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Morning round-up, Wednesday August 14


* According to statement on the Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s website, the country will keep its export duty on crude palm oil unchanged at 0% for the month of September.

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest exporter of palm oil, has kept the duty at 0% since September 2018.




* The European Commission on Tuesday implemented a duty of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidized biodiesel from Indonesia.


The commission said the move was aimed at leveling the playing field for EU producers.

According to a statement, “the new import duties are imposed on a provisional basis and the investigation will continue with a possibility to impose definitive measures by mid-December 2019”.




* Reuters reported on Wednesday that Indonesian state agribusiness, PT Berdikari is planning to buy around 10,000 tonnes of Brazilian beef in September.




* According to Kyodo news agency, US President Donald Trump has asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make farm product purchases worth a “huge amount”.


The publication added that Mr Trump’s request fell outside the recently announced trade talks between the two nations that could see them settling their differing opinions over certain tariffs.

Kyodo revealed that Mr Trump had reportedly requested that Japan buy specific farm products, like wheat and soybeans.


Japanese officials are reportedly considering using the purchases as food aid for African countries.




* The World Organization of Animal Health has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in Moldova.


According to an alert from the agency, the outbreak occurred in the village of Gura Galbenei, near Cimislia city.

Moldova reported two cases of the deadly swine disease last week near the border with Romania in Gotesti in the district of Cantemir.




* Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture has reached an agreement with aquaculture supplier AKVA Group for the construction of several land-based smolt facilities.

In a brief statement on their website AKVA revealed that the first of these projected plants will be located in Chile, with the finalisation of the contract to occur in the third quarter.

The deliveries for the Chilean project is estimated to be from the fourth quarter in 2019 to the fourth quarter in 2021.



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