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| 2016 Potato Update | Potatoes and Potato Products | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 7/29/2016
2015 Korea potato production decreased eight percent to 546,000 metric tons (MT) from 591 thousand metric tons (TMT) in 2014.  Although the 2014 planted area was larger than 2015, it decreased more than 21 percent from 2013.  Large production in 2013 had suppressed domestic prices, thus plantings decreased in 2014.  2015 U.S. exports of fresh potatoes to Korea exceeded 22 TMT, which generated $12.7 million in value, and 49 percent higher quantity than 2014.  This was a result of increased demand...
2016 Potato Update_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_7-22-2016



| First CSSF Pet Food Event Co-Hosted by Six Brands in Lima | CSSF Activity Report | Lima | Peru | 7/29/2016
During the evening of July 14, FAS Lima hosted 210 participants at the Hilton 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 communication facilitator.  The pet food industry and consumers in Peru are an untapped market for the U.S. industry, and this event is likely the first time FAS has ever promoted U.S. pet foods in South America.  Sales of U.S. pet foods to Pe...
First CSSF Pet Food Event Co-Hosted by Six Brands in Lima_Lima_Peru_7-26-2016



| Brazil Agricultural Economic Factsheet | Agriculture in the Economy | Brasilia | Brazil | 7/29/2016
Highlights of Brazil's agricultural economic situation, including; economic facts, ports comparison, land in use, grains and oilseeds production, agricultural trade environment, and some trade statistics.
Brazil Agricultural Economic Factsheet_Brasilia_Brazil_7-25-2016



| Government Reforms its Infant Milk Formula Program Effective August | Dairy and Products | Cairo | Egypt | 7/29/2016
Starting on August 1, beneficiaries without government-issued smart cards will not be able to purchase fully subsidized infant milk formula. The new measure is an attempt to stop leakages in the subsidy system, as well as ensuring that it reaches the intended end-users.  The government is studying to set price controls for non-subsidized infant powdered milk. Prices have increased by an average of 30-40 percent during the last couple of months. To address shortages and signing the contract with ...
Government Reforms its Infant Milk Formula Program Effective August _Cairo_Egypt_7-26-2016



| Turkish Livestock Support and Subsidies Update 2016 | Policy and Program Announcements, Agricultural Situation, Competitor, National Plan, Livestock and Products, Dairy and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 7/29/2016
MinFAL plans to grant 11.6 billion TL ($3.87billion) in agricultural subsidies to producers in 2016. The share of the total payment directed towards livestock will be 3.2 billion TL ($1.07 billion), with 1 billion TL ($333 million) for calf subsidies.  Note that these estimates assume an exchange rate of US$1=3 TL, although the actual rate is quite variable. The important updates on 2016 subsidies are to merge fuel subsidy and fertilizer subsidy into one payment and to abolish soil analysis sub...
Turkish Livestock Support and Subsidies Update 2016_Ankara_Turkey_7-26-2016



| The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 6 | Agricultural Situation | Tokyo | Japan | 7/29/2016
Japanese Retail Giant AEON Capitalizes on American Fairs; ATO Japan Brings Japanese Importers to the Summer Fancy Food Show; ATO Japan Brings Japanese Importers to the Summer Fancy Food Show; American Hardwood Seminars Attract Record Crowds in Fuchu and Sapporo; FAS Japan Hosts 140+ Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Members; Evaluating Japanese Interest in Egg Exports at Major Layer
The WASABI - Hot News from Japan Vol. 12 Issue 6_Tokyo_Japan_7-22-2016



| GVN issues Decree sanctioning violations in plant quarantine | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, Potatoes and Potato Products, Snack Foods | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/29/2016
This report provides a summary and an unofficial translation of Decree 31/2016/ND-CP dated May 6, 2016 of the Government of Vietnam (GVN) stipulating sanction of administrative violations in the field of plant varieties, plant protection and quarantine. This is the second decree issued by the GVN regulating the import of plant products into Vietnam pursuant to the Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine which came into force on January 1, 2015. This Decree took effect from June 25, 2016.  
GVN issues Decree sanctioning violations in plant quarantine_Hanoi_Vietnam_7-25-2016



