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« Reply #495 on: June 02, 2014, 03:01:20 AM »
Philippines Agriculture, Fisheries Growth Despite Typhoon Yolanda28 May 2014 PHILIPPINES - Despite the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) during the latter part in 2013, Philippine agriculture still managed to grow by 0.67 percent in its output for the first quarter of this year, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) recently reported.Overall, the agriculture grossed P386.6 billion at current prices, a 10.75 per cent higher than the gross earnings recorded last year brought about by output increases in the crops, livestock and poultry subsectors, negating the contraction in the fisheries subsectors, BAS reported. Crop production improved by 1.53 per cent, compared with last year, and contributed 54.40 per cent to the total agricultural production. Palay production went up by 3.28 per cent while corn posted an increase of 1.33 per cent during the reference period. For its value, the crop subsector produced some P225.8 billion at current prices, a notable increase of 17.58 per cent from the year-ago level. The general growth pattern in production of the crop subsector was pulled down by contraction in the production of coconut, coffee, abaca, and the fisheries sector, BAS noted, adding that “the slowdown in the sector’s growth could be traced to the devastating effects of typhoons that hit the country last year.” Sugarcane production went up by 5.54 per cent compared with last year’s reporting period, caused by favorable weather conditions in Capiz, negros Occidental, Bukidnon and Iloilo. The livestock subsector grew by 1.20 per cent in the reporting period, with a 15.44 per cent share in the total agricultural output. The hog industry mainly pulled up the production with its 1.25 per cent growth, driven by increased demand of pork from industrial areas in Bataan and Metro Manila. Carabao and cattle reported 0.10 and 0.82 per cent increase respectively. The livestock growth translated into P57.4 billion at current prices, and a 5.58 per cent higher compared with last year. The poultry subsector with its 14.46 per cent contribution to the total agricultural growth registered a 1.33 per cent improvement compared with last year. Chicken meat with its 2.50 per cent growth led the improvement, followed by duck meat at 0.10 per cent. Chicken egg production however posted 2.36 per cent decrease. The poultry subsector grossed P45.7 billion at current prices, a 5.29 per cent improvement from last year. With Typhoon Yolanda destroying thousands of fishing boats in the Eastern Visayas region which produces almost 25 per cent of the aquatic resources in the country, the fisheries sector contracted by 3.25 per cent for the first quarter of the year. Its share in the total agricultural produce is 15.70 per cent. Almost all of the major aquatic resources posted decreases in production, from roundscad (galungong) and milkfish to tiger prawn and seaweeds, except for skipjack tuna which expanded by 4.62 per cent. Production of remaining species declined by 5.70 per cent during the reference period due to occurrence of low pressure area in most of the fishing regions, including the fishing ban on sardines in Zamboanga which is needed to stabilize the food supply for Tuna and other fish-eating species. At P57.8 billion gross value, the fisheries production amount was 2.64 lower than last year. In its first quarter outlook for palay and corn BAS also released recently, an increase of 3.89 percent for palay and 4.88 percent for corn in the first half of 2014 is expected, basing its calculation on the outputs of the main grain crops surpassing their 2013 levels by 3.28 per cent and 1.33 per cent respectively.


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« Reply #496 on: June 06, 2014, 12:40:01 PM »

I was asked to watch the men of the people who read it.


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« Reply #497 on: June 14, 2014, 11:59:37 PM »

Indian President Commits to More Govt Investment in Agriculture
13 June 2014

INDIA - Agriculture is the source of livelihood for the majority of our people, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said at the first session of both houses of parliament after the general elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, writes Jagdish Kumar.

Government will increase investment in agriculture, both public and private, especially in agricultural infrastructure, as in the recent past, as our farmers have been under severe stress with hopelessness driving some of them to suicide, the President said.

He stressed that steps will be taken to convert farming into a profitable venture through scientific practices and agro-technology.

