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| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Jakarta | Indonesia | 8/1/2014
This report updates the Indonesian 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology Annual Report. The Indonesian National Biosafety Commission for Genetically Engineered Products (BCGEP) was reactivated on June 2, 2014 through the Presidential Regulation No. 53/2014.  Biosafety Commission members, however, have not yet been appointed.  Their appointments are expected to be confirmed by August 2014. When the BCGEP is in place and working, there is hope that the biosafety assessment process for genetically engin...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Jakarta_Indonesia_7-15-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 8/1/2014
There are no significant developments to report since the 2013 report: 1) No GE crops are approved for planting; 2) GE papaya research approved in 2013 is still only for confined trials; 3) Only a few corn and soybean GE events have been authorized for import and market release;  4) The GE labeling guidelines are still not being enforced; and 5) Release of GE mosquitos to fight dengue is still pending.  
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_7-15-2014



| Amended Biodiesel PSD | Biofuels | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 8/1/2014
The report provides an update to the biodiesel Production, Supply, and Demand Table Submitted in the 2014 Annual Biofuels Report (MY4011).  Slight changes were made to the estimates of palm oil used for biodiesel production.
Amended Biodiesel PSD_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_8-1-2014



| Annual Report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Kiev | Ukraine | 8/1/2014
The biotechnology regulatory system in Ukraine is still not fully developed, in part due to the focus on major political and economic issues in 2014.   Domestic production of soybeans is projected to remain high in 2014 and is expected to continue to fuel the debate over GE presence in the country.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_7-15-2014



| Biotechnology Update 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 8/1/2014
Little has happened in Kazakhstan over the last year with regard to of genetically engineered (GE) products.  The Kazakhstan’s draft law on “On State Regulation of Genetic Engineering Activities” still has not moved out of the Kazakh Parliament.  However, substantial progress has been made in the negotiations for Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Some sources have maintained that progress on the GE legislation was unlikely until after Kazakhstan’s WTO accession. 
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_7-24-2014



| Agricultural Biotechnology Annual | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Warsaw | Poland | 8/1/2014
In September 2014 Poland’s parliament is expected to re-start work on a comprehensive legislation on biotechnology.  This follows piecemeal legislative changes to the National Feeds Act and National Seeds Act which brought previous Polish laws into compliance with EU legislation.  On January 2, 2013, Polish national biotechnology policy was re-affirmed by the Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister.  As of January 28, 2013 the Polish government banned the cultivation of EU-approved GE ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Warsaw_Poland_7-18-2014



| Biofuels Annual | Biofuels | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 8/1/2014
Total Brazilian ethanol production for 2015 is projected at 26.9 billion liters, a 5 percent increase compared to 2014.  Ethanol exports are forecast at 1.8 billion liters, up 200 million from current year.   The biodiesel industry remains regulated by the government which recently increased biodiesel blend requirements to 6 percent effective July 1, 2014 and 7 percent effective November 1, 2014.  As a consequence, biodiesel production for 2015 is projected at 4.4 billion liters, up 900 million ...
Biofuels Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_7-25-2014



| Corn, Rice, Milled | July 2014 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/1/2014
TH4064 – Precipitation remains below average in major corn and rice growing areas.  MY2013/14 corn exports are revised up due to better-than-expected exports to the Philippines.  The 2014 rice export forecast remains unchanged at 9 million metric tons as the sales of government rice stocks will likely resume in August.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_7-29-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/1/2014
TH4066 – Export prices remained unchanged.  The sales of rice stocks will likely resume next month.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-29-2014



| July Lockup Report | Oilseeds and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 8/1/2014
Post’s July forecast MY14/15 total oilseed production is forecast at 56.8 million tons, down by 3.3 percent, primarily due to lower cottonseed production, from an estimated 58.7 million tons in MY13/14.  Despite a short drop in oilseed product consumption in MY13/14, total oilseed demand is expected to continue an upward trend, particularly for soybeans, with total imports estimated at 68 million tons in MY13/14 and 72 million tons in MY14/15.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_7-29-2014



