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A Chiang Rai Farmer Commence Rice Harvest, Government Predicts High Prices (69)  2018-11-05
With the availability of harvesting machines, farmers will be able to harvest crops in time to maintain high quality and command high prices. CHIANG RAI – The Commerce Ministries acting spokesman Buddhipongse Punnakanta said on Sunday that the Government will help provide farmers with ..
 
Farmers dispute palm oil prosperity claims (69)  2018-11-03
Farmers have challenged claims that the palm oil industry has brought prosperity to smallholders and reduced poverty, as millions still struggle to get land ownership documents and earn enough money to meet their basic needs.  The chairman of the Bogor-based Oil Palm Smallholders Union, Mans..
 
Price for Thai Jasmine Rice and Exports Rises Significantly (65)  2018-10-28
Major buyers have been Benin, Indonesia, the Philippines, China and South Africa with orders still pending from the Philippines. BANGKOK – Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) Adul Chotinisakorn has reported the value of Jasmine rice has risen significantly to 18,0..
 
Maharashtra launches website and app to analyse drought situation (137)  2018-10-06
The Maharashtra government has launched a website and an application for collectively analysing the rainfall, crop situation and underground water level using modern technology. Speaking after the inauguration of the website, Maha madat here on Friday, Rehabilitation and Relief Minister Chandraka..
 
Indonesia palm oil output seen at multi-year high in Aug., exports lower -survey (365)  2018-09-20
By Bernadette Christina Munthe JAKARTA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Indonesia's palm oil production likely rose in August from a month earlier and was at its highest level in at least four years as weather conditions helped cultivation, while exports saw a small dip, a Reuters survey showed. Output of t..
 
India urges China to drop rapeseed meal import ban amid US-China trade row (122)  2018-09-20
India has urged China to drop a years-long ban on rapeseed meal imports from the South Asian nation at a meeting with government officials and feedmakers as it aims to boost sales of critical farm goods amid growing US-China trade tensions. The meeting was held at India's embassy in Beijing o..
 
Bulog: Rice Stock Sufficient until July 2019 (257)  2018-09-19
TEMPO.CO, Bogor - The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) director Budi Waseso said the rice stock is sufficient until July 2019 and no import is needed.  “Based on calculations done by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), police, and experts last night at 11 p.m, we don..
 
Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation (170)  2018-09-13
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan passed an amendment Sept. 13 proposing stricter regulations for fishing that will see violators given fines of up to NT$2.5 million (US$80,475)  for importing illegal fishery products. The amendment for the Act for Distant Water Fishe..
 
Government approves proposal to increase MSP of rabi crops for 2018-19 (96)  2018-09-13
The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved a proposal to increase minimum support price (MSP) of rabi crops for 2018-19 season. MSP is the price at which the government purchases crops from the farmers. The decision will help farmers earn an additional in..
 
Laos suspends import of pork products from China (240)  2018-09-10
Vientiane (VNA) - The Government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos have issued a dispatch on suspending the import of pork, piglets and all pork products from China due to concerns about the spread of African hog cholera into the Southeast Asia country.  The Lao Minis..
 
Indonesia ready to produce agricultural entrepreneurs (243)  2018-09-10
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, through the Agricultural Human Resources Counseling and Development Agency (BPPSDMP), is ready to produce graduates, with entrepreneurial orientation in agriculture. Ministry`s Head for Agricultural Human Resources Momon Rusmono re..
 
Rise in Malaysian visitors to Japan pushes up Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia (158)  2018-09-07
TOKYO, Aug. 19 – Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia is expanding significantly. Notably, the export of Japanese pears and peaches is experiencing a big surge.   As the number of Malaysian travelers grew, a greater number of the Malaysians have become big fans of Japanese fruits ..
 
Japan’s growers aim to revive floral tradition at Tokyo Olympics (106)  2018-09-07
TOKYO, Aug. 12 ― Athletes who finished in the top three received Japanese flower bouquets at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held in Tokyo on Aug. 9-14. This is a part of efforts that the Japan Flower Growers Association (JFGA) has been pushing. The organization aims to bring the fl..
 
Some Japanese food exports hit record high in first half of 2018 (111)  2018-09-04
TOKYO, Aug. 5 ― Some of Japanese food exports in the first six months of 2018 broke the previous record set last year, as the popularity of Japanese dish, or washoku, has hit new heights around the globe in recent years. Shipments of Japanese beef, for example, jumped 37% to 10.8 billion yen in..
 
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate remains flat at 38% in 2017 (178)  2018-09-03
TOKYO, Aug. 9 ― Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate remained the second lowest level in 2017, due to steadily declining consumption of rice, the country’s staple food, and increasing meat imports, despite a recover of harvest in northern Japan. The calorie-based rate of food self-suf..
 
Japan needs to improve self-sufficiency rate: farm minister (147)  2018-09-03
TOKYO, Aug. 11 ― Japan’s Agriculture Minister Ken Saito has stressed the government will double its efforts to help farmers enable to keep growing products that people want to eat in order to improve the country’s food self-sufficiency. The calorie-based rate of self-sufficiency rem..
 
Australia, Indonesia agree on stronger ties in grains sector (148)  2018-09-03
Singapore — Australia and Indonesia concluded negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or IA-CEPA on Friday, which will allow Australian farmers to export 500,000 mt/year of tariff-free feed grains to Indonesia. Under the new agreement, Aust..
 
Japan’s farm group sets up a base in Taiwan to expand exports (115)  2018-08-30
TOKYO, Aug. 2 ― Japan’s largest farmers’ group has opened its marketing base in Taiwan to boost Japanese farm and food exports. This is the fifth overseas base for the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Association (JA ZEN-NOH). The marketing arm of JA group has export ..
 
Japan likely to extend best-before dates to boost pork exports (114)  2018-08-29
TOKYO, July 30 ― Japan is planning to extend best-before dates for pork products in a bit to boost chilled exports, informed sources have said. The agriculture and health miniseries have set up a panel to look at hygienic controls abroad and review guidelines for setting best-before dates. T..
 
DA’s TienDA food marketing program may boost tourism: Piñol (252)  2018-08-26
 The Department of Agriculture (DA)’s TienDA marketing program, which was originally meant to directly link up farmers and fishers to consumers to scale down food prices while ensuring growers’ income, might yet prove to be a tourism boost. DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol rais..
 
Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's aging farmers (238)  2018-08-23
For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy fields and perform backbreaking tasks in a fraction of the time it takes for elderly farmers. Developers of the new agricultural drone say it offers high-tech relief for rural co..
 
Philippines: Rice prices up for 8th straight month (247)  2018-08-22
MANILA, Philippines — Despite the continuous arrival of rice imports, prices of the Filipino’s main staple remain in an upward streak for eight months now, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported. In its regular update on palay, rice and corn prices, PSA said the average wh..
 
DOST 10 opens undergrad scholarship applications up to August 31 (223)  2018-08-18
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, August 18 (PIA) – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 invites graduating senior high school students to become a DOST scholar and apply for its scholarship program with deadline up to August 31, 2018.  In Talakayan sa PIA, media forum on Augu..
 
Japan’s meat imports in first half hit a record high in 20 years (237)  2018-08-15
TOKYO, July 28 ― Japan’s meat imports in the first half of 2018 broke the 1 million metric ton barrier for the first time in 20 years, as consumers tend to satisfy their growing demand through more cheap imports, data has showed. Imports of red meat and poultry rose 2% to 1.02 million met..
 
Japan to accept more foreign workers by creating new visa (170)  2018-08-14
TOKYO, July 25 ― Japan is finally set to make a further step to tackle for its chronical labor shortage: accepting more low-skilled foreign workers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told labor-related ministers to speed up plans that bring in more low-skilled foreign workers to Japan at a July 24 meet..
 
Japan’s ruling LDP presses gov’t not to enter trade talk with USHong Kong eases post-Fukushima ban on some Japanese food (141)  2018-08-09
TOKYO, Aug. 1 ― Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) trade chairman has said the upcoming ministerial-level trade talks with the U.S. should not lead to a free trade negotiation between the two. “It is important that this dialogue should not become preliminary talks on l..
 
Philippines: Agriculture output hardly grows in Q2 (152)  2018-08-08
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine agriculture barely grew in the second quarter of the year, although improvements in production were seen in the livestock and poultry subsectors, the government reported Wednesday, a day before the release of April-June economic output data. Agricultural pro..
 
Japan’s appetite for cheese grows amid pursuing FTA with EU (145)  2018-08-08
TOKYO, July 14 ― Cheese consumption in Japan has been growing, as people prefer eating at home than dining out to save some extra cash, official data has showed. But Japanese farmers have failed to meet that demand as the domestic cheese production has been declining. So, floods of imports are ..
 
Taiwan: Philippine envoy upbeat on Southbound Policy pipeline, discloses talks on visas (130)  2018-08-07
The Cabinet’s New Southbound Policy is bearing fruit in the Philippines, as Taipei and Manila are cooperating more closely on agriculture, trade and investment, and education and healthcare, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and Resident Representative Angelito Banayo said. ..
 
Japan releases text of trade deal with EU; 5-year review clause (149)  2018-08-07
TOKYO, July 19 ― Japan has published the text of the free trade deal with EU when both leaders signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Tokyo on July 17. Brussels had already released key elements of the trade deal one year earlier on the European Commission’s website, ..
 
TPP-11 members agree to facilitate expanding membership (146)  2018-08-07
HAKONE, July 20 ― The 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed to facilitate expansion of membership, once the trade pact comes into effect, informed sources said. Before entering accession talks, countries wishing to join the TPP-11 must inform New Zealand, the depository ..
 
Philippines:Typhoons cause P2 billion in damage to farming, fisheries (146)  2018-07-30
MANILA, Philippines – The damage to agriculture and fisheries brought about by tropical storm Henry, severe tropical storm Inday and tropical depression Josie have reached P2 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The values of the damage to rice, corn, cassava, high valu..
 
US eyes wider market in Indonesia for agriculture products (317)  2018-07-19
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The United States has eyed a wider market to export its agriculture products to Southeast Asia, with Indonesia as the hub, as it is the largest economy in the region, by sending an agriculture trade mission to Jakarta from July 16 to 19. "We are looking at all market ..
 
