Thứ Hai, 20 tháng 2, 2017

Kerala (India): Protect traditional industries: Kanam

18 Feb. 2017

Says coir, cashew sectors are in crisis

Communist Party of India (CPI) State unit secretary Kanam Rajendran has urged the government to initiate measures to protect traditional industries. A majority of such industries were steeped in crisis. He was inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) leader C.K. Kesavan here on Friday. Most of the coir societies were in debt. The cashew nut factory workers’ strike was prolonging while factory owners were defying government directions. The toddy segment required restructuring.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had derived strength from workers in the traditional sector and the government was bound to protect them, he said.

Guinea-Bissau expected to boost cashew exports

Guinea-Bissau expects to export more than 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts this year, according to a new estimate by officials from the country’s National Cashew Nut Agency (ANCA).

Last year’s harvest was better than in 2015 when exports were 192,000 tonnes. This year, the expectation is for the sector to exceed 200,000 tonnes, ANCA president Henrique Mendes confirmed to the national news agency ANG.
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India: Vizag district’s mango orchards in full bloom

 | Feb 19, 2017, 11.38 AM IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: The orchard owners and lease holders of the district are in a good mood, especially after the demoralising effect of demonetisation. This is because their mango and cashew orchards are in full bloom. Farmers claim that this is the best flowering season in the last four years and are praying that it is not ruined by untimely summer storms.

Authorities in the horticulture department claim it is too early to predict but they too are hoping for a bumper crop. "It is true that the orchards are in full bloom, especially mango with cashew showing early promise. However, it is too early to jump up in joy. We have to be careful about pests as most farmers and lease holders tend to over use fungicides and pesticides. Any major storm or gale could spell disaster as well," said K Satyamurthy a scientist with the Agro Research Centre in Anakapalli.

More than 2 lakh acres of land across the district comprises mango orchards as a mixed plantation crop. P Palai Raju, a mango trader from Tuni market in East Godavari, said, "I have taken 500 acres of mango-cashew topes on lease in Visakhapatnam district alone, chiefly around Narsipatnam. I am hoping that all will be well. However, the uncertainty factor will always be there."

Farmers too are upbeat about the anticipated bumper crop. "The last five years have been pretty dull for us with farmers getting not more than Rs 8,000 to 10,000 per acre of mango crop in a year. Hopefully, with a bumper crop we can expect the traders and lease holders paying us better in the coming years," said a farmer.


Chủ Nhật, 19 tháng 2, 2017

IVC: The 2017 Anacarde campaign opens on Thursday with a purchase price per barrel set at 440 F / kg (Government)

Published on Thursday 16 February 2017 | AIP 


© Ministries by DR 
Press briefing by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday 15 February 2017 

The 2017 marketing campaign for cashew nuts opens Thursday with an indicative price of 440 FCFA / kg, 90 FCFA more than the purchase price on the field that was 350 FCFA / kg in 2016. 
The government gave the information to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. Thus, the "compulsory floor" to be paid to the producers for the kilogram of cashew nuts, well dried and well sorted, containing no foreign matter, is set at 440 francs. 
The mandatory floor price inside store was set at 540 FCFA / kg when for port stores, this purchase price is 590 F / kg. 
According to government spokesman Bruno Nabagné Koné, Côte d'Ivoire produced a total of 649 587 tonnes of raw nuts in 2016 and processed 40 383 tonnes locally. The country aims to transform 100% of its production by 2020, against less than 10% currently. 
In addition, 325 billion CFA francs were paid in 2016 to producers against 288 billion CFA francs in 2015. 


Thứ Sáu, 17 tháng 2, 2017

USA: Registrar Corp: FDA removes ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from database

