Representatives of milling and food companies from Nigeria, the average second-largest buyer of U.S. wheat, will tour U.S. hard red winter and hard white wheat crops June 2-12.
Specifically, the team will view crops in Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, meet with university researchers, and tour grain and wheat foods facilities.
The visit is part of an annual tour, this year sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's market development programs. U.S. Wheat Associates also collaborated with the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Nebraska Wheat Board and Kansas Wheat to organize this year's Nigerian team.
"Trade teams bring together both the beginning and end of the grain chain," said Gerald Theus, assistant regional director for the U.S. Wheat Associates Sub-Sahara African Office. "Visits like this one allow our Nigerian customers to make a personal connection with U.S. wheat farmers – who consistently produce the high quality wheat Nigeria's industry needs."
Theus and Muyiwa Talabi, USW's marketing consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria, will accompany this year's team.
USW said one of the companies to be represented on the tour, Flour Mills of Nigeria, is the world's largest importer of HW wheat, shipped from its own export elevator in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This company and other Nigerian flour mills also import significant amounts of HRW, hard red spring, soft red winter and durum. The United States dominates Nigeria's wheat import market with close to a 90% market share, despite increased price competition from Canada and the Black Sea region, USW said.