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|Grain prices appreciating|
[12 March 2014] The political crisis in the Ukraine is making it possible for grain prices in India, the US and other locations to move up in-spite of a bumper corn production across the world. In the US, prices moved up by more than 5% across all contracts. Meanwhile, the appreciating rupee is likely to make Indian corn a little more expensive in the export market.
|Asean to set own shrimp standards|
[12 March 2014] With Asean supplying 80% of the global shrimp output, producers and processors are working to build a common set of standards for their shrimp, which is suitable with regional conditions and harmonized with other popular international requirements. Currently, they have to follow various standards set by importing countries. Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Nguyen Huu Dung said the standards will be divided and applied for extensive shrimp and industrial shrimp and are expected to be enforced by 2015.
|Aussie meat prices to rise|
[12 March 2014] While Australia's red meat exports are predicted to find significant opportunities in emerging markets such as China and the Middle East, it should brace for competition from India, Brazil, the US and China. Economist Trish Gleeson from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences prices are set to rise as herd and flock numbers recover from the drought. “Beef cattle saleyard prices are expected to fall to an average 18% lower than the 10-year average saleyard price in real terms,” Ms Gleeson said. Assuming a return to normal after the drought, beef cattle prices are forecast to rise by 12% in 2014-15 while lamb prices, aided by strong export demand, are forecast to average 15% higher in 2013-14 and a further 8% higher in 2014-15 as availability tightens.
|India develops white spot virus diagnostic kit|
[12 March 2014] Mangalore-based College of Fisheries has developed a diagnostic kit for the detection of white spot virus in shrimp. Dean of the college K M Shankar said the virus causes an estimated annual loss of USD 82 million in the shrimp culture industry. The farmer-level kit is ideal for diagnosis and will cost farmers USD 0.65-0.82, whereas the laboratory-level diagnosis costs USD 8.2 a test. Stating that white spot viral attack is contagious and kills shrimps quickly, Mr Shankar said the kit would help in the early warning of the virus attack. The kit was evaluated in shrimp farms in India and outside since 2006 and the technology will be transferred to a multinational company Virbac Animal Health Care.
|China suggests move towards GM crop approval|
[11 March 2014] China’s minister of agriculture, Han Changfu, has expressed confidence in the safety of genetically modified (GM) food, suggesting that China is moving towards approving domestic GM crop production. The move would allow China to sharply reduce imports of soybean, corn and other animal feed ingredients. Speaking during the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, Mr Han noted that imported GM soybeans are already used to make most Chinese soybean oil, which he himself eats. China currently grows only one GM food product, a kind of papaya, but has issued import permits for several varieties of GM corn, soybeans and other crops. His statement came only three months after China rejected more than 800,000 tonnes of US corn that contained MIR162, an unapproved GM variety. There is widespread public suspicion about the safety of GM food in China, but government officials and scientists are keen to move ahead with GM crop production to reduce dependence on imports.
|Majority of Malaysian slaughterhouses unlicensed|
[11 March 2014] Nearly 80% of the 2000 poultry slaughterhouses in Malaysia are not licensed and registered with the Veterinary Services Department. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said they were owned by small shops and the halal status was doubtful. “The ministry wants all state governments to enforce the Poultry Farming Enactment to ensure that all slaughterhouses are licensed and registered to enable the authorities to monitor their operations,” he said. Only two states, namely Terengganu and Penang, had yet to promulgate the enactment. “States armed with the enactment should enforce it to enable relevant authorities like the Islamic Development Department and the Veterinary Services Department to monitor the slaughterhouses and take action against errant ones,” he said.
|China should establish reserve to alleviate poultry crisis|
[11 March 2014] The Chinese government should establish a poultry reserve that would allow it to support producer prices, an agricultural delegate suggested during the National People’s Congress last week. China's poultry sector is in crisis because avian influenza fears have shut down live chicken sales in thousands of wet markets since Chinese New Year, while fearful consumers have reduced purchases of chicken and eggs. The government could protect producers by buying chicken when the market is weak, and also protect consumers by selling when prices are high, the delegate said. The government already operates a pork reserve with similar goals.
|India’s first trout fish feedmill set up in Jammu and Kashmir|
[11 March 2014] A trout fish feedmill has been established at India’s National Fish Seed Farm (NFSF) in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir - the first in the country. An official spokesman of NFSF said the feedmill is equipped with latest technology from the Netherland for producing extruded pellets for trout fish feed. “The feedmill has been established to cope with growing demand for trout feed for private fish farmers as well as the government fish farms. The feedmill is not only able to meet local demand in the state, but can also export the feed to other states and to neighbouring Asian countries,” he said.
|Feed phosphates market to reach USD5.3m by 2018|
[11 March 2014] The global market for feed phosphates, in terms of revenue, was estimated to be worth USD 4,620.3 million in 2013 and is expected to reach USD 5,328.3 million by 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 2.9%. The revenue is projected on the basis of main regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and rest of the world. Leading manufacturers are focusing on expansion of their feed phosphate business across regions and setting up new plants so as to increase production capacity as well as strengthen their product line. Feed phosphates are nutritive supplements which are added as a source of calcium and phosphorus in the diet of animals.
|Victoria rolls out USD32m plan to promote products in Asia|
[11 March 2014] The Australian state of Victoria has launched a USD 32 million plan to put Victorian food and produce on tables in Asia. It is a bid to tap into the growing clout of middle-class Asians, expected to increase by six-fold to 3.5 billion people by 2030. State premier Denis Napthine, in announcing the initiative dubbed Food to Asia Action Plan in Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne, described it as “a concerted plan to give our food producers every opportunity to sell their high-quality products in Asia”. Victoria is Australia’s leading food and agriculture state, with food exports in 2012/2013 valued at USD 6.9 billion, or 26% of Australia’s total food exports, more than any other state.
|Pig prices high on tight supply|
[10 March 2014] Farm price of live pigs in the Philippines has gone up to about USD 2.69/kg due to tight supply that has been attributed primarily to an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED). Dr Zoilo Lapus, President of the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners, told Asian Agribiz that the latest outbreak began in December 2013, and is similar to that which hit local pig raisers in 2006. The current outbreak has affected key pig producing provinces in Central Luzon like Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, as well as Batangas Province south of Manila. Dr Lapus said that the current situation might last until the 3rd quarter this year. Although PED is mostly seen in piglets, the virus can also affect growing and finishing pigs.
|CP Pokphand acquires Hefei Chia Tai|
[10 March 2014] CP Pokphand Co Ltd, the Hong Kong-based affiliate of CPF, will acquire the Chearavanont-family controlled Chinese animal feed business Hefei Chia Tai for USD 36.4 million. Hefei Chia Tai was incorporated in 1992 and has paid up of USD 20.7 million. The company had an audited profit before taxation in 2013 of USD 3.4 million.
|Thai feed consumption to rise on higher chicken exports|
[10 March 2014] Animal feed consumption in Thailand is expected to rise to 16.5 million tonnes in 2014, from 15.6 million tonnes in the previous year, due to higher demand from the poultry industry following Japan’s lifting of its ban on Thai raw chicken exports, said Boontham Aramsiriwat, Secretary-General of the Thai Feed Mill Association. Mr Boontham also pointed out that Thailand still relies heavily on imported raw material, with 35% of the total requirements coming from imports. Last year, Thailand produced only 70,000 tonnes of soybean while the feed industry needed around 10,000 tonnes per day for feed production, he added and urged the government to pay more attention to protein sources for feed industry.
|India’s soymeal exports decline|
[10 March 2014] India’s export of soybean meal in February 2014 was 183,000 tonnes, as compared to 577,000 tonnes in February 2013, showing a decrease by 68.28%, the Indian Soybean Processors Association (SOPA) data showed. “This decline was primarily due to lower arrival of soybean resulting in lower crushing,” said SOPA Coordinator, Rajesh Agrawal. “It will improve only when the arrivals of soybean increases at various markets within the state.” He added information that on a financial year basis, exports between April 2013 and February 2014 was 2.6 million tonnes, a decrease of 16.19% from the same period in the previous year.
|Two-way investment opportunities for Australia, Indonesia|
[10 March 2014] National Australia Bank’s Chief Representative in Indonesia, Dean Horton, said beef consumption in Indonesia is rising from the current 2kg/capita and this offers two-way investment opportunities for both Australia and Indonesia. “Indonesia is looking for food security and more importantly, reliability of suppliers and price stability,” Mr Horton said. “For northern Australia beef producers and the broader industry, this means opportunities for investment in breeding properties in Australia, investment and joint ventures in vertically integrated feedlots and abattoirs and supply chains in Indonesia.”
|KFC Malaysia hope to increase QSR market share to 50%|
[10 March 2014] KFC Malaysia, a brand under QSR brands (M) Holdings Bhd, expects to increase its market share in the fast-food segment to 50% by year-end from 45% now. The company hopes to achieve this by intensive promotions and media expenditure in attracting more transactions, said Senior Vice-President Ling Mee Jiuan. She said the company had allocated USD 30 million for advertising expenditure this year as compared with USD 29 million last year. It recently launched an updated version of its classic KFC Zinger burger, a popular chicken burger in Malaysia. “We are confident that this product would be a hit among teens and young working adults who are always on the lookout for something simple yet satisfying to eat,” she added.
|Duc Viet operating at full capacity as demand grows|
[07 March 2014] Duc Viet Food, one of the biggest food processors in Vietnam, is operating at full capacity as demand for convenient food grows. "More than 90% of our products are sausages and we have reached our full capacity of 25 tonnes per day," Andreas Campioni, International Marketing Director told Asian Agribiz. Established in 2000 with only seven employees, the company has become one of the top three meat producers in Vietnam. Sources revealed to Asian Agribiz that Vissan, CP, and Duc Viet account for about 80% of the market share in Vietnam. Andreas Campioni added that Duc Viet sterilized sausages account for about 30% of Vietnam market, predominantly in northern Vietnam. He said the company has been focusing on mid-range products, catering to customers not only in big cities but also in local provinces.
|Thai pork price stays high as disease cuts supply |
[07 March 2014] Pork price in Thailand remains high despite falling demand due to lower expenditure on food. Pork in fresh markets is retailing at around USD 4.02-4.18/kg while the recommended price set by the Department of Internal Trade is USD 3.59-3.84/kg. Kiddivong Sombuntham, Secretary-General of the Thai Swine Raisers Association of Thailand, told Asian Agribiz that the PED and PRRS epidemics combined have slashed pig production by around 20%. This has reduced supply to around 1 million head per month from around 1.2-1.3 million normally. “I have surveyed the market and found that buying demand of pork and other food has declined by around 10-15%,” Mr Kiddivong said. Farm gate pig price is steady around USD 2.17-2.20/kg. Mr Kiddivong expects supply to recover in the third quarter.
|CP Pokphand revenue up but profit drops|
[07 March 2014] Revenue for CP Pokphand Co Ltd, the Hong Kong-based affiliate of CPF, grew 9.2% in 2013 to USD 5,414 million despite what directors describe as a “challenging year,” The economic slowdown, disease outbreak and food safety incidents affected profits which dropped by 8.8% to USD 186 million. CPP's directors are cautiously optimistic about 2014 believing that China’s emphasis on agricultural development will drive the commercialisation of agriculture, which in turn will stimulate demand for commercial feed and in Vietnam, if meat prices continue to recover, performance should improve.
|Indonesia may become Australia’s third biggest beef-export market|
[07 March 2014] “Indonesia has the potential to be Australian beef’s new Korea,” assessed Dr John Ackerman, Regional Manager for Indonesia of Meat and Livestock Australia. He said Indonesia’s economy is growing strongly, consumer confidence is on a high and demand for beef is soaring in all sectors, particularly the restaurant trade. “These factors will help Indonesia climb to become Australia’s third biggest beef-export market, pushing out Korea, where exports have been sluggish for some time.”
|India develops SPF black tiger shrimp|
[07 March 2014] Black tiger shrimp, a variety from India that once dominated the Asian aquaculture market, is getting a new lease of life. The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), a part of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), has set up a nucleus breeding centre for this species in the Andamans. Project Director of RGCA, Thampi Samraj said with the nucleus breeding centre in the Andamans, the RGCA is in the process of domesticating black tiger shrimp with specific pathogen free (SPF) specimens. “Mass production would be undertaken here and stock distributed to hatcheries across the country. The commissioning of the multiplication centre at Kanyakumari in South India, would facilitate the production and supply of SPF black tiger shrimp broodstock, resulting in the production of nearly 100,000 tonnes of black tiger shrimp. This would in turn yield nearly USD 1 billion,” he explained.
|Singapore farm yields high success rate with lactobacillus|
[07 March 2014] Singaporean breeder and broiler farm Kee Song Brothers Poultry is the first company in Southeast Asia to prove that chicken can be successfully reared on a large scale without using antibiotics. According to The Straits Times, to prove the success of the technology, the farm conducted a study from May to August last year and invited six international companies in the food, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries to take part in an experiment involving the breeding of 180,000 chickens in its Johor farm. Results of the study showed that chicken which were bred using its own strains of lactobacillus had a higher survival rate of 98-99% compared to chicken fed with antibiotics, which had a survival rate of 95%. The former were also less likely to suffer from diarrhoea.
|Indonesia’s fish industry ready for AEC|
[06 March 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs is confident that its fishery and aquaculture sector can be competitive in the Asean Economic Community. “Indonesia’s fish exports are increasing and the national consumption of fish reached 35.62 kg/capita last year. Besides, the quality of our fish and processed fish products are on par with other Asean countries,” Director General of Fish Processing and Marketing, Saut P Hutagalung revealed to Asian Agribiz. However, he continued that there are certain issues that must be resolved, especially logistics. “This year, with support from the private sector, we will improve the National Fish Logistics System. We will set up cold storage facilities in several fish producing areas. Last year we set up a 300-tonne cold storage in Kendari and a 400-tonne cold storage in Brondong.”
|DSM Indonesia to expand product portfolio|
[06 March 2014] The animal nutrition and health division of DSM in Indonesia this year plans to add to its range of its enzyme and eubiotics products portfolio. Animal Nutrition & Health Manager Suaedi Sunanto told Asian Agribiz that this year the company will also venture into the animal health business with a product called Zoosol. Zoosol is a nutrition supplement in liquid form and is administered through drinking water. Meanwhile in the premix business, the company which is popularly known as quality vitamin premix supplier will expand its premix portfolio through the addition of organic trace minerals, base-mix and ruminant premix. “These additional premixes can help support optimum growth and increase immune response, fertility and yield quality,” he revealed.
|Vietnamese poultry sector holds growing potential|
[06 March 2014] Vietnam’s poultry meat production is growing rapidly, supported by strong domestic demand and export potential, revealed Rupert Claxton at the Gira Asia Meat Club meeting in Bangkok last week. He said although backyard production rules, rapid integration is now driving change in structure to commercial farming. Poultry meat consumption is growing rapidly too, although pigmeat is still favoured. Fast expanding modern QSR chains are driving growth in poultry consumption. Vietnam also holds the opportunity to export its poultry meat to south China. However, the bird flu remains a major threat to the industry while limitations in cold chain infrastructure are an obstacle to development.
|S. Khonkaen Foods expects sales to increase 15%|
[06 March 2014] S. Khonkaen Foods of Thailand reported a 9.4% growth in sales in 2013 with revenue reaching USD62.07 million, according to CEO Charoen Rujirasophon. The company, however, experienced a decline in net profit of 4% with profit last year totalling only USD 2.82 million due to the 21% increase in pork price. This boosted production cost as pork is the main raw material for S. Khonkaen products. In 2014, S. Khonkaen will follow its 'Asean Kitchen' strategy and export its products to AEC markets via fresh markets and also expand its QSR business. The company expects to achieve sale growth of 15% in 2014.
|Hyderabad to get modern slaughterhouses|
[06 March 2014] Hyderabad in India will receive four modern slaughterhouses in Amberpet, Ramnasthpur, Gowlipura and Chengicharla in April, and another one in New Boiguda by May. The city’s Commissioner Somesh Kumar said 70% of the population of the city consume meat and there are nearly 3,000 meat shops to cater to their needs - these include 960 mutton shops, 681 beef shops, 1,077 dressed chicken outlets and 241 other outlets which sell eggs, pork and fish. He added that the simultaneous modernisation of five slaughterhouses was at a cost of USD 11 million, including a rendering plant for solid waste treatment. Siraj Hussain from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, meanwhile, urged private slaughterhouses to make use of the grants for modernisation.
|Meat traders in Dhaka protest slaughtering fee hike|
[06 March 2014] Meat traders in Dhaka, Bangladesh recently protested the hike in slaughtering fee by the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) authorities. The traders claimed this will lead to a hike in meat prices. Secretary General of the Bangladesh Meat Traders Association Rabiul Alam said that last month the DNCC authorities increased the slaughtering fee from USD 0.65 to USD 1.04 for cattle, from USD 0.97 to USD 1.43 for buffalo, and from USD 0.06 to USD 0.26 for goat without any negotiation with the traders. “If DNCC improves their services, we have no objection to the increased service charge,” he said.
|Pig farms in Thailand to upscale |
[05 March 2014] Small scale at present, pig farming in Thailand will upsize in the future, Craige Allan told members of the Gira Asia Meat Club (GAMC) in Bangkok, Thailand last Friday. He told the meeting held in association with Asian Agribiz that commercial farms account for only 1.1% while 94% are household farms and around 30% of the national production is dominated by two large operators. Mr Allan said pig meat consumption in Thailand is growing although at a slower pace compared to poultry and domestic demand is largely satisfied by local production, with only a small amount of pork imported or exported. Thailand’s production increased to around 951,100 tonnes in 2013 from 853,700 tonnes in 2009. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) remains an obstacle to trade but the country is aiming for an FMD-free zone in the eastern region.
|ProPak Vietnam 2014 kicks off in Ho Chi Minh|
[05 March 2014] ProPak Vietnam, the 9th processing, filling and packaging exhibition and conference, started in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday and will run until March 6. German firms figure strongly at the show with more than 25 brands. "There are many small slaughterhouses in Vietnam, but not many big ones. We will have a good future here," Andreas Friedrich, Managing Director of Sulmaq Meat Systems Technologies told Asian Agribiz. He revealed that the company is closing on a major contract to provide a pig slaughter line in southern Vietnam. The food industry in Vietnam is targeted to grow about 5.1% per year. Vera Fritsche of VDMA, Germany's food processing and packaging machinery association, told Asian Agribiz that about 3.8 million tonnes of packaged food was consumed in Vietnam last year. Reports at the show revealed that Vietnam has about 4,200 food processing companies in Ho Chi Minh City, and another 2,800 in Hanoi.
|Novogen enters layer market in North Sumatera|
[05 March 2014] French based layer genetic company Novogen has entered the layer market in North Sumatera, the third largest egg producing province in Indonesia after East Java and West Java, through the shipment of 11,600 Novogen Brown PS DOCs to the province. Regional Sales & Technical Manager Suryo Suryanta told Asian Agribiz that the shipment was sent from Novogen’s layer breeding partner in East Java to PT Expravet Nasuba, a subsidiary of Mabar Group, which is the major layer producer in the province. “The shipment reflects our strategy to expand our business in the western region of Indonesia,” he explained. Mr Suryo said that besides Expravet Nasuba, two other breeding companies in the province have shown their interest to raise Novogen Brown. “So far Novogen Brown has shown good performance in East Java. And we believe this will be followed in North Sumatera,” he added.
|China launches campaign to fight bird flu|
[05 March 2014] China’s agricultural ministry plans to set up monitoring networks for the H7N9 bird flu virus across the country. The campaign will monitor wholesale markets, traditional agricultural markets and poultry farms. Bird flu has caused some USD 3.27 billion to the poultry industry in the first two months of the year. The ministry said the virus was capable of mutating into highly pathogenic strains, posing even bigger risks to the industry. It said the bulk of infected birds had been found in markets, with a smaller number of cases being found on poultry farms.
|BKPM expects Australia to invest more in cattle |
[05 March 2014] The Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has highlighted a lack of investment in spelling out its expectations for joint ventures built around the Australian cattle industry. BKPM Deputy Chairman of Investment Promotion Himawan Hariyoga said Australia should view Indonesia as a processing and marketing base for its cattle and beef. He believes the two countries can use their competitive advantage to supply not just Indonesia’s domestic market but other ASEAN countries, too. “The opportunity is huge and yet the realised investment still small. We expect more investment from Australia, our main trading partner in the cattle business,” Mr Himawan said.
|Cargill India’s cattle feedmill to start in 2015|
[05 March 2014] Cargill India plans to commence production of its new USD 11.3 million cattle feedmill in Punjab within one year, according to Cargill India Chairman Siraj Chaudhry. The plant which occupies 8.5 acres of land will produce about 120,000 tonnes of cattle feed annually and cater to the growing need for quality feed by dairy farmers in Punjab and neighbouring states. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal commented that Cargill India’s investment in Punjab will help make the state a ‘Dairy Hub’ in India. “Cargill India will provide training to more than 20,000 farmers in Punjab on dairy farming, farm management and animal nutrition,” Mr Badal said.
|Strong poultry consumption growth in Asia |
[04 March 2014] In Asia, consumption of poultry has progressed more rapidly than other meats, the Gira Asia Meat Club (GAMC) revealed at its meeting in Bangkok, Thailand last Friday. Consumption in China, for example, is set to strongly increase in 2014 in line with its production recovery and remains above the EU and the rest of Asia, according to Rupert Claxton. In Vietnam, consumption has also grown quickly, thanks to low relative prices. However, poultry meat in Vietnam remains sold through wet markets although modern retail is gaining a foothold, mainly in the south of the country. In Indonesia, consumption is expected to escalate sharply in mid-2014 as election campaigning is expected to boost consumption. Elsewhere, Japan, as the largest global poultry importer, will make a recovery in imports after a decline in 2013. In the Philippines, domestic production is expected to grow alongside demand, while imports are also likely to grow steadily.
|Beef imports continue to increase in Asia |
[04 March 2014] At the GAMC meeting held in association with Asian Agribiz, Rupert Claxton said that in 2014 demand for beef imports in Asia will continue growing as local production in many countries is still low and cannot satisfy domestic consumption. Although larger production growth is expected in India, China and Pakistan, imports will continue to increase in several markets including in South Korea, Taiwan and China. In the case of China, where the sector is led by smallholder beef farmers, Rich Herzfelder said the country is on a long ride to self-sufficiency and its structural deficit means beef imports will continue to rise. Mr Claxton pointed out that there are re-exports of beef from Vietnam to China and the latter's consumption is approaching EU levels. India, meanwhile, will continue high export growth while Pakistan will see growing exports too but at a smaller pace, said Mr Claxton.
|Viet poultry price contracts over H5N1 fears|
[04 March 2014] H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam have raised food safety concerns leading to a drop in poultry consumption and price. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the poultry price has reduced by 20% while DOC prices decrease by 70%. "I have two children and I am worried about food safety. I stopped buying poultry two weeks ago. We now eat pork, beef or seafood," Dinh Thi Thao, 32, an accountant told Asian Agribiz at a local wet market in Hanoi, Vietnam. This stance among consumers has hurt many local poultry farmers who maintain high biosecurity standards to keep their birds healthy. "I can't sell my birds because the market demand is so low. Consumers don't know where to find healthy birds, so they feel it is better to reduce poultry consumption," Nguyen Van Ky, a poultry farmer in Hanoi told Asian Agribiz.
|China’s appetite for mutton grows|
[04 March 2014] China imported 259,000 tonnes of mutton last years, more than double the import from the year before. Ding Shengjun, a senior researcher at the Academy of State Administration of Grain, said Chinese consumers have taken to lamb, and the meat can be found at hot pot, halal and other restaurants across the country. “Urbanisation is another key factor that has shifted Chinese diets from containing mostly grains to one that includes more meat and dairy products,” Mr Ding said. Consumers, he said, are “not only interested in buying lamb chunks as before” but are purchasing different parts of the sheep, a trend that has surged in recent years. Chinese citizens consumed an average of 16.5kg of mutton per capita last year, compared with only 12kg in 2008. The Beijing-based China Meat Association predicts that this figure will reach 28kg between 2017 and 2022.
|Bangladesh wants Russia to resume shrimp imports|
[04 March 2014] Bangladesh has requested that Russia resume shrimp imports, which were halted last year over quality issues. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul Haque made the request while meeting Russian Ambassador Alexander Nikolaev. “Bangladesh will write to the federation and will also request that they send a team to Bangladesh to review our standards,” Mr Haque said. Bangladesh exported a total of 7,651 tonnes of shrimp to Russia from 2010-14 after Russia signed an agreement in December 2009. However, Russia suspended imports in October last year after a mismatch of bacterial standards between the two countries raised health concerns.
|Fonterra UHT milk plant to begin operations in March|
[04 March 2014] Fonterra’s USD 99 million Waitoa UHT plant in New Zealand is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream next month. Once fully operational Fonterra claims that the plant’s five UHT processing lines will produce 95 million litre of Anchor brand UHT white milk and UHT cream each year, the equivalent of “24,000 UHT packs per hour, seven packs per second”. Global demand for UHT is growing by around 3.3% per year and with around 20% of the world’s population living without access to electricity UHT is a safe option which does not require refrigeration. Fonterra UHT Operations Manager Donald Lumsden said the company’s investment leaves it well-positioned to meet growing Asian demand for shelf stable dairy products.
|Indonesia’s aquafeed consumption reaches 1.38mt |
[03 March 2014] Chairman of the Aquafeed Division of the Indonesian Feed Millers Association, Denny Indrajaya told Asian Agribiz that total aquafeed consumption in the country in 2013 reached 1.38 million tonnes. Of the figure, shrimp and fish feed consumption were 291,000 tonnes and 1.1 million tonnes, respectively. “Based on the increasing demand for shrimp and fish in the domestic and overseas markets, we have projected that in 2014 and 2015 the total consumption could reach 1.519 million tonnes and 1.671 million tonnes, respectively,” Mr Denny revealed.
|Tulip expands facility to boost pork exports to China|
[03 March 2014] UK’s largest producer of pork Tulip Ltd is investing USD 25 million in its operations in a move to increase its pork sales to China and Hong Kong by 25% this year. The company hopes to increase pigmeat exports to China to 15,000 tonnes this year from 12,000 last year. The UK arm of Danish Crown started exporting pork products to China in 2012 following a trade deal between the UK and China. China offers potential for “enormous future growth”, said Tulip CEO Chris Thomas. At the end of 2013 UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it has secured a trade deal with China for USD 75 million worth of pig semen a year. Tulip said it was now close to adding pig trotters to its export portfolio. It currently exports a range of 16 products including tongues, heads and tailbones.
|Henan Shuanghui's 2013 net profits up 34%|
[03 March 2014] China’s largest meat processor Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development Co Ltd said its 2013 net profit rose 33.7%, boding well for an initial public offering by its parent WH Group Ltd which is expected to be the biggest Hong Kong listing since 2010, said a report from Reuters. Annual net profit rose to USD 633.68 million due to lower input costs which boosted margins. China is the world’s biggest pork consumer and estimated per capita spending on meat, poultry and processed products more than doubled in six years, to USD 190 in 2012. Parent WH Group, formerly known as Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd, last year acquired US pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc, which had sales of USD 13.2 billion in the fiscal year ended April 2013.
|Jollibee to expand into UAE|
[03 March 2014] Philippine fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) is expanding its reach into the Middle East by putting up stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its wholly-owned subsidiary Golden Plate Pte Ltd (GPPL) signed a joint venture agreement with Golden Crown Food LLC (GCFL) to put up and operate its flagship Jollibee restaurants in the country. GCFL will own 51% of the JV, with GPPL owning 49%, however both companies will equally share control and management. Initial funding for the JV is pegged at USD 80,000. Currently JFC has 19 branches of its flagship Jollibee brand in the Middle East.
|Pakistan expects UAE poultry ban lifted|
[03 March 2014] Pakistan expects the ban on poultry exports from the country by the UAE to be lifted shortly since it will enhance the current trade volume of food products by up to USD 200 million per annum, according to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE Asif Durrani. The ban on poultry exports was placed in 2005 and since then Pakistani exporters have almost lost export opportunities to the tune of more than half a billion dollars. “It’s a matter of pride and pleasure to convey that persistent efforts of the Pakistan mission have been successful and the ban on exports of Pakistani poultry to the UAE will be lifted after the inspection of poultry infrastructure in Pakistan by a UAE team of experts,” Mr Durrani said.
|China is Malaysia’s top market for halal foods|
[03 March 2014] China has emerged as the top export market for Malaysian halal foods. “China’s halal market is worth USD 2 billion and is growing exponentially,” said Halal Industry Development Corporation Chief Executive Dato Seri Kamil Bidin, who added that the food safety issues in China over the years has created an opportunity for producers of halal foods. “Halal is seen as an assurance of safety and quality in China,” he said. According to Mr Kamil the majority of the halal foods being exported are in the confectionary and snacks segment. “Now when people see the halal certification label from Malaysia they know that it has gone through stringent quality and safety checks.”
