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Indonesia to Discuss How to Continue Biodiesel Programme amid Falling Fuel Prices (33)  2020-05-27
Indonesia's ministry of economic affairs is set to discuss how the country will continue its ambitious biodiesel programme, a ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday. The economic affairs ministry was scheduled to meet on Wednesday to decide the government's next moves to ensure the c..
Indonesia Cuts 2020 Palm Oil Export Outlook by 12% (37)  2020-05-27
Indonesia is likely to export 12% less palm oil in 2020 than previously expected, an official at the country's Estate Crop Fund (BPDP), a government agency in charge of collecting and managing palm oil export levies said on Wednesday. "Right now, it is rather difficult to export as some ..
'Drink more milk': Japanese official pleads in cow costume as dairy industry struggles (36)  2020-05-27
Donned in a cow costume, an official in Japan's Ministry of Agriculture issued one humble request to the nation: Drink more milk. "With schools and restaurants closed, consumption of milk products has dropped," Mr Yoshio Shitamura, an official at MAFF's dairy products department..
Indonesia's 'Rice ATMs' Provide Staple amid Corona Crunch (34)  2020-05-27
The global pandemic has left millions of Indonesians struggling to make ends meet. Now the authorities are rolling out "rice ATMs" in a bid to ensure greater access for those in need to the essential Asian staple. This month Linda Syafri, a 28-year-old expectant mother was among the man..
Lao: COVID-19 and measures adopted by the Government (103)  2020-05-13
Overall, the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID‑19, as of mid‑April, is minimal. As a measure to prevent the spread of the virus, the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao has ordered a countrywide lockdown starting from 1 April until 3 May 2020 and imposed restric..
Research and agricultural innovation in Lao PDR benefiting smallholders (91)  2020-05-13
A team of researchers inspect samples of many different rice varieties at the Lao PDR Rice Research Center (RRC). The RRC has identified more than 14,000 varieties of rice in Lao PDR – the greatest number of varieties of almost any nation on earth – and second only to India. The RRC prod..
Myanmar fisheries sector nears collapse as orders tumble (84)  2020-05-13
Myanmar’s fisheries sector will face its largest loss in history if demand does not pick up very soon, said U Myo Nyunt, secretary of the Myanmar Fisheries Products Processors & Exporters Association (MPEA). “Exports have collapsed. All international orders have been cancelled and..
Philippines seeking another 300,000 t rice imports amid pandemic (97)  2020-05-13
The Philippines is seeking another 300,000 tonnes of rice imports to boost state stockpiles while battling the coronavirus pandemic and ahead of its own lean season in the third quarter, a senior official said on Monday. A government-to-government deal of this volume would raise Philippine rice i..
New Zealand's school climate-change curriculum vexes farmers (84)  2020-05-13
A new school curriculum in New Zealand that tells students how to tackle climate change deniers and advises them to eat less dairy and meat has upset its farming community, which makes up the backbone of the country’s economy. Farmers say they feel targeted by the new course, adding to frus..
China Focus: Farmers reap gains in livestream boom (65)  2020-05-08
Surrounded by various agricultural products, Chen Laifeng, a post-90s farmer livestreamer, was touting specialty tea to viewers on TikTok, known locally in China as Douyin. "Huoshan Huangya, a famous yellow tea, features a pale yellow brew and fresh aroma. Please leave a message and place an..
China buys more U.S. soybeans despite tariff threat (67)  2020-05-08
Chinese buyers booked deals to purchase 378,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday, even as the Trump administration considers new tariffs to punish China for the coronavirus outbreak. Private exporters reported to the government that 136,000 tonnes of soybea..
India: PM Modi discusses reforms in agriculture sector (70)  2020-05-08
Amid coronavirus-induced lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday deliberated on ways to reform the agriculture sector with emphasis on agriculture marketing, access of farmers to institutional credit and freeing the sector of various restrictions with appropriate backing of laws. The g..
Food security concerns mount as COVID-19 disruption leaves Myanmar farmers unable to plant (64)  2020-05-08
“Since COVID-19, there is no longer usual trading as crops simply don’t sell anymore,” said Ba Myint, a farmer in Taungup township in southern Rakhine State, where the primary crops are rice and beans. The price of produce has crumbled, and at times there were no buyers even whe..
Australia to subsidize air freight for agri exports to offset virus freeze (103)  2020-04-28
Australia’s government said on Wednesday it will spend A$110 million ($67.40 million) to subsidize air freight for exports of agricultural products after flights were severely disrupted due to the global coronavirus pandemic. About 90% of Australian air freight is usually transported in pla..
Australia and Cambodia work together to boost agriculture sector (94)  2020-04-28
Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang has met Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries HE Veng Sakhon to discuss strengthening agricultural exports and how Australia can assist boosting local food security and rural incomes. The meeting was held at the Ministry’s headquarters in..
Japan's agriculture workforce impacted (97)  2020-04-28
Japan’s agriculture workforce has been steadily declining for the past thirty years, and a recent report by the USDA has highlighted the country’s dependency on foreign workers, despite them only making up 2 per cent of the total workforce. According to the report, Japan’s forei..
Tighter control: South Korea steps up regulatory requirements for imports from foreign food facilities (118)  2020-04-28
South Korea has made Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification mandatory for all foreign food facilities exporting into the country, in an effort to tighten its control over imported food safety hazards. Previously, the standard operating procedure for foreign food faciliti..
Taiwanese pineapples land in Japanese supermarket chain (121)  2020-04-22
A batch of Taiwanese pineapples from Pingtung County on Tuesday (April 14) left for Japan, where the fruits will be sold at more than 300 branches of a major supermarket chain. As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic inflicts substantial damage on the Taiwanese agriculture industry, Seiyu Su..
Malaysia: Agriculture Ministry to buy produce from vegetable growers affected by MCO (121)  2020-04-22
The government will help vegetable growers in Cameron Highlands, Pahang and Lojing, Gua Musang, resolve the problem of a glut in supply during the movement control order (MCO) period, causing some farmers to discard their produce. Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister II Datuk Che Abdulla..
Malaysia shuts palm operations in part of Sabah after coronavirus outbreak (117)  2020-04-22
Malaysia's largest palm oil producing state, Sabah, has temporarily halted palm operations in one area after 11 cases of the new coronavirus were found there, the Bernama state news agency reported on Sunday. Palm plantations and mills in Felda Sahabat, operated by the world's largest cru..
Vietnam increases April white rice exports quota to 500,000 tonnes (121)  2020-04-22
Vietnam has decided to raise its white rice exports quota for April to 500,000 tonnes from 400,000 tonnes, the government said on Wednesday. The extra 100,000 tonnes is the rice that had been transported to ports prior to March 24, when the government announced a ban on rice exports to make sure ..
Thailand's curfew unlikely to disrupt sugar exports on 'essential service' rating: traders (158)  2020-04-14
Thai sugar exports are unlikely to be impacted by the country's nationwide night curfew as the transportation of sugar from mills to ports has been classified as an essential service, Thai trade sources said Wednesday. "Workers moving agricultural goods like rice or sugar from one place to anothe..
Philippines to import more pork, chicken (119)  2020-04-14
The Philippines is expected to buy more pork and chicken from the global market as African swine fever (ASF) lingers in the country, affecting local production and supply. In the latest monthly report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, the Philippi..
Philippines DA: Agriculture and fisheries workers are frontliners in COVID-19 fight (161)  2020-04-14
Food production made possible by players in the agriculture and fisheries sector is just as significant as the war the country is facing against COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. "We are heartened that during the 21st teleconference of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Manageme..
USDA says to restrict contact with animals if sick with COVID-19 (234)  2020-04-06
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York. This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were..
Chilibeli raises $10m at Series A to turn Indonesia’s housewives into fresh produce resellers (133)  2020-04-06
Jakarta-based social commerce startup Chilibeli has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Alto Partners, Golden Gate Ventures, Kinesys Group, and Sequoia Capital’s Surge accelerator also participated in the round. Chilibeli is a group-buying net..
Taiwan: Executive Yuan proposes new farmer pension fund (131)  2020-04-06
The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a bill for a proposed farmers’ pension fund, which, if passed by the Legislative Yuan, could raise farmers’ monthly pension payments to NT$26,000. The system would be based on the labor pension model, meaning that farmers and the government would ..
Tea might inhibit proliferation of coronavirus: Taiwan study (165)  2020-03-30
A chemical compound prevalent in tea might be able to inhibit the proliferation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the human body, according to the latest findings of a Taiwanese hospital. The theaflavin extracted from locally grown Taiwanese tea may be an inhibitor for the coronavirus, which relie..
Cambodian mangoes have ready market in South Korea (153)  2020-03-30
Cambodian mangoes are proving popular among South Korean consumers, the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra) said, encouraging more local firms to export the fruit to the East Asian country. Speaking with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon on Tuesday (March 10..
Korea: Agriculture exports to China drop 6.7% on virus in Jan.-Feb. (154)  2020-03-26
South Korea's exports of farm goods to China fell 6.7 percent in the first two months of the year due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, government data showed Tuesday. Shipments of agricultural and livestock products to the neighboring country came to $138 million in the January-Februar..
Taiwan allowed to export fresh pineapples to Australia (161)  2020-03-26
Australia has opened its doors to imports of Taiwan-grown pineapples after nearly five years of consultations between agricultural authorities of the two countries, Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) said Monday. Australia's Department of Agriculture issued an official notice on its we..
Policy packaging can make food system transformation feasible (167)  2020-03-25
Abstract Redesigning food production and consumption is key to limiting global warming, soil erosion and biodiversity loss. Yet, transforming the food system may involve political feasibility problems, as potentially effective policy interventions interfere with citizens’ daily lives. Here,..
Possible impacts of air-pollution caused ozones on the agricultural yield (180)  2020-03-20
Introduced by Kun-Chan Tsai, FFTC e-mail: For the agricultural value chain, a sound infrastructure can shorten the distance from farmgate to market, maintaining the freshness and prolong the shell-life of agricultural products. But you may not know the ozone, which is synthesi..
