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Morning round-up, Tuesday October 01


* Indonesia’s coffee exporters association said that robusta exports from Sumatra rose 75% in September compared to the same period last year, totaling 21,041 tonnes.


Exports jumped 45% compared to August.



* Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture said that farmers have already sown 3.52m hectares of their winter grains for harvest in 2020.


This totals 48% of the projected planting area.


The country sowed around 7.2m hectares of the grains for the 2019 harvest.



* The Philippines has threated to take legal action against farmers ignoring animal quarantine rules as African swine fever continues to spread in the country.


The agriculture department is blaming traders transporting infected pigs for the rapid spread of the disease.


Reuters reported that the country has lost at least 20,000 pigs since African swine fever was first identified in September.




* According to a report by the World Organisation for Animal Health, East Timor last week reported 100 outbreaks of African swine fever near its border with Indonesia.


The outbreaks killed a total of 405 backyard pigs.



* China’s National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday that it will keep import quotas for wheat, corn, rice and cotton for 2020 unchanged from previous years.


The wheat quota currently sits at 9.36m tonnes, while corn is at 7.2m tonnes.


Rice is at 5.4m tonnes and cotton at 894,000 tonnes.



* Kazakhstan has reduced its 2019 grain harvest estimate to 17m tonnes from the between 18.0m to 18.5m tonnes previously forecast.


The country’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Aidarbek Saparov on Monday that drought in major grain growing regions of the country was behind the estimate cut.



* Japanese grain trader Marubeni is reportedly looking to offload its US unit Gavilion Group.


According to Bloomberg, citing sources close to the matter, Marubeni has discussed the deal with two other trading firms.


Marubeni has denied that it is considering selling Gavilion.



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