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Morning round-up, Monday March 16


* Costa Rica’s 2019-20 coffee harvest jumped 12% to 1,915,959 46-kilogramme bags up from 1,717,959 bags in the 2018-19 season.

Xinia Chaves, executive director of the ICAFE coffee institute said that the development of strains more resistant to climate change and disease had helped boost production.



* Ukraine’s APK-Inform reported on Monday that shipments of sunflower oil from sea ports reached 2.781m tonnes for the 2019-20 season so far.


That is up 75.5% from the 1.585m tonnes recorded for the same period during the 2018-19 season.


Exports for the week March 7-13 dropped to 105,000 tonnes from 127,000 tonnes a week earlier.




* APK-Inform also reported that sea port grain exports for the March 7-13 week were at 832,000 tonnes, down from the previous week’s 1.548m tonnes.


Wheat exports were at 169,000 tonnes and corn at 565,000 tonnes.


Grain exports have reached 42.1m tonnes so far for the 2019-20 season, up from last season’s 30.4m tonnes for the same period.




* The Malaysian Palm Oil Board, citing the national customs agency, said that the country’s export duty for crude palm oil would be dropped to 5% for April from 6% in March.



* Egypt’s supply ministry announced on Sunday that the country has enough wheat reserves to cover its consumption for 3.6 months.


It also said that rice reserves were enough for 4.6 months and sugar for 7.3 months.


Soyoil and sunflower oil stocks were enough to last until beginning August.



* China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has announced two new cases of African swine fever.


It said on Saturday that the cases were found in pigs being illegally transported in Sichuan and Henan provinces.


The Sichuan outbreak was found on a truck transporting 120 piglets.


The case in Henan was found on a truck carrying 364 piglets.



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