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| Ethiopia Revises Biosafety Law to Allow Cultivation of Bt Cotton | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Cotton and Products, National Plan | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 10/13/2015
On August 14, 2015, the President of Ethiopia signed into law the amendment to the Biosafety Proclamation which is supposed to create the necessary regulatory framework that will allow the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) to move forward with its plan of allowing the cultivation of genetically-engineered Bt cotton. This report contains a copy of the newly-revised Biosafety Proclamation. See GAIN Report ET1522 for more details on the biotech situation in the country.
Ethiopia Revises Biosafety Law to Allow Cultivation of Bt Cotton_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_10-8-2015
| Vietnam National Assembly Passes Animal Health Law | FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Hanoi | Vietnam | 10/13/2015
This report provides an un-official translation of Vietnam’s Law on Animal Health approved by the National Assembly on June 19, 2015. The Law supersedes the Veterinary Ordinance 18/2004/PL-UBTVQH10, and will be effective from July 1, 2016. It covers a wide range of animal health related areas including prevention, control, and surveillance of animal diseases, management of animal slaughtering and processing, import quarantine inspection of animal and animal products, and the management of vete...
Vietnam National Assembly Passes Animal Health Law_Hanoi_Vietnam_10-7-2015
| Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 4 of 2015 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/13/2015
This report  contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Armenia-Belarus-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Russia Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) meetings, published between
June 18 and August 31, 2015 that impact EAEU food and agriculture policy. Key documents included herein are draft Unified EAEU Phytosanitary requirements, a number of decisions on import tariff changes for numerous agricultural products, which appear consistent with Russia’s WTO commitments, the EEC Collegium dec...
Eurasian Economic Union Ag Times No. 4 of 2015_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-6-2015
| Assessment of Global Climate Change on the Caribbean Region | Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 10/13/2015
Caribbean nations are very heterogeneous in terms of history, culture, and GDP. Each country will face different challenges and pursue different solutions as the entire region will feel the effects of climate change. While some nations are more vulnerable than others, global warming and Sea Level Rise (SLR) will slowly undermine the natural advantages and infrastructure these nations have to draw tourists. Climate change and SLR will also slowly degrade agricultural conditions in what is alrea...
Assessment of Global Climate Change on the Caribbean Region_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_10-8-2015
| Ice Cream Supplier Finds Sweet Tooth in the Caribbean | Export Accomplishments - Marketing, Trade Events and Shows | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 10/13/2015
The Food Marketing Consultants, Inc., a small U.S. ice cream supplier, with the help of FAS and its partner commodity organizations, penetrated seven Caribbean markets and tripled its exports sales to near the $1 million mark over a three year period applying a combination of export development programs and services that include: the Market Access Program, Foreign Buyer Lists, In-Bound Buying Missions, Out-Going Trade Missions, and USDA-endorsed Trade Shows.
Ice Cream Supplier Finds Sweet Tooth in the Caribbean_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_10-8-2015
| Potato Products, Frozen | 2015 | Potatoes and Potato Products | Ottawa | Canada | 10/13/2015
Despite a small increase in planted area, Post forecasts a reduction in MY 2015/16 for fresh potato production as yields return to average levels of 32 MT/ha. Exports of fresh potatoes are forecast to increase 14 percent, while imports, originating almost exclusively from the United States, are forecast to increase by 19 percent. The frozen french fry sector will continue to remain stable, with a modest increase in production resulting from a larger contracted volume for processing potatoes. Dom...
Potatoes and Potato Products Annual_Ottawa_Canada_10-8-2015
| Cotton Update | Cotton and Products, Agricultural Situation | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/13/2015
Pakistan’s 2015/16 cotton production is forecast at 9.2 million 480 lb bales, down 800,000 from the previous estimate, and the lowest level since 2010. Insect damage and Cotton Leaf Curl Virus appear to be heavier than usual as farmers have reduced inputs in an effort to reduce costs in the face of lower cotton prices. Farmers are also expected to reduce the number of pickings as a result of lower prices. Cotton imports are expected to more than double to 2.3 million bales to offset the reduc...
| Summer Fancy Food Show 2015 Report | CSSF Activity Evaluation | Dubai | United Arab Emirates | 10/13/2015
Thirteen representatives of major food importing companies based in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York this year. Four companies completed the evaluation survey and they reported projected $ 155,000 in imports of U.S. food products in the next 12 months as a direct result of their visit to the show.