| MARD phases out of growth promotion usage of antibiotics in feed | Grain and Feed, Livestock and Products, Oilseeds and Products, Poultry and Products | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/28/2016
The report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Circular 6/2016/TT-BNNPTNT, dated May 31, 2016, promulgating the list of antibiotics and antibiotic dosages allowed for use in animal feed for growth promotion purpose in Vietnam. Circular 6 replaces Circular 81/2009/TT-BNNPTNT, dated December 25, 2009, regarding the National Technical Regulations applied in the livestock sector. Circular 6 enters into force on July 15, 2016 and expires on ...
MARD phases out of growth promotion usage of antibiotics in feed_Hanoi_Vietnam_7-6-2016



| Nile Nuggets for July 2016 | Agriculture in the News | Cairo | Egypt | 7/28/2016
News on developments in agriculture and food in Egypt.
Nile Nuggets for July 2016_Cairo_Egypt_7-24-2016



| EU Decides on New 500 Million Farm Crisis Aid Package | Agricultural Situation | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 7/28/2016
On July 18, 2016, the EU approved a new €500 million support package for European farmers that are still suffering from the ongoing crisis. In great lines, this aid package is similar to last year’s September package.  It also includes a first support of €150 million for reducing milk production on a voluntary basis, while the remaining €350 million is distributed among the Member States, which can top their envelope up with national aid.  Furthermore, the 7-point package includes further marke...
EU Decides on New 500 Million Farm Crisis Aid Package _Brussels USEU_EU-28_7-19-2016



| Stone Fruit Report 2016 | Stone Fruit | Berlin | Germany | 7/27/2016
German total cherry production for CY 2016 is estimated at 48,088 MT.  This is a decrease of 1 percent compared to CY 2015, and a 9 percent decrease compared to the average of the preceding ten years.  Germany is the third-largest importer of cherries in the world, after Russia and China. The majority of imports originate in other EU-28 member states. Largest non-EU suppliers are Turkey for sweet cherries and Serbia for tart cherries.
Stone Fruit Report 2016_Berlin_Germany_7-21-2016



| Renewed Temporary Export Ban on Some Hides and Skins | Trade Policy Monitoring, FAIRS Subject Report, Livestock and Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/27/2016
On July 12, 2016, the Russian Government issued Decree No. 665 imposing a temporary export ban on hides and skins which fall under EAEU HS codes 4104 11 and 4104 19 from July 18, 2016, until January 18, 2017.  According to the Government decree, both items are critical for the domestic market.  The new measure follows three similar 6-month export bans on the same items, the latest of which expired on May 30, 2016.   As of the date of publication of this report, FAS/Moscow does not believe this ...
Renewed Temporary Export Ban on Some Hides and Skins_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-22-2016



| Draft SPS Measure on Dog Semen Notified to WTO | WTO Notifications, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/27/2016
On July 13, 2016, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft requirements for imported dog semen via G/SPS/N/RUS/127 and the corresponding form of a unified EAEU veterinary certificate via G/SPS/N/RUS/126.  The public comment period for both drafts will close on September 11, 2016.  Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments and/or concerns with USDA’s enquiry point (us.spsenquirypoint@fas.usda.gov).  For potential inclusion in the U.S. official position, ple...
Draft SPS Measure on Dog Semen Notified to WTO_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-22-2016



| 2016 | Biofuels | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 7/26/2016
Argentine bioethanol production for 2017 is projected to increase to a record 1.04 billion liters as a result of growing demand reflecting a stronger local economy and a full year with the new increased blending mix of 12 percent.  From now on, the supply of bioethanol has to be divided in half between the sugar industry and the grain ethanol sector.  As in past years, there is no trade in ethanol.  Biodiesel production for 2017 is forecast to increase to 3.1 billion liters, a new record.  This ...
Biofuels Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_7-21-2016



