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27951. 06/07/2001
BANGKOK, July 3 (AFP) - Thailand will next week host an internationalconference to debate the safety of genetically engineered food and crops,which is to be opened by Britain's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
27952. 04/07/2001
27953. 04/07/2001
Guthrie plans to refinance bridging loan
27954. 04/07/2001
27955. 04/07/2001
27956. 04/07/2001
27957. 03/07/2001
Canada canola plantings seen lowest in five yearsWINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 29 (Reuters) - Canada's farmers will plant thesmallest canola acreage since 1996, a widely watched government surveyreported on Friday, but the planted area was still higher than industryexpectations."It's a little higher than the trade was anticipating, but I think it's agood number," a Winnipeg-based grain company analyst said. "It's verypositive because it gives us something to work with.""It's kind of like newfound money," a floor trader at the WinnipegCommodity Exchange said. "All of a sudden things aren't as tight as theyonce were and now you can kind of trade a little more freely."The Statistics Canada report said canola plantings this year would drop to9.93 million acres, down 18 percent from the 12.09 million acres seededlast year but above industry estimates of 8.9 million to 9.45 millionacres. The survey figures were also higher than an earlier Statscanplanting estimate of 9.27 million acres released in April."Unprofitable margins for canola crushers, near-record stocks of canolathis spring and high input costs for fertilizer and chemicals were themain deterrents," Canada's statistics agency said in its preliminaryestimates of principal field crops areas.Canola is the Canadian variant of rapeseed. Canada produces 20 percent ofthe global supply and is the world's largest exporter of the oilseed.According to the Canadian Grain Commission, Canada has exported 4.37million tonnes of canola so far in the current 2000/01 crop year, a jumpfrom the 3.57 million tonnes exported during the same period the yearbefore.Canada's major canola buyers are Japan, China and Mexico.Last year Canada's 12.09 million canola acres produced 7.1 million tonnesof the oilseed. Using the latest acreage estimates, some analysts said anaverage yield this year could produce about 5.4 million tonnes."Longer-term, it's still a very friendly number. We barely have enough togo around," an industry analyst said.Analysts said that given extremely dry conditions in Alberta and parts ofSaskatchewan earlier in the spring and excess rain in Manitoba, attentionwould now shift to crop weather and yield, something that Statscan alsoacknowledged, stating that some farmers were "ambivalent" about whetherthey would have a crop to harvest.One of the major surprises in the Statscan report was a decrease in barleyacres."The barley area drop is surprising and mystifying," said Bruce Burnett,director of weather and crop surveillance at the Canadian Wheat Board.The Statscan survey said 12.4 million acres of barley would be seeded inCanada, down from 12.55 million last year. Grain traders had expectedbarley plantings of 12.5 million to 13 million acres.Much of Canada's grain industry had forecast that canola acres would betransferred into barley because it is a more drought-resistant andlower-cost crop."Obviously for the later planted stuff that went in, they decided to givecanola a whirl," Burnett said.The Statscan survey revealed that hundreds of thousands of acres had goneinstead to specialty crops such as peas, oats and chickpeas.Dry pea acreage climbed to a record 3.6 million acres, 16 percent higherthan the 3.1 million acres seeded last year, an increase Statscanattributed to lower fertilizer costs and the growing use of peas in animalrations and for export.Canada's all-wheat seedings came in at 28.497 million acres, aboveindustry expectations of 26.55 million to 27.5 million acres and higherthan last year's 27.583 million acres.In April, Statistics Canada forecast 27.28 million acres.The largest increase was in spring wheat, the statistics agency said,jumping to 21.96 million acres from 20.06 million acres in 2000."I look at the wheat numbers in Canada as being kind of ugly," a Winnipeggrain broker said."In the last report, it all said a lot of those canola acres would go intosummer fallow," an analyst said. "Well, it turns out they didn't. Theywent into wheat."The report forecast that durum wheat would decline to 5.54 million acresfrom 6.53 million last year and within trade expectations that had rangedfrom 5.3 million to 7.05 million acres. Statscan's April planting estimatefor durum was 5.31 million acres.Additional acres were seen for flax, Canada's other oilseed crop. Friday'sreport forecast 1.635 million flax acres, up from 1.47 million acres in2000.Statistics Canada will release its crop production estimates on August 28.