The President said that his government will address issues pertaining to pricing and procurement of agricultural produce, crop insurance, post-harvest management and productivity of animal husbandry will be increased.

Government will incentivise the setting up of food processing industries and existing cooperative sector laws will be reviewed to remove anomalies and lacunae.

He said that the government will adopt a National Land Use Policy which will facilitate scientific identification of non-cultivable land and its strategic development.

As a majority of farmers depend on rain for agriculture, the president said, government is committed to giving high priority to water security. It will complete the long pending irrigation projects on priority and launch the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme) with the motto of Har Khet Ko Paani (Every farm gets water), the president stressed.

The latest data shows that as many as 20 states reported a decrease in areas of cultivable land to the extent of 790,000 hectares in four years from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

The President also highlighted the need for seriously considering all options including linking of rivers, where feasible; for ensuring optimal use of water resources to prevent the recurrence of floods and drought.

By harnessing rain water through Jal Sanchay (water conservation) and Jal Sinchan (ground water recharge), water conservation can be nurtured and ground water recharged. Micro irrigation will be popularised to ensure per drop-more crop, the president pointed out.

In order to transport perishable agricultural products across the country cutting wastages, the president said that the country will have a network of freight corridors with specialised agri-rail networks.

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« Reply #498 on: June 29, 2014, 11:26:40 AM »

Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification
25 June 2014

ANALYSIS - The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the American food system is controversial. Public discourse of GMO has been characterized by polarization and inflated rhetoric, write Oistein Thorsen and Garret Higgins, both with trie.

Proponents of GMO hail it like a holy grail for feeding a growing population, while opponents’ talk of “frankencrops” invoke somewhat Luddite fear of new technology and science. In an attempt to clarify what exactly the American consumer is taking from this contentious debate, the authors have reviewed a series of recent public perception research from reputable sources like the International Food Information Center (IFIC), Gallup and the New York Times. What emerges are the following three truths:
1.People are concerned and largely skeptical of GMOs and thus in favor of labeling.
2.Distrust of the food industry and general ignorance about what constitutes genetic modification - its prevalence and common applications - are major drivers of public concern.
3.The public needs more accurate information from trustable sources if misperceptions are to be corrected.

The Public’s Awareness of GM

American consumers are largely wary of GMO. Many state legislatures are deliberating bills that would mandate labeling. Multiple polling studies show popular opinion is in favor of labeling based on beliefs about GE-caused health risks.

The FDA currently does not require GM and/or food with GM ingredients to be labeled. Currently, most row crops bred in the US are modified. According to the USDA, about 94% of soy, 95% of sugar beets, and 90% of cotton plants are GM varieties (USDA, 2013).

Polls conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that 43% of survey participants were aware that GM food is available in supermarkets, and only 26% knew they had eaten food containing genetically modified products (Rutgers, 2013).

The Rutgers poll also found that consumers are uninformed as to which types of food are genetically modified and sold in grocery stores. More than half mistakenly believed that GM tomatoes (56%), wheat (55%), and chicken (50%) are on the market (ibid.).

“Nearly half” of respondents in a New York Times poll were aware that food containing GMO is commonly sold. Four out of ten wrongly thought that “most or a lot of their fruits and vegetables were genetically modified.” (NYT, 2013).

A Gallup poll conducted in July, 2013, asked if respondents follow news about biotechnology and GE. Twelve percent affirmed that they follow updates “very closely.” Thirty percent, however, follow news related to GMO “not at all.” (Gallup, 2013).

In May of 2014, the IFIC published a survey finding mixed results. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they had read/heard something positive about GMO, while 25% said what they had read or heard was negative. Thirty-eight percent responded that the information they’ve heard is neutral (IFIC, 2014).

Demand for Labeling

Nutrition LabelThe public is unified in support of labeling GM food. Surveys from various media all overwhelmingly found consumers to favor transparency. However labeling is not a simple matter; as Cathleen Enright of the Biotechnology Industry Organization says, labeling needs to be “without prejudice.” GM labeling in the European Union, the Scientific American wrote, can unduly constrain the food market.

