Russian Trade Ban, Other Trade Issues Discussed at EU Agriculture Council -

EU - The 3337th Council meeting Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg earlier this week under the presidency of Maurizio Martina, Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy discussed the Europe 2020 strategy, international trade issues, African swine fever and the Russian ban on agricultural products.

The Council discussed the impact and implications of the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products. Most of the member states recognised the appropriateness of the emergency market measures on fruit and vegetables and the milk sector decided by the Commission. However, in the milk sector some of the most affected countries called for additional measures to mitigate the significant fall in prices observed in their market.

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Ministers were also briefed on international agricultural trade issues.

The Council adopted a regulation on promotion measures for agricultural products following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament. This regulation renews the legal framework for the promotion of EU agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries in the context of the very competitive environment the EU faces today.

Council President, Maurizio Martina, noted: "With the adoption of the new legal framework regarding information and promotion actions for agricultural products in the internal market and third countries, I believe that we have achieved the goal of improving the competitiveness of agriculture in the EU so as to achieve greater equity."

Europe 2020 Strategy: Contribution of Agriculture

The Council held a political debate on the contribution of the agricultural sector to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy (13836/14).

Weekly Overview: Support to Fight African Swine Fever in EU, China -

GLOBAL - African swine fever (ASF) has been much in the news in the last week as the EU has pledged financial support towards the disease control costs within the area. Germany is stepping up its efforts to keep the infection out of the country by involving hobby farmers and pet pig owners as well as commercial producers and wild boar hunters. FAO has set up its first ASF control project in China.

African swine fever is a serious pig disease with severe economic consequences. It was first detected in the European Union in Lithuania at the beginning of 2014. Despite the stringent veterinary and sanitary measures adopted to control it, the disease has spread further to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, causing heavy losses for farmers and operators involved in trade in pigs and pig products.

The disease seems to have been introduced into these EU states from the Russian Federation and possibly Belarus, where it has been present for several years, and where the relevant sanitary authorities have been unable to eradicate it or prevent its further spread.

Barney's biosecurity battle - Farm Weekly

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce met the team protecting the nation’s farm industry at the Department of Agriculture offices on remote Thursday Island on his two-day biosecurity tour.

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott scored all the headlines this week by promising to shirtfront Russian president Vladimir Putin during bilateral talks at the G20 in Brisbane next month.

But news of Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s ongoing battle against exotic pests and diseases threatening the nation’s multibillion dollar farming industry hardly rated a mention.

Last week, Mr Joyce visited biosecurity facilities in northern Australia to assess operations in the nation’s frontline defence against potentially deadly and financially crippling incursions like foot and mouth disease (FMD), screw fly, papaya fruit fly and rabies.

The Coalition’s agricultural election policy included $20 million to establish an emergency rapid response team for fighting biosecurity incursions.

Many fish in fish farms die thanks to vibrio bacteria | The Real Singapore

Fish farmers are losing large amounts of their stock again, this time thanks to an increase in the vibrio bacteria.

The Vibrio bacteria is naturally found in tropical marine environments but its abundance has increased dramatically thanks to warmer weather and rising sea surface temperatures.

The micro-organisms have been growing and releasing toxins which kill the fish. The remaining fish are also affected with the bacteria which can give humans diarrhoea, vomiting and fever if infected.

Humans can be infected by the bacteria if they expose open wounds to sea water or eat undercooked or raw fish which contain the bacteria.

Fish farmers have also been hit hard with 60 tonnes of fish dying thanks to the vibrio bacteria.

Mr Phillip Lim, the chairman of the Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative which owns 2 farms in Lim Chu Kang lost most of their fish stock and they are left with only 200 to 300 fish after an initial stock of over 8,000.

The Agrifood and Veterinary Authority had tested samples of the dead fish as most of the farmers don’t have the equipment to do such testing.

Chancellor attends the release of funds from Taiwan to control pests in citrus crops of the isthmus

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Development, Carlos Castaneda, participated on Tuesday in the ceremony for the third disbursement to the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) awarded the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA) for Huanglongbing control which mainly affects cítricos- and implementation of integrated pest on these crops in the region handling.

