Thursday, June 12th 2014 - 07:39 UTC

Beijing hosts this year's Meat Congress; China has become Uruguay's main beef client

The event in Beijing will attract the world's main producers and exporters

China will be holding this year's World Meat Congress in Beijing, an event traditionally hosted by meat producing and exporting countries. However the significance of the world's second largest economy and its booming demand for meat have made it the right place for the 14/16 June conference.

Thursday, June 12th 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Brazil increases cultivation area and expects record grain harvest in 2014

Soybean, corn and rice are the main items making up 91% of the entire harvest

Brazil, one of the world's leading agricultural producers, expects a record grain harvest this year of 192.3 million tons, up 2.2% from 2013, the IBGE statistics agency said this week.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 02:02 UTC

Argentina port strike at soy-harvest peak, delays 126 ships queuing to load

Vessels in the Parana river waiting to load

A strike of dock workers in Argentina's grains and oilseeds export hub Rosario was holding on Tuesday for the second day running 126 ships, which are queuing and waiting to load.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

FAO Food Price Index down for the second consecutive month in May

Maize and wheat prices dropped, while rice remained stable

The FAO Food Price Index was down for the second consecutive month in May, continuing its retreat from the 10-month high it experienced in March. Prices fell as generally ample supplies weighed on international prices for most commodities included in the Index.

Saturday, May 31st 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Brazil's economy grows 0.2% in the first quarter and 1.9% in twelve months

Agriculture again was the main engine of the economy

Brazil's economy grew 0.2% in the first quarter compared to the final three months of 2013, a pace slower than economists had forecast, the government said Friday. Meanwhile GDP rose 1.9% relative to the first quarter of 2013, according to figures released by the state-run Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, or IBGE.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 13:23 UTC

Thousands march across the world to protest against Monsanto and GMO foods

Organized worldwide, peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply, health, local farms and environment

Hundreds of thousands people have united across the world to voice concern over the spread of GMO foods and crops and to raise awareness over the biotech giant Monsanto’s growing grip on the global food supply chain.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:52 UTC

FAO challenge: insects to feed sustainably a world population of 9 billion

Rojas mentioned bees as a prime example of the variety of ways in which insects contribute to food security

Insects can provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly option for animal feed, in addition to already being a mainstay of human diets for 2 billion people worldwide, FAO Assistant Director-General Eduardo Rojas-Briales told an international gathering of researchers in The Netherlands.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:41 UTC

OIE world assembly begins on Sunday with representatives from 178 members

The World Assembly of OIE Delegates establishes the policies of the Paris based OIE and supervises their implementation

The 82nd General Session of the World Assembly of OIE (Animal Health Organization) Delegates will be held from 25 to 30 May 2014, bringing together representatives of 178 OIE Members and observers from international organizations that have signed an official agreement with the OIE, as well as other international and regional organizations and invited guests.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:34 UTC

Reducing fisheries wastage, harmful practices and improving traceability

Food chain traceability is increasingly a requirement in major fish markets

An estimated 1.3 billion tons of food are lost per year, which is up to about one-third of all food produced. This figure includes post-harvest fish losses, which tend to be greater in small-scale fisheries, according to the latest edition of FAO’s The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Thursday, May 22nd 2014 - 01:01 UTC

Uruguay reported a trade deficit of 1.38bn dollars in the twelve months to April

Beef and soy beans remain the main export items although the most dynamic has been dairy produce

Uruguay’s goods’ foreign trade in the twelve months to April 2014 reported a deficit of 1.38 billion dollars with exports totaling 10.42 billion and imports 11.185bn, according to the country’s Chamber of Industries Economic Studies Unit based on data from Customs.


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