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Historic Drought in Northeastern Brazil Destroys Rural Economy

On April 7, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that the drought this year in northeastern Brazil has reached dramatic proportions, to the point of bringing about the collapse of the rural economy throughout the region. Federal income redistribution programs have been helpful in abating the short-term pain, but they mask the problem of maintaining the macroeconomy. President Dilma Rousseff visited Fortaleza this week and said that “the face of misery in the region is the drought.” Professor João Policarpo Lima of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) said that although the relief is necessary for families, income programs provide an alternative to economic production that jeapordizes the survival of agriculture in the northeast in the long term. Read Article

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Guaíra, Brazil: Federal Police Seizes 300 Kilograms of Contraband Paraguayan Pesticides

On April 3, 2013, Portal Guaíra reported that the Brazilian Federal Police arrested a man and seized two vehicles late last night in the city of Guaíra, close to the Brazil-Paraguay border. Inside the two vehicles police discovered approximately 300 kilograms of illegal pesticides. The pesticides were confirmed to be of Paraguayan origin. The detained […]

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Cattle Slaughter Up 8% in Brazil Despite Northeast Drought

On March 27, 2013, Cidade Verde reported that cattle slaughter continues to be on the rise in Brazil, in spite of a recent severe drought in the Northeast. IBGE released a study that found that farmers slaughtered 8% more cattle in 2012 than they did in 2011. The Northeast, however, saw a decrease in heads […]

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Argentina issues alert for dengue, as well for travelers to Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia

Diariocol.com.ar reported that the Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires warned travelers to outbreak areas during the Easter holiday and the bridge on April 2, to take precautions to prevent dengue. Recommended to take action as the permanent use of repellents, both inside and travel abroad, and stated that the situation is […]

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Worst Drought in 40 Years Hits Northeastern Brazil Economy Hard

On March 22, 2013, Jornal da Globo reported about the drought in the Brazilian northeast this past January/February. Nine hundred people from 36 rural communities have banded together in the state of Piauí to create honey as an alternative to raise money for the water they cannot use to raise neither cattle nor crops. The […]

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Brazil: Government of Amazonas to Extend Agriculture Program to 23 New Cities

On March 19, 2013, Portal Tabatinga reported that the state government of Amazonas plans to invest in 23 new municipalities this year, as part of an effort to promote indigenous farming.  The project will entail the donation of seeds, technical assistance, and monetary investment to indigenous farmers in order to boost the local economies.  The […]

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Cordoba, Argentina: convictions for pesticide poisoning in neighborhood

(Cordoba, Argentina) occupymonsanto360.org reported that For twelve years the citizens of a small neighborhood outside Cordoba have been dealing with disease, cancer, pain, and death in abnormally large quantities. The primary cause has been known for quite some time to be due to the application of the pesticides glyphosate and endosulfan to nearby GMO soy […]

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New evidence indicates maize cultivated in Peru 5,000 years ago

andina.com.pe reported that archaeological testing at ancient sites in the Norte Chico region of Peru demonstrates that corn was widely grown, intensively processed and constituted a primary component of the early Peruvians’ diet. The breakthrough research led by Field Museum curator Dr. Jonathan Haas is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early […]

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Ecuador: Correa signs decree to fix prices on 40 staple foods

Controlling prices of staples and avoid speculation when you are looking to sell is the Government, through Decree 1438. This pricing applies nationally to 46 products, including: flower rice, oats, beef bone, boneless, ground, pork bone, pork chop, pork ribs, whole chicken into pieces, milk, chicken eggs, 17 fruits and a similar number of plants, […]

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Colombia: Coffee Laborers strike, protest blocking roads, some injuries

eltiempo.com reported that the strike called for Monday coffee has blocked some roads in several departments. When the police commander of Risaralda, Colonel Cyrus Cifuentes and Secretary of Government department, Andres Echeverry, trying to reach an agreement on Monday to reopen the road Pereira-La Virginia, there were fighting with rocks, sticks, water and gas tear. […]

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Peru: Mining and Agriculture impacting negatively Brazil nut harvesting

Trust.org reported….Brazil nut harvesting – a sustainable use of the forest in Peru’s southeastern Madre de Dios region – provides thousands of people with an income in the first few months of each year. But mining and agriculture concessions overlap the harvesters’ concessions, threatening both their way of life and the forest, according to a […]

