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FRIGORÍFICO ARANTES PEDE ‘CONCORDATA’ – ARANTES PERDE COM DERIVATIVO E PEDE RECUPERAÇÃO JUDICIAL – A DÍVIDA INCLUÍDA NO PROCESSO É DE CERCA DE R$ 1,5 BILHÃO REFERENTE A DÉBITOS COM FORNECEDORES E BANCOS (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 13, 2009

13/01/2009

por Alda do Amaral Rocha, de São Paulo

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JAPAN WANTS ANTI-WHALING SHIP BARRED FROM PORTS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

by Eric Talmadge – Associated Press Writer

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JAPANESE WHALERS AND THEIR FOES RESUME THEIR BATTLE

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

by Meraiah Foley and Mark McDonald

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DEADLY SALMON INFECTION DETECTED – AN OUTBREAK OF ISA IN 1998 SEVERELY DAMAGED THE SCOTTISH SALMON INDUSTRY – AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE WHICH CAN DEVASTATE FARMED ATLANTIC SALMON STOCKS HAS BEEN DETECTED ON SHETLAND, THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 5, 2009

15:15 GMT, Sunday, 4 January 2009

BBC News

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D.A. PUSHES SWIFT PASSAGE OF AGRI-FRIENDLY BILLS (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 3, 2009

01/03/2009

The Daily Tribune

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ARGENTINA ANUNCIA MEDIDA PARA ELEVAR EXPORTAÇÃO DE CARNE EM MEIO À CRISE

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 23, 2008

22/12/2008 17:17

Da France Press

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MPT PEDE MULTA DE R$ 10 MI CONTRA BERTIN POR OMISSÃO (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 23, 2008

Segunda-feira, 22 de Dezembro de 2008 – 12:01

por Ângela Kempfer

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FDA, EPA AT ODDS ON CONSUMER WARNINGS ABOUT FISH (USA)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 17, 2008

December 13, 2008

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar – Associated Press

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ENDANGERED ANIMALS PUBLICLY CUT UP FOR MUTHI (South Africa)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 15, 2008

December 14 2008 at 01:48PM

by Mike Cadman

This article was originally published on page 1 of the Sunday Independent on December 14, 2008

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Illegal trading in protected and threatened animals, including leopards and cheetahs, is openly taking place at CAPE PANGOLINthe Mai Mai traditional medicines market in central Johannesburg – but the authorities are doing nothing to stop it.

This week at least seven full leopard skins and three cheetah pelts were on display, but traders said they were not aware that they were required to have permits to possess and sell the skins.

Smaller sections of leopard, cheetah and serval skin, for use in capes, headbands and other adornments, were available at the market.

Skins and body parts of at least 40 other species of mammals, birds, reptiles and marine life, some of them endangered, including Cape pangolin, African rock python, honey badger, crocodile, hippo, giraffe and spotted eagle owl are also available. Vulture body parts and feathers, and vervet monkey skins and hands, are also often sold at the market.

The Mai Mai market is a traditional medicines market and many of the traders are traditional healers. Some animal parts are used as medicine to cure physical ailments and others to enhance spiritual wellbeing or for supernatural purposes. Leopard and cheetah skins are widely worn in South Africa by traditionalists and by royal families and other people of status.

“This leopard skin comes from Zambia and its price is R7 500,” a trader who did not want to give her name, working in shop 141 at the market, said. “This one is R6 000; it comes from Botswana.”

She said the cheetah skin displayed in the shop came from KwaZulu-Natal and was for sale for R6 500.

Another trader, working at shop 131, said the several leopard skins and a cheetah skin CHEETAHhanging from the eaves outside came from KwaZulu-Natal.

Both leopards and cheetahs are listed in appendix 1 of the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (Cites), which is intended to impose strict regulations on trade in these species. Permits are required to hunt these animals or sell their skins.

Many of the other species on sale at the market are protected by environmental legislation.

Though the market is administered by the Metropolitan Trading Company, which is owned by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, the company does not monitor the legality of the trade at the market.

“We look to [the] council to deal with issues around wildlife to determine whether or not people are complying with regulations and whether they are authorised to be in possession of particular skins and other animal products,” said Nhlanhla Makgoba, the communications and marketing manager for the Metropolitan Trading Company.