Can contract farming contribute to economic improvement to smallholder farmers (465)  2020-02-19
Introduced by Kun-Chan Tsai, FFTC e-mail: Contract farming, viewed as an preharvest option for farmers selling yield to buyers (process factory, business middleman, or wholesalers et al.), has been conucted for years in developing and under-developed countries. Under the globa..
Australian Agriculture to Capitalize on Blockchain with New Roadmap (294)  2020-02-17
The federal government-released ‘National Blockchain Roadmap’ discusses how industry, government, and researchers can work together over the next five years to create blockchain-derived benefits and help realize the government’s goal of making Australia “a leading digital eco..
Global food system dynamics and conflicts under economic development and policy (420)  2020-01-30
Introduced by Kun-Chan Tsai, FFTC e-mail: In the past decades, the global agriculture has experienced siginificant innovation and advancement for better production output and higher yield efficiency, moving closer toward the ultimate target of global food security. Through t..
The geographic distinctiveness of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Europe and Asia (311)  2020-01-30
Introduced by Kun-Chan Tsai, FFTC e-mail: The occurrence and prevalence ASF has negatively affected global pig meat supply, raising meat price into the recorded high, incluing bacon in USA. Asia accounts for nearly 56% of global pig meat production, and China is ranked first p..
Public private collaboration biosecurity model on the Australia banana disese outbreak (338)  2020-01-22
Introduced by Kun-Chan Tsai, FFTC e-mail: With the frequent international trades on agricultural goods between countries, the stable benefits to supply and demand sides rely heavily on the biosecurity. For the supply side, an efficient biosecurity management may increase far..
Sustainability certification as a pillar to promote Indonesian coffee competitiveness (265)  2020-01-16
Author: A Wahyudi, S Wulandari, A Aunillah, and JC Alouw IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 418 (2020) 012009 In addition to crop food, the other way to improve welfare and increase income of smallholder farmers in developing country is economic crops, such as coffee, cocoa, oil p..
Effect of tolerance on the evolution of antibiotic resistance under drug combination (321)  2020-01-15
Author: Jiafeng Liu, Orit Gefen, Irine Ronin, Maskit Bar-Meir, Nathalie Q. Balaban Science 367:200-204 (2020)  Liu et al. (2020) proposed a concept that, under the presence of antibiotc tolerance background, the appearane of antibiotic resistance will be faster which lead to the collapse ..
Thailand moves to tackle drought (242)  2020-01-09
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry of Thailand is planning to build 421 more water storage facilities in the fight against a looming water shortage, which is believed will be the worst in the last ten years. According to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on, the fa..
Trump Says He Will Sign Phase-One China Trade Deal Jan. 15 (272)  2020-01-09
U.S. President Donald Trump said he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15, sealing an agreement that sees the Asian nation raising purchases of American farm goods in exchange for lower tariffs on some of its products. “The ceremony will take place at the White Hou..
Realizing the potential of digital development: The case of agricultural advice (276)  2020-01-08
The agricultural output could be possibly increased by the prevalence of mobile device. When talking about ICT (Information Communication Technology), people always think about Facebook and IG in domestic use, or space shuttle, unmanned areial vehicle (UAV) and satellite in specialized appli..
Taiwan prepares to import 7 farm workers from Thailand (243)  2020-01-07
Preparations are underway to import farm workers from overseas for the first time, reports said Wednesday (December 18). Earlier this year, the government decided to allow the importation of foreign workers to address shortages in Taiwan’s agriculture sector. While the program moved forward..
Thousands of Thai fishermen protest against tough industry regulations (230)  2020-01-07
Several thousand Thai fishermen protested outside the agriculture ministry on Tuesday over strict regulations aimed at combating illegal and unregulated fishing which they say are driving them out of business. Thailand, one of the world’s largest seafood exporters, began cracking down on il..
First batch of Taiwan guavas shipped to US hailed as milestone (199)  2020-01-07
Taiwan has become the only Asian country allowed to export guavas to the U.S., with the first batch of the tropical fruit being shipped out on Friday (Dec. 27). The batch contains 18,000 kilograms of guavas, according to Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲), who attended a ceremony marking the..
Myanmar: Growth potential in agriculture restricted by quality, other issues (211)  2019-12-20
In Myanmar, agriculture contributes to a third of the country’s GDP, a quarter of its exports and creates the bulk of job opportunities. Yet, the sector’s true potential remains restricted by poor access to finance and technology, limited infrastructure, complex land tenure and quality i..
FAO welcomes global recognition of fruits, vegetables, tea and food loss and waste (184)  2019-12-19
FAO welcomes today's decision by the United Nations to create two new international days and one international year devoted to issues directly related to food and agriculture. The UN General Assembly adopted resolutions designating 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, 21 M..
Korea Rural Economic Institute Visit to Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (263)  2019-12-19
A research team from KREI (Korea Rural Economic Institute), led by Dr. Huh Duk (Research Director), visited Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC) on Dec 19, 2019. The purpose of the visit is to collect information on the research and development, production an..
FFTC-AP Seminar: The possible impact of Japan's new foreign labor policy on the Japanese agricultural industry (409)  2019-12-18
On December 18 (Wednesday), Dr. Yoshihisa Godo, Professor of Department of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, was invited to deliver a talk on " The possible impact of Japan's new foreign labor policy on the Japanese agricultural industry. " Dr. Sheng-Jang Shen, Associate Profe..
FAO and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences strengthen efforts to build sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture (263)  2019-12-16
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) today agreed to strengthen cooperation and build the capacity and sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries. The partnership will advance the transfer of technology and capa..
Need for transformational change to address food security, agriculture and forestry together (294)  2019-12-12
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today called for a transformational change aimed at addressing food security, agriculture and forestry together - through a holistic approach. "It is possible to reconcile food security, agriculture production and forest conservation," said the FAO chief a..
Australia: Cost recovery for a fair and sustainable biosecurity system (323)  2019-12-11
The Department of Agriculture is expanding the range of cost-recovered import measures that support Australia’s biosecurity system. These changes follow consideration of the report of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee. The committee supported increasing the breadth of..
Japan: Headquarters on creating dynamism in agriculture, forestry and fishery industries and local communities (271)  2019-12-10
On December 10, 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the 26th meeting of the Headquarters on Creating Dynamism in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Industries and Local Communities at the Prime Minister’s Office. At the meeting, discussions were held on the future direction of the agricultu..
India: Construction of cold storages (261)  2019-12-10
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for holistic development of Horticulture in the country, which includes assistance for development of Post Harvest Management (PHM) including setting up of cold stor..
India: Data bank of farmers (273)  2019-12-10
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has constituted a Task Force to develop a comprehensive Farmers’ Database for better planning, monitoring, strategy formulation and smooth implementation of schemes for the entire country. This Centralised Farmers Database shall..
New Zealand supports future agriculture emission science leaders (270)  2019-12-09
Thirty-one early-career scientists from 14 developing countries will each receive research scholarships to boost their scientific capability, with help from a New Zealand government-supported international PhD programme, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said today. The successful scholar..
New Zealand: Northland iwi starts planting 20-hectare avocado orchard (243)  2019-12-09
Far North iwi, Te Runanga o NgāiTakoto, has started planting its new 20-hectare avocado orchard, Rakau Ora, in Kaitaia. The project is the result of 4 years of extensive planning, in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and key businesses in the horticulture sector. "T..
Vietnam: Nearly 6,000 agricultural products granted traceability codes (253)  2019-12-06
The Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has so far managed and granted administrative account codes for 2,527 for facilities, co-operatives, businesses and shops which trade safe food, agro, forestry and fishery products in the capital city. That marks an increase of 5..
China drafts new rules to prevent use of polluting plastics in agriculture (240)  2019-12-06
Chinese farmers cover fields with vast amounts of plastic to help maintain soil moisture and protect against pests. Photo: ShutterstockChinese farmers cover fields with vast amounts of plastic to help maintain soil moisture and protect against pests. Photo: Shutterstock Chinese farmers cover fiel..
Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries (290)  2019-12-05
A new global project to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries has been launched today (5 December) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Initial funding for the project is from the Govern..
Indonesia: Tax incentive scheme to be expanded to cover more sectors (256)  2019-12-05
The government will expand its tax incentive program to cover more business sectors as part of its efforts to attract investment. Government Regulation No. 78/2019, which has been signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and will come into effect on Dec. 13, will increase the number o..
India: Assistance to female farmers (248)  2019-12-03
The Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development is implementing Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also to create and sustain their agriculture-based live..
Cambodia joins Vietnamese programme for agri cooperation (243)  2019-12-02
Cambodia has sent representatives to attend a Vietnamese programme that seeks to strengthen the relationship between them and the agricultural sectors of Vietnam and Laos, Vietnamese media reported. The programme, which also includes a green agricultural fair, kicked off Saturday and concludes to..
Cambodia: Chinese company to support development of local agriculture (267)  2019-12-02
Chinese firm Zoomlion Agricultural Machinery, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology, has signed an agreement to help modernise Cambodia’s agriculture sector. On Nov 19, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture on promoting th..
New Zealand: Views sought on strengthening iwi aquaculture claims processes (295)  2019-11-28
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash announced today a public consultation on proposed changes to strengthen the allocation and transfer process in the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004. "Some of the current requirements are preventing several iwi from accessing and developin..
Taiwan: Embracing agricultural cold chain commercial opportunities in New Southbound Policy partner countries; Council of Agriculture holds course to train agricultural cold chain managers (292)  2019-11-28
In order to train professionals for Taiwanese agribusinesses operating in New Southbound Policy partner countries, the Council of Agriculture (COA) held a special class focusing on agricultural cold chains from November 25-28 entitled “2019 New Southbound Talent Training Program: Agricultural ..
Lao Organic Agriculture Forum sets to increase export competitiveness and green development (242)  2019-11-28
Over the past decade consumers all over the world have been increasingly standing up for organic agricultural products. To facilitate the dialogue on organic agricultural development in Lao PDR, the Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF) opened its 7th workshop to be held on 28-29 November in Vientian..
New Zealand: New regulations for the East Otago Taiāpure (274)  2019-11-27
New fisheries regulations to rebuild fish stocks within the East Otago Taiāpure, including banning pāua gathering, will take effect next month. From 12 December it will be an offence to take or possess pāua within the taiāpure. Changes to the regulations also prohibit the use of set-nets, cut..