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Brazil, Russia sign agreements including defense, energy, agriculture matters

Brazil and Russia signed several agreements in different fields geared to increase trade and to advance in defense, energy and agriculture cooperation, including the purchase of Russian anti aircraft missile batteries on condition that Moscow agrees to transfer technology. Brazil is beefing up its air defenses before the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the […]

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Guanajuato Mexico: 300,000 chickens culled in outbreak of bird flu

In five days since the announcement of the outbreak of avian flu have been culled 300,000 birds, however, the number of chickens infected rises to one million 20 thousand units. Five days after the outbreak of avian influenza in Guanajuato Bachoco farms have been culled 300,000 birds until yesterday. Agricultural Development Secretary, Javier Usabiaga Arroyo, […]

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Interpol sweeps Latin America with 194 arrested for illegal logging

The organization Interpol announced Tuesday the arrest of 194 people in 12 Latin American operation against illegal logging, which was seized the equivalent of 2,000 truck loads, whose price had hovered around $ 8 million. This is the first large-scale international operation against such crimes, Interpol said in a statement in which he said that […]

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Mexico: 12 farms detect presence of avian flu H7N3

Mexican authorities said they have 12 farms Bachoco poultry company in which detected H7N3 avian influenza virus, “highly pathogenic”. “We have located five more affected farms, which have 12 production units with the virus,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in a press release on Sunday. Read Article

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Costa Rica approves MONSANTO for planting genetically modified corn

The National Biosafety Technical Commission decided by a majority opinion granting positive Monsanto to plant one or two hectares of GM maize in Costa Rica. This information was confirmed by Alejandro Hernandez, a member of the Commission by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and by the NGO Coecoceiba. The request made ​​by the company […]

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Paraguay, Brazil officials destroy 300 hectares of marijuana an Amambay Department

Narcs Paraguay, with support from the Brazilian police, destroyed 309 hectares of marijuana in Amambay department, on the border with Brazil, reported the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (Senad). These illegal crops were eliminated in the three days of a joint operation between the Paraguayan and Brazilian authorities carried out in forested regions Capitan Bado, Amambay, 600 […]

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194,000 hectares of crops, almost total lost in Sinaloa Mexico, due to frigid temperatures

CROPS IMPACTED: white maize, beans, garbanzo, grain sorghum, safflower, various vegetables, potatoes, wheat Governor has requested assistance from Federal Government. Read Article

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Peru: Pisco exports up substantially

Exports of Peru’s grape-based liquor pisco were valued at $4.5 billion between January and November 2012, an increase of 21.8 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, the Peruvian Exporters’ Association (Adex) said Saturday. Read Article

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Mexico: GMOs threaten the crusade against hunger

Is necessary to prevent the Crusade Against Hunger, from donations from agribusiness, to be used for the promotion of GM crops with false arguments and to promote the consumption of non-industrialized food culture of the population. Under the Decree on the National System for the Crusade Against Hunger, the National Association of Rural Producers Distributors […]

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Opinion: agribusiness dangerous transactions

OXFAM/LATIN AMERICA MENTION/CUBA In fact, the argument is a myth that there is plenty of land available and unused waiting for them to reach the development, considers Oxfam International, a confederation of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) working for a more just and presence in over 80 nations. According to Oxfam, the land is under a lot […]

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Meeting the challenge of agriculture in Latin America

MENTION OF LATIN AMERICA AND OR OXFAM Latin America is in a particularly vulnerable because many countries have pinned their development models in the production of raw materials and even the continent has great natural wealth, one of the biggest challenges for many countries is to achieve greater social justice rural areas. The challenge is […]

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Ecuador debates legalization of transgenic seeds, crops

Four years after its ban, GMOs have become the debate in Ecuador from the hand of the president and candidate for reelection Rafael Correa, who changed his position and now raises him to quadruple legalize as agricultural production and alleviate poverty. The Constitution of a socialist driven Correa, passed in 2008, declared the country “free […]

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Costa Rica: in defense of GM corn

PARAGRAPH MENTION OXFAM Perhaps they should explain the recent statements by Mark Lynas, environmental leader who became famous in the mid-nineties for leading the anti-GM campaign. At a conference of Oxfam, Lynas apologized for his crusade against GM crops and said his opposition to this technology “could not be more counterproductive”. Lynas said his change […]