Makgoba said she believed that the council’s environmental health division monitored the trade, but Nkosinathi Nkabinda, a spokesperson for the city’s department of health, said this was not the case, but claimed that the Gauteng department of agriculture, conservation and the environment was the responsible authority.

A spokesperson for the department said it was attempting to deal with illegal trading in wildlife at Mai Mai but the matter was “very sensitive”.

“The use of animals in traditional medicine is a very sensitive issue among certain communities and we have an ongoing programme aimed at educating people about environmental laws,” said Sizwe Matshikiza. “We will not be able to change attitudes overnight.”

Animal Rights Africa said nothing had been done to enforce environmental SLAIN LEOPARDregulations.

“It’s clear that government conservation agencies are not acting in the interests of conservation and wildlife. It’s ironic that South Africa has chosen the leopard as a logo to promote the 2010 soccer World Cup but we do little to offer the species protection.”

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FIRST PORK, NOW TAINTED BEEF IN IRELAND – DIOXINS IN CATTLE DOUBLE OR TRIPLE LEGAL LIMITS; MEDICAL CHIEF SAYS NO HEALTH RISK

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 12, 2008

DUBLIN, Ireland, Dec. 9, 2008

Associated Press

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(AP) Ireland announced Tuesday it has found illegal levels of dioxins – the chemicals that are devastating its pork industry – in cattle, but insisted its beef was safe to eat.

Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith said Ireland has decided not to recall any of its beef products at home or abroad because, unlike the contamination of pork products, the level and extent of dioxin found so far in cattle is much lower.

Smith said dioxin tests had come back positive for three farms out of 11 tested so far, while results were pending for 34 more farms that received dioxin-contaminated feed. He described the three farms that failed as “technically noncompliant, but not at a level that would pose any public health concern.”

Smith said the government would prevent any cattle at those three farms from being slaughtered and put into the food chain until they could be individually tested for dioxin levels. Until then, he said, no meat from those farms would be permitted to enter the market.

Alan O’Reilly, deputy chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, said dioxin levels detected in cattle from the three farms were two to three times over legal limits. He contrasted that with last week’s finding of dioxin levels in pigs that were 80 to 200 times over those limits.

“There’s a huge difference,” O’Reilly said.

Ireland’s chief medical officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, said the levels of dioxins detected in Irish beef and pork would not pose a health risk to anyone who ate either meat.

“To all intents and purposes this is not a public health issue. … We do not expect to see symptoms as a result of this,” Holohan said.

Nonetheless, the latest findings threatened to undermine Ireland’s annual $2 billion industry in beef, Ireland’s primary agricultural export – more than three times the value of Ireland’s gridlocked pork industry.

Ireland’s major pigmeat processors have been refusing to start slaughtering an estimated 100,000 pigs at nine farms where illegally high levels of dioxins have been confirmed. The processors have already laid off 1,400 workers and say they won’t budge until the government reimburses their costs.

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BRAZIL’S ROBUST ECONOMY PROPELS QUEST TO BE GLOBAL PLAYER

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 18, 2008

Published: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM Modified: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM

by Tyler Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers

BRASILIA, Brazil – For years, critics said that Brazil was long on potential and short on performance. EXAMINING BRAZIL'S EXTERNAL DEBTNot anymore. This massive country has become one of the world’s biggest democracies and an economic powerhouse.

Now Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants his nation to have a bigger role in world affairs. He’ll press his case when leaders from the major industrial and developing nations convene Saturday at the G-20 summit in Washington.

Before the meeting, Lula has called on wealthier nations to overhaul the global finance system and give a bigger say to developing countries such as Brazil.

“We need new, more inclusive governance, and Brazil is ready to face up to its responsibilities,” Lula said last Saturday at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank presidents in Sao Paulo. “It is time for a pact between governments to build a new financial architecture for the world.”

In the short term, Brazil wants the smaller G-7 group of industrialized countries to expand to include Brazil and other developing countries, said Amaury de Souza, a political analyst in Rio de Janeiro.

“We want a permanent G-14,” de Souza said, saying that Russia, China, Mexico and India should be among the additions.