Summer Fancy Food Show 2015 Report_Dubai_United Arab Emirates_10-5-2015
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 10/13/2015
In 2015, Saudi Arabia’s regulatory authorities continued to strictly implement food import regulations and standards which have affected the flow of some U.S. food products exports to the Kingdom. The strict enforcement of import regulations included a ban on the use of unsubstantiated health benefits claims on labels of prepackaged food products, a ban on poultry and egg product exports from U.S. states that have confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and a continued impo...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_10-5-2015
| Select | New Zealand Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2015 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 10/13/2015
The second successive year of low dairy prices is taking its toll on New Zealand dairy farmers both financially on on herd numbers. Forecast milk supply is set to drop by two percent to 21.4 million metric tons in 2015. This is likely to be followed by a further fall in 2016 of three percent to 20.8 million metric tons. Both dairy production and exports will follow the same direction.
Dairy and Products Annual_Wellington_New Zealand_10-8-2015
| Cotton and Products Update - September 2015 | Cotton and Products | New Delhi | India | 10/12/2015
The MY 2015/16 production estimate is 28.5 million 480 lb. bales as deficit rains lead to stunted crop growth and lower yields. Planted area reached 11.6 million hectares and is expected to climb higher as late sowing continues in a few southern states. Trade data reflects completed marketing year 2014/15 information. Cotton Corporation of India is expected to commence MSP procurement by the third week of October.
Cotton and Products Update - September 2015_New Delhi_India_10-7-2015
| Draft EAEU SPS Measure on Veterinary Drugs Notified to WTO | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/9/2015
On September 14, 2015, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft EAEU  rules for circulation of veterinary drugs via G/SPS/N/RUS/106. According to the notification, the document introduces common requirements for safety, registration and labeling procedures, quality assurance system, and inspections of veterinary drugs for the EAEU member-states. The 60-day public comment period for the draft will close on November 13, 2015. Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share...
Draft EAEU SPS Measure on Veterinary Drugs Notified to WTO_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-9-2015
| Replanting incentives for oil palm companies | Oilseeds and Products | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 10/9/2015
A replanting program will allocate $22.7 million to replant 83,000 ha of old palm oil estates for a three month period starting October 1 to December 31, 2015. The program could reduce Crude Palm Oil (CPO) production by 250,000 tons in 2016.
Replanting incentives for oil palm companies_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_10-6-2015
| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Madrid | Spain | 10/9/2015
Spain is a member of the European Union (EU) and it follows EU directives and regulations. This report is an update of SP1431 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation. This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-28 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report. Updates of the information provided are also available in the USEU/FAS website www.usda-eu.org.
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Madrid_Spain_10-5-2015
| Morocco 2014 Retail Foods Report | Retail Foods | Rabat | Morocco | 10/9/2015
In the last few years, Morocco’s food distribution system has seen significant changes with the expansion of retail food outlets and the opening of new supermarket stores. Today, six supermarket chains, held by four operators, are present in Morocco. The group SNI, owner of Marjane Holding group, operates 38 Marjane hypermarkets and 47 ACIMA supermarkets. Label Vie group has a federation of 60 stores, including 5 Carrefour hypermarkets, 45 Carrefour Market supermarkets, and 10 Atacadao retail ...
| Sugar, Centrifugal | Sugar Semi-annual 2015 | Sugar | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/9/2015
Sugar production is forecast at 5.4 million metric tons, up slightly from a year ago. Sugar is emerging as a favored crop among farmers who value the government established procurement price for sugarcane in the face of lower prices for other crops. Pakistan exported nearly 600,000 metric tons of sugar in 2014/15 as exports were supported a $100 per metric ton subsidy. 2015/16 exports are forecast at zero pending the establishment of an export quota and subsidy to support additional exports....
| Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Kiev | Ukraine | 10/9/2015
2015 corn production is forecast to be 7.3 MMT less than the 2014 harvest. MY 2015/16 corn exports are forecast at 12.5 MMT; down from 19.4 MMT in MY 2014/15. Ukraine’s 2015 wheat production is forecast to increase 2.6 MMT over the 2014 crop. MY 2015/16 wheat exports are forecast to increase to 15.6 MMT; a 4.4 MMT increase from MY 2014/15.