Korea: On the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Kingdom of Cambodia (295)  2019-11-25
On November 25, 2019, Minister Kim Hyeonsoo of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of the Republic of Korea, and Minister Veng Sakhon of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of the Kingdom of Cambodia, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on agri..
New Zealand: Changes to sea lion protections in Auckland Islands (437)  2019-11-22
Fishing rule changes to reduce threats to sea lions in the subantarctic Auckland Islands squid fishery have been decided.  New Zealand sea lions are a national taonga. They were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s, but have been recovering since hunting was prohibited. Their threat classi..
Australia: Have your say on the evolution of agricultural levies legislation (272)  2019-11-22
The Department of Agriculture is streamlining and modernising the legislation underpinning Australia’s agricultural levy system to better support agricultural industries. Since the 1990s, Australia’s levy system—and the legislation governing it—has grown in size and comple..
Taiwanese agricultural machinery, materials, and equipment sent to Malaysia to create local services model, marking a breakthrough in Taiwan-Malaysia agricultural cooperation (280)  2019-11-22
Today (November 22) the Council of Agriculture (COA) of the Executive Yuan opened the three-day “Taiwan Agricultural Machinery and Materials Expo” at the JS Agri-Park in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. With an operating model that offers innovative services and establishment of agricultural exten..
Philippines imposes strict measures on rice imports (390)  2019-11-21
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) will implement stricter measures on rice imports to ensure that only safe, quality, crop pest-free rice are sold in domestic markets. “All rice importers will have to comply with the guidelines as..
New Zealand: Restoring native forests and upskilling rangatahi (444)  2019-11-20
An iwi-led project in Hawke’s Bay has just received $480,560 through the One Billion Trees Fund to restore native forest and upskill rangatahi [young people]. In 2017, approximately 73 hectares of virgin native forest in the upper Ripia River catchment were severely damaged by fire. The maj..
New Zealand: Consultation on plan to transform and improve inshore finfish fisheries management (382)  2019-11-19
Fisheries New Zealand has begun public consultation on a new Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan, which will guide the management of these important fisheries for the next 5 years. Director of fisheries management, Stuart Anderson says New Zealand’s inshore finfish resources are i..
India: Over 18 Lakh Farmers registered under PM KISAN MAAN DHAN YOJANA (416)  2019-11-19
With a view to provide social security net for the Small and Marginal Farmers (SMF) as they have minimal or no savings to provide for old age and to support them in the event of consequent loss of livelihood, the Government has launched a new Central Sector Scheme, namely, the Pradhan Mantri Kisan M..
India: Pilot study on Zero Budget Natural Farming initiated at 4 locations: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar (285)  2019-11-19
Government has been promoting organic farming under the dedicated scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) which encourages all kinds of chemical free farming systems including Zero budget Natural Farming. The budget allocation for PKVY for 2019-20 is Rs. 325 crores. Indian Council of Ag..
Philippines, China sign MOU on food safety cooperation (285)  2019-11-18
The Philippines, through the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the People’s Republic of China on food safety cooperation. Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomed the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) delegation headed by Minist..
Philippines: DA pushes for a climate-resilient agri-fishery sector (312)  2019-11-18
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the System-Wide Climate Change Office (SWCCO), joined the observance of the 12th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 18 to November 25, 2019. Agriculture Undersecretary for Policy ..
Malaysia signs 2020 palm oil export deal for south Asia (390)  2019-11-14
Malaysia signed a pact on Thursday for exports of palm oil to south Asia next year, amid uncertainty over trade with India after its dealers last month urged a boycott of palm oil from the southeast Asian nation. In October, India’s top vegetable oil trade body told members to stop buying p..
Australia participates in largest Pacific illegal fishing surveillance operation (315)  2019-11-14
Fisheries Officers from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) represented Australia in Operation Kurukuru, a multinational coordinated regional maritime surveillance exercise targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in the Pacific. Fifteen Pacific nations partici..
India: Government extends relaxed fumigation norms for onion imports till December 31 (356)  2019-11-13
The Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday extended relaxed fumigation norms for imported onions up to December 31, in a bid to improve domestic supply and check prices that have skyrocketed up to Rs 100 per kg. On November 6, the ministry had liberalised fumigation provisions under the Plant Quaranti..
Myanmar risks losing forests to oil palm, but there’s time to pivot (353)  2019-11-13
Indonesia and Malaysia have long occupied the spotlight for oil palm plantations and their adverse consequences, including deforestation, habitat loss, climate change, and struggles with indigenous and local people. But other Southeast Asian countries are fast joining the two oil palm giants, with M..
Hong Kong: Crops in the clouds (368)  2019-11-11
At the top of a three-storey building in Hong Kong, with car horns blasting on the streets below, Jim Fung teaches a dozen students how to thin out choi sum vegetables. “Always use the resources you have,” the instructor said as he placed shredded office paper into soil-filled plastic..
Taiwan: Help rid the ocean of its ghosts (335)  2019-11-09
The waters that surround Taiwan and the nation’s role in the world’s oceans have been the focus of top-level attention this year, as the government has endeavored for the EU to lift its yellow card on the deep-waters fishery industry and to win passage of the Ocean Basic Act (海洋基本法). ..
Vietnam adopts EU recommendations to combat IUU fishing (324)  2019-11-07
Viet Nam had taken concrete steps in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) based on the European Council's (EC) recommendations, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Đuc Tien. A national committee was founded in May to co-ordinate effo..
Taiwan: Council of Agriculture holds “Forum on Export Platform for Taiwan Guavas,” taking first major steps towards exporting guavas to the US (278)  2019-11-06
The sanitary and phytosanitary regulations for the export of guava from Taiwan to the United States officially took effect on October 17 (US Eastern time). After efforts over the last ten years to review documentary information, do in situ verifications, and hold numerous consultations, the Council ..
S. Korea’s trade surplus with U.S. down 6.8% on yr in Jan.-Oct. (391)  2019-11-04
South Korea’s trade surplus with the United States has decreased nearly 7 percent after the two countries revised their free trade agreement (FTA) this year upon the request of the U.S. concerning about widening trade deficit with Korea, but trade volume between the two has stayed strong overa..
India: Why Punjab farms continue to burn — and choke Delhi (280)  2019-11-02
On the outskirts of Patiala, much of a five-acre patch is about to go up in smoke. Within minutes, Karnail Singh’s golden field is blanketed in fumes that release trace gases and particulate matter. In village after village of Punjab, the scene is repeated as farmers set their fields on fire, ..
India: Turkish import seeds a poppy war in India (293)  2019-11-01
Poppy war, or perhaps poppy skirmish. India’s heavily regulated poppy economy – the milky white fluid from seeds, called latex, is the mainstay of illegal drugs trade around the world – is witnessing a small but intense conflict over the Central Board of Narcotics (CBN) decision to..
Philippines: DA, LBP provide cash assistance to Agusan Sur farmers (466)  2019-10-22
Rice farmers in the province of Agusan del Sur, whose incomes were affected by the decrease in the prices of palay this year,  were provided cash assistance by the Department of Agriculture in Caraga Region (DA-13) through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and the Land Bank of the P..
Mahathir fears Malaysia will be target of sanctions amid US-China trade war (398)  2019-10-21
Malaysia’s reliance on exports means that it must prioritise peace and stability, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday, especially in areas such as the South China Sea where his government has pushed for demilitarisation of the contested waters. “We have ..
Japan: DNA testing introduced to protect Kobe beef brands (398)  2019-10-15
In October this year, beef producers and sellers in Hyogo Prefecture introduced DNA testing as part of efforts to make the control over Kobe and Tajima brand high-reputation beef more stringent. Six certified Kobe beef slaughterhouses now collect meat samples when a Kobe cow is slaughtered and se..
Farmers object to S. Korean government’s plan to relinquish “developing country” status in WTO (381)  2019-10-07
Farmers’ groups are objecting to pressure from the US for South Korea to relinquish its “developing country” status within the World Trade Organization (WTO). "Farmer’s Road,” an association of five farmers’ groups including the Korean Peasants’ Leag..
Jomo: Revamp agricultural practices to help poor farmers, not rich plantations (388)  2019-09-24
Malaysia needs to reform its agriculture practices to ensure food and financial security for poor farmers, renowned economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram said today. Speaking during the “Economics, Poverty, and Gaps in Malaysia” seminar for MPs and government officials at Parliament, Jomo sai..
Japan: Japan’s farm minister to allow swine fever vaccination (367)  2019-09-21
In the battle against swine fever, Taku Eto, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, has decided to start preparing for the change the country’s epidemic prevention policy. After the policy change, the country is going to introduce a new vaccination program for pigs grown at ..
China makes biggest US soybean purchases since June (548)  2019-09-20
Privately run Chinese firms on Thursday bought at least 10 boatloads of US soybeans on Thursday, the nation’s most significant purchases since at least June, traders said, ahead of high-level talks next month aimed at ending a bilateral trade war that has lasted more than a year. The so..
Taiwan: COA imposes fines on pork from South Korea (514)  2019-09-20
With South Korea confirming an outbreak of African swine fever, the Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday said that travelers caught bringing in pork products from that country would be fined a minimum of NT$200,000 (US$6,444). Taiwan has been striving to keep the deadly swine disease at bay..
Indonesia gets green light to export tropical fruits to Argentina (506)  2019-09-20
Indonesia has received the green light from the Argentinian government to export its tropical fruits such as mango, banana and mangosteen to the country as part of the two countries’ commitment to double their two-way trade value within the next three years. The Argentinian promise to i..
Number of young new farmers in Japan dips below 20,000 in 2018, fight over new workers with other industries gets severer (500)  2019-09-20
The number of young beginning farmers under the age of 49 was 19,290 in 2018, down 7% from the previous year. It fell below 20,000 for the first time in five years, according to a survey released by the Ministry of Agriculture on August 9. The drop in the figure is partly attributable to the decreas..
Korea: Gov't lifts movement ban on pig farms, revs up quarantine to tackle swine fever (478)  2019-09-20
South Korea's agriculture ministry said Thursday it has lifted the 48-hour movement ban on local pig farms as the country accelerates efforts to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) here. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs imposed a nationwide standstill on all..
