Category Archives: Africa Rice News

Nigeria Customs impounds 23,000 bags of imported rice

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, has seized 23,000 bags of 50 kilogramme of imported parboiled rice. Importers of the product are believed to owe the Federal Government N149.5m in import duty. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Jerome Attah, stated this in a statement on Tuesday. The statement quoted the… Read More »

Madagascar increases rice import to cope with lean season

Madagascar has decided to raise its monthly rice import to 60,000 tonnes to cope with lean seasons, an official said Friday. Valonirina Randrianarisoa, director of consumers’ protection under Madagascar’s ministry of trade, told Xinhua in an interview that the 60,000-tonne importation would last toward the end of April. The figure includes 20,000 tonnes of rice… Read More »

Vietnam vows to develop national rice brand

Vietnam is a big rice exporter, but the world only knows Its white rice products with different broken grain proportions. Vietnam’s rice exports do not bear a Vietnam brand, but they are put in bags with import countries’ labels. In the domestic market, Vietnam’s rice is less favored than imports from Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan and… Read More »

Rice exports fall from last year

Until January 27 this fiscal year, the country exported 1.15 million tonnes of rice and broken rice, down nearly 140,000 tonnes from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Assistant permanent secretary Khin Maung Lwin said: “Foreign countries have offered to buy rice under a government-to-government deal. Sri Lanka now wants… Read More »

Sierra Leone importers reject ‘plastic rice’ claims

Rice importers in Sierra Leone have dismissed reports of the presence of plastic rice in the country. The head of the Importers Association of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Tanu Jalloh, told state broadcaster SLBC on Tuesday that the reports were untrue and that there was no need for panic. There were fears that the fake rice… Read More »