This new support from the Taiwanese government and people contribute to strengthening regional capacity RIOPPAH in controlling disease Huanglongbing, considered the most devastating citrus for its rapid expansion.

In addition, the initiative will reduce the economic losses citrus industry isthmus and contain the entry of the disease in El Salvador and Panama, as they are currently the only two countries in the region RIOPPAH that have not been affected.

US issues new rules for university germ research - WHDH-TV

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving dangerous germs that could raise biosecurity concerns, imposing new safety rules on universities and other institutions where such work is done.

Wednesday's move follows controversy over creation of a more easily transmitted form of bird flu, research aimed at learning how the virus could mutate to threaten people but that sparked fierce debate over whether it also might aid would-be bioterrorists.

The new rules require many scientists and their employers do more to alert the government about research that may raise those concerns .But it doesn't settle the bigger question of whether certain kinds of studies should be done at all.

"This is an active area of consideration right now within the U.S. government. We ask that you stay tuned," said Amy Patterson, associate director of biosecurity policy at the National Institutes of Health.

Concern at proposed Aran fish farm plan – Irish Examiner

The state agency in charge of the country’s rivers has called on the Department of Agriculture to consider a study which concluded fish farming has a “general negative effect” on sea trout stocks, when deciding to grant permission to a planned 1,000-acre fish farm off the Aran Islands.

The Norwegian research concluded that fish farming generates increased numbers of sea lice, a naturally-occurring parasite that feed off salmon and sea trout, and this increase can lead to potentially 12-44% fewer salmon spawning in areas where there is intensive salmon farming. It also said intensive fish farming can lead to falling sea trout stocks and reduced growth in surviving sea trout stocks….

ODA in Myanmar: Foot-and-mouth Disease Lab Opens in Myanmar | BusinessKorea

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) opened a foot-and-mouth disease diagnosis lab in Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar, on Sept. 22 (local time).

At present, it is estimated that there are approximately 17 million heads of cattle and buffalo in Myanmar. The animals are so essential for the agriculture of the country that the locals call them rice bowls. However, foot-and-mouth disease has continued to kill them, while threatening even the health of the people.

Under the circumstances, the government of Myanmar asked the Korean government to provide advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques three years ago. The Korean government answered to the request by investing US$3 million via the aid agency and sharing its knowledge of how it became a country free from the disease in 2002.

Ga.'s oyster season opens Oct. 1 | Mobile

Fire up those roasting pits.

Georgia waters will reopen to commercial and recreational oyster harvest at 7 a.m. Oct. 1.

That old saw about only eating oysters in months with an “r” doesn’t exactly apply to the Peach State, said Dominic Guadagnoli, shellfish fishery manager for the Coastal Resources Division.

Instead, oyster harvest in state waters is typically prohibited from June 1 through Sept. 30 to guard against Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring bacteria found in higher concentrations in oysters when the water is warm.

“As water temperatures begin to drop in October, the (bacteria) levels will decline and the risk lessens,” he said. “Traditionally, most consumers purchase live oysters during the cooler months so commercial shellfish harvesters are fully supportive of this seasonal closure.”

Last year, about a dozen commercial leaseholders in Georgia landed 24,116 pounds of out-of-shell oyster meat valued at $115,189, making it an average year, Guadagnoli said.

Fish-killing parasite spreads further up Klamath River - Redwood Times

Karuk biologists have found the fish-killing parasite that devastated salmon populations on the lower Klamath river in 2002 is now also on the mid-Klamath river, which has no large reservoir for emergency water releases.

All 20 salmon sampled on the middle Klamath last Wednesday, Sept. 17 tested positive for the parasite, and 17 of them were severe cases, said Craig Tucker, Klamath coordinator with the Karuk tribe.

These tests were done after chinook salmon on the lower Klamath tested positive for the Ichthyophthirius multifiliis parasite, known as ich, over the weekend.

"On the lower Klamath you have the flexibility to call on water from Trinity Dam. We really don't have that on the Klamath side," Tucker said.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released emergency flows to the Trinity and lower Klamath rivers on Tuesday after ich was found on the lower Klamath to prevent further spread of the disease and the possibility of a fish-kill.

Nearly 70,000 fish were killed by rapidly spreading ich in 2002, Tucker said.


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