IFC agrees Vietnam commodity financing package (338)  2018-07-18
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and VPBank of Vietnam have extended US$50mn in commodity finance to Tan Long Group, a Vietnamese commodity trader. The money will be used to diversify procurement of agri-commodities and is part of the IFC’s global warehouse finance programme (GWF..
 
Malaysia to implement B10 BIODIESEL PROGRAMME BY MID-2019 (329)  2018-07-18
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Reuters) - Malaysia will implement a higher biodiesel mandate from the second half of 2019, raising the minimum bio-content local producers must put in biodiesel to 10 percent from the current 7 percent, in a move to support palm oil prices. The higher biodiesel blending ma..
 
S.Korea's agro-food exports hit record high in H1 (354)  2018-07-17
SEOUL, July 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's exports of agricultural products and food hit a record high in the first half of this year due to strong demand from China and Southeast Asian nations, a government report showed Tuesday. Outbound shipments of food and agricultural products reached 3.5..
 
Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples (296)  2018-07-17
TOKYO, June 9 — For Japanese apple growers, the Canadian door finally opened. Canada has relaxed stringent requirements for imported apples, such as mandatory production methods and disinfection, as long as apple growers meet certain conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said on Jun..
 
VN must work hard to meet export targets (236)  2018-07-17
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s exports of agricultural products are expected to face more challenges by the end of the year, so enterprises must follow market developments at home and abroad and improve the quality of their products, according to experts. Vũ Tiến Lộc, chairman of..
 
Japan to export fresh beef to Argentina in July for the first time (218)  2018-07-13
TOKYO, June. 30 — Argentina has officially opened its meat market to Japanese fresh beef, giving Japan a boost to agricultural export ambitions. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef have been allowed to enter Argentina without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said ..
 
Shark catfish farming booming (210)  2018-07-13
AN GIANG — Shark catfish farming has grown rapidly in An Giang Province due to the authorities’ efforts to introduce sophisticated farming techniques and new technologies. The fish is farmed on around 741 hectares of ponds, 11.2 per cent higher than a year ago, with output in the firs..
 
GM crop area reaches a record 190 million ha in 2017: ISAAA (193)  2018-07-12
TOKYO, June 27 — Total area cultivated with genetically modified (GM) crops rose 3% to a record in 2017 from a year earlier, as farmers in developing countries seeked to boost output, a study has showed. The area planted with GM crops totaled 189.8 million hectares in 24 countries last year..
 
Japan-made bananas attracting attention with development of nontropical plants (209)  2018-07-12
TOKYO, June 23 – Along with the development of nontropical banana plants that can survive cold weather, banana production is increasing in various parts of Japan, the nation which imports 99 percent of bananas it consumes. The bananas are cultivated using plants developed by Tomoiki BIO, a ..
 
US-China trade war to hurt or benefit VN agriculture? (227)  2018-07-11
HÀ NỘI — The ongoing US-China trade war will greatly impact the structure of the world economy in the future, causing damage but also generating indirect opportunities for countries where the economy relies heavily on agricultural production like Việt Nam. According to head of th..
 
Indonesia says scrapping plans to bring back soybean import tax (202)  2018-07-11
JAKARTA, July 11 (Reuters) - Indonesia’s trade minister said the country is scrapping plans to bring back an import tax on soybeans, ahead of a meeting to persuade U.S. officials to keep the Southeast Asian nation on a list of countries that receive preferential trade terms. Indonesia, whic..
 
Korea to help improve agriculture sector (211)  2018-07-10
South Korea has pledged to help Cambodia tackle some of the main issues affecting the agriculture sector. The pledge was made during talks last week between Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture and Oh Nak-young, South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia. Cambodia is a producer of agricultural raw ma..
 
Japan aims to reduce household food waste in half by 2030 (187)  2018-07-10
TOKYO, June 20 — Japan has set up a target to halve household food waste to 2.15 million tons by 2030 from the fiscal 2000 level, the government said. The environment ministry will work with municipalities to reduce household food waste, including campaigns to raise awareness among consum..
 
Japan suspends sales of Canadian wheat after GMO discovery (238)  2018-07-09
TOKYO, June 16 — The Japanese agriculture ministry said on June 15 that it has suspended tenders and sales of Canadian wheat indefinitely after the discovery of genetically modified wheat in the exporting country. This is the first case Tokyo suspended wheat imports from Canada. Canada i..
 
Japan’s food exports rise in April on beef and fishery products (193)  2018-07-05
TOKYO, June 12 — Japan’s food exports rose 20% in April from a year earlier on strong demand for wagyu beef and fishery products, the government said. Shipments of products such as agri-food, meat and seafood totaled 77.6 billion yen in April, 12.8 billion yen higher in the same month..
 
Farmer-to-farmer: How is climate-smart agriculture being communicated in climate-vulnerable communities? (217)  2018-07-05
Jul 5, 2018 by Renz Louie Celeridad (World Agroforestry Centre) Farmer-to-farmer communication might be the best way to scale climate-smart agriculture. During a one-day roving workshop, farmers from My Loi Climate-Smart Village (CSV) in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam demonstrated several clim..
 
NFA intensifies rice price monitoring (261)  2018-07-01
MANILA, Philippines — State-run National Food Authority (NFA) is intensifying its monitoring of rice prices to ensure that subsidized rice goes directly to the marginalized sector as cheaper imported rice floods the market. This as NFA administrator Jason Aquino warned of alleged reports on..
 
Seed bank established to save indigenous crops in Nepal (254)  2018-07-01
KATHMANDU — With various crops grown in the district possessing immense health benefits being pushed to the verge of extinction as their value was not being understood by a majority of the people, the rural municipality formed Masta Small Farmer Cooperative. It has organized the farmers to ..
 
Vietnam calls on Swiss investors in agriculture (182)  2018-07-01
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam called on Swiss investors to engage in Vietnam’s agricultural sector during a trade and investment promotion forum on agriculture in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 29. Vietnam is one of the world larg..
 
China lifts two-decade ban on import of British beef triggered by mad cow fears (266)  2018-06-27
LONDON – China has lifted a ban on importing British beef lasting more than 20 years that was triggered by the “mad cow disease” outbreak, the U.K. government said Wednesday. “China has today lifted its long-standing ban on exports of beef from the U.K., in a landmark..
 
Vietnamese delegation visits Taiwan to promote cooperation in agriculture, education (194)  2018-06-27
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A vice chairman of a Vietnamese province and the sister of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister made a visit to Taiwan this week to attend forum on agriculture and the economy hosted by the Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance (TABF). While at the June 25 "..
 
China says will ditch import tariffs on soybeans from India, South Korea, others (273)  2018-06-26
BEIJING, June 26 (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it will remove import tariffs on soybeans from Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka, after Beijing hit imports of the oilseed from the United States with a hefty penalty as part of an escalating trade dispute. The Ministry of Financ..
 
Agriculture department sets suggested prices for rice, other goods (377)  2018-06-25
MANILA, Philippines – To avoid further abnormal movement of prices in local markets, the Department of Agriculture (DA) set a suggested retail price (SRP) scheme for 8 agricultural products on Monday, June 25. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the department order covers only..
 
Agriculture budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022: PM Modi (353)  2018-06-21
Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today showcased his government's "unprecedented" work in the agriculture sector, including doubling of the budget to Rs 2.12 lakh crore. Modi also reiterated that his government is working to double farm income by 2022. Contin..
 
Malaysia could soon export fresh Musang King durians to China (294)  2018-06-21
BANGKOK • Malaysia's Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is expected to receive approval to export fresh whole Musang King durian - known popularly as Mao Shan Wang - to China next year. The ministry's deputy secretary-general, Datuk Mohd Salehhud-din Hassan, said negotiatio..
 
Farm machinery uptake to increase, predicted Thai agricultural experts (312)  2018-06-21
The use of farm machinery is set to be increased in Thailand’s agricultural practices, according to the international experts. An exclusive interview forum for media to discuss the topic “Improving Efficiency in Crop Production – How New Technologies Support Farmers in Modern Cr..
 
Thailand seeks formation of cassava bloc (293)  2018-06-21
Thailand wants to form a coalition with Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, all cassava-producing nations, to guarantee a stable price for the commodity and avoid future price wars, according to an article published yesterday in the Bangkok Post. The resulting bloc would be the largest cassava associati..
 
Australia lifts ban on Japanese beef imports after 17 years (417)  2018-06-19
TOKYO, May. 30 — Australia has lifted a 17-year ban on beef imports from Japan which could boost Japanese exports to the lucrative meat market. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef have been allowed to enter Australia without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said o..
 
Philippines to import rice through 2020 despite rising output - minister (248)  2018-06-19
MANILA, June 19 (Reuters) - The Philippines' paddy rice output is expected to rise to meet 95-96 percent of the country's annual requirement by 2020, from 93 percent last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Tuesday. The latest forecast misses Piñol's own t..
 
Russia offers corn to Indonesia (269)  2018-06-18
The Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Ludmila Vorobieva recently had a meeting with Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman, discussing agriculture trade between the two countries. Of the discussion, Ms Vorobieva offered Russian corn to Indonesia. However, Mr Sulaiman told med..
 
Indonesia Must Diversify Its Staple Food to Ensure Food Security for All: UN (276)  2018-06-15
Indonesia must implement policies aimed at diversifying its staple foods and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption to ensure the right to food for all, a United Nations representative said. Data compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture shows that Indonesia will consume an estimated 33.8 ..
 
Indonesia ups use of corn hybrid seed (223)  2018-06-14
Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture is aiming for the country’s corn production to reach 33.13 million tonnes in 2025. This is a 40.5% increase from 2016’s production. To achieve this target, the ministry through its Agriculture Research and Development Agency will provide 40% (16,..
 
Philippines to import up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar (270)  2018-06-13
The Philippines said on Monday it will import up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar to fill a shortage in domestic supply that has fuelled a spike in prices. It is reported by Reuters. The Southeast Asian nation is not a regular sugar importer, but it usually buys from Thailand, the world's second..
 
