A recent conference focused on corn and dried distillers grains with solubles to help the U.S. Grains Council reach buyers in Algeria, according to an article by the Council (http://bit.ly/…).
Since Algeria depends on corn imports, the conference aimed to help grain buyers consider the advantages of U.S. feed ingredients. Algeria is an important market. Its total international imports rose from 2.8 million metric tons in 2010 to 4.1 mmt in 2014.
However, Algeria only purchased about 64,426 metric tons of U.S. corn in 2010, then none until the country bought 76,000 mt in 2014 and more than 238,000 mt in the first half of 2015.
The Council addressed some of the concerns of Algerian buyers, such as complaints over excessive dust in U.S. corn, as well as the preference of Algerian poultry farmers for Argentinian corn which has a red tinge to the kernel color.
Speakers at the conference included Noureddine Karim, president of the feed producers association in Morocco, who shared his knowledge and experience of feeding U.S. corn and DDGS, as well as Charles Rush, the U.S. agricultural attache in Algeria in Algeria, and and Wayne Bacon, the Council's consultant in Europe.
Approximately 40 Algerian importers and industry representatives attended the conference.
Cary Sifferath, USGC senior director of global programs, said that the Council is working to build demand in Algeria by "educating buyers on the U.S. grading and contracting systems to help them get the quality they need."
Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.email@example.com
© Copyright 2015 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.