Many people argue for GMO labels in the name of increased consumer choice. On the contrary, such labels have limited people's options. In 1997, a time of growing opposition to GMOs in Europe, the E.U. began to require them. By 1999, to avoid labels that might drive customers away, most major European retailers had removed genetically modified ingredients from products bearing their brand. Major food producers such as Nestlé followed suit. Today it is virtually impossible to find GMOs in European supermarkets (Scientific American, 2013.).

A survey by the New York Times found that 93% of people think food containing GM ingredients should be labeled (NYT, 2013). A poll conducted by ABC News also resulted in 93% of respondents in support of required labeling (ABC News, 2013). In the Washington Post’s public poll, 94% answered that GM food should be labeled (Washington Post, 2013). Although not as overwhelming as the aforementioned polls, 73% of respondents to the Rutgers University Poll believed GM labeling should be required (Hallman et al., 2013).

Because of this mass concern, many state legislatures are taking action. In 2013, Connecticut and Maine passed GE labeling legislation. In May 2013, a bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in a county council (NYT, 2014). Since the start of 2014, 34 new GE labeling bills have been introduced in 19 states (CFS, 2014).

In September 2013, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the FDA to finalize a draft guidance for GE labeling. However that initiative has drawn the ire of anti-GMO activists, as compliance on the part of the food industry is voluntary (Politico, 2013).

Consumers adamantly demand labeling largely because of perceived health risks. In the poll conducted by the New York Times, 75% of respondents “expressed concerns” about GMO (NYT, 2013). Thirty-seven percent “feared” possible carcinogens and allergens, and 26% believed GM food is “not safe to eat, or toxic” (ibid.). Forty-eight percent of Gallup’s respondents believe GE food pose a serious health risk. (Thirty-six percent said it isn’t a health risk, and 16% answered “no opinion.”)

This is the first of a two-part series of GMOs. Watch for the part two which covers consumer trust.

Garret Higgins is a graduate from Pace University, where he studied business and political science. He is currently an intern with trieSM in New York City.

 


 

 

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« Reply #499 on: July 06, 2014, 12:15:00 AM »

Growing Market for Global Animal Feed Additives
04 July 2014

GLOBAL - The global animal feed additives market is growing at a steady pace and the market is projected to grow in the future because of the increasing demand for meat and meat products around the world.

Epidemics such as bird flu, other diseases such as foot-and mouth-disease, and environmental concerns have led to increase in concern over animal health around the globe, because of which, meat producers have increased their focus on feed quality and certification, according to a new report from Research and Markets, "Global Animal Feed Additives (Swine, Poultry, Cattle, Aquaculture, Others) - Forecasts to 2018".

Animal feed additives are pharmaceutical or nutritional substances, which are not of natural origin and are added to prepared and stored feeds.

Feed additives are gaining importance due to various functions such as growth promotion, controlling infectious diseases and enhancement of feed digestibility in animals.

North America and Asia-Pacific are the top two consumers of feed additives in the world, together accounting for more than 60 per cent of the consumption.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing region in terms of revenue. Growth is particularly high in emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil, because of increasing income levels and rising per capita meat consumption.

The poultry market is estimated to account for the market share for feed additives followed by swine.

The driving factors of the global animal feed additives market are rise in global meat consumption, increasing awareness towards meat quality and safety, increasing mass production of meat, and recent disease outbreaks in livestock.

The restraints of the market are, increasing raw material cost and regulatory structure.

However, the report says that increasing cost of natural feed products is creating an opportunity for feed additives as a cheap alternative.

Leading manufacturers are focusing on expansion of businesses across regions and setting up new plants for increasing their production capacity.