Australia free trade deal talks to push for greater access to EU's agriculture markets (348)  2018-06-12
Australia will push for expanded access to Europe’s agricultural markets in free trade talks with the EU after its member states gave the green light for negotiations to start within weeks. The trade minister, Steve Ciobo, has said Australia would aim for a “high-quality, compreh..
 
Agriculture's contribution to Lao economy dropping (295)  2018-06-12
VIENTIANE, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The contribution by agriculture to the Lao economy continued to decline in 2017, local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday. According to a recent report from the Bank of the Lao PDR, the central bank of Laos, the agriculture sector saw only 2.8 percent growth in ..
 
Alibaba Cloud Launches ET Agricultural Brain at the Shanghai Computing Conference (322)  2018-06-12
SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 6, 2018--Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, launched its proprietary ET Agricultural Brain at The Computing Conference 2018: Shanghai Summit today. The cutting-edge AI program has been adopted already by a number of leading pig farming and fruit a..
 
Rain Brings Wheat Relief in Australia's west (412)  2018-06-12
SYDNEY, June 10 (Reuters) - Relieved farmers in Australia's export-focused west are celebrating good rainfall at the end of the winter wheat-planting window, although conditions remain parched in the eastern states. The rain has provided relief to some parts of the country after difficult con..
 
Australian wheat penetrates Taiwan (296)  2018-06-12
TAIWAN could emerge as a significant market for Australian wheat, as awareness of the quality of local grain grows among local flour millers. Currently Taiwan averages about 230,000 tonnes in Australian wheat imports each year, worth about $80 million. Australian Export Grains Innovation Centr..
 
Farmers' protests spotlight worsening agrarian crisis in India (240)  2018-06-12
Thousands of farmers across eight Indian states, mostly ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), began their 10-day protest last Friday to press demands such as farm loan waivers and higher prices for produce such as cereals, oilseeds and milk. The farmers have als..
 
Japanese restaurants abroad with official recognition grow (316)  2018-06-06
TOKYO, May. 22 — Restaurants and retailers abroad who obtained official recognition of Japanese food supporters keep growing, as the popularity of Japanese dish, or washoku, has hit new heights around the world in recent years. The number of Japanese restaurants and retailers abroad who acq..
 
Indonesia’s new bill targets illegal fishing vessel owners (250)  2018-06-06
The owners of ships engaged in illegal fishing in Indonesia could finally face criminal justice under proposed amendments to the country’s fisheries law, as the government seeks to foster a sustainable industry in one of the world’s richest fisheries. The bill of amendments submitted ..
 
Japan’s lower house passes TPP-11, pushing related trade bills (328)  2018-06-04
TOKYO, May. 19 — Japan’s lower house has approved the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as the TPP-11, despite opposition efforts to threaten the smooth ratification process. In the May 18 morning, the lower house foreign affairs committee had approved the TPP-11 bil..
 
S. Korea, Philippines sign MOU on agriculture cooperation (343)  2018-06-04
SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the Philippines on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand cooperation in the agricultural sector, Seoul's agriculture ministry said. Kim Hyun-soo, vice minister of South Korea's agriculture, food and rural affairs, and Emmanue..
 
Vietnam's fruit, veggie export up in 5 months (305)  2018-06-04
HANOI, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has earned nearly 1.7 billion U.S. dollars from exporting fruits and vegetables in the first five months of this year, posting a year-on-year rise of 19.6 percent, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Vietnam spent 577 m..
 
Vietnam rice exports to China drop (332)  2018-06-02
Export surge to other countries marks good prospects for Vietnamese rice. Vietnam’s rice export sector is showing signs of reducing its dependence on China with other markets picking up the slack, according the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In its monthly report for May,..
 
Indonesia demand boosts Vietnam's rice exports (333)  2018-06-01
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the country's export of rice rose nearly 40 per cent in value in the first four months of 2018 due to demand from Indonesia. The country's rice exports rose to US$1.11bn in value and 23.8 per cent to 2.2mmt in the first..
 
China’s Longping High-Tech Agriculture invests in Brazilian corn to grab a third of its corn seed market (315)  2018-05-30
Longping is investing heavily to grab a third of the country’s corn seed market, and says facing off against Monsanto in the soy seeds market will be next. Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co, an agricultural firm controlled by China conglomerate CITIC Group Corp, sees Brazil expanding corn o..
 
Cambodian farmers to study in South Korea (300)  2018-05-30
A group of Cambodian farmers will travel to South Korea to study agricultural techniques and work as part of a programme backed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica). A total of 19 farmers have been chosen by the General Directorate of Agriculture to partake in the initiative, whi..
 
India: Centre urges states to adopt model act on contract farming (313)  2018-05-29
NEW DELHI: Amid estimates of record production of agricultural and horticultural produce this year, the Centre on Tuesday released a model act on contract farming and asked states to adopt it to save farmers from price volatility. The proposed model law - State/UT Agricultural Produce and Livesto..
 
Philippines: DA trains educators on organic agriculture (216)  2018-05-29
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region IV-A has trained agricultural teachers, education program supervisors, department heads and principals from Department of Education’s (DepEd) school divisions of Quezon province on organic agriculture (OA) th..
 
India's enterprising farmers process, market agriculture products (307)  2018-05-28
MUKTSAR: A group of enterprising farmers in Muktsar have formed farming clubs to make agriculture more profitable by processing and marketing their produce. Now with the support from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), 40 local farmers have come together under the..
 
Japan’s bipartisan lawmakers seek rice, sake export expansion (303)  2018-05-23
TOKYO, May. 9 — A bipartisan group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to expand exports of rice and sake, brewed using Japanese-grown rice, as the domestic consumption of the staple food has continued sliding. The group held a meeting on May 8 to discuss its major activities in the year start..
 
Japan’s rice and sake exporters want removal of tariff barriers (383)  2018-05-22
TOKYO, April. 28 — Exporters of Japanese rice and sake have urged the government to strike a deal with importing countries such as Taiwan and China to slash high tariffs and other trade barriers. The governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a meeting on April 27 to hear from food expor..
 
Wakayama growers prepare to export new strawberry Marihime (400)  2018-05-22
WAKAYAMA, May. 9 — Strawberry growers in central Japan are readying the first commercial exports of their new strawberry “Marihime” to Asian neighbors. Wakayama prefecture’s agricultural research center developed the new strawberry breed and registered it in 2010. Japan..
 
Trade truce with China could boost US beef, soybeans and other agriculture products (714)  2018-05-22
Over the weekend, the U.S. and China issued a joint statement stating that both "agreed on meaningful increases in United States agriculture and energy exports," bringing temporary relief to a heated trade dispute. "We estimate a potential increase of US$60-90bn in Chinese purcha..
 
Myanmar government to help fisheries continue Saudi exports (391)  2018-05-21
The Myanmar government has announced to work closely with the country’s seafood companies in meeting trade requirements by Saudi Arabia and continue fish exports to the Middle East nation. In February 2018, Saudi Arabia announced to temporarily suspend fish product import from Bangladesh, I..
 
Japan to have more rice mills and warehouses to ship to China (370)  2018-05-18
TOKYO, May. 10 —Japan will have two new rice mills and five more fumigation warehouses certified for exports to China, a key step to access more Japanese rice in the world’s largest rice market, the two governments have agreed. This is significant because Japan so far has only one ric..
 
Thai Academics Urge Government to Ban Dangerous Herbicides and Pesticides (316)  2018-05-17
BANGKOK – Academics in Thailand are urging the Thai Government to prioritize the protection of people’s health from the threat of chemical contamination and ensure a healthy environment in keeping with the county’s pledge to pursue Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ..
 
China, Vietnam Hold Joint Activity of Fishery Resources for Stock Enhancement, Releasing and Maintenance in the Beibu Gulf (398)  2018-05-16
On May 8, 2018 China-Vietnam’s Joint Activity for Stock Enhancement, Releasing and Maintenance in the Beibu Gulf was held at the Beilun River Estuary, Dongxing City, Guangxi Province.  The Beibu Gulf is a shared fishing ground for fishermen from China and Vietnam and it is of great sig..
 
Taiwan, the Philippines to set up demonstration sites for agricultural exchanges (365)  2018-05-16
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 7th Taiwan-Philippines Agricultural Meeting took place in Taipei on May 14, during which the two sides discussed a broad range of agricultural topics and sought ways to increase bilateral cooperation in agriculture and fisheries technologies. According to the Coun..
 
Japan-US trade talks will not lead to a new FTA: farm minister (310)  2018-05-14
TOKYO, April. 21 — A recent announcement that Japan and the U.S. are to start talks on trade deals would not lead to “a new free trade agreement (FTA)”, Japanese Agriculture Minister Ken Saito has stressed. “The announcement is neither considered as a new FTA negotiation, ..
 
China’s Alibaba Group and Thailand boost agri-trade between the countries (323)  2018-04-25
Thailand and Chinese multinational Alibaba entered into a strategic partnership to drive the development of Thailand's digital economy and the Eastern Economic Corridor under the Thailand 4.0 policy, as well as developing smart tourism and Thai agricultural exports to China. Under this partne..
 
Korean Government Planning to Give Rice to Overseas Countries as Aid (914)  2017-03-31
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the complementing plan on the mid- to long-term rice supply and demand stabilization for 2017 to reduce rice cultivation area, promote rice consumption through rice processed food, raise rice supply for welfare and use as ani..
 
New National Plan for the Promotion of Biomass Utilization in Japan (1362)  2016-11-11
Press releases from September 1, 2016 to September 15, 2016 N/A Press releases from September 16, 2016 to September 31, 2016 Title: New National Plan for the Promotion of Biomass Utilization On September 16, 2016, the Cabinet decided to implement the new national plan for the promotion o..
 
New Long-term Land Improvement Plan in Japan (1113)  2016-10-03
Press releases from August 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016 N/A Press releases from August 16, 2016 to August 31, 2016 Title: New Long-term Land Improvement Plan On August 24, 2016, the Cabinet decided to efficiently & systemically implement the policies for the new long-term land improvement ..
 
