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 March 22 2017

A positive growth outlook in coffee production in Indonesia,  the setting up of a national dairy board in Malaysia and exemption of paying fees for trucks carrying agricultural goods in the Philippines are but some of the agricultural news in Asia. Lets’ look at some of the agri news highlights in eight Asian countries.

Indonesia
Coffee production in Indonesia is estimated to grow around 10% to the range of 650,000 to 700,000 tons according to the Indonesia Exports Coffee Association. The only problem that the association officials see is if it rains during the time of flowering. To continue reading goo.gl/sCj7T1

Japan
More than 80% of agriculture community-based management entities had declared that their business conditions are tough especially with the continuous stagnating price of rice in the market. This is according to Japan’s Agricultural News’ which conducted a study last February in which 108 farm management entities all over the country have been surveyed. To continue reading goo.gl/2D5mEh

Korea
Korean traditional condiments like soybean paste and soy sauce recently earned world recognition when it participated in the “Madrid Fusion 2017” in Spain.  The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and the Korean Food Foundation were instrumental in showcasing the Korean condiments to the world market. To continue reading http://www.koreanewswire.co.kr/newsRead.php?no=844291&ected=

Malaysia
A national dairy board will soon be set up to drive up the holistic and integrated development of the Malaysia’s dairy industry. The said board which would be headed by the agriculture and agri-based ministry is aimed at encouraging people to drink milk. Other ministries such as health, education, etc. would also be members of the board. To continue reading goo.gl/QZXJXo

Philippines
Trucks carrying agricultural products are already exempted from paying fees collected by local government units along checkpoints. Truckers that seek inclusion in the program will be issued certificates and windshield stickers as proof they no longer have to be flagged down. To continue reading goo.gl/CQulqM

Taiwan
A campaign to promote the use of organic, traceable agricultural products (TAP) produced in compliance with certificate agricultural standards (CAS) good agricultural practices (GAPs) or agricultural products with traceability QR codes in school lunches have recently been launched in six cities and counties in Taiwan. To continue reading http://eng.coa.gov.tw/theme_data.php?theme=eng_news&id=482

Thailand
Thai rice farmers have taken matters into their own hands in order to sell their grains without using the traditional middlemen whose prices they say, are too low. Their solution: turning to social media via Facebook. To continue reading goo.gl/1MLBBK

Vietnam
As prices of many agricultural products continue to rise in the global market, Vietnamese exporters may not be able to capitalize on this opportunity because their stocks are not enough. Exporters of coffee, pepper and cashew are also caught in the same bind. To continue reading goo.gl/MYZttS