| The Food Retail Market in the Netherlands and Belgium | Retail Foods | The Hague | Netherlands | 8/1/2014
The previous report on file (GAIN NL2014) is still current.  FAS/The Hague plans to update the food retail report in 2015.
Retail Foods_The Hague_Netherlands_7-29-2014



| Exporting U.S. food products to the Netherlands and Belgium | Exporter Guide | The Hague | Netherlands | 8/1/2014
The exporter guide provides practical tips to U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in the Benelux countries.  The report also identifies the three market sectors (food retail, food service and food processing) and describes the best market entry approach and best high-value product prospects.  The exporter guide finally focuses exclusively on consumer-oriented and fishery products.
Exporter Guide_The Hague_Netherlands_7-29-2014



| The Food Service Market in the Netherlands and Belgium | Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | The Hague | Netherlands | 8/1/2014
The previous report on file (GAIN NL3023) is still current.  FAS/The Hague plans to update the report in 2016.
Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional_The Hague_Netherlands_7-29-2014



| Demand for stable supplies of quality food ingredients is up | Food Processing Ingredients | The Hague | Netherlands | 8/1/2014
The turnover of the Benelux food processing industry is estimated at $155 billion, with 9,500 companies employing just over 200,000 people.  Benelux based importers are responsible for over a fifth of total U.S. exports of agricultural and fish products to the EU-28.  When meeting EU standards, the following products have good sales potential: nuts, fish fillets, fruit and vegetables, highly processed ingredients, bakery products, dairy products, pulses and specialty grains.
Food Processing Ingredients_The Hague_Netherlands_7-29-2014



| 2014 Ghana Agricultural Biotechnology Report | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Accra | Ghana | 8/1/2014
The President of the Republic of Ghana signed the Ghana Biosafety Act, 2011 (Act 831)December 2011 following the passage of the Biosafety Bill by the Ghanaian Parliament, in June 21, 2011.  This will create a favorable environment for the development and commercialization of biotechnology seeds and crops.  The Biosafety Act, 2011 (Act 831) establishes the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) as the administrative body that will manage the implementation of all issues related to Biotechnology in G...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Accra_Ghana_6-25-2014



| Wheat, Corn, Rice, Milled | Grain and Feed July Update | Grain and Feed | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 7/31/2014
Corn imports rebound after lows not seen since MY 2002/03.  Korea has announced its intent to open the rice market with tariff levels for out of quota rice to be determined by WTO formula.
Grain and Feed Update_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_7-28-2014



| Wheat Trip to Rio Grande do Sul and Parana | CSSF Activity Report, Grain and Feed, Agricultural Situation | Brasilia | Brazil | 7/31/2014
July 14-17, 2014 Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) staff Brasilia visited the southern Brazilian states of Parana and Rio Grande do Sul to assess the impact of recent flooding on the wheat crop.  In Parana, the flooding that occurred in the western part of the state did not have a major impact on the crop, which is primarily grown in the center, north and eastern portions of the state.  In Rio Grande do Sul, wheat planting was delayed due to the floods.  Both states are concerned about the po...
Wheat Trip to Rio Grande do Sul and Parana_Brasilia_Brazil_7-28-2014



| Grain and Feed Update - July 2014 | Grain and Feed | Tokyo | Japan | 7/31/2014
Falling U.S. corn prices have contributed to the recovery of U.S. market share in 2014.  The price drop has led to a decrease in the ratio of wheat in feed.  Last year’s two-month trade disruption caused by the discovery of GE wheat volunteers in an Oregon field doesn’t appear to have had a significant impact on the overall import of food quality wheat.  However, Japan imported a large volume of feed wheat from Eastern Europe in fall 2013 (prior to the arrival in Japan of the new U.S. corn crop)...
Grain and Feed Update_Tokyo_Japan_7-28-2014