Korea begins exporting Samgyetang to China (1295)  2016-08-02
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) recently announced that Korean Samgyetang will begin exporting to China. China has prohibited the import of Korean Samgyetang mainly because of quarantine and sanitation reasons. Samgyetang is a traditional chicken soup made with a young ch..
 
Korean agricultural sector is strongly against the anti-graft law (1241)  2016-08-02
Beginning September 28, 2016, the anti-graft law goes into effect in Korea . By the law, public officials, private school teachers, journalists and their spouses should not be given a meal that costs more than 30,000 won ($US26) or receive gifts priced over 50,000 won. Congratulatory or condolence m..
 
Korean government makes an effort to have Korean Food Culture added to UNESCO’s list (1228)  2016-08-02
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) recently announced that it will work for the addition of Korean food culture to UNESCO by collaborating with the Ministry of Culture, the Sports and Tourism (MCST) with participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Heritage..
 
Korean Government Policies Put Animal Rights on the Back Burner (1214)  2016-07-19
On July 7, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced an improvement plan to strengthen animal protection and foster related industries at the 10 th Annual Meeting of the Trade and Investment Organizations.   Source: http://koreabizwire.com/korean-governme..
 
Korea and China Will Jointly Take Measures to Cope with Foot-and-Mouth Disease and AI (1261)  2016-07-19
On May 20, 2016, Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency announced that from May 15 to 19, 2016 their officials visited the Lanzhou Veterinarian Research Center and Harbin Veterinarian Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science and discussed ways to cope with foot-and-mo..
 
Korea, Seeking Expanded Exports into Southeast Asian Markets (1171)  2016-07-19
On May 26, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that 57 Korean food companies will participate in the THAIFEX. Source: http://english.mafra.go.kr/eng/list.jsp?id=30189&pageNo=1&NOW_YEAR=2016&group_id=1001&menu_id=1020&link_menu_id=1020&d..
 
Korea and Russia Sign MOU on Joint Agricultural Development of Siberia (1207)  2016-07-19
On June 2, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) signed an MOU on joint research on the Maritime Province of Siberia in a meeting with their Russian counterpart Tkachev in Xi’an, China. Both countries will draw up a mid-to-long-term plan to develop the region (with ..
 
The Memoranda of Cooperation for Mutual Use of Inspection Results of Variety Registration signed in Japan (1249)  2016-06-20
On May 12, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that the memoranda  of cooperation for mutual use of inspection results of variety registration were signed between Japan and Vietnam on April 29, among Japan, Russia and EU on May 1 on the basis of the UPOV (Inte..
 
Basic Plan for the Promotion of Urban Agriculture in Japan (1193)  2016-06-20
On May 13, 2016, the Cabinet has decided to implement the basic plan for the promotion of urban agriculture based on the Urban Farming Promotion Basic Act (Act No. 14 of 2015).   Source: http://www.maff.go.jp/j/press/nousin/nougyou/160513_1.html (Searched and summarized by Dr. Takashi ..
 
Thailand held one of its biggest rice auctions (1201)  2016-06-20
The Thailand government's rice stocks reached 18.7 million tons through various rice pledging schemes, which bought rice from farmers at prices 40% above market rates from 2011-14. The Thailand government called this its biggest rice auction to capitalize on higher demand as new supply wanes. ..
 
Thailand Government strengthens trade ties with CLMV (1241)  2016-06-20
The international Trade Promotion Department of Thailand will soon have a project for improving business ties with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam ( CLMV). (written by Petchanet Pratruangkrai) Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Govt-programme-to-promote-trade-ties-in-Thailan..
 
Thailand will no longer allow GM plants import following the agreement to join TPP ( Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (1181)  2016-06-20
Thailand would neither allow the import of genetically modified (GM) plants nor the registration of longan as a new plant variety in other countries if the Kingdom were to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Commerce Ministry clarified recently. (written by Petchanet pratruangkrai) S..
 
Groups identify flaws in Korea’s aid, saying it appears to have been thrown together for Pres. Park’s recent trip to Africa (1296)  2016-06-20
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST), Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced the Korea Aid program, which was heavily publicized by the government as a “new South Korea..
 
Korean wine imports have been increasing over the past seven years, surpassing imported hard liquor for the first time last year (1272)  2016-06-20
The trade commission and agricultural affairs director of the Embassy of Chile recently spoke about Chilean wines having built a bigger share of the market since 2004, when the FTA took effect. In 2003, Chilean wines accounted for 6.5 % of the imported wine market. This rose sharply after the FTA an..
 
‘Korea's tech transfers key to Myanmar's reforms’ (1149)  2016-06-20
With Myanmar spurring political, economic and administrative reforms, technological assistance coupled with financial aid from Korea and other industrial powerhouses will help expedite the country’s ongoing transformation, according to a senior official of Myanmar’s ruling party. Sour..
 
Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs joins forces with Dusit International to promote hospitality internship program (1325)  2016-06-20
The government agency of Korea's Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs, has teamed up with leading Asian hospitality group. the Dusit International to promote a cultural exchange whereby students from South Korea will have a chance to be interns in  one of the chain's interna..
 
Decreasing Self-sufficiency for Beef and Pork in Korea (1313)  2016-05-31
On May 28, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Korea's self-sufficiency for beef and pork decreased together for the second consecutive year in 2015. Korea's self-sufficiency rate for beef came at 46%in 2015, down from 50.1%posted in 2013. The ..
 
Determination of final products receive FTA Damage compensation direct payment in 2016 in Korea (1412)  2016-05-31
On May 26, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the final products which have been receiving FTA Damage compensation direct Payment in 2016 are carrot, grape, and blueberry. It is for compensating the farmers’ damages which occurred due to the implem..
 
Opening Job-seeking Support Center for Horse Industry in Korea (1311)  2016-05-31
On May 25, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Job-seeking Support Center for Horse Industry opened last 26, May, 2016. It is for promoting the intermediation between peoples who are looking for a job and are offering a job in the horse related Industry. ..
 
Thailand is the world’s biggest rice exporter in the first quarter of 2016 (1198)  2016-05-30
According to the Thai Rice Exporters Association, Thailand is the world’s top rice exporter in the first quarter of 2016 with 44 billion baht in value of exports. This is 23 % higher than the same period of 2015. It has been followed by India, Vietnam, Pakistan and the US. Source: ..
 
Thailand’s rice growing area will be reduced for allocation of most cash driven crops (1216)  2016-05-30
The permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry of Thailand has said declared a reduction in the area of rice production to promote other non-rice crops and to stablize the price of rice and secure the income of farmers. Based on the data obtained from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technolog..
 
Thailand’s government initiated the plan for the development of value-added products from rice. (1251)  2016-05-30
According to the permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry of Thailand, the country has been setting up a plan to allocate a budget for building a “Rice Institute” to develop value-added products from Thai Rice. As a result of promoting the development of value-added products from ..
 
Lower rice production from the controlled plantation during the dry season fetches high prices at the current market in Thailand (1276)  2016-05-30
The recent drought induced a lower supply of rice for 2016 and has also driven high demand. In the upcoming third rice auction for this year, 51 rice traders had shown their interests, according to the director-general of the Foreign Trade Department of Thailand. The government will open further bid..
 
Import tariff quotas for Vietnam's salt and poultry eggs in 2016 (Circular No. 02/2016/TT-BCT on March 11, 2016 issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade regulating import tariff quotas for salt and poultry eggs in 2016, specifies the following:) (1225)  2016-05-10
No HS code Description Unit Quantity Note 1 0407.21.00 and 0407.90.10 Chicken eggs dozen 48,620 Unfertilised eggs ..
 
Vietnam's executive plan for Resolution No. 100/2015/QH13 on Nov 12, 2015 (Decision No. 398/QD-TTg on March 11, 2016 issued by Prime Minister announcing Executive plan for Resolution No. 100/2015/QH13 on Nov 12, 2015 approving the investment policy for National target programs (NTPs) during 2016 – 2020) (1364)  2016-05-10
The Decision is issued for implementing NTPs in a timely, consistent, and effective manner; of which, it is required to establish timeframe for implementing specific tasks as regulated by Resolution No. 100/2015/QH13, in cooperation with different sectors and Ministries. (The Resolution No. 100/2015..
 
Vietnam enhances the management of land areas which are acquired from state-run agricultural and forestry farms (Directive No. 11/CT-TTg on April 4, 2016 issued by Prime Minister for implementing National Assembly’s Resolution No. 112/2015/NQ-QH13 of November 27, 2015, enhancing the management of land areas which are acquired from state-run agricultural and forestry farms and currently used by agricultural companies, forestry companies, forest management units or other organizations, households and individuals) (1359)  2016-05-10
State-run agricultural and forestry farms were launched around 60 years ago with huge contributions for Vietnam’s socio-economic development, especially the disadvantaged areas. However, there are still limitations in the land use and management of these state-run farms as: ineffective land us..
 
Vietnam's Criteria for new-style rural districts in the 2016-2020 period (Decision No. 558/QD-TTg on criteria for new-style rural districts in the 2016-2020 period, as well as regulations on the recognition of provincial towns and cities that have met the standards) (1192)  2016-05-10
Aside from setting out new criteria for new-style rural districts, the Decision also regulates the conditions for being recognized, specifically, that a district must fulfill nine criteria under the programme, namely planning, transportation, irrigation, electricity, health care-culture-education, p..
 
Farm Employments fetching lower income and replaced by non-farm employment in Southern Thailand (1198)  2016-04-22
According to the Bank of Thailand, the farm employments registered lower income figure while non-farm employments in terms of tourism and manufacturing has accelerated the economy of the Southern Part of Thailand. http://agriculture.einnews.com/article/320980813/C4jzbqb903Tbr3tx (Written ..
 
2016 Drought in Thailand caused agricultural product shortage in Thailand (1297)  2016-04-22
The year (2016), Thailand agriculture sector has faced the largest impact from severe drought in terms of sharp decline in quantities of agricultural products. The shortages of these agricultural products led to increase in the prices of certain crops. https://www.scbeic.com/en/detail/product..
 