| Crop update - France weighs heavy on otherwise positive prospects | Grain and Feed | London | United Kingdom EU-27 | 7/26/2016
The EU28 grain harvest is now under way in most Member States.  While the prospects for both yield and quality look good in most Member States, this cannot be said of France, the EU28’s main grain exporter.  While the early cuts of the winter grains in the southern EU28 are suggesting good yields, cloudy and wet weather over the last two months in France has damaged the outlook for both the size and quality of its grain crop.  The total MY2016/17 EU28 grain crop is subsequently revised down to j...
Crop update - France weighs heavy on otherwise positive prospects_London_United Kingdom EU-27_7-20-2016



| Wheat, Barley, Corn, Oats, Rice, Milled, Millet | July 2016 Update | Grain and Feed | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/26/2016
FAS/Moscow increased its April 2016 grain production forecast by 7 million metric tons (MMT) to 107.7 MMT.  For major crops FAS/Moscow forecasts: 65 MMT of wheat, 17.5 MMT of barley, 13.5 MMT of corn, 2.5 MMT of rye, 4.5 MMT of oats, 0.72 MMT of milled rice, or 1.1 MMT in rough weight, and almost 3.6 MMT of other grains and pulses.  FAS/Moscow forecasts grain exports in MY 2016/17 at 33.2 MMT, 4 percent lower than the record 34.5 MMT’s exported in MY 2015/16, but the second highest exports in Ru...
Grain and Feed Update_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-21-2016



| Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 10 | Agriculture in the News | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/26/2016
Second World Grain Forum Scheduled . . . GOR Adopted “Food Quality Strategy by 2030” . . . Japanese Entrepreneurs Seek Russian Far East Fishing Quotas . . . First Agreement on Export of Fish through Commodity Exchange and Auctions . . . All-Russian Agricultural Census Initiated . . . Federal Law 273 Amends Legislation on Retail Trade in Food Products . . . Federal Law 358 Bans Cultivation and Breeding of Genetically Engineered Crops and Animals . . . Amendments to the Legislative Acts on Land . ...
Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation Bi-Weekly Update - 10_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-20-2016



| Pork - 2016 | Livestock and Products, Retail Foods, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | New Delhi | India | 7/26/2016
Pork production in India is estimated at 464 thousand metric tons in FY 2014-15 (April-March), which contributes approximately 8 percent of the country’s animal protein sources. From FY 2009-10 to 2014-15, pork production increased at a slow pace with annual growth rate of 1.4 percent. India’s pork import was 527 metric tons in 2015, which increased at an annual growth rate of 11 percent from 2010 to 2015. The demand for imported pork is mainly in hotel, restaurant and institutional and high-en...
Pork - 2016_New Delhi_India_7-21-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/25/2016
TH6077 – Export prices were virtually unchanged while traders are awaiting the new tenders for 3.8 million metric tons on July 25.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-20-2016



| Strong Results at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 for U.S. Wines | Export Accomplishments - Events | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | 7/25/2016
U.S. exhibitors reported strong results at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 with projected sales in the next 12 months of over USD1 million.
Strong Results at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 for U.S. Wines_Hong Kong_Hong Kong_7-20-2016



| FAS Canada Assists Small U.S. Exporter | Export Accomplishments - Other | Toronto | Canada | 7/22/2016
  FAS Canada helped to release food shipment from Canadian Customs.
FAS Canada Assists Small U.S. Exporter_Toronto_Canada_7-19-2016



| Oilseeds and Products Annual 2016 | Agricultural Situation, Oilseeds and Products | Dakar | Senegal | 7/22/2016
Senegal has announced a record production of 1.067 million tons of peanut for MY 2015/16, a 59 percent increase from the previous year output, and a 40 percent increase above the average of the past five years production. In November 2015, The National Inter-Professional Peanut Committee of Senegal (CNIA) announced the MY 2015/16 minimum in-shell peanut price at 200 F CFA ($0.33 per kg). Only 40,000 tons of peanuts were collected by the four peanut processing companies, while 340,000 tons were e...
Oilseeds and Products Annual 2016_Dakar_Senegal_7-19-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/22/2016
TH6077 – Export prices were virtually unchanged while traders are awaiting the new tenders for 3.8 million metric tons on July 25.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-19-2016