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| 2013 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Ottawa | Canada | 4/17/2014
Canadian planting of biotech crops is estimated at about 9.8 million hectares for 2013.  The main biotech crops remain canola, corn and soybeans, with small amounts of sugar beets added recently.  Canada is one of a few countries to approve stacked traits, or planting up to three traits in one crop.  On the animal side, guidance from three regulatory agencies is still to be issued on the question of whether the progeny of clones fall under Canada's novel food regulations.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Ottawa_Canada_4-9-2014



| Select | Sugar production, consumption and trade | Sugar | San Jose | Costa Rica | 4/17/2014
Costa Rica’s sugar cane production is forecast to increase by 3 percent in 2013/2014. Sugar production is expected to reach a record 471,000 MT in 2013/2014 as compared to 458,000 MT in 2012/2013. The higher production levels achieved during the last two harvests are the result of several actions undertaken by the sector to stop the decline in output experienced during previous harvests. 
Sugar Annual_San Jose_Costa Rica_4-9-2014



| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | Nicaragua Sugar Annual Report 2014 | Sugar | Managua | Nicaragua | 4/17/2014
For 2013/2014, the Nicaraguan Sugar Commission (CNPA) anticipates a sugarcane harvest of 7.2 million MT, with a total sugar production of 758,776 MT, raw value, a 6 percent increase compared to the previous year. The increase in production is attributed to the increase of sugar cane planting. CNPA reports that sugarcane plantings increased 5 percent in 2013/2104, reaching over 71,126 hectares.
Sugar Annual_Managua_Nicaragua_4-10-2014



| Select | 2014 West Africa Cotton and Products | Cotton and Products | Dakar | Senegal | 4/17/2014
Post anticipates that seed cotton production for MY 2014/15 will only increase by 3 percent compared to the preceding year.  Seed cotton production for MY 2013/14 increased by 2 percent (1.583 million tons) from the previous year due to a difficult rainy season which started late and stopped early for selected countries.  Burkina Faso continues to be the leader (at 645,000 tons) followed by Mali (440,000 tons), and Cote d’Ivoire (385,000 tons).  However, Cote d’Ivoire MY 2013/14 cotton product...
Cotton and Products Annual_Dakar_Senegal_4-14-2014



| Annual Sugar Report for Nigeria 2014 | Sugar | Lagos | Nigeria | 4/17/2014
Nigeria is Africa’s largest sugar importer. Estimated imports of 1.34m MT in marketing year 2013/14 are slightly higher up from 1.32 million tons for MY 2012/13. Post expects sugar consumption to continue to grow steadily, driven by rising disposable incomes and growth of the urban population (which tends to consume more sugar than rural communities). Although the bold targets laid out in the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan are unlikely to be met in their entirety, the government’s backward integrati...
Sugar Annual_Lagos_Nigeria_4-14-2014



| Road Map to Malta | Exporter Guide | Rome | Italy | 4/17/2014
This report offers information for U.S. companies interested in exporting food and agricultural products to Malta, including an overview of the country's economic situation, market structure, and export requirements.  The Republic of Malta is a small, densely populated island nation situated in the Mediterranean Sea, and is a European Union member since May 1, 2004.
Road Map to Malta_Rome_Italy_4-14-2014



| Select | Sugar Annual | Sugar | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 4/17/2014
The Brazilian MY 2014/15 sugarcane crop is projected at 629 mmt, down 21 mmt from MY 2013/14 (650 mmt), mainly due to weather related problems in the center-southern producing region.  Approximately 46.5 percent of the crop should be diverted to sugar, up 1 percentage point compared to the previous season.  Total exports for the upcoming MY are forecast at 25.25 mmt, raw value, down 4 percent compared to the previous marketing year.   Post: ATO Sao Paulo
Sugar Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_4-11-2014



| Select | Indonesia Sugar Annual Report 2014 | Sugar | Jakarta | Indonesia | 4/17/2014
Indonesia is expected to produce 33.7 million metric tons (MMT) of sugarcane in marketing year (MY) 2013/14, resulting in production of 2.3 MMT of plantation white sugar.  Raw sugar imports are estimated to increase to 3.6 MMT in MY 2013/14 due to demand from a growing food and beverage industry.
Sugar Annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_4-14-2014