Accelerating public investments for fostering the horse industry in Korea (1265)  2016-04-18
On April 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that it is going to invest KRW 12 billion (approximately US$ 12 million) for 2016 so as to accelerate the plan for fostering, horse industry since it started to grow in 2012. It is for promoting the rural econom..
 
Direct payment for certain products receiving FTA Damage compensation in Korea (1276)  2016-04-18
On April 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the products satisfying the requirements for receiving FTA Damage compensation direct Payment in 2016 are carrots, grapes, and blueberries. It is compensation for the famers’ damages due to the implem..
 
Korean annual average per capita meat consumption is 51.3 kg (1220)  2016-04-18
On April 15, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Korean annual average per capita meat consumption is 51.3 kg in 2014, which is less than the per capita average consumption, 63.5kg in OECD members.   Source: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp..
 
Korea expands its public storage of cabbage and radish (1270)  2016-04-18
On April 12, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the public storage volume in Korean cabbage and radish will be increased.  These are the main materials used for making Korean Kimchi. The said expansion of public storage was made to stabilize the ..
 
Promoting the growing of other crops other than rice to the reclaimed land in Korea (1225)  2016-03-21
On March 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to apply 50 percent lower rent and to extend the lease period if farmers and farm corporations cultivate other crops other than rice to the reclaimed land. It is for attaining the bala..
 
Propelling a regulatory reform for the revitalization of new agricultural industry in Korea (1469)  2016-03-21
On March 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to collect public opinions until March 31, 2016 on the regulatory reform for the revitalization of the new agricultural industry. It includes unmanned agricultural machineries (drones)..
 
Establishing a TF team for creating new jobs in the field of agri-food industry in Korea (1398)  2016-03-21
On March 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) launched a special task force(TF) team to create new jobs in the field of agri-food industry. It is for the agri-food sector to contribute enhancing the vitality in national economy as well as rural economy.   ..
 
Korea's five year plan for fostering environmentally-friendly agriculture (1383)  2016-03-21
On March 10, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the five-year plan (2016~2020) for fostering environmentally-friendly agriculture. The policy goal of this plan is to increase the scale of environmentally-friendly agricultural market up to 2.5 trillion won ..
 
Korean government announced an expansion of government’s support for fruit garden scaling business in 2016 (1736)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that in order to strengthen the competitiveness of fruit garden business by scaling, the budget for fruit garden scaling business (for sale, long-term lease) will be supported by 35.6 billion Korean won, an increase of about 30..
 
“New 31 businesses of links and the cooperation for regionally happy life zone in 2016” is selected in Korea (1441)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the presidential committee to develop the region announced that “31 businesses of links and cooperation for regionally happy life zone in 2016”, which is detailed assignment of “Strengthening  the link and coopera..
 
Strengthening the right to know by spreading the origin mark of agriculture and fisheries in Korea (1499)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MAF) announced that from February 3 2016, some laws will be carried out to increase the number of items which have to have a sign of origin mark to strengthen the consumer’s right to..
 
Old rice for feeds will be promoted in February in Korea (1383)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) plans to sell the 99,000 tons (based on the amount of unpolished rice) of old rice, to carry out part of the ‘Special solution for managing the amount of old rice in 2016’. Source: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp?&ne..
 
Review of the Priority Management List of Hazardous Chemicals and Mid-term Plan for Surveillance and Monitoring of Hazardous Chemicals on Food Safety in Japan (1369)  2016-02-15
On January 8, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF) revised the list of hazardous chemicals which should be managed as highest priority, taking the newest scientific findings, world trends and interest level into consideration. Moreover, MAFF published the New Mid-Term P..
 
Renewal of Basic Guidelines for Wholesale Market Management in Korea (1338)  2016-02-15
On January 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published the “Renewal of Basic Guidelines for Wholesale Market Management.” The New Guidelines is revised every five years based on the Wholesale Market Act (Act No. 35 of 1971).   Source: http://www.maf..
 
Korean government announces a basic plan for fostering women farmers (1324)  2016-01-25
On January 11, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to conduct the 4th plan for fostering women farmers from 2016 to 2020. The objective of the plan is to expand the role of female farmers in agricultural sector and rural through g..
 
Korean government announces a comprehensive plan for promoting Agro-food R&D (1592)  2016-01-25
On January 7, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs(MAFRA) announced the 2nd comprehensive plan for promoting R & D in agro-food industry. It is for making high value-added agro-food industry through the close cooperation among government, university and industry in the fi..
 
Korean government announces the 2015 rice purchasing price for public stockholdings (1442)  2016-01-25
On January 13, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the 2015 rice purchasing price for public stockholdings: 52,270 Won (Korean currency) per 1 bag(40kg) based on 1st grade of paddy rice. It is an average price of harvest season in production area during Oct..
 
Korean government to conduct special management plan for rice stockholdings (1368)  2016-01-25
On January 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the 2016 special management plan for rice stockholdings. It is to reduce the current overstocked rice through alternative uses of rice for processing and feeding.   Source: http://www.mafra.go..
 
Climate Change Adaptation Plans in Japan (1442)  2015-11-05
On August 6, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that MAFF decided implement the Climate Change Adaptation Plans for strengthening strategies to mitigate the damage to the agricultural sector brought about climate change.   Source: http://www.ma..
 
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (1547)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate in FY2014 (from April 2014 to March 2015). Japan’s calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency was 39%, and it remained flat from FY2013. The production value-based rate of ..
 
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (1394)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate in FY2014 (from April 2014 to March 2015). Japan’s calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency was 39%, and it remained flat from FY2013. The production value-based rate of ..
 
Food Self-Sufficiency Rate by Prefecture in Japan (1595)  2015-11-05
On August 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released food self-sufficiency rate by prefecture in FY2013 (from April 2013 to March 2014). The calorie-based rate of food self-sufficiency increased in 17 prefectures, but in 6 prefectures the rate decreased, and in 24 prefectu..
 
Drought Forecasting in Thailand (1520)  2015-10-16
Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) projected that the weather pattern for this year which has late rainfall and below average amount will continue for the next two years, 2017. According to their forecast, the Northern and Western Region where the ma..
 
Water Economizing Agriculture in Thailand (1547)  2015-10-16
Thailand’s Government pleaded with Rice Farmers to grow drought resistant crops rather than rice to minimize the impact of drought in what they called “Water Economizing Agriculture”. Source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/website_en/news/news_detail/WNEVN5810040010002, Sept..
 
Eight Measures to help affected by drought Thai farmers (1572)  2015-10-16
Thailand Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives proposed eight potential measures that the different ministries will work together to help affected by drought farmers.  Source: http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/agriculture-ministry-to-propose-eight-measures-to-help-drought-stricke..
 
Indonesia maize import reaches 2.3 million tons, an incease of 23% (1614)  2015-09-30
Central Bureau of Statistics reported that during January-August 2015, Indonesia imported 2,385 tons of maize, an increase of 23% from 1,827 tons in the same period in 2014.   Source: www://finance.detik.com/read/2015/09/25/081030/3027747/4/, 25 September 2015   Res..
 
Minister of Agriculture secures 350,000 ha of land for livestock investment in Indonesia (1596)  2015-09-30
To promote investment on beef cattle farming, the Minister of Agriculture will secure 350,000 ha of land located in Kalimantan, Merouke, and South East Sulawesi.   Source: www://finance.detik.com/read/2015/09/18/134333/3022584/4, 18 September  2015   Researched and summari..
 
Vietnam adopts more credit policies for agriculture and rural development (1524)  2015-09-01
Government issued Decree No. 55/2015/ND-CP on June 9, prescribing credit policies for agriculture and rural development  to encourage credit institutions to provide loans for investment in agriculture and rural areas for infrastructure construction, hunger eradication and poverty reduction a..
 
Vietnam adopts international standards in agriculture (1570)  2015-09-01
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development just issued Circular No. 07/2015/TT-BNNPTNT dated 14/2/2015 guiding the adoption of international, regional and foreign standards applied in the activities under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Circular tak..
 
Regulations on the Ratio of Equity capital of public –private partnership (PPP) in Vietnam (1520)  2015-09-01
Vietnam government issued Decree No. 15/2015/NĐ-CP dated 14/02/2015 about the investment in the public-private partnership (PPP) form. This Decree regulated that the ratio of equity capital of investor is not less than 15% of total investment capital or at least equal to 10% of the capital share of..
 
Vietnam’s investments in Agriculture and rural areas to receive State-budget support (1502)  2015-09-01
Circular No. 30/2015/TT-BTC, dated March 9, 2015, lays out the payment principles of state-budget support, encouraging enterprises to invest in agriculture and rural areas. The Circular will come into effect on April 27, 2015 and replace Circular No. 84/2011/TT-BTC.   Source: http://..
 
National regulation on aquaculture conditions in Vietnam (1587)  2015-09-01
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued Circular No. 16/2015 / TT-BNNPTNT regulating the national technical standard technical on aquaculture conditions to ensure food safety and the environment protection for the establishments of fish breeding in cages, and fresh water rafts. ..
 
Guidance on procedures for recognition of new technological advances in Agriculture and rural development in Vietnam (1581)  2015-09-01
Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural development promulgated the Circular No. 13/2015/TT-BNNPTNT on March 25th, 2015 providing guidance on procedures for recognition of development of technique and new technology in field of agriculture and rural development.   Source: http:/..
 
Thai government supports farmers (1498)  2015-09-01
Thailand’s ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have been planning to propose financial support to Thai Farmers. The criterion to be given this kind of support was based on a standard earning level. Those lower than this level will obtain financial support and those who do not meet this..
 
Thai rice export fall down (1777)  2015-09-01
Thai rice export was expected to fall down this year due to the increased competition in the world market by several importing nations. The president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, agreed with the need for an institute to cope with this increased competition in the world rice exports. ..
 
Government to start project for enhancing rice consumption for the young in Korea (1612)  2015-08-17
On July 20, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that it is working on a project called ‘Mi (meaning ‘rice’ in Chinese Character) racle Project’ to increase rice consumption. ‘Miracle Project’ is designed to create a new and friend..
 