Brazil also wants developing nations to have a greater voice at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.

“Global power structures were frozen in the aftermath of World War II,” de Souza added. “Excessive latitude of action was given to European countries.”

Only a few years ago, Brazil’s president wouldn’t have dared to demand a greater role. Hyperinflation, a roller-coaster economy and political instability plagued Brazil in the 1990s.

The country’s stock market plummeted after Lula was elected in 2002. Investors feared the longtime leftist leader, a former auto factory worker who hadn’t graduated from high school.

However, Lula has promoted business investment while putting more money into the hands of the poor. The economy has boomed for three years, propelling millions of Brazilians into the middle class.

With the world’s 10th biggest economy, Brazil has surpassed the United States as the biggest producer of iron ore and coffee. It’s become the world’s biggest exporter of beef, poultry, biofuels and orange juice concentrate, and is rapidly gaining in soybeans, corn and pork.

Brazil also has accumulated $200 billion in foreign reserves, almost as much as the rest of Latin America combined. That money will help cushion the global meltdown

Now, Brazil wants to be recognized for its fiscal track record and to avoid the risks that come with a global economic crisis.

“Brazil has new standing in the world,” said Rubens Barbosa, a private consultant in Brazil who’s served as the ambassador to the United States. “We think we can contribute more.”

Quietly, Brazil already has become the most powerful country in Latin America.

Brazilian companies are expanding Caracas’ subway system, constructing a massive hydroelectric dam in Ecuador and building a highway in Peru that will give Brazilian companies better access to Peru’s ports.

Brazil also has been flexing its diplomatic muscles throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It leads the main United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, where it has 1,200 soldiers.

Without fanfare, Lula has undercut the ambitions of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in South America, providing an important counterweight in the eyes of U.S. policymakers.

Lula has undermined Chavez’s dreams of building a 5,000-mile gas pipeline connecting Venezuela and Brazil and has stymied Chavez’s plan for the Bank of the South, meant to provide an alternative to the World Bank.

Now Brazil wants a reward for all its efforts.

“Brazilians view the current economic crisis as something of an opportunity,” said Jeffrey Cason, a political science professor and Brazil expert at Middlebury College in Vermont. “They think they can increase the interest of developed nations in giving them a seat at the table and place Brazil in a leadership position on behalf of poor countries.”

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MOROCCO SET FOR TALKS ON PROTECTING BLUEFIN TUNA – AND FISHERY BUSINESS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

by Marlowe Hood – Agence France Presse (AFP)

PARIS: The survival of the Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna population, exploited to the brink of THE BLUEFIN TUNA collapse, could depend on international negotiations starting Monday in Marrakesh, Morocco. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will try to hammer out a new plan that protects the over-fished species without threatening the multi-million dollar industry that has been built around it.

Measures on the table range from tighter quotas and enforcement to an outright moratorium.

The stakes are high not just for bluefin and large-scale fisheries in a dozen countries but for ICCAT itself, according to the organization’s chairman.

“Our fate will be sealed ultimately by the decisions we make in Marrakesh,” Fabio Hazin wrote in a letter to the commission’s 40-odd member states two weeks ahead of the special meeting.

“Let’s not fool ourselves: There will be no future for ICCAT if we do not fully respect and abide by the scientific advice,” he warned.

Driven by skyrocketing prices – especially in Japan, which consumes over 80 percent of tuna caught in the Mediterranean Sea – bluefin tuna populations have crashed over the last decade.

Quotas put in place to stem the decline are not nearly stringent enough, according to many experts.

Others say current fishing limits would be adequate if they were respected: Last year the total catch in the Mediterranean was 61,000 tons, over twice the authorized limit of 29,500 tons, according to ICCAT statistics.

The body’s own scientific committee has recommended an annual limit of 15,000 tons.

At the end of October, European ministers said they were in favor of “more rigorous management of this fragile species,” including the possibility of lower quotas and a shorter fishing season, but stopped short of calling for a moratorium.

Six European nations have a direct stake in the negotiations: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.

But industry groups have remained adamant that current quotas should not be cut.

A summary report on tuna fishing by the Community Fisheries Control Agency, a European body set up in 2005 to monitor compliance with European Union fisheries rules, documented dozens of breaches in 2008.