Gira Asia Meat Club
[28 February 2014]
Reports by Nitsara Thongrung and Conny Pereira
Price stability in 2014
World meat trade (meat + live) is expected to be positive this year especially for China. However, any change in government policies in China could affect global prices said Richard Brown, at the Gira Asia Meat Club (GAMC) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. He added that while 2013 was seen as a 'year of caution' due to high grain prices and a soft economy, the industry will see stability this year as feed costs have dropped. Growth and demand between species and regions is expected to appreciate. The meeting which ends today, is held in association with Asian Agribiz, in Bangkok, Thailand and offers an intense and in-depth analysis of Asia's meat markets.
Pig production up in Vietnam
In Vietnam, domestic demand for pig meat is strong and huge gains have been realised in moving from backyard to commercial farming, Rupert Claxton told the audience at the GAMC. However, little integration is seen between farming and slaughtering. Production in Vietnam continues to grow rapidly despite the persistence of the PRRS disease so it has the potential to supply pigmeat to Southern China while import opportunities are limited due to ample local supply. Consumption patterns show that people still prefer warm meat rather than chilled as the country still has a limited cold chain system though modern retail is gaining a foothold mainly in the southern part of the country.
China moving to modern pigmeat production
In China, there is a progressive removal of backyard production of pork in favour of commercial production and that it is seen in the consolidation of slaughterhouses into larger facilities, Rich Herzfelder told the audience at the GAMC. In his presentation, Rich picked out the deal between Shineway Group and Smithfield and the new company WH Group. It is expected that China’s pigmeat production and the use of processing equipment will continue to grow as farms modernise and the sector consolidates. The country is looking to increase its self-sufficiency in pork which is the main meat consumed here. Meanwhile, as the country moves from primary to a modern economy, consumption of offal may fade among the younger generation in the longer term.
China's demand for sheepmeat grows
In the last 18 months, China displayed a surprising growth of 25% in the global trade for sheepmeat. Imports in 2013 amounted to 309,000 tonnes, mainly from Australia and New Zealand. This represented only 6% of total consumption in the country. This growth was fuelled by the increasing popularity of Mongolian hot-pot restaurants. Local governments are now beginning to support investments in this sector, which is showing signs of modernisation with sheep being fed concentrated feed.
Mutton more popular in India
In India, mutton is more popular than sheepmeat. The sector is growing because of higher local demand. However, this growth is being led primarily by the backyard sector which retails the meat via informal channels. While it is a more culturally acceptable meat, both its production and price have increased faster than other meats. Tagged as the most expensive meat in India, consumption of sheepmeat stands at 0.237/kg/person while mutton or goatmeat is at 0.525/kg/person annually.
|S. Khonkaen promotes “Asean Kitchen” ahead of AEC |
[28 February 2014] S. Khonkaen is following its strategy to become an “Asean Kitchen” in preparation for the Asean Economic Community that will be realized in 2015. Under the plan, the company is accelerating appointments of distributors for its local food products, processed seafood products and meat snack in markets including Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. CEO Charoen Rujirasophon said under the Asean Kitchen strategy, S. Khonkaen will rely on manufacturing facilities based in Thailand and let distributors in respective markets deliver the products to consumers via retail channels including wet markets. The company appointed distributors in Laos and Cambodia in the third quarter of 2013 and in Myanmar in the fourth quarter. S. Khoenkaen’s products include Chinese-style sausage, Vietnamese-style sausage, fermented sausage, shrimp ball, fish ball and pork-meat crispy snack under the brand “Entree”.
|Pig and pork prices remains down in China|
[28 February 2014] Pig and pork prices continue to fall in China, with pig prices in early February down 19.4% compared to the same period last year, while pork prices are down 13.1% in the same period, a report by GlobalMeatnews.com said. The low prices have been a boon for the country’s meat processors, who have lowered their purchase prices for pigs. Some industry predictions see prices remaining low at least through the first six months of this year. Meanwhile, things seem even gloomier for pig and pork producers considering the long-term outlook for the country’s pork consumption. A report by China’s State Council suggests that the country’s overall consumption of pork by 2020, when the country’s population is expected to reach 1.35 billion, is likely to be more than halved to 24.6 million tonnes from 54.9 million tonnes last year.
|Singapore food firms step up on r&d to cater to growing GCC market|
[28 February 2014] Singapore food companies are investing heavily in research and development, improved packaging and modern food processing technologies to cater to increasing regional demand, said Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association (SFMA) Deputy President Jimmy Soh. “Coupled with strict industry standards, Singapore companies have been able to develop food products that are more innovative, healthier and that meet halal standards in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).” He was speaking at Gulfood 2014 where a record 48 Singapore food and beverage companies exhibited at. More than 54 new products will be launched at the Singapore Pavilion this year, reflecting the focus by Singapore food and beverage manufacturers to develop Asian food products targeted at time-pressed, health-conscious GCC consumers.
|GAMC convenes for in-depth analysis of Asia's meat markets|
[27 February 2014] The Gira Asia Meat Club (GAMC) which was launched in 2013 in association with Asian Agribiz, will convene today in Bangkok, Thailand, for two days of intense and in-depth analysis of Asia's meat markets. Club members, who represent major producers and suppliers to the industry, will be privy to the extent of development in the various sectors of the meat trade according to species and country as well as the trends in each market. For more information on the club, contact Rex Holyoake (email@example.com).
|Registration for Pig Feed Quality Conference close today|
[27 February 2014] Registrations for Asian Agribiz’s Pig Feed Quality Conference close today. The conference which will run from March 13-14 at the Edsa Shangri-La in Manila is aimed at helping Asian pig producers unlock the potential of nutrients and to evaluate the quality of their feed. Apart from the main presentations that will centre on feeding grower pigs, there will be additional sessions that will tackle pig feed Ingredients, feed quality and processing. Enquiries can be directed to Rex Holyoake (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Omthong Tjoa (email@example.com). View the conference brochure here.
|Vietnam reports more H5N1 outbreaks|
[27 February 2014] Vietnam has reported H5N1 outbreaks in another ten provinces, raising the number of infected provinces to 21. More than 60,000 birds have been culled due to the virus. The bird flu has caused concerns among poultry consumers, forcing the poultry price to decline across the country. Experts worry that the disease will discourage poultry farmers and the country will face a poultry shortage in the long-term. "When poultry farmers abandon their farm, we will have to import poultry to meet local demand," Dam Xuan Thanh, Deputy Head of Animal Health Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development told Asian Agribiz.
|Alltech celebrates 20 years in China. |
[27 February 2014] Hundreds of participants and experts came together in Beijing on Tuesday to celebrate Alltech's 20 years of operation in China. "Chinese agriculture of 20 years ago would almost be unrecognizable compared to today's modern industry,” Mark Lyons, Alltech Vice President told Asian Agribiz. "Exciting technological and environmental advancements have revolutionised Alltech," he said. US-based Alltech Inc. is one of the world's largest animal health and nutrition companies with annual revenue approaching USD 1 billion. The company targets USD 4 billion in sales revenue by 2016.
|CPF plans USD1.53b investment budget |
[27 February 2014] CPF plans to invest a total of around USD1.53 billion over the next five years (2014-2018), or around USD 306.8 million a year, with more than 50% of the planned budget allocated to expanding businesses overseas in line with its strategy to establish an integrated business and sustainable growth, President and CEO Adirek Sripratak told a press conference yesterday. The planned budget does not include M&A's, which CPF is considering in foreign countries in addition to some acquisitions last year including the acquisition of shares in Top Foods and a pig business in Russia. After a plummeting profit in 2013, Mr Adirek said that CPF will be back on track this year with profit forecast to rise to around USD 306.8 million from USD 217.5 million last year due to the slump in the shrimp business from the Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS). He expects sales to grow around 10% in 2014 to reach USD 13.81 billion.
|TUF's 2013 profits drops due to raw material crisis|
[27 February 2014] Thai Union Frozen Products Plc (TUF) reported a net profit of USD 86.12 million in 2013, plummeting about 40% from USD 141.50 million from the year earlier, due to the high price of tuna, the main raw material for TUF, suspension of orders from buyers and loss from its shrimp export business in the wake of the Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS), Kraisorn Chansiri, TUF’s Director, said in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The high tuna price resulted in a demand decline and OEM customers then reduced their orders. Meanwhile the high price of shrimp prompted by EMS caused losses to TUF's business in the first half of last year. However, Teerapong Chansiri, TUF’s President, pointed out that recovery was in view, revealing that sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 grew 13% in dollar terms, reflecting the strong fundamentals of TUF's business.
|Oversupply likely to hound Philippine poultry industry|
[26 February 2014] Unless industry stakeholders put in the necessary interventions, Philippine poultry farmers might be facing an oversupply situation that could pull down the farm price of chicken, United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) President Jose Elias Inciong told Asian Agribiz. Although farm price of broilers have gone up since hitting a low of USD 1/kg last year, he said prices will remain volatile this year. Last week farm price hit about USD 1.90/kg, but added that prices will likely be down by the weekend. Mr Inciong noted that with the broiler industry being open and unregulated, new players with the mistaken notion that broiler raising is an easy business have entered the industry and this could lead to a further glut.
|After EMS, CPF eyes higher profits |
[26 February 2014] Thailand's CPF has reported a net profit of USD 217.50 million for its operations in 2013, sharply lower than a net profit of USD 577.98 million the year earlier. This is due to losses sustained in its shrimp business as the Early Mortality Syndrome disease (EMS) slashed supply. However, sales in 2013 grew 9% from the earlier year to USD 11.98 billion, thanks mainly to growth of business overseas and the domestic livestock business and rising domestic pork prices in the last quarter of 2013 coupled with lower cost of raw materials in inventory. Technical analysts at Krungsri Securities forecast CPF to see an 88% growth in profit in 2014 following recovery in the shrimp business, higher price of chicken and larger exports since Japan lifted the ban on raw chicken meat from Thailand, and the continued positive trend of businesses in foreign countries especially in Turkey. Sales in 2014 are forecast to escalate 11% to reach USD 13.22 billion.
|Thai pig farmers urge inspection on retail pork price |
[26 February 2014] Pig farmers in Thailand are asking the Internal Trade Department, a government core body overseeing prices of consumer goods, to inspect the retail price of pork cuts in the fresh market as the rates are unusually high compared to farm gate prices of live pigs. The Swine Farmers Association of Thailand confirmed that the farm gate price of live pigs at USD 2.31 while pork price is around USD 4.61. A director at the association said based on that price, it’s assumed that farm gate pig should have risen to USD 2.46. This means pork merchants might be taking advantage of consumers and this might negatively impact the pig farming industry as consumers might lower consumption and prices may decline and farmers might suffer losses at the end, he said.
|Avanti Feeds to commission new feedmill|
[26 February 2014] Avanti Feeds, one of the largest shrimp and fish feed producers in India, plans to put its new 85,000 tonne/year feedmill in Andhra Pradesh into operation. “It will become operational starting from next month,” said Managing Director Indra Kumar. “Improving industry dynamics and growing Indian consumption have given confidence to Indian shrimp and fish farmers, which has also boosted our feed business,” he said. Avanti Feeds has been operating two feedmills in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh with a total production capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year which is close to 60% of India’s total capacity.
|Cattle semen bank planned in Punjab|
[26 February 2014] Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of Punjab, India said that a semen bank will be set up in Nabha city with the intent to improve the dairy cattle breed. “Punjab is coming up with a world class semen bank at Nabha at a cost of around USD 21 million and land for this purpose has already been earmarked,” Mr Badal said. He hopes the facility can help increase the milk yield of small farmers.
|UK hopes to increase sales of offal products to China|
[25 February 2014] China and Hong Kong combined was the biggest single pork export market for the UK last year. Both countries bought a total of 57,000 tonnes of pork of which about 27% was offal. While the country’s total offal exports fell by 7,411 tonnes to 41,123 tonnes, China and Hong Kong recorded increases in imports. The country is looking to export more meat to China particularly cuts that are not commonly sold in British supermarkets. Last year a trade visit to China saw British meat producers putting chicken feet on the plate together with other types of British meat. This year Britain hopes to export pigs’ feet and stomach, among other types of offal products. The country hopes that the value of pork exports to China, already worth USD 40 million, will increase 10-fold in the next five years, reported cctv.com.
|India’s poultry feed demand to rise in 2014|
[25 February 2014] India’s rising appetite for poultry products will boost domestic demand for corn and soy meal this year by about 9% to 12 million tonnes (combined), traders said. The higher local feed demand could further reduce overseas sales that are already under pressure from cheaper grains from Latin America. Corn will make up most of the feed demand growth because supplies are ample and prices cheaper. Demand for soy meal, meanwhile, may not rise as prices surged after late rains hit the soybean crop. “Consumption of feeds, mainly corn is expected to increase because demand for poultry products are likely to rise by at least 6% this year,” said Sanjeev Chintawar, Business Manager of the National Egg Coordination Committee.
|Denmark bans religious slaughter of animals |
[25 February 2014] Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat. Effective last week the ban is in line with European regulations that call for animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered. For meat to be considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law the animal must be conscious when killed. The new regulation, in line with other countries in Europe, states that animals must be stunned before being killed. Non-profit group Danish Halal has condemned the ban. “It is a procedure that is done under the guise of animal welfare, despite the fact that many scientific studies show that the animal suffers less with a properly performed ritual slaughter than when it gets a blow to the head with a nail gun,” the group said.
|QSR chains expand in Indonesia |
[25 February 2014] Quick service restaurant (QSR) chains represent a lucrative market for food producers in Indonesia, according to Cafe and Restaurant Association of Indonesia Chairman Eddy Sutanto. It is because the sector recorded the fastest growth compared to other type of restaurants. “We now have over 1000 outlets registered with our association and nearly 1,000 of them are McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and KFC.” Mr Eddy said that food manufacturers expanded their business portfolios by operating restaurant chains to tap deeper into the promising food market, with a total annual value of more than USD 42.5 billion. “And the expansion will continue in the coming years since the number of people in the nation’s consumer class will double to at least 90 million people by 2030,” he said, adding that major consumer spending would be on food.
|Government intervention in poultry sector comes to an end|
[25 February 2014] Pakistan’s poultry industry this year is expected to see growth since the government’s market intervention, which has been counterproductive for the poultry sector, has come to an end, according to Raza Mehmood Khursand, Punjab Chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA). “In 2013, a number of farms closed down because of losses, following interventions by the government which adversely impacted the revival of closed farms. Due to this, the total production of broilers in Pakistan through intensive poultry production declined by 20% in 2013 to 816 million birds against 1.2 billion of 2012,” he explained. PPA Former Chairman Abdul Basit observed that the end of market intervention by the government will help the poultry sector see new growth trends.
|More than 10,000 punished for unsafe food in China|
[25 February 2014] China announced that it has punished more than 10,000 people in the last three years for production, and sale of substandard and poisonous food. According to statistics from the Chinese Supreme People’s Procuratorate, prosecutors also approved the arrest of some 7000 people linked to the manufacturing and marketing of food products. Vice Director of the investigative body said illegal workshops, factories and markets were the major sources of problematic food. Suspects were mainly self-employed business people, farmers or unemployed, he added.
|Conference to give pig producers better grip on nutrition|
[24 February 2014] Feed and nutrition is a major concern for pig producers around the world and especially in Asia. Volatile prices and inconsistent quality of raw materials are just some of the factors that must be addressed. At the Asian Agribiz Pig Feed Quality Conference that will be held from March 13-14, 2014 at the Edsa Shangri-La in Manila, Philippines, producers and nutritionists will learn how to unlock the potential of nutrients from a variety of raw materials and produce quality feed that will meet the needs of today’s pigs. A special session on grower performance will examine the fascinating question of why grower diets of the same nutrient spec don’t always give the same performance. Registration for the conference will close on February 27, 2014. Click here for more information.
|Cold weather affects Vietnam’s shrimp production|
[24 February 2014] Cold weather in southern Vietnam has affected thousands of hectares of shrimp production, as farmers have to delay their new season of cultivation. “The unfavourable weather has led to diseases and slower shrimp growth,” Pham Minh Tuyen, Deputy Director of Tra Vinh Agriculture Department told Asian Agribiz. He said 25% of the province’s shrimp farms have been affected by the bad weather, which makes shrimp susceptible to the white spot virus. The government has urged farmers to delay the start of their farming to minimize the effects. Tra Vinh plans to cultivate 1.6 billion black tiger shrimp and 2.1 billion white leg shrimp, targeting nearly 28,000 tonnes. Vietnam exported more than USD 3 billion worth of shrimp last year.
|Bird flu outbreak in East Java|
[24 February 2014] A bird-flu outbreak has hit Indonesia's Trenggalek regency in East Java where thousands of birds were found dead in Durenan district. “Laboratory test results on 20 samples of bird carcasses confirm they were bird-flu H5N1 virus positive,” said Head of Trenggalek Animal Health Centre Budi Satriawan. Following the test results, the centre issued a recommendation letter ordering a mass cull and destruction of all poultry on the affected farm. “The rules are clear. Birds that are still alive must be killed and burned,” Mr Budi said. Poultry within a 200-meter radius of the outbreak location will be vaccinated and disinfectant would be sprayed on all farms, poultry and otherwise.
|Hong Kong bans eggs from Vietnam|
[24 February 2014] Hong Kong has banned the import of salted eggs from Vietnam due to H5N1 outbreaks. “The import of salted duck eggs from four provinces (Lao Cai, Long An, Phu Yen and Dak Lak), will be banned with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong’s public and animal health,” Hong Kong authorities said in a press release. The same ban had been imposed earlier on another eight provinces due to avian influenza flu concerns.
|Nutreco plans for new plants in Vietnam and Indonesia|
[24 February 2014] Nutreco is expanding its presence in Asia with two new state-of-the-art plants in Vietnam and Indonesia and a remodel of its Chinese plant in Xiangtan (Hunan). The facility in Vietnam will be operational in the second quarter of 2014 and the plants in Indonesia and China in the first quarter of 2015. These initiatives confirm the company’s strategy of expanding its presence in Asia due to sound, long term growth prospects in the region. Both plants will produce premixes and farm minerals and in Vietnam also young animal feed concentrates will be produced.
|FAO rules out human-to-animal transmission of H7N9|
[24 February 2014] FAO says there is no evidence that patients infected with influenza A (H7N9), a low pathogenic virus in poultry, can transmit the virus to animals, including birds. FAO referred to the first human case of A(H7N9) outside China, which was recently detected in Malaysia. The patient originally from Guangdong Province in China, where she is thought to have contracted the infection, was visiting Malaysia as a tourist and has now been hospitalized there. Guangdong is one of the Chinese provinces most affected by the A(H7N9) virus in 2014. “Humans that become ill with influenza A(H7N9) constitute no threat to poultry populations,” underlined FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth. “In fact, we have no evidence that affected people could transmit the virus to other species, including birds. The highest risk of virus introduction is uncontrolled live poultry trade between affected and unaffected areas,” he said.
|CJ Feed Indonesia to grow sales by 30%|
[21 February 2014] CJ Feed Indonesia's sales in 2013 grew by 15% over the previous year. With the addition of two new feedmills in North Sumatera and Lampung which were put into operation at the end of last year, the company is confident to grow its sales this year by 30%. General Manager of Sales & Marketing of CJ Superfeed Tevi Melviana told Asian Agribiz that several strategies have been set to achieve the target. “One of the strategies is that we will launch a new feed called Master Chef series for pullets.” He added that this year the company will start the construction of two new feedmills in Central Java which will be located in Semarang and Brebes. “The two new feedmills in Central Java are targeted to be commissioned in the first semester of 2015. Each will have a capacity of 20,000 tonnes/month.”
|Malaysia steps up surveillance for bird flu virus|
[21 February 2014] Malaysia’s H7N9 case of a 67-year-old female tourist from China has been deemed an isolated human case. Nevertheless, the Department of Veterinary Science has stepped up surveillance at all entry points and poultry farms nationwide. “All state veterinary services departments are in a state of alert,” Deputy Director General Dato’ Dr Azmie Zakaria told Asian Agribiz. “So far the pre-emptive measures which were put in place since 2007 have been effective. To date, the country has been free from the disease,” he said. The department has been monitoring all high risk premises such as entry points, wet markets, bird sanctuaries, bird pet shops and wild birds for avian influenza viruses including the H7N9 cases. Until February 14, 64,000 samples were taken from the above categories and have been tested negative for the disease. New imports of live birds and frozen chicken cuts from Asia, including China, South Africa and Mexico have been halted.
|Sumitomo's acquisition of Emerald Grain welcomed|
[21 February 2014] One of the world’s largest international trading companies Sumitomo Corp has gained full ownership of Australian Bulk grain handler Emerald Grain after acquiring Emerald Agribusiness Group, its joint partner since 2010, for about USD 120 million. Emerald is Australia’s fifth biggest grain trader, with a 10% share of the nation’s grain trade and exporting 75% of its throughput to 35 countries. “As a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp, the company will be able to fund future growth and expansion and compete more effectively in an Australian and Asian grain market that is now heavily influenced by global companies," Emerald Grain Chairman Alan Winney said. He said it will give Emerald Grain access to the capital needed to help fund expansion in grain accumulation capability and processing assets. It would also allow Emerald to leverage Sumitomo's business assets and networks.
|Thailand in talks with Iran for raw exports |
[21 February 2014] Thailand is working towards convincing Iran to open its market for Thai raw chicken. Nantawan Sakuntanak, Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion has led a Thai delegation comprising representatives from government and private companies on a visit to Iran recently where both nations discussed ways to enlarge bilateral trade and investment. “Thailand welcomed Iranian delegates to inspect chicken processing plants for export,” Ms Nantawan said. Thailand is trying to open the Iran market for 'halal' raw chicken. Iran imports around 50,000 tonnes of halal chicken annually.
|Processed poultry market revenue to reach USD 251 million by 2018|
[21 February 2014] The processed poultry meat market revenue is estimated to reach USD 251 billion by 2018 from USD 1.8 million in 2012 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9%, while the processed poultry equipment market was valued at USD 2.7 billion in 2012, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2013 to 2018. The industry has grown exponentially in the last decade and this growth is expected to continue. R&D activities carried out across all regions, especially in Europe, to develop low-cost production techniques are expected to add pace to the growth rate of the poultry meat processing equipment market.
|H5N1 continues to spread in Vietnam|
[20 February 2014] H5N1 outbreaks have been reported in 16 provinces in Vietnam and government agencies are stepping up measures to control the virus. “The outbreaks are increasing and we haven’t reached the peak yet. We need to exert more aggressive measures to control it,” Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Prime Minister told Asian Agribiz. The virus has forced the culling 66,000 birds. H5N1 has also killed two people in Vietnam so far this year. The country said it expects to cull 4 million birds this year due to the bird flu. “We have 30 million doses of poultry vaccine in stock. We propose that the Government buy another 60 million doses,” Pham Van Dong, head of the Animal Health Department told Asian Agribiz. Meanwhile, Quang Ninh has become the first province in the nation to ban the trading of live poultry in Ha Long city, a major domestic and international tourism hub in the northern region.
|Chinese tourist identified with H7N9 in Malaysia|
[20 February 2014] Malaysia has recorded its first H7N9 avian flu infection. It is the first case detected outside of China, alongside eight other newly confirmed cases—one in Hong Kong and seven more from the mainland. The 67-year-old woman is a tourist from Guangdong Province in China. She arrived in Malaysia on February 3 and is being treated at a hospital in Sabah. She is said to be in a stable condition. Prior to traveling to Malaysia on January 30, the patient was treated in China for symptoms of fever, cough, flu, fatigue and joint pain. Malaysia's Ministry of Health is conducting an investigation including contact tracing and is also coordinating information sharing with the Chinese Government.
|GFPT posts major turnaround in 2013; eyes 10% growth in 2014|
[20 February 2014] GFPT saw a major turnaround in 2013, with net profit sky rocketing by more than 500% to reach USD 46.26 million, from only around USD 7.1 million in 2012. Anan Sirimongkolkasem, Chairman of the Executive Committee said major factors driving the robust growth in profit was the higher exports of chicken meat, which grew 20.6% and an increase of 30.7% in sales of chicken sausages in the domestic market. In addition, higher domestic prices of chicken meat and parts, cooked chicken meat products, DOC and feed combined, contributed to a higher margin and huge jump in profit. An analyst at a brokerage house foresees GFPT to generate around 10% growth in sales in 2014, from around USD 514 million last year.
|Thai private sector eyes shrimp farming in Myanmar|
[20 February 2014] The Thai private sector has recorded its interest to invest in shrimp farming in Myanmar after local production contracted drastically due to the Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) pandemic, said Niwat Suteemechaikul, Director-General of the Fisheries Department of Thailand. Mr Niwat led a delegation comprising government officials and private companies to Myanmar to discuss technical and economic cooperation in fisheries earlier this month. Myanmar’s private companies, meanwhile, want Thai companies to invest in joint ventures with local operators in fish processing manufacturing and also extend assistance to upgrade Myanmar’s fishery farming standard. Mr Niwat explained that investors need to submit a business plan to Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries for approval and authorised investors can rent land for farming for 30 years with options for renewal.
|Thailand announces restriction on fishing during spawning season|
[20 February 2014] Thailand’s Department of Fisheries has imposed a restriction on the use of some fishing equipment in the Gulf of Thailand during the spawning season from February 15 to May 15 this year. Director-General Niwat Suteemechaikul said the measure prohibiting the use of some specific trawls covers 26,400 km of fishing areas in the Gulf of Thailand, Prachuap Khiri Khan down to the southern province of Chumphon and Surat Thani; fisherman who violate the restriction will face a penalty. The measure is aimed at maintaining the fertility of marine resources.
