Saturday, November 26th 2011 - 03:15 UTC

Cuba opens bank loans for small businesses, private farmers and house repair

Central Bank of Cuba

Cuba has authorised banks to loan money to small businesses, private farmers and people who want to repair or build homes - a revolutionary step for the island's government.

Saturday, November 26th 2011 - 03:12 UTC

FAO estimates record oilseed production but soybean crop will be down

Global oilseed production is estimated at record 472 million tons in the 2011-12 marketing year starting October but the growth in output will be subdued, FAO said in a report. Similarly soy bean production is expected to fall to 260.7 million tons from 265.8 million in 2010/2011.

Thursday, November 24th 2011 - 22:57 UTC

Mercosur calls on Doha Round for an end of all farm export incentives by 2013

Brazilian Minister Mendes Ribeiro hosted CAS ahead of the Geneva meeting

Agriculture ministers from Mercosur full members plus Chile and Bolivia, as members of the Agriculture Council of the South, CAS, urged a quick conclusion of the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations to help combat poverty and ensure food security.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011 - 22:07 UTC

Uruguay’s central bank confident about commodities’ price prospects

Prices for Uruguayan commodities (grains, beef, wool and diary) remain steady

Uruguay’s Central bank sees “few probabilities” of a strong deceleration in emerging economies or a ‘significant’ fall in commodities prices even when lately there has been a drop in the value of grains although still above their historic average.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011 - 01:46 UTC

World Bank loan to help Uruguayan farmers address climate change consequences

The losses of the 2008/09 drought have been estimated over 340 million dollars

The World Bank approved last week a loan for 49 million dollars to support Uruguayan farmers in adopting environmentally sustainable practices to improve the resilience of their production systems in response to the effects of climate variability.

Monday, November 21st 2011 - 07:10 UTC

Argentina forecasts 49.5 million tons of soybeans 12 million tons of wheat

Soybeans could turn out to be the second-largest crop ever in 2011/12

Argentina's 2011-12 soybean area will likely rise 0.6% on the year to 19 million hectares, the Agriculture Ministry said in its weekly crop report. The forecast is the first from the ministry for soybeans, the country's top crop and export.

Monday, November 21st 2011 - 04:16 UTC

EU members settle for a budget increase of 2%; UK hails it as an ‘excellent deal’

Farming takes the lion’s share of the EU budget

The European Union has been forced to accept a 2% rise in its budget next year, much less than the increase it wanted of around 5%.

Thursday, November 17th 2011 - 23:41 UTC

Paraguay’s wheat exports doubled in a year to over a million tons

Income from wheat has increased 33 fold in a decade

Paraguay’s wheat exports have doubled in 2011 compared to the previous year and has increased 33 fold in the last decade, and this has been based on a government-private effort of investing in scientific research and technology.

Monday, November 14th 2011 - 21:21 UTC

Falklands establishes agriculture and trade cooperation links with Uruguay

Agricultural Advisor ‘Mac’ McArthur admires Uruguayan livestock

If proof was ever needed that adversity leads to a greater determination to succeed, it has been amply provided in a recent trip by the Falkland Islands Senior Agricultural Advisor, “Mac” McArthur, on a trade mission and cultural visit to Uruguay.

Saturday, November 12th 2011 - 09:53 UTC

Argentina expects soy crop of 49.5 million tons and 30 million tons of corn

Rosario is one of the world's biggest grains ports

Argentina's 2011/2012 soy harvest is seen at 49.5 million tons, down from 50.3 million tons last season, the Rosario Grains Exchange said in its monthly crop report on Friday.


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