The 10-page review, provided last week to the European Parliament’s fisheries committee, concluded: “It has not been a priority of most operators in the fishery to comply with the ICCAT legal requirements.”

The complete report – which cost 20 million euros ($25.197 million) – has yet to be released.

Environmental groups have sharply criticized European authorities for not making the report’s preliminary findings available to ICCAT’s scientific committee well ahead of the Marrakesh meeting, which runs until November 24.

“Shockingly, this valuable information has been kept hidden from scientists, thus undermining the quality of fisheries management advice,” said Sergi Tudela, head of fisheries for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mediterranean.

The WWF and other environmental groups have called for an a moratorium of bluefin fishing until stocks recover.

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MANY AMERICAN MEAT EXPORTERS OBTAIN HALAL CERTIFICATE FRAUDULENTLY (Dubai)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

Published: November 13, 2008, 23:54

by Nadia Saleem, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Ninety-five per cent of American food items found in supermarket shelves in the UAE and some HALAL MEATother Gulf countries are not halal even though they may be certified as such, an industry specialist said at the Halal World Expo in Abu Dhabi.

Jalel Aossey, director of Midamar, a US-based international supplier of halal food and foodservice equipment, said that there is a significant flow of non-halal food items in the region from meat-supplying countries, and the Gulf countries need tougher regulations to stop that flow.

“On one side you have producers who genuinely don’t know what they have to comply with because of a lack of education from the industry. But you also have companies and exporters that are deliberately defrauding governments and consumers by not complying with regulations because they don’t want to pay the fees and the transition costs to make halal products,” Aossey said.

Corrupt certifiers

Nearly 1.8 billion Muslims around the world as well as some non-Muslims are fuelling the halal food industry, generating sales of $2.1 trillion annually, according to recent reports. The attractive halal food industry is drawing many dubious players.

“Corrupt certifiers get a taste for the money generated producing “paper halal certificates” for companies without actually performing any work,” Aossey said.

On regulatory measures, Aossey said, “People have to realise that it is not impossible, and that it’s not too costly to put the correct halal standards in place here. There’s a big misconception about how difficult this process is.”

Noor Al Deen Abdullah, executive director of Kasehdia, a communications and consultancy company in Malaysia, and publishers of The Halal Food Journal earlier told Gulf News, “The global halal industry is still in its infancy because huge awareness is required, especially in the Middle East.”

The major producing nations are Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Canada, Abdullah said, from where halal and non-halal meat is supplied.

Aossey said that inspection teams can be sent to the various countries where food is being produced to allow it to be inspected, at that country’s cost. “This is nothing when you consider the huge dollar volume of food products exported to the UAE and other Gulf countries.”

In the UAE, 80 per cent of imported food is said to be halal, coming from countries such as Brazil and Australia.

Facts

What is halal meat?

Halal (or permissible) in Islam is the meat of animals that have been slaughtered reciting the name of Allah on them and all the blood has been drained from the carcass.

Additional criterion that make meat halal are that the animal should not be dead prior to slaughter, since carrion is forbidden and that the animal is from those that are allowed according to Islamic teachings.

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AGRICULTURE SECTOR GROWS 4.19% IN 9 MONTHS — DA (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 13, 2008

11/13/2008

Farm output grew by 4.19 percent in the first nine months of the year with all sectors except livestock DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - PHILIPPINES - GOVERNMENT AGENCY - FARMING posting gains, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday.

Growth for the January to September period was down from 4.32 percent for the same period last year, the department said in a statement.

The statement attributed the rise in output partly to early planting, use of special high-yielding and early-maturing rice and corn seeds in some regions and earlier incidence of rainfall in some areas.

Crop output rose by 6.1 percent and accounted for 47.73 percent of total agricultural output in the first nine months of the year, the DA statement said.

The fisheries sector, which accounted for 26.14 percent of total agricultural output, rose by 3.55 percent in the first nine months.

Production of unhusked rice, the country’s main crop, rose by 7.22 percent to 10.59 million tonnes, the department added.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said in terms of value, the agriculture sector grew 22.23 percent to P836.3 billion at current prices.