|India’s Banas Dairy to set up new plant outside Gujarat|
[20 February 2014] Banaskantha District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd (Banas Dairy), the largest member of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), has said it will invest more than USD 48 million to establish its first milk processing plant outside Gujarat in Faridabad, Haryana, NCR (National Capital Region). The plant will manufacture products such as pouched milk, curd, buttermilk and ice-cream under the brand name of Amul, according to a GCMMF official. The plant will have a capacity to process 1 million litres of milk daily. This is the fourth plant in NCR for member unions of GCMMF. Banas Dairy procures milk from more than 350,000 milk producers in Banaskantha district.
|New pig virus identified|
[19 February 2014] A new pig virus called Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV), distinct from the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus, has been identified in the US, a report by Reuters said. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the virus is “closely related to a coronavirus detected in Hong Kong in 2012” and this is the first time the virus has been seen in the US. The clinical signs are similar to PEDv, and it also affects piglets and older pigs, but the mortality appears to be lower, said Yan Zhang of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. However, Dr Zoilo Lapus of the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners told Asian Agribiz that presently, there are no reports of SDCV in Southeast Asia and in China.
|Sujaya Group inaugurates broiler GP farm, hatchery|
[19 February 2014] Indonesia's PT Satwa Borneo Jaya Breeding Farm (SBJ), a subsidiary of West Kalimantan based poultry integrator Sujaya Group, has begun operations of its SBJ broiler GP farm and hatchery located in Singkawang, West Kalimantan. Top management both from Sujaya Group and Hubbard attended the event. Operational Director of Poultry Division of Sujaya Group, Muhammad Taqwa told Asian Agribiz that from November 2012 to last year the company has imported a total of 24,000 hatching eggs of Hubbard Classic GP from France. “We will see the first production this year. Most of the production will be used for internal needs. We are now setting up new PS farms to produce DOC.” Mr Taqwa said with the presence of the GP farm, both broiler PS breeders and commercial farmers in Indonesia will have more choice for local supply of good quality PS and DOC.
|Organic meat trade takes off in China|
[19 February 2014] Imported organic products could be the new consumption trend in China as its growing middle class continue to worry over substandard food as well as reports of ‘fake’ organic products. Sydney and Toowoomba-based Arcadian Organic and Natural Meat Co, Australia, sent its first shipment of certified organic Australian beef into the Chinese market last month. “I think there is an excellent opportunity to grow the market [in China],” CEO Alister Ferguson told Asian Agribiz. Mr Ferguson, however, said the certifying process was not straight forward. “It was hard because they did not except our certification standards nor did they accept the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program standards,” he said. Arcadian Organic operates under both. The authorities in China sent their own auditors to its farms and processing plants. “This was costly and also it took longer than our current organised audits,” he said.
|Pork and egg prices in Thailand start to decline|
[19 February 2014] Pork price in Thailand has started to decline following the end of the Lunar New Year festivity, said Somchat Soithong, Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade. Market price of pork has contracted from around USD 4.93/kg during the Lunar New Year to around USD 4.31/kg at present and is expected to stay steady at this level for some time. The egg price has also come down with no. 3 egg, the most popular size for restaurants declining to around USD 0.10-0.11 each for retail.
|Bird flu reported in eight provinces in Vietnam|
[19 February 2014] Vietnam has reported outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu in eight provinces in the north and south of the country. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said more than 30,000 birds have been infected. Quang Ngai province has been badly affected with more than 5000 birds infected. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called on MARD to set up inspection teams to promote anti-bird flu efforts and to take immediate action to prevent the transfer of avian flu to human. Since the start of the year Vietnam has reported two cases of human deaths from H5N1 in southern Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap provinces.
|Nepal’s DDC raises milk procurement price|
[19 February 2014] Nepal’s State-owned Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) has raised the milk procurement price by USD 0.02/litre with effect from February 13 due to rise in production cost at farm level. The decision means farmers will get an average of USD 0.35 for a litre of milk. A meeting between representatives of DDC and the Central Milk Cooperative Association (CMCA) formalised the price hike. “We have raised the price by an average of USD 0.02/litre for milk containing 4% fat and 8% SNF,” said Giridhar Bajracharya, Acting Deputy Director General of DDC. DDC currently enjoys a 40% share in the country’s dairy market. It has processing plants in Balaju, Biratnagar, Hetuda, Butwal, Kohalpur and Dhalkebar in Janakpur.
|Registration for Pig Feed Quality Conference still open|
[18 February 2014] In these times of high raw material prices, how do you unlock the maximum potential of the nutrients in raw materials? This is just one of the many questions that will be answered during the Asian Agribiz Pig Feed Quality Conference that will be held from March 13-14 at the Edsa Shangri-La in Manila, Philippines. Speakers will talk on varied topics related to feed ingredients, quality and processing with the aim of helping Asian pig producers unlock the potential of nutrients and to evaluate the quality of their feed. Registration for the conference will close on February 27, 2014. More details here.
|CJ Indonesia’s slaughterhouse division to grow sales by 90%|
[18 February 2014] PT Super Unggas Jaya, a subsidiary of CJ Indonesia, has said its slaughterhouse division recorded good business in 2013. The new division which commenced operations in 2012 supplies whole carcasses, portioned cuts and boneless & skinless meat to many major retailers, restaurants, hotels and caterers in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi), as well as traders. Sales & Marketing Manager Adi Nugroho told Asian Agribiz that this year the company has set an ambitious target to grow its sales by 90% over last year since orders are increasing. “Our commitment to quality has been confirmed with repeat orders by our customers.” To meet the increasing orders, Mr Adi said the company will maximise the production at its two slaughterhouses and build a new slaughterhouse in West Java province.
|Vietnam to partially close live poultry markets to prevent H7N9|
[18 February 2014] Vietnam has decided to close live poultry markets one day in each month to apply quarantine measures to prevent the transmission of H7N9. “We consider the disease extremely dangerous. We need to come up with efficient solutions to prevent the virus from getting to Vietnam,” Hoang Thanh Van, Head of Animal Production told Asian Agribiz. Mr Van said although Vietnam has not found H7N9 in its poultry, the move is part of an emergency action plan designed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to fight avian influenza. The plan also requires that if the virus is detected in a particular market, it will be closed for seven days. The consumer preference for live poultry at wet markets poses a major challenge for Vietnam in fighting diseases like H7N9 and H5N1.
|India hopeful China may lift buffalo meat export ban|
[18 February 2014] Visits by Chinese trade delegations including government officers to Indian buffalo meat processing plants have been fruitful and an Indian export advisor is hopeful that China may lift the ban on export of frozen Indian buffalo meat soon. “The visitors were satisfied with the procedures of the Indian meat exporters,” Al Faheem Meatex Pvt Export Advisor Anupam Sharma told Asian Agribiz. Mr Sharma is also a consultant for the Indian Ministry of Food Processing Industries. “It is my personal view that direct export from India to China will start in the next financial year which kicks off in April 2014,” he said. Chinese meat importers have been using Vietnam to channel products into their country bypassing an official ban on direct imports. According to the Commercial Intelligence and Statistics Indian buffalo meat exports to Vietnam in 2012-2013 rose to 330,000 tonnes compared to 273,000 tonnes in 2011-2012.
|Jollibee net income up nearly 25% in 2013|
[18 February 2014] Philippine fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) posted a net income of USD 104.45 million in 2013, up almost a quarter from the previous year, the fastest for the company in seven years. The growth was driven by strong system-wide sales that rose 12.8% to a record USD 2.34 billion last year. This year, JFC has assigned USD 142 million to build new stores and renovate existing ones both in the Philippines and abroad. JFC opened 235 new stores in 2013, 98 of which were in Q4, bringing its total to 2764 stores worldwide. In addition to the Philippines, the company has store networks in the US, China, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Brunei.
|Philippines to export milkfish, aquaculture products to the UAE|
[18 February 2014] The Philippines plans to export milkfish and other aquaculture products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippine Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has announced. He said representatives from UAE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will visit the country this month to meet with government officials and business operators to discuss in particular milkfish and other aquaculture products from Sarangani province in Mindanao. Mr Alcala said the government is looking to open trade initially for Filipino communities in the Middle East.
|Vietnam bans China poultry on fear of H7N9|
[17 February 2014] Vietnam has banned poultry imports from China for fear of H7N9 spreading across the border. Animal health officials said there’s a great risk of the virus transmission into Vietnam through trafficked poultry. “We need to aggressively prevent the trading of poultry that may contains H7N9 virus. Stopping illegal poultry trading is our top priority,” Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development told Asian Agribiz. Avian influenza A (H7N9) had not been seen in animals or humans since it was detected in China last March. In Quangxi, a province bodering Vietnam, two H7N9 human cases have been reported. “There’s no vaccine for H7N9 and this is like fighting a war without a weapon,” Pham Van Dong, Head of Animal Health Department told Asian Agribiz. There’s no official estimate on illegal poultry imports from China. However, sources say, in one major poultry market alone in Hanoi, the number could be five tonnes per day.
|CP India to invest USD 92.4m in Punjab|
[17 February 2014] Charoen Pokphand India plans to invest around USD 92.4 million in Punjab state, India. According to the plan, the company will set up a feedmill at a cost of USD 19.4 million, a hatchery at USD 3.9 million, a breeding farm at USD 16.5 million, broiler farms at USD 52.4 million and a swine farm at USD 194,000 in the state, according to Chaiyaporn Montha, Vice Chairman of CP India. The company plans to commence commercial production this year and complete the proposed investment by 2018. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal assured the company that the government would extend full support and cooperation to the company for further setting up their operations in the state.
|R&D underway for low-cost processing technology|
[17 February 2014] R&D activities carried out across all regions, especially in Europe, to develop low-cost production techniques are expected to add pace to the growth rate of the poultry meat processing equipment market. The major restraint of this market is the small and medium organisations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and South African countries catering to the demands of the local market but which cannot afford the costly poultry meat processing equipment. Revenue from the processed poultry meat market revenue is estimated to reach USD 250,949.5 million by 2018, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 5.9%, while the processed poultry equipment market was valued at USD 2,667 million in 2012. Factors such as the increasing demand for protein rich convenience food, busy lifestyles of two-income middle class families of developing countries are driving the market for processed poultry meat. The ever-growing population, especially in developing nations, and their increasing income are expected to result into a rise in the demand for food, both, fresh and processed.
|Indonesia to provide incentives to heifer importers|
[17 February 2014] Indonesia is expecting its first delivery of productive heifers at the end of Q1, a move that will help boost the dwindling cattle population. Director General for Foreign Trade of the Trade Ministry Bachrul Chairi said the importation would be carried out by PT Santosa Agrindo (Santori), a subsidiary of Japfa Group. “We are processing the import license of 1,500 head for the firm,” he said. This will be part of the total 185,000 head of heifer that the government aims to import. Mr Bachrul said the ministry had yet to receive proposals from other companies to import. At present, importers have shown little interest in importing heifers, partly due to the lack of infrastructure for breeding and higher cost from delivery points to local breeding areas until they produce new cattle. Mr Bachrul said that the government was now mulling to provide incentives for heifer importers. One of the alternatives may be to lift a 5% import duty on the purchase of heifers.
|Indonesia launches online system for livestock importation|
[17 February 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture, together with Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, yesterday officially launched SIMREK, an online service system for livestock and livestock products importation. Director General of Livestock and Animal Husbandry Syukur Iwantoro said the system is integrated with the Ministry of Trade’s online service system Inatrade so that the process would be faster and trustworthy. “Cattle, beef and offal importers can benefit from the system starting from Q2,” he said. In the past, the procedure was done offline. Cattle, beef and offal importers should directly go to the office of the Ministry of Agriculture to get importation recommendation, and then they have to submit this recommendation to the Ministry of Trade for review.
|Thailand to pursue FMD-free zone approval in 2015|
[14 February 2014] Thailand plans to resubmit its request to the World Animal Health Organisation, OIE, again in 2015 for it to approve the country’s livestock Zone 2 as an FMD-free zone, Trisssadee Chaosuancharoen, Director-General of the Department of Livestock Development told Asian Agribiz. Zone 2 covers seven provinces in the eastern region including Chachoengsao and Chonburi where many pig farms are located. “The OIE’s scientific team inspected the region in July 2013 and was satisfied with Thailand’s performance. However, it recommended some improvements which we are working on. We will resubmit the application next year,” Mr Trissadee said. DLD plans to have Zone 7, a major pig farming belt in Ratchaburi and Nokhon Pathom provinces, as an FMD-free area too and will start the certification process soon, Mr Trissadee said.
|Double digit growth for shrimp feed consumption in Indonesia |
[14 February 2014] Shrimp feed consumption in Indonesia in 2013 recorded 20% growth last year over 2012 to 350,000 tonnes, according to Denny Indradjaja, Chairman of the Aquafeed Division of the Indonesian Feed Millers Association. “Thanks to global shrimp price hike and EMS [early mortality syndrome] in exporting countries such as Thailand, shrimp production in Indonesia last year increased quite significantly,” he told Asian Agribiz, adding that this trend will continue this year. “This year we hope that national shrimp feed consumption could see double digit growth again. We feel 20-30% growth is possible.”
|New food safety systems to propel Singapore to global arena|
[14 February 2014] Singapore’s newly launched food safety management system is aimed at strengthening and enhancing the competitiveness of its food companies in the local and global markets. The new SS 590:2013 Singapore Standard for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points-based (HACCP-based) Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for any Organisation in the Food Chain introduces a robust food safety management systems standard in Singapore which is closely aligned to the international ISO food safety management system standard (ISO 22000). SS 590 covers requirements on sourcing, preparation, processing, manufacturing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution, handling and offering for sale or supply of food in any sector of the food chain. The new standard will replace the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) HACCP Document No 2. SAC will require all accredited certification bodies to migrate from their current certifications of SAC HACCP Document No 2 to SS 590 by January 10 2016.
|Fast food chains in Thailand expand despite political strife|
[14 February 2014] Global fast food chains remains upbeat about market growth in Thailand despite the current political situation. Despite the unfavourable condition, chains like KFC and McDonald's remain confident about the long-term fundamentals. Prapat Siangjan, General Manager of Burger King (Thailand) said the company will open more than 10 branches this year while Waewkanee Assoratgoon, Managing Director of Yum Restaurants International (Thailand), the operator of KFC in Thailand, said the chain will open 50 more outlets this year from 500 at present and target for 750 branches in seven years. Petcharat Uthaisang, Marketing Director of McThai Co Ltd that runs McDonald in Thailand said the company plans to open at least 25 more outlets in 2014 in addition to its existing 191 branches both in Bangkok and in the provinces.
|China hotpot dish spikes demand for NZ lamb|
[14 February 2014] New Zealand’s sheepmeat trade to China increased fivefold from 2010 to USD 455 million last year, thanks to growing demand for secondary cuts such as caps and flaps - heavily fat-marbled and taken from around the belly of the lamb - that were previously much cheaper or even destined for the pet food market. When the cuts arrive in China, they are rolled; semi-frozen and sliced paper-thin, and sold to hot pot restaurants, said a report from BusinessDay. The popularity of the traditional Asian shared dish, offering cost-conscious diners healthy, home-grown fare - slivers of meat and vegetables served in a broth - is giving McDonald’s Corp , Yum Brands Inc and others a run for their money in China’s USD 143 billion fast food market. New Zealand supplies around 60% of the global sheepmeat market but it is struggling to keep up with Chinese demand. Australia, which supplies 35%, is likely to meet the shortfall.
|Korea culls 3.2 million poultry, demand plummets|
[14 February 2014] Poultry demand in South Korea has plunged by about 70% in the wake of the H5N8 avian influenza virus outbreak that emerged in January, according to Korean Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Jun Won. He said that 3.2 million chickens and ducks at 154 farms have been culled. No new outbreaks have been reported since February 6 and no human infections of H5N8 have been reported.
|Conference discounts close today|
[13 February 2014] Early bird and team discounts to the 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference organised by Asian Agribiz Conferences close today. The conference which will focus on feed ingredients, quality and processing will discuss that fundamental to the success of commercial pig feeding is providing the best combination of raw materials, of suitable quality, at the right price. Coupled with this the feed must be properly processed to unlock nutrient potential and prevent wastage. The third crucial element is pig husbandry - managing feed delivery to allow optimal animal performance. This conference is aimed at helping Asian pig producers unlock the potential of nutrients and to evaluate the quality of their feed. It will run from 13-14 March at the Edsa Shangri-La in Manila. More details here.
|Vietnam starts importing buffalo from Australia|
[13 February 2014] Vietnam has started importing live buffalo from Australia with the first shipment numbering 200. The bigger shipment of 600 live buffalos will head for the Vietnamese port of Hai Phong next week. Vietnam is currently the biggest importer of Australian cattle after Indonesia. Australian officials will arrive in Vietnam to check on animal welfare conditions. The development has surprised some Vietnamese experts. "Vietnam imports buffalo from countries like India, but never from Australia. They [Australia] are mostly known in Vietnam for cows," Nguyen Dang Vang, Chairman of Vietnam's Animal Husbandry Association told Asian Agribiz. Vietnam imported 68,000 live cows from Australia last year. According to trade regulations, live animal imports are subject to lower taxes than meat. Vietnam has about 5.1 million cows and 2.6 million buffalos and cattle meat accounts for 6% of Vietnam meat consumption.
|Indonesia implements animal welfare concept|
[13 February 2014] Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health (DGLAH) of Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture this year plans to implement new animal welfare rules at all its livestock technical units located across the country. Director General of DGLAH Syukur Iwantoro said this will include points such as freedom from hunger or thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behaviour; and freedom from fear and distress. “With this implementation, we want to comply with the international trend,” Mr Syukur revealed. He added that the livestock technical units which will implement the concept should be a role model for livestock farmers in the country.
|New cold storage facility boon for imported meat market|
[13 February 2014] India has built its largest cold storage facility for imported goods at the Mumbai airport. The facility is large enough to accommodate, at a time, goods from eight cargo aircraft, airport officials said. The lack of adequate cold storage facilities here was a perennial problem, leading to perishable goods decaying. “The new facility, set up in a modular building constructed over an area of 1400 sqm, can handle all kinds of temperature-sensitive products. It will surely be a boon for the high-end food and hotel industry that depends a lot on imported food materials,” a senior official in the Mumbai International Airport Limited, who was involved in the development of the facility, told dnaindia.com. This city is among the largest importers of high quality meat and cheese in the country.
|Cambodia reports two more H5N1 fatalities|
[13 February 2014] Two children in Kratie province of Cambodia have died of H5N1, bringing the fatalities to three so far this year. "Both died on the same day at Kompong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital," Dr Sok Touch, Director of Communicable Disease Control Department at the Ministry of Health said. "Dead chickens were found in their village and they had touched and eaten poultry meat before falling ill," he said. The bird flu has been present in Cambodia for 10 years now and has killed 35 people so far.
|Pizza chains enjoy good business in Indonesia |
[13 February 2014] Pizza chains are finding the Indonesian market appetizing. Nader Stefano Elkhweet from consulting firm PT Bain Indonesia pointed out that Indonesia is the second-largest pizza market in Southeast Asia after Malaysia. “The Indonesian pizza market is worth between USD 400 - 450 million in retail sales for large and medium chains. The market grew beyond 15% in 2011 and 2012,” he said. He added that: “Indonesia’s significant increase in per capita disposable income is encouraging Indonesians to eat Western-style food.” Based on data from Bain Indonesia, there are around 400 medium and large pizza chains in the country, in addition to 300 or so small and independent outlets. Currently 90% of sales come from dine-in establishments, although home delivery is growing fast.
|China reduces emphasis on grain self-sufficiency|
[12 February 2014] China has strayed from its grain self-sufficiency principle. In a shift in tone and emphasis, the state council this week issued a “guidelines for food and nutrition development” document in which it has called for grain production to “stabilise” at roughly 550m tonnes by 2020, below the 2013 harvest of 602m tonnes. It also calls on producers to place greater “emphasis on food quantity, pay more attention to food safety and quality”, and to prioritise the supply and quality of meat, vegetables and fruits, all of which require less land than bulk grains and create more agricultural jobs. This should lead to increased imports from countries with sufficient space to grow grain – including the US, Australia, Canada and Ukraine. “It is clear that the policy has shifted towards food grains such as rice and wheat rather than feed grains. There’s a clear problem maintaining volumes of feed grains, such as corn or soybeans,” said Wang Jimin, of the Rural Economic and Development Institute at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
|Sierad to focus on food production|
[12 February 2014] Sierad Produce, one of the largest Indonesian poultry integrators, plans to increase productions of all its business lines this year. Vice President Director Eko Putro Sandjojo said the company targets to produce 150 million DOCs this year, an increase of 25% over last year. An increase of 50% is set for its feed business line to reach 600,000 tonnes. “For commercial broiler, we plan to produce 14 million birds. We have been operating 28 commercial broiler farms located in West Java and East Java. And this year we will have two new farms which were constructed last year,” Mr Eko said. Sierad's PT Belfoods Indonesia which produces ready-to-cook chicken products, is expected to increase its output by two fold from the previous year's 6000 tonnes as it has added a new production line and increased capacity of its cold storage. “We will focus more on our food business since the selling price of food products such as sausage and nugget is more stable than DOC, feed and live birds,” Mr Eko revealed.
|Indonesia strengthens SPS standard|
[12 February 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture is now preparing specific quarantine standards in order to protect its domestic food market in view of the Asean Economic Community 2015. “We will tighten our SPS [sanitary and phytosanitary] standards in accordance with the rules of Asean to mitigate risks,” said Banun Harpini, Head of Agriculture Quarantine Agency, adding that: “other countries in the region are also doing the same thing to protect their domestic market.” Ms Banun added that the ministry is part of sub-regional cooperation, for example IMTGT (Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle), to harmonise its quarantine standards in the region.
|India’s egg production soars due to feed price, labour|
[12 February 2014] N China Venkataraju, India’s National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) Executive Committee Member, Vijayawada region, said cost of egg production is increasing drastically, while the market price of eggs remains the same. “Layer farmers are finding it tough to maintain their business,” he said. “The main reason for this is the increase in the prices of poultry feed and labour. There is a two fold increase in the poultry feed cost as the price of all the main ingredients like corn, de-oiled rice bran, soya, and broken rice have risen. Corn which was about USD 225/tonne in February 2013 has increased to about USD 321 this month. Soy which was selling at about USD 27.3/quintal is now USD 56.2,” Mr Venkataraju explained, adding that "eggs should be priced at USD 0.06/unit or more.”
|Incentives sought for corporate farms|
[12 February 2014] To further the country’s effort towards food security, a Philippine senator has filed a bill seeking to give incentives to corporations engaged in farming. Senator Grace Poe has filed a Senate Bill 2089 (An Act Promoting Corporate Farming and Providing Incentives for its Effective Implementation), noting that the “investments in the agricultural sector, while needed, cannot be shouldered by the public sector alone in the light of the government’s perennial fiscal challenges since decades past.” Giving incentives to corporate farming would attract more private sector players with the necessary resources to invest in the agriculture sector. She said corporate farming has the “unique advantage” of being able to integrate the entire food production process, making them more efficient and effective producers.
|Dakshina Union to strengthen supply, collection chains|
[12 February 2014] India’s Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd (Dakshina Union) is strengthening its supply and collection chain networks. Raviraj Hegde, President of the Union, said it is setting up cold storage units in strategic locations to ensure a better supply chain network. One of the locations is in Talapady. Built at a cost of USD 19,000, the Talapady cold storage unit can store up to 5,000 litres of milk and other products of the union, he said. Highlighting the logistical advantage of the unit, he said it will help customers from Ullal and the surrounding regions in Mangalore Taluk. The union collects around 260,000 litres of milk from 52,000 farmers in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts every day. The union has set up 52 bulk milk cooler units in various locations in these two districts. Plans are afoot to set up another 40 bulk milk cooler units under the National Dairy Plan of the Central Government.
|Indon pig farmers suffer rising feed price |
[11 February 2014] Pig farmers in Indonesia are facing a hard time as the price of complete feed and concentrate has risen. Gusti Putu Wijaya, Swine Specialist of Cargill Feed & Nutrition Indonesia, told Asian Agribiz that complete feed prices have risen to USD 0.54-0.62/kg from USD 0.49-0.58 previously, an increase of 10%. He said pig farmers who do home-mixing are also hard pressed as the prices of corn and rice brand which are the main raw material for pig feed have escalated to USD 0.3 and USD 0.27, respectively. Although the price of live pig has increased to USD 2.16/kg from USD 2/kg, Mr Gusti said the increase is not comparable to the feed and raw material price increase. An official of the Solo Pig Farmers Cooperative Alexander Kasim told Asian Agribiz that this situation could lead to a decline in the population of pigs in Indonesia. “Last year the population of pigs in Bali decreased by 40%, and other production centres such as North Sumatera, Central Java and East Java also saw declines,” Mr Alexander said.
|S. Khonkaento ventures into poultry processing |
[11 February 2014] Thailand’s S. Khonkaen Food Industry Public Co Ltd that produces mainly pork products, will extend its market reach by adding chicken processing to its business portfolio, said CEO Charoen Rujirasopon. The company will invest around USD 6.1 million to establish a poultry processing plant to produce snack food from chicken meat and market it under a newly-created brand 'Moo Chi' which is designated for fried products. The new facility located at the same site of the existing pork processing plant, is expected to start its operation in the third quarter of this year. The company targets to sell the chicken snacks locally and overseas. With the new chicken processing line in place, S. Khoenkaen will have a production capacity of 600 tonnes/year for pork and chicken snacks combined; double that of its present capacity.
|Philippines aims for chicken shipment to UAE |
[11 February 2014] Once the Philippines receive the finalisation of its halal accreditation, it can begin to ship chicken to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said Philippine Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. He said that a number of processing plants of local food company San Miguel Corp have already passed screening by UAE officials and another firm has also applied for halal accreditation, although he declined to name it. While there is still no definite timeline as to when exports will happen, the Philippines is aiming to begin exports to the Middle Eastern country before the end of the year. Mr Alcala said exports to UAE will help local players penetrate other countries in the region.
|McDonald’s opens first outlet in Vietnam|
[11 February 2014] McDonald’s Corporation has opened its first restaurant in Vietnam. The 24-hour Drive-Thru restaurant, the first of its kind in Vietnam, will feature a McPork line of burgers, which was especially created to reflect local Vietnamese tastes. The location, at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Binh Khiem Streets in District 1, also marks the 10,000th restaurant for the chain in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region. “We’re proud to open our 10,000th regional McDonald’s restaurant in Vietnam, a country which offers tremendous opportunity to grow our brand,” said McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson. “Our commitment in this part of the world and everywhere is to deliver a modern and exciting restaurant experience with delicious food and drinks, at the convenience our customers expect from McDonald’s.”
