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| Select | U.S. Keeps Spot as Top Stone Fruit Exporter Despite Increased Competition | Stone Fruit | Taipei | Taiwan | 8/29/2016
Taiwan was the third largest export market for U.S. peaches and nectarines and the fifth largest export market for U.S. cherries in 2015.  Imports of fresh U.S. peaches and nectarines increased by 11 percent to 12,411 metric tons (MT) in 2015, with a value of $32.5 million.  Post expects U.S. peaches and nectarines exports to Taiwan will increase slightly in 2016 to $35 million based on discussions with industry contacts.  The United States continues to be the leading supplier of peaches and ne...
Stone Fruit Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_8-25-2016



| Indonesia Expands U.S. Plant Products Eligible for Recognition | Avocado, Citrus, Coffee, Dried Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Kiwifruit, Potatoes and Potato Products, Raisins, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Trade Policy Monitoring | Jakarta | Indonesia | 8/29/2016
On August 16, the Minister of Agriculture signed a decree allowing additional 33 product lines to be eligible for recognition under the protocol for fresh foods of plant origin (FFPO).   The recognition enhances market access opportunities for U.S. plant product exports to Indonesia.
Indonesia Expands U.S. Plant Products Eligible for Recognition_Jakarta_Indonesia_8-24-2016



| Meat, Beef and Veal | 2016 | Livestock and Products | Buenos Aires | Paraguay | 8/29/2016
Paraguayan beef exports for 2017 are forecast to increase marginally at 395,000 tons carcass weight equivalent (cwe).  Although beef supply is projected to drop somewhat, local exporters expect a larger demand from traditional clients and from a series of new markets which have been opened quite recently.  Domestic demand is expected to be hurt as available supplies will be smaller.
Livestock and Products Annual_Buenos Aires_Paraguay_8-22-2016



| Peru publishes Aquaculture Regulation looking to promote its growth | Agriculture in the News, Fishery Products | Lima | Peru | 8/26/2016
On March 25, 2016 Peru published the Regulation ruling the General Law on Aquaculture. This regulation looks forward to encourage, guide and regulate this activity within Peru for its sustainable development. The regulation took a national technical debate among government officials, industry, exporters, academia and 14 regional governments in response to Legislative Decree 1195 published August 30, 2015.
Peru publishes Aquaculture Regulation looking to promote its growth_Lima_Peru_4-28-2016



| USDA Assistant Secretary Opens 3rd Pan African SPS Conference | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 8/26/2016
Dr. Gregory L. Parham, USDA’s Assistant Secretary for Administration, recently visited Ethiopia where he opened the 3rd Pan African Conference on SPS Risk Analysis.  He also met with Ethiopian government officials to discuss areas of cooperation, toured the national animal health and vaccine labs, and visited USDA project sites.
USDA Assistant Secretary Opens 3rd Pan African SPS Conference_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_8-23-2016



| Ethiopia’s Grocery Sector is Rapidly Expanding | Retail Foods | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | 8/26/2016
Ethiopia’s retail grocery sector, which is exclusively concentrated in the capital city, has seen rapid growth in recent years due to the country’s strong economic growth, rising urbanization, and growing population. The sector is expected to continue its upward climb, which will generate new opportunities for both U.S. and locally-made foods.
Ethiopia’s Grocery Sector is Rapidly Expanding_Addis Ababa_Ethiopia_8-18-2016



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 8/26/2016
TH6091 – Export prices continued to decline 5 to 6 percent due to competition from Vietnamese rice and the anticipated sales of government’s rice stock tenders for 1 million metric tons which will be issued on August 29-30.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_8-23-2016



| Amendment Proposed on Rice Regulations in Turkey | Grain and Feed, Policy and Program Announcements, Retail Foods | Ankara | Turkey | 8/26/2016
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MinFAL) announced a draft Turkish Food Codex Communiqué on Rice which allows for up to a 5% threshold for unintentional blending, up from a zero tolerance level. According to Turkish market sources, retail sector will be happy for this increased tolerance up to 5 percent of a different rice variety in rice package. With this realistic threshold, the government can now crack down on the problem of blending of cheaper rice varieties because they ca...
Amendment Proposed on Rice Regulations in Turkey_Ankara_Turkey_8-19-2016



| Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China | Agriculture in the News | Guangzhou | China - Peoples Republic of | 8/26/2016
Southern China Imports of U.S. Pork and Pork Variety Meats Jump….Upcoming opportunities for U.S. exporters to meet with South China hides and skins, fruit, and seafood buyers....ATO Guangzhou participates in U.S. dairy, tree nuts, and grape events.
Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China_Guangzhou_China - Peoples Republic of_8-23-2016