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| 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