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| Peru publishes Aquaculture Regulation looking to promote its growth | Agriculture in the News, Fishery Products | Lima | Peru | 8/26/2016
On March 25, 2016 Peru published the Regulation ruling the General Law on Aquaculture. This regulation looks forward to encourage, guide and regulate this activity within Peru for its sustainable development. The regulation took a national technical debate among government officials, industry, exporters, academia and 14 regional governments in response to Legislative Decree 1195 published August 30, 2015.
Peru publishes Aquaculture Regulation looking to promote its growth_Lima_Peru_4-28-2016



| USDA Assistant Secretary Opens 3rd Pan African SPS Conference | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 8/26/2016
Dr. Gregory L. Parham, USDA’s Assistant Secretary for Administration, recently visited Ethiopia where he opened the 3rd Pan African Conference on SPS Risk Analysis.  He also met with Ethiopian government officials to discuss areas of cooperation, toured the national animal health and vaccine labs, and visited USDA project sites.
USDA Assistant Secretary Opens 3rd Pan African SPS Conference_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_8-23-2016



| Ethiopia’s Grocery Sector is Rapidly Expanding | Retail Foods | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 8/26/2016
Ethiopia’s retail grocery sector, which is exclusively concentrated in the capital city, has seen rapid growth in recent years due to the country’s strong economic growth, rising urbanization, and growing population. The sector is expected to continue its upward climb, which will generate new opportunities for both U.S. and locally-made foods.
Ethiopia’s Grocery Sector is Rapidly Expanding_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_8-18-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/26/2016
TH6091 – Export prices continued to decline 5 to 6 percent due to competition from Vietnamese rice and the anticipated sales of government’s rice stock tenders for 1 million metric tons which will be issued on August 29-30.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_8-23-2016



| Amendment Proposed on Rice Regulations in Turkey | Grain and Feed, Policy and Program Announcements, Retail Foods | Ankara | Turkey | 8/26/2016
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MinFAL) announced a draft Turkish Food Codex Communiqué on Rice which allows for up to a 5% threshold for unintentional blending, up from a zero tolerance level. According to Turkish market sources, retail sector will be happy for this increased tolerance up to 5 percent of a different rice variety in rice package. With this realistic threshold, the government can now crack down on the problem of blending of cheaper rice varieties because they ca...
Amendment Proposed on Rice Regulations in Turkey_Ankara_Turkey_8-19-2016



| Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China | Agriculture in the News | Guangzhou | China - Peoples Republic of | 8/26/2016
Southern China Imports of U.S. Pork and Pork Variety Meats Jump….Upcoming opportunities for U.S. exporters to meet with South China hides and skins, fruit, and seafood buyers....ATO Guangzhou participates in U.S. dairy, tree nuts, and grape events.
Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China_Guangzhou_China - Peoples Republic of_8-23-2016



| A report prepared warn of an Agricultural crisis for Israeli farmers | Agriculture in the Economy | Tel Aviv | Israel | 8/25/2016
A report that was prepared by the Israeli Farmers Federation, and that was published earlier this month by the TheMarker financial gazette, refers to the Israeli farmers as the “punch bag” for the high prices of the food commodities.  
A report prepared warn of an Agricultural crisis for Israeli farmers_Tel Aviv_Israel_8-22-2016



| Livestock and Products Annual 2016 | Livestock and Products, Policy and Program Announcements, Agricultural Situation | Prague | Czech Republic | 8/25/2016
  Reduction of cattle and swine herds in the Czech Republic slowed down in 2016 due to temporarily improved prices in swine sector and abolishment of dairy quota.  In general Czech animal production has been facing an ongoing crisis and therefore the Ministry of agriculture comes forward with introducing new support programs in 2016.  U.S. beef and pork found their niche on the stagnating Czech meat market because of their quality and different characteristics.  
Livestock and Products Annual 2016_Prague_Czech Republic_8-19-2016



| Farmers’ list of demands debated with the Romanian Prime Minister | Agricultural Situation, Livestock and Products | Bucharest | Romania | 8/25/2016
This year subsidies for the agriculture sector have been disbursed later than what the initial schedule planned for and certainly later than farmers’ expectations. The new payment schemes, which required new software applications and supplementary testing, were the reasons most cited for these delays. Agricultural support, law of agricultural land sale, Romanian products advertising, fiscal measures, and labelling of Romanian products have been included in the list of topics Romanian farmers dis...
Farmers’ list of demands debated with the Romanian Prime Minister_Bucharest_Romania_8-18-2016



| Poultry, Meat, Broiler | 2016 Poultry and Products Annual Report | Poultry and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 8/24/2016
Post forecasts broiler production to increase by 3 percent in 2017 to nearly 14 million metric tons as a result of higher world demand for the Brazilian product.  A small increase in domestic demand is also projected for next year reflecting a new mood with the recovery of the Brazilian economy next year. However, higher feed costs, mostly because of the surge in the price of corn, remain as the most important constraint for 2016/2017, along with the volatility of the Brazilian currency.
Poultry and Products Annual_Brasilia_Brazil_8-15-2016



| Milk Powder Exports to Brazil | Export Accomplishments - Market Access | Brasilia | Brazil | 8/24/2016
FAS Brazil facilitated over US$ 3 million dollars so far in 2016 in U.S. exports of milk powder to Brazil in response to a domestic shortfall. Dairy imports rose by 70 percent in January-July 2016 period due to milk shortage in Brazil. As a result of the shortage of milk in the market, Brazil is searching for other supplies of milk powder and has imported from the United States despite an import tariff of 33 percent.
Milk Powder Exports to Brazil _Brasilia_Brazil_8-19-2016