|Pizza Hut Indonesia to grow 20% annually|
[11 February 2014] President Director of Pizza Hut Indonesia, a brand of US based Yum!, Stephen McCarthy said that the Indonesian market is one of the fastest growing worldwide, and Pizza Hut Indonesia aims to grow by up to 20% annually. This year Pizza Hut Indonesia aims to open 25 new ‘big box’ outlets, or restaurants housing 40 or more tables, after launching 22 new outlets in 2013. Pizza Hut currently has 295 outlets — comprising 213 dine-in outlets and 82 specializing in delivery orders, called Pizza Hut Delivery (PHD). “We usually launch in two to three new cities annually,” Mr McCarthy said.
|Haryana Dairy Cooperative procures 368,000 litres of milk per day|
[11 February 2014] The Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation in India said its average daily milk procurement touched 368,000 litres against sale of 376,000 litres per day in the April 2013 to January 2014 period. In 2012-13, the cooperative recorded sales of USD 154.3 million, a spokesman said. The total handling capacity of five milk plants in the state has been enhanced from 470,000 litres/day to 880,000 litres/day during this period. A total of 4045 tonnes ghee was sold from April 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014, he added. With a view to strengthen milk marketing, the spokesman said that 354 milk booths and milk bars have been set up in different cities and towns in the state so far.
|Indonesia’s broiler GP imports to reach 725,000 |
[10 February 2014] The Indonesian Poultry Breeders Association (GPPU) has projected imports of broiler GP in 2014 to reach 725,000 birds this year, an increase of 11.53% over last year. Secretary General Chandra Gunawan said chicken meat consumption in the country continues to increase and poultry breeders should anticipate this by importing more GP compared to the previous year. Besides, the association has also projected imports of broiler PS would be minimal since local supplies are available at a cheaper rate. “Last year, Indonesia only imported around 100,000 broiler PS,” Mr Chandra said.
|Oversupply feared in Philippine broiler market|
[10 February 2014] Unless industry players act quickly, the Philippine chicken industry is likely to experience an oversupply that would bring down farm prices, said Jose Elias Inciong, President of the United Broiler Raisers Association. Chicken price fell to a low of USD 1/kg in 2013, but has since gone up to the current USD 1.82/kg. However, Mr Inciong warned that an oversupply is expected in the first quarter of this year, and as such “prices will remain volatile” and could swing between USD 1.33-1.89/kg. With the expected oversupply, he called on the government to reduce the suggested retail price of chicken, pointing out that retail prices continue to be high even when farm price are low, thus both producers and consumers do not benefit.
|Indonesia steps up AI vaccine distribution|
[10 February 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture said it has prepared a stockpile of AI (avian influenza) vaccines as poultry in several regions across the country have succumbed to the disease. Minister of Agriculture Suswono said that more than 225,000 birds have died and the bird flu is a common disease following widespread flooding. “We have prepared 300,000 doses of AI vaccine for duck farmers. As for chicken breeders, we will give them as much as we can,” Mr Suswono said. The ministry has reportedly begun distributing the vaccines to several duck farming regions that have been affected by the flooding that began in mid-January.
|India’s shrimp exports in 2013 soar|
[10 February 2014] India recorded a whopping increase in shrimp exports in the April–December period last year. Earnings from exports increased 89.89% during the period to USD 2.3 billion versus USD 1.2 billion in the same period a year earlier. The share of shrimp in the total seafood export earnings also scaled up to 65.41% against 51.48% in 2012. The overall export of shrimp during the period was to the tune of 229,010 tonnes, according to the latest data of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA). According to Anwar Hashim, a leading exporter and former president of Seafood Exporters Association of India, this upsurge was due to two major factors: serious fall in the production and export of shrimp from Southeast Asian countries and the lowering of countervailing duty on Indian shrimp in the US.
|India’s soy meal exports fall in January|
[10 February 2014] Exports of soybean meal in January 2014 were 364,000 tonnes, as compared to 620,000 tonnes in January 2013 - a decline of 41.3%. “This decline is primarily due to lower arrival of soybean resulting in lower crushing”, said Coordinator of the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA), Rajesh Agrawal. On a financial year basis, export during the April 2013 to January 2014 period was 2.4 million tonnes, as compared to 2.5 million tonnes in the same period of the previous year, a marginal decrease of 4%.
|Alltech launches solutions, product in Philippines|
[10 February 2014] Alltech introduced its On-farm Advantage program as well as its Mycotoxin Management program and its next generation mycotoxin binder Mycosorb A+ at the recently concluded 2014 Inahgen Congress in the Philippines. “Our customers have always been the farmers, and by just launching the On-farm Advantage program in the Philippines, 2014 will be about supporting farmers in reducing their feed costs as well as helping them increase their animal performance and profitability,” said Dr David Morpeth, General Manager of Alltech Philippines. With the On-Farm Advantage program, Alltech is able to offer a unique solutions plan for each farmer. Meanwhile the expanded Mycotoxin Management program together with Mycosorb A+ is revolutionising mycotoxin management in the animal production industry.
|INAHGEN 2014, Manila|
[7 February 2014] On-site reports by ISA Q TAN and RACHAEL PHILIP
CPF Philippines contract farming program underway
CPF Philippines has launched its contract farming scheme for swine in the Philippines. The scheme is called Wean to Finish, under which piglets will no longer go through a nursery stage, Nattakorn Sujipittham of CFP Philippines Pig Business Division told Asian-Agribiz during Inahgen 2014. Under the scheme, CPF Philippines will load contract farms with three-week old piglets, provide the feeds and the management program. The animals will be raised to market weights of between 90-100kg, and will be bought back by CPF who will be responsible for the marketing of the animals. The first contract farm is expected to be loaded by mid-2014.
Perstorp introduces novel butyric acid
Perstorp has brought its third generation butyric acid ProPhorce SR to the Philippines. ProPhorce consists of butyrins which are glycerol esters of butyric acid. This ‘esterifying’ process ensures that the acid is delivered efficiently throughout the digestive tract. It has no distinctive odour, which is a problem with earlier generation butyric acids, making it easier to handle. With improved intestinal health, feed efficiency and animal performance is enhanced. The product, which is now commercially available in the country, is distributed by Equalivet Inc.
Increased investment in value chain to boost AEC competitiveness
Government and private sector investments aimed at achieving an efficient value chain will help the Philippine livestock and poultry sector become more competitive in an integrated regional market. This is among the recommendations made by National Economic Development Authority Director Dr Mercedita Sombilla during a presentation made at Inahgen 2014 currently ongoing in Manila, Philippines. Dr Sombilla said the “investment climate in the country must be substantially improved to generated long-term sources of productivity growth”. The government is keen on the continued growth of the local hog and poultry sector, which is targeted 10% and 25% respectively, by the end of the Philippine Development Plan in 2016.
Produmix launches Reprodumix in the Philippines
Produmix has introduced Reprodumix-7, a new basemix especially developed for gestating and lactating sows in tropical countries, in the Philippines. Among the product’s benefits for the sow include higher feed intake and milk production, better digestion, balanced microbial flora, reduction of non-productive days, and better economical performance. “We conducted trials in the Philippines last year and received registration at the end of the year,” Javier Ibarrola told Asian-Agribiz at Inahgen 2014. The product, currently only available in Southeast Asia in the Philippines, has been in the market since last month.
Advantageous position for Olmix as producers opt for natural products
Apart from South Korea and Taiwan, the Philippine animal protein industry is very accepting of eco-friendly products. Olmix Asia Technical Supervisor Dr Virgil Meallet observed that awareness levels in the Philippines for environment-friendly products are higher than in other parts of Asia. Agri-Bio Philippines Inc National Sales Manager Leonel E Velasco concurred saying that there are many natural products in the market such as essential oils, natural growth promoters and organic acids and minerals. “Integrators use this as a marketing strategy to tell their customers that their products are safe and sustainable,” he said. Agri-Bio Philippines distributes Olmix products in the Philippines.
Philippines is key market for Skov
In the last two years the broiler industry in the Philippines’ has shown a noticeable shift, making it a key market for equipment manufacturers. According to Skov Area Sales Manager Joergen Moeller Andersen, farmers are keen on closed houses with environment control systems as they are convinced these systems can raise their productivity levels. Integrators as well as banks too are encouraging contract growers to make the investment. “For a start Skov systems are not cheap but we are focusing on customers that are looking at the payback in two to three years’ time. Then the Skov systems are worth the investment,” he said.” The company is also promoting its product management system called Farm Online. “One of the challenges in the region is that young people don’t want to work on farms. This system allows companies can monitor farms from a distant with valid data, in real time,” said Skov Managing Director Thomas O Hansen.
Jansen market leader in broiler cages in the Philippines
Over the last two years Jansen Poultry Equipment has emerged as the market leader for broiler cages. Maintaining long-standing relationships with customers, quality products and good post-sales service is the company’s winning strategy, Area Sales Manager Asia Gerard I Llanes said. “Farmers in the Philippines know that they cannot stay complacent anymore. Large foreign integrators have entered the market and this will only push prices down. They are more open to technology and are willing to invest in equipment that can to help them reduce costs in the long term,” he said. The layer market, however, will still take time to mature, said Sales Director Asia Dr Carmelo Ferlito. “The manual nest is still popular because labour is cheap in the Philippines,” he said. The company’s top markets in Asia for automatic nesting systems are South Korea and Taiwan, which enjoys close to 100% market share.
|Optimising pig grower performance|
[07 February 2014] Why is it that diets of the same nutrient specification do not always result in the same performance? This fascinating question will get an answer at the 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference to be held in Manila, Philippines on March 13-14, 2014, as evidence will be presented to show the importance of the kinetics of digestion and nutrient asynchrony. Speakers will also delve in ways to reduce production cost and show how protein grower diets can bring increased profit and performance, as well as discuss feeding programs for maximal performance. Click here more details.
|Java loses substantial amount of poultry due to floods|
[07 February 2014] Chairman of the Indonesian Local Poultry Farmers Association (Himpuli) Ade Zulkarnain told Asian Agribiz that poultry farmers have lost 325,000 birds in Java due to the floods which have hit the north coast regions of West and Central Java such as Pati, Pemalang, Tegal, Cirebon and Indramayu in the last two weeks. “Around 80% of the amount are ducks,” he said. Because of this duck egg production in the affected areas is down to 182,000 eggs/day compared to the regular daily average of 4 million eggs. Some 60% of this amount is supplied to Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi). Mr Ade hopes the government gives financial assistance to the farmers to restart their businesses after conditions return to normal.
|CPF ready to ship first lot of raw chicken to Japan |
[07 February 2014] Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is ready to ship the first lot of 22,800 kg of raw chicken to Japan after the importing country lifted a 10-year-long ban on Thai products due to bird flu concern, according to CP Merchandise Co Ltd Senior Vice President Prasit Chalongchaichan. CP Merchandise is a unit of CPF. The frozen raw chicken comes from CPF’s Chokchai processing plant in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Mr Prasit said. Apart from frozen raw chicken, CPF is preparing the plant to produce more varieties of products for the Japanese market such as raw karage and pre-fried karage, he added. CPF expects Thailand to export around 5000 tonnes of raw chicken to Japan in the first quarter of this year and the whole year exports are forecast to reach 80,000-100,000 tonnes. It will take around two to three years for Thailand to step up its raw chicken exports to Japan to 200,000 tonnes/year, the amount it used to ship before the ban.
|Coimbatore milk manufacturing units penalised|
[07 February 2014] The Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing) will file cases against four private milk manufacturing units in Coimbatore district for making substandard and misbranded products. Samples were taken from six manufacturing units during the second week of January. Only two of them were found to conform to all the norms mandated by the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, said Food Safety Wing Designated Officer R Kathiravan. These firms account for the bulk of the market share in Coimbatore district. The samples were taken as part of surveillance and protection measures, and tested at the Government Food Analysis Laboratory. They were investigated for fat and solid-not-fat (SNF) contents besides the presence of prohibited substances such as starch and adulterants. The milk from two companies was found to have SNF component below the mandated levels. The other two had not complied with the labeling norms as the sachet had not given the proper address of the manufacturing unit. While it was located at Coimbatore, the sachet contained an address in Kerala. A financial penalty would be imposed on all the four firms.
|Pioneerindo to add 50 new CFC outlets|
[07 February 2014] PT Pioneerindo Gourmet International, operator of quick service restaurant California Fried Chicken (CFC), plans to add 50 new outlets this year. “Some 15% of the number is earmarked for the franchise model,” said Vice President Roy Atmadja. He added that this year the company plans to introduce traditional Indonesian items on the menu of 14 outlets under the pilot project, which will be called California Cafe. The company currently operates 254 outlets across Indonesia and has been the main contender to KFC restaurants.
|Indian buffalo meat exports to Vietnam double|
[7 February 2014] Indian buffalo meat exports to Vietnam have doubled in volume within a year as Chinese meat importers use the country to channel products into their country bypassing an official ban on direct imports. “Some 99% of the buffalo meat exports to Vietnam are in fact for Chinese markets,” said Anupam Sharma, Export Advisor at Al Faheem Meatex Pvt in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. According to India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, from April to October 2013 Indian buffalo meat exports to Vietnam rose to 248,000 tonnes compared to 123,000 tonnes during the same period in the previous year. The value of these exports rose from USD 291 million to USD 867 million.
|INAHGEN 2014 - MANILA|
[6 February 2014] On-site reports by ISA Q TAN and RACHAEL PHILIP
Intracare brings clean water to farms
Farmers in the Philippines are moving away from traditional farming methods to modern establishments. They are equipping their poultry and swine farms with automatic feeding and drinking lines. This is good timing for distributors Vets, Inc, which introduced Intracare products to the local marker three years ago. “Farmers need a good system to ensure clean drinking water. IntraHydrocare is more than a disinfectant. It also flushes out the buildup of bio-film in the drinker lines. We are the first company in the Philippines to offer this said Vice President and COO Maria Theresa. Hydrocare ensures animal drinking water is free from microorganisms. This is vital for animals on the farm, especially for the DOCs. It helps them get a good start in life,” she said.
Vi-Cor is seen as innovative by farmers
The Philippines is the third most important market for Vi-Cor in Asia after China and Vietnam. Farmers are happy with Vi-Cor products because they can see the results in terms of cost savings and better performance, said Awap Key Account Manager Paul Arjune P Olayres I. Awap is the distributor for Vi-Cor products in the Philippines. He said Vi-Cor is an innovative company which regularly churns out new concepts and solutions for farmers. “We work hand-in-hand with feedmills and farmers to help them further improve their formulation because most of the Vi-Cor products are included in the feed for formulation,” he said.
Ecopac paper trays find a growing market in the region
Paper pulp packaging for eggs is gaining traction in Southeast Asia for environmental as well as for food safety reasons. Ecopac CEO Yap Chor How said his packaging, moulded from old newspaper, is disposed of after use unlike plastic trays which are cleaned and reused internally, increasing the risk of an cross contamination. The year-old company, making its first appearance at Inahgen, is a division under Malaysian Poultry integrator Lay Hong Bhd. Ecopac, which produces 5 million trays/month, and has the capacity to produce 7.5 million trays/month, exports 80% of its products to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan. “There are requests in every market for paper trays. Consumers are more concerned with the environment. It is better for farmers to switch to paper trays sooner than later, and to build up their image as an eco-friendly company,” he told Asian-Agribiz.
|Indonesian animal feed business to grow 12% in 2014|
[6 February 2014] The Indonesian animal feed business is expected to grow by 10-12% this year on the back of increasing demand for chicken, according to the Indonesian Feedmillers Association (GMPT). Its Secretary General Desianto Budi Utomo said large election-related gatherings this year would contribute to the heightened demand for chicken dishes. “There will be more food orders made to caterers, and chances are there will be meat on the menu. This will boost poultry demand and positively impact animal feedmillers as well,” he said. He added that the continued growth of the nation’s economy and the middle class would also contribute to the growth of the animal feed industry. The country is estimated to maintain growth above 5% this year. This is good because it ensures that Indonesians’ purchasing power will remain strong and keep them consuming meat products.”
|Indian soy meal export in December 2013 down|
[6 February 2014] India exported around 471,000 tonnes of soymeal in December 2013, lower than the same period last year, according to the Soybean Processors’ Associations of India (Sopa). Last December Indian soymeal exports stood at 511,000 tonnes. According to data from Sopa, Iran was a major buying taking up 132,453 tonnes of soymeal from India in December last year. “Soybean supplies in the domestic markets are low. This is giving way to low crushing,” said Sopa spokesman and coordinator Rajesh Agrawal.
|Philippine processors need support from DA, farmers to compete 2015|
[6 February 2014] Meat processing companies in the Philippines need the help of governments as well as livestock and poultry growers for supportive policies and a stable supply of raw materials. “The Asean integration presents an opportunity for Philippine processed meat products to expand,” said the newly re-elected President of the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. He added that the Department of Agriculture (DA) should establish grade AAA abattoirs and related facilities to endure the steady supply of high-quality raw materials for meat producers and meat processors. “Modern abattoirs are crucial components for our preparation for Asian integration. He added that the government slaughterhouse program is equally important to the livestock producers as they will give them the competitive advantage to export their meat products.
|Taj Agro Nafas to invest in mills in Malaysia |
[5 February 2014] India-based Taj Agro Nafas India Pvt Ltd and the National Farmers Association (Nafas) are investing about USD 30 million to set up 10 corn-based animal feedmills through Malaysia. Taj Agro plans to source the raw materials from India, reported Bernama. “We have identified several places for the mills namely Johor, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. Within three years we will have 10 mills,” Taj Agro Chairman and Managing Director S Chelliah said. The mills will have the capacity to produce 10,000 tonnes of animal feeds monthly. The first mill will begin operations later this month. Taj Agro has started exporting about 2000 tonnes of raw materials for animal feed and this is expected to increase to 200,000 tonnes once the mills are fully set-up. The move would result in 30% of Malaysia’s animal feed requirement being produced locally and this will help reduce poultry prices, he said.
|Skretting opens shrimp research facility in China|
[5 February 2014] Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre has opened a research facility for shrimp and Asian fish species in Hexhoubei Research Station in Guangdong Province, China. The centre comprises indoor facilities for conducting trials on shrimp and fish growth, and nutrient digestibility. There are also outdoor tanks and ponds for fish trials. Some 250 experimental units of tanks and cages are available for research trials with both shrimp and fish in different environmental conditions. The species currently targeted at the centre include whiteleg shrimp, Asian seabass, snakehead, yellow catfish and tilapia. The centre will use Skretting’s worldwide research and development knowledge to help shrimp farmers increase their production in a more sustainable manner.
|Nestle Lanka’s milk procurement marks 15% growth|
[5 February 2014] Nestle Lanka Plc, Sri Lanka’s largest private sector buyer of fresh milk, announced that it had procured its highest ever collection of 62 million liters of local milk in 2013, marking a 15% growth from 2012. The company currently procures an average of 170,000 liters of fresh milk daily from 18,000 Sri Lankan farmers. “We have made intense and determined efforts to procure maximum quantities of fresh milk from the North and East to help develop these areas,” said Nestle Lanka Managing Director Ganesan Ampalavanar. “We have established a milk collection network in the regions, made up of collection points, to provide farmers living in distant, rural areas easy access to sell their milk and milk chilling centres to help farmers keep their milk fresh.” Nestle Lanka also conducts extensive farmer training and development programs, sharing technical expertise and best practices for quality assurance, and providing subsidies for artificial insemination and pasture plot development for cattle feed.
|Barriers for corn pushes up US sorghum sales in China|
[4 February 2014] US Grains Council chart of the week shows US sorghum sales to China surged in the 2013/2014 marketing year that began September 1 2013, up from zero in 2012 to more than 1.6 million tonnes of combined exports and outstanding sales last year through January 24 2014. China is a new opportunity for US sorghum sales partly because of the access barriers to US corn in China. Although China’s domestic corn prices are well above world market levels, biotechnology issues and tariff rate quotas have limited the import of US corn. In spite of an excellent domestic corn harvest in 2013, China’s total feed demand exceeds domestic availability. The price of imported corn and sorghum was cheaper than domestic corn in key regions, and the constraints on corn imports had shifted some of this demand to sorghum. At the same time, China’s sorghum demand has boosted US sorghum price above that of corn.
|China approves imports from Danish organic pork producer|
[5 February 2014] China’s organic certification and control agency WIT recently gave its stamp of approval for Denmark’s largest specialist organic meat producer Friland A/S, making the plant the first company in the world that can sell pork with the Chinese eco-label. Friland estimates the Chinese market could account for up to 15% of its total production of organic pork within five years “China’s strong economic growth, combined with the high consumption of pork, makes it an attractive market for free-range pig meat. We also have great advantage that Danish Crown already has a sales network in China, so we have relatively good knowledge of the market,” said Friland CEO Henrik Biilmann.
|Getting the most from pig feed raw materials|
[04 February 2014] Feed cost continues to be a concern for pig producers around the world, and even more so in Asia. Getting the best combination of quality ingredients at the right price is essential. At the 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference to be held in Manila, Philippines on March 13-14 2014, well known experts will examine how prices of raw materials are moving, as well as talk about the optimal use of specific raw materials such full-fat soy, animal proteins and alternative ingredients in pig diets. Click here for more information.
|Thai chicken exports to hit 650,000 tonnes in 2014|
[4 February 2014] Thailand’s chicken exports are forecast to grow 13% this year to reach 650,000 tonnes, Department of Livestock Development Director-General Trissadee Chaosuancharoe told Asian Agribiz. He said the increase is expected after Japan lifted its 10-year ban against Thai raw chicken imports. Japan banned Thai raw poultry meat due to bird flu concerns and accepted only cooked products. This year raw chicken meat shipment to Japan is estimated to reach 70,000 tonnes. Heat-treated chicken exports are forecast to reach 230,000 tonnes, said Mr Trissadee, while Thai raw chicken meat exports to Japan could reach 200,000 tonnes by 2017. Japan imports close to half of the country’s total chicken exports while 42% go to the European Union and the balance to others.
|Philippines plans corn exports in 2014|
[4 February 2014] The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will allow farmers to export corn this year if the local corn supply is more than sufficient. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the country is targeting higher production this year while the DA plans to expand corn production areas to reach this goal. At the same time the government will add more infrastructure as well as postharvest facilities like dryers and storage facilities to give local corn farmers more elbow room once the Asean regional integration take effect in 2015. Last year corn production reached 7.30 million tonnes, down slightly from 7.14 million tonnes the previous year.
|Bangladesh to allow imports of SPF shrimp|
[4 February 2014] Bangladesh’s Ministry of Fisheries plans to allow the imports of specific pathogen-free (SPF) mother shrimps and post-larvae for the first time in a decade, drawing mixed reactions from hatchery operators. Some operators said the country has enough local supply, while others said imports would increase production and make the farms disease-free. Director General of Fisheries Syed Arif Azad said: “Imported shrimps will have to be disease-free. Our objective is to increase production and make the farms disease-free.” However, President of Shrimp Hatchery Owners Association of Bangladesh Moshiur Rahman said: “We have had bad experiences in the past. The import of shrimp fries had led to the spread of viruses in local farms, causing losses to many farmers.” Mr Rahman said the government also did not consult hatchery owners before making the decision.
|India’s Mother Dairy increases milk prices|
[4 February 2014] Mother Dairy, the largest milk supplier in the Delhi-NCR region, has increased milk prices by USD 0.03/litre across all variants. In a statement, Mother Dairy said it was compelled to raise retail prices of all variants because of an increase in milk procurement prices in the past few months. The company previously raised milk prices in the Delhi-NCR region in October 2013. Mother Dairy said close to 80% of total sales go into the procurement of milk. Higher milk prices could have an impact on food inflation and wholesale price index inflation, which stood at 13.68% and 6.16%, respectively, in December. Mother Dairy sells about 3 million liters of milk a day in Delhi-NCR. It also sells milk in cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur and Pune.