By Joe Whitworth+ 
Picture: Michael J Ermarth/Flickr

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from its database, according to Registrar Corp.
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) facilities are required to renew FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year.
Any registrations not renewed by the deadline are considered to be expired and are removed from the database.
Time to renew
David Lennarz, VP at Registrar Corp, said that based on client statistics and previous FDA information it was confident that thousands were removed.
A more precise number based on actual FDA statistics will be available in the coming months.
A total of 14% of food facilities registered with FDA were removed from the database after the 2014 renewal period. 
There were 195,518 facilities registered as of January 22, 2014 and as of January 12, 2015, the number had dropped to 166,753.
“FDA food facility registration renewal is a fairly new requirement,” he told FoodQualityNews.
“It was established under the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011 and the first renewal period took place in 2012. Before then, food facilities only had to complete an initial registration. So, some facilities are still unaware of the requirement. 
“Some facilities may have gone out of business or stopped exporting to the US, so they just had no need to renew. Others may believe they renewed but the renewal may not have been finalized by FDA due to new verification requirements.”
There is no difference in renewal requirements based on facility size or the type of food they handle, added Lennarz.
Additional verification demands
Lennarz predicted the drop in registrations may be even greater this year due to verification requirements implemented during the 2016 renewal period. 
Food facilities outside the US are required to designate a US Agent for FDA Communications in their registration renewal. 
Prior to this new step, a US Agent could be designated in a foreign facility's renewal without the US Agent's affirmative written agreement.
Many previously designated as US Agents would have preferred to decline because a foreign facility's US Agent is liable for financial obligations, including payment of any FDA re-inspection fees related to the facility.
“The 2016 renewal period marked the first time that US Agents designated in non-US facility registrations had to affirmatively agree to their designation,” said Lennarz.
“If a non-US facility submitted a registration renewal, but its listed US Agent did not agree, the renewal would not have been successful.”
The re-inspection fee rate for foreign facilities for fiscal year 2017 is $285 per hour. 
FDA may bill for every aspect of a re-inspection, including time spent preparing and traveling, so the fees can add up to thousands of dollars. 
The agency also contacts US Agents regarding shipments, inspection scheduling, and other regulatory matters. 
Registrar Corp was founded in 2003 to help FDA-regulated facilities comply with the agency’s regulations. It serves as a professional US Agent for more than 11,000 foreign food facilities.  
The firm assists with areas from registration, labeling, detentions to inspection preparation.
It issues Certificates of Registration which allow facilities to verify valid registration status to buyers and suppliers as well as keep track of their registration number and facility information on record with FDA.
Facilities with expired registrations will need to re-register with FDA and obtain a new registration number before they manufacture, process, pack, or store food, beverages, or dietary supplements to be consumed in the US.
Importers and Customs Brokers cannot file entries for shipments without a valid registration number and facilities will not be able to submit the required prior notice for exporting food to the US.
Lennarz said the time it takes to re-register depends on how knowledgeable the registrant is on the facility's functions. 
“The registrant will need information on whether the facility is a subsidiary of a parent corporation, the types of activities performed at the facility, the types of food products handled at the facility, important emergency contact information, and more.”
The ten countries with the most FDA registered facilities remained the same from 2015 to 2016.
The US was first, followed by Japan, France, Italy, China, Mexico and then Canada. 
Registrar Corp has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to FDA for the 2017 data and will publish it upon receipt.


Thứ Năm, 16 tháng 2, 2017

India: Fire destroys cashew, mango, coconut plantation in Sindudurg

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 17:09

Mumbai: Cashew, mango and coconut plantation over 500 acres was gutted after dry hay caught fire at a village in Sindhudurg district, disaster management officials said on Thursday.

Dry hay at an agricultural field in Banda tehsil's Dingane village caught fire last evening and it soon spread to adjoining fields, gutting cashew, mango and coconut plantation under 500 acres, a personnel at district disaster management cell said.
Coastal district Sindhudurg is state's one of the largest mango and cashew producing regions.
Over 90 goats at a farm were also killed in the blaze, while some houses were also affected, the personnel added.
"Horticultural plantation in Konkan region has been getting destroyed due to natural fires for the past some years, but fire gutting down 500 acres plantation is rare," Sindhudurg district collector Uday Chowdhary told PTI.
The damage assessment is on and it will be finalised soon, district revenue officials said.

India: Cashew nut import: Vigilance gives clean chit to Mercykutty Amma - News-Mathrubhumi

16 Fe. 2017

Mercykutty Amma

Thiruvananthapuram: The Vigilance department on Thursday gave a clean chit to Minister Mercykutty Amma over the allegation of corruption in the import of cashew nuts.

The Vigilance which conducted a quick verification found that the minister had intervened in the issue for the benefit of workers.

The report has been submitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court.

The allegation is that corruption to the tune of Rs 10.34 crore occurred in the import of cashew nuts. 

The complaint says that cashew nuts were procured in December through the tender that was already cancelled by the Director Board in November. Though 500 metric tonnes were quoted in the tender, 1000 metric tonnes of cashew nuts were procured.

The complaint also pointed out that the information provided in the e-tender website were false.