Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 423

 

Quote of the week

Vietnam, Australia’s fourth largest grain trading partner, has banned the use of the widely-used herbicide glyphosate.

GrainGrowers chairman Brett Hosking said “they’re a really valuable trading partner and so we respect their right to make decisions about how they manage things like glyphosate in their country. There is already a standard around the world for residue limits and all grain exported out of Australia is tested and we know very confidently that the grain we export meets those thresholds for residues.”

Glyphosate is one of the world’s most widely used and rigorously tested chemicals and Mr Hosking said he wasn’t aware of any other country where there was a glyphosate ban in place.

Source: ABC Rural, 12 April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 422

 

Quote of the week

Canada has agreed to lift tough restrictions, allowing wine exporters greater opportunity in our fourth largest wine export market.

“This is good news for our wine exporters.  With the TPP-11 eliminating all tariffs on Australian wine exports to Canada, this is a market with huge potential growth for our wine industry. The combined impact of the TPP and the resolution of this trade dispute over British Columbia measures means that Australian wine will be on more shelves with lower tariffs in a Canadian province with a population in excess of five million people.”

–        Simon Birmingham, Australian Trade Minister

Australia launched action against Canada in the WTO last year, complaining about a raft on discriminatory measures hitting Australian wine producers and breaching trade rules, including extra taxes, mark ups and selling it out of sight in liquor stores.

Source: Australian Financial Review, 10 April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 421

 

Quote of the week

While slowing Chinese growth is continually highlighted and various tensions between China and their Western (and Asian) trade partners, there are numerous burgeoning markets within the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations group hungering for Australian exports and business deals.

 

“It’s quite upsetting to hear all the recent talk of Asian growth slowing and a potential Asian recession, as the trend lines in Asia are often going strongly in the other direction. While China’s huge economy tended to dominate perceptions, there were many moving parts to the total Asian marketplace, and ASEAN was one of the most exciting. GDP growth for ASEAN’s six biggest players (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) is running at about 5pc.”

 

–        David Green, Chief Executive Officer for ANZ Singapore

Source: Farm Online, 8 April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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