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| China Released the Regulations on the Management of Pesticides | Policy and Program Announcements | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 4/28/2017

China Released the Regulations on the Management of Pesticides_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_4-19-2017



| Technical Requirements for Genetic Resources Imports | FAIRS Subject Report | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 4/28/2017
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture issued the Public Notice 2460 in October 2016, which provide the revised technical requirements for importing breeding swine and semen, breeding cattle and frozen semen and embryos, and the breeding chickens. The Technical Requirements became effective on January 1, 2017.  
Technical Requirements for Genetic Resources Imports_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_2-23-2017



| WTO Notified on Draft Amendments to Vet Requirements | WTO Notifications, FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Moscow | Russian Federation | 4/28/2017
On April 18, 2017, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published on its website draft amendments to “The Unified Veterinary (Veterinary and Sanitary) Requirements for Goods Subject to Veterinary Control (Surveillance) of the Eurasian Economic Union" approved by the EEC decision No.317 of June 2010, for comments. On April 24, 2017 the Republic of Kazakhstan notified the WTO via G/SPS/N/KAZ/9 on draft amendments to “The Unified Veterinary (Veterinary and Sanitary) Requirements for Goods Subject...
WTO Notified on Draft Amendments to Vet Requirements_Moscow_Russian Federation_4-25-2017



| Turkish Subsidy Program for Beef Breeding and Livestock Continues in | Agricultural Situation, Livestock and Products | Ankara | Turkey | 4/28/2017
The Turkish government’s 2017 young farmers’ program subsidies will be granted to the livestock sector including cattle, sheep and goat, poultry, beekeeping, and in addition to these, there are subsidies for plant production in the agriculture sector. Subsidies are given for a project related to the livestock sector and there are strict rules for young farmers ages 18-40. The program’s goal is to take thousands of farmers from big cities and encourage them to move to rural areas and give them t...
Turkish Subsidy Program for Beef Breeding and Livestock Continues in_Ankara_Turkey_4-19-2017



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 4/28/2017
Export prices increased significantly, particularly for fragrant rice, due to several new inquiries while at the same time exporters are securing rice supplies to fulfill the shipments to Iran.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_4-25-2017



| Sugar, Centrifugal, Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | The supply and demand of sugar in Swaziland | Sugar | Pretoria | Swaziland | 4/28/2017
Post forecasts that the sugar cane production in Swaziland will increase by about five percent to 5,200,000 MT in the 2017/18 MY, from 4,973,571 MT in the 2016/17 MY, based on normal weather conditions, good rainfall received at the beginning of the year which is a critical period for sugar cane growth, as well as improvements in yields following the drought conditions of the previous season. This will result in a three percent increase in the 2017/18 MY sugar production to 606,000 MT.
Sugar Annual_Pretoria_Swaziland_4-25-2017



| Sugar, Centrifugal, Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | The supply and demand of sugar in South Africa | Sugar | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/28/2017
Post forecasts that the South African sugar cane crop will increase by three percent to 15.5 MMT in the 2017/18 MY, based on higher cane yields as the industry recovers from the previous season’s drought. Post forecasts that the 2017/18 MY sugar production will increase by about ten percent to 1.7 MMT (1.76 MMTRV), based on the significant improvement in sugar cane quality, better factory recoveries and an increase in sugar cane delivered to the mills for crushing.
Sugar Annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-25-2017



| Romanian wheat exports are flourishing | Grain and Feed | Bucharest | Romania | 4/28/2017
Romania is strengthening its position as a grain producer and as a leading exporter among EU member states for wheat and corn. The winter wheat and barley crops have good prospects, but production is anticipated to fall in 2017 due to lower planted area. Wheat exports are set to reach a record this season, but are projected to decline the next season. The corn harvest is foreseen to slightly improve. Soil moisture improved in most of the areas, which will help spring plant emergence and developm...
Romanian wheat exports are flourishing_Bucharest_Romania_4-25-2017



