Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 December 2018 at 10:15

Rice value Chain B2B delivers commitments to attract investments and synergy among stakeholders

Kigali, Rwanda – 19 December 2018: Our rice value chain B2B event concluded Tuesday with ambitious commitments to design and introduce financial products that are responding to the needs of value chain actors.

The purpose of the Business to Business event was to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. Around 100 stakeholders attended, including rice farmers, processors, government officials (MINAGRI and MINICOM), representatives of financial institutions like KCB Bank Rwanda, Equity bank Rwanda, Umutanguha ltd, Duterimbere IMF ltd, BDF fund, Access to Finance Rwanda, and representatives of development partners working in rice value chain in Rwanda, to name a few.

Participants were re-introduced to the STARS initiative. STARS is an acronym that stands for Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, a five-year initiative that aims to reac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI. 

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 August 2017 at 03:05

East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 28 July 2017

The Week’s Market Opportunities-

  • Kenya is currently experiencing a shortage of pure red millet, the commodity that is currently available in the market is an extremely poor quality mixture of various varieties of millet including black millet.
  • The Nairobi market continues to experience a shortage of the imported long grain rice (Biryani/Sidano).
  • Betta Grains is currently sourcing for the following items for our clients; White Millet, Red Millet, Long Grain Imported Rice, Arrow Root Flour, Yam Floor, Banana Floor, Green Grams (Nylon Variety), Chick Peas, and Lentils (Green).
  • Betta Grains has requests to find buyers for the following items; Red Groundnuts (Malawi & Zambia), White Maize (Malawi & Zambia), Red and White Cowpeas (Uganda), Sugar Beans (Uganda), Soya Beans (Uganda), Red Kidney Beans (Uganda), and Nyayo Beans (Kenya).

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:03

East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 21st July 2017

Maize (9,489MT) was the highest traded commodity in the region in the week ending 21st July 2017, a decrease from the previous week (11,304MT). The price of maize is on a decline across all Kenyan markets, as many parts of the country have started harvesting fresh maize. The Government of Kenya’s promise to import more maize at a much lower price seems to have finally pushed the price of maize on a downward trend. Zambians and Malawi traders continue looking at exporting maize to Kenya, which seems to offer a much more favourable price, despite unconfirmed reports of Tanzania’s continual barriers towards Kenyan imports from Southern Africa region. Maize wholesale prices were highest in South Sudan, Juba Ksh83($0.80)/kg, and Burundi Gitega, Ksh72($0.69)/kg. The lowest prices were in Tanzania, Mbeya Ksh21($0.20)/kg and Uganda, Kampala Ksh24($23)/kg. Kenya reported the following wholesale prices Kisumu, Ksh60($0.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 20 July 2017 at 03:42

Big Change and succeed by growing vegetables and flowers

A farmer from Rakhine State in Myanmar made a big change and succeed by growing vegetables and flowers instead of rice.


From East- West Seed website, writing about farmers: " Maung owns a paddy (rice) farm, which his wife managed mostly, because Maung worked in Thailand, where he could earn more. When he came back to Myanmar, Maung decided to make a big change: He started growing vegetables and flowers instead of rice. He experimented with hot pepper and several growing methods. That resulted in a good harvest and a nice profit, that supported him in his decision to continue in the new direction.”

Read More here: http://www.eastwestseed.com/farmer-stories/u-maung-tin-win-maung.



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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 July 2017 at 07:16

Who Fed Kenya in June 2017. The Perspective of an African Woman Trader.

Maize meal continued to be a big topic of discussion in June 2017, and towards the end of the month Nairobi, started experiencing shortages of rice, a probable indication, that Kenyans were unwillingly consuming more rice than maize meal. In June 2017, Kenya was the Leading Net Importer (66,312MT), a 324% increase in comparison to May 2017 net import (20,449MT). Kenya imported (68,626MT) and exported (2,314MT). The leading imports were maize and beans, while wheat (2,194MT) was the leading export.

Uganda was the Leading Net Exporter (64,304MT) in June 2017 having exported (70,952MT) and imported (6,648MT). The leading exports were beans (34,096MT), a huge increase in comparison to May 2017 (9,803MT). Uganda exported beans to Kenya (30,552MT), to DRC (3,232MT), and to Tanzania (10MT). Uganda’s combined commodity exports were to Kenya (65,243MT), to Rwanda (2,326MT), and to DRC (3,232MT). Mai

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Dorina Prech Fostina Mani, many thanks for sharing these great insights on the food situation in the country. Interesting to note that there was increased demand for rice that Kenyans unwillingly resorted to in place of the maize meal. I think the recent food shortage situation called for the need to diversify our diets; as well as to explore climate smart ways to ensure abundant harvest rather than depending on rainfed agriculture as has always been the case. What do you think? 

