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El Nino hits crops, boosts soybeans

The El Nino weather phenomenon that is likely to strike this year damages world maize, rice and wheat yields but boosts soybeans, according to a study on Thursday that could help farmers plan what to grow. The Japanese-led report

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Cereals production seen up, to weigh on food prices

A projected rebound in global wheat and maize production this year will weigh on food prices but strong demand will prevent prices falling far from high levels, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. Maize production is

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Iran starts build of food stocks despite sanctions

Iran has started building grain stocks again, with purchases of wheat from Australia and Germany plus maize from Ukraine, said traders, with Tehran getting around payment difficulties caused by toughened international sanctions. E

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Ukraine ‘resumes maize exports to Iran’

Ukraine has resumed exports of maize to Iran, which has been hit by international sanctions, with a shipment of 30,000 tonnes made on March 13, analysts and traders said on Thursday. A vessel bound for Iran had been loaded in the

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Egypt, Saudi step up maize imports

Egypt has increased its purchases of maize by 899.4 per cent, from 90,310 tons in 2011 to 902,550 tons in 2012, while Saudi Arabia raised its corn imports from 159,770 to 402,190 tons in the same period, an increase of 151.7 per cent, according

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Maize crop outlook cut

The International Grains Council on Thursday cut its forecast for global maize production in 2011/12, reflecting diminished prospects for the US crop. It also trimmed the outlook for consumption as high prices begin to curtail demand.

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S Africa aims for Saudi, India maize deals

South Africa expects to seal a deal with buyers in Saudi Arabia and India for about 100,000 tonnes of its surplus maize before the end of February, a senior government official said on Monday. Africa's top maize producer has been strugglin

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Foreigners apply to farm maize in Algeria

Algeria's government is considering applications from firms in Europe, the Gulf and Canada to launch the country's first commercial maize production, the head of the Algerian farmers' union said. The foreign firms seeking to in

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Maize surplus knocking prices

South African farmers may cut investment in maize production if the country fails to secure export markets for a surplus of grain that is depressing prices, an industry official said. South Africa, the continent's largest producer of maize

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West EU maize yields seen better than feared

The maize harvest gathering pace in western should be less affected overall than feared by an August heatwave in part of the region, analysts said. Output had been projected to fall across western Europe after producers sowed a small maize

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