Prosperity in the Year of the Horse
|Unlocking the potential of feed ingredients|
[30 January 2014] With feed costs on the rise, getting the most out of feed ingredients is essential to successful pig production. At the 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, on March 13-14 2014, participants will learn the importance of proper feed processing to unlock the maximum potential of the nutrients within individual feed raw materials. Likewise, experts will talk about the valuable contributions of extrusion and pelleting, and the importance of premixing micro-nutrients and optimising on the feed milling processes. For further information, visit www.asian-agribiz.com/pdf/pigfeedqc14.pdf
|Monsanto Indonesia to increase hybrid corn seed sales by 20% |
[30 January 2014] US-based corn seed producer Monsanto plans to increase sales of hybrid corn seed in Indonesia by 20% to around 7200 tonnes this year. CEO of Monsanto Indonesia Mauricio Amore said the company sold around 6000 tonnes of hybrid corn seed last year. “Indonesia is the second largest market for our hybrid corn seeds,” said Mr Amore, adding that the company at the moment controls around 25% of hybrid corn seed market share in the country. The company sells five varieties of hybrid corn seed with prices ranging from USD 5 to USD 5.5/kg. To produce the seeds, the company has a corn planting area of 7000 ha and a 13,000-tonne plant in Mojokerto, East Java province.
|Risk of avian flu outbreak in Singapore low|
[30 January 2014] Avian influenza A, also known as H7N9, poses a low public health risk to Singapore, said Singapore’s Ministry of Health. “The risk of an outbreak in Singapore will continue to be low as long as the virus characteristics do not change,” the ministry said in a media statement. The country does not import live or raw poultry from China, where most of the recent cases of avian flu have been reported. Only processed poultry products which have been heat-treated to eliminate bird flu virus are allowed to be imported from accredited establishments in China. The ministry cautioned that more human cases of avian flu may be expected overseas in the coming months due to colder weather, increased poultry production and mass movements of people in anticipation of the festive seasons.
|QL Resources plans for new mill at Bekasi|
[30 January 2014] Malaysian-based QL Resources Bhd said it plans to build a new feedmill in Bekasi, Indonesia, to cater to the growing scale of its poultry farms in the country. The feedmill, with a built-up area of 10,900 sq m, is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of financial year ending March 31 2015. “The feedmill is expected to lower the feed cost for its operating poultry farms in Indonesia as currently the group sources its feed from third parties,” said the company prospectus. The company estimated the cost of the project to stand at RM75million.
|KFC China’s recovery threatened with bird flu virus|
[30 January 2014] The current outbreak of bird flu virus is threatening KFC China’s recovery, this time ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. The H7N9 avian influenza virus has infected 96 people in China this year, killing 19. “Chinese New Year is a seasonally strong period for our business,” Yum Brands Chief Financial Officer Pat Grismer said. Bloomberg reported that the effects of the latest round of bird flu will likely be felt beyond the Chinese New Year holiday. Last year, KFC’s China sales plummeted after a supplier was discovered in December 2012 to be overusing antibiotics, and they fell again after avian flu surfaced in April.
|Indonesian feed millers raise poultry feed prices|
[29 January 2014] Some Indonesian feed millers have increased the price of poultry feed in the middle of this month, while others plan to do the same at the end of this month. Indonesian Feed Millers Association General Secretary Dr Desianto Budi Utomo said the weakening of the rupiah against the US dollar has raised production costs, “because we still rely on imports for corn and soybean”. Dr Desianto said compared with the price at the beginning of this month, the price of broiler complete feed has increased between USD 0.51 and USD 0.53/kg, while layer concentrate between USD 0.41 and USD 0.45/kg.
|Tamil Nadu milk producers demand higher price increase |
[29 January 2014] The Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturalists Association announced that it would stop the supply of milk if the government failed to convene a meeting of milk producers by February 4 to discuss increases in milk prices. Though milk producers had demanded an increase in the prices of cow milk from USD 0.32 to USD 0.48, and buffalo milk from USD 0.45 to USD 0.64, the government increased the procurement price by only USD 0.05, which is meager considering input costs, Federation Secretary C Nallasami said. In the backdrop of hardships being faced by milk producers, particularly after the death of cattle due to foot and mouth disease, the government should immediately convene a meeting and discuss further increase of milk price, Mr Nallasami added.
|NTUC FairPrice offers halal Thai frozen chicken|
[29 January 2014] Singapore supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice is now offering halal-certified frozen chicken from Thailand. According to Channel Newsasia, it is the first supermarket to do so since the suspension of poultry imports from Thailand, after widespread outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in Thailand from 2004 to 2008. Prior to this, FairPrice imported fresh chicken from Malaysia and frozen raw chicken from Brazil. In June 2013 AVA lifted the ban on chicken imports from Thailand and approved the import of frozen chicken from selected establishments after thorough checks and inspections.
|Fucheng Wu Feng sees strong results|
[29 January 2014] Fucheng Wu Feng, or Fortune Ng Fung Food, saw its profit increase by 183% to USD 9.42 million compared to last year’s USD 3.30 million. Revenue, however, rose 6% to USD 17 million. The integrated company operates feedlots, slaughters beef cattle and processes meat for the local supermarkets. It also processes mutton and dairy goods. Packaged Fucheng beef products sell in supermarkets in Beijing and other northern Chinese cities. The company attributed the results to strong demand for beef products as well as dairy cattle and goods. The company, also known for its restaurant chain of the same name, announced last month it completed the acquisition of two restaurant chains in Beijing and Chengdu.
|Bangladesh expects poultry investments to cross USD 7.73b by 2021|
[29 January 2014] Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) said investments in Bangladesh’s poultry sector could cross USD 7.73 billion by 2021. Considering this potential the institute has requested USD 1.17 million from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to expand its poultry sector related activities such as developing weather-tolerant chicks. Also, new species of poultry birds and grass have been developed which, according to BLRI, have already created a positive impact on the sector. The Ministry said demand for poultry has been gradually increasing while fish cultivation is declining as consumers switch to poultry as a source of animal protein. Over the last decade per capita meat consumption in the country has increased to almost 35%.
|QL Resources to inject USD 10.49m into poultry division|
[29 January 2014] QL Resources Bhd plans to inject USD 10.49 million into its integrated livestock farming division. The funds will be used to expand the group’s existing poultry farms in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, Managing Director Chia Song Kuan said after the company’s extraordinary general meeting in Kuala Lumpur. The group’s poultry farms in the country are operating at near to full, or full capacity, producing an overall total of 40 million day-old chicks and four million eggs daily. The expansion of the poultry farms will potentially increase the overall total production capacity of these farms to a maximum of 50 million day-old chicks annually and five million eggs daily within the next 18 months, said the company prospectus.
|Using modern tools to measure and ensure feed quality|
[28 January 2014] The importance of quality feed in pig production cannot be over-emphasised, but how can quality be properly assessed? This will be answered at the 2014 Asian Agribiz Pig Feed Quality Conference to be held in Manila, Philippines on March 13-14, 2014, where a session on feed quality will look on how modern tools like NIR can assess nutritional quality of feed ingredients. Also at the this session, participants will learn the limitations of least cost formulation and get advice on how to optimise feed use. Click here for more information.
|Shuanghui set for listing in Hong Kong|
[28 January 2014] Shuanghui International Holdings has applied for a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange to raise up to USD 6 billion. Shuanghui, which bought Smithfield Foods last year, expects to receive approval and list the company under the name WH Group in April. The funds raised will go towards paying off the debt that Shuanghui took on in order to make the Smithfield acquisition, which cost USD 4.7 billion in cash and an additional USD 2.4 billion in acquired debt. In order to speed the process, 16 investment banks have been given pieces of the deal, including JP Morgan, Standard Chartered, UBS, China Citic Securities, BOC International and Goldman Sachs. The news was first reported by Reuters subsidiary IFR, and details were reported in Tuesday’s South China Morning Post.
|Thailand’s public health body on bird flu alert|
[28 January 2014] Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) is strengthening its bird flu surveillance and preventive measures due to the current cold weather that could favour the spread of viruses. Although Thailand has been free from the bird flu since July 2006, the preventive measures and monitoring is in view of the presence of the virus in several countries in the region said Director-General Dr Sopon Mekthon. Dr Opas Karnkavinpong, Deputy Director-General of the DDC said to prevent any infection from consumption of poultry meat, consumers should select only safe poultry meat, stay away from sick or dead poultry (for cooking) and ensure proper sanitation especially when travelling to countries where the virus is present.
|Big Dutchman takes over Zucami |
[28 January 2014] The Big Dutchman group of Germany is acquiring Spanish poultry equipment supplier Zucami which recently became insolvent. “The insolvency court accepted our concept presented in December,” confirmed Bernd Meerpohl, Chairman of the Big Dutchman AG board of management. Big Dutchman can now purchase the assets of the Zucami while maintaining its headquarters and saving approximately half of the 120 jobs. Business will continue under the new name Zucami Poultry Equipment S.L. and remain an independent brand on the international market, said Mr Meerpohl, adding that management and distribution will not be affected substantially. According to Mr Meerpohl, Zucami earned an outstanding reputation and impressive presence and will complement Big Dutchman's product range.
|Amul Dairy launches milk vending machine|
[28 January 2014] India’s Amul Dairy has gone a step further to sell its milk through ‘Any Time Milk’ (ATM) vending machines. The pilot project of this 24x7 ATM began with the installation of a vending machine at the gate of Amul Dairy in Anand town, Gujarat. “To start with, we plan to set up these ATMs at each of the 1100 ‘mandalis’ [village-level milk collection centres] in Kheda and Anand districts where we market Amul,” Ramsinh Parmar, Chairman of Amul Dairy said. In Anand and Kheda towns, these ATMs will be installed at different public places to enable consumers to buy milk whenever needed.
|Thai pig and pork prices hit ceiling |
[27 January 2014] Prices of pig and pork in Thailand have hit the ceiling of the recommended prices set by the Internal Trade Department due to healthy demand ahead of the Chinese New Year festivities. Limited supply caused by unfavourable weather and disease has also contributed to the price hike. Kiddivong Sombuntham, Secretary-General of the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand said farm-gate price of live pig is currently at USD 2.28 per kilogram while pigmeat is being retailed at USD 4.57/kg. Mr Kiddivong anticipates prices to hover around these levels through the Chinese New Year festival and will decline after that as demand will recede. He added that the high price will lead to reduced consumption and exports.
|Indonesia to produce 690,000t of shrimp|
[27 January 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs has set a target to produce 690,000 tonnes of shrimp in 2014 valued at around USD 2.9 billion. Director General of Aquaculture Production of the ministry, Slamet Soebjakto said last year the production of shrimp reached 619,000 tonnes, while the ministry only targeted 608,000 tonnes. “This made us confident to reach, even exceed, the 2014 target. Moreover, the global price of shrimp is still high, but the supply is limited due to EMS disease. Indonesia, which is still free from EMS disease, should take this opportunity to increase production,” explained Mr Slamet, adding that most of Indonesian shrimp is exported to the US, Japan and Europe.
|Philippine poultry, livestock production up in 2013|
[27 January 2014] Despite the super typhoon that hit some key production areas in November 2013, poultry and livestock production in the Philippines increased by 4.2% and 1.75% last year, a report by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics said. Together both sectors accounted for 31% of total agricultural production. The country’s chicken output jumped about 5% to 1.55 million tonnes, while hog production grew almost 2% to 2.01 million tonnes. Value of chicken and hog production also posted increases of 4.9% and 10%, respectively.
|Vietnam to restructure pangasius production|
[27 January 2014] Vietnam will restructure its tra fish or pangasisus production through a project worth USD 3.2 million, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). The projects will help the industry to meet international quality standards and to establish a sustainable pangasius supply chain by 2020. Under the plan Vietnam will set up a model farm and training centres over the next four years. It will expect to get participations of at least 70% of processors and 30% of animal feed producers. Vietnam accounts for more than 90% of the world's pangasius production, yet there are often concerns over antibiotic residue. In the latest development, Russia recently suspended all imports of Vietnam tra fish due to quality problems. Tra fish exports amounted to USD 1.8 billion last year.
|Markfed enters India’s Himachal cattle feed market|
[27 January 2014] Markfed that is based in Punjab, India, has signed an agreement with Himachal's Himfed to supply dairy cattle feed in Himachal, a state in northern India. “After this agreement, our cattle feed will be made available to farmers through the outlets of cooperative societies,” Managing Director of Markfed Dr Karmjeet Singh Sra said. Markfed started manufacturing cattle feed to meet the needs of dairy farmers in Punjab by installing a cattle feed plant at Kapurthala in 1975 and later at Gidderbaha in 1985.
|Feed quality and processing take centre-stage at conference|
[24 January 2014] Fundamental to the success of commercial pig feeding, especially in Asia, is getting the best combination of quality raw materials at the right price. Coupled with this, the feed must be properly processed to get the most of its nutrient potential and prevent wastage. Also crucial is proper management of feed delivery to achieve optimal animal performance. How Asian pig producers can achieve these is the goal of the 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference organised by Asian Agribiz Conferences to be held in Manila, Philippines on March 13-14, 2014. For specific topics and more details, click here.
|Sujaya's breeding farm receives bird flu free certification|
[24 January 2014] PT Satwa Borneo Jaya Breeding Farm (SBJ), a subsidiary of West Kalimantan based Sujaya Group, recently was certified as a bird flu free compartment farm by Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture. This confirms the bird flu free status of SBJ’s breeding farms and allows the company to export its DOC to other provinces in Indonesia. Several laboratory tests conducted in the veterinary agency in Banjarbaru and the results of surveillance have confirmed that all the breeding farms including GP and PS farms are free from bird flu. Operational Director of Poultry Division of Sujaya Group, Muhammad Taqwa told Asian Agribiz that the certification gives technical and non-technical benefits to the company. “With the certification, we now have a competitive edge. We believe that our existing and potential customers will see it as a plus point since it’s certified by an independent party.” Mr Taqwa added that the compartment team from DGLAH will conduct periodic inspections including surveillance and lab tests in every six months.
|Berdikari allocates USD8.3m for expansion|
[24 January 2014] State owned beef cattle integrator PT Berdikari has allocated around USD 8.3 million to build new feedlots and a cattle slaughterhouse, as well as add more Limousine Meat Gallery outlets. President Director Librato El Arief said that the company aims to strengthen its upstream and downstream operations. The company has been running a breeding farm in Sulawesi which is integrated with corn and sorghum plantations, 12 feedlot farms located in East Java, West Java and Banten province with a total population of 12,000 heads, and a cattle slaughterhouse. “We plan to add 12 new beef outlets this year in Jabodetabek. And next year we will develop a franchise speed-up expansion,” said Mr Librato. He added that the company this year plans to import 30,000 feeder cattle and 5000 productive heifers from Australia.
|Silver Fern Farms sell top end products online in Shanghai|
[24 January 2014] New Zealand meat company Silver Fern Farms will be selling its high quality retail lamb products online in Shanghai from March targeting higher income customers. Recently the US Meat Export Federation announced that it would be selling its products online to capture customers comfortable shopping for meat via the Internet. China has emerged as New Zealand’s single biggest export market for sheepmeat, mainly with lower-value commodity products but recently meat exporters are seeing a potential for higher value products as well. Silver Fern Farms, through NZ Focus, its distribution and marketing service in China, will sell online through a TV shopping channel.
|2013 Dairy, Meat Price Index hits record high levels|
[24 January 2014] The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation Food Price index held steady in December 2013 with sharp increase in dairy prices and firming meat values balancing out a steep decline in the other food commodities. The Index measures the monthly change in international prices of a basket of five food commodities – cereal, vegetable oil, dairy, meat and sugar. The December FAO Dairy Price Index rose 5.2% from November as demand for milk powder, especially from China, remained strong. During 2013, the Dairy Index averaged 243 points, its highest annual value since its inception, exceeding the previous maximum of 230 points reached in 2011. The Meat Price Index rose slightly in December, with prices for beef and pork moving higher. Prices for poultry were stable. Prices for lamb and mutton moved lower while the overall Meat Price Index remained at historically high levels.
|McDonald’s fresh menu for the Chinese New Year |
[24 January 2014] McDonald’s China is observing the Chinese New Year with the release of two unique burgers – the Red Sausage Pork Burger and the Chestnut Grilled Chicken with Shrimp Sandwich. Priced at USD 3.47 the Red Sausage Pork Burger is made of two pork patties, lettuce, sauce and one large slice of smoked Chinese sausage. The Chestnut Grilled Chicken with Shrimp Sandwich, priced at USD 4.46, comes with a grilled and flattened piece of chestnut grilled chicken, lettuce, sauce and two breaded shrimp sticks. US-based fast food restaurants have seen much success in Asia thanks in part to its ability to morph classic American menus into versions that look and taste familiar to consumers around the world.
|Tri Group launches broiler feed|
[23 January 2014] Indonesia's Tri Group yesterday launched broiler feed brand TG feed in Bogor. Production Manager Yoyo Kuswoyo told Asian Agribiz that the feed at the moment is produced through toll production by two feed millers - Sierad Produce and Gold Coin. However Mr Yoyo did not disclose how many tonnes is produced per month. He said most of the feeds are for internal use -- broiler farms and contracted farms. “It is not an impossible dream that in the future we will build our own feedmill to produce the feed,” he remarked. Tri Group is the largest broiler producer in Bogor, West Java and is owned by Tri Hardiyanto, Chairman of the Indonesian Poultry Organizations Association. Besides broiler farming and contract farming operations, it has slaughterhouses and fresh chicken meat retail outlets in Bogor.
|Philippines bans poultry from China|
[23 January 2014] The Philippines has issued a temporary ban on poultry imports from China after the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 influenza in Hebei Province. However local poultry players pointed out that the ban could just be a reiteration of an already existing policy. United Broiler Raisers Association President Jose Elias Inciong told Asian Agribiz that even as far back in 2003, when the AI re-emerged in the region, the country had placed a ban on poultry imports from China. The Philippines remains one of three Southeast Asian that has kept the avian influenza out of its borders, and has been exerting efforts to maintain this status as it seeks to become a strong player in the export market.
|Shuanghui International is now WH Group |
[23 January 2014] Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, the world's largest pork enterprise, has changed its corporate name to WH Group Limited. The new name differentiates the company as a corporate brand from its many product brands. The move reflects the company’s goal to solidify its leading position in the global pork industry. WH Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wan Long said the new name “symbolises our ambition to be a world-leading company known for food products that meet best-in-class standards of quality, nutrition and safety”. ‘Wan’ and ‘Zhou’ connote eternity and continents respectively.
|CPF confirms quality and safety of Thai chicken |
[23 January 2014] Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods has stepped out to confirm the superior quality and safety of its chicken meat after the recent baseless-rumour about a bird flu outbreak in Thailand. Payungsak Somyanonthanakul, Vice President for poultry technical service, said CPF operates in accordance with international quality and safety standards and its compartmental system ensures its bird flu-free status. He added that importers have confidence in Thai chicken and many importers in Japan have switched their orders from Brazil. In response to growing demand from Japan, CPF has acquired an automatic cutting machine (AMC) and installed at its Saraburi plant. The company has also installed a dicer, BL deboning machine and block cutter at the plant to generate specific cuts for Japan.
|China H7N9 cases exceed 200|
[23 January 2014] Human cases of H7N9 bird flu have exceeded 200 in China amid concern that a doctor who died from the infection might have contracted the disease from human-to-human transmission. The doctor, one of two bird flu deaths reported on January 18, worked at a hospital in Shanghai, but the hospital said it has handled no H7N9 cases and denied that the doctor could have contracted the virus from patients. Five new non-fatal cases were also reported, bringing the country’s total to 204 since last March, with 54 deaths. Most patients report contact with birds and the virus has not achieved sustained human-to-human transmission. There are fears the disease will spread as people return to their hometowns for the Chinese New Year on January 31.
|Japan raises ethoxyquin limit in shrimp imports|
[23 January 2014] Japan has raised the limit of ethoxyquin, an antioxidant preservative, in its shrimp imports to 0.2 ppm (parts per million) from 0.01 ppm. The move will benefit countries like India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, which are major exporters of shrimp to Japan. Japan started to apply the ethoxyquin inspection on Vietnam's exports in May 2012. This significantly affected the industry in Vietnam. Japan is Vietnam's second largest importer of shrimp after the US. Last year Vietnam brought home USD 3 billion in shrimp exports.
|Thailand to intensify slaughterhouse inspection |
[22 January 2014] Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development will this year step up efforts to promote standard animal slaughtering and increase the number of certified slaughterhouses in the country, Pennapa Mattayompong, Veterinary Expert at the Bureau of Livestock Standards and Certification at DLD told Asian Agribiz. “This year’s policy is to strengthen our inspection at slaughterhouses around the country and work together with the police to arrest and take charge of those illegal facilities that don’t have slaughtering permits from DLD.” There are a number of unauthorized sub-standard abattoirs in the country. As of 2013, certified slaughterhouses in Thailand numbered 1,712, around 62% of the total, up from 1,189 or 43% of the total in 2008. Sombat Supprapakorn, head of slaughterhouse control at the bureau also told Asian Agribiz that DLD will intensify its slaughterhouse inspection.
|Hwa Huat receives first batch of breeder DOC|
[22 January 2014] Malaysia’s Hwa Huat Sdn Bhd received its first batch of Ross breeder DOC. These birds will start laying after 24 weeks. Eggs laid in the first two weeks are usually not collected for hatch. Eggs laid in the third week will be sent to the hatchery and Hwa Huat is expecting its first batch of DOC at week 29, Hwa Huat subsidiary Infinite Capacity Deputy General Manager Tan Siong Teck told Asian Agribiz. According to General Manager (Broiler) Dennis Tan, growing their own breeder flock will give the company better control over the health status and quality of the broiler chicks. “Developing a breeder unit will also ensure constant supply of DOCs,” he said.
|Vietnam may ban poultry imports from Korea|
[22 January 2014] Animal health officials have denied reports that Vietnam has imposed a ban on imports of frozen poultry from Korea. However, the source said Vietnam can cite public health protection to apply the ban, given the H5N1 outbreaks in Korea. “There isn’t any official decision on the matter yet. But we have to try our best to prevent H5N1,” Nguyen Xuan Binh, Director of Vietnam’s Animal Health Region 6 Administration told Asian Agribiz. Vietnam started importing chicken from Korea in 2006 and has become the largest importer of Korean poultry, mostly spent layer hens. In 2012, Vietnam imported about 16,000 metric tonnes of frozen chicken from Korea, valued at USD 19 million and 80% of Korea’s total poultry export. Korea this year is expected to export 27,000 metric tonnes of poultry, mostly to Vietnam and Hong Kong.
|Malindo projects revenue of USD413m in 2014|
[22 January 2014] The increasing demand of chicken meat in Indonesia will encourage the business growth of PT Malindo Feedmill, according to CIMB Securities. Analyst of CIMB Securities Irenne Achmad projected that Malindo’s income in 2014 could reach USD 413 million or an increase of 19.3% from last year’s projection. “Net income, meanwhile, is expected to increase by 50% to USD 39 million.” Mrs Irene said that sales of DOC and feeds would be the main income driver.
|Taiwan to open market to Canadian beef|
[22 January 2014] Taiwan lifted a ban on imports of Canadian bone-in beef and other specific beef products. Under the new measures set to take effect mid-February, imports from Canada of bone-in beef from cows under the age of 30 months or younger will be allowed, the Economic Ministry said. Canadian and US beef imports were banned in 2003 in the wake of various mad cow disease scares though Taiwan has steadily lifted restrictions in recent years. Boneless Canadian beef has been imported since 2007. The ministry said it hoped its latest move would help promote negotiations with Canada on an investment agreement as well as pave the way for Taiwan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
|Vietnam reports H5N1 fatality|
[21 January 2014] Vietnam has reported the first human death from a H5N1 infection in nine months amidst rising concern that the bird flu could spread wider, in poultry and humans. A 52-year-old man in southern Binh Phuoc province, a poultry production hub, died on Saturday after six days of treatment at a local hospital for fever, cough and respiratory problems. Meanwhile, northern Bac Ninh has become the latest province in Vietnam to register a H5N1 outbreak. “It is a challenging time for us, right before Tet, when there’s a big increase in poultry trade and consumption,” Nguyen Huu Truong, Deputy Director of the local Agriculture and Rural development Department told Asian Agribiz. The outbreak has forced the culling of nearly 10,000 ducks in the province. The local authority also requested 3 million doses of vaccine to curb the spread.
|DSM Indonesia to launch ‘business to farm’ program |
[21 January 2014] DSM Nutritional Products Indonesia will launch a ‘business to farm’ program in several cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya and Makassar, this March. Animal Nutrition and Health Manager, Suaedi Sunanto told Asian Agribiz that so far the company has been focusing on the ‘business to business’ model, but starting from this year the company would be more active in farms sector including poultry, cattle and pig farms. “From the new program, we expect to gain additional sales of premix of around USD 3-4 million this year.” Under the program, the company will offer advice and solutions on nutrition, production, disease control and management. “Initially we will select a few farmers in each production centres to have access to our cloud computing Brill formulation system and help them analyse their raw materials,” Mr Suaedi said.
|Halal slaughterhouse on course|
[21 January 2014] A new AA halal slaughterhouse in Cotabato City, Philippines will push through this year following the completion of the bidding process for its construction, the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) said. The facility, which has a budget of about USD 443,000, is targeted to be operational within the year and will service the domestic halal requirements. The NMIS also said that the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has approved the application of two Halal Certifiers, which it said will complement the NMIS’ efforts in ensuring the safety and quality of products intended for Muslim countries and communities. The Philippines has pending applications to export meat and meat products to the Arab Emirates, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, all of which require halal certification.
|Tesco introduces QR Code for meat products |
[21 January 2014] Tesco Lotus, a modern trade store in Thailand and a joint venture between UK-based retailer and Charoen Pokphand Group, has introduced the QR code system that allows consumers to track the origin of meat products it retails nationwide. Pornpen Nartpiriyarat, head of Tesco Lotus’s trading law and technical department said the company has joined forces with five meat supplier namely CPF, Betagro, Kanchana Fresh Pork, QPM and Golden Foods to provide traceability via QR Code for chicken and pork products. Information such as the producer, source farm, and slaughterhouse of origin, batch number, and nutritional information and meat recipes are available from the code. Tesco Lotus plans to expand QR code system to eggs and ready meals in two years.
|Indian buffalo meat exports on the rise|
[21 January 2014] India buffalo meat export is at all-time high, driven mainly by demand from China and Vietnam, according to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). Growth registered at 23% in quantity between April and October 2013. “There has been a huge demand for India buffalo meat in China, which is routed through Vietnam now. In the next five years we expect India to be the world’s largest exporter of buffalo meat,” Rizwan Shaikh of Al Shirin Exports said. Exports to Vietnam saw the biggest increase of 229% in value terms, and more than 100% in volume. Vietnam accounts for about 40% of India’s buffalo meat export.
|China defines new agri strategy|
[21 January 2014] China will increase the “appropriate” use of overseas markets to feed its people while implementing a new safety and security strategy for agriculture, according to 2014’s ‘No. 1 Document’ which sets the agricultural policy for the coming year. According to the document China will maintain ‘basic grain self-sufficiency’ while using international markets to complement supply. The earlier policy set a 95% food self-sufficiency target, and some officials had hoped to reduce the target to 80%. But an explicit reduction would have been politically controversial and the new document sets no numerical target. The document says China will maintain a ‘red line’ of 120 million hectares of arable land to ensure food security, and work to reverse the loss of arable land to urbanisation, industrialisation and contamination. The government said it would also work to improve agricultural pricing mechanisms, safety and quality, as well as improve rural governance and pursue land reform, designed to give farmers clearer rights to their land.
|Siak Liang to move into new processing plant in 2016|
[20 January 2014] Siak Liang Enterprise Sdn Bhd in Sarawak, Malaysia, hopes to move into its new further processing plant in the Kota Samarahan Industrial Estate in two years’ time. The plant, set to manufacture burgers and sausages, will be roughly five times larger than its current plant. “We are churning out 5 tonnes of products per day and at a growth rate of 15% per year our business is becoming too large for our current premises,” Director Sia Khiok Hui told Asian Agribiz. He added that there is potential for growth locally. He also sees the possibility of exporting their products to other areas in Borneo and Kalimantan. The company operates 11 retail outlets called Agrodelight Food in Sarawak selling chicken carcasses and parts as well as its Agrodelight brand of sausages and burgers, Australian beef, frozen fish, vegetables and other cooking ingredients.
|Indonesia needs butchers school|
[20 January 2014] Professor FG Winarno a Food Technologist from the Bogor Agricultural University said that Indonesia has limited professional, qualified local butchers. “Most of butchers hired by Indonesian meat processors are from Australia. It’s because the processors find it difficult to find competent local butchers,” Prof Winarno told Asian Agribiz. A butcher’s school is needed in Indonesia to produce professional, qualified local butchers who are able to develop local meat based foods such as 'rendang Padang' and 'opor' into commercial ready-to-cook products. “Nampa [the National Meat Processors Associations] members as the user should ensure that this [butcher’s school] happens,” he said.
|Marel introduces new products to Indon meat processors|
[20 January 2014] Marel International chose the National (Indonesia) Meat Processors Association (Nampa) to introduce two new products: ValueSpray and RotoCoarse. Area Sales Manager Asia & Oceania, Gerhard van der Kolk told Asian Agribiz that the ValueSpray is specifically designed for in-line wet marinating of portioned and fragile meat products with an accurate pick up and uniform distribution of marinade and coarse pieces. The RotoCoarse, meanwhile, is designed to process all types of chicken bones including backs, frames, necks and even whole birds. It has a maximum infeed capacity of 3400 kg/hour. Mr van der Kolk believes that the two new products will do well in Indonesia.
|CAP calls for ban on antibiotics in feed|
[20 January 2014] The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) in Malaysia has called on the ministries of health and agriculture to ban antibiotic use in animal feeds following the EU ban on antibiotics in animal feed. CAP wants the ministries to create a national system to monitor antibiotic use in food animals. This includes actions to improve and refine the collection of data on antibiotic use in the country. It added that the quantities and classes of antibiotics used in food animals according to animal species need to be documented as it is essential for risk analysis, interpreting resistance surveillance data and assessing the impact of interventions to promote prudent use.
|Pakistan poultry prices to recover|
[20 January 2014] The Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) has assured consumers that the price of chicken will come down by the end of January. "The price of poultry has gone up due to high demand and short supply as farmers have reduced production to cut their losses," Dr Muhammad Aslam, PPA Chairman said. He added that the ban on exports of poultry products has created a surplus and lowered prices and this has prevented farmers from enhancing production.