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Peru: Workers for subsidiary of Monsanto protesting for higher wages

elcomercio.pe reported that more than 100 field workers of the company Seminis, a subsidiary in Peru transnational company Monsanto , march at this time by the kilometer 291 of the Panamericana Sur highway, off Guadalupe Salas District, to the Regional Directorate of Labour of Ica. Protesters occupy one lane of the road hampering vehicular traffic, […]

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Bolivia: Morales plans to export coca leaves to ALBA countries

President Evo Morales announced that it will make efforts to export to the ALBA countries without alkaloid cocaine after Bolivia was readmitted to the Convention on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations. “The next battle will be how to export coca leaf itself based on the 1961 Convention. Course, some conditions must be met as […]

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Fungus threatens coffee crops in Central America

Central America is scrambling to contain a coffee-eating fungus that has invaded a third of the impoverished region’s crops, threatening to cost the vital industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Entire families depend on work from the coffee-growing industry in Central America, which employs more than 1.5 million people to produce one of the world’s […]

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Argentina: University report forecast 30 percent inflation for 2013

Morningstar.com reported, Argentina’sTorcuato Di Tella University said Wednesday in a closely watched monthly survey that Argentines expect inflation of 30% in 2013. Most private-sector economists think that 12-month inflation in Argentina has been running at or above 20% for the last three years due to lax monetary and fiscal policy. Capital flight spurred by galloping […]

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South America: the truth about quinoa

Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. We struggled to pronounce it (it’s keen-wa, not qui-no-a), yet it was feted by food lovers as a novel addition to the familiar ranks of couscous and rice. Dieticians clucked over quinoa approvingly because it ticked the low-fat […]

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Growing famine in Mexico

Over 8000 500 people remain in one of the poorest municipalities in the country. It is for fourth in misery, says the declaration of the priority areas in the year 2011, 14th place, according to statistics from INEGI. There is no work, subsistence crops are depleted, the daily diet can become an instant soup or […]

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Zulia Venezuela: peddlers selling food, items at 150 percent markup

The absence of maize flour, oil, rice, sugar, chicken and toilet paper on the shelves of shops in the city yesterday, again, the common image. The scene contrasted with the long queues that a week ago invaded establishments. And it started in 2013 as a true roller coaster in the sale of products referred to […]

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Venezuela faces food shortages

el-carabobeno.com reported ….. A scarcity and shortages afflicting Venezuelans several years now joins the mystery about who will take the necessary economic measures, such as an adjustment in the exchange rate and liberalization in product price controls, in the absence prolonged President Hugo Chavez. Read Article

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Peru named with three coffees as best in the world

Peruvian coffee has been selected among the best in the world, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). In a recent ranking, the SCAA named three Peruvian coffees among the top ten in the world. Cafe Tunki was voted number two coffee in the world, with 86.91 points, slightly behind the top coffee, […]

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Venezuela government seizes 983 tons of powder milk from Zuly Milk company

Government authorities on Friday seized 983 tonnes of milk powder were being held in storage by Zuly Milk Company, located in the industrial zone The Tapias Mariche Rows in Sucre municipality of Miranda state. Through a satellite contact with Venezolana de Television, People’s Minister for the Interior and Justice, Nestor Reverol, announced that the seizure […]

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Ecuador: Major crop losses in Tungurahua province due to extreme cold

Low temperatures spanning the central highland provinces as Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi concern to farmers because in some areas spoil their crops and financial harm. “Absolutely all plants, all products are affected,” said Carlos Fernandez, president of the Cantonal Agricultural Center of Ambato, to analyze the effects of low temperatures in the Tungurahua province in […]

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Chile: truckers block main road of country in protest of arson attacks

Thestarphoenix.com reported that Chilean truckers blocked the country’s main highway on Monday to protest a string of arson attacks, including one that killed an elderly couple in a southern region that Mapuche Indians call their usurped ancestral land. The couple’s death has triggered a national debate on the escalation of a conflict in Araucania, where […]

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Northeastern Brazil, worst drought in decades, threatens hydro-power supplies

Brazil’s Northeastern area is suffering its worst drought in decades, a condition which threatens hydro-power supplies in one of the country’s emerging agricultural frontiers. “We are experiencing the worst drought in 50 years, with consequences that could be compared to a violent earthquake,” Eduardo Salles, the agriculture secretary in the northeastern state of Bahia, said […]

