Farm export value falls below targets

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Some key farm export products are struggling to reach targets this year due to a lack of raw materials and disadvantages on the world market, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said.

The ministry has reduced expectations in export value for seafood, coffee and rubber.

Export prices on the world market were expected to fall by the end of the year compared to the first half and export volumes would not increase due to lack of raw materials for processing, the ministry said.

Thus, the total export value for the year was expected to fall by US$80 million to $6.1 billion for seafood and from $3.739 billion to $3.7 billion for rubber and the volume of coffee exports was estimated to fall from 1.3 million tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes for the year.

By the end of this year, seafood exporters are likely to face difficulties in accessing raw materials and export markets while a limited domestic supply of coffee would reduce export volumes, the ministry said.

Nguyen Nam Hai, secretary of the Viet Nam Coffee Club, said that coffee export volumes had reduced to half their normal amounts over the past two months due to low stocks.

The seafood industry experienced a lack of raw materials, reducing production capacity by 50-60 per cent, according to the Viet Nam Seafood Exporters and Producers Association.

The ministry planned to follow market developments to effectively manage the export of agricultural and seafood products while updating regulations regarding quality and food safety.

Viet Nam earned $13.9 billion from agricultural, seafood and forest exports during the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 33.4 per cent.

The ministry expected the country to gain $23 billion from agricultural, seafood and forest products this year, an increase of 20 per cent over last year.

Meanwhile, Viet Nam is set to ship 800,000 tonnes of rubber this year for a turnover of $3 billion, according to the Viet Nam Rubber Association.

This compares to corresponding figures of 782,000 tonnes and $2.3 billion in 2010.

Rubber production this year could increase by 4 per cent over last year, the association said.

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) estimates world demand this year at 26.1 million tonnes, a year-on-year rise of 1.7 million tonnes. VRA General Secretary Tran Thi Thuy Hoa said Vietnamese enterprises should focus on improving the quality of their products in order to exploit the existing opportunity to promote rubber exports.

The association has asked the Finance Ministry to defer the 5 per cent export tax on rubber in order to help enterprises access capital for expanding cultivation areas and boosting exports.Hoa said the tax relief was particularly necessary now because transportation charges were very high.

She also said demand from China, the major market for Vietnamese rubber, was not stable, causing many difficulties for local firms. The rubber industry planned several promotion campaigns in order to expand its markets to other countries, she added.

VRA members would also expand areas under rubber cultivation in the provinces of Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

They would also work to improve the quality of their products and build new processing plants in areas where there were a lot rubber plantations, Hoa said.

In the northwestern and northeastern provinces, it is planned that another 60,000ha are placed under rubber cultivation, bringing total area across the country to 800,000ha.

Vietnamese scientists will work to develop better varieties of rubber trees with high yields and less time before producing latex. They will also advise farmers on improved cultivation methods.

Viet Nam plans an output of 1.1 million tonnes of rubber by 2015 and 1.2 – 1.4 million tonnes by 2020.

To attain an annual export turnover of over $2 billion, the industry needed to increase production of value-added rubber products, Hoa said. — VNS

Farm product exports surge 33.4%


VGP – Việt Nam was estimated to earn US $13.9 billion from exporting agricultural, forest and seafood products in the first seven months of this year, up 33.4% against the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Of the sum, the country was to pocket over US $2 billion from 930,000 tons of coffee, posting respective year-on-year rises of 92.6% and 24%.

It shipped abroad about 85,000 tons of pepper totaling US $465 million, remaining nearly flat in volume but surging 70.9% in value; and 349,000 tons of rubber worth US $1.5 billion.

As many as 4.7 million tons of rice were sold abroad during the period, valued at US $2.3 billion, up 9.7% and 10.8%, respectively. Indonesia was the biggest buyer while others, such as Malaysia and Cuba, also made large purchases.

As demands for Vietnamese rice from the Philippines, which was Việt Nam’s second biggest rice importer, were less than before, local enterprises strengthened exports of the staple to new markets, including Senegal, Bangladesh and Cote d’Ivoire.

Continued Government Support for Pork Breeders

images (2) CHINA – Sen Yu International Holdings, Inc. commented yesterday that it expects a continuation in government support of animal husbandry and rural infrastructure policies for agricultural products to benefit hog breeders on the back of rising hog prices.

The Chinese government typically offers subsidies to help small-scale pig breeders control diseases and encourage them to boost production when pork prices are high. Following a year-on-year 57.1 per cent pork price surge in June, Beijing has resumed an RMB 2.5 billion subsidy to spur pig breeding and prevent future supply shocks, according to China Briefing, a China news service based in Hong Kong.
China is the world’s largest pork producer, accounting for over 50 million tons of production in 2010, or half of the world’s total production. However, the Pork industry itself is highly fragmented, with the majority of China’s pig farms categorized as small-time breeders.
"Pork has historically been the primary animal protein source in Chinese diets and government subsidies to help increase and spur pork production at a time of record high prices are likely to help increase breeders’ profits and growth in 2011," commented Zhenyu (Jack) Shang, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sen Yu International Holdings, Inc. "Against a backdrop of record high prices for pork, we see government support continuing in the future as China grows its pork industry and expect to benefit from government subsidies that encourage breeders to raise more pigs."
Mr Shang added, "Sen Yu continues to refine its breeding techniques, ensuring its pigs are safe and always of the highest quality, and has the production capacity to meet higher demand for pork. Our efficient business model allows us to capture more market share and reduce costs as consumers continue to look to purchase the highest quality pork products derived from our superior quality animals such as our Canadian breeding hogs. We believe strong demand from Chinese consumers coupled with rising middle-class incomes from China’s economic expansion will continue to simulate demand for our products."