Yap said the crops subsector, which accounted for 47.73 percent of the total agricultural output for the January to September period, grew 6.1 percent, with palay production rising by 7.22 percent and corn production by 4.86 percent. The subsector grossed P458.5 billion at current prices or 30.38 percent higher than the 2007 record for the same period.

With a 13.82-percent share in total production for the first nine months of 2008, the poultry subsector showed a 4.8-percent hike in output, mainly due to the increase in chicken yields. Poultry earnings rose 12.03-percent increase to P90.1 billion, Yap said.

The fisheries subsector, on the other hand, recorded a 3.55-percent increase in production, accounting for 26.14 percent of the total agricultural output. Aquaculture gained 5.31 percent, while commercial and municipal fisheries posted production increments of 1.54 percent and 1.91 percent, respectively.

Only the livestock subsector decreased production by 1.97 percent due to the 2.7-percent decline in hog output in the first three quarters. The subsector, which contributed 12.31 percent of the total output, still kicked up its profits 12.76% to P132.1 billion at current prices.

The growth of Philippine agriculture for the first nine months of 2008 was slightly slower than the 4.32 percent uptick in the same period in 2007, owing to climate change and sky-high petroleum prices that have jacked up the cost of everything from petroleum fertilizers to transport costs.

Yap said there could be a further weakening of farm growth in the last quarter of 2008 due to typhoon damage and the significant cut in the use of petrochemical fertilizers following the 100-percent jump in domestic prices. Field reports reaching the Department of Agriculture pointed to a 30-percent drop in sales of inorganic fertilizers nationwide during the wet or main crop, leading to an expected decline in per-hectare yields of farmers who were forced to scrimp on the use of this essential production input owing to exorbitant prices.

Even so, palay production reached 10.59 million metric tons (MT) in the January-September months, which is 7.22percent higher than the 2007 output for the same period, owing to aggressive planting in the third quarter brought about by better palay prices especially in the areas of the Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan), Western Visayas and Caraga.

“Moreover, the early onset of the rainfall allowed more plantings specifically in the rainfed areas of Western Visayas and Caraga, while the early release of irrigation water resulted in increased production in the palay farms of Cagayan and MIMAROPA,” Yap said.

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EE.UU. DONARÁ 44,4 MILLONES DE DÓLARES PARA COMBATIR LA GRIPE AVIAR – Estados Unidos proporcionará 44,4 millones de dólares EE.UU. adicionales a favor de la campaña de la FAO para prevenir y combatir la gripe aviar, según anunció hoy la Organización de la ONU.

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 11, 2008

11/11/2008

FAO – Con estos nuevos fondos de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), la ayuda de EE.UU. al programa de gripe aviar de la FAO alcanza un total de 112,8 millones de dólares. Estados Unidos sigue siendo el principal donante para la lucha de la FAO contra la gripe aviar, con actividades en más de 96 países.

Los fondos están destinados principalmente a combatir la gripe aviar en Afganistán, Bangladesh, Camboya, China, Egipto, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistán, Asia meridional, África central y occidental y Viet Nam, así como las campañas a nivel mundial. Indonesia, Viet Nam y Egipto serán los principales beneficiarios.

“A pesar de que muchos países han logrado con éxito mantener la gripe aviar bajo control, el virus sigue estando presente en diez países, y se ha afianzado en algunos como Egipto, Indonesia y Viet Nam. Los fondos adicionales de EE.UU. permitirán a la FAO seguir trabajando en apoyo de países que luchan todavía para mantener el virus bajo control”, señaló el Veterinario Jefe de la FAO, Joseph Domenech.

“La sólida asociación con la FAO es parte integral de nuestro esfuerzo a nivel internacional para controlar la gripe aviar altamente patógena en su origen en los animales”, subrayó el Embajador Gaddi Vasquez, de la Representación de EE.UU. ante la FAO.

Los principales donantes del programa de gripe aviar de la FAO, que en la actualidad alcanza 282,7 millones de dólares EE.UU. son: Estados Unidos, Suecia, Australia, Japón, la Comisión Europea, Reino Unido, Canadá, Alemania, el Banco Mundial, el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, el Banco Asiático de Desarrollo y Francia. El programa recibe también fondos del Programa de Cooperación Técnica de la FAO.

