Agriculture

Agriculture
Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Brazil's agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the year

“Mercosur is on the right track, countries of the region have virtually agreed on the proposals to exchange with the European Union”, said Ms Abreu

Brazil' minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

Uruguay's meat exports in almost seven months close to the billion dollars

Beef exports were equivalent to 816 million dollars and 213.189 tons, while main markets: EU, Nafta (US, Canada and Mexico), China and Israel.

Uruguay exports of meats reached 978 million dollars between January and 18 July of which 83% beef; 5,5% offal; 3% ovine; other industrialized meats 2.7% and 1.5% horse, according to the latest release from the country's Meats institute economics office, Inac.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Protesting French farmers promised €600m of emergency government help

“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM

Dramatic protests across the north of France have won the country’s farmers €600m of emergency government help. This week thousands of tractors blockaded motorways and brought cities to a standstill, as the plight of producers dominated the nation’s news.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

French president to announce emergency measures in support of farmers

“Beyond the issue of distribution and prices, I have asked that there should be an emergency plan for French livestock and dairy producers,” Hollande said

President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil emergency measures to help France’s livestock and dairy farmers on Wednesday. Tuesday’s announcement came as as livestock farmers caused chaos in the north west of France, using tractors and trucks full of manure and rubble to block roads.

Monday, July 20th 2015 - 07:37 UTC

Dairy prices forecasted to continue falling as Southern hemisphere milking season takes off

Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, has seen profits fall for nearly two years in the face of volatile prices, which sank to a 12 1/2-year low last week.

New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra is cutting jobs in an effort to shore up its cash flows as a slump in global dairy demand, particularly from number one buyer China, threatens to snuff out the country’s “white gold rush.”

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Aphids beat latest 'odor' efforts to repel them and protect GM crops

GM crops are being grown commercially since 1996. Land with GM crops has increased from 1.7m in 1996 to around 175.2m hectares worldwide in 2013.

In what is described as a major blow to genetic modification of crops, a variety of wheat developed in the UK to repel pests has failed in field trials. The variety engineered to produce an odor that repels aphids, failed in the field test after it was successfully tested in the lab, proving a wide gap between lab and commercial application of the process.

Monday, July 13th 2015 - 09:21 UTC

Venezuela will stop buying Guyana rice amid escalating border dispute

Finance minister Jordan said Venezuelan officials informed him that they will be acquiring rice from other suppliers, including Suriname, by the end of the year.

Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana's rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the two neighboring countries, the Guyanese finance minister said. The administration of president Nicolas Maduro has in the past four years purchased about 40% of Guyana's rice production, about 200,000 tons, paying for it with oil that amounts to about half of Guyana's daily supply needs.

Sunday, June 28th 2015 - 10:22 UTC

Argentina's economy picks up 1.1% during first quarter compared to a year ago

Argentina announced that this agriculture year it will reach a record harvest of 116 million tons with soybeans making over half of the total

Argentina's GDP increased 1.1% during the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, boosted by the domestic market and growths in the agricultural and construction sectors, the official Indec statistics bureau has revealed. This is the second quarter running that records an advance, following a drop in last year's third quarter.

Friday, June 5th 2015 - 10:17 UTC

FAO's Food Price Index in May was down 20.7% from a year ago

FAO upgraded its May 2015 forecast for global production of wheat, coarse grains and rice, anticipating bigger maize harvests in China and Mexico

Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favorable outlook for this year's harvests. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 166.8 points in May, down 1.4% from April and as much as 20.7% from a year earlier.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:42 UTC

Argentina's soybean crop forecasted to be comfortably above 60m tons

 “So far the average yield stands at 3.300 kilos per hectare, we can thus estimate the current total harvest at 57.4 million tons”, said the Cereals chamber.

Surprising Argentina: with over 90% of the soybean crop harvested, (approximately 17.2 million hectares), the Buenos Aires Cereals Stock exchange has again risen the total 2014/15 crop estimate to over 60 million tons.

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