Vietnam: Farmers suffer as chicken prices drop to 10-year low (394)  2019-09-20
Farmers are hit hard as chicken prices drop to 10-year low in southern Vietnam, with the African swine fever prompting a livestock switch. Prices of factory-farm chicken have fallen to around VND13,000 (56 cents) per kilogram in recent days in Dong Nai Province, just half the cost of raising ..
Thailand: Deputy PM Anutin backs spray ban (390)  2019-09-20
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, on Thursday voiced his strong support for a ban on toxic herbicides paraquat, glyphosate, and chlorpyrifos -- a stance shared by the Agriculture and Cooperatives and Industry ministries. Mr Anutin expressed his backing for..
Japan: Abe’s fourth Cabinet picks Taku Eto as new MAFF minister to lead steady development of agricultural policy reform (361)  2019-09-12
The fourth Abe Cabinet was formed on November 11. It appointed Taku Eto as the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Eto, a first-time minister, used to be an assistant to the prime minister Shinzo Abe. He is an expert of an agriculture and forestry policy in LDP. Abe intends to strengthe..
Malaysia, Cambodia to sign DTA, strengthen bilateral trade ties (567)  2019-09-01
Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will witness the signing of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTA), which will further strengthen the bilateral trade ties between the Malaysia and Cambodia, during his official three-day visit to the country from Sept 2 to 4. The inking of ..
Vietnam boosts fight against illegal timber products (507)  2019-08-31
Illegally harvested timber, as well as traders of this item, will not be able to enter the supply chain Việt Nam is putting in place under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT), an official has said. Director General of Vietnam F..
Australia: Mandatory import permits for cut flowers from 1 September (496)  2019-08-30
From 1 September 2019, shipments of cut flowers and foliage from Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador, produced using a systems approach, will not be allowed entry to Australia without a valid import permit.  Flowers and foliage treated prior to export by an approved method, such as methyl bromide fu..
New Zealand: Government backs edible seaweed venture (494)  2019-08-30
A pest seaweed is to be turned into a premium edible export in a Government funded venture announced by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash today. Coromandel company Wakame Fresh is receiving $75,000 of funding through the Government’s Sustainable F..
S. Korea to face hurdles in keeping developing-nation status: minister nominee (493)  2019-08-29
The nominee to lead South Korea's agriculture ministry said Thursday that Seoul could face an uphill battle to keep claiming developing-country status due to U.S. pressure. "It is true that South Korea has difficulties in maintaining" the status, Kim Hyun-soo said in a parliamentary..
New Zealand: New survey measures recreational fishing (436)  2019-08-28
A Fisheries New Zealand national survey of recreational fishing has confirmed the ongoing importance of recreational fishing. The National Panel Survey – which is conducted every 5 to 6 years – provides a snapshot of recreational fishing activity around the country, says Fisheries New..
Taiwan to send agricultural delegation to Mississippi next month (452)  2019-08-28
The trade numbers make Taiwan Mississippi's 10th largest trading partner in Asia. Praising Mississippi as an American agricultural powerhouse, the president said Taiwan will send an agricultural mission to the state in September for closer exchanges. Aside from its traditional strength in ..
China’s big plan to boost domestic consumption in midst of US trade war (424)  2019-08-27
China has unveiled a series of measures to try to boost consumer spending and focus exporters on the domestic market as it continues to battle the United States over trade. In an official policy document published on Tuesday, the State Council, China’s cabinet, listed 20 measures to help im..
India: Two day Brainstorming Session on Technological Innovations and Strategies for Farmers’ Prosperity in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh begins in New Delhi (458)  2019-08-26
Urging every farmer of the country to be a progressive farmer Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that farmers should adopt new technologies and advancements in the field and must have frequent engagements with ascientists and local Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Inaugurating the tw..
U.S. Cattle production sustainability (288)  2019-08-26
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Breakdown in the U.S. According to the U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, 2% of U.S. emissions come directly from beef cattle [1](methane from cattle belches, methane and nitrous oxide from manure). Total direct emissions from all agricultural prod..
Japan: Development of an International Standard for an Information Model for the Electricity Balancing Market to Start (462)  2019-08-23
Europe and Japan cooperatively proposed to the IEC the development of an international standard for an information model for electricity balancing markets. This proposal was approved, so the IEC has started work on the standard. Data exchanges based on the information model will be a..
National Taiwan University develops smart agriculture (452)  2019-08-19
National Taiwan University (NTU) has joined hands with the drone industry to establish the Apex Agri-Intelligence Lab on Monday (Aug. 19). NTU's College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture collaborates with Jingwei Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (經緯航太公司), which develops..
Taiwan: Delegation to promote agriculture in Russia (439)  2019-08-16
A Council of Agriculture-led delegation is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday next week to take part in a two-day promotion of Taiwanese agricultural products. Russia imports more than US$28 billion in agricultural produce, while yam exports to Russia could reach NT$300 per kilogram, the council sa..
Malaysia: Agriculture Ministry says aims to make Malaysia self-sufficient in milk by 2025 (440)  2019-08-15
The government is aiming for self-sufficiency in local fresh milk production within the next five years, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. According to him, the country’s Self-Sufficiency Level (SSL) for fresh milk stood at 61.44 per cent as of last ye..
India: 41% reduction in stubble burning incidents in 2018 over 2016; Over 4500 villages of Haryana & Punjab declared as Zero Stubble Burning Villages: Director General ICAR (454)  2019-08-13
Highlighting the considerable reduction in crop residue burning incidents in 2018, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) & Director General, ICAR said that India has demonstrated through coordinated public and private efforts such challeng..
Taiwan’s sweet potato enters global market (557)  2019-08-07
The Council of Agriculture on Tuesday (Aug. 6) held the Innovation Incubation Graduation Presentation, in which 15 Taiwanese companies took part and showed the fruits of their labor. According to the Council of Agriculture, agricultural start-ups focus more and more on the use of technology, and ..
Taiwan: Satellite image deal severed after China link found (503)  2019-08-07
The Council of Agriculture last month terminated a contract with a Taiwanese satellite image supplier after finding that its images were sourced from a China-based firm, a council official said yesterday, after local media raised information security concerns. The council’s Agricultural Res..
Promoting Taiwan’s rural activities and agricultural products (497)  2019-08-06
To promote rural experience activities and agricultural products, Kaohsiung City Government Agriculture Bureau participated in the Autumn International Travel Exhibition at the Singapore Exhibition Centre with the Kaohsiung City Tourism Association and local practitioners from 2-4 August. As one ..
Japan: Agriculture management entities dips below 1.2 million, large-scale farmers’ acreage also decreasing (481)  2019-08-06
The number of agriculture management entities in Japan has gone below 1.2 million, the lowest in the past ten years, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. The number of family management entities, which account for more than 90%, dipped 2.7% ..
Philippines: New agriculture chief wants audit of ₱4-B farmer fund from rice imports Metro (474)  2019-08-06
New Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Tuesday said he wants an acccounting of ₱4 billion in funds released to assist rice farmers. The amount is part of the ₱5 billion the Department of Budget and Management released in December 2018 to complement the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund...
Taiwan: Tainan to host Asia-Pacific Orchid Conference in 2022 (473)  2019-07-31
Tainan has been selected to host the 15th Asia-Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC) in 2025, organizers announced in Malaysia on Friday. Tainan Deputy Mayor Hsu Yu-tien (許育典) was in Malaysia on behalf of the Tainan City Government, leading a team promoting the city’s bid to host the event..
Malaysian Agriculture Ministry: No more import of red chillies from Vietnam allowed this year (469)  2019-07-29
There will be no more import of red chillies from Vietnam permitted until the end of this year, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Sim Tze Tzin.     He said this follows the testing of samples of red chillies from Vietnam found the content of maximum residu..
Malaysia: Govt wants to export durian kampung (467)  2019-07-29
AS the Musang King continues to enjoy popularity in China, the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry has taken another step to further boost durian exports by looking at the possibility of including durian kampung in the mix. If the growing durian exports to China — as well as its production ..
Bio Asia Taiwan highlights full use of agriculture products (473)  2019-07-25
At Bio Asia Taiwan Thursday (July 25), I-Mei Biomedicine (義美生醫) and I-Mei Macrobiotics (義美生機) presented their concept of making full use of agricultural produce, based on the premise that food and medicine share the same origin. All ingredients for their products originate within ..
Taiwan expands hand luggage checks to arrivals from Russia (468)  2019-07-24
Passengers arriving at Taiwan airports and seaports from Russia are now subject to hand luggage checks, as part of the government's efforts to prevent the entry of African swine fever (ASF), the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Wednesday. The measure was put in place July 19, following the r..
Taiwan's bananas to be served at Japanese schools (502)  2019-07-24
Taiwan’s bananas will be served at school lunch tables and be available in the supermarkets of eastern Japanese cities starting this November. The Council of Agriculture (COA) signed an agreement on Wednesday (July 24) with the authorities of Kasama, a city northeast of Tokyo, on promoting ..
Taiwan: Cabinet passes bill to create agricultural insurance mechanism (460)  2019-07-18
The Executive Yuan passed a draft act Thursday to create an agricultural insurance mechanism, under which the government will pay up to 50 percent of the premium to boost the insured rate, in the hope of better protecting the nation's farmers from dramatic financial losses due to weather, diseas..
Malaysia: Agriculture Ministry sets four conditions for Penang reclamation project (433)  2019-07-16
The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry placed four conditions on the Penang state government for its Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project, Parliament heard today. In his reply to Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (BN-Kepala Batas), Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the conditi..
Taiwan implements cash incentives for leopard cat protection (465)  2019-07-15
A trial program for the conservation of the leopard cat (石虎) was approved by the Council of Agriculture on July 1, and incentive measures are being introduced in Miaoli and Nantou counties in a bid to protect endangered species. According to the Forest Bureau, cash rewards will be provided to..
Taiwan: Agricultural exports rise to new high of NT$85.3 billion (436)  2019-07-13
Taiwan’s agricultural exports from January to last month reached a new high of NT$85.3 billion (US$2.7 billion), with sales of fruit surpassing last year’s total, Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said yesterday, adding that the council is eyeing new market..