| MinAg's Feed Registration Circular and other Related Regs | Grain and Feed, Oilseeds and Products, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification | Hanoi | Vietnam | 7/31/2014
This report outlines the process the have an animal feed product approved for import into Vietnam pursuant to Circular 66/2011/TT-BNNPTNT, provides an unofficial translation of Circular 66/2011, and identifies the other Vietnamese regulations that relate to imported feed products.  
MinAg's Feed Registration Circular and other Related Regs _Hanoi_Vietnam_7-25-2014



| Travel to Gifu and Nagoya | Agricultural Trade Office Activities, Market Development Reports, Trip Report | Tokyo ATO | Japan | 7/31/2014
ATO Japan Director and Marketing Specialist Masayuki Otsuka traveled to Aichi and Gifu in Central Japan (Chubu region).  The travelers opened the first U.S. menu fair ever conducted in Gifu, which was held at a prestigious hotel surrounded by a famous historic region.  The travelers also developed new relationships with executives who represent an organic-oriented regional supermarket, and researched the potential for U.S. food exports with major hotel chains, food service companies and governm...
Travel to Gifu and Nagoya_Tokyo ATO_Japan_7-25-2014



| Wheat, Barley, Corn, Rice, Milled | July 2014 Grain and Feed Update | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 7/30/2014
Drought, floods and frost all had adverse effects on local wheat, barley, corn, and rice crops in market year (MY) 2014.  Rice planting was the first affected by the lack of water at the beginning of the season, and with floods in recent weeks.  Lower local production will increase imports demand of all grains.  Wheat imports are expected to go as high as 5.5 million metric tons (MMT), barley 1.5 MMT, corn 1.5 MMT and rice 300,000 metric tons (MT).  Demand for imported wheat will also depend on...
Grain and Feed Update_Ankara_Turkey_7-25-2014



| The supply and demand for grain and feed in South Africa | Grain and Feed | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 7/30/2014
Post forecasts that South Africa will plant around 3.2 million hectares of corn in the 2014/15 MY, which could realize a total corn crop of about 13.0 million tons.  South Africa’s corn crop for the 2013/14 MY, at 14.6 million tons, is 17 percent more than the 2012/13 MY’s corn crop of 12.5 million tons and the largest since the 1980/81 MY.  As a result, South Africa should have sufficient stocks to export about 3.5 million tons of corn in the 2013/14 MY and 2.5 million tons of corn in the 2014/...
Grain and Feed Update_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_7-25-2014



| Indonesia Grain and Feed Update July 2014 | Grain and Feed | Jakarta | Indonesia | 7/30/2014
In marketing year (MY) 2013/14, Post expects Indonesian rice production to decline by 1.5 percent to 36 MMT of milled rice equivalent, compared to the previous MY 2012/13 of 36.55 MMT. The decline is due to 2014 floods in major rice production areas of northern Java and higher pest and disease incidents in southern Java.  There are no changes in MY 2013/14 corn production estimates. Corn imports are expected to increase due to higher demand from feed mills. There are no changes on to the wheat P...
Grain and Feed Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_7-25-2014



| Indonesia Oilseed and Products Update July 2014 | Oilseeds and Products | Jakarta | Indonesia | 7/30/2014
Indonesia expects a weak to moderate El-Nino phenomenon from October to December 2014. Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and soybean production are expected to remain stable throughout marketing year (MY) 2013/2014, with delayed effects to CPO production possibly occurring in MY 2014/2015.  Historical data suggests that Indonesian CPO production may remain unchanged despite El-Nino.  Changes in Indonesia’s domestic palm oil consumption estimates may occur if Indonesia does not meet its national biodiesel tar...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Jakarta_Indonesia_7-25-2014



| Biotechnology Remains Misunderstood by the General Public | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Lima | Peru | 7/30/2014
President Humala on December 9, 2011, approved Law 29,811 establishing a ten-year moratorium on genetically modified organisms.  The law designates the Ministry of Environment as the lead agency responsible for biotechnology.  The ministry opposes biotechnology; it is responsible for the biotechnology crop ban.  The moratorium however contemplates three exceptions: 1) laboratory research; 2) use in pharmaceuticals and veterinary products; and 3) use in food, animal feed and in food processing.  ...
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Lima_Peru_6-30-2014



