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Morning round-up, Tuesday September 10


* The US Grains Council is on the hunt for new ethanol markets in Asia after China imposed a steep import tariff on the fuel.


The council’s Tim Tierney told Reuters that the organisation was initially looking to grow ethanol exports to Asia from the current 200m – 300m gallons to 1.5bn within five years.


However, without China that figure could drop to around 1bn gallons.


Mr Tierney added that the council is particularly looking at Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to grow US ethanol sales.




* India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority said on Monday that rice exports for April-July reached 3.14m tonnes, down 26.5% compared to the year before.


The government body said the decreasing demand for non-basmati rice from Africa was behind the drop in exports.


India’s non-basmati rice exports reached 1.7m for the period, down 37% from the year before.


Industry officials added that India’s rice exports for the 2019-20 season will likely be the country’s lowest in seven years.



* China’s Nanfang Daily reported on Monday that the Guangdong province plans to release 3,150 tonnes of frozen pork from its reserves to help increase supply of the meat ahead of the upcoming holidays.


Guangdong’s pig herd has dropped nearly 34% from the year before as African swine fever continues to spread throughout the country.


The sow heard has dropped by 43%.


Officials are also blaming efforts aimed at stopping illegal pig farming for the drop in supplies.



* Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture announced that 25 meat processing plants in the country have received authorization to export to China.


In total, 17 plants were cleared for beef exports, including four from Brazilian meat processors Minerva and Marfrig.


BRF’s Lucas do Rio Verde plant, also located in Mato Grosso state, is one of six authorized to export chicken to China and the only one cleared to export pork.


One plant was approved for donkey meat.



* After a number of suspicious pig deaths in the country in recent weeks, the Philippine Department of Agriculture has confirmed that blood samples sent to the World Reference Laboratory in Pirbright, England have tested positive for African swine fever.


In a statement on the department’s website, it said that it has already mobilized Quick Response Teams to help contain and control the spread of the disease.


It also said that it will be employing cleaning and disinfection operations in Rizal, the province where the suspicious pig deaths were first reported.



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