| Oilseeds and Products Annual Report | Oilseeds and Products | Bucharest | Romania | 4/28/2017
Highlights: Oilseed planted area is forecast to climb by 9 percent in Marketing Year (MY) 2017/18. All types of oilseeds are forecast to expand, but the largest share in the increase belongs to rapeseed crop. Overall Romanian oilseed production is forecast to surge by 4.6 percent in MY 2017/18 mainly due to an increase in area and to a lesser extent to yield improvement. Ample oilseed supply will exceed domestic needs allowing for an increase of 4 percent in exports. This report does not reflect...
Oilseeds and Products Annual Report _Bucharest_Romania_4-25-2017



| Additional Guidance on Food Import Clearance System | Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Exporter Guide, Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | New Delhi | India | 4/28/2017
On April 13, 2017, the Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published additional guidance regarding its Food Import Clearance System (FICS).
Additional Guidance on Food Import Clearance System_New Delhi_India_4-25-2017



| Turkish Grain Board Holds Tender for European Corn | Grain and Feed | Ankara | Turkey | 4/28/2017
The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) completed a corn import tender on April 19, 2017. TMO purchased about 77,000 MT of corn to be sourced from the European Union (EU) and Serbia in the tender. The average tender price was 743 TL/MT, roughly US$201/MT.  Although the tender sought a total of 118,000 tons, offers for more than 40,000 MT were rejected due to high prices. TMO will hold another international tender on April 25, 2017 to import up to 44,000 MT of corn from the European Union and Moldova.
Turkish Grain Board Holds Tender for European Corn_Ankara_Turkey_4-25-2017



| Hyderabad…Emerging City of Opportunity in South Central India | Market Development Reports, Promotion Opportunities, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional, Food Processing Ingredients, Retail Foods, Dairy and Products, Fresh Fruit, Tree Nuts, Snack Foods, Beverages, Wine | New Delhi | India | 4/28/2017
India’s youngest state, Telangana, with Hyderabad its capital, shows promise for U.S. food and beverage products owing to its growing entrepreneurial and well-traveled population working largely within the information technology and pharmaceutical industries.  Imports of food and agricultural products clearing customs in Hyderabad in 2016 reached nearly $55 million of which U.S.-origin products had a 34 percent market share.
Hyderabad…Emerging City of Opportunity in South Central India_New Delhi_India_4-25-2017



| 2017 | Grain and Feed | Ottawa | Canada | 4/27/2017

Grain and Feed Annual_Ottawa_Canada_4-24-2017



| Wheat, Barley, Rice, Milled, Corn | 2017 Grain and Feed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Grain and Feed | Dubai | United Arab Emirates | 4/27/2017
The UAE’s overall consumption of grain and feed is projected to grow nearly 6 percent over the next year.  Due to the absence of domestic grain production, a rise in consumer demand for these products will need to be satisfied via imports.  UAE’s wheat imports are forecast to rise 5 percent, reaching 1,300 thousand metric tons (TMT) in marketing year (MY) 2017/18.  Similarly, rice imports are estimated to climb 5 percent to 1,285 TMT with corn imports increasing 10 percent to 620 TMT by the end ...
Grain and Feed Annual_Dubai_United Arab Emirates_4-24-2017



| Food Price Inflation Down to 3.5 Percent in March 2017 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy | Moscow | Russian Federation | 4/27/2017
According to Russia’s Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat), Russia’s headline consumer price index (CPI) was down to 4.3 percent in March 2017 from 5.4 percent in December 2016. Food price inflation was 3.5 percent in March 2017 compared to 4.6 percent in December 2016.  Inflation in Russia was below Central Bank’s targeted level in March due to stronger than expected ruble exchange rate, record high agriculture output in 2016 and ongoing decline of real disposable income.
Food Price Inflation Down to 3.5 Percent in March 2017_Moscow_Russian Federation_4-20-2017



| IMD publishes First Forecast for Monsoon 2017 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security, Market Development Reports | New Delhi | India | 4/27/2017
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a near normal Southwest Monsoon for 2017 suggesting that June to September rainfall is likely to be 96 percent of the Long Period Average. Above normal high temperatures are forecast from April to June as much of the country will witness heatwave conditions.
IMD publishes First Forecast for Monsoon 2017_New Delhi_India_4-24-2017