Global: We must not barter the Amazon rainforest for burgers and steaks (767)  2019-07-09
European leaders have thrown the Amazon rainforest under a Volkswagen bus in a massive cows-for-cars trade deal with Brazil and three other South American nations. The EU-Mercosur agreement – the largest in Europe’s history, according to officials – will make it cheaper for ..
Taiwan: COA hails ‘no shots’ anniversary (611)  2019-07-09
The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday announced that foot-and-mouth disease has been eliminated from Taiwan, as no case had been detected in the past year, without vaccination, 23 years after an outbreak put a halt to the nation’s pork exports. “I hereby announce that Taiwan,..
Global: The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation (902)  2019-07-09
Like other vegetable and animal fats, palm oil follows food-supply trends that have been well documented since the 18th century. For example, in France the calorie intake per capita peaked around 1900 and has since been stable.  While the total caloric intake in France has levelled off, ..
Indonesia: Drought affects 103,000 ha of rice fields in 100 regencies/cities (597)  2019-07-09
Drought is taking its toll on nearly 103,000 hectares of rice fields in at least 100 regencies and cities across the country after 30 days without rain. Speaking after attending a coordination meeting in Jakarta on Monday, Agriculture Ministry Agriculture Infrastructure Director General Sarwo..
South Korea plans to increase aid to North Korea (619)  2019-07-09
South Korea plans to increase food and medical aid to North Korea through international agencies to support the North Korean people who are facing severe food shortages, the unification ministry said Tuesday. In a hearing at the National Assembly, the ministry said it needed to consult with g..
Booming agricultural collaboration between Vietnam and Korea (520)  2019-07-09
As part of Korea's strategy for the transfer of agricultural technology to developing countries, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) has been building agricultural R&D partnerships over the past two decades with counterparts from developing countries in Asia, including Vietnam.  ..
Vietnam: Trà Vinh produces more peanut seeds in rainy season to meet demand (510)  2019-07-09
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Trà Vinh has expanded production of peanut growing during the rainy season to meet demand for seeds and raise farmers' incomes.  The province, which is one of the delta’s largest peanut producers, produces only 15-25 percent of p..
Vietnam: Dangerous weedkiller still used despite ban (507)  2019-07-09
Despite its negative effects on human health and the environment and a Government ban from February, Paraquat is still being traded in Việt Nam, the Vietnam News Agency has reported. Paraquat, a chemical weedkiller, and 2,4-D, an organic compound, have been used to control weeds in Việt Nam s..
Vietnam: Long An seeks rapid adoption of advanced rice farming techniques (529)  2019-07-09
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An hopes to ensure 20,000ha of paddies are farmed using advanced techniques by the end of this year. Nguyễn Chí Thiện, deputy director of its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said these lands would be in Vĩnh Hưng, Tâ..
Philippines: AgriNurture expands exports of coco water products in US (577)  2019-07-09
AgriNurture Inc. (ANI), a listed agribusiness company, is expanding its water exports business following the successful entry of its product in Walmart stores. Walmart, the US retailing giant, is carrying ANI’s products through a partnership with Cocojoy USA, which is distributing ANI&rsquo..
Philippines: Agri-agra loans rise 19% in Q1 (522)  2019-07-09
Philippine banks continued to fall short of the mandated threshold for agriculture and agrarian reform lending despite the 18.9 percent increase in the first quarter, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed. The BSP reported the banking system was able to set aside a total of P..
Thailand: Grisada plots immediate paraquat ban (540)  2019-07-09
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach yesterday expressed his desire to leave a legacy before leaving office by imposing an immediate ban on three toxic farm chemicals, namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. He is reported to have sent an urgent letter to the permanent..
Thailand: Dept readies farmer support guidelines for govt (483)  2019-07-09
The Internal Trade department is preparing guidelines for the income guarantee scheme for four crops -- rice, maize, oil palm and cassava -- to submit to the government. Director-general Whichai Phochanakij said the department will hand its proposal to the new commerce minister, expected to b..
India: Budget 2019: To help marginal cultivators government proposes 10,000 farmer producer organisations (500)  2019-07-09
The government plans to form 10,000 farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in the next five years.  This is expected to help small and marginal cultivators team up to get lower rates for inputs and sell produce at higher rates.  FPOs will ensure economies of scale, said finance ministe..
India: Government plans to nurture agri-entrepreneurs (493)  2019-07-09
The government plans to nurture agri-entrepreneurs to give an impetus to farming in the country.  “Agriculture is no less than industry and we consider every farmer as entrepreneurs. For a sustainable growth in agriculture, fresh ideas need to be sown and youth should be encouraged..
Taiwan: White paper urges drastic plans on greenhouse gas (713)  2019-06-07
Academia Sinica yesterday released a white paper urging authorities to adopt more drastic plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions and draft climate change legislation. The drafting of the white paper, “Taiwan Deep Decarbonization Policy,” started in 2015 and took more than three years ..
JA-ZENCHU and JICA to jointly help developing nations through agricultural aid, international support and know-how sharing (940)  2019-05-31
JA Group and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are signing a new partnership agreement on the initiatives to provide agricultural support to developing countries in Asia. The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU) is going to act as a liaison office for agricultural c..
Taiwan to boost organic farming industry with new law taking effect May 30 (437)  2019-05-31
Taiwan has entered a new phase of agricultural development with the Organic Agriculture Promotion Act (有機農業促進法) going into effect on Thursday (May 30). The act was designed to protect water and soil, the environment, biodiversity, animal welfare, and consumer interests. It also prov..
Taiwan: Agricultural losses from heavy rain reach NT$80 million (958)  2019-05-30
Agricultural losses from several days of heavy rain have reached NT$80 million (US$2.53 million), Council of Agriculture (COA) chief Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Thursday. Chen told reporters that Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan suffered the heaviest losses at NT$23 million and NT$15..
Taiwan: An Industry First and a Steady Source of Income for Fishermen: Individually Frozen and Glazed Sakura Shrimp (598)  2019-05-28
The AGTECH Program was initiated in 2007 by the Council of Agriculture (COA) under the Executive Yuan, and it has already subsidized many companies for various successful R&D achievements and subsequent transition to commercialization. Among these companies is Fortune Life Enterprise Co., Ltd., ..
New Southbound Policy bearing fruit, says Taiwan trade office (636)  2019-05-23
The number of people from “New Southbound” countries residing in Taiwan has increased by 60 percent since 2016, according to the Executive Yuan’s Office of Trade Negotiations. The office said on Thursday afternoon (May 23) that the government’s efforts in promoting ties wi..
Japan to cut wheat import prices on low freight costs and TPP (555)  2019-05-20
Japan will slash its sales prices for imported wheat by 1.7 percent from April, due to a drop in freight costs and a cut in the country’s mark-up prices following the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The agriculture ministry announced on March 8 that it will set the weighted avera..
Taiwan, the Philippines to set up demonstration sites for agricultural exchanges (846)  2019-05-16
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 Council of Agriculture (COA), the..
Taiwan: Quarantine bureau on guard against fall armyworm (587)  2019-05-14
Taiwan’s quarantine bureau is on alert against the fall armyworm, an invasive insect that devastates crops. Since reaching Asia in 2018, the fall armyworm has spread through southern and southwestern China. Should the insects make it across the Taiwan Strait, the consequences for Tai..
Next invasion of Taiwan from China could be fall armyworm (549)  2019-05-14
In addition to fears of the spread of African swine fever, a new scourge from China could soon be threatening the livelihood of Taiwanese farmers, the fall armyworm. The fall armyworm (FAW), which looks similar to the tobacco cutworm, but is a more serious threat, has recently caused large-scale ..
Trump calls on Abe to abolish tariffs on U.S. farm produce, determined to reach agreement on bilateral trade talks (911)  2019-05-07
In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 26 (April 27 Japan time) at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed Japan to end tariffs on U.S. agricultural products in the bilateral trade talks. Trump expressed determination to reach an agreement, indicating a deal might be rea..
Taiwan to be foot-and-mouth-disease-free next year: Council of Agriculture (466)  2019-05-06
The Executive Yuan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) announced on Monday (May 6) that Taiwan has successfully eradicated the foot and mouth disease (FMD). After 23 years of combatting FMD, Taiwan has finally been able to claim itself free from the epidemic, said COA deputy minister Huang Chin-..
Taiwan signs cooperation agreement with Vietnam on demonstration center for seedling production, encouraging bilateral germplasm exchange and opening up export opportunities for Taiwanese agricultural equipment. (619)  2019-04-28
As part of the implementation of the Agricultural New Southbound Policy and the promotion of regional agricultural development, today (April 25) in Vietnam, the Chiayi Agricultural Experiment Branch of the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) signed the “Agreement to Cooperate on a De..
Taiwan imports most pork from Canada, U.S. is No.4 supplier (865)  2019-04-25
Taiwan imported most of its pork in 2018 from Canada, while insisting it will maintain a ban on the presence of the lean-meat agent ractopamine in pork despite pressure from the United States, the island’s No.4 supplier. A delegation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Taiwan Ap..
Taiwan lychee harvest halved due to mild and dry winter (546)  2019-04-17
Taiwan will produce less than half the normal amount of lychees for the first time in almost 50 years because the past winter was not cold and wet enough, reports said Wednesday (April 17). The Council of Agriculture (COA) said that only 20 percent of lychee and longan trees had blossomed, leadin..
Korea: World's one and only sesame oil sommelier (892)  2019-04-11
Lee Hee-jun quantifies sesame oil, pursues globalization By Kwon Mee-yoo Lee Hee-jun, contents director of Yeonnam Bangatgan in Mapo-gu, Seoul, is the only sesame oil sommelier in the world.  He visits master sesame oil makers around Korea and quantifies each recipe to preserve and pro..
Japan: Civil groups call for vaster political support for small farmers (857)  2019-04-11
The committee for the UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in Japan held a meeting at the members’ office building for the house of councilors in Nagata-cho, Tokyo, on February 18.  The network of academic leaders and civil groups gathered t..
Japan: Illegal meat product imports by Chinese visitors total 42,000 cases in 2018, up 1.5 times in three years (828)  2019-04-11
Cases of illegal imports of meat products such as sausages and ham by Chinese travelers to Japan totaled 42,280 in 2018, increasing 1.5 times in three years to mark the largest figure in the last decade, according to the agriculture ministry statistics. Because an African swine fever outbreak has..
