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Ethiopia maize and sweet corn rank as some of the most important cereals in the horn of Africa country. The nation is the number five largest producer of white maize and 94 percent of the crop grows under the smallholder system. The country only exports non-genetically modified crop because maize grows organically in the highlands. The locals use most of the maize for subsistence reasons since each plateful provides the easiest access to 16 calories per day. Maize flour is also a major source of nutrition in the country.
The plants first grew in Mexico ten thousand years ago. In Ethiopia Amhara, Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples’ region and Oromia have been producing maize for centuries. The cereal is the most essential of all agricultural produce in the regions and it topped 6 million tons in the 2012 period. Most of the produce is made up of the white grains.
Maize or corn provides a high percentage of starch. Each has a 24 percent concentration of carbohydrates, while cholesterol is at zero percent. The fat content is 7 percent which makes maize a good source of vegetable oil known as corn oil. Each cob consists of about 7 percent of the daily needs of iron for oxygen transportation in the blood. The grain also has around 30 percent of vitamin B6 and 31 percent of magnesium for good metabolism and strong bones. Protein is also high at 18 percent of the daily value. The best way to consume maize to enjoy all its nutrition is with the outer unshelled endocarp.
We source Ethiopia maize and sweet corn from the southern and northern parts of the country. Our family growers in the country harvest between 35 and 40, one hundred kilo bags of maize per hectare in a good season. We source from organic growers with less than 1.5 hectares. These practice only natural cultivation methods, including the use of farmyard post for soil enhancement. The farmers also apply little or now chemical sprays to keep the crop under less than 0.01 percent of minimum residual levels (MRLs).
We harvest Ethiopia maize as soon as the cobs have drooped and appear dry. This is the time when the cobs have lessened their moisture levels to between 17 and 20 percent. We use manual means of harvesting to ensure that there is little incidence of loss. We remove each cob by hand inclusive of the stalk from the stem. We use mats to dry the produce as soon as we have harvested and then place it in baskets ready for carting to the packing shed.
After harvesting maize, we shell it from the cobs. The grains are at their best conditions when they are mature and just past their tender milky stages. We then dry the maize until their moisture revel has gone appreciably down to keep the rotting at a minimum. We then sort and grade maize depending on the health of the grains. We remove the broken and discolored ones leaving only the best.
The next post-harvest process of Ethiopia maize is that of cleaning. This involved winnowing, which is essentially the removal of chaff. We use threshing machines rather than beating to reduce damage. We then keep the maize in a protected shelter ready for packing in gunny bags.
We pack Ethiopia maize grains in 50 kg, 90 kg and 100 kilogram maize bags. Each sack contains plastic linings to keep the dry cereals in a hydrated condition. This means that the grains arrive in your destination while still fresh. We pack the grain sacks in silos of several layers for easy transportation on airline or ship pallets.
We store Ethiopia maize grains in very hygienic conditions in a cool and dry interior atmosphere. We ensure that there is no incidence where the produce gets into contact with water. We also disinfect the place to keep rodents and weevils away.
We pack sweet corn in wooden crates. We also pack the cobs in corn bags o that are of the same weight. We also have corn cartons that can have a capacity for five dozen or 60 ears of the cobs. There is also the faster means of packing for many cobs in bulk bins. We count them one by one.
We keep the crates, boxes or bags in a good condition by using about 1 kilo of ice topping for every 2kg of the Ethiopia corn ears. For the cartons, we inject ice that can keep the product cooled throughout the process. We only do the top ice factoring after we have cooled the produce.
We store Ethiopia maize that has at least 18 percent of moisture in cool conditions of no more than 4° Celsius. We also transport the grains and sweet corn cobs in the same temperature under a controlled environment vehicle.
Thus, if you are looking forward for fresh Ethiopia maize or sweet corn from the largest producer in Africa, you have got a reliable partner in us. We offer all kinds of grains, including yellow, white, sweet and baby corn at affordable prices. All our supplies comes from Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified family growers in the country. Our handling tools are highly hygienic right from harvesting to post-handling to ensure we only export clean, pure grains. You can start today by making an order of your specific quantity!
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