| Select | 2017 | Grain and Feed | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 4/26/2017
Wheat exports for 2017/18 are forecast at 10.5 million tons, slightly higher than the previous year.  Despite an expected larger harvested area, Post expects lower yields than the previous highly productive season.  Barley area for 2017/18 is forecast to drop for the second year in a row, with production at 2.8 million tons and lower exports at 1.4 million tons. Corn harvested area and production are forecast to increase marginally, with production projected at 39.0 million tons and exports at a...
Grain and Feed Annual_Buenos Aires_Argentina_4-21-2017



| Record year for Spanish swine and cattle production | Livestock and Products | Madrid | Spain | 4/26/2017
Spanish swine production has continued an upward trend resulting in the largest EU swine herd and second in EU pork production.  This production has resulted in record levels of Spanish pork exports, especially to Asia, making them the third largest pork exporter worldwide after the USA and Germany. Cattle production has also increased in the past few years resulting in increased exports to the Middle East and North Africa. Spain’s animal production sector has focused on opening new export marke...
Record year for Spanish swine and cattle production_Madrid_Spain_4-21-2017



| South Africa suspends meat imports from Brazil | Poultry and Products, Livestock and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/26/2017
On March 22, 2017, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that it has suspended meat imports from establishments suspected to be involved in the Brazil meat scandal.  The suspension will remain in place until the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the South African Veterinary Authority.  Brazil has been the largest exporter of poultry meat to South African since 2001.
South Africa suspends meat imports from Brazil_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_3-31-2017



| Draft Regulation of Agricultural Landholdings Bill | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 4/26/2017
On March 17, 2017, the Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform published the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill (Bill) inviting public comments. The deadline for submitting public comments was set as May 17, 2017. If the Bill is passed, it will set up a commission to register agricultural land, restrict foreign land ownership and place limits on the size of individual agricultural land holdings in South Africa. Post encourages United States stakeholders who own land or are plan...
Draft Regulation of Agricultural Landholdings Bill_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_4-18-2017



| Sugar Cane for Centrifugal | Mexico Sugar Annual Report 2017 | Sugar | Mexico City | Mexico | 4/25/2017
Mexican sugar production for marketing year (MY) 2017/18 is forecast to be 6.6 million metric tons raw-value (MMT-RV), although there is not yet an official forecast.   Sugar production for MY 2016/17 is estimated to decrease from previous estimates to 6.5 MMT-RV. The sugar export forecast for MY 2017/18 is 1.6 MMT-RV.  Post/New export estimate for MY 2016/17 is revised upward from previous estimates considering that Mexico will cover the U.S. quota and about 500,000 MT-RV of exports to the rest...
Sugar Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_4-20-2017



| Thailand’s Milk Code Passed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) | FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Bangkok | Thailand | 4/25/2017
On April 4, 2017, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the Marketing Control on Food for Infants and Young Children Act (Milk Code) to restrict the marketing of food for infants and young children.
Thailand’s Milk Code Passed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA)_Bangkok_Thailand_4-20-2017



| Thailand’s Milk Code Passed the National Legislative Assembly | FAIRS Subject Report, Trade Policy Monitoring | Bangkok | Thailand | 4/25/2017
On April 4, 2017, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the Marketing Control on Food for Infants and Young Children Act (Milk Code) to restrict the marketing of food for infants and young children. 
Thailand’s Milk Code Passed the National Legislative Assembly_Bangkok_Thailand_4-20-2017



| Select | Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Grain and Feed | Rangoon | Burma - Union of | 4/25/2017
Report Highlights: Burma:  Production of rice and corn is forecast to increase in MY 2017/18 ( RACHEL.TREGO: We generally want the report highlights to reference the new year that Post is forecasting (2017/18 in this case).)  due to increased utilization of farm mechanization and higher yielding seeds. Rice exports are expected to rise to 1.4 million metric tons in MY 2016/17 in anticipation of stronger demand from China and the European Union.   Corn exports are also likely to expand in ...
Grain and Feed Annual_Rangoon_Burma - Union of_4-20-2017



