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| Broiler Meat Sector | Poultry and Products | Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia | 3/11/2014
Malaysia is largely self-sufficient in poultry meat production, and output is expanding slowly, in line with expectations for domestic demand growth. Poultry meat is the dominant protein source consumed. All poultry meat imports must be certified halal and come from approved plants. No U.S. plants are approved to export to Malaysia.
Broiler Meat Sector_Kuala Lumpur_Malaysia_3-7-2014
| U.S. Wood Highlights Award Winning Tourist Spot | Export Accomplishments - Other, Market Development Reports, Wood Products | Taipei ATO | Taiwan | 3/11/2014
Recently, the Zhao-Ping Train Station in Alisan won a Public Works Gold Medal Award for its unique design using wood from the United States. Since its opening on April 21, 2013, the train station has been a top destination for tourists and has been recognized as the “perfect” wood-frame construction. The Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) Taiwan along with APA – The Engineered Wood Association – assisted Taiwan officials throughout the development process. Designers imported Alaskan Yellow Ceda...
U.S. Wood Highlights Award Winning Tourist Spot_Taipei ATO_Taiwan_3-7-2014
| Agricultural Situation | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | Prague | Slovakia | 3/11/2014
Since EU accession in 2004 Slovakia’s agricultural production has steadily declined. From a net exporter of some commodities, e.g. pork, Slovakia became a net importer. Slovakia’s agriculture strategy for the 2014 and 2020 period is to increase self-sufficiency for key agricultural commodities to 80 percent of domestic requirements, to ensure sustainable forestry development and rural development with increased employment of rural area population.
| Menu Labeling Scandal – Japanese Consumers Misled | FAIRS Subject Report | Tokyo | Japan | 3/11/2014
Menu Labeling Scandal – Japanese Consumers Misled_Tokyo_Japan_2-28-2014
| MOA Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration | FAIRS Subject Report | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 3/11/2014
On January 13, 2014, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) published (2014) No.2 Decree on “Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration” and will be enforced on July 1, 2014. The amended draft regulation was published for comments on March 1, 2012 (GAIN CH12024). This Regulation replaces the current “Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration which was enforced on August 17, 2000 and amended on July 1, 2004. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the Decre...
MOA Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration _Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-14-2014
| Select | The South African Wine Industry: Production, Consumption and Trade | Wine | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 3/11/2014
South Africa’s 2014- grape crop for wine production is expected to be five percent less, at 1.42 million tons, than the record crop of 1.49 million tons produced in 2013. Post estimates that South Africa will produce about 1.1 billion liters of wine in 2014, marginally less than the 1.2 billion liters of wine produced in 2013. South Africa exported a record of 518 million liters of wine in 2013, on the back of the biggest grape crop ever recorded. The rand also depreciated by almost 20 percen...
Wine Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_2-27-2014
| Cotton and Products Update February 2014 | Cotton and Products | New Delhi | India | 3/10/2014
India’s 2013/14 cotton exports are expected to reach 8.0 million 480 lb bales, unchanged from the previous FAS Mumbai estimated and 500,000 bales higher than the USDA Washington estimate. Exports through the end of February had climbed to 6.1 million 480 lb bales, 80 percent of the USDA estimate. Market arrivals continue to lag last year’s pace and have reached 21.8 million 170 kg bales. Farm prices remain firm, but spinning margins are strong pointing to continued strong consumption. The Gove...
Cotton and Products Update February 2014_New Delhi_India_3-5-2014
| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal | 2014 | Livestock and Products | New Delhi | India | 3/10/2014
CY 2013 and 2014 buffalo (carabeef) production levels are up slightly to 3.85 and 4.1 million metric tons (MMT) carcass weight equivalent (CWE) on continued efficiency gains in the dairy sector. Although no clear facts have emerged to confirm the veracity of the current foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, expectations are that FMD will cause some losses in southern India.
Livestock and Products Semi-annual_New Delhi_India_3-5-2014
| Grain Voluntary Update - March 2014 | Grain and Feed, Agriculture in the Economy, Competitor | New Delhi | India | 3/10/2014
On February 14, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture forecast ICY 2013/14 grain production at 263.2 MMT, a record, and revised ICY 2012/13 grain production estimates. MY 2012/13 and MY 2013/14 rice, wheat, and corn production levels were raised on account of this new data.
Grain Voluntary Update - March 2014_New Delhi_India_3-5-2014
| The 2014 No.1 Document of the CCCPC and the State Council | Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 3/7/2014
On January 19, 2014, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council unveiled its first policy document for 2014, which is referred to as the No.1 Document.