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Brazil: coffee branding – relationship between product’s attributes and consumers’

ABSTRACT This paper aims to evidence the cognitive structure of values of customers of regional brand from the South of Minas Gerais and Triângulo Mineiro regions. It aimed to identify perceptions about attributes, consequences, values and connections among these elements through a hierarchical map of values (HVM). The laddering technique helped in the collection, analysis […]

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Pativilca, Peru: Major investment in agriculture to have direct impact on 30,000 families

The irrigation of about 150,000 acres of agricultural Lima and Ica will be improved with the 28 projects under the Programme Irrigation Subsector (PSI) of the Ministry of Agriculture with an investment of 50 million soles, it was reported today. The implementation of the projects, benefiting more than 30,000 families engaged in agricultural exports, has […]

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Brazil: farmland has increased in value af annual average 14 percent over last ten years

Prices for farmland in Brazil surged by an average 14% a year to nearly quadruple over the past decade, well outpacing inflation and nearly matching gains made by São Paulo’s blue-chip Ibovespa stock index, a new study shows. Improving diets in economies such as China have driven up prices of commodities like soybeans, corn and […]

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Improving the organisation and commercialisation of small coffee and cocoa producers in the Northern Amazon Region of Ecuador

Coffee and cocoa represent the main sources of income for small farmers in the Northern Amazon Region of Ecuador. The provinces of Orellana and Sucumbios, as border areas, have benefited from investments made by many public and private institutions. Many of the projects carried out in the area have been aimed at energising the production […]

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Colombian Coffee estimates nine million sacks for 2012, report says serious structural problems

The Colombian coffee growers close the year 2012 with a production in the range of 8.5 million sacks sack and nine million, according to estimates by the National Federation of Coffee. For the National Association of Financial Institutions sector problems in Colombia beyond the excessive rains in the coffee regions, rust attacks by high humidity […]

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U.S. imports of corn from Brazil increasing

A bumper grain crop in the Cerrado region helped US livestock farmers when drought hit America’s corn production….As US cornfields withered in drought conditions last summer, Brazil’s once empty Cerrado region produced a bumper crop of the grain, helping feed livestock on US farms and ease a drought-related spike in prices. Read Article

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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon Region Continues at Alarming Rate

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Ecuador: Ombudsman warns of risks of chemicals used in banana production

Eluniverso.com reported that the Ombudsman urged the ministries of Health and Agriculture to conduct research on the environmental and physical effects that produce 17 chemicals used in banana plantations (including glyphosate), according to the resolution 010 of the entity . The document was the result of research conducted since 2010, after Jorge Orellana Acosta filed […]

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Haiti: Hurricanes devastate farmlands, food crisis looming

Relief groups have launched fresh appeals for funds to feed over a million Haitians after hurricane Sandy devastated farmland, compounding agricultural damage from tropical storm Isaac which destroyed 40% of the harvest in August….. food security situation is threatened… Read Article

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Cuba opens doors for agriculture investment, Brazil large player

They will be the first foreigners to participate in the agribusiness since 1959 when the mills were nationalized controlled by the U.S. Brazilian investments are growing rapidly thanks to a national credit of “around $ 1000 million, with the port and credits for purchases, maybe a little more, “he explained to BBC News Jose Felicio, […]

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Ecuador beginning native fish farming in Amazon areas

He arrived in Quito, from the province of Pastaza, Marco Guillen, head of fisheries projects and fish farming in the Amazon region, with the idea of ​​submitting to national and foreign experts fishery products that exist in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is estimated that in the five Amazonian provinces of the country there are about […]

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Colombia: coffee production stable October 2012

The National Federation of Coffee Growers revealed that coffee production remained stable in October and stood at 653,000 bags of 60 kilos compared to 656,000 bags produced in the same month last year. Until October posted a 3% reduction. This is explained in some not sell their coffee coffee waiting for better international grain prices, […]

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Ecuador: Officials predict chances of a devastating El Niño are 50 percent

The chances of an El Niño event in the coming weeks affecting the country are now at 50%, a figure that has declined compared to July and August, when there was talk of a 70% chance, according to Eluniverso.com. “That forecast (…) is the equivalent of having heads or tails in a probability of an […]