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MS EXPORTOU 62,7% MAIS NOS ÚLTIMOS 10 MESES QUE EM 2007 (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 4, 2008

Segunda-feira, 03 de Novembro de 2008 18:42

por Jefferson da Luz

As exportações de Mato Grosso do Sul bateram recorde no acumulado de janeiro a outubro, foram exportados UU$ 1,87 bilhões. Na comparação com 2007, as exportações do Estado cresceram 62,7%, o que o coloca no quarto lugar no ranking dos que mais expandiram seus negócios no comércio exterior. Em 2007 o total exportado, entre janeiro e outubro foi de US$ 1,14 bilhões.

Mato Grosso do Sul, no item crescimento percentual, ficou atrás do Distrito Federal, Piauí e Tocantins, porém estes Estados têm participação muito pequena em exportações. Tocantins, terceiro no ranking do crescimento, vendeu apenas US$ 269 milhões. O Distrito Federal que aumentou suas exportação em 121,9%, exportou somente US$ 141 milhões, menos de um décimo das nossas exportações.

Os produtos que mais foram vendidos para o exterior foram os grãos, com destaque especial para a soja. Em segundo lugar estão as carnes bovinas congeladas. Em terceiro farelo de soja outros resíduos vegetais, e o quarto produto mais exportado foi o minério de ferro.

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ESPAÑA ESTÁ PREPARADA PARA HACER FRENTE A LOS REQUISITOS DE EXPORTACIÓN DE RUSIA – El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino (MARM) ha asegurado hoy que España está preparada para exportar frutas y hortalizas a Rusia a pesar de los requisitos fijados por ese país a las autoridades europeas y que en nuestro país ya se habían previsto.

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 3, 2008

31/10/2008

EFE- Así lo ha asegurado el director general de Recursos Agrícolas y Ganaderos, Carlos Escribano, quien ha subrayado que hay “otros Estados miembros a los que a lo mejor se les plantea un problema si no estaban tan preparados, pero nosotros estamos en condiciones de hacer frente a las condiciones rusas”.

El año pasado, España exportó 50.000 toneladas de cítricos a Rusia, y el objetivo es ampliar “considerablemente” año a año estas cantidades, según el director general, quien se ha mostrado “optimista” ante las posibilidades de vender estos productos a ese país.

“No hay ningún problema, es un trabajo más que tienen que hacer las empresas, las Comunidades Autónomas y el Ministerio, pero los tres estamos preparados y ya se han mandado las instrucciones, los protocolos y los procedimientos para poder hacerlo sin más complicaciones”, ha resaltado.

Freshfel, la asociación que reúne a los comerciantes europeos de frutas y hortalizas, denunció ayer que las nuevas trabas de Rusia a las verduras y cítricos suponen un obstáculo a las exportaciones.

Escribano, por su parte, ha explicado que hace unos meses representantes del MARM trataron en Moscú con las autoridades rusas estas condiciones, que pasan por la no aceptación de ese país de las normas del Codex Alimentario Internacional y por que se cumpla su propia legislación.

A partir de ahí, según ha aclarado, España hizo saber a la Comisión Europea estos requisitos y le pidió que negociase con Rusia en nombre de todos los Estados miembros dada la importancia del sector hortofrutícola y, en especial, de los cítricos españoles, así como de los productos cárnicos, que también se ven afectados.

Posteriormente, el Ministerio reunió a las Comunidades Autónomas y, por otra parte, a los exportadores de frutas y hortalizas para explicarles estas condiciones a las exportaciones.

Por todo ello, se elaboró un documento -que es una declaración del agricultor en el que precisa los tratamientos efectuados- y que era solicitado por las autoridades rusas, y se trasladó al sector que ese país también les pediría un análisis previo de los productos utilizados para comprobar si dejaban residuos.

Escribano ha añadido que entre los laboratorios de las empresas, de las Comunidades Autónomas y del Estado se pusieron de acuerdo en que España haría esos análisis y estos certificados para respaldar las exportaciones de los productos.

“Para nosotros es una dificultad más, un trabajo más que tenemos que hacer, pero estamos preparados para ello”, ha garantizado Escribano.

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