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22 June 2018

Kupalovskoye Agro Holding is looking for a private investor

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Kupalovskoye Agro Holding, which consists of the management company OOO Kupalovskoye, ZAP Bolshie Slaveni, OAO Amkodor-Shklov and OAO Novogorodishchenskoy in Shklov District of Belarus, is looking for a private investor. The agroholding was created according to the instruction of the President Alexandr Lukaschenko in July 2017, who urged to create...

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22 June 2018

Food Contract Corporation gets a new chairman of the board

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Nurlybek Malelov was appointed the chairman of the board of the Kazakhstan-based Food Contract Corporation. Previously, Malelov held executive positions in Bank Turan Alem, ATF Bank, served as a managing director of National Holding Company KazAgro, the chairman of the board of KazAgroFinance, and the head of the board of Agrarian Credit Corporation. The main activity of Food Contract Corporation is the development of export infrastructure of Kazakhstan. The sole shareholder of the company is the KazAgro agroholding.

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22 June 2018

Greenpeace against a new mega dairy farm in New Zealand

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Murray Valentine, the owner of Simons Pass Station, plans to develop another dairy farm in the Mackenzie Basin. The new farm should contain three dairy sheds and 14 houses for 15,000 dairy cows. Greenpeace launched a "Save the Mackenzie" petition which had been signed by 28,679 people so far. The reason why Greenpeace disapproves the development of a new farm is the fact that Mackenzie Basin is a home to 18 threatened plants and four threatened bird species.

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22 June 2018

Investment company to buy farmland in Australia

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Growth Farms, an agricultural investment company, has launched Australian Agricultural Lease Fund worth of $ 100 million in order to buy farms throughout Australia in the next few years and then lease them to farmers. The managing director of Growth Farms, David Sackett, said that the fund would buy medium-sized farms in the $ 3 to $ 8 million...

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21 June 2018

Bird flu outbreak confirmed at Damate Group

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470,000 turkeys infected with avian influenza virus (known informally as bird flu) were detected at one of the production sites of the largest Russian turkey producer, Damate Group, controlled by Naum Babayev, in Penza region. The sick animals representing 10% of the total number of birds at the company (4.7 million) will have to be culled. The...

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21 June 2018

300,000 chickens infected with bird flu at Cherkizovo

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Cherkizovo Group, the largest meat producer in Russia, confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza at Vasilyevskaya poultry farm in the Penza region. The virus was detected on the isolated site Vertunovka, intended solely for the reproduction of the parent herd and the production of incubation eggs. This site is situated 200 km away from the main...

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21 June 2018

A new large chicken farm to end malnutrition in Ethiopia

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Nutropia Poultry & Feed PLC, one of the largest poultry meat producers in Ethiopia, concluded a deal worth EUR 20 million ($ 23 million) with Agrotop Ltd, an Israel-based construction company specializing in livestock turnkey projects, to build a large scale poultry farm with headquarters in Addis Abeba. The project start is envisaged for 2018....

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21 June 2018

Miratorg increased number of employees in Kursk region by 6%

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The number of employees of the company Miratorg in Kursk region increased by 6% since the beginning of 2018 reaching 1870 people. Miratorg's enterprises in Kursk region include 8 pig farms, a dairy farm, a veal production plant, a sheep breeding complex and grain storage plants. The company offers jobs to both highly qualified specialists and people without special education and work experience. The total number of employees of Miratorg exceeds 30,000 and is constantly growing. The company is actively creating new jobs mainly for rural residents, providing them with worthy salaries and social guarantees. The agroholding aims at increasing socio-economic stability and welfare for population and at reducing the outflow of residents from rural areas.

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21 June 2018

MHP found a legal way to avoid EU import restrictions

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MHP, a company controlled by Yuriy Kosyuk that accounts for half of Ukraine’s chicken production, has found a tariff-free way to import chicken meat to the EU. EU applies high tariffs and restricted quotas to imported chicken breasts to protect EU farmers from foreign competition. However, in 2016 the EU concluded a trade deal with Ukraine allowing a tariff-free export of a bony cut of chicken breast with a piece of wing bone attached. MHP has been accused of using this loophole to bypass tariffs by sending chicken breasts with a wing bone attached to EU plants, where the bone is sliced out. MHP denies any charges and insists it complies with the rules of the free trade deal. In 2017 the EU imported 27.000 tonnes of chicken breast with wing bone from Ukraine.

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19 June 2018

Large farms in China use less agricultural chemicals

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China uses more than 30% of global agrochemicals on only 9% of the world’s cropland. This fact makes it the largest consumer of agricultural chemicals worldwide. The recent scientific study reveals that small farms are the main cause of it, because they overuse fertilizers. The use of agrochemicals by larger farms tends to be more efficient than...

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