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« Reply #500 on: August 04, 2014, 02:35:41 AM »

Fisheries Leads Economic Growth in Northern Mindanao
01 August 2014


PHILIPPINES - The Northern Mindanao economy has posted a 5.6 per cent growth in 2013, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), due in part to a growth in the fisheries sector.

However, the growth was lower than the 7.2 per cent growth recorded by the region in 2012, Brenda Lynn M. Castro, Statistical Coordination Officer IV of the NSCB-10, said in a news conference.

Ms Castro said the slowdown was attributed to the decelerated growths in the Industry and Service sectors.

Although the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) sector experienced acceleration with a growth of 3.2 per cent from 2.5 per cent in 2012, she said its improved performance was not enough to sustain the region’s economic growth as the two major sectors showed decelerated growths.

 The improved performance of AHFF was attributable to the accelarated growth in the fishery sector which is three times faster than its growth in 2012. Ms Castro said this was due to the increase in production of tiger prawns.

The performance of the AHFF was not also largely affected by the 1.9 per cent decelerated growth of the Agriculture and Forestry sector. The decelerated growth of this subsector was due to the decline in production of sugarcane and corn.

 

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« Reply #501 on: August 10, 2014, 05:47:37 AM »

FAO Food Price Hits a Six-month Low in July
07 August 2014

GLOBAL - Falling grain, oilseed and dairy prices push index to lowest level since January 2014.

The FAO Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

Based on the prices of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, the FAO Food Price Index averaged 203.9 points in July 2014, down 4.4 points (or 2.1 per cent) from a revised value in June and 3.5 points (or 1.7 per cent) below the July 2013 level.

"The lingering decline of food prices since March reflects much better expectations over supplies in the current and forthcoming seasons, especially for cereals and oils, a situation that is expected to facilitate rebuilding of world stocks," said FAO senior economist Concepción Calpe.

In contrast, meat prices rose for the fifth consecutive month in July, and those for sugar remained firm. The fall in quotations for grains, oilseeds, as well as dairy products pushed down the FAO Food Price Index to its lowest level since January 2014.

"Livestock product markets have their own dynamics: in the case of meat, beef in particular, many exporting countries are in a herd rebuilding phase, which is limiting availability for exports and sustaining prices," Ms Calpe said.

"As for dairy products, supplies available for trade appear to be abundant, which, along with a faltering import demand, has weighted on July's quotations," she added.

Sharp Slide in Cereal and Oilseed Prices

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 185.4 points in July, down 10.7 points or 5.5 per cent from June and as much as 36.9 points or 16.6 per cent below the level one year ago.

In particular the fall in international prices for maize (down 9.2 per cent from June) and wheat (down 5.8 per cent) reflected excellent production prospects as well as expected abundant exportable supplies in the 2014/15 marketing season.

In contrast, rice prices edged marginally higher, on renewed import demand, especially as Thailand's sales from public reserves remained suspended.

The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index averaged 181.1 points in July, down 7.7 points or 4.1 per cent from June. The decline continued to be primarily driven by falling soy and palm oil prices.

Soy oil values fell mainly in response to record crop prospects for the United States as well as abundant supply in South America while palm oil quotations eased on persisting strength in Malaysia's currency and slow global import demand. Prices for rape and sunflowerseed oil also weakened, reflecting ample crop prospects for 2014/15.

The FAO Dairy Price Index averaged 226.1 points in July, down 10.3 points (4.4 per cent) over June and 17.5 points (7.2 per cent) less than the same period last year. Reduced import demand - including a decline in purchases of butter by Islamic countries during Ramadan - contributed to the downward trend in dairy prices.

Meat Prices Rise While Sugar Remains Volatile

A continued strong demand for meat in Asia and particularly China, helped to edge up the FAO Meat Price Index which averaged 204.8 points in July, 3.7 points (1.8 per cent) higher than its revised value in June and 25.4 points (14.1 per cent) above the same period last year. Average prices for poultry and ovine meat also rose, while those for pig meat fell back somewhat from the all-time high registered in June.