| Globalized Tender Invitation for Seven TMT of 2013 Australian Rice C | Grain and Feed | Taipei | Taiwan | 4/16/2014
Tender GF4-102-154 for 7,000 MT of the 2013 Australian country specific quota (CSQ) failed three tenders.  The fourth tender is scheduled for April 23, not limited to Australia but open on a global basis.  The tender specification remains unchanged for medium or short grain brown rice, with delivery term August 1 to September 30, 2014.
Globalized Tender Invitation for Seven TMT of 2013 Australian Rice C_Taipei_Taiwan_4-10-2014



| Forestry and Wood Products Report 2014 | Wood Products, Agricultural Situation | Wellington | New Zealand | 4/16/2014
The log harvest hit a record level in 2013 of 29.5 million cubic meters in order to supply a 25% increase in raw log volumes exported to off-shore markets. China now takes 70% of all log exports and the volume shipped to China in 2013 was up by 36% to 11.29 million cubic meters.  Domestic saw millers are finding it difficult to match export log prices and stay profitable.
Forestry and Wood Products Report 2014_Wellington_New Zealand_4-14-2014



| Sugar, Centrifugal | Report | Sugar | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 4/16/2014
EU sugar production in MY 2014/15 is forecast to increase to 16.3 million MT, up from16.1 million MT in MY 2013/14 as German beet growing area recovers from a decrease to eliminate high stocks.  High EU domestic sugar prices since MY 2011/12 are slowing down the increase in consumption, but consumption is forecast to accelerate again when sugar prices decrease.  EU sugar imports are also slowing in MY2013/14, despite the opening of new preferential quotas from new FTAs with Central and South Ame...
Sugar Annual_Brussels USEU_EU-28_4-10-2014



| Serbian Agriculture Overview and Best Prospects-2014 | Agriculture in the Economy | Belgrade | Serbia | 4/16/2014
In 2013, agriculture accounted for 10.1% of Serbian GDP, compared to the EU 27 average of 2%. Agriculture is one of the most important export sector in Serbia, accounting for almost 20% of all Serbian exports and enjoying a surplus of US$ 1.20 billion in 2013.  In 2013, Serbia’s total agro-food imports from the United States were US$30.4 million, an increase of US$ 5.4 million or 21.6% higher than in 2012 (mostly due to increased imports of tobacco, almonds and planting seeds). U.S. agro-food ex...
Serbian Agriculture Overview and Best Prospects-2014_Belgrade_Serbia_4-8-2014



| Poland Established a New Record in Rapeseed Production | Agricultural Situation, Biofuels, Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products | Warsaw | Poland | 4/16/2014
In MY 2013/14, Poland’s rapeseed planted area reached one million HA and produced a record crop of 2.8 million tons.  Both a large increase in acreage and higher yields contributed to the crop’s success.  For MY 2014/15, planted area is expected to diminish 13 percent in response to declining rapeseed prices leading some producers to switch to grains.  As of the first week of April, the rapeseed crop was reported behind in development as compared to the same period 2013. 
Poland Established a New Record in Rapeseed Production_Warsaw_Poland_4-11-2014



| Biofuels Overview 2014 | Biofuels | Rome | Italy | 4/16/2014
Italy is Europe's fourth-biggest producer of biodiesel after Germany, France, and Spain, with a capacity of approximately 2.2 MMT per year.
Biofuels Overview 2014_Rome_Italy_4-9-2014



| Select | The report covers supply and demand trends for sugar in Swaziland | Sugar | Pretoria | Swaziland | 4/16/2014
For the 2014/15 MY, post forecasts that Swaziland could produce 725,000 MT  of sugar, on an six percent increase in sugar cane production, due to more land being utilized for sugar cultivation.  As a result, post expects that Swaziland’s sugar exports, mainly to the European Union (EU), could increase by about three percent to 385,000 MT.  In the 2013/14 MY, sugar production increased by three percent from the previous year to an estimated 679,934 MT and Swaziland exported about 373,523 MT of su...
Sugar Annual_Pretoria_Swaziland_4-10-2014