Vietnam: 150 northern cooperatives link agricultural production to sales at Big C (675)  2019-04-11
About 150 agricultural cooperatives in 16 northern provinces took part in a conference on connecting agricultural production to consumption at the modern retail chain Big C. The event, organised on Tuesday by several departments of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of ..
Vietnam: Ministry releases 2018 import-export report (716)  2019-04-11
The Ministry of Industry and Trade held a ceremony on Wednesday in Đà Nẵng to release the Việt Nam Import-Export Report 2018. The report provided a comprehensive picture about the country’s imports and exports last year. It was the third report to be publishe..
Việt Nam to develop new markets for rice (568)  2019-04-11
To boost the export of rice as per the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has many solutions to help businesses find export markets. Trần Thanh Hải, Deputy Director of MoIT’s Import and Export Department, speaks to about the issue. Wha..
Vietnam: Local tra fish exports to the UK up almost 70% in value (589)  2019-04-11
Việt Nam’s tra fish exports to the UK in the first quarter increased by 69.5 per cent to US$11.9 million, according to the Việt Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers. The exports mainly comprised frozen tra fillet, the most high-priced item at $5.3 per kilogramme. Frozen..
El Niño's crop damage has no 'adverse impact' on national production – DA (688)  2019-04-02
Meanwhile, the agriculture department's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operations center reports that production losses as of April 2 has reached P5.05 billion. MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the agricultural damage sustained from the weak El Ni&ntild..
New Taipei and IFOAM promote healthy sustainable agriculture in Taiwan (527)  2019-03-30
New Taipei City in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM Asia), held a youth seminar on March 29 to promote nutrition and organic farming practices. The seminar was entitled "Access to Markets: A Road to Sustainability" and invited experts ..
Philippines, Hungary agree to boost agricultural trade, irrigation (686)  2019-03-27
The Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture to boost collaboration on agricultural trade and water security. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol met with his Hungarian counterpart, István Nagy, ..
Indonesia wants Philippines import safeguards on coffee mixes lifted (874)  2019-03-15
The Indonesian government is demanding for the Philippines to permanently lift the safeguards on the imports of coffee mixes in exchange for investments in the country. Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano said Indonesia has gone straight to President Duterte to lobby for the removal of th..
Dead pig found on beach in Kinmen confirmed infected with ASF (789)  2019-03-14
Test results conducted on a pig carcass discovered on a beach in the offshore county of Kinmen a day earlier came back positive for African swine fever (ASF), according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF Thursday. Samples taken from the carcass were found to contain sequen..
New luggage scanners installed at Taiwan airports in fight against ASF (781)  2019-03-13
Two X-ray machines have been installed at Kaohsiung International Airport and one at Tainan Airport in southern Taiwan to facilitate scanning of all hand luggage brought into the country, as Taiwanese authorities step up their efforts to keep African swine fever (ASF) at bay. The new luggage scan..
Taoyuan, Marshall Islands sign MOU on agricultural exports (829)  2019-03-12
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for promoting cooperation in exports of agricultural produce from Taoyuan to Taiwan ally the Marshall Islands was signed between a supplier and seller Tuesday, with nine tons of fruit and vegetables to be exported to the Pacific Ocean nation for the first time. ..
Taiwan: Farmers clinch NT$2.37bn of export orders in Japan (745)  2019-03-09
A national delegation of farmers has secured more than NT$2.37 billion (US$76.69 million) of orders at Foodex Japan, Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Chen has been involved in a spat with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜)..
Taiwan: COA to allow in 450 Indonesians to deal with farm labor shortage (770)  2019-03-08
Taiwan will allow more than 400 Indonesian youths into the country next month to help ease Taiwan's farm labor shortage, Council of Agriculture (COA) chief Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Friday. Speaking at a legislative hearing, Chen said that about 450 young Indonesian nationals will arriv..
Agricultural losses in Taiwan top NT$600 million due to warm winter (720)  2019-03-06
Taiwan has recorded agricultural losses of nearly NT$600 million (US$19.45 million) in the past six weeks due to warmer than usual winter temperatures, with Kaohsiung the hardest hit, according to figures released by the Council of Agriculture (COA) Wednesday. The COA data showed that farmers aro..
Taiwan: Han secures orders for Kaohsiung farm goods in Singapore, Malaysia (705)  2019-02-27
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has secured orders worth hundreds of millions of Taiwan dollars in Singapore and Malaysia during a visit to the two countries that will wrap up Thursday. On Tuesday, Han signed a three-year contract with Seah Kian Peng (謝健平), chief executive official o..
More than 15,000 chickens in Taiwan culled due to H5N2 infection (701)  2019-02-25
A total of 16,728 Taiwan native chickens at a farm in Taiwan’s southwestern county of Yulin were culled on Sunday (Feb. 24) after some of the chicken were confirmed as having been infected with H5N2 one day earlier, according to a Central News Agency (CNA) report on Sunday. The Animal and P..
Taiwan agricultural exports hit record high in 2018 (712)  2019-02-22
Taiwan saw its agricultural exports soar to US$5.47 billion in 2018, marking the highest in two decades, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced Thursday after receiving a briefing on the country’s policy to promote agricultural produce. According to Su, Taiwan’s exports to China..
U.S. Agriculture Department to send first trade mission to Taiwan (679)  2019-02-20
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will send its first-ever trade mission to Taiwan in April, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday. Citing a USDA press release issued on December, AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour told CNA that the trade mission will take place from April 22 t..
All passengers from Vietnam to be checked for pork products (716)  2019-02-15
Taiwan has begun checking all passengers arriving in the country from Vietnam for possession of pork products after a pork sandwich brought into Taiwan by a traveler from Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for African swine fever (ASF). It was the latest step taken by Taiwan to keep the ASF virus o..
Japan leaving the International Whaling Commission is a disaster, but not for the reasons you think (1307)  2019-01-04
The reaction to Japan leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has been predictable, offering nothing new. The Australian Government has said it's "extremely disappointed", while UK Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove tweeted that Britain would "contin..
Indonesian delegation receives agricultural training in Taiwan (965)  2019-01-04
To implement the Taiwan-Indonesia collaborative project of Modern Agriculture Demo Farm in Karawang (MADFK), the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has sent a team comprising 30 farmers and officials to Taiwan for a 15-day long training Co-developed by the Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture, Karaw..
China, Korea cut tariffs further (1184)  2019-01-03
Australian farmers became more competitive exporters into China and Korea as of January 1 with 5418 tariffs on exports to China alone eliminated in the latest round of cuts as part of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). There are also tariffs cuts into South Korea as part of the Ko..
Deep chill brings delight in Bengal Tea belt (874)  2019-01-02
Planters in Bengal tea belt are expecting bright post winter high value first flush output for the consecutive second year due to prevailing favorable weather conditions.  Entire tea belt in Bengal has taken submergence deep under chill. While the mercury at in TeraiNSE 0.00 % and Dooars tea..
Philippines prompts brown rice programme (1105)  2019-01-02
RiceBIS Negros Agrarian Reform Cooperative (RiceBIS NARCO), Sitio Timawa Farming Association (STOFA) and Tison-Aida Farmers Association (TAFA) in Negros Occidental in the Philippines reached a number of stakeholders through the brown rice agro-enterprise day and feeding programme More than 800 st..
Taiwan's Yunlin County culls another poultry farm due to bird flu, 62 farms in total for 2018 (847)  2019-01-01
A turkey farm was found to be infected with the H5N2 bird flu virus on Dec. 27 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After a difficult year for poultry farmers in Yunlin County, another farm was discovered to have been infected with the bird flu virus, leading to prompt action by the local government and ..
Bountiful onion harvest in Pangasinan next year (1027)  2018-12-30
A bountiful onion harvest is expected in Bayambang, Pangasinan next year after the Department of Agriculture provided farmers with pesticides to avert another armyworm attack.  Municipal agriculturist Artemio Buezon said red onions planted in October would be harvested by February or March n..
Taiwanese customs officers see no decline in meat smuggler despite heavy fine (850)  2018-12-29
Travelers are notably advised not to smuggle pork and other banned meat products into Taiwan or will receive a fine of NT$200,000 for first-time violation TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In order to prevent the contagion of African swine disease onto the island, Taiwan has beefed up penalties for br..
Tokyo’s Nerima to host 2019 Urban Agriculture World Summit (994)  2018-12-27
Tokyo’s Nerima Ward will host the world’s first Urban Agriculture World Summit (UAWS), which will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 next year, looking to urban farming as providers of vital ecosystems services in major metropolitan areas. With limited land, urban farms also offer the cha..
Japan aims more ASEAN states to accede seed patent UPOV (851)  2018-12-26
Japan has set a target by 2027 to get more than half of Southeast Asian members to accede to the 1991 revision of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention. Japan has been pushing the neighboring countries to build an intellectual property system that..
Japan food exports rise in September on wagyu beef and fruits (902)  2018-12-25
Japan’s food exports rose for the seventh consecutive month in September, thanks to largely to appetite for wagyu beef and fruits in neighboring Asian countries, official data has showed. Total shipments of agriculture products, processed foods and seafood soared 14% to 79.2 billion yen in ..
Banana firms mull corporate rice farming (869)  2018-12-16
The country’s biggest banana companies are considering venturing into rice farming as the government continues to look for ways to boost supply of the country’s main staple. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA..
Coco millers to buy copra from farmers at P24/kilo (865)  2018-12-16
Local coconut oil millers are set to buy directly from copra farmers amid the continued drop in mill gate prices of the commodity. In a recent dialogue with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, coconut oil millers agreed to buy copra from farmers at a mill gate price of P24 per kilogram. ..
Industrial crops output up in Q3 (809)  2018-12-16
The expansion of planting areas has improved the growth of some of the country’s top industrial crops in the third quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported. The top industrial crops are coconut, abaca, coffee, rubber, sugarcane and tobacco. In its latest major non-food..
