Paraguayan authorities insisted this week before the US Embassy that there were no sanitary impediments for the northern country to welcome beef shipments from the South American nation, only red tape was hindering progress in that regard.
Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou and Agriculture Minister Fernando Mattos spoke to reporters after attending the ceremony Monday marking the launch of the 2023 rice harvest, which will be one of the few items with something to celebrate in a country hit by drought.
The Government of Argentina announced during the weekend the creation of yet another foreign currency exchange rate; one to be applied particularly to wine exports, effective next month.
Uruguay's exports, including those shipped out of duty-free zones, totaled US$ 939 million in February of 2023, which represented an 8% decrease. The main reason for this setback was reported to be a drop in sales of beef and by-products, rice, wood, and wooden by-products.
About 40% of Argentine households were reported to have been left powerless Wednesday afternoon amid unprecedented heat following several failures in the interconnected system stemming from a fire that disturbed a 500 kw high voltage line that connects Campana with General Rodríguez in the province of Buenos Aires, according to local media.
Argentine authorities Tuesday suspended poultry exports after the first case of avian flu was confirmed in the province of Río Negro. The South American country's poultry exports last year amounted to US$ 383 million, with China buying 75% of them. With 2.5 million tons of poultry meat produced annually, 10% are sold abroad.
French President Emmanuel Macron once again warned during the weekend that the Mercosur-EU deal would not be ratified until every country involved in it abode by the same set of environmental rules. When restrictions are imposed on our producers, we must impose them on the food we import, he underlined.
Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture announced Wednesday that even though it poses no threat to human consumers, beef exports to China are to be halted effective Thursday after a case of the mad-cow disease has been confirmed in the State of Pará, Agencia Brasil reported.
Argentina's health authorities have decided to up their biosecurity measures following the increase in the number of avian flu cases detected nationwide, particularly in provinces bordering Uruguay, but also in Córdoba and Salta.
Uruguay's Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries (MGAP) sought technical advice from Chile to handle the current bird flu crisis, it was reported Friday in Montevideo.