Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 08:10 UTC

Argentina lost 12% of national flock to severe drought in north Patagonia

The lack of humidity is recurrent with the most impact between 2007 and 2011, plus very cold temperatures and the eruptions of Chaiten and Puyehue volcanoes.

North Patagonia in Argentina is suffering the worst drought is 17 years which has meant the loss of 1.8 million sheep, since 2007, and so far this year rainfall has been 45% below the historic average.

Saturday, September 24th 2016 - 20:04 UTC

August FAO Food Price Index at its highest since May 2015; all commodities up except for cereals

Prices rose for all dairy commodities that compose the Index, in particular for cheese, whole milk powder and butter and average a 14% increase over July 2015

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 165.6 points in August 2016, up 3 points (1.9%) from July and almost 7% above the corresponding period last year. The August value of the Index is the highest since May 2015. Except for cereals, prices of all other commodities used in the calculation of the FFPI rose in August, led by dairy, oils and sugar.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 22:18 UTC

FAO forecasts higher harvest prospects for maize, wheat and rice

Russia is poised to become the world's largest wheat exporter in 2016/17, overtaking the European Union, where wet weather has hampered this year's crops.

Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 165.6 points in August, up 1.9% from July and almost 7% from a year earlier. The monthly jump was mostly driven by cheese and palm oil quotations, while those for wheat, maize and rice all fell.

Thursday, September 15th 2016 - 20:54 UTC

Falklands' Development Corporation partners with horticultural specialists to expand commercial opportunities

  The Market Garden in Stanley currently provides fruit and vegetables to both locals and visiting boats, but still has to import goods not grown locally.

The Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) announced that three UK horticultural specialists will visit the Falklands next month in order to appraise the potential for future horticultural developments. The three consultants will be the Islands for a week and will hope to identify profitable, commercial opportunities for Falkland businesses.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 16:49 UTC

Falklands registers for world shearing championships in NZ next February

“We are expecting a real showdown at the Canterbury A&P show” Chairman of the World Shearing event, Tom Wilson said.

The World Shearing Championships Committee finds another gear as the World Event quickly approaches. Being held in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand from the 9th to the 11th February in the ILT Stadium Southland, not only is the committee excited about hosting this event but Southland and New Zealand is getting behind a first in the South Island and only 5th time being held in New Zealand over a 40 year period (1980, 1988, 1996, 2012 – Masterton)

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 13:18 UTC

Canada's Agrium and Potash create fertilizer and farm retailing giant

Potash Corp is the world's biggest crop nutrient company by capacity and Agrium, North America's largest farm retailer

Canada's Agrium and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan said they would combine, a deal that would create a fertilizer and farm retailing giant with pro-forma enterprise value of US$36 billion but also trigger U.S. regulatory scrutiny.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 09:55 UTC

“If beef is not included”, there won't be no Mercosur-EU trade agreement, warns Uruguay

Nin Novoa said that among the goods to be negotiates is beef, which is one of the main products because, “if it does not include beef, there won't be any agreement”

“If beef is not included, there won't be any agreement”, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in anticipation of next week's meeting of European Union and Mercosur coordinators to adjust the list of goods and services the two blocks will formally exchange in mid October, the first formal meeting of its kind in fourteen years.

Monday, September 5th 2016 - 16:42 UTC

Falkland Islands produced 1.700 tons of wool, says 2015/16 Farming Statistics

There are currently 479,652 sheep on the Falklands with 143,247 being run on the FIH farms of Goose Green (pic)(77,862), North Arm (48,630) and Fitzroy (16,755)

Falkland Islands farmers produced 1.7 million kilos of wool last year and also provided 44,000 sheep to the abattoir, according to the 2015/16 Farming Statistics recently compiled by the Department of Agriculture. This work was carried out by just 281 people recorded as living on the farms; 151 on the East, 105 on the West and just 25 scattered around the 11 farms on outer islands.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016 - 09:12 UTC

Uruguay's Prado show invites to a Hackathon competition blending agro, business and information technologies

This is an open competition for Uruguayan teams made up of researchers, entrepreneurs and experts in Information Technologies, Agro and Business.

The British Embassy in Montevideo, the Uruguayan Rural Association (ARU) and the Uruguayan Chamber of Information Technologies (Cuti) are inviting to take part in the Agro Hackathon which is scheduled to take place during the coming Expo Prado agricultural show.

Saturday, August 13th 2016 - 09:26 UTC

Falklands' fresh produce high prices blamed on Montevideo's port charges and fees

Montevideo port costs add 75-100%, “on top of actual SAAS (shipper) freight costs. In UK similar operations add a mere 20% to the SAAS freight cost” said Miller.

Uruguayan port charges and fees from port operators and shipping agents are the cause of fresh produce being so expensive in the Falkland Islands, Stanley Nurseries Tim Miller told Penguin News this week. Montevideo port costs add 75-100%, “on top of actual SAAS (shipper) freight costs. In UK similar operations add a mere 20% to the SAAS freight cost said Mr. Miller.


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