NIA opens P134-M irrigation system (853)  2018-12-09
The National Irrigation Administration has opened the new P134-million irrigation system in Iloilo City in line with the government’s effort to cover more agricultural areas nationwide. The P133.85-million Sta. Barbara River irrigation system in Iloilo City will irrigate 2,289 hectares of a..
700 dairy farmers meet in Tokyo to call for milk price increase (1005)  2018-11-29
On November 14, 2018, the Dairy Farmers’ Political Federation of Japan (Nihon Rakuno Seiji Renmei) gathered at the LDP headquarters in Nagata-cho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, to announce the launch of the initiatives for maintaining and developing small- and medium-sized businesses-most of them run b..
Cargill invests in Thai poultry, aqua feed operations (1096)  2018-11-28
US$70 million investment includes expansion of cooked poultry facility in Nakornratchasima and upgrade of aqua feed plant in Petchaburi Cargill is investing more than US$70 million in facilities in Thailand over the next two years to address the increase in global demand of seafood and poult..
Proposed Keystone Foods deal gets South Korean approval (1041)  2018-11-27
Marfrig Global Foods says sale of Keystone Foods to Tyson Foods should be finalized before the end of 2018 Marfrig Global Foods' proposed sale of its Keystone Foods subsidiary to Tyson Foods has received approval from the antitrust authority of South Korea, paving the way for the tr..
Vietnam home to new animal feed factory (1108)  2018-11-20
Sunjin Group invest 25 million in 4th facility in Vietnam that can produce 240,000 tons annually Sunjin Group from the Republic of Korea introduced its new animal feed factory, which can produce 240,000 tons of animal feed annually at Dong Van IV Industrial Park, in Kim Bang district, t..
Crop damage by wild animals in Japan falls 5% in 2017: survey (899)  2018-11-20
A recent survey has revealed that crops damaged by wildlife invasions in Japan fell 5 percent from a year earlier, as the central government and local authorities encouraged trapping and hunting wild animals such as boars and deer. Economic losses caused by wildlife was estimated at 16.4 billion ..
China may ease post-Fukushima ban on Japan’s food imports (863)  2018-11-20
During his groundbreaking visit Beijing in October, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that China may ease its import restrictions on certain Japanese agriculture products, which has been placed in since the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. “China said it will consider easing th..
Study: Flies may transmit African swine fever (956)  2018-11-15
Findings from a recent study suggest flies in contact with sick pigs may transmit the virus A recent study concluded that if a pig digests flies that have been in contact with a herd infected by African Swan Fever (ASF), that pig could contract the virus. More than 50 African swine feve..
JBA launches India Crop catastrophe model (876)  2018-11-15
JBA Risk Management (JBA), global leader in risk management, has launched a new India Crop catastrophe model for the insurance market JBA has collaborated with Chaucer through its platform in Singapore to develop a new probabilistic crop model for the Indian agriculture insurance market. The m..
Vietnam’s veterinary equipment distributor signs deal with Canada’s Avivagen (890)  2018-11-13
Canada-based Avivagen Inc, which specialises in developing and commercialising products for livestock, companion animal and human applications, has entered into a distribution agreement for Vivamune™ Health Chews in the Vietnamese market with Viphavet Co Ltd Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vipha..
Pig feed producer reports ASF contamination in feed (982)  2018-11-12
First report of feed supplies contaminated with deadly African swine fever Chinese animal feed producer Tangrenshen Group has reported that pig feed produced by one of its business units has been contaminated with African swine fever (ASF), according to Reuters. This is the first time feed sup..
A Chiang Rai Farmer Commence Rice Harvest, Government Predicts High Prices (984)  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 (1761)  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 (945)  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 (1152)  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 (1775)  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 (1015)  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 (1697)  2018-09-19
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’t need to import rice..
Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation (1592)  2018-09-13
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 Fisheries (遠洋漁業條例), pe..
Government approves proposal to increase MSP of rabi crops for 2018-19 (1106)  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 (1602)  2018-09-10
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 Minister of Agriculture and ..
Indonesia ready to produce agricultural entrepreneurs (1871)  2018-09-10
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 remarked here on Monday th..
Rise in Malaysian visitors to Japan pushes up Japan’s fruits export to Malaysia (1051)  2018-09-07
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 and they buy more fruit..
Japan’s growers aim to revive floral tradition at Tokyo Olympics (994)  2018-09-07
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 floral tradition back..
Some Japanese food exports hit record high in first half of 2018 (960)  2018-09-04
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 the first half fr..
Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate remains flat at 38% in 2017 (1875)  2018-09-03
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-sufficiency in 2017 r..
Japan needs to improve self-sufficiency rate: farm minister (1505)  2018-09-03
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 remained flat at 37.78..
Australia, Indonesia agree on stronger ties in grains sector (1481)  2018-09-03
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, Australia will gain access ..
Japan’s farm group sets up a base in Taiwan to expand exports (1032)  2018-08-30
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 hubs in the U.S., ..
Japan likely to extend best-before dates to boost pork exports (961)  2018-08-29
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. The first meeting of..
DA’s TienDA food marketing program may boost tourism: Piñol (1228)  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 raised suc..
Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's aging farmers (1209)  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 (1187)  2018-08-22
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 wholesale price of well-milled..
DOST 10 opens undergrad scholarship applications up to August 31 (1184)  2018-08-18
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 August 14, 2018 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, DOST reg..
Japan’s meat imports in first half hit a record high in 20 years (1130)  2018-08-15
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 metric tons in the Jan..
Japan to accept more foreign workers by creating new visa (1070)  2018-08-14
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 meeting. Agriculture Mi..
Japan’s ruling LDP presses gov’t not to enter trade talk with USHong Kong eases post-Fukushima ban on some Japanese food (1008)  2018-08-09
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 launching official ..
Philippines: Agriculture output hardly grows in Q2 (1007)  2018-08-08
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 production expanded by measly 0..
Japan’s appetite for cheese grows amid pursuing FTA with EU (966)  2018-08-08
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 taking advantage of..
Taiwan: Philippine envoy upbeat on Southbound Policy pipeline, discloses talks on visas (1052)  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 (987)  2018-08-07
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, while Tokyo refused..
TPP-11 members agree to facilitate expanding membership (1012)  2018-08-07
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 of the TPP-11, of it..
Philippines:Typhoons cause P2 billion in damage to farming, fisheries (999)  2018-07-30
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 value crops, livestock and fishe..
US eyes wider market in Indonesia for agriculture products (1285)  2018-07-19
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 for two-way trade. We ar..
IFC agrees Vietnam commodity financing package (1275)  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 (1267)  2018-07-18
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 mandate will soak up more supplies o..
S.Korea's agro-food exports hit record high in H1 (1332)  2018-07-17
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 3.55 billion U.S. dollars in t..
Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples (1291)  2018-07-17
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 June 8. Technically, J..
VN must work hard to meet export targets (1117)  2018-07-17
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 the Việt Nam Chamber ..
Japan to export fresh beef to Argentina in July for the first time (1135)  2018-07-13
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 on June 29. Japan wil..
Shark catfish farming booming (1098)  2018-07-13
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 first half of this ye..
GM crop area reaches a record 190 million ha in 2017: ISAAA (1086)  2018-07-12
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, according to the Inte..
Japan-made bananas attracting attention with development of nontropical plants (1068)  2018-07-12
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 seeds and plants manufa..
US-China trade war to hurt or benefit VN agriculture? (1088)  2018-07-11
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 the Việt Nam Cashew Asso..
Indonesia says scrapping plans to bring back soybean import tax (1126)  2018-07-11
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, which buys most of its soybeans f..
Korea to help improve agriculture sector (1157)  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 (1046)  2018-07-10
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 consumers. The move is part ..
Japan suspends sales of Canadian wheat after GMO discovery (1090)  2018-07-09
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 is Japan’s No. 2 w..
Japan’s food exports rise in April on beef and fishery products (1061)  2018-07-05
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 a year earlier, accord..
Farmer-to-farmer: How is climate-smart agriculture being communicated in climate-vulnerable communities? (1107)  2018-07-05
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 climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices to visiting local leaders, ag..
NFA intensifies rice price monitoring (1230)  2018-07-01
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 diversion or adulteration o..
Seed bank established to save indigenous crops in Nepal (1198)  2018-07-01
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 run a campaign to ..
Vietnam calls on Swiss investors in agriculture (914)  2018-07-01
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 largest exporters of many agr..
China lifts two-decade ban on import of British beef triggered by mad cow fears (1120)  2018-06-27
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 move for British pr..
Vietnamese delegation visits Taiwan to promote cooperation in agriculture, education (1053)  2018-06-27
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 "Agricultural Science, Techno..
China says will ditch import tariffs on soybeans from India, South Korea, others (1175)  2018-06-26
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 Finance said the cut will be effect..
Agriculture department sets suggested prices for rice, other goods (1295)  2018-06-25
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 Metro Manila markets. The S..
Agriculture budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022: PM Modi (1211)  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 (1242)  2018-06-21
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 negotiations with the Chi..
Farm machinery uptake to increase, predicted Thai agricultural experts (1325)  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 (1190)  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 (1343)  2018-06-19
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 on May 29. Australia ..
Philippines to import rice through 2020 despite rising output - minister (1185)  2018-06-19
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 target for the Philippines to..
Russia offers corn to Indonesia (1185)  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 (1200)  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 (1114)  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 (1163)  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 (1340)  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 (1226)  2018-06-12
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 2017 and contributed just 16 p..
Alibaba Cloud Launches ET Agricultural Brain at the Shanghai Computing Conference (1290)  2018-06-12
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 and vegetable growing enterprises in Chin..
Rain Brings Wheat Relief in Australia's west (1333)  2018-06-12
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 conditions threatened to cut cr..
Australian wheat penetrates Taiwan (1250)  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 (1118)  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 (1183)  2018-06-06
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 acquired the certification..
Indonesia’s new bill targets illegal fishing vessel owners (1195)  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 (1217)  2018-06-04
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 bill and sent it to the en..
S. Korea, Philippines sign MOU on agriculture cooperation (1291)  2018-06-04
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 Emmanuel Pinol, secretary of the ..
Vietnam's fruit, veggie export up in 5 months (1188)  2018-06-04
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 million U.S. dollars import..