The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 259.1 points in July, marginally up by 1.1 points (0.4 per cent) from June, and 20.2 points (8.4 per cent) higher than in July 2013. International sugar prices have been relatively volatile over the last three months, amid uncertainty over the impact of a drought on sugarcane in Brazil, the world's largest producer and exporter and indications of below average monsoon rains in India, the second largest world sugar producer.

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« Reply #502 on: August 24, 2014, 09:28:42 AM »

Russian Demand Sees Brazil Meat Prices Rocket
21 August 2014

BRAZIL – Extra Russian demand is seeing ‘soaring’ pork prices in Brazil which is now inflating beef and chicken markets at a low supply ebb.

The national price surge is driven by increased demand following Russian trade sanctions due to limited availability across protein segments, says the Centre for Advanced Studies on Applied Economics.

Brazil’s swine and cattle herds have contracted, meaning limited pork and beef availability through 2014 has been inflamed by export demand this month.

Chicken prices have subsequently lifted after consumers turned to poultry.

Exceptionally high pork prices have hit the Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais regions which CEPEA pins on the prevailing independent market.

“These areas react faster to changes in market conditions,” CEPEA explained in a monthly update. “Due to higher hog prices, slaughterers and wholesalers have pushed up carcasses and cuts.”

Cepea market intelligence states that high prices may put consumers off meat entirely.

Analysts are expecting a ‘counterbalance’ effect from exports if consumption weakens.

Russia, importing 35.7 per cent of Russian meat this year is Brazil’s prime destination leading Hong Kong, Angola and Singapore.

Cepea added: “Pork shipments usually move up in the second semester and this year may be reinforced by increasing Russian purchases.”

Cattle prices are also elevated. Calf prices are 20.2 per cent higher on the national index for July.

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« Reply #503 on: September 01, 2014, 12:46:40 AM »

Conflict Will Not Leave Ukraine Hungry
29 August 2014

UKRAINE – Ukraine will not be allowed to go without food, agriculture minister Igor Shvaika has declared on live television.

Regardless of fighting in the East and the Crimean occupation, Mr Shvaika pledged food for the nation on ZIK, an independent channel for western Ukraine.

He added that government corruption issues are being addressed across all departments, including agriculture.

Summarising current government ethos, he said: “We must work in conditions of maximum transparency, honesty and openness."

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No Harm in Feeding Livestock GE Feed, Science Review Finds02 October 2014
GLOBAL – It is safe to feed genetically engineered crops to livestock, according to a research review assessing the performance of over 100 billion animals.

Data on animal health, performance and the nutritional profile of resulting food products of animals fed genetically engineered crops show no detrimental effects. The data set ran from 1983 - before GE crops - to 2011.

The study, considered the most comprehensive ever in GE crops and livestock, found improved feed-to-gain ratios and decreased age to market.

This was from US field data including nine billion broilers annually.

Such an observation, “suggests that feeding GE crops did not have any detrimental effects to the birds’ health,” researcher Dr Alison Van Eenennaam told the US Grains Council.

Furthermore, no rise in tumours, decreased rates of post-mortem condemnation and improved feed to gain ratio showed animals in the study were not showing ‘unfavourable or perturbed trends’, she said while reviewing field data.

She called on more consistent regulatory approvals of GE crops, explaining that ‘asynchronous’ adoption of newly developed crops is an “increasing problem” hampering trade.

Dr Van Eenennaam described “asynchronous regulatory approval” as, “considerable discrepancies in the amount of time required to review and approve new GE crops in different countries.”

She added: “This leads to a situation where GE crops may be cultivated and marketed in some countries and remain unapproved in others.”

In addition to being safe, the study review, conducted at the University of California, Davis, highlighted the benefits of genetically engineered (GE) crops in assisting food production and minimising the environmental impact of agriculture.