| Select | 2016 | Stone Fruit | Madrid | EU-28 | 8/24/2016
EU-28 production of peaches and nectarines in MY 2016/17 is estimated at almost 3.7 million MT, 6 percent lower compared to the previous harvest due to unfavorable weather conditions with considerable decreases in the main European producers, Spain and Italy, while Greek production shows an increase.  Total cherry production in MY 2016/17 is projected at 623,664 MT, or almost 11 percent decrease compared with last season, where the growth in Poland and Spain could not compensate for the decline ...
Stone Fruit Annual_Madrid_EU-28_8-19-2016



| Philippine Biofuels Situation and Outlook | Biofuels | Manila | Philippines | 8/24/2016
Local ethanol production is expected to increase through 2017 due to a modest buildup in capacity.  Imports are expected to decline from 311 million liters (MLi) in 2015 to 281 MLi in 2016, declining again to 278 MLi in 2017.  Meeting the current 10 percent ethanol blend using local ethanol, however, remains problematic.  For biodiesel, while there have been no compliance issues with the present two percent blend mandate, increasing biodiesel prices have forced the postponement of implementing a...
Biofuels Annual_Manila_Philippines_8-16-2016



| Cotton | Turkey Cotton and Products Update | Cotton and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 8/23/2016
The MY 2016 Turkish cotton crop now estimated at 425,000 hectares and 700,000 MT (3.2 million bales); up about twenty percent compared to last crop year. Even though minor replanting was necessary in the Aegean and GAP regions, ample irrigation water and high quality seeds used in recent years affected yields positively.  Presently, the crop is developing very well with no major insect attack, pushing yields higher in all regions.  Domestic cotton consumption for MY 2015 was about 1.47 MMT (6.7...
Cotton and Products Update_Ankara_Turkey_8-17-2016



| GBI The 2nd United Tastes of America Asian Chef Challenge | Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Market Promotion/Competition | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 8/22/2016
U.S. agricultural products were promoted and marketed across five Asian countries under the United Tastes of America (UTOA) banner, which gave U.S. food products exposure to hotel and restaurant chefs and the media.
GBI The 2nd United Tastes of America Asian Chef Challenge_Tokyo ATO_Japan_8-10-2016



| Panama Pulls Non-Iodized Salt Off the Shelves | Agricultural Situation, Trade Policy Incident Report | Panama | Panama | 8/22/2016
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (AUPSA) issued Resolution No. 048-AG-2016, disabling the Sanitary Registration of all imported non-iodized salt for human consumption.  On Thursday, August 4, AUPSA ordered a nationwide recall of all imported non-iodized table salt from retail outlets.
Panama Pulls Non-Iodized Salt Off the Shelves _Panama_Panama_8-11-2016



| First FAS Lima Pet Food Event Co-Hosted by U.S. Pet Food Brands | CSSF Activity Report | Lima | Peru | 8/22/2016
During the evening of July 14, FAS Lima hosted 210 participants for a pet food promotion event focused on communications between veterinarians and pet food shop owners and their clients.  The guest speaker, Mr. Jaime Lertora, is a well-known Peruvian communication facilitator.  The pet food industry and consumers in Peru are an untapped market for the U.S. industry.  This event marks the first time FAS Lima has promoted U.S. pet foods in the country.  We even conducted a written survey that over...
First FAS Lima Pet Food Event Co-Hosted by U.S. Pet Food Brands_Lima_Peru_8-16-2016



| FINAL EU PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT | Trade Policy Monitoring | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 8/22/2016
The European Commission is soliciting stakeholder comments in a final public consultation on draft Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules for feed, food and drink products.  After the public consultation closes, it will no longer be possible to submit further comments. 
FINAL EU PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT_Brussels USEU_EU-28_8-17-2016



| Salima Food Show | Trade Show Evaluation | Prague | Czech Republic | 8/22/2016
FAS Marketing Specialist visited Salima Food Show in Brno, Czech Republic, on February 17 – 18, 2016. Due to globalization and declining lack of interest in the show from food producers that visit only the large European food shows such as Anuga or SIAL, Salima has shrunk into two halls, which presented only a limited display of beverages (healthy, local juices), regional products, wine, and coffee. This year’s highlight was the international conference FOOD FORUM. Mella Farwen, Director Genera...
Salima Food Show_Prague_Czech Republic_8-17-2016



| Stone Fruit Annual 2016 Poland | Stone Fruit, Fresh Fruit | Warsaw | Poland | 8/22/2016
In 2016 total sweet and sour cherry production in Poland is expected to increase in comparison with 2015 by 3.1 percent. Total production of cherries (tart and sweet) is forecast at 235,000 Metric Tons (MT). The total number consists of 185,000 MT sour cherries and 50,000 MT sweet cherries. In 2016 cherry orchard acreage diminished by 1.5 percent in comparison with 2015 and amounted to 38,500 hectares.
Stone Fruit Annual 2016 Poland_Warsaw_Poland_8-17-2016



| Stone Fruit Annual 2016 | Stone Fruit | Rome | Italy | 8/22/2016
Italy is the largest peach and nectarine producer in the EU-28.  Italy’s MY (Marketing Year) 2016/17 peach and nectarine production is forecast to be lower than the previous campaign, because of unfavorable weather.  Italy is a major peach and nectarine exporter, mainly within the EU-28.  In 2015, Italy exported 258,685 Metric Tons (MT) of peaches and nectarines, 13 percent less than 2014.  Lower volumes were exported to Germany (-21 percent), the leading destination, representing 40 percent of ...
Stone Fruit Annual 2016 _Rome_Italy_8-16-2016