Saturday, April 16th 2011 - 09:41 UTC

Cuba admits food imports bill is up 25% and “miracles are running out”

The Castro ruled island must import 80% of food supplies

Cuba announced Friday that it will have to spend 25% more than its original estimates to pay the cost of food imports due to the international surge in commodity prices.

Saturday, April 16th 2011 - 02:20 UTC

EU agriculture impact report before presenting “proposal list” to Mercosur

Dacian Ciolos, no market access offers at the next EU/Mercosur round in Asuncion

The European Commission will be presenting in the next weeks a report on the consequences for the European agriculture of a trade agreement with Mercosur, announced EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos following a Thursday meeting of the Agriculture Council in Luxembourg.

Saturday, April 16th 2011 - 02:10 UTC

UK celebrates Sunday Malbec World Day, Argentina’s flagship grape variety

Meet the Wine Director’ dinner with Phil Crozier (Photo

Wines of Argentina are gearing up for its first ever Malbec World Day, a global celebration of Argentina’s ‘hero’ grape variety, according to worldwide drinks industry news Harpers Wine & Spirit.

Wednesday, April 13th 2011 - 18:17 UTC

EU ‘animal well being’ group warns about Mercosur livestock conditions

Sonja van Tichelen, Director of Eurogroup for Animals: extremely alarming situation

The Eurogroup for Animals called on the European Union to demand from Mercosur farmers associations and governments the same ‘animal well-being’ requisites and regulations which their European counterparts must comply with.

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.


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