The study, which appeared in the Journal of Animal Science, described these efficiencies as ‘improved agronomic practices’ e.g. reduced pesticide applications.

On a national level, the paper said this resulted in major environmental, economic and food safety benefits which have propelled GE crops to being, “the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history.”

Since their introduction in 1996, GE plantings, as of 2013, accounted for 90 per cent of the cotton and corn acres in the US, with a greater proportion of soy and sugar beet being GE.

Currently, animal agriculture consumes 70-90 per cent of GE crops and of the world’s nine billion animals, 95 per cent consume GE food, the report added.

The report added that GE crops had been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 11.8 million cars off the road in 2012 alone.

This is through reduced pesticide spraying, down 8.7 per cent because of GE crops, and the subsequent fuel saved, alongside carbon sequestration and reduced tillage.

In its conclusion, the paper said scientific literature revealed, “No unexpected perturbations or disturbing trends in animal performance of health indicators.”

Furthermore, it was not possible to see differences in nutritional profiles after consumption of GE feed, the report added.

Looking ahead, the paper warned: “There is a pressing need for international harmonization for both regulatory frameworks for GE crops and governance of advanced breeding techniques to prevent widespread disruptions in international trade of livestock feedstuffs.”

More sophisticated crop engineering, which looked at output traits, such as improving rate of energy conversion would form the ‘second generation’ of crops.

This will ‘further complicate' the sourcing of GE feed.


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« Reply #505 on: October 13, 2014, 01:49:51 AM »
VIET NAM - The organisers of VietStock 2014 remind visitors to prepare for the show, which takes place next week in Ho Chi Minh City.

The VietStock show series was initiated in 2004 and so is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The last event, in 2012, was attended by 8,000 visitors.

VietStock 2014 Expo and Forum will be held in the Saigon Expo and Convention Centre (SECC) in HCM City from 15 to 17 October. At the same time and location will be VietFeed and VietMeat.

Exhibitors will include National Pavilions from countries such as the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and China.

For further information on VietStock 2014and associated events, visit the web site, www.vietstock.org/.


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« Reply #506 on: October 27, 2014, 05:27:29 AM »

INDIA - The Compound Feed Manufacturers Association (CLFMA) of India which plays a very important role in Indian feed market has got a new chairman. 5m Publishing spoke to Amit Saraogi (pictured), new chairman about his priorities and challenges facing the association.

What are your major challenges as chairman of CLFMA of India?
a) The major challenges would be taking up issues on chicken leg imports.
b) Issues on import duties on feed agriculture.
c) Difficulty in clearances of feed agriculture.
d) Availability & prices of raw material.


How does CLFMA help farmers/industry in the country?
CLFMA is providing updated information and education to farmers and its member industries and help them to upgrade their standards. We keep on updating scientific development in this field through various seminars; update them through our news bulletin and newsletters. CLFMA is a platform to resolve the issues related to livestock sector.

Could you throw some light in India’s current feed market?
According to the report of 2011- 2012, the Indian livestock industry continues to grow, albeit at differing rates. The fastest growing segment is the poultry layer industry at 10 per cent annually followed by the broiler industry at eight per cent annually.

The dairy industry continues to be world’s largest and is growing steadily four per cent annually.

The beef (buffalo meat) industry has grown rapidly based on the fast expanding export demand leading India to become the world’s largest beef exporter in 2012.

The fisheries industry is not growing too fast where the stagnation in marine fishing is being compensated by inland fishing growth.

The key growth factors helping the livestock industry are the growing affluence in the population, increasing export and domestic demand and the increasing share of the organised sector in the same.

The key limiting factors are the availability and volatility of inputs, availability of funding, very low value addition and poor infrastructure.

The demand for animal feed is likely to increase by an average of three per cent per annum over the next five years but the demand for feed from the organised sector should exceed the growth of the industries as the organised sector at 15 million tonnes is barely 10 per cent of the total market.