1 year 6 months ago

Fostina Mani Thanks for taking the time to read.  With regard to maize vs rice, considering the nature of work many Kenyans do, especially manual work, its fair to say that rice may not be as sustaining as a  meal like good old Ugali or Githeri.  With regard to rain-fed agriculture there are a lot of innovations out we just need to adopt and implement.

1 year 6 months ago

CHARLES GUMIRA This is great information. 

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 13 March 2017 at 08:53

Save and Grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat

A guide to sustainable cereal production (FAO)

This guide describes the practical application of FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ model of sustainable crop production intensification to the world’s key food security crops: maize, rice and wheat. With examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it shows how ecosystem-based farming systems are helping smallholder farmers to boost cereal yields, strengthen their livelihoods, reduce pressure on the environment, and build resilience to climate change. The guide will be a valuable reference for policymakers and development practitioners during the global transition to sustainable food and agriculture.

For a more extensive summary, and to download the publication (PDF), follow this link:


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 26 July 2016 at 04:39

Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Briefs Myanmar

Early outlook favourable for 2016 main paddy crop

Planting of the 2016 main (monsoon) paddy crop, which accounts for 85 percent of the annual production, is ongoing. The monsoon rains started on time in late May and progressed generally well over most of the country, benefiting planting activities and early crop development. Excessive precipitation in parts of Ayeyarwady, Bago, Sagaing regions and in Chin and Rakhine states triggered localized flooding in early June, but the impact on early‑planted crops is expected to be minimal overall. Assuming normal growing conditions prevail, FAO forecasts 2016 aggregate paddy production to recover from last year’s flood‑reduced level by 2 percent to 28 million tonnes.

Paddy production declined in 2015

FAO estimates the 2015 aggregate paddy output at 27.5 million tonnes, 3 percent below the 2014 already reduced level. The decrease mainly results from a smaller ma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 May 2016 at 08:33

Over 25,000 rice farmers to get technical support.

The signing took place at the launch and introduction of Kingdom rice into Uganda. At the function, Geoffrey Adito said FOL Group started its operations in Uganda in 2014 by putting up a rice factory of 130, 000 tonnes annual capacity in Namanve

- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1425515/-rice-farmers-technical-support#sthash.wcjSm4V8.dpuf  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 July 2015 at 01:09

Press release: Launch IFDC CATALIST-Uganda Agribusiness Challenge 2015-2016

JUNE, 2015

IFDC, BiD Network and IRIS Consulting & Training are proud to announce the 2nd edition of the IFDC CATALIST-Uganda Agribusiness Challenge. This business plan competition is meant for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in or impacting the value chains of cassava and oil seeds (soya bean and sunflower) in Northern Uganda; rice in Eastern Uganda; and Irish potato in South-Western Uganda, who are in need of technical and financial support to start or expand and professionalize their business operations. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business plans to become eligible for various services geared towards accessing finance and markets.


IFDC CATALIST-Uganda aims to sustainably commercialize smallholder agriculture through improved productivity and market development, resulting in marketable surpluses that raise incomes in Uganda, and increase regional food security for

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2nd AgricBusiness Tradeshow & Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus International
  03 November 2015 - 08:30 to 04 November 2015 - 16:30

The 2nd AgricBusiness Tradeshow & Conference holds at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, Nigeria from 3 - 4 November, 2015.

The Annual AgricBusiness Tradeshow & Conference serves as a platform to discuss the potential and viability of the Agricultural business in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region. The event seeks to symbolize the opportunities in the Agribusiness, as well as synergize on technologies, techniques and human resources. Agriculture is now favourably contributing to the nation’s economy: In the third quarter of 2013, the non-oil sector recorded 7.95 percent, largely driven by better performance in the agricultural sector; particularly crop production.

The Nigeria Agricultural sector now generates one-third of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs two-thirds of the country workforce. Livestock is the second largest agricultural sub-sector and features 16.43 million Cattle, 34.69 million Sheep, 55.15 million Goats, 7.18 million Pigs and 183.16 millio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 25 March 2015 at 06:05

Funding opportunity for rice millers in Tanzania

From the Kilimo Trust website.

''The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) Tanzania wishes to announce its second call for Concept Notes under the CARI Matching Grant Fund (MGF).

The Concept Notes are expected from consortia comprising of private sector and led by rice millers/processors who are willing to work closely with suppliers of inputs, machinery, finance, business development and extension services. A consortium will jointly develop and implement a sub-project that would build sustainable market linkages between smallholder rice farmers and other rice value chain actors.'' 

