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Morning round-up, Friday October 25


* Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture said farmers have sown 6.6m hectares of winter grains for harvest in 2020.


That makes up 91% of the country’s planned planting area.


The country sowed 5.7m hectares of wheat, 834,000 hectares of barley and 117,000 hectares of winter rye.



* Reuters reported on Friday that China will ask the US to cancel its planned import tariffs on $156bn worth of Chinese goods in exchange for the Asian powerhouse increasing its purchases of US farm products.


People briefed on the talks told Reuters that China’s Vice Premier, Liu He will discuss the plan with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer and US Trade Secretary, Steven Mnuchin by telephone on Friday.


The news service said that Mr He is also likely to seek the removal of a 15% tariff on $125bn worth of Chinese goods which kicked in on September 1.



* African swine fever is costing the Philippine pork industry around $20m a month according to the country’s Department of Agriculture.


The Philippines reported its first confirmed case of the disease in September.


The department also confirmed the presence of the disease in some packets of “branded” processed pork products.



* Data from the European Commission showed that EU milk deliveries were up by 116,000 tonnes in August, an increase of 0.9% compared to the year before.


This jump in deliveries was mainly driven by Poland (up 2.2%), Germany (up 0.7%), France (up 1.0%) and Ireland (up 2.2%).


Australian milk production for August dropped by 5.9% compared to August 2018, while New Zealand milk production increased by 0.8%.



* Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina Dias is confident that China will authorize more meat plants for export to the country.


She said in a video posted to Twitter that “more meat plant approvals may happen” in the few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to Brazil in November.


China gave 25 Brazilian meat plants authorization to export to the country in September.




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