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* According to Rabobank analyst, Lief Chang, China will probably only be able to buy 50-60% of its 2020 and 2021 grains and oilseeds target set out in its recent “phase one” trade deal with the US.


He told Dow Jones that the country will have to increase its purchases of non-grains and oilseed agricultural products from the US, including meat and dairy, to make up the difference.



* A report by US Department of Agriculture said that South Africa has increased its commercial corn planting area to 2.5m hectares for the 2019-20 marketing year, up 10% from 2018-19.


The jump was due to improved rainfall in the country.


The department’s attaché in Pretoria added that “under normal climatic conditions and taking into account the subsistence farming sector” the country’s total 2019-20 corn crop could reach 13.3m tonnes.


This is up 13% from the previous season.



* Bayer’s next US jury trial over Roundup will be the first featuring multiple plaintiffs.


The trial, which is scheduled to start on Friday in St. Louis, Missouri, features four cancer patients claiming that Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, is carcinogenic and caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


Bayer denies the claims, saying in a statement that “this trial should come down to the weight of the science” and that the company remains confident that glyphosate is safe to use.



* Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina Dias told Reuters that the South American nation would like India to open its markets to Brazilian poultry and poultry products.


According to the news service, India currently imposes a 100% import tax on chicken products and 30% on whole chickens, which has prevented many poultry-producing countries, including Brazil, from entering the market.


“Our trade ties can be a win-win situation for both countries as we are equally keen to import from India and offer any technical know-how that India might look forward to,” Ms. Dias told Reuters.




* Cotontchad on Thursday said that it is planning on expanding its cotton plantations in Chad to 288,540 hectares between 2020 and 2022.


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