According to the Document, China will improve the mechanisms for safeguarding food security, seek sustainable agricultural growth while balancing rural and urban development, deepening rural land reforms and promoting financial support for rural area. For 11 consecutive years, the No. 1 documents focused on rura...
The 2014 No.1 Document of the CCCPC and the State Council _Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_3-5-2014
| 2013 Activities and Accomplishments | Agricultural Trade Office Activities, CSSF Activity Report, Export Accomplishments - Events, Export Accomplishments - Other | Beijing ATO | China - Peoples Republic of | 3/7/2014
During the course of 2013, ATO/Beijing has worked with USDA cooperators and other stakeholders, as well as exporters, regulators and other Embassy offices, to build markets for U.S. agricultural, fisheries and forestry products in North China. The following report outlines ATO's activities and details key events and trade successes.
2013 Activities and Accomplishments_Beijing ATO_China - Peoples Republic of_2-17-2014
| Full National Pig Traceability Becomes Mandatory | Policy and Program Announcements, Livestock and Products | Ottawa | Canada | 3/7/2014
On July 1, 2014, Canada’s mandatory national pig traceability system comes into force. The traceability system will require reporting on the movement of pigs between sites, with animal identification as one of the system’s components.
Full National Pig Traceability Becomes Mandatory_Ottawa_Canada_3-3-2014
| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 3/7/2014
TH4019 – Domestic and export prices remained unchanged from the previous week. The government plans to conduct a public tender of around 0.5 million metric tons this week and another tender of 0.5 million metric tons via the AFET in the following weeks to help finance the current rice paddy pledging program.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_3-4-2014
| Oilseed, Soybean, Meal, Soybean, Meal, Rapeseed, Oil, Soybean, Oil, Palm | 2014 Annual | Oilseeds and Products | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 3/6/2014
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_2-28-2014
| Hotel Developments in The Bahamas Increase Demand for U.S. Foods | Market Development Reports, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional, Promotion Opportunities | Miami ATO | Bahamas - The | 3/6/2014
According to the IMF (World Economic Outlook, January 2014), global economic “activity is expected to improve further in 2014–15, largely on account of recovery in the advanced economies.” This is much-needed good news for the tourist-dependent Caribbean, as advanced economies are the main source of visitors to the islands. The Bahamas in particular is seeking to capitalize on this expected growth with several new hotel projects coming on-line, not the least of which is a $3.5 billion mega res...
Hotel Developments in The Bahamas Increase Demand for U.S. Foods_Miami ATO_Bahamas - The_3-3-2014
| March 2014 | Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 3/6/2014
Post forecasts that rapeseed-mustard production in marketing year (MY) 2013/14 will reach 7.3 million metric tons, an increase of 200,000 metric tons over the previous estimate. This revision is due to increased area planted, favorable planting conditions, and timely winter rains throughout the rabi (winter planted/spring harvested) season.
Oilseeds and Products Update_New Delhi_India_3-3-2014
| Select | Poultry Semi-Annual Report | Poultry and Products | Moscow | Russian Federation | 3/6/2014
FAS Moscow reduced the 2014 broiler production forecast for Russia to 3.1 MMT (from the previous forecast of 3.3 MMT) as a result of lower live bird inventories at the beginning of the year, near market saturation, high indebtedness coupled with low profitability at poultry establishments, as well as other factors. FAS Moscow’s import estimate for Russian broiler imports for 2014 remains unchanged at 530,000 MT, in large part, as a result of unchanged Tariff Rate Quota volumes. Russian broiler...
Poultry and Products Semi-annual_Moscow_Russian Federation_3-3-2014
| Poultry, Meat, Broiler | Semi-Annual | Poultry and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 3/6/2014
Post forecasts China’s 2014 broiler meat production at 12.9 million tons, a six percent decline from USDA’s official estimate. Given ongoing H7N9 virus detections, sources note that China’s 2014 broiler meat consumption will likely fall by six percent to 12.7 million tons. Weak consumer demand will also lower 2014 imports to 235,000 tons. Despite the untamed H7N9 virus, Post estimates that China’s 2014 broiler meat exports will increase four percent to 430,000 tons. China mainly exports cooked/...