The animal health sector is also growing rapidly with more awareness of preventive and additives in the market. The sector is expected to grow at seven-eight per cent annually over the next five years.

There are issues of antibiotics in animal feed, your comment?
We want a judicious use of antibiotic in animal feed and it should not be used one week before marketing the product.

Do you support ban of antibiotics in animal feed?
If we do not use antibiotics, the farmers will discriminate the use of it. There will be other substitutes in the farms which would hamper and will create problems for consumers.

What are the challenges for your industry today?
a) I will have to popularize CLFMA in the livestock sector as well as other industries.
b) Increase member base
c) There is high expectation among the members I have to cope up with that.

Has the government done enough for your sector?
Yes, we are getting good co-operation and with their help and great support we are prospering.
Eg: The government has reduced import duties in oil seeds.

But I always feel that there is more scope in this sector and the government has to initiate these programmes, such as more scientist researches, the researcher should work for industry base.
As an industry we must spend more on research and development and should take help from the government and they should facilitate such researches.

There are reports that there will be a shortage of animal feed in years to come, your view?
We are taking appropriate measures to create awareness among the industries so that the demand and supply gap would be minimised.

What role CLFMA plays with government in decision making for the livestock sector?
They work hand in hand; CLFMA is a facilitator between the government and the livestock sector.

As the human population is growing, does India have sufficient livestock?
No. We need to produce more taking into consideration regional demand and their habits as well.
The government will need to do extensive work for the promotion of this industry so that sufficient livestock can be there.

Could you tell me more about CLFMA of India?
CLFMA was formed in 1967 with the objective of helping the promotion of overall animal husbandry, including promotion of concept of balanced feeding of animals in accordance with their nutritional requirements for deriving from them maximum output through productivity improvement.

There are number of industries who are members of our organisation, who are from feed industries, feed additive industries, raw materials, breeder and integrators, etc. We are representing the livestock industry.

Providing information and education to the members and farming communities to upgrade their standards and performance level. Our one of objectives is to interface with scientific and other communities as well within and outside country to facilitate application of new scientific development in the industries.

We are providing a forum for the interaction within the Industry to learn and implement best practices amongst its members. CLFMA is a platform to resolve the issues and also to create awareness amongst the member industry by brainstorming on the challenges and opportunities in the livestock sector.


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« Reply #507 on: November 03, 2014, 04:19:00 AM »
Oct.30/2014

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CHINA - Now that he has been back in the US for five days, Mike Brumm offers his thoughts about China and the changes he has witnessed. Words cannot begin to describe how fast China is modernising, he writes.

I was in seven different ‘cities’ in eight days and the upgrade in standard of living I observed was phenomenal, reports Mike Brumm. There were new 40-plus-storey apartment buildings everywhere. In many cases, I observed the demolition of the old brick and plaster single story historic housing as they upgrade the housing for 1.5 billion people.

When you have a discussion of US agriculture with Chinese counterparts, it is impossible for them to contemplate the scale of our agriculture. The traditional measure of land in China is approximately one-sixth of an acre (a small lot in a developing suburb in the US).

I saw corn harvested by hand and ears of corn aligned in rows on rural rooftops for drying. Corn stalks were cut off after harvest and often dumped in piles along field ends vs being returned to the soil as a carbon source (fall tillage in the US).

At a couple of the meeting sites I had interactions with traditional producers who had 100-300 sows farrow-finish. Their biggest questions/concerns were animal health and included questions on how to differentiate PEDv scours from E. coli or rotovirus. They are very concerned about their future as many of the US and European joint-venture farms rapidly expand.

Food safety is slowly making its way into the daily culture of the Chinese. The better farms have protocols for drug usage and withdrawal that mimic many of the successful US protocols. In some instances, the production systems have become fully integrated from feed milling to slaughter house.

