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28841. 31/03/2003
   
Sunday, March 30, 2003 (GENEVA): The man leading negotiations on reducingbarriers to international trade in agriculture acknowledged Friday that itwill be impossible to meet next week’s deadline to set the framework forcuts because of intractable national positions.Stuart Harbinson told the 145-nation World Trade Organisation thatcountries need to come up with new proposals and compromises.The blueprint is supposed to be agreed on March 31, but negotiators nowfear the talking could continue for months.An agreement on agriculture is seen by many as the key to a wider round oftrade liberalisation negotiations that are supposed to be completed by theend of next year. Already the WTO has missed a number of deadlines, butthis failure would be the biggest so far.US chief negotiator Allen Johnson this week claimed the problems werecaused by “the European Union's inability to engage and Japan'sunwillingness to engage.'' Those countries insist the talks must takeaccount of the fact that some subsidies are needed to ensureself-sufficiency, consumer protection and animal welfare standards.But EU negotiator Mary Minch denied that the 15-nation bloc is laggingbehind and said some countries were demanding a lot from the EU withoutoffering anything in return.“We feel that we have put forward an ambitious and balanced proposal whichwill move reform ahead in all the areas,’’ she said.Countries have been making proposals for months on how to reduce importtariffs on agricultural goods and cut back on subsidies paid to farmers,but they disagree widely on which areas to tackle and how far to go.While some nations – mostly large, agricultural exporting countries likeAustralia, the United States and Brazil – want to see major cuts,importers like the European Union and Japan have lesser ambitions.Some developing countries, including India, say they need to see big cutsto subsidies paid by rich nations before they would consider reducingimport duties.Harbinson, who chairs the WTO committee negotiating on agriculture,produced a proposal for the agreement in February which called for importtariffs to be cut by up to 60%.It also proposed the elimination of all subsidies linked to exports withinnine years and drastic cuts to other subsidies. But the Harbinson plan wasroundly criticised from all sides.If agriculture discussions overrun, that could slow the progress in theWTO’s other areas of negotiation, such as trade in manufactured goods andtrade in services like banking and telecommunications. – AP
28842. 29/03/2003
   
3/27/2003 - Palm oil prices are expected to suffer a further set back thisseason, as its exports to the Middle East and European countries have beenhit by the Iraq war.
28843. 29/03/2003
   
Chemical Market Reporter, March 17 2003
28844. 29/03/2003
   
BUENOS AIRES (March 29 2003) : Rains that hit Argentina's main soyaregions on Friday were not expected to delay the record harvest in theworld's No 3 producer because warm weather will allow farmers to re-enterthe fields in short order, a government weather specialist said.
28845. 29/03/2003
   
ROME (March 29 2003) : The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will spend fundsraised from a planned appeal for over $1 billion for Iraq on vitalfoodstuffs including wheat flour, rice and cooking oil, its chiefspokesman said on Friday.
28846. 27/03/2003
   
BOMBAY (March 27 2003) : India, the world's largest edible oil importer,has increased palm oil buying for April arrival cargoes but is avoidingsigning long-term contracts on concerns the war in Iraq could beprolonged.
28847. 27/03/2003
   
KUALA LUMPUR (March 27 2003) : Malaysian palm oil futures climbed at theend of a choppy day on Wednesday, lifted by refiner covering and atechnical rebound, traders said.
28848. 27/03/2003
   
HAMBURG (March 26 2003) : Global palm oil prices are expected to rise inthe next three to four months but are likely to weaken afterwards ifweather in producing countries is good, Hamburg-based newsletter Oil Worldsaid.
28849. 27/03/2003
   
BUCHAREST (March 27 2003) : Prolonged freezing temperatures this winterhave affected Romania's rapeseed and barley crops and farmers fear thatthe sector's chronic shortage of funds might dent hopes for a good wheatharvest.
28850. 27/03/2003
   
CHICAGO (March 27 2003) - The Bush administration has asked Congress for$320 million in additional funds to buy emergency food for Iraq, includinghigh-protein peas and beans and vegetable oils, US Agency forInternational Development Administrator Andrew Natsios said on Tuesday.
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