Vietnam rice exports to China drop (1272)  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 (1236)  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 (1237)  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 (1057)  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 (1236)  2018-05-29
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 Livestock Contract..
Philippines: DA trains educators on organic agriculture (1095)  2018-05-29
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) theories, practices and principles. The ..
India's enterprising farmers process, market agriculture products (1203)  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 (1220)  2018-05-23
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 starting April 1. The Ja..
Japan’s rice and sake exporters want removal of tariff barriers (1325)  2018-05-22
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 exporters about the challenges..
Wakayama growers prepare to export new strawberry Marihime (1300)  2018-05-22
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 exported 890 tons of str..
Trade truce with China could boost US beef, soybeans and other agriculture products (1600)  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 (1372)  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 (1199)  2018-05-18
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 rice mill and two fumigat..
Thai Academics Urge Government to Ban Dangerous Herbicides and Pesticides (1241)  2018-05-17
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 group of professors a..
China, Vietnam Hold Joint Activity of Fishery Resources for Stock Enhancement, Releasing and Maintenance in the Beibu Gulf (1315)  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 (1230)  2018-05-16
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 Council of Agriculture (COA), the..
Japan-US trade talks will not lead to a new FTA: farm minister (1012)  2018-05-14
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, nor as preliminary talks ..
China’s Alibaba Group and Thailand boost agri-trade between the countries (1422)  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 (1841)  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 (2401)  2016-11-11
On September 16, 2016, the Cabinet decided to implement the new national plan for the promotion of biomass utilization. The new national plan for the promotion of biomass utilization is supposed to deliberate whether or not to revise the present national plan at least every five years based on th..
New Long-term Land Improvement Plan in Japan (1946)  2016-10-03
On August 24, 2016, the Cabinet decided to efficiently & systemically implement the policies for the new long-term land improvement plan for FY2016-2020. The long-term land improvement plan is supposed to be revised every five years based on the Land Improvement Act (Act No. 195 of 1949). ..
Korea begins exporting Samgyetang to China (2296)  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 (2267)  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 (2134)  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 (2065)  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:
Korea and China Will Jointly Take Measures to Cope with Foot-and-Mouth Disease and AI (2121)  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 (2034)  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:
Korea and Russia Sign MOU on Joint Agricultural Development of Siberia (2101)  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 (2133)  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 (2116)  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: (Searched and summarized by Dr. Takashi ..
Thailand held one of its biggest rice auctions (2086)  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 (2206)  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:
Thailand will no longer allow GM plants import following the agreement to join TPP ( Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (2044)  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 (2163)  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 (2140)  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’ (2037)  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 (2214)  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 (2228)  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 (2403)  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 (2230)  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 (2071)  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 (2040)  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. (2127)  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 (2156)  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:) (2202)  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) (2233)  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) (2373)  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) (2088)  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 (2073)  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. (Written ..
2016 Drought in Thailand caused agricultural product shortage in Thailand (2160)  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.
Accelerating public investments for fostering the horse industry in Korea (2131)  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 (2210)  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 (2106)  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:
Korea expands its public storage of cabbage and radish (2152)  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 (2122)  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 (2198)  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 (2347)  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 (2216)  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 (2714)  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 (2259)  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 (2473)  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 (2267)  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:
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 (2243)  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 (2144)  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 (2245)  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 (2275)  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 (2311)  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 (2249)  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 (2223)  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:
Nation’s Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in Japan (2397)  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 (2159)  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 (2508)  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 (2386)  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 (2411)  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:, Sept..
Eight Measures to help affected by drought Thai farmers (2446)  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:
Indonesia maize import reaches 2.3 million tons, an incease of 23% (2385)  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://, 25 September 2015   Res..
Minister of Agriculture secures 350,000 ha of land for livestock investment in Indonesia (2478)  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://, 18 September  2015   Researched and summari..
Vietnam adopts more credit policies for agriculture and rural development (2369)  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 (2433)  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 (2413)  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 (2346)  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 (2545)  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 (2417)  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 (2377)  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 (2641)  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 (2521)  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 (2312)  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 (2345)  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:
Government holds meeting on cooperation between agriculture and food industry in Korea (2300)  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 (2387)  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 (2292)  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 (2724)  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:
Indonesia temporarily stops corn imports (2320)  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 (2417)  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 (2392)  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 (2410)  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 (2492)  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) (2364)  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 (2488)  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:
Vietnam adopts international standards in agriculture (2294)  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 (2462)  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 (2195)  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 (2340)  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:
Guidance on new technological advances in agriculture and rural development in Vietnam (2312)  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 (2341)  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 (2503)  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:, July 23, 2015 (Research and summarized..
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (2546)  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:, July 23, 2015 (Research and..
Thailand Experiences Weird Weather (2385)  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:, July 23, 2015 (Research and summarized ..
MOU Signing with Myanmar for Mutual Growth of Seed Industry in Korea (2386)  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 (2431)  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 (2484)  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 (2229)  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 (2347)  2015-07-08
China's Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday published a guideline on achieving "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030.   Source:, May 28, 2015 (Researched and summarized By Dr. Zhen Zhong) ..
Agriculture, Non-coal Industries Attract More Investments in First Four Months in China (2453)  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:, Ma..
China to Reclaim 670,000 Hectares of Land for Forest, Grass (2449)  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:, June 5, 2015 (Rese..
Environmental Footprint of China's Food Security Policies (2325)  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 (1951)  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:, J..
China Ready to Trim Stockpiles of Cotton (2408)  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:
Thailand’s Prime Minister requests farmers to delay planting (2412)  2015-06-26
Prime Minister has repeated his plea to farmers to delay planting due to water shortage.   Source: (Researched and summerized by Dr. Kampanat Pensupar) ..
Thai government’s responds to drought (2434)  2015-06-26
To cope with drought, the government will spend 51 million baht to dig underground wells. Source: (Researched and summarized by Dr. Kampanat Pensupar) ..
Afmech to spur dev’t of farm machines in Philippines (2257)  2015-06-25
The article features salient points of the Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Law (AfMech)   Source: (Researched and summarized by Dr. Czeriza Valencia ..
Public opinion sought on AfMech Law implementation in Philippines (2414)  2015-06-25
Features consultation activities related to the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the AfMech Law   Source: (Researched and summarized by Department of Agriculture) ..
Farm mechanization to create new jobs in Philippines (2484)  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:
Amended Fisheries Code takes effect this week in Philippines (2442)  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:   ..
Fisheries code amendments oppressive, says fishing group in Philippines (2274)  2015-06-25
The article features the perceived disadvantages of the amendments of the Fisheries Code   Source:   (Researched and summarized by Dr. ..
Amended Fisheries Code is not limited to PHL borders: lawyer (2297)  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: (Researched and summari..
Aquino signs Rural Farm Schools Act in Philippines (2425)  2015-06-25
Discussed the salient features of the law and the implementation mechanisms   Source: ..
Rules on Creating Rural Farm Schools in Every Province Soon to be OKd in Philippines (2060)  2015-06-25
Discussed the salient features of the law and the implementation mechanisms   Source:   (Researched and summarized by AAMBIS-OWA Party List) ..
Awareness: Rural farm schools in communities in Philippines (2090)  2015-06-25
The article features the objectivesof RA 10618 and highlighted select provinces in the country that adopted the rural farm schools   Source: (Researched and summarized by Manila Bulletin) ..
President Joko Widodo Issued Presidential Decree No.71/2015 in Indonesia (2325)  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 (2279)  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 (2361)  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 (2278)  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 (2357)  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 (2335)  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 (2266)  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 (2502)  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 (2317)  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:
Rural Tourism Program through Train Trips in Korea (2411)  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 (2391)  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 (2602)  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:
Plan for Vitalization Environmentally Friendly Farming in Korea (2145)  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:
Hanergy Offers Smart Solution for Boosting Agriculture Efficiency in China (2277)  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:, May 7, 2015 (Research and summarized ..
Loans Benefit Mount Wutai's Farmers in China (2142)  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 (2207)  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:, May. 14, 2015 (Research and summarize..
HK Bans Poultry Product Import from Three Regions (2244)  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:
ASEAN Member Countries Prepare for Food Security Monitoring System (2544)  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 (2412)  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:
China Adjusts Subsidy Policy to Help Farmers (2216)  2015-05-04
China will improve agricultural subsidy policies in an effort to deepen rural reforms, promote agricultural modernization and increase peasants' income.   Source:, May. 1, 2015 (Research and summerized by Dr. Zen Zh..
China's Legislature Passes Tougher Food Safety Law Aamendment (2218)  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:
China’s Ministry of Agriculture Urges Farmers to Do More to Address Water and Soil Pollution (2403)  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 (2549)  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 (2206)  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:, April. 14, 2015 (Research and summerized by Dr. Zhen Zh..
Agro-product Quality & Safety Remains Stable in First Quarter in China (2212)  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:
China to Boost Sustainable Growth in Agriculture (2231)  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 (2169)  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:
Aquino Signs EOs on Utilization of Coco Levy Funds in Philippines (2464)  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:, March 19, 2015 (Researach and sum..
P-Noy Issues EO on Coco Levy Fund in Philippines (2598)  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:, March 20, 2015 (Research and summarized by Dr. D..
Govt May Now Use Coco Levy Fund as SC Issues Final Judgment Entry in Philippines (2633)  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:
Who Should Manage the Philippines' P72 Billion Coco Levy Fund? (2562)  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:, Dec. 15, 20..
Indonesian Government Regulation on Food Security and Nutrition (2243)  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 (3105)  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 (2211)  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 (2364)  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 (2481)  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 (2343)  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 (2369)  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 holiday hou..
Special Authority to Manage Palm Oil Fund in Indonesia (2336)  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 (2847)  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 (2439)  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 (2401)  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 (2275)  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 (2514)  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 (2461)  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 (2229)  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 (2292)  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 (2214)  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 (2230)  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 (2731)  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 (2254)  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 ($US 0.9 million) starting July 1. 2015 in Korea (2268)  2015-03-16
On February 28, 2015, the Korean Government has submitted a revised bill on the agricultural credit guarantee law to the National Assembly, which allows new farmers who are returning from urban area to borrow money up to 1 billion won ($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 (2140)  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 (2180)  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 (2649)  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 (3816)  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..