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By ISA: China restricts entry of Norwegian salmon from tomorrow »Aqua

(Reuters) China has banned the import of whole Norwegian salmon from tomorrow until September 10 importers can certify that the fish are free from infectious salmon anemia (ISA), as well as variants of the virus, the Authority said Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) Monday. This, after the Chinese authorities claimed it discovered ISA on a batch of salmon from the Scandinavian country last August.

However, the partially processed salmon, including fish without head, guts and bowels, may continue to be sent to China.

The Food Safety Authority of Norway does not believe the virus may affect the stock of fish shipped to China. "We have a different view of the situation and insist on it," said Grethe Bynes, Head of Exports and Imports of NFSA.

The executive called the Norwegian exporters to sell their products to China to work together with customers to find a solution.

China bans Norwegian whole salmon imports

China has banned the import of whole Norwegian salmon from Sept 10 2014 until importers can certify that fish are free from infectious salmon anaemia as well as variants of the virus, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said on Monday 8th of September.

However, partially processed salmon, including fish without heads, gills and entrails, may continue to be sent to China, the safety authority said.

Millions of Dead Fish Mysteriously Surface in Lake in Mexico - Vocativ

CAJITITLÁN, MEXICO—Gaze across Lake Cajititlán here in western Mexico and normally you’ll see fisherman cutting their nets and tourist boats gliding over the blue-green water. But that picturesque scene turned grim last week when more than 4 million dead fish suddenly surfaced, turning the water a sinister shade of gray.

For days, the smell of rotting scales lingered in the air as locals joined government workers to scoop up more than 156 tons of freshwater popoche chub, a sardine-sized species native to the western state of Jalisco.

It’s still unclear what killed the fish, but the incident was the worst in a spate of environmental disasters in Mexico this year. Early last month, a river in the northern state of Sonora took on a sickly brown-red color after workers from a nearby mine dumped thousands of gallons of sulfuric acid into the water. In Veracruz state, near the Gulf of Mexico, a gasoline spill contaminated almost 5 miles of a small river near the town of Tierra Blanca. And last Thursday, the Pacific coast of Sinaloa state also saw a sudden and seemingly inexplicable mountain of dead fish rise to the surface.

Smuggling pistachios and raisins from Iran to China suppressed

Customs department of foreign economic affairs in Uzbekistan has detected a series of violations of customs regulations of fresh and processed agricultural products intended for export. The State Customs Committee of the Republic suspended the export to Iran of 2.95 tonnes of shelled pistachios with forged documents, declared by LLC Agro Nafis Sanoat as shelled walnut. Few days later representatives of the above-mentioned organization provided forged papers for the export to China of 26 tonnes of dried raisins, deliberately underestimating the variety class of production.

It is announced that the liable persons are prosecuted under the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan. LLC Agro Nafis Sanoat is found guilty and sentenced to fines; agricultural products are turned into state revenue.

Sri Lanka temporarily bans potato imports to protect local farmers

Sri Lanka temporarily bans potato imports to protect local farmers Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance and Planning announced that import of potatoes will temporarily be halted from midnight Saturday in order to protect the local farmers.The government has taken this decision anticipating a 100 percent increase in potato harvest from the Yala season this year.It has been estimated that Nuwara Eliya and Badulla district will produce a potato harvest of more than 100,000 metric tons this season.The government established a guaranteed price of Rs. 80 per kilo for potatoes in March this year.The government says, guaranteed price, agreements to purchase the harvest, production and provision of high quality local seed potato and granting concessionary loan facilities had resulted in the bumper harvest.Source: colombopage.com

Someone has to be held accountable for spreading of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria: specialist

Source: Focus Information Agency Sofia. ”Someone has to bear responsibility for the spreading of the bluetongue disease,” said Boyko Sinapov, chairperson of the national association of stock-breeders, speaking for FOCUS News Agency. In his words, the state institutions are to blame. ”These are people who represent the state and did not bother to take measures. We have filed requests twice or three times for the initial centre of infection to be dealt with but they did not pay attention to these [disease] centres,” Sinapov commented. He expressed hope the EU and the state would compensate the stock-breeders so that this sector is preserved as there would be more lost animals.

15000 animals die of bluetongue disease in Bulgaria: vet - Focus News

Sofia. “When the state does not pay to its own companies, what to say about the others,” said Dr Konstantin Trenchev, President of the Podkrepa Labour Confederation, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency in commentary on the protests of the employees of the state-run Irrigation Systems company. “To us this is the beginning of a serious reminding – it is unacceptable not to pay attention to such an important structure,” Dr Trenchev added. In his words, there are buffers in the budget which may be used for careful outlining of the priorities in the state and find money for Irrigation Systems. “It is possible to make different financial gymnastics within the budget and set important activities as priority,” he commented further. Speaking of the BGN 21 million debt of the company, Dr Trenchev said that short before the elections in 2009 the former tripartite coalition ordered the Irrigation Systems to start irrigating but did not pay after that. Open in new tab прочети затвори

Sofia. Bulgarian government approved additional expenses under the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food worth BGN 1,889,960, the press office of the Council of Ministers announced. The money was allocated for measures for restriction and elimination of the bluetongue disease outbreaks on the territory of 22 districts, as well as to secure the epizootic readiness in the rest of the country. The money has been provided through restructuring of the central budget. Open in new tab прочети затвори

Italy Unveils Plan to Battle Olive Tree Killer - Olive Oil Times

More than eight months after deadly bacteria has threatened olive crops in Italy, and olive prices worldwide, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture (MIPAAF) has announced a monitoring plan to battle Xylella fastidiosa, the plant-killing microbes that have infected over 74,000 acres of olive trees in the region of Puglia.

The plan involves enforcing a sanitary cordon in the most recently affected Leece to prevent the bacteria from spreading north. Cordons require forming an enclosed, well-trimmed plot heavily treated with pesticides. Additionally, the Ministry has proposed increased monitoring of the bacteria, the felling of infected plants and better tracking of potential carriers of the bacteria.

The MIPAAF will introduce a scientific committee of industry experts to support the existing National Plant Protection Service in researching characteristics of infected trees and transmission. The ministry also plans to provide financial assistance to affected farmers and producers.

Another BSE Ban Lifted on Brazilian Beef - The Cattle Site

BRAZIL – Egypt joined Iran last week by lifting restrictions imposed on Brazilian beef as part of precautionary actions to an ‘atypical’ case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The embargoes, in place from May this year, applied to beef reared in Mato Grosso, where the case was identified in a mature animal.

Reflecting on a Brazilian diplomatic mission to Egypt, agriculture minister Neri Geller said: "This was a successful mission. We managed to fulfill our objective - to suspend the beef embargo on both countries."

Mr Geller also discussed future trade opportunities with Egyptian businesses, underlining their keenness for more Brazilian agri-foods.

"There is great interest in the Egyptian business sector to expand imports from Brazil," he said.

Striking Livestock Staff Stoked FMD | The New Indian Express

PALAKKAD: As many as 6,488 heads of cattle have reportedly died between August 2013 to March 2014 owing to the frequent bouts of non-cooperative strikes conducted by the livestock inspectors and field staffs pressing for various demands, during last year.

The impinging string of strikes has been cited as the major reason for the failure of the vaccination drive initiated by the Animal Husbandry Department to eradicate FMD last year, which claimed the lives of hundreds of cattle across the state.

Adding to the dismay of farmers, the compensation promised by the state government has remained a mere lip service so far. Each farmer is eligible for a compensation of `5,000 to `20,000 per cow, according to the valuation certificate given by the local veterinary doctor, which was issued after taking into account the age, breed, weight, height etc of the cattle.

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