Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 357
Posted on: November 10th, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
This week’s quote of the week comes from Fonterra NZMP Ingredients General Manager Hamish Gowans, on how Asian consumers are increasingly seeking specific nutritional benefits to support their growing interest in health and active living with the Asian protein ingredients market forecast to grow by 11.5% from 2016 to 2021.

Dairy in particular is an excellent source of high quality protein…markets like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, are becoming a bit more sophisticated in terms of the consumer offerings and convenience requirements.”

WINE PRICES EXPECTED TO SHOOT UP AS GLOBAL PRODUCTION DROPS

Global wine production has dropped to the lowest point in decades, with world-wide yields expected to drop a further 8.2% in 2017, following “climate hazards” in many of the main producing countries.

This was the main finding in the latest Global Economic Vitiviniculture report by the International Organisation of Vine and wine (OIV) released this week.

According to the OIV, 2017 world wine production estimated at 246.7 million hectolitres, a fall of 8.2% compared with 2016’s 268.8mhl – one of the lowest levels in several decades.

One of the biggest risks to South Africa’s wine production is the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, which is the country’s biggest wine producer.

Current projections warn that the province is at serious risk of running out of water as early as February 2018, with harsh water restrictions in the major metro areas such as Cape Town already in effect. According to wine experts, yields could be down between 25% and 50% in South Africa, which will push up costs.

CHINESE SCIENTISTS PUT RICE GROWN IN SEAWATER ON THE NATION’S TABLES

Salt-resistant species could boost country’s rice harvest by nearly 20 per cent, top research says. Rice grown on a commercial scale in diluted seawater has made it into the rice bowls of ordinary Chinese people after a breakthrough in food production following more than four decades of efforts by farmers, researchers, government agencies and businesses.

The rice was not grown in traditional rice paddies, where fields are filled with fresh water, but on a salty beach on the Yellow Sea Coast in Qingdao, Shandong.

China has one million square kilometres of waste land, an area the size of Ethiopia, where plants struggle to grow because of high salinity or alkalinity levels in the soil.

Agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, told mainland media that if a tenth of such areas were planted with rice species resistant to salt, they could boost China’s rice production by nearly 20 per cent.

They could produce 50 million tonnes of food, enough to feed 200 million people, he said.

Last month, at the nation’s largest seawater rice farm, in Qingdao, the output of Yuan’s seawater rice exceeded 4.5 tonnes a hectare, according to state media reports. The seawater rice developed by Yuan and other research teams is not irrigated by pure seawater, but mixes it with fresh water to reduce the salt content to 6 grams per litre. The average litre of seawater contains five times as much salt.

 

CHART OF THE WEEKThis week’s chart of the week comes from beefcentral, where prices for live export steers in northern Australia continues to defy the strong headwinds buffeting demand in key South East Asian markets, where prices have remained consistent and eluded the usual ebb in prices that comes with the dry season turnoff.
 

 

 

JOKE OF THE WEEK

 

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