|Thailand denies bird flu outbreak|
[17 January 2014] Thailand’s Minister for Agriculture Yukol Limlaemthong confirmed that reports of an avian influenza outbreak in Thailand is groundless, citing that the rumour aims to ruin the Thai poultry industry soon after Japan lifted the ban on Thai raw chicken and also with the lunar New Year festivities around the corner. Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Broiler Processing Exporters Association insisted that the reports are baseless as association members apply stringent security measures. Trissadee Chaosuancharoe, Director-General of Department of Livestock Development reiterated that Thailand has been bird flu free for five consecutive years, thanks to regular preventive and surveillance measures including observation of the situation in neighbouring countries and disinfecting farms near the border. A source in the DLD revealed to Asian Agribiz that Mr Trissadee will visit Japan this weekend to confirm the status and quality of Thai poultry.
|Indon meat processors ask government to allow MDM imports|
[17 January 2014] The National (Indonesia) Meat Processors Association (Nampa) has asked the government to allow imports of mechanically deboned (chicken) meat (MDM). Nampa Chairman Ishana Mahisa told Asian Agribiz that currently its members depend on supplies from three poultry integrators in Indonesia at prices higher than the price of MDM from Brazil or the US. “Besides, the integrators cannot meet our demand,” said Mr Ishana, adding that Nampa members need more than 300 tonnes/month of MDM. “The situation has weakened our competitiveness in the face of the Asean Economic Community. The government does not allow imports of MDM as its halal status is uncertain, said Akhmad Junaedi, Director of Veterinary Public Health and Post-Harvest of the Ministry of Agriculture.
|Price, competitors to affect US pork exports to SEA|
[17 January 2014] How US pork exports will fare this year in Southeast Asia will depend a lot on prices and its competitors, Sabrina Yin, Asean Director of the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) told Asian Agribiz. She said the USMEF is still looking at what its competitors like Brazil and Denmark are doing in terms of production and prices, as its main markets in the region are still price sensitive. On the current controversy regarding the possible entry of US pork exports into Thailand, Ms Yin said the lack of a free trade agreement between the two countries means that US pork is slapped a 50% tariff making it uncompetitive in the Thai market.
|China may allow increased food imports|
[17 January 2014] The Chinese government may retreat from a long-standing commitment to domestically produce 95% of the country’s food, while importing only 5% of consumption. The proposal appears in a preliminary draft of the government’s annual agricultural policy statement, called the “Number One Document,” according to a report by Bloomberg news service. The proposal would change the domestic/import ratio to 80-20, meaning 20% of food consumption could be imported. In recent years the 95-5 ratio has been honoured in the breach as imports soared, and the new policy would recognise that a prosperous China suffers from a structural food supply deficit. The country would still stockpile enough rice and wheat to feed itself in time of war or a trade embargo.
|Sri Lanka to achieve self-sufficiency in eggs|
[17 January 2014] There will be no need to import eggs after 2015 as Sri Lanka will be self-sufficient in eggs under the national development program of Divineguma, according to former Divisional Secretary for Bingiriya, WE Jayathilaka. Mr Jayathilaka said plans are in place to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in eggs. “Under the livestock development program, the Economic Development Ministry has distributed 1.1 million quality chicks among low income families. Another 600,000 chicks are to be distributed among low income families island-wide shortly,” he said. The government has invested up to USD 2.3 million for this project. Free expertise and veterinary services are provided to those who are engaged in poultry farming, he said.
|Frozen meat sales in Kathmandu soar|
[17 January 2014] Frozen meats are becoming increasingly popular in Kathmandu as they are processed and handled hygienically. Chandra Tiwari, proprietor of Nina and Hager, one of the major suppliers of frozen meat in the Kathmandu valley, said sales were growing at 20-25% annually. He added that his company supplies more than 1000 kg of frozen meats of more than 100 varieties daily. "Department stores like Big Mart, Bhat Bhateni and Bluebird are the major retailers of frozen meats," he said. Frozen meat stores in the Kathmandu valley sell buffalo and chicken meat, fish, seafood, salmon and beef, among others. Some are domestically produced, while some are imported, traders said.
|DSM Indonesia building first premix plant in East Java|
[16 January 2014] DSM Nutritional Products Indonesia is building its first premix plant in Ngoro, East Java province. According to Animal Nutrition & Health Manager Suaedi Sunanto, the plant will be equipped with technology from Buhler and will cost the company around USD 5 million. “The plant will have a production capacity of 8000 tonnes/year, producing premixes for livestock and aquaculture species. It is expected to start operations in early 2015,” Mr Suaedi told Asian Agribiz. He claimed that the plant would be the most technologically advanced premix plant in the country since it will use fully computerised systems to minimize human interventions and errors, as well as to prevent other possible contamination. It will also be equipped with a dedicated laboratory for quality control. “All standards in the premix plant would be the same as DSM’s premix plants in other countries.”
|Siak Liang to open fourth farm by 2H of 2014|
[16 January 2014] Siak Liang Enterprise Sdn Bhd, a medium-sized broiler producer in Sarawak, Malaysia, is gearing for expansion. The company, which operates 11 retail outlets selling chicken carcass and parts, as well as its Agrodelight brand of sausages and burgers, Australian beef, frozen fish, vegetables and other cooking ingredients, is ready to build its fourth closed house. “We want to replace some of our old contract farmers who are retiring. We hope the houses will be ready by the second half of this year. The farm will have five houses and a bird population of 120,000 birds,” Director Sia Khiok Hui told Asian Agribiz. The company slaughters about 270,000 birds/month at its plant. Some 50% of the birds are delivered to the retail outlets, another 30% to supermarkets and restaurants, and the remaining 20% is held back for further processing.
|Poultry plant, abattoir to rise this year|
[16 January 2014] The Philippine government will construct this year an AAA poultry dressing plant and an AAA abattoir aimed at helping local poultry and hog producers take advantage of the export market. The dressing plant, to be built in Bamban, Tarlac Province will begin construction in March or April 2014, and is targeted to be operational by the end-2014, Manuel Jarmin, Executive Director of the Livestock Development Council, told Asian Agribiz. Meanwhile, the AAA slaughterhouse to be built in Tanauan, Batangas Province, will also begin construction this year, and is expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2015. Mr Jarmin said that unlike previous construction plans which were shelved, the two facilities will definitely push through this year.
|CP Vietnam builds new processing plants|
[16 January 2014] CP Vietnam plans to build new food processing plants in central Da Nang and southern Dong Nai province. The company is currently building a food processing plant in southern Dong Nai province with a capacity of 3,800 tonnes of sausages per year. "CP Vietnam is working to increase the production capacity to reach 9,000 tonnes per year," Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanlerg, General Director of CP Vietnam said, adding that CP Vietnam will focus on markets not only in big cities but also local provinces. CP Vietnam currently operates five animal feed plants, three aqua feed mills, with a total capacity of 3.8 million tonnes per year making it the biggest feedmiller in Vietnam with a 19% market share. The company also accounts for 22% of white-feather chicken, 7% of pigs and 16% of the egg market in Vietnam.
|Proconco produces more than 1.2mt of feed|
[16 January 2014] Vietnam’s second biggest feed miller Proconco has said the company produced 1.25 million tonnes of animal feed last year. The company’s products include feed for poultry, swine and fisheries. Established in 1991, the company is ranked among the top 100 feed milers in the world, and currently takes up 11% of Vietnam’s feed market, second only to CP Vietnam. Proconco used to be a dominant player, controlling up to 60% of the market share in 2002-2007. In 2012, Masan Consumer, one of Vietnam’s largest private investors, acquired a 40% stake in Proconco in a deal worth USD 96 million.
|Singapore fast food outlet to expand in Pyongyang|
[16 January 2014] Singapore’s Samtaesong fast-food restaurant in Pyonyang, North Korea, is planning to increase the number of outlets in the country. The eatery, which sells burgers priced at USD 1.77, fried chicken, waffles and soft drinks, opened its first outlet four-and-a-half years ago, and now has 10 eateries, including street stands, reported The Ashashi Simbun. Pyongyang is said to have asked the company to make additional investments into North Korea to increase the number of its fast-food outlets.
|Marel records good growth in Indonesia|
[15 January 2014] Marel International recorded double digit growth in Indonesia in 2013, according to Rudy Hudin, Country Manager Indonesia. “Last year we received many orders for our Stork poultry processing systems, especially lines of 2000 and 4000 birds/hour. Many poultry processors start with small capacities, but within two to five years they upgrade this,” Mr Rudy told Asian Agribiz. In Indonesia, Marel enjoys a significant share of poultry and convenience food processing equipment market. “This year, we will continue to expand the market for the two business lines [poultry and convenience food processing] to areas outside Java and Sumatera, such as Kalimantan and Sulawesi. We will also explore the potential of fish processing,” he revealed.
|Shuanghui to initiate IPO of USD5b|
[15 January 2014] China's Shuanghui International Holdings is gearing up to raise around USD 5 billion and list in Hong Kong in what is likely to be one of the biggest initial public offerings in Asia this year. The IPO application is expected to be submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange soon with plans for listing in April. The Wall Street Journal reported that the listing would give Shuanghui ‘s private-equity owners an opportunity to exit their position in the Chinese company, but it is unclear whether this is their plan.
|Suguna Foods plans for feedmill in Maharashtra|
[15 January 2014] India’s Suguna Foods is setting up a 500,000-tonne capacity upgraded pellet technology feedmill in Khadakjamb, near Nasik in Maharashtra. The plant will supply high quality feeds for broilers, layers, and PS, as well as other livestock. The company said the plant will procure 300,000 tonnes of maize and 150,000 tonnes of soymeal for its operations. According to Suguna Foods the broiler industry expects a 9% annual growth rate. With an annual production of 3 billion broilers, India is the fifth largest poultry meat producing country in the world. “We have been successful in South India. We plan to move to other geographies and regions, and consolidate our presence in new market places. The pellet feed mill project here is part of Suguna’s growth strategy into the western Region,” Managing Director Sundararajan GB said.
|Thai pig production contracts|
[15 January 2014] Thailand is experiencing a reduction in pig production of around 30% due to unstable weather conditions as well as PPRS and PED disease issues that are affecting production. Demand however is high because of the lunar new year said Niphat Nueanim of the Swine Raisers Association of Ratchaburi province, the country’s major pig farming territory. The price of pigmeat has risen by USD 0.15–0.30/kg to USD 3.93–4.09/kg. The adverse situation has caused production cost to rise. "This has caused many farmers to quit production and the swine output In Ratchaburi alone has dropped by 20-30%,” Mr Niphat said.
|Drop in India’s soybean meal exports|
[15 January 2014] Exports of Indian soybean meal in December 2013 were 471,000 tonnes as compared to 511,000 tonnes in December 2012, a decline of 40,000 tonnes the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) revealed. SOPA Coordinator Rajesh Agrawal said that this was due to fewer arrivals at wholesale markets as farmers opted out of soy planting due to the high seed price. On a financial year basis, exports from April-December 2013 rose 7.56% to 2,061,000 tonnes over the same period in 2012.
|SEA’s first integrated phosphate complex in Sarawak |
[15 January 2014] Southeast Asia’s first integrated phosphate complex will be built in Bintulu, Sarawak, at a cost of USD 317 million. The complex will have an annual production capacity of about 500,000 tonnes of phosphate products, which are essential base nutrients for animal and plant growth. “Demand is growing due to population growth, changing dietary preferences and the increased use of fertilisers,” said Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd Group Managing Director Datuk Richard Curtis. Cahya Mata Sarawak is teaming up with several other parties to build the plant. Construction of the complex is expected to start in the first quarter of this year and be operational in phases, beginning from the first quarter of 2016. It will be fully commissioned by the second quarter of 2018.
|Shanghai’s live poultry markets to be closed|
[14 January 2014] Shanghai’s live poultry markets will be shut from the end of this month until April 30 to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu, the Shanghai Agricultural Commission said. This is the first time that Shanghai will shut all the 117 markets for a period of time after a new provision on the management of live poultry trade was introduced in the city last June. The suspension will be an annual feature for the next five years after its success is evaluated, authorities said. Residents need to buy and store poultry before the markets close on the first day of the Spring Festival. In April last year, live poultry markets were closed in Shanghai after 43 people died of H7N9 bird flu in China. The ban was lifted in June after the city introduced new regulations to manage poultry markets.
|Suguna Foods to establish 2000 QSRs by 2019|
[14 January 2014] India’s Suguna Foods, which currently runs one Suguna Crisp & Crunch plans to open 2000 quick service restaurants (QSR) across the country in the next five years, competing with the likes of KFC and McDonald’s. Suguna Crisp & Crunch is a street vending format targeting youngsters. It has takeaway menus comprising fried chicken and burgers. The company supplies chicken and is the preferred partner for outlets such as McDonald’s and KFC. “The prices of our chicken products are a third of what KFC or McDonald’s offer. We will consolidate our presence in the southern markets before going national in the QSR category,” said Suguna Foods General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Consumer Products Mohan VK.
|Chicken Rice Shop to open 10 more outlets in 2014|
[14 January 2014] TCRS Restaurants Sdn Bhd, owner and operator of The Chicken Rice Shop restaurants in Malaysia, plans to maintain its 20% growth in turnover this year with the opening of 10 new outlets to top up the current 60. Chief Executive Officer Wong Kah Lin said the cost of opening an outlet ranges from USD 153,000 - 230,000 depending on the size of the outlet. Last year the company opened four outlets. Ms Wong said the company is looking to expand further overseas and is eyeing the Indonesian market. It currently has overseas operations in the Philippines and Singapore. The company gets its chicken supply from listed poultry integrator Farm’s Best Bhd.
|Austfeed to expand contract farms|
[14 January 2014] Austfeed Vietnam has said the company plans to expand its commercial swine population via contracted farms. The company expects to have a contracted heard of 20,000 sows and 40,000 commercial hogs by 2016. “We plan to export meat and processed meat to countries in Southeast Asia. In the next 10 years, we want to be the most successful company in livestock agriculture in Vietnam,” said David John Whitehead, chairman of Austfeed Vietnam. Established as a joint venture between Australia and Vietnam, the feed miller has a feed production capacity of 450,000 tonnes per year. The company built its nucleus farm in 2010 with 1,200 pure breed GGP and GP imported from the UK.
|USMEF predicts USD500m market for US beef|
[14 January 2014] The US Meat Export Federation says the China market could be worth as much as USD 500 million a year to US exporters when China finally grants access to US beef. The two countries agreed in December that they would work to restore access by the middle of 2014, but what the USMEF calls “arduous negotiation at the technical level” still remains to be completed. China banned US beef over Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2003. Rising Chinese beef consumption since then has sent both imports and domestic prices soaring, but trade with the US has not resumed even though the US herd has long been clear of BSE.
|Puregold targets 25 stores in 2014|
[14 January 2014] Puregold Price Club Inc, the second biggest supermarket chain in the Philippines will open at least 25 new stores around the country in 2014, the second year in its aggressive five-year expansion program. The stores will be put up mostly outside Metro Manila, in unserved cities and towns nationwide. The chain hit 200 stores in October 2013, much earlier that it had previously planned. It has earmarked USD 67 million for its expansion this year.
|QL Agro records high egg production rate|
[13 January 2014] At 80 weeks, Malaysia’s QL Agro Resources Sdn Bhd records a daily egg production rate of between 86% and 88% compared to the standard 69.6% for its closed houses in Farm B. Randomly, at week 67, the six-year-old layer farm, in Sarawak records a daily egg production rate of almost 90% compared to the standard at 83%, Farm Manager Hii Chung Hieng’s records reveal. “We attribute the impressive numbers to the cleanliness of our houses. Clean houses contribute to healthier birds and a lower mortality rate,” he told Asian Agribiz. Two workers assigned to each house look for dead birds, spray the cages with a hand-held hydraulic machine to remove dust which collect quickly around the cages, and sweep the floors. The company also takes pest control very seriously. “The market has come to expect fresh and safe eggs from QL Agro Resources,” he said.
|CPF to expand Five Star brand in Vietnam, India|
[13 January 2014] Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) plans to expand its Five Star brand of chicken products in Vietnam and India, with a view to raise the number of outlets to 1000 branches in each market in five years. The company is estimating an annual growth target of 25-30%, according to Senior Vice President of branded food business Sanjeev Pant. In 2014, CPF hopes to raise the number of Five Star outlets in India to 250 from 75 at present while in Vietnam outlets are expected to total 350 from 200 currently. CPF’s Five Star brand maintains a Quick Service restaurant model. Around 75% of the branches are franchises while the rest are operated directly by CPF.
|CP Prima builds new aqua feedmill|
[13 January 2014] Central Proteinaprima (CP Prima), the largest shrimp and aqua feed producer in Indonesia, is building a new aqua feedmill. According to President Director Atanta Mahar Sembiring, the new plant is located in Sepanjang, Sidoarjo – East Java province. The new plant which will cost the company around USD 7 million is expected to start operations in the third quarter of this year. Mr Mahar said that the plant will have a production capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year and will bring the production capacity of all of CP Prima’s feedmills in Indonesia to a total of 493,000 tonnes. CP Prima has been operating three aqua feedmills located in Sidoarjo, Medan and Cikampek.
|Greenfields plans aggressive expansion into Malaysia|
[13 January 2014] Greenfields, a leading dairy producer in Southeast Asia, plans to aggressively expand into the Malaysian market, in tandem with its growth in the region. Jan Gert Vistisen, Head of Marketing and Sales for AustAsia Food, distributor of Greenfields Milk, said: “Greenfields holds a commanding market in Indonesia with its fresh milk, and we just launched our fresh milk in retail shops in Malaysia. Today, Malaysia is still a new market for us, but we believe Malaysia holds promise because consumption is more than 50 litres/capita.” Mr Vistisen said if Greenfields can build the markets in the near future to 10 million litres, “you'll probably be looking at us investing in a farm in Malaysia but we want to build the market first.”
|Amul setting up new dairy feed plant|
[13 January 2014] In order to secure animal feed supplies for milk producers, Anand based Amul Dairy is setting up a dairy cattle feed plant with a capacity of 1000 tonnes/day. Amul has invested USD 24 million towards the new plant near Kapadvanj in Kaira district, Gujarat. The plant is likely to be commissioned in a year’s time. With the new plant, Amul is set to become Asia’s largest dairy cattle feed manufacturer with a total capacity of over 2000 tonnes daily. “Work has already begun to set up the new plant. The machinery is of German make and the plant will have modern technology including robotic processing techniques,” said Ramsinh Parmar, Chairman of Amul. “Initially we will manufacture around 700 tonnes/day of feed,” Mr Parmar said.
Unitek Enterprise Vietnam to increase processed poultry export
[10 January 2014] Unitek Enterprise Vietnam, Vietnam’s biggest chicken processor with the brand 99 Poultry, will expand its export of processed poultry to Australia. The company provides more than 200,000 chickens each month to the Vietnamese market, half of which is processed product. “We are the first in Vietnam to export chicken. Australian loves hand-made products and the Vietnamese flavour, and these are our advantages,” Hung Nguyen, General Deputy Director of Unitek Vietnam told Asian Agribiz at the company in southern Dong Nai province. The company exports about a dozen tonnes of chicken spring rolls to Australia each month.
Sujaya Group plans to expand corn planting
[10 January 2014] West Kalimantan based Sujaya Group plans to expand its corn contract farming operations. M Sinambela, Technical Agronomist of Sinka Sinye Agrotama, a subsidiary of Sujaya Group focusing on production of organic fertilizer made of layer faeces, told Asian Agribiz that the group plans to add 1000 ha. “We have been managing 1000 ha of corn planted area in five regions. The production from this area only accounts for 10% of the requirement of Sujaya Group’s feedmill of 8000 tonnes/month. With the addition of the new area, we hope that the total production can account for 20% of requirements,” he explained.
Suguna eyes to become a USD1.6 billion company by 2017
[10 January 2014] India-based Suguna Foods is eyeing to become a USD 1.6 billion company by 2017, on the back of huge expansion in all its verticals, including the feedmill, retail and ready-to-cook businesses, according to Suguna Foods Managing Director Sundararajan GB. “We have been extremely successful in South India. We plan to move to other geographies and newer regions and consolidate our presence in newer market places. Currently, we have annual revenue of over USD 775 million.” He said the company was planning to invest USD 24 million annually through internal accruals to fund its expansions.
Philippines seeks more opportunities for meat exports
[10 January 2014] Seeking to take advantage of the country’s disease-free status, the Philippine government is on the lookout for more opportunities to export pork and chicken meat. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has ordered the country’s agricultural attaches to understand consumption patterns in their host countries and find out what products can be exported. The Philippines is free of both avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, but as yet it has not been able to fully take advantage of opportunities in the export markets. While it already export some chicken, the country still has to send out its first shipment of pork. Dan Javellana of the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc told Asian-Agribiz that production cost remains a limiting factor for many pork producers, as well as poultry producers. Until this is addressed, the country will continue to have difficulty fully realizing export potentials.
Soybean meal consumption in Thailand to grow in 2514
[10 January 2014] Soybean meal consumption in Thailand is expected to grow significantly in 2014. The anticipated expansion of chicken industry following the removal of Japan’s ban on Thai raw chicken and the possible recovery in shrimp production as the Early Mortality Syndrome starts to recede, will boost use according to an executive at Thai Vegetable Oil Pcl (TVO), the country’s leading soybean meal and soybean oil producer. Last year, local demand for soybean meal slowed on chicken disease problems in the first quarter and the suspension of chicken farming at major integrator Saha Farms in the third quarter. TVO expects to generate a 6% growth in profit in 2014, or over USD 30.24 million, up from growth of only 3% in 2013.
|Halal stamp a must for Philippine food exporters|
[9 January 2014] Philippine food and beverage exporters have been urged to get halal certification for their products to take advantage of the growing global halal market. Malaysia External Trade Development Corp Trade Commissioner Har Man Ahmad said that both food and non-food products from the Philippines have potential in the huge and rapidly expanding halal markets like the Middle East, and the halal seal make a “big difference in [Philippine] products being exported abroad.” In the Philippines, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has been tasked to regulate and develop the local halal industry.
|Seven arrested for injecting water into lamb |
[9 January 2014] Guangdong Province authorities have arrested seven people for selling sheep meat injected with dirty pond water to make it heavier, according to China Central Television. The price of sheepmeat is at a record high in China, and numerous scams have sprung up to take advantage of that fact. The suspects slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at a “black” or illegal slaughterhouse, and injected water before selling it with forged inspection stamps. Other criminals have treated cheap pork with sheep’s urine and other chemicals in order to disguise the pork as more expensive mutton, and authorities in Beijing have found pork also injected with water to make it heavier.
|China’s soybean demand may rise amid scrutiny of DDGS imports|
[9 January 2014] Demand for soybeans in China may jump after quarantine officials increased screening of corn-derived animal feed, Shanghai JC Intelligence Co. said. Inspectors now check every batch of the DDGS for MIR 162 corn, a genetically modified variety the government doesn’t approve. “This will boost demand for meal made from soybeans because DDGS is an alternative protein source in animal feed,” said Sylvia Shi, an analyst at the Shanghai-based agriculture researcher.
|Milma plans to produce UHT milk|
[9 January 2014] India’s Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) has submitted a project proposal to the centre with the recommendation of the state government to launch ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing milk with a shelf life of three to six months. The new plant for developing the specially designed aseptic packaging will be set up at the Tripunithura dairy of Milma at an estimated cost of USD 4 million. PA Balan, Chairman of Ernakulam Regional Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union, one of the three regions of Milma, said that with the new packaging and long shelf life, Milma would be able to compete with other big dairy brands like Amul and Karnataka Co-Operative Milk Federation which are already marketing UHT milk.
|QL’s Sarawak processing plant aims for ISO certification|
[8 January 2014] QL Livestock Farming Sdn Bhd, operational for six months now, hopes to clinch the halal certificate later this month. After this the semi-automatic plant, which has a processing capacity of 4000 birds/hour and can be upgraded to 6000 birds/hour, will be working towards acquiring the HACCP and ISO certification by April this year. “Our plant was built in compliance with ISO requirements. This was our target from the beginning,” QA Manager Catherine Har told Asian Agribiz. With the certification the company will then be the only poultry processing plant in the state to have it. “The ISO certification will make it easier to market our products and eventually export them. When that takes off we will automise processes such as evisceration and weighing for a more streamlined production.”
|Andhra Pradesh’ poultry farmers seek loan repayment moratorium|
[08 January 2014] India’s Andhra Pradesh Poultry Federation (APPF), representing more than 25,000 poultry farmers, has appealed to the state government to come to their rescue as their sector is facing a severe crisis on account of increased feed prices and mismatch of egg and chicken prices in the past one year. In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it wanted the state government to consider its demand for a one-year moratorium on loan repayment, grant of need-based working capital to poultry. The federation explained the difficulties being faced by the sector and reminded that the central government had advised bankers in the state to consider their request on case-to-case basis. APPF President D Sudhakar said that despite several requests and State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) directions, banks had not responded positively and wanted the chief ministers and the ministers concerned to take up the matter with the SLBC.
|US beef regains lost market share in Taiwan|
[8 January 2014] In the first nine months of 2013, sales of US beef have grown nearly 214% in value to USD 199 million, taking a 41% market share versus 34% for Australia and 20% for New Zealand. In 2012 beta agonist concerns challenged US beef sales but a good marketing strategy has helped reverse the trend. In terms of volume Australia still holds an edge– 38.5% versus 32% for the US and 21% for New Zealand. US beef sales have grown 159% year-over-year. In 2012, the US was a distant third behind Australia and New Zealand in beef sales to Taiwan, both in terms of volume and value, as Australia held a 47% market share to New Zealand’s 18% and nearly 15% (volume) for the US – 17.5% in terms of value. “We will continue to introduce new offerings to buyers in Taiwan so that they will understand that there are options for different cuisines and different menu price points,” said Davis Wu, USMEF-Taiwan director.
|China rejecting US corn as first shipment from Ukraine arrives|
[8 January 2014] China continued to reject corn cargoes from the US that contained an unapproved genetically modified variety while accepting a first bulk-carrier shipment of the grain from Ukraine. Genetically modified corn and corn-derived products totaling 601,000 tonnes were rejected in 2013, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. A Panamax-sized shipment of non-genetically modified corn from Ukraine entered the country on December 6, according to a state-owned China National Complete Engineering Corp.
|Indian meat processor sets up plant in Ethiopia|
[8 January 2014] Allana Sons, one of the largest Indian meat processing companies, has invested USD 20 million to establish its first meat processing and exporting plant in Africa. The company has made its base in Ethiopia’s Ziway town in Oromiya state of Ethiopia. The company signed an agreement with ETG Designers and Consultants Plc, a local private firm, for establishing the plant. The company hopes the integrated meat plant will start production by September 2014, slaughtering around 200 cattle and 5,000 sheep/goats a day. Initially, the plant is expected to produce 75 tonnes of boneless meat daily ready for export, according to Aman Khan, Director of Allana Group in Ethiopia.
|Amul plans to sell milk in US|
[8 January 2014] Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets milk and dairy products under the Amul brand, plans to launch liquid milk in the US within a year. Besides, GCMMF has ambitious plans to export milk products from the US to neighbouring Canada as well as countries in Europe in the long-run. “There is definitely a plan to launch it [liquid milk] in the US market. However, it would take some time,” said R S Sodhi, Managing Director of GCMMF. Exports to Canada can start soon, while exports to the European countries can take a while, he added. GCMMF is all set to start manufacturing ghee (clarified butter) and paneer (cottage cheese) at a plant in New Jersey from February this year.