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Colombia: 75 eradicators with army destroy 150,000 coca plants

With this result there are more than 150,000 plants destroyed by Army troops in recent days in this department. Santa Marta. The military offensive that advance troops of the First Army Division allowed drug trafficking late on a group composed of 75 eradicators attached Mechanized Infantry Battalion No. 4 General Antonio Nariño located and destroyed […]

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Guatemala: Climate Risk and Adaptation Country Profile

Occupying a total land area of 108,889 km2, the Republic of Guatemala lies in the heart of Central America and is bordered by Mexico and Belize to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and El Salvador, Honduras, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Two-thirds of the country are mountainous and dominated by […]

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Colombia: military destroy 393 hectares of illegal crops

Counternarcotics operations carried out by troops of the Colombian army in different parts of the national territory, left as a result of the elimination of approximately 393 hectares of illegal crops. The military offensive pledged to the Second, Fourth and Seventh Division, and the Air Assault Division, Task Force Pegasus Task Force Task Force Vulcan […]

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Ecuador: 70,000 hectares of banana plantations impacted by Black Sigatoka

About 70,000 hectares of banana plantations have been affected by the black sigatoka so far this year. As a result, the supply of fruit for export fell by 25 million boxes according to eluniverso.com. Gustavo Maroun, president of the Ecuadorian Banana Regional Corporation (Agroban), said farmers fear again next winter affect fruit production and can […]

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Mexico: Papaya growers establish export association

Since the outbreak of salmonella in 2011 that rocked Mexican papaya industry, exporters were forced to reevaluate their standards to keep the industry afloat. As a response to the needs of industry, AC Proexport Papaya was created last September to join several levels of the production chain. The director of the association, Anebella Lopez Gaxiola, […]

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Honduras: rust disease could cause coffee crop losses of 30 percent

The rust disease in coffee cultivation could experience losses of up to 30 percent in the production areas, especially in the department of El Paraíso where he hoped to reap a million quintals coffee warned leaders. Rust is the most destructive disease of coffee to damage trees and reduce their production, causing premature leaf drop […]

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Tulancingo, Mexico: coffee producers worried about disease in upcoming harvest

Tulancingo. – Although the coffee harvest in the Otomí-Tepehua is coming, diseases and pests of plants of this grain are a concern for producers, because if not addressed in time can lead to large impacts in crops. According to specialists in the field, among the most common pests that attack the roots are moths. Read […]

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Jalisco Mexico to begin pork exports to Japan

It’s a matter of days to get out the first shipment of pork to Japan, as has South Korea from the recent spring. This brings a huge business opportunity for pork producers and processing plants that meet the stringent quality requirements demanded by the Eastern country, said company director Gena Agricultural Peña Carlos Ramirez, who […]

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Chile: little know battle in archipelago concerning lobster harvesting

diario.latercera.com reported that representatives of a foundation challenged before the authorities of the Region V operating a collection point for these crustaceans. In Juan Fernandez fear for exports. The season starts in October. More than 60 people depart from the island Robinson Crusoe, on a ship towards Alejandro Selkirk Island, to begin the extraction of […]

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Bolivia: five reported cases of brucellosis bacterial disease

The hospital director Cotagaita, Marcelo Mariscal, said Friday that there were five reported cases of brucellosis in that town so there are fears that the region’s cattle are infected with the bacterial disease. “The San Juan de Dios hospital has had four to five cases of brucellosis (human). This is a zoonotic disease, which means […]

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Guatemala: cases of classical swine flu reported

A new outbreak of classical swine fever has been reported to the OIE by Dr Miguel Angel Azañón Robles, Director de Salud Animal, Area Zoosanitaria. The new outbreak occurred on a farm in the Village of Monterrey, Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez,, Guatemala. Read Article

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Abaetetuba Brazil: outbreak of Chagas Disease, possible food borne from Açaí fruit

An outbreak of Chagas disease reaches the town of Abaetetuba within Para More than 24 cases were reported in the region. One person died. The epidemic could have started because of consumption of contaminated açaí. The mosquito transmits the disease are attracted by the fruit typical of the region. The insect feces eliminates the fruit […]

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Ecuador: Army units destroy 100,000 poppy plants