27958. 03/07/2001
Don't Cut Fertiliser Usage, Says Hap Seng's Madsen
27959. 03/07/2001
Korean firms sell StarLink corn for edible oilSEOUL (Asia Pulse) June 28 - Four food processors processed corn importscontaining the genetically-modified corn StarLink to starch and cornsprout and sold them for edible use to food and cooking oil makers, theKorea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said today.StarLink kernels from the United States are banned for human consumptionand are for livestock feed and industrial goods only.The four companies are Shin Dong Bang, Samyang Genex Corp., Doosan CornProducts Korea Inc. and Daesang Co.They processed a combined 141,372 tons of American corn, including the USbio-engineered corn, through edible corn treatment facilities to starchand sprout.The administration has found that 34.4 tons of the industrial starch weresold for edible use to baking powder manufacturers and 4,061 tons ofsprout, enough to make 1.4 million liters of cooking oil, went to fourcooking oil makers.After examining corn starch and cooking oil goods on the market, a KFDAspokesman said the allergy-causing element of StarLink was not found inthese finished products.Even if people digest oil made of StarLink contained corn, it wouldn'tharm them because harmful components of the genetically-modified food arecleared through refinement processes, he added.The administration notified local governments where the four foodprocessors are headquartered to take necessary administrative stepsagainst them for violating the relevant laws, including imposing fines orsuspending operations.
27960. 03/07/2001
Live test of Govt’s e-Permit systemKUALA LUMPUR,Wednesday, June 27, 2001- A total of 25 permit-issuing government agencies (OGAs) will beginexchanging approved permit application details electronically with theRoyal Malaysian Customs and Excise Department’s Sistem Maklumat Kastam (JKED-SMK) from July 2 when the central e-permit system kicks off amonth-long “live” test.The OGA e-Permit System is being jointly implemented by Customs, DagangNet Technologies Sdn Bhd (DNT) and CMNet Dotcom Sdn Bhd.DNT, formerly known as Electronic Data Interchange (M) Sdn Bhd (EDIMalaysia), will build and manage the network connectivity between JKED-SMKand the OGAs, the company said in a statement.Its business partner CMNet will focus on marketing and providing user-endfacilities to importers and exporters.Phase One of the project would enable OGAs to transmit approved permitapplication details to, and receive official acknowledgement from,JKED-SMK using the front-end software OGA SANCRT Interface Module for SMK(OASiS).Phase Two, scheduled to be implemented in August, will enable importersand exporters to submit permit applications electronically to the OGAs.The approved applications will be automatically routed to Customs foracknowledgement, and the response would be sent electronically to theimporters and exporters.The entire process would be conducted via a single connection through theInternet or the private Dagang· Net network, DTN said.Currently, five OGAs are already exchanging documents electronically withJKED-SMK. They are the Veterinary Services Dept, Malaysian Timber IndustryBoard, International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), the NationalForest and Wildlife Protection Department and Sirim Bhd.According to Customs Deputy Director-General Datuk Abdul Rashid Bolong,the implementation of the OGA e-Permit System is a major step forward forthe Electronic-Government (E-Gov) initiative.“It effectively completes the trade cycle loop and drastically reduces theamount of paperwork and human intervention.“We are now able to monitor the country’s trade much more effectively tosafeguard our country’s economic, social and security interests. The taskof tax collection can be done more efficiently and effectively to benefitthe nation,” he claimed.Currently, the 25 OGAs manually process more than 300,000 permitsannually, taking an average of three to 10 days to process a permit.Each agency has its own unique system and requirements that necessitatetedious matching of declarations and approved permits at JKED-SMK, andsometimes causes inaccurate data balancing between the OGAs, JKED-SMK andthe Statistics Department.“The OGA e-Permit System will reduce permit-processing and approval timedown to just a few hours to within a day. Procedures will be standardisedand a single ‘e-document’ can be routed to all relevant parties withoutthe need for duplication. Incomplete and inaccurate data would be thingsof the past,” DNT chief executive officer Hazree M. Turee said in astatement.He claimed that the project was different from other E-Gov initiatives asit was based on a proven working model, the Port Klang Community System(PKCS), and uses the established SMK-Dagang·Net infrastructure thathandles some 150,000 electronic transactions and some RM4mil in electronicpayments daily.The participating OGAs are:1) International Trade and Industry Ministry2) Malaysian Foreign Trade Development Corporation (Martrade)3) National Forest and Wildlife Protection Department4) Agricultural Department (Quarantine)5) Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama)6) Department of Veterinary Services7) Malaysian Fisheries Department8) Padi and Rice Supervision Section9) Fisheries Development Authority10) Pesticides Board11) Road Transport Department (JPJ)12) Department of Electricity and Gas Supply13) Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas)14) Al-Quran Film and Text Production Section15) Royal Malaysian Police16) Pharmacy Services Section17) Food Quality Control Section18) Malaysian Palm Oil Board19) Malaysian Timber Industry Board20) Malaysian Cocoa Board21) Malaysian Rubber Board22) Department of Environment23) Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim)24) Finance Ministry25) Department of Museums and Antiquities
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