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| Annual 2017 | Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies | The Hague | Netherlands | 10/17/2017
This report assesses the agricultural biotechnology sector in the Netherlands, and covers related production, trade and policies.  It includes topics related to genetic engineering and innovative plant and animal biotechnologies.  The main new development is the Dutch proposal to regulate plants derived from innovative biotechnology and the decision to sign the EU Soya Declaration.
Agricultural Biotechnology Annual_The Hague_Netherlands_10-6-2017

| Select | Iraqi Wheat Production Down; Weather, Conflict, and Procurement Drop to Blame | Grain and Feed | Baghdad | Iraq | 10/17/2017
Iraq’s 2017/18 wheat production declined on unfavorable weather conditions, lower wheat procurement prices, and the ongoing conflict.  Because of quality issues, more wheat will be used for feed.  Increased wheat and corn feeding are expected to offset the reduced availability of barley, given lower production.  Higher forecast for wheat and rice imports may signal that Iraq will import these grains on a more regular basis this marketing year.  However, the bulk of Iraq’s wheat imports will cont...
Grain and Feed Annual_Baghdad_Iraq_10-10-2017

| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder, Dairy, Butter | U.S. Milk Exports to Taiwan on Track to Reach New Record | Dairy and Products | Taipei | Taiwan | 10/17/2017
U.S. fresh milk exports to Taiwan are on track to reach a new record in 2017.  Exports for the first eight months of 2017 reached 19,015 tons, up 34 percent from the same period last year.  Milk consumption, production, and total imports are expected to remain relatively stable in 2017 and 2018.  High out-of-quota tariffs and Taiwan’s special safeguard mechanism (SSG) limit total imports and protect Taiwan’s domestic dairy industry.   
Dairy and Products Annual_Taipei_Taiwan_10-12-2017

| GOI Notifies Vertical Standards for Fish and Fish Products | Fishery Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, FAIRS Subject Report, Exporter Guide | New Delhi | India | 10/17/2017
The Government of India’s (GOI) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published official gazette notification for Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Eleventh Amendment Regulations 2017, which relate to vertical standards of fish and fish products.
GOI Notifies Vertical Standards for Fish and Fish Products_New Delhi_India_10-12-2017

| Prospects for US Ingredients in Burgeoning Philippine Food Processing Industry | Food Processing Ingredients Sector | Manila | Philippines | 10/16/2017
The Philippines’ rapidly expanding production of processed foods and beverages presents robust opportunities for U.S. exporters of agricultural raw materials and high-value ingredients.  In 2016, the industry’s gross value-added output increased 10 percent over the previous year to $28.9 billion.  Roughly 90 percent of the industry’s output is consumed domestically; as quality and efficiency continue to improve, the Philippines will be in a position to exploit export opportunities in the region...
FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR_Manila_Philippines_10-11-2017

| Flood Damage May Lead to Delays in Oilseeds Sowings, Full Extent of Damage Still Under Evaluation | Oilseeds and Products | Buenos Aires | Argentina | 10/16/2017
Heavy rains during August and September have caused noteworthy damage across Argentina’s main crop areas (specifically in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Cordoba).  Local reports estimate 5-10 million hectares could be underwater or damaged due to these rains.  While excess rain has affected the winter crop, current conditions indicate that they should not affect soybean, peanut, and sunflower planted area (although planting may be delayed).  As such, Post has not modified planting ...
Oilseeds and Products Update_Buenos Aires_Argentina_10-10-2017

| Tree Nuts Annual | Tree Nuts | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/16/2017
Bulgaria is a growing market for tree nuts.  Prospects for growth of almond, walnut, and pecan exports are driven by the deep modern retail footprint, rising incomes, and consumer trends and preferences, the expanding food processing industry, and tourism.  Post expects Bulgarian tree nut imports and consumption will grow in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 following a drop in MY 2016/17.  2017 retail tree nut sales data (to date) shows a 3.2 percent increase over last year.  Post expects this level...
Tree Nuts Annual_Sofia_Bulgaria_10-10-2017

| The Budding Blueberry Industry in South Africa | Fresh Fruit, Retail Foods | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 10/16/2017
This is Post`s first report on the South African blueberry industry. The blueberry industry is small relative to other domestic fruit industries such as citrus, apples, pears and table grapes. However, the industry is growing rapidly due to domestic and international investments in the sector. The South African blueberry sector is export oriented, with at least seventy percent of the production being exported. Opportunities for the United States may include investments in blueberry production an...
The Budding Blueberry Industry in South Africa_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_10-5-2017

