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27181. 18/09/2001
NEW DELHI, Sept 11 (Asia Pulse) - The federal Agriculture Ministry is notin favour of the proposal made by Indian Prime Minister Atal BihariVajpayee and the federal Food Ministry for reduction of duty on palm oilimports saying it would harm the interests of the oilseed growers. It hasinstead recommended increasing the levy to over 200 per cent."In line with the PM's assurance during his trip to Malaysia and demand ofthe vanaspati industry, a cabinet note was prepared for duty reduction onpalm oil by the Food Ministry, but the Agriculture Ministry has foughtagainst it tooth and nail," official sources told PTI.They said when the Food ministry's note was circulated for comments to theFinance, Commerce and Agriculture Ministries, it was the latter which putits foot down.In their comments on the note, the Agriculture Ministry recommended anincrease in import duty on palm oils to over 200 per cent from the present75 per cent and 85 per cent on crude palm oil and RBD Palmoleinrespectively.Arguing their case the Agriculture ministry said at a time when a goodkharif oilseeds crop was due and efforts were being made to increase thearea under their production, a cut in duty would be a retrograde step.They said it would inevitably result in farmers getting unremunerativeprices for their crop, fall in acreage and oilseeds production leading tomore imports.They argued that cheap imports ensured that the inflow was much in excessof needs, spoiling the entire oil economy.With the agriculture ministry adamant on the matter, Finance Ministry--thedeciding authority-- would run the risk of antagonising one party toplacate another if it went ahead with reduction in duty, source added.
27182. 18/09/2001
Kual a Lumpur, 17 September 2001 (Business Times) - AN AGREEMENT to extendRussia a US$50 million (US$1 = RM3.80) credit to buy about 200,000 tonnesof Malaysian palm oil has been put on hold.
27183. 18/09/2001
KARACHI,9/17/2001(Business Recorder) - The Trading Corporation of Pakistan(TCP) has accepted offers for 4,250 tonnes of imported soybean oil, worth$36,505. The reserve price of the soybean oil was fixed at $36,505. Aspokesman of the TCP said that 30 lots of different weights of edible oilwere sold to various parties at the auction which was held at the TCP headoffice on Thursday.He said that 14 lots of 50 tonnes, 3 lots of 100 tonnes and 13 lots of 250tonnes of soybean oil were sold to the successful bidders.The TCP had floated a tender for the auction of 7,500 tonnes of importedsoybean oil last week. The edible oil is stored in different terminals ofthe Karachi Port.This was the third auction of the soybean oil, which was received lastmonth under the aid programme PL-416 (B) from the United States of America(USA).The corporation had earlier sold 8,700 tonnes at Karachi and 4,000 tonnesat Lahore.The US government will supply 75,000 tonnes of soybean oil and 165,000tonnes of soybean, worth $80 million, to Pakistan under the PL-4168programme.
27184. 18/09/2001
MANILA, 9/11/2001 (Financial Times) - Philippine coconut oil exports aresoaring, but that is hardly cheering the south-east Asian nation's 3.4mcoconut farmers, who make up one-third of the agricultural labour force.Overseas sales of Philippine coconut oil rose 60 per cent to 916,546tonnes in the eight months to August, compared with the same period of theprevious year.This was the result of good weather in the country's main nut producingregions, according to a private industry group. The official August exportfigures will be published next month.Abundant rainfall and the absence of typhoons boosted the production ofcopra, the dried coconut meat from which oil is extracted, according toAnton Padua, a trader at San Miguel's Iligan coconut oil milling plant,the country's fifth largest.However, higher coconut oil exports have not translated into higherincomes for coconut farmers, as international prices have been dropping torecord lows.In fact, traders say that surging Philippine exports, along with recordinventories of Malaysian palm oil stocks, have helped to keep down worldcoconut oil prices.The average Philippine coconut oil export price fell to a 15-year low ofDollars 283 a tonne in March. It recovered to Dollars 353 in July, butthat is still about 11 per cent below last year's levels. Traders say thecommodity was recently traded at between Dollars 332.50 and Dollars 390 inthe European market.The Philippines is the world's leading exporter of coconut oil, accountingfor 64 per cent of international supply. It shipped more than 1.6m tonnesof coconut oil last year, more than double the previous year's level.The United Coconut Association of the Philippines, a group of coconutmillers, refiners and traders, forecast coconut oil exports would reach2.03m tonnes this year.Farmers, however, have yet to harvest their windfall. Lower coconut pricespushed down farmers' incomes by 42 per cent in the first half of 2001,even as nut production went up 3.1 per cent. Last year, coconut producers'incomes fell 37 per cent as coconut output rose by 14 per cent."They have to produce more just to earn the same level of income," saysLuz Lorenzo, chief economist at ATR Kim Eng Securities.The government wants to develop the domestic oleochemicals industry toreduce the coconut sector's excessive dependence on coconut oil exports.Coconut oil makes up more than 90 per cent of Philippine coconut-relatedoverseas sales, while fatty acids, methyl esters and fatty alcoholsaccount for only 2.3 per cent.
27185. 18/09/2001
Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2001 (Business Times) - The Government willinvite Russian officials to Kuala Lumpur to sign the palm oil credit andpayment arrangement between both countries if the deferred official visitby Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Moscow is cancelled.
27186. 18/09/2001
Brazil, Sep 11, 2001 (Gazeta Mercantil/SABI via COMTEX) -- A study made bythe WTO about the trade policy of the United States favors the position ofBrazil in questioning the huge subsidies given by Washington to its soyproducers.
27187. 11/09/2001
PM aims to renew ties after meeting Putin during APECDatuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's trip to Russia this week is aimed atrenewing bilateral ties and not to finalise the purchase of fighterplanes.
27188. 11/09/2001
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has recorded a trade surplus ofRM4.2 billion in July this year compared with RM4.0 billion registered inJuly 2000.
27189. 10/09/2001
NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - El Nino, the notorious weather anomaly thatcan cause drought in one country and flooding in another, won't be intensethis time around.That's the prediction of the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the U.S.National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which on Fridaymaintained its forecast of a weak or moderate El Nino by late 2001 orearly 2002.The Center's Vernon Kousky said in a monthly update on the CPC websitethat the warming of sea surface temperatures (SSTs) "will continue in thecentral equatorial Pacific during the remainder of 2001 and into the firsthalf of 2002."He added, "The impacts that this warming will have on global temperatureand precipitation patterns depend to a large degree on its intensity."Kousky concluded, "At the moment, considering both the SST predictions andthe observed oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns, it seems mostlikely that the intensity of the warming will be weak or moderate."The literal translation of El Nino is "boy child" in Spanish.For the anchovy fishermen of Latin America who first noticed thephenomenon in the 19th century, the weather anomaly was named after theChrist child because it was usually seen around Christmas, whichcelebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.El Nino is an abnormal warming of waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, andits recurrence roughly every three years has wreaked devastation inweather patterns around the Pacific rim and can even affect hurricaneformation in the Atlantic ocean.The El Ninos of 1997 and 1983 struck with calamitous results, spawningwithering drought in Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia whilespawning rampant flooding in Peru and Ecuador.The 1983 El Nino was also blamed for floods in India and the drying out ofwater holes in South Africa.
27190. 10/09/2001
KUMPULAN Guthrie Bhd's proposal to sell some of its land in Malaysia topay for recent acquisitions in Indonesia could help reduce the company'sgearing level, analysts say.
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