop faces new threat

MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Not long after sounding a warning call about damaging frigid spring weather, Kansas Wheat has identified another significant threat to the 2017 Kansas wheat crop — wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV).

Alerting growers to take steps to manage the risk posed by WSMV (no chemical treatments exist), Kansas Wheat said the disease is “crippling western Kansas wheat crop.”

Maize price up to unlock stocks held by farmers

Business Daily (Nairobi ANPAK) – The government has raised the price of maize from farmers to Sh3,600 per bag to replenish the strategic grain reserve whose grain stocks are enough to feed the country for half a day, underling the current food crisis.Official data in March indicated that farmers were holding nearly 10 million bags in their silos and bulked at the Sh3,000 per bag price offered by the government.

Delay in signing import tariff changes may hurt wheat millers

Treasury has still not released outcome of review and is dragging its feet on revised duty. Uncertainty is a terrible thing. If you are a wheat farmer or miller, it is something you have probably come to live with. Not because of the unpredictability of the weather or the volatile rand, or even the ever-present land or labour issues, but because the finance minister is too busy to sign and gazette the changes to the variable wheat import tariff.

KISERO: Maize price crisis shows Kenya is a bandit economy

In Kenya, big money is made whenever the country is in the middle of major food shortages. For instance, when the country was hit by crippling food shortages in 2008, all you needed to make millions was to obtain a letter from a Cabinet minister or top civil servant directing the National Cereals and Produce Board to sell to you a huge quantity of maize which you promptly sold in the open market at huge margins.