Korea resumes milk exports to China (1508)  2015-08-17
On July 21, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the export of Korean sterilized milk to China is resumed after 14 months of suspension. Shipments of Korean sterilized milk to China were suspended after Beijing revised its law to accept shipments of mil..
 
Agricultural policy loan rate has gone down since August in Korea (1507)  2015-08-17
On July 23, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Agricultural policy loan rate has gone down since August 1. 2015. It is a measure to make a balance with the low interest rate of commercial banks     Source: http://www.krei.re.kr/we..
 
Government holds meeting on cooperation between agriculture and food industry in Korea (1509)  2015-08-17
On August 5, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held an explanatory meeting on "win-win" cooperation between agriculture and food industry. It is for expanding the success models and collecting the opinions on "win-win" cooperation between agricultu..
 
Government holds the workshop on future growth industry of agro-food sector in Korea (1561)  2015-08-17
On August 7 to 8, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held the workshop on future growth industry of agro-food sector with government officials, agricultural experts and farmers. It is for collecting the opinions on future policy direction of the agro-food sector.  ..
 
Terengganu government sets up 32 collection centers to overcome dumping in Malaysia (1421)  2015-08-17
The state of Terengganu in Malaysia has set up 32 Agro-product collection centers in its 32 state assembly constituencies to overcome the problem of dumping of agricultural produce. The set up of this collection center is in collaboration with the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA), ..
 
Jakarta beef retailers hold strike against high beef price (1786)  2015-08-10
Due to reduced import quota on beef, the price of beef has reached a record high of  USD 10.3/kg.  In response to this situation, retailers in Jakarta are striking and asking the government to relax beef import quota.   Source: http://finance.detik.com/kanal/4/ekonomi-..
 
Indonesia temporarily stops corn imports (1499)  2015-08-10
Corn production is predicted to reach a surplus of 3 million tons in 2015.  To protect the interest of local corn farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture has temporarely banned corn imports.  This policy has raised some concerns to importers since around 400,000 tons of corn is being shipp..
 
Japan’s estimated amount of Income Decrease Mitigation Measures (Narashi) for last year hits the biggest since 2007 (1565)  2015-08-05
On June 5, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that the estimated amount of Income Decrease Mitigation Measures (Narashi) in harvest year 2014 will reach 51.47 billion yen due to a drop in rice price in 2014. The amount records hits the biggest since the policy sta..
 
Malaysia to Pilot iSAP under United Nations (1523)  2015-08-04
Malaysia, alongside Denmark, Netherlands, Turkey, and Vietnam, will pilot and localize the Integrated Sustainable Agriculture Program (iSAP), a United Nations (UN) initiative to encourage communication among key players in the agricultural community around the world. The programme basically funct..
 
Teachers must expose agriculture’s importance to students in Malaysia (1564)  2015-07-28
Exposure was needed for students to explore agriculture as a career. Teachers should play their role to expose students to agriculture through extra-curricular activities and competitions since it is the government’s agenda to transform Sarikei, Sarawak, Malaysia into a food producer.   ..
 
Full Agricultural Guidelines by State Government in Malaysia (1641)  2015-07-28
Efforts are taken to ensure a smooth and effective environmental conservation in Cameron Highlands, a leading highland resort destination in Malaysia. The state government of Pahang would prepare a clear and complete agricultural guideline for that purpose. License will only be granted for use of la..
 
Malaysia Aims to Energise the Halal Ecosystem through the World Halal Summit (WHS) (1529)  2015-07-28
Malaysia fully supports its series of international Halal conferences and exhibitions in its aim towards establishing the country as the global Halal hub. Hosted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia (MITI), the WHS aims to integrate all coordinated efforts in the develo..
 
Vietnam adopts more credit policies for agriculture and rural development (1575)  2015-07-24
Vietnam government issued Decree No. 55/2015/ND-CP on June 9, which prescribes credit policies for agriculture and rural development  to encourage credit institutions to provide loans for investment in agriculture and rural areas.   Source: http://vietnamlawmagazine.vn/news/more..
 
Vietnam adopts international standards in agriculture (1456)  2015-07-24
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development just issued Circular No. 07/2015/TT-BNNPTNT dated 14/2/2015 guiding the adoption of international, regional and foreign standards applied in the activities under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Circular tak..
 
Regulations on the Ratio of Equity capital of public –private partnership (PPP) investors in Vietnam (1515)  2015-07-24
Government issued Decree No. 15/2015/NĐ-CP dated 14/02/2015 regarding the investments in the public-private partnership (PPP) form. This Decree regulated that the ratio of equity capital of investor is not less than 15% of total investment capital or at least equal to 10% of the capital share of ov..
 
Investments in Agriculture and rural areas to receive State-budget support in Vietnam (1352)  2015-07-24
Circular No. 30/2015/TT-BTC, dated March 9, 2015, lays out the payment principles of state-budget support, encouraging enterprises to invest in agriculture and rural areas. Circular specifies that enterprises established and registered under the Law on Enterprises can receive incentives, investment ..
 
National regulation on aquaculture conditions in Vietnam (1486)  2015-07-24
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued Circular No. 16/2015 / TT-BNNPTNT regulating the national technical standards on aquaculture conditions.   Source:http://www.ipcphuyen.gov.vn/Tin-tuc/Tin-chi-tiet/tabid/134/newid/G68T86161129158082/topic/H68T32111596874325/langu..
 
Guidance on new technological advances in agriculture and rural development in Vietnam (1520)  2015-07-24
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural development promulgated the Circular No. 13/2015/TT-BNNPTNT on March 25th, 2015 providing guidance on procedures for recognition of development of technique and new technology in field of agriculture and rural development.   Source: http://thuvienphap..
 
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (1542)  2015-07-23
Thailand has been facing its record breaking drought in decades this year. The government prioritization goes to the crisis of public tap-water shortage by cutting the amount of irrigation water to farmlands. This severe drought has affected the farmers and induced the delay of planting in this y..
 
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (1666)  2015-07-23
The Thailand government is planning to help the drought affected farmers by allocating ten million baht to create jobs for them.   Source: http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/thai-govt-to-create-jobs-for-those-affected-by-drought/108218/, July 23, 2015 (Research and summarized..
 
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (1737)  2015-07-23
Thailand’s Easterners and Southerners were reminded to watch out for  potential floods after heavy downpour  of July 16 to 20.   Source: http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/east-south-warned-to-brace-for-floods-until-july-20/107486/, July 23, 2015 (Research and..
 
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (1546)  2015-07-23
Recent rain pour has increased the water reserves in Northern, Northeastern and Central plains and some of the farmers got the chance to begin growing their delayed crops again.   Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/631108, July 23, 2015 (Research and summarized ..
 
MOU Signing with Myanmar for Mutual Growth of Seed Industry in Korea (1589)  2015-07-18
On July 10, 2015, the Korea Seed & Variety Service (KSVS, Director General Shin Hyun-kwan) announced that the organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Myanmar. This is mainly for nurturing the rice industry as well as producing high qu..
 
Passing Food Standards for ginseng at the CODEX in Korea (1586)  2015-07-18
On July 6, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that standards for ginseng, suggested by MAFRA, were passed through the final review and adopted as global standards at the 38th session of the Codex Alimentaruis Commission (CAC), held in Geneva, Switzerland betw..
 
Operating dietary life education as regular class in major educational colleges in Korea (1627)  2015-07-18
On July 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the dietary life education as a regular class in major educational colleges will begin this coming second semester of 2015. It is a dietary education for preliminary teachers in order to promote their right d..
 
Expanding business scopes of agricultural corporations to green-tourism in Korea (1443)  2015-07-18
On July 7, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the business scopes of agricultural corporations supported from the Korean government will be expanded into green-tourism activities. It is for improving the income sources through the green-tourism ac..
 
China Issues Guideline for Agricultural Development (1532)  2015-07-08
China's Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday published a guideline on achieving "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030.   Source: http://en.ce.cn/main/latest/201505/28/t20150528_5482078.shtml, May 28, 2015 (Researched and summarized By Dr. Zhen Zhong) ..
 
Agriculture, Non-coal Industries Attract More Investments in First Four Months in China (1608)  2015-07-08
Shanxi's fixed assets investment grew by 8.3% to 154.53 billion yuan ($24.93 billion) from January to April, compared to the first four months of last year, according to the province's statistics bureau.   Source: http://english.agri.gov.cn/news/dqnf/201505/t20150529_25724.htm, Ma..
 
China to Reclaim 670,000 Hectares of Land for Forest, Grass (1618)  2015-07-08
China aims to reclaim 10 million mu (almost 670, 000 square kilometers) of farmlands and return it to forest and grass in 2015, according to the country's top economic planning body.   Source: http://english.agri.gov.cn/news/dqnf/201506/t20150605_25781.htm, June 5, 2015 (Rese..
 
Environmental Footprint of China's Food Security Policies (1492)  2015-07-08
Policies for food security in China have called for basic self-sufficiency in grains and absolute security in staple grains such as wheat and rice. These policies have had, and will continue to have, significant implications on the environment, mostly in terms of land and water, both within China..
 
China Supports Entrepreneurship in Rural Regions (1327)  2015-07-08
China will support migrant workers, college graduates and army veterans who wish to return to their rural hometowns to start new businesses, part of a national campaign to boost entrepreneurship and employment.   Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-06/10/c_134315406.htm, J..
 
China Ready to Trim Stockpiles of Cotton (1602)  2015-07-08
China said on Thursday it will start selling its massive cotton stockpiles this year, in a move likely to depress demand as the country's mills hold off buying in anticipation of sales of discounted fiber.   Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2015-06/12/content_2098048..
 
Thailand’s Prime Minister requests farmers to delay planting (1570)  2015-06-26
Prime Minister has repeated his plea to farmers to delay planting due to water shortage.   Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/environment/597860/pm-repeats-rice-delay-plea (Researched and summerized by Dr. Kampanat Pensupar) ..
 
Thai government’s responds to drought (1607)  2015-06-26
To cope with drought, the government will spend 51 million baht to dig underground wells. Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/environment/601192/govt-to-dig-drought-area-wells (Researched and summarized by Dr. Kampanat Pensupar) ..
 