| Wheat, Barley, Corn | August 2014 Update | Grain and Feed | Moscow | Russian Federation | 7/29/2014
FAS/Moscow increased its previous Russia’s total grain crop forecast for MY 2014/15 by 2 million metric tons (MMT) to 94 MMT. This includes 52 MMT of wheat, 16 MMT of barley, 13 MMT of corn, and almost 13 MMT of other grains and pulses. Given these crop volumes, in MY 2013/14 Russia may export up to 26 MMT of grain, including 18.5 MMT of wheat, 2.7 MMT of barley, 3.5 MMT of corn, and approximately 0.8 MMT of other grains and pulses.
Grain and Feed Update_Moscow_Russian Federation_7-22-2014



| New GOI Budget 2014-15 – Agricultural Highlights | Agriculture in the Economy, Trade Policy Monitoring, National Plan, Policy and Program Announcements | New Delhi | India | 7/29/2014
India’s new National Democratic Alliance Government presented its inaugural budget on July 10, 2014.   The new budget indicates a continuation of the previous government’s agricultural programs, as well as a number of new programs which aim to improve agricultural infrastructure and farmer access to credit.  Import tariffs for most food and agricultural products remain unchanged, excepting for de-oiled oilseed cakes and meals, wherein the import duty has been exempted till December 31, 2014.
New GOI Budget 2014-15 – Agricultural Highlights_New Delhi_India_7-24-2014



| Exporter Guide | Exporter Guide | Dubai | United Arab Emirates | 7/29/2014
This reports is an introductory tool for U.S. who wish to export food products to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. It also provides advises on best business practices and a list of products of high potential.
Exporter Guide_Dubai_United Arab Emirates_11-18-2013



| Pakistan Allows Import of Live Animals | Trade Policy Incident Report | Islamabad | Pakistan | 7/28/2014
The Government of Pakistan approved a proposal lifting the ban on the import of live animals from countries on July 4, 2014.  The language allows animals, including U.S. live cattle, from areas which have been declared as negligible risk by World Animal Health Organization (OIE), can now be imported.  Pakistani importers and U.S. exporters have shown strong interest in quickly establishing a market for U.S. dairy cattle.
Pakistan Allows Import of Live Animals _Islamabad_Pakistan_7-8-2014



| Poultry Quota Allocation | Poultry and Products, Agricultural Situation | Astana | Kazakhstan - Republic of | 7/28/2014
On June 26, 2014 the Decree releasing 2nd stage of 2014 Kazakh poultry quota was published in the official newspaper.  The Decree No. 689 as of June 20, 2014 allocates the 2nd tranche of quota in the amount of 74,250 MT. The Decree comes into force 10 calendar days after its official publication, i.e. July 6, 2014.
Poultry Quota Allocation_Astana_Kazakhstan - Republic of_7-24-2014



| Health Canada Consults on Nutrition Information on Food Labels | Policy and Program Announcements | Ottawa | Canada | 7/28/2014
Health Canada proposes changes to the nutrition information on food labels, based on earlier input from parents and consumers, as well as the newest scientific information. These changes are intended to make it easier to read and understand labels and help consumers make healthy food choices. Interested stakeholders have until September 11, 214, to submit their comments to Health Canada on the proposed regulatory changes.
Health Canada Consults on Nutrition Information on Food Labels_Ottawa_Canada_7-24-2014



| June Lockup Report | Oilseeds and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 7/25/2014
MY14/15 total oilseed production is forecast at 56.8 million tons, down by 3.3 percent, primarily due to lower cottonseed production, from an estimated 58.7 million tons in MY13/14.  Despite a short drop in oilseed product consumption in MY13/14, total oilseed demand is expected to continue an upward trend, particularly for soybeans, with total imports likely to exceed 67 million tons in MY13/14 and 72 million tons in MY14/15.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_7-22-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 7/25/2014
TH4062 – Export prices increased 1 to 2 percent due to the strengthening of the Thai baht and white rice supplies remain tight.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_7-22-2014