Grain and Feed Update_Kiev_Ukraine_10-5-2015
| Wheat, Rice, Milled | Grain and Feed Update 2016 | Grain and Feed | Islamabad | Pakistan | 10/9/2015
Planting of the Rabi (winter) wheat crop is expected to get underway in a few weeks. Soil moisture was affected to some degree by the early withdrawal of the monsoon, but irrigation supplies are reportedly above average suggesting that area will be similar to a year ago. Federal approval for the wheat export subsidy expired in July and the subsidy was not large enough to attract commercial interest beyond ongoing shipments to Afghanistan. Pakistan’s wheat market is currently protected by a 4...
Grain and Feed Update_Islamabad_Pakistan_10-2-2015
| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/9/2015
TH5121 – Export prices increased 2 to 4 percent as exporters are seeking new-crop rice for shipments under the Government-to-Government contract with the Philippines.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_10-6-2015
| Grain Voluntary - October 2015 | Grain and Feed, Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | New Delhi | India | 10/9/2015
Post’s MY 2015/16 milled rice production forecast has been lowered to 103 MMT from a projected harvested area of 43.2 million hectares on moisture stress due to weak monsoon rains in August-September. MY 2015/16 corn production is forecast lower at 22.5 MMT.
Grain Voluntary - October 2015_New Delhi_India_10-5-2015
| Draft EAEU SPS Measure on Feed Additives Notified to WTO | WTO Notifications, Grain and Feed, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/9/2015
On September 14, 2015, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft EAEU  rules for circulation of feed additives via G/SPS/N/RUS/108. According to the notification, the document introduces common requirements for safety and registration procedures, quality assurance system, and inspection of feed additives for the EAEU member-states. The 60-day public comment period for the draft will close on November 13, 2015. Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments...
Draft EAEU SPS Measure on Feed Additives Notified to WTO_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-2-2015
| Sugar, Centrifugal | Semi Annual Report | Sugar | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 10/8/2015
Brazil’s MY 2015/16 sugarcane crush is estimated at 659 mmt, up two percent from the previous estimate (648 mmt) due to above average rainfall during February-March and May-July in the center-south which favored development of sugarcane stocks. Approximately 40.6 percent of the crop should be diverted to sugar, down three percentage points compared to previous season, a direct consequence of higher domestic demand for ethanol. Total exports for MY 2015/16 are estimated at 23.75 mmt, raw valu...
Sugar Semi-annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_10-2-2015
| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal, Sugar, Centrifugal | Situation and Outlook | Sugar | Manila | Philippines | 10/8/2015
Though a minor player in the international sugar market due to its high production costs, the Philippines is the 8th largest sugarcane producer and the third largest U.S. sugar tariff rate quota (TRQ) recipient. Due to adverse weather conditions, Market Year (MY) 2014/15 (December/November) raw sugar production is expected to decline to 2.32 million metric tons (MMT), down nine percent over MY 2013/14 levels. Total raw sugar exports for MY 2014/15 are forecast to reach only 80,000 MT due to lo...
| MARD revises regulations on animal feed management | Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products, FAIRS Subject Report | Hanoi | Vietnam | 10/7/2015
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) published Circular 29/2015/TT-BNNPTNT on September 04, 2015, revising some articles of Circular 66/2011/TT-BNNPTTNT dated October 10, 2011, implementing some articles of Government Decree 8/2010/ND-CP dated February 5, 2010 on the management of animal feed. Circular 29/2015 is the 2nd amendment to Circular 66/2011. Circular 29 entered into force on September 4, 2015. This report provides an analysis and an unofficial translation of Circ...
MARD revises regulations on animal feed management_Hanoi_Vietnam_10-6-2015
| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 16 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/7/2015
Minister Tkachyov’s First Interview … Amended Floating Wheat Export Duty Formula … Current Russian Grain Stocks Higher Than Average … Draft Amendments to the Russian Food Security Doctrine … Specialized Food Products for Athletes Excluded from Banned Import List … VPSS Strengthened Controls Over GE Presence in Feed Ingredients … Proposed Food Stamp Program for Low Income Population … MinAg Sets Ambitious Goal to Increase Grain Production by 2025 … Russia/Norway Sign MOU on Managing Wild Salmon S...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 16_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-6-2015
| Restricted List of Fish Suppliers Impacts Russian Market | Fishery Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/7/2015
The GOR implementation of a food embargo, enacted in August 2014, forced Russia to source fish and seafood from a restricted number of eligible suppliers, including Faroe Island, Iceland and China. Then on August 14, 2015 the GOR further amended the embargo to restrict imports from more countries, including Iceland. According to trade sources, this embargo will likely result in the shrinking of the supply of traditional popular fish species in the local market, including mackerel, herring and c...
