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Colombia’s coffee sector seen needing complete overhaul

Bogota | Reuters –– Colombia’s coffee sector needs a complete overhaul to recover from a huge loss of global market share, says a government-commissioned report, seen by Reuters, in which the recommendations include deregulation of exports and the introduction of a minimum price. Despite the undisputed quality of its mild arabica coffees, Colombia now supplies […] Read more

China, South Africa suspend Brazil beef over BSE doubt

China and South Africa informed Brazil on Thursday that they were suspending imports of beef from the world’s biggest exporter of the meat, following a case of atypical BSE that was confirmed last week, Brazilian agriculture ministry officials said. Including Japan, which suspended imports on Monday, three countries have now restricted purchases of beef from […] Read more

Brazil on the offensive to clear name over BSE

Brazil is launching a diplomatic offensive to defend its huge beef industry and clarify details of an "atypical case" of BSE that prompted its top customer, Russia, to consider import restrictions after Japan suspended purchases altogether. The 13-year-old cow kept for breeding purposes died of other causes in 2010 and never developed the disease, technically […] Read more

If you think you have a long haul to the elevator…

When Marcondes Mendonça hauls corn from Brazil’s farm belt to port in the distant south, the young trucker prays for protection from gaping potholes and dangerous drivers, and dreads the squalid toilets on the seven-day journey ahead. He also braces for other hassles: traffic bottlenecks, backlogs at port and stifling bureaucracy that increasingly slow goods […] Read more