Poultry and Products Semi-annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_3-3-2014
| Select, Select | Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Oilseeds and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 3/6/2014
MY14/15 total oilseed production is forecast down 2.6 percent to 57.2 million tons on expectations that cottonseed production may decline. With limited domestic production, soybean and rapeseed import trends remain strong as MY14/15 total oilseed consumption forecast rises to 131.2 million tons due to increasing demand for animal and aquatic protein and vegetable oils. MY14/15 soybean imports could reach 72 million tons (out of total oilseed imports of 75.8 million tons) from estimated 68 milli...
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-28-2014
| Select | NEW ZEALAND WINE SECTOR ANNUAL REPORT 2014 | Wine | Wellington | New Zealand | 3/5/2014
Wine Annual_Wellington_New Zealand_3-3-2014
| Ontario Government Proposes Farmers' Market Sales for Local Wines | Beverages, Policy and Program Announcements, Trade Policy Monitoring, Wine | Ottawa | Canada | 3/5/2014
On December 16, 2013, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, announced a pilot program to allow the sale of certain Ontario produced wines in Farmers' Markets during the summer of 2014. Later in the year, the pilot will be evaluated for possible implementation. This sales channel would not be available to wines produced outside of the province. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is the largest buyer of wine in Canada.
Ontario Government Proposes Farmers' Market Sales for Local Wines_Ottawa_Canada_2-27-2014
| Canadians to Consume More Poultry Meat in 2014 | Poultry and Products | Ottawa | Canada | 3/5/2014
Canadian production of broiler meat is likely to exceed previously estimated levels. Given tight supplies of red meat, chicken farmers operating under the strict supply management regime are expected to boost domestic production and fill in an anticipated gap in the protein market.
Canadians to Consume More Poultry Meat in 2014_Ottawa_Canada_2-27-2014
| Wine | Wine Annual Report and Statistics 2014 | Wine | Rome | EU-28 | 3/5/2014
CY 2013 EU-28 wine production is still preliminarily estimated at 167 Million Hectoliters (Mhl), 18.3 percent up from the previous year as notable increases occurred in Spain (+41.4 percent), Italy (+12 percent), Portugal (+9.7 percent), and France (+ 8.6 percent). Significant increases were also registered in Romania (+31.7 percent), Greece (+17.5 percent), Croatia (+10 percent), Hungary (+9.2 percent), and Austria (+4.5 percent). The EU-28 remains the world’s leading wine exporter and import...
| Poultry, Meat, Broiler | EU-28 poultry production to grow again in 2014 | Poultry and Products | Paris | EU-28 | 3/5/2014
EU-28 broiler meat production forecasts for 2014 have been slightly revised upward from previous estimates due to higher production expected mainly in Benelux (driven by increased exports of broiler parts), Germany, UK and Romania more than offsetting lower forecasts in France (driven by declining exports) and Spain. Consumers’ switch from other meats to broiler meat (cheaper and more convenient) in a recession-stricken EU-28 region will increase the EU-28 domestic consumption of broiler meat in...
Poultry and Products Semi-annual_Paris_EU-28_2-27-2014
| Oilseed, Soybean, Oil, Soybean, Meal, Soybean | 2014 | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Paraguay | 3/5/2014
Paraguayan soybean area is estimated to increase by 3 percent to 3.2 million hectares in the 2014/15 marketing year with production reaching a record 8.7 million metric tons (MMT). The current year estimates are reduced to 8.1 MMT due to extended periods of extremely hot temperatures and non-uniform rainfall during the growing season leading to lower than average yields.
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Buenos Aires_Paraguay_2-26-2014
| Select | 2014 | Livestock and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 3/5/2014
Post projects Argentine beef production for 2014 at 2.9 million tons (carcass weight equivalent). This two percent increase from USDA’s number is justified by expected larger slaughter due to a higher cattle supply and the fact that cattle are slaughtered younger and lighter for the domestic market which takes over 93 percent of the country’s beef supply. Beef exports in 2014 are now estimated at 200,000 tons, 20,000 tons lower than USDA. The government continues to assert a strong control on...
Livestock and Products Semi-annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_2-28-2014
| Oilseed, Soybean (Local), Oilseed, Sunflowerseed | March Lock-up | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 3/5/2014
FAS Buenos Aires maintains its estimates for soybean area and production for marketing year 2013/14 to 20.3 million hectares and 54 million metric tons, respectively. Rainfall during the month of February has replenished dry soils in the majority of the soybean growing region. Sunflowerseed area and production are also held steady at 1.45 million hectares and 2.3 million metric tons, respectively.
Oilseeds and Products Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_2-28-2014