Tuesday, April 12th 2011 - 16:26 UTC

Chile winery expands in Argentina to double production in five years

Some of the best soils for quality vineyards can be found on both sides of the Andes

The Chilean wine company Viña Montes plans to invest 20 million US dollars in vineyards on the other side of the Andes in neighbouring Argentina, where it expects to double production over the next five years.

Monday, April 11th 2011 - 19:49 UTC

China plans to invest 10 billion USD in soy production and processing in Brazil

Beijing wants to ensure its supply of soy beans

China plans to invest ten billion US dollars in the production, storage and transport of soybeans in Brazil to ensure the supply of the commodity of which it is the world’s main importer, according to press reports in Beijing.

Monday, April 11th 2011 - 19:42 UTC

EU agriculture ministers meet to address current trade talks with Mercosur

Irish farmers fear competition from Mercosur beef

European Union Agriculture ministers will be meeting this week in Luxembourg to discuss the current trade negotiations with Mercosur, according to European Commission sources.

Monday, April 11th 2011 - 06:22 UTC

Mercosur costs and growing domestic demand limit beef export volumes

Mercosur livestock prices are not sustainable for international markets, says Ignacio Iriarte

With stronger local currencies Mercosur main beef exporters, Brazil and Uruguay are finding it more profitable to supply their domestic markets than exporting, in spite of growing international demand.

Monday, April 4th 2011 - 06:44 UTC

Paraguay’s 2010/11 soy bean crop could reach 8.4 million tons

In 2001, the area planted with soybeans in Paraguay was 1.350.000 hectares

Paraguay’s 2010/11 soy bean crop covers 2.830.000 hectares (twice the area ten years ago) and the expected yield is between 2.900 and 3.100 kilos per hectare according to the latest satellite pictures in hands of the Paraguayan Chamber of Grains and Oilseed Exporters, Capeco.
So far the record yield dates back to 2003 with a national average of 2.915 kilos.

Monday, April 4th 2011 - 04:19 UTC

FAO alerts on three pesticides and industrial chemicals

Gramoxone Super containing paraquat dichloride is used to control weeds in cotton, rice and maize

United Nations chemical experts have recommended that two pesticides - endosulfan and azinphos methyl - and one severely hazardous pesticide formulation - Gramoxone Super - be included in the Rotterdam Convention's Prior Informed Consent procedure.

Sunday, March 27th 2011 - 05:13 UTC

Paraguayan economy expands an all time record of 15.3% in 2010

The farming sector is crucial for the landlocked country’s economy

Boosted by agriculture Paraguay's economy grew an all time record of 15,3% in 2010, following on a 3.8% contraction in 2009, according to the latest release from the Central bank.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011 - 08:19 UTC

Argentina’s 2010/11 harvest estimated at over 100 million tons

Wheat had the best performance soaring from 8 million to 14.7 million tons

Argentina’s 2010/2011 grains and oilseeds harvest is estimated to have reached 100.46 million tons, which is above last year’s according to the latest technical report from the Ministry of Agriculture released this week.

Monday, March 21st 2011 - 22:17 UTC

US farmers concerned with Mercosur expanding farm exports to Colombia

Andres Espinosa, Senior Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Agriculture

United States farmers have called on the US government to approve the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama because Mercosur countries are taking a bigger share of US agriculture exports to those countries.

Monday, March 21st 2011 - 21:41 UTC

EU farm ministers support strong CAP with “proportional financial resources”

Europe's agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos

European Union agriculture ministers at the weekend rejected capping subsidies to Europe's biggest farms but compromised on a fairer share-out of funds between farmers in Eastern and Western Europe.


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