| Select | Enter a Descriptive Report Name | Sugar | Lagos | Nigeria | 4/25/2017
MY17/18 sugar production is forecast to increase to 80,000 tons mainly due to adjustments by the Government of Nigeria (GON) now offering sugar industry stakeholders more favorable means to access foreign exchange.  Raw sugar imports, mostly from Brazil, are expected to rise in MY17/18 by about 30 percent to 1.7 million tons.  Nigeria’s refined sugar exports are also forecasted to increase, going primarily to neighboring countries that are attracted by favorable exchange rates against the weak N...
Sugar Annual_Lagos_Nigeria_4-20-2017



| Dairy Industry Announces Calf Import Subsidy | Agricultural Situation, Dairy and Products, Livestock and Products | Tokyo | Japan | 4/25/2017
J-Milk announced a three-year, $1.4 million program to reduce the cost of imported replacement dairy cattle.  Sharp increases in Japanese beef feeder calf prices since 2013 have expanded utilization of Wagyu genetics in Japanese dairy breeding programs, contributing to a seven percent year-on-year decline in the national stock of heifers less than two years of age in 2016 (see FAS/Tokyo’s October 2016 Dairy and Products Annual Report JA6045).  Average live cattle auction prices for first-bred he...
Dairy Industry Announces Calf Import Subsidy_Tokyo_Japan_4-19-2017



| Select | 2017 | Sugar | Sao Paulo ATO | Brazil | 4/24/2017
Brazil’s MY 2017/18 sugarcane crush is estimated at 645 mmt, a one percent decrease compared to the previous season due to irregular weather conditions in some growing areas and aging of sugarcane fields.  Approximately 48 percent of the crop should be diverted to sugar, due to the expected deficit on the world market.  Total exports are projected to increase by five percent reaching 29.07 mmt, raw value
Sugar Annual_Sao Paulo ATO_Brazil_4-19-2017



| Peru Imposes State-Based Import Ban on U.S. Poultry Products | Trade Policy Monitoring, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Lima | Peru | 4/24/2017
On March 29, 2017, Peru suspended imports of poultry products from the States of Tennessee and Wisconsin. The trade actions are in response to APHIS reports of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry flocks in those states.
Peru Imposes State-Based Import Ban on U.S. Poultry Products_Lima_Peru_4-19-2017



| Sugar, Centrifugal | EU Sugar Processors Bracing for Post-Quota with Large Production Increase | Sugar | Brussels USEU | EU-28 | 4/24/2017
The EU sweetener market will take a new start after the end of the 50 year old EU sugar quota production system on October 1, 2017, and will probably face a period of increased market volatility.  The EU isoglucose industry will become a modest competitor for the EU sugar processing industry.  The forecast expansion of EU sugar production to 18.6 million MT in MY 2017/18, up from 16.5 million MT in MY 2016/17, will come at the expense of EU sugar imports and the EU refining industry.  The EU is ...
Sugar Annual_Brussels USEU_EU-28_4-19-2017



| FSSAI Invites Comments for Organic Food Regulations | Special Certification - Organic/Kosher/Halal, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide, Retail Foods, Food Processing Ingredients, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional | New Delhi | India | 4/24/2017
On March 31, 2017, FSSAI published a draft notification on Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017.  Comments are invited from the stakeholders for a period of 30 days from the date of publication of the notification on FSSAI’s website.
FSSAI Invites Comments for Organic Food Regulations_New Delhi_India_4-19-2017



| Select | Egypt’s Government Increases the Supply Price for Sugar Cane and Beets Ceding to Farmers’ Demands | Sugar | Cairo | Egypt | 4/24/2017
In MY2017/18, total raw sugar production is forecast to increase seven percent or 150,000 MT to reach 2.42 MMT. FAS Cairo attributes this increase to an expansion of total area harvested, driven by an increase in the government’s supply price. The Egyptian government is buying at higher prices, encouraging farmers to increase their production in order to avoid another year of short supplies. Total domestic consumption in MY2017/18 is forecast to increase by 3.3 percent to 3.05 MMT, compared to 2...
Sugar Annual_Cairo_Egypt_4-18-2017