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German Government Investigates Postharvest Losses

A government study of postharvest losses in Germany finds the country has lost 3.3% of wheat, or about 820,000 tonnes, per year over the last three years. The researchers recommended targeted investments in storage systems, and more funding for R&D, both nationally and internationally. http://www.farming.co.uk/news/article/8431    

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Haryana: Left to Rot, 22,000 Quintals of Wheat Declared Unfit for Human Consumption

22,000 quintals of wheat are found to be rotting in Haryana, India, where adequate storage is not available. The grain has been declared unfit for human consumption, leading many to blame the government procurement process. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/22000-quintals-of-wheat-declared-unfit-for-human-consumption/398377-3-240.html

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AfDB-Funded Project to Boost Cassava, Rice Production Launched in Tanzania

The African Development Bank launched a multi-national project that seeks to improve the value chains of four important staple crops: maize, wheat, cassava, and rice. The project is led by CGIAR and is being implemented in 20 countries. http://www.africasciencenews.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=793:afdb-funded-project-to-boost-cassava-rice-production-launched-in-tanzania-&catid=49:food&Itemid=113

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Lack of Covered Storage Space for Food Grain Poses Big Challenge for Government

India lacks storage for at least one-third of the bumper wheat and rice crops that will be ready in June, with government procurement set to begin on April 1. The government looks to export large amounts, but faces issues with rail and water transport system capacity. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/lack-of-covered-storage-space-for-food-grain-poses-big-challenge-for-government/376678-3.html

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Export Plans: Lots of Wheat, Still Not Neat

India lacks storage for at least one-third of the bumper wheat and rice crops that will be ready in June, with government procurement set to begin on April 1. The government looks to export large amounts, but faces issues with rail and water transport system capacity. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/317839/export-plans-lots-wheat-still.html

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India’s Grain Mountain Grows Despite Push for Exports

India grain supplies are larger than ever with harvest about to begin for the sixth consecutive wheat crop to exceed demand. Wheat and rice bumper crops are competing for storage space, and the Indian government will face challenges in safely storing grain even despite efforts to export large amounts of grain. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/us-india-grains-glut-idUSBRE91O17U20130225

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India Wastes 21 Million Tonnes of Wheat Every Year: Report

The International Mechanical Engineers Association released a report titled “Global Food: Waste Not Want Not” stating that 30-50% of all food globally is wasted or lost. The report describes various instances where loss occurs, ranging from storage issues in India to supermarket waste in the UK. The report received substantial media coverage, demonstrating rising public […]

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Unfit Wheat Silos

An ad-hoc presidential committee says Egyptian wheat silos are unfit for use because they allow dust and grit to mix with high-quality Egyptian wheat. The government says eliminating the silos is not possible due to the high demand for storage space. Future policy suggestions include subsidization along the value chain as opposed to just at […]

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Govt to Sell Wheat Cheap in a Bid to Empty its Silos

The Indian government plans to lower the price of wheat it is selling under the open market sales scheme (OMSS) due to lack of buyer demand. Of the 6.5 million tonnes allocated for the OMSS, the government has only sold 3 million tonnes. Pressure to open up storage space is high as growers are set […]

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USDA Declares Drought Disaster in Much of Wheat Belt

Wheat-growers in the Great Plains of the United States are set to collect record insurance payments for crops lost during the 2012 drought. The Department of Agriculture declared several counties natural disaster zones and has paid nearly $11 billion in indemnities to farmers whose wheat crops suffered last year.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-usda-drought-idUSBRE90812X20130109

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