| Ukraine to remain an active exporter of wheat, barley and corn in MY2017/18 | Grain and Feed | Kiev | Ukraine | 10/13/2017
This report contains revised estimates for MY2016/17 as well as forecasts for MY2017/18.   Ukraine has completed harvest of wheat, barley and rye.  Corn harvest is still in progress with 20 percent of the crop harvested at time of this report’s publication.   Available production numbers for MY2017/18, as well as actual export volumes for MY2016/17, indicate that Ukraine will remain an active exporter in the Black Sea region for wheat, barley and corn.  Rye remains a marginal crop mainly utili...
Grain and Feed Update_Kiev_Ukraine_10-10-2017

| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 10/13/2017
Export prices for most grades of rice further declined 1 percent except for parboiled rice which increased slightly in response to a new government-to-government agreement on Thai parboiled rice exports to Bangladesh.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_10-10-2017

| Rice, Milled | June, July, August 2017 | Grain and Feed | Hanoi | Vietnam | 10/13/2017
The report provides trade data on Vietnam's monthly rice exports by grades and destinations, and weekly quotes for export rice by grades.
Rice Trade - Monthly_Hanoi_Vietnam_10-10-2017

| Poultry Sector Annual | Poultry and Products | Sofia | Bulgaria | 10/13/2017
The Bulgarian broiler sector continues to grow, driven by strong domestic and international demand.  The domestic market has evolved and diversified and the demand for added-value products is on a rise.  However, increasing price competition from imports and the detection of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at the end of 2016 have created challenges.  Duck producers were severely hit by trade restrictions following the HPAI detections, with Bulgarian duck meat exports declining sharply....
Poultry Sector Annual _Sofia_Bulgaria_9-25-2017

| Jordan Grain Trade and Business Facilitation – A Grain Standards Wor | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News, Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security, SP1 - Expand International Marketing Opportunities, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Expo | Amman | Jordan | 10/12/2017
FAS Amman in cooperation with the U.S. Grains Council and the Amman Chamber of Commerce organized on September 19-20, 2017, in Jordan a first of its kind grains standards workshop.  The “Session on Grain Trade and Business Facilitation” workshop held at the chamber’s headquarters counted with the participation of representatives from Jordan’s Ministries of Agriculture and Industry, Trade, and Supply, as well as the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration and key importers.  The underlying concern...
Jordan Grain Trade and Business Facilitation – A Grain Standards Wor_Amman_Jordan_10-5-2017

| Select | Avian Influenza Continues to Affect Chinese Poultry | Poultry and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/11/2017
In Post’s 2016 annual and 2017 semi-annual poultry reports, Post forecast that poultry production would decrease significantly in 2017 due to avian-influenza related factors. While production has decreased, it was not the sharp decrease Post had anticipated. This is for two reasons: first, China’s foray into building its domestic poultry genetics industry has been successful so far, and two, China has continued to use induced molting to increase the productive life of its laying flocks. In CY 20...
Poultry and Products Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_10-4-2017

| Animal Numbers, Cattle, Meat, Beef and Veal, Animal Numbers, Swine, Meat, Swine | Annual | Livestock and Products | Seoul | Korea - Republic of | 10/11/2017
Korean beef production will increase slightly in 2018, supported by calf production that is marginally higher than previously forecast.  Producer outlook turned more positive throughout 2017 as expectations for higher local beef prices grew.  Growing consumption will outpace local production, with the gap to be filled by imports, particularly by cost-competitive U.S. beef.  The pork sector continues to expand, with producers seeking to fill the void left by reduced poultry consumption and higher...
Livestock and Products Annual_Seoul_Korea - Republic of_10-10-2017

| Select | U.S. Beef Exports Return to China | Livestock and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 10/11/2017
While U.S. beef producers and exporters celebrate the return of U.S. beef to the China market, initial trade volumes will be limited by the number of U.S. cattle eligible for export to China. Overall, Post forecasts that while production will only see an incremental increase, exports will increase by 15 percent to 1.1 million metric tons to meet increased consumer demand for higher-end protein. In terms of pork, an increasing domestic supply and lackluster consumer demand is driving down prices ...
Livestock and Products Annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_10-4-2017