Afmech to spur dev’t of farm machines in Philippines (1516)  2015-06-25
The article features salient points of the Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Law (AfMech)   Source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2013/09/09/1187881/afmech-spur-devt-farm-machines (Researched and summarized by Dr. Czeriza Valencia ..
 
Public opinion sought on AfMech Law implementation in Philippines (1581)  2015-06-25
Features consultation activities related to the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the AfMech Law   Source: http://cagayandeoro.da.gov.ph/public-opinion-sought-on-afmech-law-implementation/ (Researched and summarized by Department of Agriculture) ..
 
Farm mechanization to create new jobs in Philippines (1626)  2015-06-25
Republic Act 10601 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Act (AfMech) discussed the potential of creating more jobs in the countryside through the local farm machinery industry, as stipulated in the law.   Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/farm-mechanization-to-create-new-jobs/4..
 
Amended Fisheries Code takes effect this week in Philippines (1609)  2015-06-25
The article presented salient features of the amendments on the Fisheries Code as well as issues that will be considered in drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) Source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2015/03/28/1438198/amended-fisheries-code-takes-effect-week   ..
 
Fisheries code amendments oppressive, says fishing group in Philippines (1501)  2015-06-25
The article features the perceived disadvantages of the amendments of the Fisheries Code   Source: http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/247-agriculture/86269-fishing-group-protests-fisheries-code-amendments   (Researched and summarized by Dr. Rappler.com) ..
 
Amended Fisheries Code is not limited to PHL borders: lawyer (1492)  2015-06-25
The article presented salient features of the amendments on the Fisheries Code which include penalties for fishermen who would break laws in other borders.   Source: http://mindanaotimes.net/amended-fisheries-code-is-not-limited-to-phl-borders-lawyer/ (Researched and summari..
 
Aquino signs Rural Farm Schools Act in Philippines (1629)  2015-06-25
Discussed the salient features of the law and the implementation mechanisms   Source: http://www.philembassy.no/news-item/aquino-signs-rural-farm-schools-act ..
 
Rules on Creating Rural Farm Schools in Every Province Soon to be OKd in Philippines (1443)  2015-06-25
Discussed the salient features of the law and the implementation mechanisms   Source: http://aambis.com/project/press-release/rules-creating-rural-farm-schools-every-province-soon-be-okd   (Researched and summarized by AAMBIS-OWA Party List) ..
 
Awareness: Rural farm schools in communities in Philippines (1497)  2015-06-25
The article features the objectivesof RA 10618 and highlighted select provinces in the country that adopted the rural farm schools   Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/awareness-rural-farm-schools-in-communities/ (Researched and summarized by Manila Bulletin) ..
 
President Joko Widodo Issued Presidential Decree No.71/2015 in Indonesia (1599)  2015-06-23
Core content : To stabilize supply and prices of the basic and strategic commodities, on June 15 2015, the government issued a decree on controlling storage and prices of the basic and strategic commodities.   The decree regulates: (a)  prohibition of private sectors to accumulate stock of..
 
Revision of the Basic Guideline for Bird and Animal Damage Prevention in Japan (1450)  2015-06-22
On May 29, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced the revision of the Basic guideline for implementing policy to prevent damage by birds and animals to agriculture, forestry and fisheries”.   The guideline was revised because the Ministry of Environm..
 
Additional Dairy Imports in Japan (1516)  2015-06-22
On May 27, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that Japan will import an additional 10,000 tons of butter and 5,000 tons of non-fat dried milk in addition by the end of this October based on “Act on Temporary Measures concerning Compensation Price for Producers ..
 
Korea, signing an MOU for expanding agro-food export to Chinese market (1387)  2015-06-17
On June 9, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Headquarters of CJ China. This MOU is to expand export of Korean agricultural food by utilizing the TV home shopping and online channels of CJ, which has entered th..
 
Publishing a book that reflects the beautiful royal in Korea (1525)  2015-06-17
On June 3, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Korea Food Foundation announced that they would publish ‘Jewels of the Palace’, which introduces the Korean royal cuisine from the TV show ‘Daejanggeum’. This publication is to promote..
 
Participating in Milano Expo for spreading Korean food culture (1528)  2015-06-17
On May 22, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Korea Food Foundation announced that they would participate in the Korean Culture & Tourism Festival during May 27th to 30th in relation to the 2015 Milano Expo. It is to promote the Korean food cultur..
 
Committee for agricultural cooperation between Korea and Russia (1467)  2015-06-17
On May 15, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry would attend the 2nd Korea-Russia Agriculture Cooperative Committee in Moscow, Russia. The Korea-Russia Agriculture Cooperative Committee is the official consultation channel between th..
 
Japan’s Agricultural GI mark (1699)  2015-06-01
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced the logo mark of Geographical Indications or GIs on April 10, 2015. The GI mark is a stamp affixed on agricultural, forestry and fishery products and certifies the products registered under the Act for protection of names of design..
 
First Report on Food Export in Japan (1547)  2015-06-01
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released the first report on food export on April 24, 2015. The report showed general issues to be practiced in promoting food export, based on views presented at export strategic committee.   Source: http://www.maff.go.jp/j/press/shokusa..
 
Rural Tourism Program through Train Trips in Korea (1623)  2015-05-18
On April 15, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) announced that they agreed to develop and expand rural tourism program through train trips. This is to pursue continuous development of tourism in rural areas by train trips...
 
Increasing Fixed Direct Payment per Hectare for Rice Farming in Korea (1567)  2015-05-18
On April 21, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that fixed direct payment per hectare in paddy farming will be increased from 900 thousand won (Korean currency) in 2014 to 1,000 thousand won in 2015. It is to support rice farming income.   S..
 
Special Meeting for Promoting Agro-Food Exports in Korea (1828)  2015-05-18
On May 7, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held a meeting to promote agro-food exports. It is for reviewing the goal of Korean agro-food exports which amounts to US$7.7 billion in 2015.   Srouce: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp?&newsid=155446716..
 
Plan for Vitalization Environmentally Friendly Farming in Korea (1495)  2015-05-18
On May 8, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the Plan for vitalization environmentally friendly farming Source: http://www.krei.re.kr/web/www/33?p_p_id=EXT_BBS&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=exclusive&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-..
 
Hanergy Offers Smart Solution for Boosting Agriculture Efficiency in China (1600)  2015-05-18
Workers with Hanergy Group install solar panels for a customer in the United Kingdom. The company is devoted to providing new solutions for greenhouses in rural China.   Source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2015-05/07/content_20644425.htm, May 7, 2015 (Research and summarized ..
 
Loans Benefit Mount Wutai's Farmers in China (1444)  2015-05-18
Wutai County, in Shanxi province, which is the site of Mount Wutai’s scenic area is providing 142-million yuan ($23 million) in loans for local farmers this spring for the scientific development of agriculture, with participants from both agricultural and commercial bank branches.   ..
 
China's Food, Nutrition Security Faces Challenges: Report (1551)  2015-05-18
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a report Wednesday that China's food security faces pressure that warrants government action   Source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2015-05/14/content_20713308.htm, May. 14, 2015 (Research and summarize..
 
HK Bans Poultry Product Import from Three Regions (1542)  2015-05-18
Hong Kong authorities announced Tuesday that they have banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from Whitley County in the United States, Nahouri Province in Burkina Faso and Balikesir Province in Turkey.   Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015..
 
ASEAN Member Countries Prepare for Food Security Monitoring System (1667)  2015-05-13
ASEAN Member Countries Prepare for Food Security Monitoring System The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat has organized a workshop on computerized and monitoring system for food security. Full information on this workshop can be downloaded..
 
The Council of Agriculture (COA) strengthens ranch sources management to facilitate egg hygiene and safety control mechanism in Taiwan (1555)  2015-05-04
Regarding the health, safety and labeling of commercial egg production, the COA strengthens source management at the side of livestock farms by means of gradually constructed consumers’ recognition on friendly egg production systems.   Source:  http://www.coa.gov.tw/show_news.p..
 
China Adjusts Subsidy Policy to Help Farmers (1595)  2015-05-04
China will improve agricultural subsidy policies in an effort to deepen rural reforms, promote agricultural modernization and increase peasants' income.   Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/01/c_134200726.htm, May. 1, 2015 (Research and summerized by Dr. Zen Zh..
 
China's Legislature Passes Tougher Food Safety Law Aamendment (1532)  2015-05-04
The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, on Friday voted to adopt an amendment to the Food Safety Law that gives the heaviest penalties yet to offenders.   Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-04/24/c_134..
 
China’s Ministry of Agriculture Urges Farmers to Do More to Address Water and Soil Pollution (1664)  2015-05-04
The government wants to promote the use of waste management systems at livestock farms and to try to reduce pollution from plastic films, as well as promote biodegradable products as an alternative. Farmers use 2.5 million tons of sheeting a year to prevent moisture evaporation and for weed c..
 
Yu Kangzhen Underlines Veterinary Service and Modern Animal Production Development in China (1682)  2015-05-04
The seventh national training class (veterinary and animal production session) for officials of major agriculture, livestock and fishery counties in 2015 opened in the CAU (China Agricultural University) branch of the Agriculture Management Institute of MOA on April 15, 2015. Vice Minister Yu Kan..
 
Vice Premier Speaks at Agricultural Teleconference in Beijing (1561)  2015-05-04
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang (C) speaks at a national teleconference on rectification of agriculture-related funds in Beijing, capital of China.   Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2015-04/15/c_134151161.htm, April. 14, 2015 (Research and summerized by Dr. Zhen Zh..
 
Agro-product Quality & Safety Remains Stable in First Quarter in China (1549)  2015-05-04
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) completed the first quarter national routine monitoring campaign (risk monitoring) for agro-product quality & safety in 152 large and medium sized cities across 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities).   Source: http://english.agri.gov.cn..
 
China to Boost Sustainable Growth in Agriculture (1582)  2015-05-04
The State Council has issued a plan to boost sustainable development of agriculture by 2020. According to the plan, the country will promote scientific and technological advances in agriculture, protect farmlands, raise irrigation efficiency, fight against environmental pollution and restore agri..
 