Ejercitodelecuador.mil.ec reported in the canton Salcedo, a group of military personnel from the Special Forces Brigade # 9 “HOMELAND” located and destroyed about 100,000 poppy plants. At the ceremony attended Mr. Augusto Cayancela, the parish sheriff Cuzubamba; plantations were found in San Isidro and sectors Mulalillo. Presumably, this would be addressed as a crop plants […]

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Peru, pisco exports up 29 percent in 2012

Increasing international demand for pisco, Peru flag drink, would lead to the end of 2012 is exported $ 4.2 billion, up 29 percent compared with 2011, the president of the Association of Exporters (Adex), Juan Varilias. He explained that until July was a drop in shipments of this distilled but are starting to pick up […]

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Ecuador, ecologists say no to genetically modified seeds

Hoy.com.ec reported that President Correa took up the debate on the use and transgenic research in the country, on September 1. That day regret not impose said “so many novelty” who-said – was driven by Alberto Acosta, which led to the approval of the art. 401 of the Constitution. In a study published in 2008, […]

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BBC report on pesticides used in Ecuador

BBC Report High in the Andes, BBC reporter Euan McIlwraith meets a man spraying his potatoes. He has no protective equipment. His hands and shoulders are wet from the cocktail of pesticides he carries in his back-pack sprayer. These products are categorised by their toxicity. The most dangerous carry a red warning label. In this […]

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Colombia: lowest per capita consumption of bread in Latin America

Radiosantafe.com reports that the National Association of Manufacturers of Pan (Adepan) presents the first report baker sector in Colombia, Colombia has the lowest per capita consumption of the Latin American region with a gauge of 23 kg of bread a year. According to ANDI, this consumption represents 1.7 percent of the total expenditure of a […]

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Marijuana plantation Totonicapán Guatemala eradicated

dca.gob.gt reported a plantation of marijuana was located in the vicinity of Cerro Alto Spot, Santa Ana district, the municipality of Momostenango, Totonicapán, in a mountainous area of ​​seven acres of land planted with 32 thousand 800 marijuana plants, valued at 12 million 300 000 Q. Read Article

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Ecuador: government begins spraying for Black Sigatoka for small banana producers

Elnuevoempresario.com reported that a total of 17,000 hectares, corresponding to 4030 small producers benefit from spraying against the plague of black Sigatoka start on Friday as one of the measures outlined in the emergency banana that began two months ago and that concludes tomorrow. The Deputy Agriculture Minister Luis Valverde, said this afternoon that the […]

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Peru, five coca leaf producers, 13 others injured when confronted by police

Five producers of coca leaf died and 13 others were injured today when confronted by a group of police in the Peruvian region of Huanuco, said the representative of the Ombudsman’s Office, Pier Paolo Ricardo March. Two of the dead were identified as Rider Roque Moreno and Juan Espinoza Loarte, but still working to determine […]

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Ecuador: climate change, ash from Tungurahua affects increase in price of vegetables

Eluniverso.com reported climate change and the ashes that have affected crops in recent weeks in towns near the Tungurahua volcano have left increases between 5% and 50% in the prices of products coming from the central highlands. These changes are noted in the values ​​of the products that are sold in Groceries Transfer Terminal in […]

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Brazil reports lower ethanol production

Brazil will increase imports of gasoline least 354 percent by 2020, as a result of reduced production of ethanol from sugar cane, according to a report by the Government, local media reported Wednesday. The study, at the request of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, presents three scenarios for the fuel market in the next eight years, […]

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Mexican Army destroy marijuana plantation Tepechitlán

– The Mexican Army destroyed a marijuana plantation, with an area of ​​more than one hectare, this in Township. The National Defense Secretariat, through tepechitlán ohe Commander of the Eleventh Military Zone, said that in the town of Tepechitlan, Zacatecas destroyed by incineration one marijuana plantation covering an area of ​​1.5 hectares. Read Article

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Argentina: Grain inspector strike paralyzes shipments at ports

Exports of grains and oils from Argentina remained paralyzed on Wednesday in their ports, due to a three-day strike that began health inspectors in the country, a key supplier of food in the world, said managers of business associations. Agro-export firms in Argentina, the second international supplier of corn and soy-third require issuing certificates inspectors […]

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Ecuador: new fee for each hectare used in shrimp farming