Restricted List of Fish Suppliers Impacts Russian Market_Moscow_Russian Federation_10-6-2015
| Kazakhstan Agricultural Update | Agriculture in the News | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 10/7/2015
Kazakh Currency Devaluation…Changes in Kazakhstani Land Management…Kazakhstan Export Forecast…West Kazakhstan Grain Yield Expected Down…No Locust Plague…Rail Line Between Kazakhstan and Pakistan Under Discussion…Logistics and Infrastructure Deal with China…Kazakhstan and Russia Talk Agriculture at Sochi…Queues on Kyrgyzstan Border…Trade Between Kazakhstan and EAEU Down…Kazakhstan's Beef Exports Expected to Increase…Kazakh Imports of Norwegian Fish…Kazakhstan/UAE Seal Veterinary Memorandum…Kazakh...
Kazakhstan Agricultural Update_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_10-6-2015
| 2015 | Exporter Guide | Riyadh | Saudi Arabia | 10/7/2015
U.S. food and agricultural product exports to Saudi Arabia in 2014 reached a record-high level of $1.37 billion, an increase of 16 percent over exports in the previous year. In 2015, Saudi Arabia’s regulatory authorities continued to strictly implement food import regulations and standards which have affected the flow of some U.S. food products exports to the Kingdom. The strict enforcement of import regulations included a ban on the use of unsubstantiated health benefits claims on labels of p...
Exporter Guide_Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_10-1-2015
| Oilseed, Soybean (Local), Oilseed, Sunflowerseed, Oilseed, Peanut | Uncertainty and Low Returns Loom over Soybean Production in 2015/2016 as Favorable Weather Boosts Sunflower Production | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 10/7/2015
2015/16 soybean production area is unchanged at 20 million hectares with production forecast at 57 million tons. A combination of low economic returns, a strong currency, and political uncertainty, are exerting downward pressure on overall grains and oilseed production with 2015/16 showing a 6 percent decline from the previous year. 2015/16 sunflower production is revised up significantly to 3.2 million tons based on favorable conditions throughout all producing provinces.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_10-2-2015
| Higher Domestic Prices Encourage Slight Soybeans Area Expansion | Oilseeds and Products | Brasilia | Brazil | 10/7/2015
A record Brazilian soybean crop of 97 million metric tons (mmt) is forecast for the 2015/16 marketing year (MY) as a result of a slight increase in planted area. Despite lower global soybean prices, the weak Brazilian Real is compensating with higher domestic prices and is encouraging farmers to increase area. Crush for the 2015/16 MY is forecast at 40 mmt to meet increased biodiesel mandate (B7) and demands from the animal feed sector. Post forecasts exports at a record of 53.5 mmt for 2015...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Brasilia_Brazil_10-2-2015
| Poultry Sector Update | Poultry and Products | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/7/2015
Broiler sector had a successful year in 2014 due to economic stabilization, less expensive feed and growth in consumption. The number of farms and inventory grew, and along with better broiler farming practices, meat output increased by 3.4%. Domestic consumption enjoyed a very good growth of 8.6%. In 2014 poultry meat imports increased by 12% in volume and 13% in value as compared to 2013 (U.S. $130 million); while exports increased by 14% in volume and 6% in value (U.S. $167 million) w...
Poultry Sector Update_Sofia_Bulgaria_9-28-2015
| Livestock and Red Meat Sector Update | Livestock and Products | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/7/2015
In 2014 and 2015 the Bulgarian swine sector continued to shrink and the ongoing concentration and commercialization was accelerated. While local pork supply declined by 7.5%, demand increased and per capita consumption was 6% higher in 2014, met by competitive EU imports. Thus pork share in red meat consumption reached 80% v.s. 20% for beef. Beef farms were stimulated by the reform in the dairy sector. There was a good growth in the number of beef cows by 24% and a decline in dairy cows invento...
