* The United States Meat Export Federation reported that pork exports in the country reached 217,999 metric tonnes in May, in line with last year’s pace.
Export value increased 1% year-on-year for the month, reaching $567.8m – the highest monthly amount since April 2018.
May beef exports reached 117,541 metric tonnes, also keeping pace with last year’s levels.
Export value also jumped 1% compared to May 2018 to $727.6m.
* Bulgaria has reported six new outbreaks of African swine fever.
The country’s food safety agency made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that the disease was found in backyard pigs in villages in the north of the country.
All pigs in the villages will be culled and a quarantine zone set up around them to stop the spread of the disease.
* India’s sugar production for the 2019-20 season could drop by 18% year-on-year.
According to the president of the Western India Sugar Mills Association, last year’s drought and this year’s weaker-than-normal monsoon rains could affect crop growth in the country.
This drop in output could see India producing around 27m tonnes in 2019-20, compared to the 33m tonnes produced in the 2018-19 marketing year.
* Recent rains and a decrease in temperatures in July could help Ukraine’s 2019 corn harvest reach last year’s record level of 36m tonnes.
The news comes from the head of the agriculture department at the country’s state weather forecasting centre, which made the announcement on Tuesday.
* France’s farm ministry said that the country was set to produce around 37.0m tonnes of soft wheat this year.
That represents an 8.5% increase in output compared to 2018 levels.
The ministry added that its production estimate was 3.6% more than the average of the past five years.
Its report did not take into account the recent heatwave’s effect on final crop yields.
* Thai sugar output for the 2019-20 season is expected to reach 13m tonnes, a drop of 7% compared to a year earlier.
According to the country’s Office of Cane and Sugar Board, the decrease in estimates was due to an expected drought in the country.
Low sugar prices have also driven farmers away from planting cane, further affecting output.