Eluniverso.com reported that shrimp industry representatives are concerned with the creation of an annual payment for the exercise of aquaculture of $ 25 for each hectare of this crop, which applies to those with farms larger than 10 hectares. This provision, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries, was published in the […]

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Southern municipalities of Honduras hit hard by famine

The first production cycle, in some regions, was seriously affected by the entrance of the El Niño phenomenon, which caused a heatwave longer than usual, recorded in some departments that are in the dry corridor between 35 and 45 days without rain. The southern municipalities of Francisco Morazán, such as: Curaren, Reitoca, Alubaren, La Libertad […]

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UN announces start of illicit crops monitoring program in Mexico

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced the start of a program dedicated to monitoring illicit crops growth in Mexico. This system will produce statistic concerning the production of marijuana, poppy, and coca. The UN will work with officials in Mexico to train them on the methodology of using satellite maps, Noticias Grupo […]

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Ecuador: Huge potato crop losses due to ash fall from volcano Tungurahua

Eluniverso.com reported …… that at least are 2,000 families who have suffered losses by the damages in the 5,000 hectares of crops and pastures. So, in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (Magap) delivered livestock feed, but said that what arrives is insufficient. He argued that at least are 2,000 families […]

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Ecuador: Tungurahua Volcano Update, 16 explosions recorded

The Tungurahua volcano activity is regarded as a moderate to high level, unlike previous days activity today has been characterized by the generation of explosions moderate to high, with few events of continuous issues, the explosions were accompanied by guns of varying intensity that caused the windows shake. The observed emission columns amounted to 5 […]

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Indigenous villages in Mexico feel threatened by drug cartels, drought

The United Nations has reported that indigenous populations in Mexico are becoming more and more threatened by severe drought and narco-trafficking activity. Drug cartels in indigenous regions are reported to exploit these populations and implicate them in their illegal activities. According to Mi Morelia, the upsurge in drug trafficking also hurts indigenous livelihoods. The indigenous […]

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Peru: increase in coca crops in Loreto region

The regional president of Loreto, Yván Vasquez Valera, reiterated its concern at noon due to the presence of coca crops and drug trafficking in your jurisdiction. As reported in your region there are 38 thousand hectares of coca planted on different fronts. For example, near the borders with Colombia and Brazil as well as in […]

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Argentina: Dairy farmers warn of new protests

Vice President of the General Union of Tamberos (UGT), Guillermo questioned today Draletti negotiations carried out tambera production sectors with the National Government and the Center for Dairy Industries (CIL) for the price of milk and fired: “In If this situation continues, ends in another conflict, another protest.” “The agreement reached is a joke, it […]

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Argentina to approve new GM seeds by Monsanto

Reuters reported that Argentina will approve Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready 2 soybean seeds this week in a bid to continue boosting crop production…Argentina is the world’s No. 3 soybean exporter and the top supplier of soyoil and soymeal. It is also the leading global exporter of biodiesel, which is made from soyoil.”Today I’ll be […]

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Ecuador: consumers dealing with higher prices for many products

Higher tariffs, import quotas, increasing the output tax exchange and the effects of winter have caused the Ecuadorian consumers pay more when purchasing agricultural products and certain consumer goods during the first seven months of the year. Vegetables, fruit, meat, liquor, phones and cars are among the products that have seen increases ranging between 2% […]

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Best Cheese in Ecuador from Cayambe

CAYAMBE. Cheese has been since ancient times one of the foods present in the tables. Cayambe has a long tradition in developing this product, as set forth in the Third National Cheese Fair On-Site Technical Institute Nelson Torres. EXHIBITORS. Among the speakers are small and medium producers of dairy products, as Edwin Monteros, who with […]

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Argentina: labor claims basic food basket prices higher than government statistics

Argentine organized labour CGT, announced that based on their own analysis of the products that make up the basic food basket, on average they are 52% more expensive than those analyzed by the official statistics office, Indec“However the definitive figures will be released later” said the CGT spokesperson who responds to Hugo Moyano, recently elected […]

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Ecuador: Rice farmers doubt reliability of seed certification

In Ecuador, rice is one of the main food of the family budget. However, it is less technically crop, and that approximately 80% of the planted area is in the hands of small producers who have no training or appropriate credit lines to invest in their crops. One reason for that low technology is the […]

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Water wars Atacama Chile, grape agriculture at risk