Livestock and Red Meat Sector Update_Sofia_Bulgaria_9-28-2015
| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal, Sugar, Centrifugal | Drought causes the lowest South African sugar production estimate in 20 years | Sugar | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 10/7/2015
The impact of the current season and the 2014/15 MY drought to the sugar industry is worse than forecasted at the beginning of the year. Post estimates that the 2015/16 MY sugar cane crop will decrease significantly by sixteen percent to 15 MMT, and the sugar production will also decrease by twenty percent to 1.69 MMT (1.75 MMTRV) in the 2015/16 MY. This is the lowest South African sugar production in the last twenty years.
Sugar Semi-annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_10-2-2015
| September 2015 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/7/2015
TH5118 – Record low-level reservoirs are likely to result in smaller MY2015/16 rice area and production. Exportable supplies of white and parboiled rice will likely be tighter in 2016.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_9-30-2015
| Nile Nuggets for September 2015 | Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 10/6/2015
News on developments in agriculture and food in Egypt.
Nile Nuggets for September 2015_Cairo_Egypt_10-1-2015
| Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet | Agriculture in the Economy | Pretoria | Zambia | 10/6/2015
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and can be credited with political stability and strong economic growth in the last decade. However, despite a favorable climate, fertile land and the third largest water resource on the Africa continent, Zambia’s agricultural potential is not yet fully tapped with only 14% of suitable agricultural land currently under cultivation. Staple crops, including corn, cassava sorghum and rice and are cultivated mostly by subsistence and small-scale f...
Agricultural Economic Fact Sheet_Pretoria_Zambia_10-5-2015
| Sugar Beets, Sugar, Centrifugal | Sugar Semi-Annual 2015 | Sugar | Moscow | Russian Federation | 10/6/2015
FAS/Moscow increased its forecast of Russian sugar beet production in 2015 from the April 2015 forecast by 1 million metric tons (MMT) to 39 MMT. A domestic supply of sugar beets that is higher than last year will result in higher domestic production of white sugar from beets (beet sugar). FAS/Moscow increased its forecast of Russia’s beet sugar production to 4.6 MMT, a 6.8 percent increase over last year’s level, which FAS/Moscow estimated at 4.35 MMT. FAS/Moscow forecasts sugar consumption i...
Sugar Semi-annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_9-30-2015
| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal, Sugar, Centrifugal | 2015 | Sugar | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/6/2015
TH5120 – MY2014/15 and MY2015/16 sugar production will remain steady at 10.8 million metric tons. More sugarcane and raw sugar is being used for ethanol while world sugar prices trend downward.
| Potato Products, Frozen | 2015 Japan Potatoes and Potato Products Annual | Potatoes and Potato Products | Tokyo | Japan | 10/6/2015
Japanese potato production increased by 2 percent to 2.46 million metric tons (MMT). However, continued growth in processed potato products contributed to 15 percent growth in fresh potato imports in MY2014/15. Imports of frozen french fries were 11 percent lower than in MY2013/14. A contraction in Japanese domestic potato production that is expected to occur over the next decade could present greater opportunities for imports, particularly U.S. potatoes, as they are highly valued for quality...
Potatoes and Potato Products Annual_Tokyo_Japan_10-1-2015
| Select | UAE Annual Poultry and Products Report | Poultry and Products | Dubai | United Arab Emirates | 10/6/2015
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) poultry sector continues to grow modestly. Total UAE 2015 domestic poultry meat production is expected to reach 45,000 metric ton, an increase of 5 percent over the previous year. Production in 2016 is expected to reach 46,000 MT. Almost 95 percent of poultry production is of whole chicken which is sold chilled. During the summer months when sales usually drop, nearly 5 percent of the production is sold frozen. Local production covers about 15 percent of the UAE’s...
Poultry and Products Annual_Dubai_United Arab Emirates_10-1-2015
| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal, Sugar, Centrifugal | 2015 | Sugar | Canberra | Australia | 10/6/2015
Australian sugar production is projected to reach five million tonnes in 2015/16 assuming that average seasonal conditions prevail. In recent years, the sugar industry has suffered from adverse weather events such as cyclones, flooding and drought but this year the harvest area, production and sugar yields are all expected to increase. However, average returns are expected to fall as a result of the expected lower world sugar price. Overseas market access for the industry has been increased by f...