Nigerian Wheat Millers Visit Nebraska
Nebraska was among four states last week to host a wheat trade team from Nigeria . The team spent some time at the farm of US Wheat Associates Vice Chairman Dan Hughes of Venago. Hughes says Nigeria is the leading importer of hard red winter wheat in the world, so they are very in tune to the hard red winter wheat belt.
The Nigerian Trade Team consisted of nine individuals representing Nigeria's milling industry. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Hughes say it was significant having these people in the US.
On average, Nigeria is the second largest buyer of U.S. wheat, importing Hard red winter, hard red spring (HRS), soft red winter (SRW) and durum. The African country also wants to become a bigger importer of US hard white wheat.
Nebraska and the rest of the wheat belt has been slow to adopt the planting hard white wheat due to the many challenges in keeping hard red winter wheat separate from hard white wheat. But if the farmers and elevators could work through the challenge, Nigeria will be at the front of the line to buy hard white wheat.
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