It is assumed that the Valley of Copiapo in Chile is a picturesque grape-growing region. However, along this sector of the Atacama Desert today, only kilometers from dried grapes. Until recently, these vineyards in northern Chile were green, as they were supplied water coming from an underground tank. But in the driest desert in the […]

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Ecuador: exports of bananas down 10 percent first half 2012

About 16 million boxes of bananas Ecuador stopped exporting for the first six months of this year compared with same period of 2011. According to the Ecuadorian Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE), this represents $ 120 million less in revenue for the country. Read Article

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Mexico: lime harvesters in Colima accused of using Limón Michoacano seal

Mexican lime producers outside the state of Michoacán have allegedly been using the prestigious ‘Limón Michoacano’ seal, newspaper La Voz de Michoacán reported. It is alleged up to 60% of lime harvests from the neighbouring state of Colima’s Tierra Caliente area are masquerading under the Michoacán state’s brand. Read Article

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Ecuador issues emergency decree regarding banana pricing

The Ecuadorian government has delivered on its emergency decree promises with a new banana purchasing scheme in the provinces of Guayas and El Oro, with growers in the latter receiving fumigants to tackle disease Black Sigatoka. The purchasing scheme is designed to ensure growers don’t receive prices below the set price of US$5.50 per carton, […]

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Sonora Mexico: Whitefly infestation in soybeans

The whitefly infestation affects the majority of soybeans established in the Yaqui Valley, multiplying their presence up to ten times, said Alejandro Suarez Beltran. The manager of the local board of Plant Protection in the Yaqui Valley, said that this could have serious consequences for the oilseed, if not acting quickly and correctly the producers […]

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65 percent chance of El Niño in central Pacific

65% increased chance of this El Niño in the central Pacific, as global models such as NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for its acronym in English), which confirmed yesterday Edwin Pinto, head of department Marine Science Institute Oceanographic of the Navy. The event will be presented at coast of Ecuador in late 2012 and […]

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Peru: preventive measures recommended to mitigate effects of a possible El Niño

The Ministry of Environment (Minam) recommended Tuesday to regional governments adopt preventive measures to mitigate the effects of a possible El Niño according to the locations identified as vulnerable to hazards associated with this event. Neyra Fernando Palomino, head of the Bureau of Land Management of Minam, said the agency that directs recently released technical […]

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Scientists studying if certainty “El Niño” to develop Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Peru

A regional-watching cruise will take place from later this month, with the participation of scientists from Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Peru. The intent is to determine with greater certainty whether El Niño is forming in the equatorial Pacific would reach the shores. This was announced by director of the Oceanographic Institute of the Navy (INOCAR), […]

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Mexico – Bird Flu: A million vaccines to be delivered from China to the Mexican Poultry union

Mexico: A million vaccines will be delivered from China to the Mexican Poultry union Approximately a million vaccines will be arriving Mexico from China and will be implemented to birds in Jalisco that have not been infected by the bird flu. The epidemic affected 2.5 million birds and has impacted Jalisco´s egg production. Jalisco accounts […]

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Jalisco Mexico: Outbreak H7N3 bird flu believed to originate from wild bird population

The outbreak of H7N3 avian influenza that has affected egg producing farms in the municipalities of Acatic Tepatitlán and probably originated by the presence of wild birds, some of which we know have the virus and have an activity normal life in parts of the Pacific Ocean, from Canada to Chile, making it impossible to […]

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Consumers in eastern state of Mexico, avoiding chicken due to fear of bird flu

In addition to facing a 50% increase in the price of chicken, vendors of Texcoco, La Paz, Nezahualcoyotl, Chichester, among others in the area east of the state of Mexico, are being affected because consumers left buying for fear of bird flu. No authority has approached the market to guide consumers there is no danger […]

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Jalisco Mexico: Sanitary barrier established for egg farms due to avian flu outbreak

Mexico: Due to the avian flu cases, 110 farms have been barred in west Mexico. After the avian flu outbreak authorities have installed a sanitary barrier covering about 110 egg farms in Mexico. The Minister of Economy has analyzed the probability of egg importation because the 28% price increases. Jalisco produced about 50 percent of […]

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WMO indicates increased chance of El Niño 2012

There is a slight chance of El Niño weather conditions developing between July and September but the strength of any such event, usually associated with significant changes in precipitation, is unknown, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. Read Article

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