Deadline for sending applications is on  Monday 13th of April, 2015 17:00

For more information CLICK HERE

Juma Bruno Ngomuo Thats very good news to take on

3 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 27 February 2015 at 10:53

This link Access Agriculture, provides access to at least 35 videos (online) on agricultural, livestock and food preparation topics which have been dubbed into Kiswahili. Film producers include IFAD, ICRISAT, and other reputable agencies.

These could be of interest and useful to students, to trainers, to farmers and the general public and although much of the filming seems to have taken place in other countries, the videos have a Kiswahili voice-over.

Topics include:

1. Animals and trees for a better crop (12 minutes)

2. Cashing in with parboiled rice (12 minutes)

3. Composting to beat striga (10 minutes)

4. Dairy goat feeding (9 minutes)

5. Drip irrigation for tomato (14 minutes)

6. Effective Weed Management (17 minutes)

7. Feeding improved chickens (10 minutes)

8. Feeding rabbits (12 minutes)

9. Growing oyster mushrooms (12 minutes)

10. How to build a rabbit house (11 minutes)

11. Improving rice quality (13 minutes)

12. Integrated approach against striga (8 minutes)

13. Joining hands against striga (8 minutes)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 December 2014 at 07:38

Hi all, 

We have just signed up on this platform and would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company, Forsberg Agritech India Pvt Ltd. that specialises in the manufacture of food processing machinery. 

Our present capabilities include machinery for spices and oleo raisins extraction, oil seeds and edible oils processing industry, grains and cereals processing, hybrid seeds processing, medicinal and herbal seeds, confectionary nuts such as sesame, sunflower, cashew and beetle nut, rice milling, oil milling, flour milling, maize processing and degerminating plant,  coffee curing and processing amongst many other activities.

We have also run projects with the government of India wherein we have supplied mini rice mills, mini oil mills, mini flour mills and the like to individual farmers who can process their own produce and supply directly to the market thereby removing middle men and increasing their monthly incomes. These easy to use one pass mills allow the farmer t

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Empower East Africa LTD Www.empowereastafrica.com, oh check out on our website,

4 years 1 month ago

Rukmini Thakore THANK YOU Empowereastafrica, I have checked your website and our work seems great. Apart from fruits and vegetables , do you also have networks for dry granular produce like rice, pulses, spices, grams etc? We have mini rice mills, mini oil mills, mini flour mills and mini mills for pulses for farmers. Can I have your email address. Thanks

4 years 1 month ago

HUSSEIN HAJI We are one of the biggest Agro-commodities Exporter based in Addis Ababa- Ethiopia(East Africa).Since many years back we are supplying best quality of all types of Ethiopian  cereals, pulses, spices , oilseeds, live stocks, etc… like first grade Humera type sesame seeds, soya bean, Chick pea, Niger seeds, beans, etc… with best price for international market . Our company is registered member of Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds, and Spices Processors-Exporters Association & Addis Ababa chamber of commerce & sect oral Associations.We are interested to work with by supplying you .

1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 November 2014 at 09:25

Supply Rice Milling Machinery with Best Service

In more than two decades of operations we have learnt to set a precedent in the global supply of Rice Milling Machinery through our exceptional products backed by continuous R&D, innovation, focused services and enhanced customer satisfaction

We are committed

* to implementation of new technology in the field of rice and grain processing

* to keep a sharp eye on product quality and

* to put in all efforts to raise the responsibility for end to end solutions including turnkey projects

in rice and grain processing machinery and......

We continue to enhance productivity standards at the lowest operating
cost thus offering our customers a product of high profitability, quality at the most competitive price.

Our Rice Milling Machinery Turn-Key projects


1.Conceptualization of a project.

2.Determination of the size of rice mill according to the inputs from customers.

3. Installation and commissioning by experienced engineers and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 November 2014 at 08:09

Offer Modern Rice Milling Machine Hot Sale with Cheap Price

We are professionally managed Manufacturers and Suppliers of wide array of Modern Rice Milling Machine and associated spare parts. These cost effective machines have extensive demand among the industry clients due to their high efficiency, sturdy designs, good durability and standard finishes. Further, our in-depth industry and market experience enables us to impart varied customized design features to successfully meet the specific requirements of our industry clients. We offer:

Paddy Husker Machine:

We have highly efficient Pneumatic Rubber Sheller and Manual Rubber Sheller which works for capacity up to 4TPH of Paddy combined with optimum rubber life.


Rice Grading Section:

We are engaged in designing and manufacturing Rice Grading Section that are installed with highly sophisticated parts & components. Our machinery is based upon German technology and carries compact design.


Rice Polishing Machine:

We offer different kind of

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