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Australia considers import of Vietnam fresh shrimp

Sydney (VNA) – Australia is willing to consider the import of fresh shrimp from Vietnam, which is expected to start in early 2017.

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources expressed the willingness at a working session with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam during his working visit to Australia from September 8-10.

This constitutes a brilliant opportunity for the shrimp sector as shrimp is consumed most among seafood products in Australia with up to 50,000-60,000 tonnes per year.

As such, Australia must import an average of 30,000 tonnes of shrimp each year. However, strict regulations, especially those on disease control and biological safety, make it difficult for Vietnamese shrimp to enter the market.

Director of Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Van Dong said the department has built an action plan on disease control in order to ensure no disease-plagued shrimp is present in Australia.

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Statement on diversity of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca in Apulia | European Food Safety Authority

This opinion addresses a request from the European Commission to evaluate whether heterogeneous populations of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca have been found in Apulia (Italy) in addition to the strain named CoDiRO. After reviewing the most recent scientific literature and conducting further sequence analysis of the housekeeping genes used to genotype X. fastidiosa from Apulia, the EFSA Panel on Plant Health concluded that the currently available scientific evidence does not support the notion of the existence of heterogeneous populations of X.

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Canada will not ban open fish farms

CANADA’S fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc has repeated his pledge to protect the Fraser River Sockeye salmon fishery, but he has also said he will not ban open pen fish farms.

And his department will not remove aquaculture promotion from its remit.

The two types of salmon breeding have been at loggerheads for several years, with environmentalists and others claiming that certain types of fish farms are threatening the wild stock. The claims are strongly denied by fish farmers.

But LeBlanc said the ministry’s mandate to preserve fisheries was fundamental to its responsibility to promote a viable and long-term salmon farming industry.

‘I think Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a responsibility to promote the sustainable use of fish resources in a way that’s good for the local economy,’ he told a news conference.

He said his department had already implemented more than 30 of the recommendations from the Lord Justice Cohen Commission set up a few years ago to look into the controversy.

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Xylella grapevine strain, oleander - Europe: 1st rep (Germany)

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The NPPO of Germany recently informed EPPO of the first finding of
_Xylella fastidiosa_ (EPPO A1 List) on its territory. The bacterium
was detected on a single plant of _Nerium oleander_ in a nursery in
Saxony. In 1 greenhouse, during an official phytosanitary inspection,
1 potted oleander showing unusual symptoms was observed. This plant
belonging to private owners had been brought to the greenhouse for the
first time to overwinter and had been produced by cutting from another
plant belonging to a private person at least 4 years before.

EC opens new Xylella infringement procedure - ANSAmed

(ANSAmed) - Brussels - The European Commission on Friday opened new infringement procedures against Italy over alleged delays in implementing measures to stop the spread of the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria that kills trees. A letter of formal notice was sent to the government on grounds "it is extremely important that Italy fully enacts" measures to stop the spread of Xylella, a commission spokesperson told ANSA.

This is the second infringement procedure to be opened against Italy in relation to Xylella after the EC took issue with its alleged failure to fulfil its obligations in the plan to eradicate the bacteria in December 2015. Xylella was first detected in southern Italy in 2013, marking the first outbreak of its kind in the EU. It reportedly caused about a million olive trees in Puglia to die as of summer 2015.

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AU: Protecting horticulture from the Asian honey bee

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Biosecurity officers from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, armed with the nets, seek to protect Australian horticulture from the significant potential threat the Asian honey bee and its parasitic companion the Varroa jacobsoni mite could pose.

The pests were discovered recently in north Queensland, and now the foreign raiders are being hunted by biosecurity officers in an intensive three-month operation around Townsville.

The officers are examining flowers, trees, garden beds and other sites in a 10-kilometre radius from the port, to check for unwelcome feral foreign bees, after a hive of several thousand was found at the Port of Townsville.

The Varroa jacobsoni mite is related to the Varroa destructor mite, which has inflicted severe damage on the honey bee industry in the United Kingdom and has been described as the world's most devastating honey bee pest.

Varroa mites can severely compromise honey production as they live on the bees, multiply and lead to deformities in bees which means they cannot forage as effectively.

China finds first case of “kiwifruit rot” in NZ shipment

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The Tianjin Entry-Exit Inspection Bureau has announced the interception of two lots of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit, citing the existence of “kiwifruit rot bacteria”.

In a release dated July 18, the bureau said it was the first ever interception of this nature in Tianjin and the country.

The authority claimed the fungal disease Botrytis phariadothide was found in batches of green and gold kiwifruit.

The bureau said while domestic market demand had prompted substantial kiwifruit import growth in recent years, if the pathogen recently found in these shipments were to enter domestic production areas it would cause “incalculable damage”.

The release said it could also be present in apples, persimmons and red eucalyptus trees.

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Xylella, Andriukaitis: "Procedure for the inevitable infringement" - TagPress.it

Friday new formal notice to Italy for failure to implement the EU requirements of Xylella annoying. It should drop compulsory culling healthy plants in the 100 meters.

Yesterday, the EU Commissioner for Food Safety, vytenis andriukaitis, met in Brussels with the Minister of agricultural food Policies, Maurizio Martina, warning that "the Commission will have no choice but to launch an infringement procedure unless it is not taken immediate action "to contain the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. A report it was the spokesman Enrico Brivio, who stressed that "it is extremely important that Italy applies the Xylella" expansion in full the European decision and firm.

The European Commission, the Union's governing body on Friday should send a new letter of formal notice against our country, for not having implemented the EU requirements on actions aimed eradication, containment and monitoring of Xylella fastidiosa.

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Norway: ''Worst crisis ever'' hits strawberry crop

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This year, Norway's berry growers are warning that their crops have been hit by the worst crisis ever: a fungus which causes berries to rapidly rot. The fungus started infecting plants in the southern counties of Agder is now moving north, and threatening to ruin the strawberry season.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Roger Utengen, a director of major fruit and vegetable wholesaler Bama, told news bureau NTB over the weekend. “There has never been so much damage to the strawberry crop as what we’re seeing right now.”

Utengen said Bama has lost at least 40 percent of the berries it had planned to sell nationwide this summer, and that will have major consequences for producers and retailers.

Norway’s agriculture directorate is also well aware of the problem but can’t confirm it’s as bad as Bama claims. “It’s bad, but we’ve had bad years before also,” Lasse Erdal of the directorate’s market and price development section told NTB.

U.S. politicians weigh in on Argentine lemon import proposal

Democrats and Republicans alike have cried foul over the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to extend the comment period for a proposed rule on Argentine lemon imports by 30 days, claiming the extension should have been longer.

The criticism came in a statement released yesterday by Members of Congress including Representatives Julia Brownley (D-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Jim Costa (D-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), and David G. Valadao (R-CA).

“We remain concerned that the Department’s proposed rule to authorize Argentine lemon imports will be finalized without a proper economic assessment and prior to completing an inspection for pest and disease risk in Argentina this fall,” the Members said.

“This disappointing decision will not give experts the time needed to visit Argentina and review Agency findings on pest and disease risks. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for additional input from U.S. citrus growers and a proper inspection for these risks.

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