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Morning round-up, Tuesday June 18


* Brazil looks set to export a record 38m tonnes of corn this year, according to Agroconsult.


The agribusiness consultancy said that the boost in exports is as a result of US planting delays and increased harvesting in the country.



* According to a statement from the UK’s Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, British beef could be available in China by the end of the year thanks to an agreement reached between the two countries.


The department estimates that the move could be worth an estimated £230m for British producers in the first five years.


China banned British beef in 1996 due to an outbreak of mad cow disease.



* eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has issued a ban on live pork imports from countries found to have outbreaks of African swine fever.


According to local press reports, the ban was implemented on Monday and will include imports from neighbouring South Africa.


eSwatini’s director of veterinary and livestock services, Xolani Dlamini told the Swazi Observer that his department would implement a system of identifying and tracking pigs.


The movement of pigs between farms will also be controlled.



* The planting of summer crops in India has been delayed by two weeks due to delayed monsoon rains in some parts of the country.


The delay raised concerns over lower production volumes of a variety of crops in the country, including cotton, soybeans, rice and corn.


According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture India has planted 8.22m hectares of summer crops thus far, down 9% from the same period last year.


Cotton sowing dropped 9.4%, while soybeans decreased by 51%.




*Dow Jones reported on Monday that Olam International paid Chad’s state-run Coton Tchad-SN around $10m to pay its cotton farmers and encourage them to increase production.


Olam said in a statement that the payment will be made in the form of a tax bill owed by the company to Chad’s government.


According to Dow Jones, Chad’s cotton production for 2018 was at 245,000 tonnes, up from the previous year’s 180,000 tonnes.



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