A key crop for human consumption and animal feed in Kenya, corn is in short supply in the West African state, and farmers are struggling to pay the resulting high prices of compound feeds.
Despite announcing new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), the disease situation in China is under control, according to the agriculture ministry. ASF has returned to South Africa, spread to a new region of Ukraine, and infected more backyard herds in Bulgaria.
Overall demand for organic feed is expected to grow 6-7%, and demand for protein meal is especially high. However, domestic soybean supplies have not kept pace, which has led to increased reliance on imported commodities and may undercut domestic growers.
Taiwanese biotech company Excelsior Bio-System Inc. says it has developed a rapid test kit to detect African swine fever (ASF).
The most common complaint of nutrition suppliers (additives mostly) is that they cannot get (easily) into large (mega) farms. It appears to them that such mega producers prefer to use simple nutrition programs without much in terms of added (modern) nutritional supplements. There are many reasons why such large operations prefer simple nutrition programs, and some are offered here for discussion.