* Hot and dry weather conditions are behind Fonterra’s lower milk output in Australia.
According to the company’s Global Dairy Update report, its Australian milk production for April dropped 13.7% compared to a year earlier.
Fonterra also noted that milk output in New Zealand fell about 0.1% in May from a year ago.
The company blames the recent drought in Australia and dry weather in New Zealand for the drop in milk production.
It added that increases in feed prices and lower irrigation also hampered production.
* China has asked Canada to halt all meat exports to the country after the discovery of fake export certificates.
According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Canada, as many as 188 bogus export certificates were discovered during an investigation into the matter.
Canada’s Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the discovery of “inauthentic export certificates” by the country’s Food and Inspection Agency.
* China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs revealed on Wednesday that it found fall armyworm in 19 provinces across 333,000 hectares of crops.
The ministry added that efforts to prevent and control the spread of the pest remain poor.
* Vietnamese government officials announced on Tuesday that the country has culled nearly 10% of its pig herd in its efforts to contain the spread of African swine fever.
They also revealed that the deadly disease, which first appeared mostly in small-scale farms, has now spread to industrial farms.
African swine fever has already spread to 60 of the country’s 63 provinces, according to an official government statement.
Vietnam reported its first case of African swine fever in February.
* Reuters reported that delayed monsoon rains in India have reached most of the country’s cane, cotton, and soybean fields.
According to the report, nearly half of India’s farmlands lack irrigation, which makes the monsoon rains vital to its success as one of the world’s leading food producing nations.
India’s agriculture industry accounts for 10% of the country’s GDP and employs nearly half of its 1.3 billion people.
* India’s Tea Board said on Tuesday that tea production in the country grew 10% in May compared to a year earlier, reaching 134.79m kilogrammes.
The board said that the jump in output was due to increased plucking in Assam state.
It also said that India produced 322.82m kilogrammes of tea during the first five months of this year, up 6.6% compared to the same period last year.