| Trade Show Evaluation Report - Supermarket Trade Show 2014 | Trade Show Evaluation, CSSF Activity Report | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 4/15/2014
Supermarket Trade Show, organized by the New Supermarket Association of Japan, was held in Tokyo from February 12-14, 2014.  The USA Pavilion featured a variety of high quality and healthy U.S. agricultural products and foods from 20 organizations and companies including the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, Food Export Association of the Midwest USA/Northeast, SUNKIST Growers Inc....
Trade Show Evaluation Report - Supermarket Trade Show 2014_Tokyo ATO_Japan_4-11-2014



| Mexican Junk Food Tax | Snack Foods | Mexico ATO | Mexico | 4/15/2014
On September 8, 2013 the Government of President Enrique Peña Nieto announced its plan of fiscal reforms aimed at boosting revenue and improving social development programs. On January 1, 2014, these new taxes came into effect.  Among the reforms there is a 16 percent value added tax and an increase of 8 percent on the Special Tax over Products and Services (IEPS) to processed foods with a determined caloric value  These taxes will be applied to domestic and imported products.
Mexican Junk Food Tax_Mexico ATO_Mexico_4-9-2014



| Modifications to Duty Free Imports of Coffee in 40 Gram Containers | Coffee | Mexico | Mexico | 4/15/2014
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) published an amendment in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register) on April 1, 2014, modifying a previous duty free import quota for 40-gram containers of roasted and ground coffee under tariff lines 0901.21.01; 0901.22.01; and, 0901.90.99.  The amendment is designed to increase the use of Mexican coffee in the production process and to improve quota allocation.   This announcement references a similar program announced in 2011. Give Us Your Feedback on this Report
Modifications to Duty Free Imports of Coffee in 40 Gram Containers_Mexico_Mexico_4-10-2014



| Consumer Interest Grows for US Cranberries and Blueberries | Agriculture in the Economy, Agricultural Situation, Dried Fruit, Retail Foods, Food Processing Ingredients | St. Petersburg | Russian Federation | 4/15/2014
In calendar year (CY) 2013, Russian imports of fresh cranberries and blueberries reached 1,663 MT valued $11.1 million – up 40 percent compared to 2012.  Imports of frozen cranberries and blueberries reached 16, 245 MT in CY 2013 valued at $16.6 million, up 10 percent respectively.  While Russian demand for imported berries has risen markedly in recent years, there is significant room for future growth as the fast paced lifestyle in Russia, which combines more eating out and more emphasis on hea...
Consumer Interest Grows for US Cranberries and Blueberries_St. Petersburg_Russian Federation_4-10-2014



| Select | The report covers supply and demand trends for sugar in South Africa | Sugar | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/15/2014
For the 2014/15 MY, South Africa’s sugar production is estimated at 2.4 MMT (2.5 MMTRV), three percent more than in the 2013/14 MY, on the back of a higher expected sugar cane crop.  Post forecasts that South Africa will have enough stocks to exports about one million MTRV of sugar in the 2014/15 MY.  In the 2013/14 MY, South Africa’s sugar exports could increase by more than 100 percent to reach 760,000 MTRV.  Sugar imports are expected to decline to about 250,000 MTRV in the 2014/15 MY, due to...
Sugar Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-10-2014



| U.S. Livestock Exports to South Africa Remain Blocked | Trade Policy Monitoring | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/15/2014
At present, South Africa is one of a few nations in the globe that restricts U.S. beef, pork, and poultry.  Conservative estimates indicate that the United States’ beef, poultry and pork industries (including pet food) are currently losing out on annual trade to South Africa worth about US$175 million, which is just over half the value of existing U.S. agricultural exports to South Africa.  The market to South Africa is limited for these industries due to anti-dumping duties and technical trade ...
U.S. Livestock Exports to South Africa Remain Blocked_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-9-2014



| Corn, Wheat, Rice, Milled | 2014 Kenya Corn, Wheat and Rice Report | Grain and Feed | Nairobi | Kenya | 4/15/2014
FAS/Nairobi forecasts corn production in MY 2014/2015 to remain same as the previous year.  White and rice will however modestly increase. Consumption and usage of the commodities will increase creating a supply deficit that will be offset by imports. Imports into Kenya are subject to external tariffs that range from 10 percent for wheat, 35 percent for rice and 50 percent for corn. Minimal exports of the commodities occur through cross border trade.
Grain and Feed Annual_Nairobi_Kenya_4-8-2014



