World Grain - July 2018 - 12
New cassava flour mill opens in Gambia
GAMBIA - The Aspuna Flour Mill and Processing Factory recently opened in Duwasu Village in the Kombo East District of the West
starch, which will be sold in local markets and exported, according
to an article in the Foroyaa.
Amadou Jah, country director for Aspuna, told the Foroyaa that
hour. The mill features equipment from China, he said.
"The reason why I decided to spend this huge amount of money
to establish such a project is to assist young people to stay and
work for their country," he told the newspaper. "In the Gambia,
we need value chain in order to bring development, and this
should start with the farmers, who are the backbone of the country's economy. I want to introduce cassava as another cash crop
in the country."
Bayer completes acquisition of Monsanto
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - Bayer AG on June 7 completed its
acquisition of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.-based Monsanto Co., with
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Monsanto are no longer being traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
The integration of Monsanto into Bayer is expected to begin in
approximately two months, after Bayer's divestments of $9 billion
in ag businesses to BASF have been completed.
"Today is a great day: for our customers - farmers around the
world whom we will be able to help secure and improve their harvests
even better; for our shareholders, because this transaction has the poWHQWLDOWRFUHDWHVLJQL¿FDQWYDOXHDQGIRUFRQVXPHUVDQGEURDGHUVRciety, because we will be even better placed to help the world's farmers grow more healthy and affordable food in a sustainable manner,"
said Werner Baumann, chairman of Bayer's board of management.
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Monsanto, said the closing represents "an important milestone toward the vision of creating a leading agricultural company, supporting growers in their efforts to be more productive and sustainable for
"I am proud of the path we have paved as Monsanto and look
forward to the combined company helping move modern agriculture
forward," Grant said.
Liam Condon, member of the Bayer board of management, will
lead the combined Crop Science Division when the integration
Until that time, Monsanto said it will operate independently from
Star of the West boosts presence in
organics via acquisition
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- Star of the West Milling Co. this year
added organic ingredients to its portfolio by acquiring a 60% stake in Everbest
Organics, which contracts with farmers
to grow soybeans and dry edible beans,
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processing facility in Munger, Michigan,
U.S. Plans call for Star of the West to
eventually have a 100% stake, said Jim
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Howe said customers of Star of the West
have inquired about organic items, which
led to the investment in Everbest Organics.
Howe said he has known Jim Sattelberg,
owner of Everbest Organics, for years.
Everbest Organics sources from farmers
from Michigan to California, Howe said.
The company also is involved in corn and
wheat although it does not process wheat,
The history of Frankenmuth-based Star
of the West dates to the opening of a mill
wheat division and an edible bean division.
Bean varieties include black, cranberry,
dark red kidney, navy, pinto, small red and
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