These systems see their economic advantage being linked in part to their ability to deliver a safe and wholesome product into the Chinese (and now Russian) market.

Feed grains are very expensive in China. Because of the mountainous terrain there is not enough bulk freight transportation between the grain growing regions in northern China and grain consuming regions in southern China. US origin corn and soybeans are cheaper commodities than China grown grains.

However, producers in China were currently paying over $11 per bushel for US corn (old crop corn). Soybean meal was over $600 per ton. This demonstrates very clearly the cost of production advantage US, Canadian and Brazilian producers have when they can grow pigs at sites associated with feed grain production versus transporting grain long distances to grow livestock.

There is a huge demand/need for education of Chinese producers as they modernise their production capacity. For example, while some production systems are purchasing US feeders and drinkers, many sites still use Chinese designed and manufactured equipment.

At these sites, 15 to 20 per cent feed wastage is not uncommon. Even with fully slatted flooring, they often wash down all pens every day, meaning water usage for wean-finish facilities is 20 litres per day versus the US average of four litres.

In China, there are people everywhere. In one ‘city’ I asked about the population. The reply was their province was one of the smaller ones around – only 55 million people. Contrast that with less than one million people in South Dakota and less than two million in Nebraska and you can begin to see how different agricultural conditions are.


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Re: WorldWatch:
« Reply #508 on: November 09, 2014, 01:14:20 AM »
07 November 2014

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 192.3 points in October 2014, marginally (0.2 per cent) below the revised September figure but 14.3 points (6.9 per cent) short of its corresponding level one year ago.

A firming of international prices of oils and, especially, of sugar, compensated for a retreat of dairy and meat, while cereal prices remained stable around their relatively low September value.

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 178.4 points in October, virtually unchanged from September, but 18.2 points (9.3 per cent) lower year-on-year. After five months of steep falls, international prices of wheat and coarse grains firmed slightly in October, supported by harvest delays in the United States (maize) and deteriorating prospects in Australia (wheat). On the other hand, rice prices tended to soften on newly harvested supplies and a slowing pace of sales.

The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index averaged 163.7 points in October, 1.6 points (1.0 per cent) up from September, interrupting the declining trend initiated in April 2014. Palm oil strongly contributed to the reversal, as production slowdowns in Malaysia and Indonesia, combined with a revival in global import demand caused palm oil prices to strengthen after six consecutive months of contraction.

Sunflower seed quotations also rose, mostly reflecting smaller than anticipated harvests in the Black Sea region. By contrast, soyoil prices weakened further, still driven by the prospect of ample availabilities.

The FAO Dairy Price Index averaged 184.3 points in October, down 3.5 points (1.9 per cent) from September and 66.8 points (26.6 per cent) less year-on-year. Quotations for butter and whole and skimmed milk powder fell, while those for cheese were unchanged. The October slide constituted the eighth consecutive monthly decline, bringing the Index to its lowest value since August 2012.

The FAO Meat Price Index averaged 208.9 points in October, 2.3 points (1.1 per cent) less than its revised value for September. However, quotations for most types of meat are still at historic highs and the Index stands 21.6 points (11.5 per cent) above its corresponding level in 2013, principally because of strong bovine meat prices.

In October 2014, the quotations of bovine meat and, especially, pig meat moved lower, while those of poultry and ovine meat were, respectively, stable and slightly stronger. Pig meat prices have shown signs of weakness since July, as production recovered in some of the countries affected by outbreaks of porcine endemic diarrhea (PED) – reducing import demand and increasing availability for export. Also, favourable weather and prices are supporting a recovery in the bovine herd in Australia and hence export availability.

The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 237.6 points in October, up 9.5 points (4.2 per cent) from September 2014. Last month’s rebounding mainly followed reports of a smaller than expected sugarcane crop in drought-affected areas in Brazil. However, against a backdrop of ample supplies, international sugar prices remain more than 10 per cent below their level in October 2013.


 

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