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Nigeria sets up task force in effort to ramp up rice, wheat production ABUJA: The Nigerian government set up a panel on Tuesday made up of agriculture sector leaders and politicians as part of its attempt to increase rice and wheat production, the vice president's office said.The West African country is the world's second largest importer of rice and among the biggest buyers of U.S. wheat. The government aims to reduce its annual food import bill of $20 billion and create jobs by boosting the agriculture sector.The panel - whose members include rice and wheat trade union leaders, as well as the agriculture minister - will set production targets for rice and wheat, determine the need for government support and establish deadlines for goals to be met."What we are trying to achieve is that agriculture is our mainstay and we are trying to evolve a strategy for our economy, a strategy for employment and a strategy for feeding our people," said Vice President ...

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Iraq tendering to buy at least 50,000 tonnes of rice CHICAGO/HAMBURG: Iraq's state grains buyer has issued an international tender to buy at least 50,000 tonnes of rice, with sourcing open, traders said on Monday. The closing date for the tender is June 8 and July/August shipment is sought, traders said."The tender is for all worldwide origins but the sentiment seems to be that the two origins that are most competitive are Argentina and Thailand," a US trader said.The trader said it was somewhat surprising ...

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Egypt's purchases of local wheat reach 4.711mn tonnes CAIRO: Egypt's government has bought 4.711 million tonnes of local wheat since the start of the season on April 15, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday. The government had originally set a target of 4 million tonnes but said after reaching that volume that it would continue to buy from local farmers. The supply ministry has said procurement would likely end in mid-June. Egypt is paying farmers a fixed price of 420 Egyptian pounds ($47.30) ...

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Egypt's purchases of local wheat reach 4.711mn tonnes CAIRO: Egypt's government has bought 4.711 million tonnes of local wheat since the start of the season on April 15, the agriculture ministry said on Sunday.The government had originally set a target of 4 million tonnes but said after reaching that volume that it would continue to buy from local farmers.The supply ministry has said procurement would likely end in mid-June.Egypt is paying farmers a fixed price of 420 Egyptian pounds ($47.30) per ardeb (150 ...

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Ghana says 2016 gold production to dip to 2.7mn ounces ACCRA: Ghana expects to produce 2.7 million ounces of gold in 2016, down marginally on the previous year as new production offsets a decline in output due to lower global gold prices and ageing mines, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday. Gold is the single biggest revenue earner for the West African commodities exporter which is following a three-year aid deal with the International Monetary Fund to restore its fiscal balance. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Egypt's local wheat purchases reach 4.537mn tonnes CAIRO: Egypt's government has bought 4.537 million tonnes of local wheat since the start of the season on April 15, the ministry of agriculture said on Tuesday. The government had set a purchasing target of 4 million tonnes but having reached that level last week the agriculture ministry said it was committed to buying any wheat that local farmers wished to sell until the end of the season.The supply ministry has said it will probably ...

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Egypt's local wheat buying at 4.464 million tonnes ABU DHABI: Egypt's government has bought 4.464 million tonnes of local wheat since the start of the season on April 15, the ministry of agriculture said on Monday.The figure surpasses a target of 4 million tonnes that was set by the government at the beginning of the season.The agriculture ministry has said it was committed to buying any wheat that local farmers wished to sell until the season ends. The supply ministry has said it ...