Chinese Lawmakers Hear Reports on Building of New Countryside, Investment in Water Conservation (1529)  2015-05-04
China's top legislature on Tuesday heard reports on the progress of overall rural reform -- termed the "building of new socialist countryside" -- and national investment in water conservation at its bimonthly session.   Source: http://www.npc.gov.cn/englishnpc/news/Supe..
 
Aquino Signs EOs on Utilization of Coco Levy Funds in Philippines (1687)  2015-04-23
President Aquino signed Executive Orders (EO) 180 and 179 which authorized the use of the P71 billion coconut levy funds. The article also highlighted salient points of the EOs   Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/87361-aquino-eo-coco-levy-funds, March 19, 2015 (Researach and sum..
 
P-Noy Issues EO on Coco Levy Fund in Philippines (1578)  2015-04-23
President Aquino has issued an executive order that sets the administrative guidelines for the inventory and privatization of coco levy assets.   Source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2015/03/20/1435410/p-noy-issues-eo-coco-levy-fund, March 20, 2015 (Research and summarized by Dr. D..
 
Govt May Now Use Coco Levy Fund as SC Issues Final Judgment Entry in Philippines (1781)  2015-04-23
The news highlighted the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to grant the request of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to issue an entry of judgment on its decision in one of the coco levy cases. Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/391968/economy/agricultureandmining/govt-may-now..
 
Who Should Manage the Philippines' P72 Billion Coco Levy Fund? (1724)  2015-04-23
The article highlighted the discussion during the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee Meeting on the crafting of law regarding the use of the controversial coconut levy funds.   Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/12/15/14/who-should-manage-p72-billion-coco-levy-fund, Dec. 15, 20..
 
Indonesian Government Regulation on Food Security and Nutrition (1587)  2015-04-21
To follow up the implementation of Food Law No.18/2012, the State Secretariat released the Government Regulation No.17/2015 on Food Security and Nutrition on 19 March 2015.   Source: the State Secretariat, March 19, 2015 (Research and summarized by Dr. Tahlim Sudaryanto) ..
 
Organic Scheme to MyOrganic in Malayisa (2146)  2015-04-21
Malaysia will rebrand its Malaysian Organic Scheme (SOM Standard) to MyOrganic. The initiatives aimed at encouraging more people to purchase and consume organic products. MyOrganic is more comprehensive and integrated standard that include the agricultural, livestock and aquaculture sub-sectors. The..
 
Korean Government provides new small package rice to low income one-person household for free (1627)  2015-04-15
On March 25, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) announced that government is scheduled to provide new small package 10kg rice to low income one-person household for free every month starting April 1, 2015. It is change..
 
President Park Geun-hye held luncheon meeting with leaders of the Korean farmers’ groups and industry associations (1663)  2015-04-15
On March 27, 2015, President Park Geun-hye invited some leaders of the Korean farmers’ groups and industry associations to the Blue House(the Korean presidential office). It is for seeking and discussing the possibility of win-win cooperation between the agricultural sector and the non-agri..
 
Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) develops a smart water management system for agriculture (1822)  2015-04-15
On April 12, 2015, the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) announced that it is now working hard to create a comprehensive, state-of-the-art water management system in a bid to become more effectively secure in the management of water resources for agricultural use. It is necessary for effect..
 
Agriculture and Food Agency and Ministry of Health and Welfare Activates 2015 Joint in Section of Rice Products in Taiwan (1604)  2015-04-13
Agriculture and Food Agency will conduct joint inspections on rice products in Taiwan twice a year. The candidate firms will be randomly selected to get inspections in order to ensure food safety and quality for the Taiwanese people.   (Research and summarized by Dr. Ming-Hsin Yang)  ..
 
Council of Agriculture to Amend Law to Prevent Market Speculations on Farmlands in Taiwan (1664)  2015-04-13
  The current real estate market in Taiwan has turned its spotlight to the farmland sector. Expected superior return encourages more and more speculated investments in farmlands and farmhouses everywhere in Taiwan. Unfortunately, many of so-call ”farmhouses” are actually luxury h..
 
Special Authority to Manage Palm Oil Fund in Indonesia (1651)  2015-04-13
A US$ 50/ton of exported CPO will be used to finance palm oil development (CPO Supporting Fund, CSF).  The fund will be managed by a special authority which is currently under assessment by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia. Source: Press release of the Coordinating..
 
Indonesia’s Ministry Agriculture Releases New Strategic Plan (1680)  2015-04-13
The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) has officially released the new Strategic Plan of 2015-2019.  The document will serve as an umbrela for formulating policy and programs for all work units within MoA and other stakeholders.   Sources:  Press release of the Ministry of Agric..
 
GST and the Agricultural Sector in Malaysia (1701)  2015-04-01
Malaysia will implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 1 April 2015. GST is a multiple tax on domestic consumption. GST is charged on all taxable supplies of goods and services in Malaysia except those specifically exempted. GST is also charged on importation of goods and services into Malay..
 
Intensifying the Involvement of Women in the Job Market and Entrepreneurial Activities in Malaysia (1691)  2015-04-01
“The Malaysian government will continue to focus on efforts to intensify the involvement of women in the job market and entrepreneurial activities. Women now represent only 38% of the total workforce in the country. Therefore, to enhance the contribution of women in national development, women..
 
China's Focus on Agricultural Reform for 12 years (1593)  2015-03-31
The first policy paper of each year, known as the "Number One Document", is considered an important indicator of the Chinese government's annual priorities. It's the 12th year in a row that the document has focused on rural reform.  The shift began in 2004, when the the..
 
Chinese Hybrid Rice Yield Hits Record (1768)  2015-03-31
A team led by Yuan Longping, known in China as "the father of hybrid rice" has made a record for hybrid rice production with an average yield of 1,004.5 kilograms per mu (0.0667 hectares). The new record was confirmed by experts from the Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center and the agr..
 
Rule of Law a Must to Promote Rural Development in China (1781)  2015-03-31
The "No. 1 Central Document" of 2015 was released on Sunday, Feb. 1 by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council pointed out that the countryside is a weak link in China's striving for the rule of law.  As China's agricultural and rural ref..
 
Permit of 945,000 Tons of Raw Sugar Import Granted in Indonesia (1588)  2015-03-26
The Ministry  of Trade has issued the permit to import 945,000 tons of raw sugar for the period of April-June 2015.  The quantity of import permitted is larger than the quantity permitted during previous quarter to anticipate the higher demand during this coming ramadhan month in June 2015..
 
President signed Purchase Price of Rice Decree in Indonesia (1610)  2015-03-26
According to Presidential Decree No.5/2015, the government’s purchase price of rice has increased by 12.1 % from IDR 3,300/kg to IDR 3,700/kg (at the farmgate).  Likewise, the price of dried rice has been increased by 10.7% from IDR 4,200/kg to IDR 4,650/kg at the BULOG (National Logistic..
 
Intensifying the Involvement of Women in the Job Market and Entrepreneurial Activities in Malaysia (1526)  2015-03-25
  “The Malaysian government will continue to focus on efforts to intensify the involvement of women in the job market and entrepreneurial activities. Women now represent only 38% of the total workforce in the country. Therefore, to enhance the contribution of women in national developm..
 
The Korean Government Made a Standard of Minimum Price for Contract Farming in Seven Major Vegetables (1600)  2015-03-24
On March 13, 2015, The Committee for Agricultural Stabilization on Supply and Demand under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) made a decision on standards of minimum price for contract faming in seven major vegetables such as radish, oriental cabbage, carrots, green onion..
 
Korean Government Reviews the Introduction of Trade Benefits Sharing System in Support of the Agricultural Sector (2036)  2015-03-24
On March 16, 2015, several Korean newspapers including Farmers Newspaper had reported that the Korean government is considering the introduction of trade benefits sharing system for compensating the damage in the agricultural sector after the launch of Korea-China FTA. Korean Agricultural Economi..
 
Korea and New Zealand Signed a Free Trade Agreement (1622)  2015-03-24
On March 23, 2015, President Park Geun-hye and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held a summit in Seoul and signed the FTA deal of two nations. With the signing of the pact, New Zealand has become Korea’s 14th bilateral free trade partner. Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energ..
 
New farmers returning from urban area could receive a favorable loan up to 1 billion won ($US 0.9 million) starting July 1. 2015 in Korea (1570)  2015-03-16
On February 28, 2015, the Korean Government has submitted a revised bill on the agricultural credit guarantee law to the National Assembly, which allows new farmers who are returning from urban area to borrow money up to 1 billion won ($US 0.9 million) with the guarantee for bank loans utilizing the..
 
Persistent violators on the country of origin indication for agro-food products will receive an aggravated punishment in Korea (1511)  2015-03-16
On March 2, 2015, the Korean Supreme Court has made a revised regulation on weighing of an offense on food and, make an aggravated punishment for persistent violators who tamper with the country of origin labels for agro-food products. This is for prevention of the crime against food and public heal..
 
The 2nd basic plan for dietary life education for 2015 to 2019 has been published in Korea (1558)  2015-03-16
On March 3, 2015, the Korean government has approved a final draft on the 2nd basic plan for dietary life education from 2015 to 2019. It is for promoting public heath through appropriate diets.  The plan aims to contribute to enhancing the consumption of local foods. Source: Korea Rural Eco..
 
Rice production in 2014 (preliminary estimate) is predicted to decrease by 0.63% in Indonesia (1777)  2015-03-02
Core content :  Rice production in 2014 (preliminary estimate) is predicted to reach 70.83 million mt, or decrease by 0.63 compared to 2013 figure. The decline was due to a decrese in harvested area (0.30%) and a decrese in yield (0.33%)   Sources : Press Release Central Bureau of ..
 
Downward trend on natural rubber price in the world market, ITRC controls excess supply in Indonesia (1593)  2015-02-27
The 24th Meeting of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) in Bandung, Indonesia on 27 February 2015 concluded that member countries should control excess supply to reverse a downward trend of natural rubber price in the world market.    Sources : Press Release Ministry o..
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