Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 328

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Anthony Pratt, executive chairman at Visy, on the rising number of manufacturing plants as one of the keys to Australia’s success in increasing food exports from $27 billion to $42 billion during the same period.

“Our agriculture sector just made its highest contribution to GDP growth since 2008…we need a constant focus on food exports to our Asian neighbours especially because our seasons are counter-cyclical to Asia’s, which is a great opportunity.”

CHINA’S SOYBEAN IMPORTS TO SET RECORD FOR 14TH SEASON IN A ROW

China’s soybean imports will set a record high for a 14th consecutive season, backed by ever-growing demand for protein and vegetable oils – although South American exporters, rather than the US, will pick up the extra demand.

US Department of Agriculture staff in Beijing, in their first forecasts for 2017-18, pegged Chinese soybean imports, by far the world’s biggest, at 89m tonnes, up 3m tonnes year on year on its estimates.

That would extend a spell of unbroken annual increases in Chinese purchases going back…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 327

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from the Food and Agriculture Organisation, on the role that women play as the backbone of rural agriculture.

“In developing countries, women make up 45% of the agricultural labour force, ranging from 20% in Latin America to up to 60% in certain parts of Africa and Asia…Evidence from Africa, Asia and Latin America consistently shows that significant improvements in food security can be achieved by expanding women’s access to productive resources and technologies.”

CHINA, EU CUT IMPORTS OF BRAZIL MEAT AMID SCANDAL

Australian beef exports may win a greater share of Asian imports after a Brazilian meat scandal has rocked the industry.

China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticised by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world’s biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.

As the scandal deepened, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 326

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from ABARES, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences on Australia’s agricultural export outlook.

“Australian farm exports are forecast to be around $47.7 billion in 2016-17 and $48.7 billion in 2017-18, up from $44.7 billion in 2015-16. BY 2021-22 earnings from agricultural exports are projected to be around $46.6 billion (in 2016-17 dollars).”


A CIRCULAR TALE OF CHANGING FOOD PREFERENCES

Africa mostly missed out on the green revolution that boosted agricultural production in Asia from the 1960s onwards. That was partly because of war and lousy government. Another problem is that growing conditions in Africa are both distinct from those in Asia and highly varied across the continent. “We don’t have the same soils, we don’t have the same diseases, we don’t have the same pests,” says Harold Roy-Macauley, the head of Africa Rice, which co-ordinates research in Africa. Yet the continent is beginning to catch up, with rice farmers in the vanguard.

Between 2000 and 2014 rice production in west…

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