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| 2014 Customs Union Ag Times No. 5 | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/2/2014
This report contains summaries of relevant decisions and documents from the Russia-Kazakhstan-Belarus Customs Union (CU) meetings, published between July 12 and August 28, 2014 that impact CU food and agriculture policy.  Key documents included herein are draft amendments to the CU veterinary requirements and draft CU Technical Regulation on packaged water published for public review/comment; EEC Collegium decision No. 131 establishing CU tariff-rate quotas for 2015, as well as a tariff import ...
2014 Customs Union Ag Times No. 5_Moscow_Russian Federation_8-29-2014



| Russia May Tighten Control over GMO Labeling of Food | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Moscow | Russian Federation | 9/2/2014
The Russian Government Commission on Legislation approved the draft amendments to the federal law “Russian Codex of Administrative Violations” that will tighten control over labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food and determine fines for labeling violations. After this approval the draft, in accordance with routine procedures, will be discussed at the meeting of the Government, and will be submitted for consideration of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Russia’s main legislat...
Russia May Tighten Control over GMO Labeling of Food_Moscow_Russian Federation_8-29-2014



| Maximum Residue Limits on Pesticides for Agricultural Use | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Mexico | Mexico | 9/2/2014
The Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) published in the Diario Oficial (Federal Register), on August 19, 2014 a draft regulation setting the maximum residue limits (MRL’s) to authorize pesticides for agricultural use.  PROY-NOM-000-SAG-FITO/SSA1-2013 was drafted together with the Secretariat of Health (SALUD).  Comments are due in Spanish within the next 60 calendar days after publication (October 18, 2014).    We appreciate your opinion; please rate this report after reading.
Maximum Residue Limits on Pesticides for Agricultural Use_Mexico_Mexico_8-27-2014



| Cotton | August 2014 | Cotton and Products | New Delhi | India | 9/2/2014
The pace of planting quickened across central and southern India with the arrival of the delayed monsoon.  FAS Mumbai forecasts MY2014/15 production at 29.5 million 480 lb bales and planted area at 12.1 million hectares.  Delayed planting across the central and south zones points to late arrivals in MY2014/15.  Exports shipments reached 9.2 million 480 lb bales in MY2013/14.  The Government of India increased its minimum support price by 1 percent for both medium and long staple varieties.
Cotton and Products Update_New Delhi_India_8-28-2014



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/2/2014
TH4072 – Export prices declined slightly as new off-season rice supplies entered the market.  The government plans to issue a new public tender for rice stocks in early September. 
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_8-28-2014



| Corn, Rice, Milled, Wheat | August 2014 | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 9/2/2014
TH4074 – Forecast rice exports for 2014 are revised up to 9.5 million metric tons.  Meanwhile, MY2013/14 wheat imports were lower than expected due to a reduction in feed wheat demand for shrimp feed.  Estimated MY2014/15 rice and corn production remained unchanged due to continuing dry conditions.
Grain and Feed Update_Bangkok_Thailand_8-28-2014



| MARD Circular 20 Adds Steps in the Ag Input Registration Process | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals, Oilseeds and Products, Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 9/2/2014
On June 26, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) published Circular 20/2014/TT-BNNPTNT on stipulating some assignments and competencies to manage agricultural materials.  Circular 20 adds additional steps to the registration process and channels product registration dossiers through the Department of Science, Technology, and the Environment before they are approved by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. 
MARD Circular 20 Adds Steps in the Ag Input Registration Process_Hanoi_Vietnam_8-27-2014



| Wheat Update | Grain and Feed | Algiers | Algeria | 9/1/2014
  Algeria’s MY 2014/15 total grain production suffered from water stress due to the spring drought. The preliminary forecast is 3.0 MMT, a 38 percent decrease from last year’s crop of 4.9 MMT. This will likely lead to increased wheat imports.
Grain and Feed Update_Algiers_Algeria_8-27-2014



| Cotton Update | Cotton and Products | Tashkent | Uzbekistan - Republic of | 9/1/2014
Post forecasts MY14/15 lint production at 4.3 million bales. Generally favorable weather conditions are countered by irrigation water deficit in the South and some pest problems during vegetation in several regions.  Uzbekistan’s MY2014/15 domestic lint consumption is forecast at 1.5 million bales.  MY2013/14 and MY 2014/15 lint exports are both forecast at 2.9 million bales.
Cotton and Products Update_Tashkent_Uzbekistan - Republic of_8-27-2014



| Meal, Peanut, Meal, Soybean, Meal, Sunflowerseed, Oil, Peanut, Oil, Soybean, Oil, Sunflowerseed, Oilseed, Peanut, Oilseed, Soybean, Oilseed, Sunflowerseed, Oil, Palm | 2014 | Oilseeds and Products | New Delhi | India | 9/1/2014
For (marketing year) MY 2014/15, total oilseed production is expected to decrease by 3.4 percent to 36.5 million metric tons (MMT) on lower kharif (fall and early harvested) area due to poor weather.  Below-normal rains, high temperatures, and less water availability from major reservoirs reportedly slowed kharif (fall and early harvested) crop planting progress; this is expected to affect negatively both rainfed and irrigated crop production.  MY 2014/15 total edible oil imports are estimated a...
Oilseeds and Products Update_New Delhi_India_8-26-2014



| 2014 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | Dhaka | Bangladesh | 9/1/2014
The biotechnology sector is in a nascent stage of development, but the government of Bangladesh (GOB) seeks to move forward in developing and commercializing agricultural biotechnology, such as Bt eggplant which was approved in 2013.  The GOB has established a regulatory framework and approval process for all GE products developed domestically or by a third country. 
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_Dhaka_Bangladesh_8-1-2014



