USGC Rolls Out Corn Harvest Quality Information In Tunisia

CQ rollout in Tunis

More than 90 feed millers, poultry and livestock producers, importers and end-users from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region attended the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) corn quality rollout in Tunis, Tunisia, last month. 

More than 90 feed millers, poultry and livestock producers, importers and end-users from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa region attended the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) corn quality rollout in Tunis, Tunisia, last month. 

USGC Signs Memorandum Of Understanding To Establish Tunisian Center For Feed Manufacturing

MOU signing

In dual efforts to expand export opportunities and help local feed producers improve the quality of their products, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) plans to utilize a grant provided by the U.S. State Department to create a Center for Feed Manufacturing in Tunisia. 

“Centered in North Africa, U.S. suppliers face increasing competition in the Tunisian market from competitors in Europe, the Black Sea and South America,” said Ramy Hadj Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

North Africa: What a Difference a Year Makes

Tom in meetings in North Africa

“A year ago, North Africa was dropping off the charts in terms of U.S. corn sales,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. “But this year, Egypt may take more corn (whole grain) than China, and Morocco and Tunisia are again buying U.S. corn.”

For the current marketing year that began Sept. 1, 2013 through May 15, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia have taken a combined 2.1 million metric tons (82.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn (accumulated exports plus outstanding sales), compared to nothing over the same period last marketing year.

Demand for US Corn in Egypt, North Africa on the Rise

According to USDA's Production, Supply and Distribution database, Egypt is expected to import 6.2 million metric tons (244 million bushels) of corn in the year that began Oct. 1, 2013, which is the second highest level of corn imports to Egypt ever. In this dramatic turnaround, the United States is projected to enjoy at least a 30 percent market share in the 2013/2014 marketing year that began Sept. 1, 2014, after the market share dropping to less than one percent during the 2012/2013 marketing year. The U.S.

USGC Assists in Expanding Tunisian Beef Production

Cary Sifferath

By Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa

PROMAG-MABROUKA, a company based in Khelidia, Tunisia, recently turned to the U.S. Grains Council for guidance on expanding its feed-lot development and beef production. Having seen the Council's feed lot locations in Morocco in 2012, the company's managers knew the Council had the expertise to help them with their own plans.

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