|USGC bullish about DDGS sales in Southeast Asia|
[07 January 2014] Markets in Southeast are expected to benefit from the drop in DDGS prices following China's rejection of recent shipments (more than 540,000 tonnes) because of the presence of an unapproved strain of genetically modified grain. "I think there is a fantastic buying opportunity now for a great feed product at discount prices. If during the second half of 2013 the DDGs market was 'all about China' and Southeast Asian buyers weren’t willing to pay the amount of premium that Chinese buyers were paying, we are now looking at potential stocks build up in the US and prices should be favourable for buyers in this region," Adel Yusopov, US Grains Council Regional Director in Southeast Asia, told Asian Agribiz. "It is a great time to lock in the prices and write new delivery contracts for DDGS," he said.
|Japfa’s subsidiary to build three new slaughterhouses |
[07 January 2014] PT Ciomas Adisatwa, a subsidiary of Indonesia's Japfa group, plans to build three new poultry slaughterhouses this year. Senior Vice President – Head of Broiler Division, Achmad Dawami told Asian Agribiz that two will be built in Sumatera and one in Kalimantan. Each slaughterhouse will have a capacity of 30,000 birds/day. However he did not disclose the total investment. Mr Achmad said that dressed bird markets outside Java are growing and the company wants to follow this trend. The company has been operating 14 slaughterhouses located in Java and outside Java. Live birds for the slaughterhouses are mostly supplied by its contract farms.
|Indian corn seen weak on sluggish exports|
[07 January 2014] Indian corn futures are likely to trade weak next week on subdued demand from overseas buyers as it is quoted at a premium over competitors in the international market amid prospects of better crop. Traders estimate corn output to be slightly higher at 22.5 million tonnes in 2013/14, compared with 22.23 million tonnes a year earlier. India's corn exports are expected to drop to around 3 million tonnes in 2013/14 as buyers opt for cheaper supplies from South America, trade sources said. “Trading has been sluggish in corn. The rejected US corn from Chinese ports is getting diverted to Vietnam and Indonesia, killing demand from India,” said Kanhaiyalal Agarwal, a trader from Bangalore.
|H7N9 virus in goose meat in Guangzhou |
[07 January 2014] Samples of goose meat taken from a Guangzhou market in south China's Guangdong Province have tested positive for H7N9 avian influenza. Two goose meat samples and one sewage water sample from two poultry booths in a wet market in Zengcheng, a satellite city of Guangzhou, tested positive, Guangdong Provincial Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) confirmed. “It's serious that the water sample test is positive, because it means all the birds inside coops are likely to be infected with H7N9 avian influenza,” said Yang Zhicong, Deputy Chief of the Guangzhou municipal CDCP. The city government of Guangzhou is tracking the poultry source. The market was shut down on Saturday for three days so disinfection and cleaning can take place.
|People’s Food subsidiary delists in Singapore|
[07 January 2014] People's Food Holdings Ltd, the listed subsidiary of Chinese pork giant Jinluo Meat Products Co, has completed a management buyout and was delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange yesterday. The acquiring entity, New Oceana Limited, made a USD 1.1 billion tender for all shares in October last year, and announced on Friday that it had completed acquisition of all shares. Jinluo, one of China’s largest meat companies, was founded in 1994, and its subsidiary had been listed on the Singapore exchange since 2001. The listed company’s revenues had fallen 9% in 2012 to USD 2.46 billion, with an operating profit of USD 58.5 million.
|Saudi Arabia may lift ban on Pakistan poultry|
[07 January 2014] Saudi Arabia is all set to lift the ban on the import of poultry products from Pakistan after being satisfied with the standard of poultry facilities. The kingdom had suspended import of eggs and DOC from Pakistan in 2005 due to bird flu. A four-member technical delegation of Saudi Food and Drug Authority expressed their satisfaction and observed that standards of poultry facilities in Pakistan are as good as in many European countries. The delegation also visited different poultry farms to inspect the standard of poultry facilities. Secretary of Pakistan Food Security, Seerat Asghar informed the delegation about various measures taken to comply with international standards and hoped that Saudi Arabia would soon restore import of poultry products from Pakistan.
|Wet market slaughter ban takes effect |
[06 January 2014] Malaysian authorities are planning to take seriously the ban of slaughtering poultry in wet markets. Starting this year local governments will punish traders that slaughter poultry in wet markets. The implementation will take place in the different states in stages taking into account the availability of slaughtering services, Dr Azhari Sharidan Abu Bakar head of the abattoir management section, Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), told Asian Agribiz. Currently poultry slaughterhouses are run by the private sector, such as large poultry integrators, unlike other categories such as ruminant and swine, for which the DVS provides government-run slaughterhouses. He said the implementation will be carried out by the various local authorities. The ban was put in place as early as 2006 but not implemented because of the lack of facilities.
|Two new pangasius processing plants in Indonesia|
[06 January 2014] Indonesia’s pangasius industry this year will have two new pangasius processing plants, according to Saut Hutagalung, Director General of Fisheries Processing and Marketing of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs. Mr Saut said the total investment for the new plants is about USD 1.65 million. However, he did not disclose the identity of the investors. “With the new plants, the total national production capacity of pangasius fillet will reach 600 tonnes/month,” he said. In 2013, five new plants were built, bringing the total number of pangasius processing plant to 12. Mr Saut said that he will encourage the pangasius fillet producers in the country to also build rendering plants to process all waste into fish meal for livestock feed.
|Vietnam to increase corn planting for feed|
[06 January 2014] The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said Vietnam will in 2014, use 130,000 hectares of rice land to grow corn and cassava for animal feed production. The corn production area will increase to 1.23 million hectares, increasing 73,000 hectares compared to 2013. Vietnam will also use high-yield seeds in order to produce 5.7 million tonnes of corn this year. Cassavas production will target 10 million tonnes with 550,000 hectares. Vietnam currently imports a majority of its raw material for animal feed production.
|H5N1 outbreak confirmed in Guizhou|
[06 January 2014] The southwest China province of Guizhou has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has announced. Some chickens at a farm in a village of Libo County in the prefecture of Qiannan in Guizhou. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed the outbreak after testing samples collected at the farm, revealed the MOA. Local authorities have sealed off and sterilised the infected area, where a total of 23,067 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of to prevent the virus from spreading.
|Sangam Milk to enter international market|
[06 January 2014] Sangam Milk Producer Company Limited, a leading milk and dairy products manufacturing company in India, is planning to enter the international market. The Guntur-based dairy which produces and sells milk products across the country, has applied for export permission. The company has set a target to make a turnover of USD 68 million this year. Sangam Dairy Chairman Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar said the governing body has decided to expand the business to all accessible areas and markets. “Sangam Dairy maintains quality and good standards. We want to be number one in the commercial sector,” he said. To support the plan, Sangam Dairy plans to set up bulk milk cooling centres and more milk collection points.
|Indonesia targets 23% increase in beef production|
[03 January 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture has targeted beef production in 2014 to increase by 23.23% to 530,000 tonnes over 2013. Agriculture Minister Suswono said some key strategies have been set to achieve the target. “First, we will apply both artificial insemination and natural mating with a birth target of 3.2 million calves. Second, beef cattle-palm integration will be boosted. Most importantly, with the Ministry of Public Works, we will improve the connectivity from production centres to markets,” he explained.
|DDGS prices plunges after China's rejection|
[03 January 2014] The price of DDGS contracted USD 30/tonne in US export markets after top buyer China rejected two shipments last week because of the presence of an unapproved strain of genetically modified grain, traders said. Bids for shipments during the first three months of 2014 fell to USD 190/tonne in the Mississippi River market that flows to export terminals along the US Gulf Coast. “The DDGS market continues to work lower with buyers backing away and sellers looking for homes,” an export trader said.
|H5N1 found in Viet poultry markets|
[03 January 2014] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has said the H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in live poultry in many local markets. The ministry carried out inspections at 147 live poultry markets in 44 provinces. Officials found H5N1 in 62% of the checked places. The Minister urged local people to pay better attention to food safety as the traditional Tet holidays approaches. “We need to fight poultry smuggling aggressively, not only in our northern border but also in the southern region,” the Minister said.
|QL Resources buys KKFM for USD 823,000 |
[03 January 2014] QL Resources Bhd’s wholly-owned unit, QL Fishery Sdn Bhd has acquired Kuala Kedah Fish Meal Sdn Bhd (KKFM) for USD 823,000. In a filing to the local bourse, QL Resources said the acquisition would be financed via internally generated funds. “The consideration was based on a willing buyer-willing seller basis taking into consideration KKFM’s strategic location as a key fish landing centre in the northern peninsula,” the company said. KKFM is the registered and beneficial owner of a piece of leasehold industrial land in Kuala Kedah measuring 9,200sq m together with a fishmeal processing plant, with a tenure of 60 years expiring on July 3, 2036.
|Avian influenza victim in Hong Kong dies|
[03 January 2014] An 80-year-old man has died after being infected with H7N9 avian influenza in Hong Kong, health officials said. He was the first person in Hong Kong to succumb to avian influenza, but the second in Hong Kong to contract the virus. The man, who lived in Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, sought diabetes and heart treatment at Tuen Mun Hospital on December 3, but three days later displayed flu symptoms. Hong Kong's first H7N9 avian influenza patient, a 36-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, is reported to be in stable condition. Both victims are believed to have caught avian influenza in Shenzhen, where the virus was confirmed at two live poultry markets.
|Milma offers feed training to dairy cattle farmers|
[03 January 2014] Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (Milma) in India has started training milk producers to track the eating pattern of their dairy cattle to find out the best diet through the Ration Balancing Program (RBP) launched by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The objective of RBP is to create awareness among milk producers on optimisation of animal feeding through efficient utilisation of locally available feed resources at the least possible cost. “To maximize the profitability from dairying, it is essential that the cattle are fed desired nutrients to produce milk as per their genetic potential through a least cost balanced ration. That's why NDDB prepared the RBP and Ernakulam is the first region in the state to launch the program,” said Milma Ernakulam Region Chairman PA Balan.
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|Vietnamese farm improves genetics with GGP imports|
[02 January 2014] In an effort to improve local genetics, a Vietnamese farm in southern Dong Nai province has imported 152 GGP hogs from the US worth USD 300,000. “Local farmers have limited access to high quality genetics and we see a big demand for it in the next few years,” Nguyen Tan Hau, owner of Tam Ro farm, told Asian Agribiz, adding that orders have been flying in from as far as Hanoi. The new breed includes Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire, including 26 boars. Hau’s farm currently raises 900 sows that produce 1,800 piglets a month. He said his farm is ranked among the top in the region, with production that exceeds the local average. He hopes the new flock will yield even better efficiency.
|Thai broiler production to rise |
[02 January 2014] Thailand will see broiler production rise following Japan’s lifting its ban on Thai raw chicken. Many broiler processing operators have brought in more GP and PS in preparation for growing demand from Japan, according to Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Broiler Processing Exporters Association. “Japanese importers are now lining up for their orders to be fulfilled. They prefer Thai chicken thanks to tailoring skill and shorter transporting distance compared to Brazil. We foresee Thai broiler production escalating by 10-20% from the current supply of 25 million birds/week,” Mr Kukrit said at an interview with a group of reporters. The association expects Thailand to enjoy a 40% share of Japan’s chicken imports, or around 100,000 tonnes, in the first year of Thai raw chicken import resumption.
|Indonesia to import 150,000 beef cattle in Q1|
[02 January 2014] Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade has issued import permits for 35 feedlots to import around 150,000 heads of beef cattle in the first quarter of 2014. Of the figure, Director General of Foreign Trade Bachrul Chairi said around 130,000 heads is feeder cattle and 20,000 heads are finishers. Mr Bachrul claimed that the ministry has prepared import plans to meet the increasing demand in 2014. “In our indicative plans, around 265,000 heads of beef cattle would be imported in Q2 to meet the demand during Ramadhan and Idul Fitr, 167,000 heads in Q3 and 170,000 heads in Q4,” he revealed.
|China to drive beef market in 2014|
[02 January 2014] China will continue to drive the global beef market in 2014. According to Rabobank, China’s imports of both frozen and chilled beef are expected to grow further, driven by the shortage of beef in the local market and reflected in record high retail prices. “We believe that the value of the Chinese markets will grow in excess of 10% annually over the next three years,” said analyst Albert Vernooij. Mr Vernooij also said that over the coming months and years a number of recently announced trade deals will also come to fruition in the beef market, including commitments to reopen closed or impeded markets for beef imports and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which sets goals to improve trade between five beef-exporting countries. The removal of trade barriers will be positive for the global beef trade and, combined with lower feed costs, should support renewed investment in the global beef industry.
|Taiwan medical personnel ill after contact with AI patient |
[02 January 2014] Three medical personnel in Taiwan have shown symptoms of infection following contact with a mainland Chinese tourist suffering from H7N9 bird flu, Taiwanese authorities said on New Year’s Day. More than 500 people may have had contact with the visitor, and authorities say anyone who starts suffering symptoms should to report to doctors immediately. Taiwan's only previous case of H7N9 also came from the mainland. The Taiwanese government has issued a bird flu alert for travellers visiting Jiangsu and Guangdong provinces on the mainland.
|World animal feed additives market to cross USD19b|
[02 January 2014] The world’s animal feed additives market will hit USD 19.5 billion in 2017, according to a report by Markets and Markets, a research firm based in the US. Asia will lead the growth in the sector, with about 28.5% of the world market in 2016, the report said. The US is currently the biggest market with more than 80% share in 2011. As administrators increase scrutiny over the use of antibiotics, farmers are turning to feed additives as alternatives. Those potential alternatives include acidifiers, enzymes, amino acids, probiotics, prebiotics, and organic acids.
|Cambodian pig farm to progress with jv|
[31 December 2013] A state-owned company from Guangdong province in China has signed a USD 200 million joint venture deal with a Cambodian pig farm in Preah Sihanouk province. Confirming the jv, ruling party senator and tycoon Mong Reththy, who owns M’s Pig ACMC (Cambodia) Co Ltd, said the project will start in early 2014. M’s Pig ACMC started operations as a joint venture in 2009 between Mong Reththy Group and Britain's ACMC Ltd. Under the deal, ACMC invested USD 5 million and took 9% of the venture. The company also helped Mr Reththy import pigs from the UK. The Cambodian government has set a daily import ceiling of 800 pigs, but many are brought in illegally. “The investment is good for our pig industry because we normally import from our neighbours to meet demand,” Cambodia Pig Association President Srun Pov told the Phnom Penh Post.
|Vietnam's feed raw material imports up 22%|
[31 December 2013] Vietnam imported USD 3 billion worth of inputs for animal feed in 2013. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said this was a 22.3% increase compared to the previous year. “Vietnam doesn’t produce enough raw material and we depend heavily on imports,” Nguyen Xuan Duong, head of Animal Husbandry Department told Asian Agribiz. Corn imports stood at 2.26 million tonnes, or USD 690 million, increasing nearly 40% in volume and 39% in value year-on-year. Soybean imports reached 1.39 million tonnes, or USD, 834 million, rising 7.5% in volume and 7.2% in value. “We will restructure the agriculture industry, designing specific regions for producing raw materials for animal feed,” Mr Duong said. Argentina tops the list of exporters, accounting for 34%, followed by the US 12.7%, and India 10.8%. Vietnam imports about 6 million tonnes of animal feed ingredients each year.
|Decline in India's soymeal, corn exports |
[31 December 2013] India's soymeal and corn exports are expected to drop by more than 25% to a total 6 million tonnes in the year to September 2014 as buyers opt for cheaper supplies from South America, trade sources said. Latin American producers who compete with India to sell feed raw materials in markets such as South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Iran, have already raised sales to Asian buyers. “Soymeal prices in India are ruling high on lower soybean output as rains in October caused severe damage to the crops during the start of harvest,” said Rajesh Agrawal, Chief Coordinator of the Soybean Processors' Association of India. Indian soymeal is priced at around USD 570/tonne, about USD 20 higher than supplies from South America.
|Shuanghui buys Spanish’s meat company|
[31 December 2013] China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd bought Spanish meat Campofrio Food Group SA for USD 116.11 million as part of a joint venture deal struck with Mexican firm Alfa SAB’s Sigma Alimentos, the largest producer and distributor of frozen food in Mexico. Shuanghui received a 37% stake in Campofrio, when it purchased Campofrio’s largest shareholder Smithfield Foods. In a regulatory filing Sigma said it will combine its 44.72% stake in Campofrio with Shuanghui’s 36.99%. Sigma will appoint Campofrio’s Chairman and three other board members, while Shuanghui will appoint the Deputy Chairman and two more members of Campofrio’s seven-strong board. Shuanghui and Sigma now own a combined 82% of Campofrio’s shares and intend to acquire the remaining 18% of shares as well. After the deal is concluded, Shuanghui will maintain a 37% stake in the Spanish food supplier, while Sigma will own 63%.
|China to increase arable land for grain cultivation|
[31 December 2013] China is making unprecedented efforts to ensure grain security to feed its 1.3 billion population, with enough arable land and adequate overseas cooperation in 2014. Even though China has achieved bumper harvest output, the nation has faced declining arable land amid urbanization, bad weather in recent years and pollution caused by fertilizers and pesticides. “Two big users of grain are the modernized food supply chain as well as livestock," said Chen Jie, a researcher at the research centre for rural economy of the Ministry of Agriculture. To keep food supply and demand in balance, China imported 13.98 million metric tonnes of grain last year, while soybean imports reached 58.38 million tonnes, compared with 5.45 million tonnes of grain imports and 52.5 million tonnes of soybeans from abroad in 2011.
|China rejects US DDGS|
[30 December 2013] China has rejected almost 546,000 tonnes of US dried distillers' grain, a corn by-product, because it contained genetically modified material, according to the government-run New China News Agency. The shipments were said to contain MIR162, a special insect-resistant variety of maize developed by Syngenta International, a Swiss maker of seeds and pesticides. State media said Chinese authorities had rejected 545,000 tonnes of grain as of December 19. Last week's shipments were the latest to be turned away as the country steps up inspection efforts.
|Vietnam offers incentives for agriculture|
[30 December 2013] Vietnam’s government will grant incentives to companies to encourage more investment in the agricultural sector. Starting February 2014, enterprises will receive a fee reduction of between 50% and 100% from the government for renting land or water areas for farming. In addition, the state will offer USD 140,000 for large-scale livestock projects and USD 233,000 for infrastructure for high-yield dairy projects. Firms working in aquatic farming will get state financial support of USD1900- 4750 for floating cages. Vietnam’s agriculture contributes 20% to the country’s GDP. The sector generated around USD 28 billion in export revenue this year. However, the sector is in urgent need of investment to enhance product quality and raise competitiveness.
|India's compound feed demand growing at 25% annually|
[30 December 2013] India's population growth has resulted in an uptrend in demand and consumption of milk products, meat, eggs, skin, leather, fibre and even wool," said D.S. Rawat, National Secretary General of Assocham (Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry). He added that livestock accounts for about 30% of the entire output from agri sector. “Looking at this enormous demand for livestock products, there is an urgent need to improve animal health and productivity as well as the quality of fodder and feed," he said. The annual domestic demand for compound feed in India is growing at about 25% and is at about 70 million tonnes currently. “High growth in the livestock sector can be sustained by developing value chains, market infrastructure, quality and safety mechanisms thereby making livestock rearing profitable."
|Animal vaccine market to cross USD8b by 2018|
[30 December 2013] The world animal vaccine market is expected to reach USD 8.6 billion by 2018 and Asia will lead the growth with double-digit increases. Currently, Europe accounts for the largest share of the veterinary vaccines market, followed by North America. However, the two markets are reaching maturity. Innovations and new products will also be a driving force in the market. Since 2012, more than 20 new products have been launched, showing the huge potential for growth in this arena. The market is estimated to be worth USD 5.8 billion in 2013. The market is said to be dominated by tier I players with the top five players accounting for close to 70% of the share. New entrants face high barriers in entering this market as it is a capital-intensive industry with strict regulations.
|Need for comprehensive global policy shift|
[30 December 2013] Governments have been told to limit the potential of the world’s growing meat and livestock sector to spread diseases to human consumers. According to the report World Livestock 2013: Changing Diseases Landscape, some 70% of new diseases infecting humans in recent decades have come from animals. The report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said a new holistic approach to managing disease threats is needed. This awareness will require health-conscious innovations, “improving the way we produce, buy, sell and consume animal products,” said the report. “Veterinarians, physicians, economists, sociologists and eco-health counterparts must jointly define the risk factors and drivers of today's threats of animal origin.”
|Japan lifts ban on Thai raw chicken|
[27 December 2013] Japan has issued a letter allowing imports of Thai raw chicken. This was confirmed by Chantanon Wannakejohn, Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Thai embassy to Tokyo. This took effect on December 25. Earlier, Yukol Limlamthong, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand said after meeting with Shigekazu Sato, the Japanese ambassador to Thailand, that the Japan is confident of Thailand’s prevention and surveillance measures against the bird flu virus. Mr Yukol foresees Thailand will export as much as 300,000 tonnes of raw chicken meat to Japan in 2014, valued at around USD 1.22 billion. After Japan, Korea is also expected to follow in lifting the ban, Mr Yukol said.
|Beef supply to be tight in 2014|
[27 December 2013] The Global Cattle Price Index has risen by 6%% since June, driven by lower-than-expected beef supply in the main exporting countries and strong Asian demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group. Supply is expected to remain tight, especially in 1H 2014, driven by lower feed costs, induced herd rebuilding in the US and the strong export demand from Brazil and Argentina, which will continue to support strong prices. Meanwhile China’s demand for imports is expected to increase.
|US poultry shipments to China in jeopardy|
[27 December 2013] China is set to re-investigate US poultry-product shipments for potential violations of trade terms. A Bloomberg report said China will seek evidence that US white-feather poultry products were subsidized and sold below cost. In August the World Trade Organization ruled China unfairly penalized imports. As the investigation progresses, US products may be charged dumping duties, said Ma Chuang, a partner at animal-husbandry researcher Beijing Boyar Communication Co. The US exports, mostly chicken feet to China.
|Vietnam reports USD310m FDI in seafood industry|
[27 December 2013] Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said the country has more than 70 foreign-invested projects in the seafood industry with total capital of more than USD 310 million. According to Dinh Thi Thanh Huyen of MARD, most projects are small scale, involving investments of about USD 4.4 million per project. MARD is cooperating with Metro Cash & Carry, a giant local retailer, and firms like Cargill, to develop fisheries farms in southern Can Tho province.
|Vietnam discovers 12 tonnes of expired beef|
[27 December 2013] Animal health authorities in Vietnam have detected about 12 tonnes of expired beef. Reports say the meat was kept frozen in 39 boxes in a cold storage in Ho Chi Minh city. Officers expressed concern that the meat could be distributed to the local market if not detected. "Expired meat is often provided for restaurants or factory kitchens because once it is processed, nobody knows it is expired meat," Khuong Tran Phuc Nguyen, head of the local veterinary station said. The beef was imported from Canada and Australia; and officials are trying to find the owner of the meat.
|Tri Group expands|
[24 December 2013] Tri Group, the largest broiler producer in Bogor, West Java province is now building its second slaughterhouse in the region with a capacity of 3000 birds/day. The slaughterhouse equipped with a chilling room, blast freezer and 20 tonne cold storage will cost the group about USD 100,000 and is expected to start operations in August 2014. The group’s first slaughterhouse has a capacity of 5000 birds/day. “We started small since most of our live birds go to wet markets in Bogor and Jakarta," owner Tri Hardiyanto told Asian Agribiz. The dressed birds are sold through its four fresh chilled meat outlets and used by its food division for processing into frozen ready-to-eat chicken dishes, and marketed through other retail outlets. “We plan to increase the number of our fresh chilled meat outlets next year and plan to venture into a chicken based QSR business,” said Mr Tri, who is also Chairman of the Indonesian Poultry Farmers Association.
|Four new H7N9 cases in Guangdong|
[24 December 2013] Health authorities in southern China's Guangdong province are on high alert against the H7N9 bird flu after four new human cases were confirmed last week. From December 16 to 19, the province confirmed two cases in Yangjiang, one in Dongguan and one in Shenzhen, raising the total cases in the province to six. The four victims are all in critical condition. “According to expert assessments, Guangdong faces an extremely high risk of sporadic human H7N9 infections this winter and next spring," said Zhang Yonghui, Head of the Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
|Parag Milk Foods gets USD15m loan|
[24 December 2013] The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has provided a USD 15 million loan to Maharashtra based dairy company Parag Milk Foods. The funds will help the company expand its supply chain linkages across over 50,000 farmers and food suppliers and improve food safety standards, while expanding its portfolio to more value-added products like whey powder and UHT milk. The financing will also improve Parag’s operational efficiency through plant automation, and expand its procurement and distribution networks. “IFC’s global knowledge and expertise in the dairy sector will help the company develop best practices to increase milk yields, adopt environmental and food safety standards and upgrade technology and operational practices,” said Devendra Shah, Chairman and Managing Director of Parag Milk Foods. Parag distributes its products through 60 stockists, 1000 distributors and over 120,000 retail outlets across India.
|China cuts infant formula tariffs |
[24 December 2013] China is cutting import tariffs on infant milk formula in order to lower domestic prices, an indication that demand for imports has not been hurt by a price-fixing investigation and safety concerns. The State Council set the duty at 5% as of January 1, one-third of the earlier 15% rate. Continuous safety scandals in the domestic dairy industry have sent alarmed consumers flocking to imported products. When Fonterra suffered a possible contamination problem earlier in the year, consumers noted Fonterra itself revealed the problem (which turned out to be a false alarm). The Chinese government has initiated root-and-branch reform of the dairy industry, but the changes have reduced production in the short term even as demand rises.
|Calcium propionate market to reach USD312.7m by 2018|
[24 December 2013] The calcium propionate market is estimated to reach USD 312.7 million by 2018 from USD 220.6 million in 2012, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% from 2013 to 2018. The positive growth is due to increasing preferences for fresh food and livestock-based products. However, the availability of propionic acid is a major factor that limits the growth of the calcium propionate market. Restrictions in the production capacity of propionic acid due to the dearth of technological innovations affect the production of calcium propionate to an extent.
|Vissan to expand pig farms|
[23 December 2013] General Director of Vissan, Vietnam's top pork processor is expanding its farms to better control supply. "Most of our production material comes from other pig farms," Director Van Duc Muoi told Asian Agribiz. The company is aiming to produce 30% of its demand by acquiring some existing farms in Xuan Loc district of Dong Nai province with a total of 3,600 heads in the dam line. The company generates fresh pork via its modern slaughterhouse and processed products like sausage, ham and canned meat. A majority of Vissan's pigmeat comes from CP, San Miguel, and some local industrialised farms. With a processing capacity of 3,000 pigs per day, the company currently fulfils 28% of Ho Chi Minh city's pork demand.
