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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Canada's Alfalfa in China

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Canadian alfalfa hay has now entered lucrative Chinese market for very first time.


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Canadian alfalfa hay has now entered the lucrative Chinese market for the very first time.

Canada gained Chinese market access for alfalfa hay last March and 20 containers were shipped and 40 more containers have been ordered.

China's hay and forage product imports increased significantly in the last 5 years -- to more than 103 million dollars in 2011 -- up from 119 thousand dollars in 2006.

Alfalfa hay is a high quality forage used in livestock feed, in particular for dairy cattle.

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A Saskatchewan based company faces another recall over concern about possible E. coli bacteria contamination.

The company is called New Food Classics.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says all ground beef products made between July 1st and February 15th that bear the establishment number 761 are affected.

A month ago -- the same company had a voluntary recall after a warning was issued against one kilogram packages of Country Morning Beef Burgers, and No Name Club Pack Beef Steakettes.

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Grain handler Viterra reports it is in exclusive talks with a potential buyer of the company.

Viterra confirmed last week that it had established an auction process and acknowledged reports that said offers would need to be at least 16 dollars per share.

However, Viterra again cautioned that there was no assurance that a deal would result from the talks and that if one does occur -- quote -- "there can be no assurance at what price it will be completed.''

Before the company revealed the takeover interest a week ago -- Viterra stock was trading at about 11 dollars share on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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More than 700 participants including farmer's groups from 50 countries rallied for better investments and policies targeting women farmers at an international conference.

They all say the majority of policies now in place to lift up women farmers have failed.

They called for dramatic new approaches that build change from the ground up and make women an equal partner in agricultural development.

Women provide some 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries -- but face widespread restrictions on their ability to buy, sell or inherit land -- even open a savings account.

 


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