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The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for the first time has granted licenses to four genetically-modified corn varieties to be used for both human consumption and animal feed.
This process started four years ago when Vietnam announced it would start field trials of these four varieties of genetically-modified corn. Since then, the varieties have gone through extensive testing and evaluation, as well as being approved by Vietnam’s Council of Food Safety for Genetically-Modified Food and Animal Feed.
Malaysian officials last week agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation’s new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 to Dec. 31, 2014.
This Chart of Note shows the theoretical volume of ethanol demand by non-U.S. markets with existing biofuels mandates. If countries enforced existing biofuels mandates using ethanol, their gasoline use in 2012 would suggest that the top 10 ethanol consumers would require 3.5 billion gallons of the renewable fuel. The next 10 would add another 393 million gallons of demand.
World Trade Organization (WTO) members failed last week to overcome objections from India that vetoed the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), an integral part of the WTO Ministerial agreement adopted last December. Ignoring the commitments it made at the Bali ministerial, India insisted that a permanent agreement must be reached on public stockholding for food security purposes before it would sign on to the TFA.
In July, chief negotiators from the 12–countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks met in Ottawa, Ontario, to continue their work. The TPP is a potential free trade agreement between countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, the United States and Japan.
The U.S. Grains Council bids farewell to Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director in Southeast Asia, who will be returning to the United States this September to accept a position with International Feed
Yusupov has served the Council for the last 10 years, starting his career in Washington D.C. Since becoming the regional director in Southeast Asia, he has played a key part in the huge growth in U.S. distillers’ dried grains with solubles, known often as DDGS, and corn gluten meal imports into Southeast Asia.
The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin Roepke to USGC regional director of South and Southeast Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Roepke has served as the Council's director of trade development in the China office since January.
China’s new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Contracts continue to be written and DDGS continue to be shipped to China. However, with the new uncertainty and disruption in trade with China, bargain hunters elsewhere are sensing opportunity.
With the onset of summer, hot and dry conditions swept across many of India’s key agricultural areas. Due in part to the El Niño weather phenomenon, monsoons essential to Indian agriculture are not coming as quickly as usual, leading to speculation over production and prices for summer crops.
By: Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for Southeast Asia
In just six years Southeast Asia has undergone an amazing transformation into a rapidly modernizing economic powerhouse. Southeast Asia’s economy can be described by the trend sweeping the region: the rise of middle class consumers and companies chasing their wallets.