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On January 8, 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) announced approval of five new biotech traits in imported crops for processing, the first new approvals since June 2017. In June 2018 and November 2018, the National Bio-Safety Committee (NBC) was convened where China reviewed new events and the applications for certificate renewals. Also in 2018, MARA amended the regulations on safety assessment, import approval, and labeling of agricultural “GMOs” without notifying the changes to the World Trade Organization (WTO) nor soliciting comments from stakeholders. The revised rules impose additional in-country trials and studies on new biotech events as part of the dossier submission process. While research on conven.
Total cattle slaughter increased in 2018 as calf prices stabilized, permitting beef producers to reduce onfarm cow retention, which had expanded in recent years. As this trend continues, FAS/Tokyo raises its projection for Japanese beef production in 2019. Lower domestic and imported beef prices fueled growth in consumption and trade, which is projected to continue in 2019. Growth in pork supply was limited, with domestic production and imports increasing only slightly in 2018. Japan continues efforts to stamp out an outbreak of classical swine fever which was detected in September 2018 and affected five prefectures. Japan: Livestock and Products Annual.
Fishmeal production in marketing year (MY) 2019/2020 (January-December 2019) is estimated at 890,000 MT, falling 25 percent compared to the previous year. This drop in production is the result of warmer water temperatures due to El Niño. Fishmeal exports in MY 2019/2020 are estimated at 1.15 MMT, an increase of 130,000 MT over the previous year. Peru: Oilseeds and Products Annual.
For marketing year (MY) 2018/19, Russian apple production is forecast at 1,506,100 metric tons (MT). Notwithstanding recent growth in local apple production, Russia remains one of the world’s leading importers of fresh deciduous fruit, importing 858,612 MT of apples in 2017/18. In MY 2018/2019, Russian apple imports will likely decrease to 815,000 MT. Russian imports of table grapes and pears are also forecast to decrease to 270,000 MT and 352,000 MT, respectively, as consumers increasingly look to purchase less expensive domestically grown fruit. Russia: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual.
Turkey’s Marketing Year (MY) 2019/20 total oilseeds production is expected to be about the same as last marketing year at 3 Million Metric Tons (MMT). Despite the efforts of the government to increase oilseeds production, Turkey continues to be import dependent for cooking oil and meal for the feed sector. Accordingly, in MY 2017/18 Turkey imported 655,000 MT of oilseed sunflowerseed, 931,000 MT of sunflowerseed meal and 503,000 MT of sunflowerseed oil to meet domestic and export demands. Turkey also continues to import large quantities of soybeans and soybean meal, with combined imports reaching a record of 3.3 MMT in MY 2017/18. MY 2018/19 olive oil production was lower than expected due to weather. Turkey: Oilseeds and Products Annual.
The political and economic crisis of 2013-2015 resulted in significant currency devaluation and domestic demand decrease for red meat. Simultaneously, the major export market – Russia – introduced a red meat import ban on Ukraine on January 1, 2016. Ukrainian beef producers subsequently discovered new foreign markets for their products. Swine producers have been less fortunate, reducing production and concentrating on satisfying domestic demand. The situation for the beef market is not expected to change in 2017. Pork production decreases are expected to slow down by the end of 2017. Ukraine: Livestock and Products Semi-annual.
The report provides information about two regulations promulgated by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) of the Royal Government of Cambodia on procedures and standards for the registration of animal feeds, feed ingredients and additives and veterinary drugs. Cambodia: Registration of Animal Feed Ingredients and Veterinary Drugs.
This report contains a read-out from the tenth annual congress of Russia’s National Union of Milk Producers (Soyuzmoloko), which took place in Moscow on February 6, 2019. The key speaker at the event, Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, expressed confidence that by 2025 Russian dairy exports would hit $1 billion. The Minister also assured Russian dairy producers that in 2019 the government would continue and expand its support for the industry. Russia: Russia Sets Ambitious Dairy Exports Goal for 2025.