| Mexico Announces Creation of New Agricultural Finance Program | Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News | Mexico | Mexico | 8/29/2014
On August 20, 2014 Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña-Nieto, announced the creation of the new National Finance of Agricultural, Rural, Forestry and Fisheries Development. This new organization replaces the former “Financiera Rural”.  The new Program intends to provide all agricultural growers with specified benefits.  
Mexico Announces Creation of New Agricultural Finance Program_Mexico_Mexico_8-26-2014



| Biotechnology in Mozambique | Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals | Pretoria | Mozambique | 8/29/2014
Mozambique is one step closer to planting its first genetically engineered (GE) field trails, after the Minister of Science and Technology approved revised regulations that will create a positive environment for seed companies to start research.  The revised document is now pending approval from the Mozambique Council of Ministers.  It is expected that the final document will be approved before the elections in October 2014. 
Biotechnology in Mozambique_Pretoria_Mozambique_8-26-2014



| Amendments to regulation relating to food labelling and advertising | Trade Policy Monitoring | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 8/29/2014
On May 29, 2014, the South African Minister of Health issued a Government Notice (R429) inviting comments on the proposed amendments to the regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foods.  The official deadline for the submission of comments or representations on the proposed regulations to the Director General of Health is August, 29, 2014.  According to media reports and post contacts, responses to the proposed regulation have been mixed. Post encourages United States food busi...
Amendments to regulation relating to food labelling and advertising_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_8-26-2014



| Raisins | South Africa’s raisin production forecasted to recover in the 2014/15 MY | Raisins | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 8/29/2014
Post forecasts that South Africa’s raisin production will increase by nine percent to 50,000 MT in the 2014/15 MY, based on an increase in area planted and a recovery of grape vines after the 2013/14 MY`s frost damage. As a result, exports are expected to increase by six percent to 37,200 in the 2014/15 MY.
Raisin Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_8-26-2014



| Proposed protection of Geographical Indications in South Africa | Trade Policy Monitoring | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 8/29/2014
As part of the negotiating process of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and South Africa, the EU requested that names of certain products be protected on the basis of their geographical indications (GIs). The South African government issued a notice to this effect on February, 4, 2014.  The final list of product names and rules of their protection has not been published, however, post believes that if passed, such protection would be prohibitive to trade an...
Proposed protection of Geographical Indications in South Africa_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_8-26-2014



| 2014 | Biofuels | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/28/2014
Production of both ethanol and biodiesel continues to grow in line with consumption.  While Thailand’s 10-year Alternative Energy Development Plan (2012-2021) remains unchanged, there have been some developments in its ethanol and biodiesel industries.    New ethanol plants are using cassava roots as feedstocks due to tight supplies of molasses.
Biofuels Annual_Bangkok_Thailand_6-27-2014



| Raisins | 2014 | Raisins | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 8/28/2014
Argentina’s raisin production and exports for Calendar Year (CY) 2015 are expected to rebound from the previous year.  Production is estimated at 33,000 MT, of which 29,500 MT are projected to be devoted for exports, and the balance to the domestic market.
Raisin Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_7-31-2014



| Market Brief – Tree Nuts | Tree Nuts | Zagreb | Croatia | 8/28/2014
In 2013, Croatia imported $7.2 million in almonds, $6.9 million in walnuts, $4.9 million in hazelnuts and $1.4 million in pistachios.  In 2013, Croatia imported $22.6 million in all tree nuts, which is an increase of 19% compared to 2012 making Croatia a lucrative export market for US tree nuts.  This report provides marketing, trade, and regulatory information for US exporters.
Market Brief – Tree Nuts_Zagreb_Croatia_8-25-2014



| Crop Update | Grain and Feed | London | United Kingdom EU-27 | 8/27/2014
Very good growing conditions across much of EU28 saw an early start to harvest.  However, recent rains on the Continent have raised quality concerns for the otherwise large wheat crop.  This is particularly the case in France, the EU28’s largest producer and exporter of milling wheat, and in Bulgaria and Romania.  The EU28’s barley crop has been less detrimentally affected by the recent weather.  The winter barley harvest is now all but complete with quality described as generally good.  The spr...
Crop Update _London_United Kingdom EU-27_8-22-2014



| South African Retail Food Industry | Retail Foods | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 8/27/2014
South Africa has a well-developed retail sector. In 2013, the retail sector contributed almost 12 percent to overall GDP and reflected growth of nine percent over the past five years with total retail sales in South Africa amounting to R406.2 billion (USD $38 billion). Retail sales are expected to grow by almost five percent per annum in the next five years and 2014 sales are projected to reach R424.8 billion (USD $40 billion).
Retail Foods_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_8-22-2014



| New Protein Initiative in Lower Saxony | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies, Oilseeds and Products, Policy and Program Announcements | Berlin | Germany | 8/27/2014
The agricultural minister of Lower Saxony has introduced a new protein feed initiative on July 29. The goal of the initiative is to promote the cultivation of peas, beans and lupins. Lower Saxony is the center of livestock production in Germany with roughly two third of the German chicken and pork production.
New Protein Initiative in Lower Saxony_Berlin_Germany_8-6-2014



| FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Canberra | Australia | 8/27/2014
Australia is a major producer of raw materials and processed foods but imports a growing volume of food and beverages. U.S. exports of consumer ready food products to Australia have risen steadily over recent years and in 2013 were valued at $1.07 billion.  All foods sold in Australia must comply with a range of laws designed to protect public health and safety, to ensure plant and animal pests and diseases are not introduced, and to assist consumers. These laws apply equally to imported and lo...
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative_Canberra_Australia_8-22-2014