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MBABANE – Eswatini imports 90 000 metric tonnes of wheat on average per year worth E200 million and about 1 000 metric tonnes of grapes worth E6.5 million per year.

This was confirmed by Melusi Dlamini the Communications Officer of the National Marketing and Agricultural Board. He said both commodities could be produced locally but only in controlled large-scale environments so that the pricing was competitive with international producers. In a previous report, the President of the Liquor Association Thamsanqa Hlatjwako encouraged emaSwati to brew their own beverages which would lower the pricing for local consumers.
 He said the prices were slightly steep for smaSwati in comparison to other countries like South Africa due to the logistics that go into getting the products to the local shelves which would be lowered if the farming processes were done locally.

“It does not make sense that for some reason we are still failing to have our own vineyard because it is a great business opportunity as we have a high number of wine consumers. If we could have a vineyard then at least wine prices would drop,” said the president. Wheat is significantly lower in cellulose and lipids, and higher in protein and starch than barley. The varying protein level is the most significant difference.


For one thing, wheat offers higher yields. Typical pale malt extracts run from 80 to 83 per cent, while wheat extracts run from 84 to 88 per cent. Malt is made from grain that has been soaked, germinated (sprouted) then dried. It is derived from various grains such as wheat, corn or rice; however, whole grain barley is most commonly used. Malt is the sugars that come from a sprouted grain. Traditionally for true beer this grain is barley, or sometimes barley and other ingredients such as wheat.

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