The Ghana Gist is a new monthly roundup of regional developments relevant to U.S. food and agricultural trade, covering Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo. Highlights in the February 2019 edition include Ghana’s exciting tourism prospects, regional port developments, leveraging of the private sector by USDA-funded projects and various commodity sector updates. Ghana: Regional Ag Developments - Ghana Gist - February 2019.
Wintertagung 2019 - the most important Austrian agricultural symposium – was held during the week of January 28, 2019. The symposium is a platform to discuss current developments, challenges and opportunities in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors. Key topics of the event included upcoming challenges for agriculture, like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, Brexit, climate change, animal welfare and plant protection. Austrian Minister for Sustainability and Tourism Köstinger made it one of her highest priorities to implement country of origin labeling (COOL) for processed products in 2019 and she cautiously supported access to new breeding technologies in agriculture to address upcoming challenges to the sector. Austria: Agr.
The 2018 FAIRS report provides updated information on the regulations and procedures for the importation of food and agricultural products to Ghana. Ghana’s customs clearance process underwent significant change in September 2017, as the main port facility in Tema went ‘paperless’ under the new “Ghana Single Window Portal” initiative (see Section IX). Presently, the new electronic system appears to be well received by the business community and a welcome step towards a more streamlined import and export process. This report includes several other updates, including the general food laws (section I), changes in Facility and Product Registration (VII), and import procedures (Section IX). Ghana: FAIRS Country Report.
In 2018, the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) authorized cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) cotton by granting official approvals for environmental release. The government has identified cotton as a strategically important commodity crop to supply raw material for the rapidly growing textile sector and to generate thousands of jobs along the cotton subsector value chain. Ethiopia is now part of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project to develop conventional and GE drought resistant maize varieties for smallholder farmers and planted its first GE maize field trial in 2018. Ethiopia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual.
On January 10, 2019, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft amendment No. 2 to the Technical Regulation (TR) of the Customs Union “Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavorings and Technological Aids” (TR TS 029/2012). The measure is based on the Eurasian Economic Union’s analysis of the first five years of the TR implementation. As a result, some definitions are added or updated and additional requirements to food additives, flavors and technological aids are introduced. The public comment period for the draft will close on March 10, 2019. Interested U.S. parties are encouraged to share their comments and concerns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology at ncsci@nist.gov . Russia: Draft Amendments
France’s Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) sector had $102.3 billion in sales revenue in 2017, a 1.8 percent increase from the previous year. Hotels and restaurants accounted for the largest share of the sector with $63.2 billion in sales. Within specific niches, such as high-end restaurants and international hotels, U.S. products have opportunities in the sector, which are highlighted in the report. France: Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional.
Under the 2018 Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ), Korea purchased a total of 408,700 metric tons (MT) of rice (milled basis) from four countries, including the United States, China, Thailand and Vietnam. The U.S. share reached 38.7 percent, up 4.8 percentage points from 2017. The pace of auctions in Korea continues to be slow. Korean rice exports sharply increased in 2018 to 64,164 MT, owing to donations of 60,000 MT. Consumption is adjusted down to 4.44 million MT (MMT) in this report to reflect changes in the Korean government’s assessment of lowered values of “other and loss” and “actual consumption of feed.”South Korea: Grain and Feed Update.
This report contains an unofficial translation of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Order on the sanitary requirements of its meat and poultry establishments. In the previous five years, Tunisia’s imports of meat and poultry products ranged annually from $5 to $30 million. Meanwhile, the United States does not yet have an agreed health certificate to facilitate U.S. exports of such products. Tunisia: Veterinary-Sanitary Controls on the Approval of Establishments.
The French food processing sector is valued at $203 billion and has over 18,000 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. Progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished food products contribute to France’s increasing demand for food ingredients. Exports in the food industry sector are ahead of other leading industrial sectors, which places France’s food industry among the top three in the world. France: Food Processing Ingredients.
This report provides current information on export certificates issued by U.S. government agencies that comply with import standards and regulations enforced by Mexican officials. Section II modifications reflect updates from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). At the time of this report, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture continue to explore ways to implement E-Certification in order to streamline the export-import process. Mexico: FAIRS Export Certificate Report.

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