| Sugar, Centrifugal | El Niño Potentially Could Affect Ecuador's Sugar Production | Sugar | Quito | Ecuador | 4/14/2014
FAS Quito forecasts Ecuador’s total sugar production in marketing year (MY) 2014/15 at 615,000 metric tons (MT), up 38,000 MT or 6.5 percent from the MY 2013/14 estimate.  Our MY 2014/15 forecast is subject to no major production disruptions induced by an El Niño event commencing in the third quarter of 2014.  Meteorologists are anticipating the possibility of an El Niño that could rival the devastation wrought by the 1997/98 one.  There is a 50 percent chance of an El Niño in 2014; normally the...
Sugar Annual_Quito_Ecuador_4-7-2014



| Market Access for U.S. Beef and Offal | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products | Quito | Ecuador | 4/14/2014
Import permits are now being requested for both U.S. beef and offal shipments.  U.S.-origin tenderloin, sirloin, and rib-eye cuts evidence the best prospects for the Ecuadorian market; there is also good potential for U.S. hamburger patties.  Ecuador also represents a good export destination for U.S.-origin offal (i.e., stomachs, tripe, hearts and livers).  At current consumption levels, Ecuador is a $1.7 billion animal protein market (includes beef, pork, and poultry).    
Market Access for U.S. Beef and Offal_Quito_Ecuador_4-9-2014



| Mexico Announces Support to Corn and Sorghum Growers | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News | Mexico | Mexico | 4/11/2014
On March 31, 2014, a Notice from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) was published in Mexico’s Federal Register announcing price support (incentives) for corn and sorghum growers in selected Mexican states.  According to the Notice, the “incentives” are being offered by the Government of Mexico due to extremely low corn and sorghum prices growers received during the 2013 spring/summer crop cycle.
Mexico Announces Support to Corn and Sorghum Growers_Mexico_Mexico_4-8-2014



| Cotton | 2014 Cotton and Products Annual | Cotton and Products | Mexico City | Mexico | 4/11/2014
The Post/New MY 2014/2015 total Mexican cotton production is forecast to increase approximately 16 percent due to an expected increase in planted area. Total domestic cotton consumption in MY 2013/14 is forecast to increase slightly from last year to 2 million bales (each bale weighs 480 pounds). Although imports of apparel and textiles from China have increased with the removal of protective duties, the Mexican textile industry continues to maintain a steady rate of production. The United State...
Cotton and Products Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_4-8-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 4/11/2014
TH4031 – Domestic and export prices declined further due to sales from government rice stocks.  The government will issue four tenders of approximately 0.8 million metric tons this week.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_4-8-2014



| Select | 2014 | Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 4/11/2014
Post estimates Vietnam’s wheat imports in MY 2013/2014 at 1.85 million tons.  Post’s initial forecast for MY 2014/2015 imports is 2.0 million tons, due to low carry-over stocks prompting stronger imports. The recent average volume of U.S. wheat exported to Vietnam exceeded 100,000 tons and is gradually increasing year on year. Exports of U.S. wheat into Vietnam are expected to reach 150,000 tons in MY 2013/2014, and 200,000 tons in MY 2014/2015.   Post estimates corn import volume in MY 2013/20...
Grain and Feed Annual_Hanoi_Vietnam_4-8-2014



| Select | 2014 | Oilseeds and Products | Hanoi | Vietnam | 4/11/2014
In Marketing Year (MY) 2012/13 (Calendar Year 2013), U.S. soybean exports to Vietnam were 556 thousand metric tons (TMT), a drop of 3.7 percent from the previous year, but an increase of 145 percent over 2011.  In MY 2013/14, U.S. soybean exports are expected to reach about 600 TMT as Vietnam’s domestic crushing increases.  In MY 2012/13, total soybean meal (SBM) imports rebounded to 2.97 million metric tons (MMT), a 19 percent increase over the previous year, as the feed sector recovered from t...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Hanoi_Vietnam_4-8-2014