|Bird flu strikes again in China |
[23 December 2013] The winter bird flu season is in full swing with the discovery of the H5N2 bird flu strain at a poultry farm last week in northern China. The disease killed 4,000 chickens on a farm in Baoding, about 140 km southwest of Beijing, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. Local authorities have since culled more than 100,000 other birds. The outbreak came only days after confirmation that a woman in East China’s Jiangxi Province had died after being infected by the H10N8 strain and new cases of H7N9 were confirmed in South China’s Guangdong Province.
|Zone based system for Indon beef imports|
[23 December 2013] Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade has tabled a revision to the animal husbandry and veterinary law to ease beef imports. Due to the current country based system, Indonesia can only import beef from FMD-free (foot and mouth disease) countries such as Australia. “We want to revise this to a zone based system,” said Minister of Trade Gita Wirjawan. This will facilitate imports from free FMD zones in Brazil and India, reducing our dependence on supplies from Australia. Mr Gita said. The revision is targeted for change by the end of January 2014.
|China agrees to US beef imports|
[23 December 2013] Technical issues remain even as China has agreed to promote US beef. The two sides will be meeting again next year in an effort to clear away the last barriers to entry. The agreement was announced on Friday following a meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Trade in Beijing. China banned US beef in 2003 because of BSE, and continued the ban even though the US has been BSE-free for years. The issue has been an irritant to relations, with the Chinese demanding access to the US market for their processed chicken in exchange. The US granted limited access to Chinese processed chicken in September, while pressure for an end to the beef ban grew in China as beef prices and imports soared with the US out of the market. The two sides have said they hope to resolve any technical issues by the third quarter of 2014.
|TPS Food ventures into milk business |
[23 December 2013] In a bid to expand its market penetration, publicly listed food company PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food (TPS Food) is considering entering the milk business in 2014 through a joint venture. President Director Stefanus Joko Mokoginta said increasing milk consumption among children prompted the company’s expansion plan. Finance Director Sjambiri Lioe said the joint venture would entail an investment of USD 16.4 million. The joint venture will be with a group of dairy farmers in Central Java. The company will hold an 80% stake. “This is a good cooperation for us. The farmers have around 80,000 dairy cattle,” Mr Sjambiri said. In the initial phase, the company hopes the milk business will contribute around USD 16.5 million in revenue.
|India’s TNMPU to stop milk supply to cooperative societies|
[23 December 2013] India’s Tamil Nadu Milk Producers Union (TNMPU) said it would stop supply to cooperative societies in the state from 1 January 2014, as the government has failed to respond to various demands, including tackling the rising price of cattle feed and foot and mouth disease (FMD). TNMPU President Senkottuvel and General Secretary Rajendran said feed costs rose 52% while cattle that survived FMD were yielding less milk. They alleged Village Administrative Officers had not recorded the deaths of about 30,000 heads of cattle from FMD.
|Philippine government to build, upgrade abattoirs|
[20 December 2013] After plans to construct an abattoir fell through this year, the Philippine Department of Agriculture has signed a new memorandum of agreement with the local government of Tanauan, Batangas province for the construction of a USD 3.4 million ‘AAA’ abattoir in the city. The plant will have a capacity of 250 heads per shift. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the abattoir will also serve as a meat trading centre. In addition, the DA will also upgrade two existing ‘AA’ slaughterhouses, one in Candon, Ilocos Norte province and another in Tayug, Pangasinan province. Edwin Chen, President of the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines told Asian-Agribiz that talks are underway between the government and industry players for the management of the abattoir. Meanwhile Dan Javellana, President of the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc, also told Asian-Agribiz that the government needs to ensure that there will be enough supply of pigs to keep the abattoir sustainable.
|New strain of bird flu confirmed in China|
[20 December 2013] A 73-year-old woman infected with a new type of bird flu virus had visited a live poultry market four days before she fell ill, according to health authorities in China’s Jiangxi Province. The woman died of respiratory failure on December 6, and was later confirmed to have been carrying the H10N8 avian flu virus, not previously known to infect humans. Authorities are investigating but so far have discovered no further cases. China’s poultry industry has struggled for years with endemic bird flu. The H7N9 virus has infected 137 people and killed 45 so far this year.
|Thailand sees recovery in shrimp production|
[20 December 2013] Thailand’s shrimp production is expected to recover to some extent after a sharp drop this year due to the early mortality syndrome (EMS) epidemic. President of the Thai Shrimp Association Somsak Paneetatyasai said production is seen climbing to 300,000-320,000 next year, up from this year’s 250,000 tonnes as EMS recedes. Production dropped by 56% from 540,000 tonnes in 2012, due to EMS. Exports of Thai shrimp also fell 38.4% to 175,713 tonnes in the first 10 months this year; and the whole year's exports is forecast at only 200,000 tonnes. Dr Somsak added that the Department of Fisheries’ recent move to allow shrimp imports from Indonesia could negatively impact the industry on concerns of Infectious Mionecrosis Virus (IMNV) which would further complicate the disease situation at home.
|Indonesian beef imports seen at 112,000t in 2014|
[20 December 2013] Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Suswono said Indonesia's beef and cattle imports will total around 20% of total consumption next year at about 112,000 tonnes. Beef consumption in Indonesia will hit 560,000 tonnes in 2014, up from 549,000 tonnes this year, he estimated. The new 2014 import estimate will be more than triple the now scrapped beef import quota for 2013 at 32,000 tonnes, of which approximately 20% consisted of prime cuts. The live beef cattle import quota was set at 267,000 heads. “We estimate that around 80% of beef consumption next year can be supplied from domestic production,” Mr Suswono said.
|Poultry products demand in India will improve further|
[20 December 2013] Demand for poultry products in India has improved gradually over the last 10 days and it may improve further in the coming days, according to a trade expert Aditya Mishra. Feed prices, on the other hand, may continue to rule firm. The poultry products market continued to witness an uptrend following higher demand but feed products remained unchanged on December 18. Mr Aditya said poultry farmers and traders are receiving good orders from Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal and Delhi. “Market sentiments are good and traders expect broiler prices to touch levels of USD 1.76/kg over the next couple of weeks. Egg is expected to trade around USD 0.06/unit but it may touch USD 0.07,” he predicted.
|FMD outbreak in Tibet|
[20 December 2013] Chinese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Tibet. According to reports sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the affected population comprises cattle and sheep. A total of 591 cattle were found susceptible, with 52 cases reported. All 591 animals were destroyed. The OIE, in conjunction with the country's competent authorities, carried out vaccination of livestock. A total of 51,345 cattle, 348 sheep & goats and 1124 pigs were vaccinated. Apart from the vaccinations, other control measures were also applied. The virus sub-type was identified as SEA 97 G2, the OIE reported. However, the source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.
|Bali pig farmers eye better profit|
[19 December 2013] Pig farmers in Bali have been suffering losses since 2012 due to both low selling price of live pigs and high feed costs. Chairman of the Bali Pig Farmers Association (Gupbi), I Ketut Hari Suyasa said: “We can’t constantly blame big companies for expansion or oversupply.” Mr Hari revealed to Asian Agribiz that the association will help pig farmers in the region in terms of farming and financial management and genetic quality improvements for better productivity and profit. Talking about its effort in reaching new markets, he said: “We recently entered the pork market in Surabaya, East Java and we will try to find buyers from Jakarta and Tangerang as well.” Another important effort revealed by Mr Hari is that the association plans to push its members collectively to process pork into nuggets and sausages. “The target market would be elementary to high school students as they are more familiar with these processed products.”
|Record exports of US soy in 2013|
[19 December 2013] The US soy industry exported 1.7 billion bushels to customers around the world in the 2012/13 marketing year, which ended September 30th. The exports valued at more than USD 28 billion, represented a 19% increase from 2011/12. According to the US Census Bureau, this total includes more than 1.3 billion bushels of whole US soybeans, meal from 454 million bushels of US soybeans and oil from 186 million bushels, which represents 56% of US soybean production from last year. The top Asian buyers in 2013 were China (772 million bushels) and Japan (63 million bushels). For US soybean meal, the Philippines bought meal from 47 million bushels of soybeans.
|CP severs link with Wumart|
[19 December 2013] CP Lotus, a company under Thailand’s CP Group that operates supermarkets in China, has suspended its deal with Wumart Stores Inc, a minimart and superstore operator in China. CP Lotus said that the framework agreement involving proposed subscriptions and acquisition of shares has now lapsed and will not be extended as both parties were not able to make sufficient progress. In late October, Dhanin Chearavanont, Chairman of CP Group said the cooperation was aimed at extending CP’s retail business in the north of China. Analysts say the suspension of the deal may interrupt CP's plan to extend it distribution channel in China for its made-in-Thailand products.
|Philippines to export more shrimp in 2014|
[19 December 2013] Philippine white shrimp exports will rise by 25% in 2014, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Asis Perez said, noting an expansion in the white shrimp industry in several regions. He pointed out that the Philippines resumed exporting white shrimp to the US, China and Korea earlier this year, at an estimated value of about USD 7.3 million/month. Next year, the country is also looking at exporting to markets like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. Mr Perez said the industry is reaping the benefits of the ban it had earlier put on importation of live shrimp, as this has kept the country free of Early Mortality Syndrome, which has negatively affected the shrimp industry in its neighbouring countries.
|Shanxi launches sheep initiative|
[19 December 2013] A county in Shanxi Province has launched a five-year program to develop its sheep industry, part of a trend that has seen China’s commercial sheep herd expanding in non-traditional areas due to high prices for mutton. Shenchi County, which now raises 710,000 head of sheep, will invest in quarantine and inspection systems, developing breeding zones and assisting large scale breeders, according to an article in China Daily. The county plans 50 breeding farms, 100 demonstration villages and a herd of 3 million sheep by 2017. Soaring domestic prices has made China the world’s leading sheepmeat importer by volume.
|China performance evaluations to include agri safety |
[19 December 2013] Regional government performance evaluations will include a category for agricultural product safety going forward, China’s State Council has decided. In the past economic growth has been the prime factor in regional evaluations, both for government funding and official promotions. The system has been blamed for encouraging reckless development, including pollution and overinvestment. The new category will include animal health, drug use, food processing and promotion of green technologies. The decision, issued during the annual Central Economic Work Conference, is in line with Premier Li Keqiang’s interest and personal involvement in the food safety issue, but it is not clear how the new category will be weighted in performance evaluations.
|CP Indonesia to expand pig feed market share|
[18 December 2013] Business Development Advisor and Swine Specialist of PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, Phaitoon N Na Ayudhaya told Asian Agribiz that next year the company will focus on expanding its market share in the pig feeds business in the country. Besides maintaining good market share in the production centres such as North Sumatera, Java and Bali, it will strengthen its sales and technical services in the developing markets such as in Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara. Mr Phaitoon said the company and its partners, KPS and PSK, will maintain the same number of sows. It has been operating three stations in Bali, North Sulawesi and North Sumatera with populations of 2000, 150 and 500 sows, respectively. The three stations produce commercial piglets for sale.
|Solo pig farmers facing genetic degradation|
[18 December 2013] Indonesian pig farmers in Solo, Central Java are facing genetic quality degradation. According to Alexander Kasim, an official of the Solo Pig Farmers Cooperative, farmers in the region are currently raising pigs that have mixed genetics and a relatively high in-breeding coefficient. “At an age of 6.5 months, our pigs can only reach 90 kg body weight. In Thailand, the same body weight can be reached at less than 5 months,” he told Asian Agribiz, adding that he believes farmers in other regions are also facing the same situation. “We have tried several times to import frozen semen but it is not easy to get an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agency of Quarantine. I hope that the government can facilitate this and allow the industry to improve the genetic quality of our pigs,” he said.
|Decline in Thai exports to Russia |
[18 December 2013] Thailand’s chicken exports to Russia dropped markedly in 2013 contributed in part to an overall decrease in Thai chicken exports last year. Thailand was expected to export around 530,000 tonnes of chicken in 2013, a decline of around 20,000 tonnes from 552,362 in 2012. Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Broiler Processing Exporters Association told Asian Agribiz that the drop in exports to Russia resulted from a steep reduction in production and exports by Saha Farms, the major Thai exporter to that market. According to available data, Thai exports to Russia fell sharply to only 900 tonnes in 2013, compared with around 8,000 tonnes last year. Mr Kukrit said other Thai exporters are not keen on shipping chicken to Russia as the price is not attractive.
|Malaysian swine industry to perform better in 2014|
[18 December 2013] In 2003 Malaysia’s pork self-sufficiency levels stood at 99.32% but in 2012 it was projected that the industry will only produce 93.87%. According to the Federation of Livestock Farmers Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) swine farmers have been hard hit by low prices these last two years. This has caused production levels to fall. But prices have begun to rise and FLFAM Ex-Swine Unit Chairman Tan Kuang Liang expects 2014 to be a good year. In Sarawak, demand for pork over the years and slow expansion by farmers has caused a shortfall. “Some farmers have stopped expanding and are waiting to move into the Pig Farming Area,” Green Nature Richness Sdn Bhd Director Dr Ng Siew Thiam told Asian Agribiz. He added that production will increase when the project takes off. The area can accommodate a standing pig population of 250,000 heads.
|Salmon processor to expand|
[18 December 2013] Big Glory Bay Salmon and Seafood Co (BGB), a subsidiary of Alliance Select Foods International Inc, is currently looking for new sites in New Zealand to expand its salmon fishing operations next year to meet expected increase in demand in the Philippines and overseas. It currently has two farms in New Zealand. The company, which recently received accreditation from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service as a supplier of salmon products, will begin supplying fresh and processed salmon products to Woolworths in Australia beginning in Q1 2014. It also exports to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and New Zealand. BGB also sees potential for expansion in the Philippine market, where it currently sells salmon products under the Superfish brand.
|Thai chicken exports to grow to 600,000 tonnes |
[17 December 2013] Thailand targets to export 600,000 tonnes of chicken next year, up from an estimated 530,000 tonnes of raw and cooked chicken combined, if Japan reopens its market for raw poultry meat from Thailand, Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Broiler Processing Exporters Association, told Asian Agribiz. “It’s highly likely that Japan will reopen the market for frozen raw chicken next year after having inspected several processing plants here earlier this year” Mr Kukrit said. Japan, a key importer, allows only heat-treated poultry meat from Thailand. Mr Kukrit said once Japan resumes raw chicken imports from Thailand, Korea may also consider lifting the ban.
|Reliance exits profitable non-veg segement|
[17 December 2013] Citing ethical reasons, India's Reliance Industries has decided to discontinue its profitable non-vegetarian foods business. The venture spans 100 Reliance Delight stores that sell products like sea-food, chicken and mutton in fresh, chilled, frozen and ready-to-cook form. The move is in deference to the wishes of a large section of consumers, shareholders and investors who had requested Group Chairman Mukesh Ambani to get out of the meat segment as it hurt their religious sentiments. The non-vegetarian foods business, said to be growing at a CAGR of 25-30%, is estimated to comprise 10% of the company's total retail business and is also a profit-making venture.
|CPF Freshmart to grow 15% |
[17 December 2013] CPF’s meat and food convenience store CP Freshmart expects to generate an impressive growth of 15% this year, outdoing the country’s retail convenience store sector's growth of 12%, said Chaiyuth Thipsuwanporn, senior vice-president for retail business at CPF Trading Co, a subsidiary of CPF. The company targets to continue to expand over the next 5 years, with the number of CP Freshmart outlets expected to escalate to 2000, CP Freshmart Plus to increase to 60 branches and Freezer for Community to grow to 50,000 points.
|Philippines registers marginal growth |
[17 December 2013] Philippine Agriculture output grew 1.1% to USD 22.68 billion in the first nine months of 2013, registering gains in livestock, poultry, and fisheries subsectors. The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (DA-BAS), which released the data on November 15, said the figure was 1.64% higher than the 2012 earnings. Farmgate prices went up by 0.54%, with livestock prices up by 8.62%, poultry by 1.0%, and fisheries by 2.0%. Farm output accounts for a fifth of the country's Gross Domestic Product. The livestock subsector, which accounted for 16% of total output, grew by 1.89% due to expansion of cattle and hog production. Poultry, accounting for 15% of agriculture, was also on the uptrend by 4.31% due to higher output for chicken (4.97%), eggs (2.5%), and duck egg (3.22%). The fisheries subsector posted a 3.38% growth.
|Feed prices predicted to rise in Vietnam|
[17 December 2013] Prices of animal feed are predicted to continue to rise in Vietnam this month and in the first months of 2014. State media reports attributed the rise to heavy reliance on raw material imports. So far this year, animal feed prices have increased by 2.3%, it noted. Prices of animal feed in Vietnam are higher by 15%-20% than those in regional countries. Vietnam has to import over eight million tonnes of animal feed and materials every year due to the inability of local companies to produce soybean by-products, fishmeal, vitamins, and supplements. As of November 15, the country spent USD 2.7 billion on importing animal feed and materials, up 27% from 2012.
|New H5N1 vaccine plant in Vietnam|
[17 December 2013] A vaccine factory in Vietnam, capable of producing about 1.5 million doses (annually) of A/H5N1 influenza vaccine for humans became operational on December 12 in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. According to the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biology (IVAC) under the Ministry of Health, the factory is one of six first funded by the World Health Organisation in developing countries. The factory, which meets the good manufacturing practice standard known as WHO-GMP, produce the vaccine from inseminated eggs. A farm breeding 7,000 chickens provides biologically safe materials for the factory.
|Indonesia’s veterinary drugs earnings to reach USD420m|
[16 December 2013] Chairman of the Indonesian Veterinary Drugs Association Rachmat Nuriyanto told Asian Agribiz that the market value of veterinary drugs, including premixes (feed additives included), for poultry in 2014 is expected to reach about USD 420 million. This year, meanwhile, the association has predicted the market value could reach by USD 375 million. “From our calculation, in 2014, we expect the market value for vaccines, pharmaceutical products, biosecurity products and premixes could increase to USD 92 million, USD 62 million, USD 24 million and USD 242 million, respectively.” “We see that many breeder, broiler and egg producers next year plan to increase their production capacity. That’s why we believe that the veterinary drugs business will increase along with the production increase,” he said.
|Pangasius feed production in Indonesia increasing |
[16 December 2013] Indonesia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs has been pushing the production of pangasius since 2009. The ministry claimed the growth is quite satisfying so far. This has triggered the growth of pangasius feed business in the country. According to Denny Indradjaja, Head of Aquafeed Division of the Indonesian Feed Mills Association (GPMT), in the last three years, the increase in pangasius feed consumption has been significant. He told Asian Agribiz that the growth in the sector has attracted many aquafeed millers to produce pangasius feeds. “In 2011, the total sales of pangasius feeds reached 90,000 tonnes in volume, valued at USD 45 million. In 2012, the volume increased to 102,000 tonnes, while the value increased to USD 53 million,” he explained. This year, Mr Denny said that both the volume and value are expected to increase to 120,000 tonnes valued at USD 62.5 million.
|Vietnam farmers to plant more corn|
[16 December 2013] Farmers in Vietnam’s southern province of Long An will grow an additional 1500 hectares of maize in fields which are proven to be ineffective for rice cultivation. This will raise the total maize area in the province to 5,000 ha. Vietnam has encouraged provinces to grow corn in rice land after the country faced difficulty in exporting rice while it has to import large volumes of corn for animal feed production. Up to the middle of November this year, the country imported over 1.57 million tonnes of corn worth USD 504.47 million, up 4.9% in volume and 10% in value year-on-year.
|Shenzen's live poultry markets close for disinfection|
[16 December 2013] China has initiated quick moves to stem the spread of the H7N9 bird flu virus. Since last Thursday, stalls at live poultry markets in Shenzen's Henggang and Nanwan, Longgang District, have been closed for seven days of disinfection and cleaning after three samples tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu virus. The district will also suspend operations at all live poultry markets in the district for cleaning and disinfection. Meanwhile, the six people who had close contact with a Hong Kong man infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus have been released from a seven-day medical quarantine following negative tests for the virus.
|Nafas plans new feed plant|
[16 December 2013] Malaysia's National Farmers’ Association (Nafas) plans to build a poultry feed plant in Gebeng, Pahang next year. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the factory was expected to produce 20,000 tonnes of chicken feed a year. "Currently, Nafas only produces 2,000 tonnes of chicken feed for the local market through several appointed consortiums. With the building of the factory, we hope to curb chicken price increases in future," he said.
|De Heus Vietnam to produce DOC in 2014|
[13 December 2013] De Heus Vietnam, one of the country's top feed millers is working on a USD 4 million project that is set to produce up to 400,000 DOC per month in its first phrase. "We want to help provide independent farmers with access to good quality genetics," Gabor Fluit, General Director told Asian Agribiz. "It's not in our strategy to start a farming business. We just want to help local farmers less dependent on big genetics providers," he added. The company is cooperating with a partner from Europe to set up parent stock in southern Vietnam. The company plans to start selling DOC in the third quarter of 2014.
|CJ Vina plans for integrated operation|
[13 December 2013] CJ Vina, a major Korean feed miller and breeder in Vietnam, has started to sell commercial poultry. "This month we sold 500,000 birds," Kieu Trong Nhan of CJ Vina told Asian Agribiz. The company started selling broiler in June. CJ Vina's entry to the broiler business has worried other players as the already-low price situation will worsen with the hike in supply. "This is a hard time for us with the entry of new big players," said Au Long Thanh, Director of Duy Cuong Livestock Company, which also produces about 500,000 chickens per month. Thanh told Asian Agribiz that with the current price of USD 1.13/kg, he is losing USD 0.23 for every kilo of chicken sold. CJ Vina has plans to expand its broiler operations in southern Vietnam and will start broiler farms in the north. It is reportedly in discussions with Green Feed, one of the top five feed millers in Vietnam, to start a venture that will create a full integration in Vietnam.
|Berg+Schmidt to produce both GM and GM-free products |
[13 December 2013] Southeast Asia’s first deoiled lecithin plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, features a double production line which separates the manufacturing of GMO (genetically modified organism) and GMO-free products. “Our India plant only focuses on GMO-free products because of the country’s restrictions on GM plants and plant products. This facility produces GMO-free products for countries in Europe and a dedicated GMO line for countries which have no such restrictions,” Carotino Biochem Pte Ltd Technical Director Yashodhan Bhawe told Asian Agribiz. Carotino has partnered with Hamburg lipids company Berg+Schmidt Asia Pte Ltd since 2009 in manufacturing lecithin for the company. “We have a triple check system to make sure that GMO and GMO-free materials do not get mixed. We use special fittings and different adapters for the nozzles of the tank to eliminate mistakes.” The plant will be completed by end December.
|TGM to extend reach to Vietnam|
[13 December 2013] Thai-German Meat Product Co Ltd, or TGM, an established producer of ham, bacon, sausage and other western meat products in Thailand, plans to advance with exporting its products to Vietnam next year. Food service operators are its targeted customers, according to Managing Director Wattana Puapattnakajorn. Currently, TGM exports its meat to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The company plans to extend its range of products next year by adding 20 more menus on top of 200 items at present. It will also increase its marketing budget by 40% from this year's USD 1.56 million. The company estimates sales to reach USD 46.7 – USD 52.9 million this year, a growth of around 8-9% from last year’s. For 2014, TGM targets to achieve a 20% growth, thanks to commencement of operations at a new plant and growing exports.
|Rabobank suggests holistic approach to farming|
[13 December 2013] A holistic long-term approach may be the key to introducing sustainability into the food and agriculture (F&A) equation. According to a new report from Rabobank, this would entail a shift in farmers' focus away from yield maximisation and towards input optimisation. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and technological innovations tailored towards the specific issues within a farming category are pivotal to improving best practices, and impact the way farm input companies view their business models. "Without a holistic approach towards feeding the world, the global agriculture industry's capacity to keep up with demand will be stretched at the expense of the environment," said Rabobank analyst, Dirk Jan Kennes. "A strategy that includes resolving structural resource imbalances, optimising F&A supply chain efficiency and reducing waste within the global F&A complex would ease the pressure on agricultural yield improvement and would help align the interests of the different stakeholders".
|Feed conference tackles grower nutrition|
[12 December 2013] Grower nutrition is among the four topics that will be discussed at the Asian Agribiz 2014 Pig Feed Quality Conference to be held on March 13-14, 2014 at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Manila, Philippines. The other three topics are feed ingredients, feed quality and feed processing. Click here to get more information on the Conference, as well as to receive a background paper on ‘Feeding growers to reduce the cost of production’ by Dr Bruce Mullan.
|Betagro Group adopts genomic selection in swine breeding|
[12 December 2013] Betagro Group has teamed up with Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to implement genomic selection in swine breeding. Using this genomic estimated breeding value (GEBV) tool in swine breeding will ensure more accurate yields and efficient prediction of estimated breeding values in pigs than other traditional breeding models. Angsana Horcharoen, Assistant Vice President of Swine Business said Betagro is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace this method which is spreading across the world. Compared with traditional breeding methods, genomic selection technology provides better selection accuracy and decreases overall production costs and thus helps Thailand to reduce dependence on imported breeder pigs while providing a competitive edge in livestock development.
|Expansion of Panama Canal to lower grain shipping cost |
[12 December 2013] The cost of shipping grain from the US to Asia will drop by about 12% upon completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal. In a new report, 'Panama Canal: Expanding the Gateway for US Grain to the East', Rabobank says the expansion of the Canal will accommodate vessels of 25% more capacity than before, resulting in a shift in US grain shipping routes. The bank said this will help ports along the US Gulf to regain export volume lost to ports in the Pacific Northwest over the last decade, and also benefit large grain traders and exporters with operations in the US Gulf region. Ocean freight accounts for 60% of total shipping cost, so increased shipping capacity has a material effect on cost savings.
|KFC confident of revenue hike next year|
[12 December 2013] Despite the gloomy outlook for the food industry, PT Fastfood Indonesia, the operator of KFC in Indonesia, is confident of double-digit growth next year. It expects to book at least USD 378.63 million in revenue next year, a 10% increase from 2013, Director Justinus D Juwono said. The company booked USD 314 million in total revenue in 2012. For 2014, the company has set USD 29 million for capital expenditure. Mr Justinus said the capital would be used to build 33 new KFC restaurants, most of which will be free-standing outlets. Besides establishing new outlets, he said that the company would also revamp its existing outlets. Fast Food Indonesia currently has 279 outlets, with 29 new outlets established this year.
|Typhoon renders immense damage to Philippine fisheries|
[12 December 2013] Although final assessments are still forthcoming, the damage to the Philippine fisheries sector by Typhoon Haiyan is likely to be immense, spanning the entire value chain from catch to market, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Acting Representative in the Philippines Rodrigue Vinet. The four worst-hit regions are all major producers of both aquaculture and fisheries. The FAO and the Philippine government are currently preparing a recovery and reconstruction plan, and the agency has called for an initial USD 5 million to help rebuild the livelihood of the affected communities and fisherfolk.
|Minerva Foods train eyes on Southeast Asian|
[12 December 2013] Southeast Asia will remain Minerva Foods’ important client. According to Chairman of the meat packing company Fernando Galetti de Queiroz, the leading markets for the company are developing countries, especially Muslim nations and Southeast Asia. “We are focused on emerging markets, especially places like China and Southeast Asia, one of the world’s thriving areas right now.” He said Muslims countries are highly relevant to the company “because we are becoming increasingly specialised in halal slaughter”.