AI Import Ban of Livestock Products Extended

tải xuống INDIA – The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries (DADF) in India, last month issued a Gazette notification extending its ongoing ban on imports of specified live animals and livestock products from all countries reporting Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI), for an unspecified period.

According to the USDA Foreigh Agricultural Service, this extension was effective with an immediate effect from the date of publication of this notification (19 July 2011).
Despite the exemptions listed in the notifications for unprocessed poultry meat and meat products, live pigs and birds, unprocessed semen of domestic and wild birds including poultry, the FAS said the imports of these products remain restricted from entry due to other import regulations.

Proposal to impose taxes on imported agricultural products

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KARBALA: National Alliance MP Fo’ad al-Dourki disclosed a proposal to impose a tax on imported agricultural produces in order to protect national production, pointing out that the production of fruit was deteriorating due to incorrect policies.
Dourki told Aswat al-Iraq that a sum of 250 Iraqi dinars will be charged on every kilogram of imported agricultural products, which go towards by the local governments to raise the prices of the imported items in comparison to those that are locally produced.  Iraq randomly imports agricultural produce, which has resulted in calls to halt the imports or close the borders.

More Vietnamese agricultural products to be exported to US

images (3) Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk attended the third meeting of the Vietnam-US trade and investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council in Washington DC on May 23.

They were pleased to review the fine results of Vietnam-US cooperation in trade, investment, intellectual property, information technology, services, and agriculture.

They affirmed that although TIFA is an effective channel for bilateral cooperation, it should be strengthened to deal with snags in the implementation of announcement mechanism.

The two sides discussed solutions to problems arising from the export of Vietnamese frozen shrimp, tra and basa fish to the US.

The participation in TIFA activities has promoted economic, trade and investment relations between the two countries, said Minister Hoang, adding that measures have been discussed to increase bilateral import-export turnover.

Apart from Vietnam’s traditional exports such as garments and textiles, footwear, tra and basa fish products, the US also want to import dragon fruits and rambutan.

For its part, Vietnam is planning to import agricultural products from the US.

Vietnam agro exports mostly processed products


As much as 90 percent of Vietnamese agricultural exports are preliminarily processed products and are priced 5-10 percent lower than similar foreign products.

Participants at a meeting held o­n May 18 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development acknowledged this fact. The meeting discussed a project to increase added value of agricultural products.

According to the ministry, there are many shortcomings in producing agricultural products of high added value.

The ministry said that product quality standards were still not being properly addressed and the level of advanced standards applied to production remained low while losses after harvest were still high.

Agricultural products are still traded under traditional modes. The variety of agricultural products are very limited and unstable and pricing depended o­n the export market.

Under the project, the added value of each agricultural product will increase by 20 percent at the minimum within 10 years.

Agro, aqua products to have quality management


Vietnam plans to spend VND1.5trillion (US$75 million) to improve the management of quality standards of agricultural and forest products during the period 2011-2015.

A farmer waters cabbages at a farm in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: SGGP)

Under a project approved by the Prime Minister, the country will consolidate state-run organizations that monitor quality and safety of agricultural and forest products, as well as seafood and salt, to follow a consistent management of farm produce, from source to consumer.

Agencies established at some localities will advise, test and certify production process and quality of agricultural and forest products and seafood.

The technical facilities of management organizations will be upgraded to state-of-the-art standards.

Some experiment and verification labs will be built by 2015, meeting with regional standards. These labs will follow the ASEAN experiment and verification system.

Agro-forestry, aquatic exports reach US$12 billion


Export earnings from agro-forestry and aquatic products in the first half of 2011 was estimated at US$12 billion, up 38.7 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In June alone, agro-forestry and aquatic products fetched US$2.1 billion, mainly from key export items like coffee and rubber, which saw a sharp increase in export turnover in the Belgian and US markets.

In the past six months, Vietnam earned US$7 billion from exporting agricultural products, 1.5 times more than the same period in 2010.

Rice exports also contributed almost US$2 billion, thanks to increased volume exported to Indonesia, Cuba and Malaysia.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has taken new measures to promote the export of agro-forestry and aquatic products. It has organised seminars and trade fairs to advertise these products and worked with foreign countries to remove technical and commercial barriers.

The Ministry also asked relevant agencies to effectively implement policies to reduce post-harvest losses and establish Vietnamese standards for seafood processing and preserving.



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