Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took the oath on Thursday to lawmaker Julian Dominguez at the helm of the newly created cabinet post of Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Livestock, one of the more conflicting areas of her administration.
The United States Congress has agreed to provide 350 million US dollars to struggling dairy farmers following a compromise during negotiations on a 23.3 billion USD agriculture bill.
Argentina has officially created the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food, which previously worked as a secretariat of the Production Ministry. The decision of the Kirchner couple administration to raise the status of the Agriculture Secretariat to a ministry comes amid tensions with farming leaders who are protesting the government's farming policies.
Argentine exports of refrigerated beef reached 34.923 tons in August equivalent to 131.2 million US dollars, according to official data provided by Senasa (Animal Health National Service).
Weak international markets led to a 6% drop in the value of Chile’s fresh fruit exports this past 2008/2009 season, reported Fedefruta President Rodrigo Echeverría this week in Santiago.
Uruguayans beef consumption per capita in 2009 is expected to reach 58 kilos and 86 kilos of all types of meat according to the latest estimates from the National Meat Institute (INAC).
Uruguay’s main agriculture show ended Sunday with a record number of visitors and harsh criticisms for the government: Farmers complained bitterly about the ballooning fiscal expenditure, taxes and demanded a broadening of horizons beyond Mercosur.
Argentina's August trade surplus dropped 48% from the same month a year ago to 1.16 billion US dollars as exports sank, the government said on Friday. Imports fell by 37% during the month to 3.25 billion, while exports dropped by an even bigger 40% to 4.40 billion USD due to lower prices and reduced volumes, particularly by the drought-hit farming industry.
Chilean dairy farmers requested President Michelle Bachelet to speed the implementation of the provisional safeguard clause to help contain the import of Argentine powder milk and cheese. The safeguard clause means imposing a 31% tariff on dairy imports.
Farm land sales in Uruguay during the first half of 2009 dropped, but the average price for the hectare actually increased 25% compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest release from the Ministry of Agriculture Statistics Office (DIEA).