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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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Wheat Used in Spaghetti Piles Up in Canada on Italy's Pasta Rule - Bloomberg

Wheat Used in Spaghetti Piles Up in Canada on Italy's Pasta Rule - Bloomberg | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Jen Skerrit (Bloomberg), 01/11/2018

On Gerrid Gust’s farm in Saskatchewan, favorable weather this year brought a bumper crop of high-protein durum wheat, the best in the past few years. The grain used to make spaghetti isn’t fetching the usual premium price, though. It’s stuck in storage because of restrictions on pasta by Italy, the world’s top consumer, and popular diets that avoid carbohydrates.

Canada’s durum exports have tumbled 22 percent in the season that started Aug. 1 after Italy implemented country-of-origin regulations on pasta, restricting wheat shipments from the North American country.

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Argentina’s Export Tax to Drive Corn Acres Lower

Argentina’s Export Tax to Drive Corn Acres Lower | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
by Luis Vieira (Agriculture.com), 05/09/2018
Argentina’s rising debt level is pushing up export taxes. Argentina has suffered a currency crisis since the beginning of the year, and the Argentinian peso devalued over 100% against the U.S. dollar since then. This is sparking increased export taxes for Argentina’s agricultural commodities. President Mauricio Macri announced US$ 12.9 billion in cuts and the return of export taxes to reach the full agreement of the IMF. 
On farm exports, the tax rate would be four pesos for every dollar in exports with a roof of 10% with some exceptions like soybean, oilseeds.
In the view of Gustavo López, president of Agritrend, based in Buenos Aires, the new tax will reduce the corn surface in Argentina. “Wheat was already planted. Corn is yet to be planted in Argentina after the wheat harvest. And corn was punished again.
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Morocco to suspend soft wheat customs duty on Nov. 1

Morocco to suspend soft wheat customs duty on Nov. 1 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by UkrAgroConsult, 02/10/2018

 

Morocco will cancel customs duty on soft wheat on November 1 to ensure regular supply, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. To protect the local harvest, Morocco imposed a 135 percent customs duty which will last until October 31.

The move followed an exceptional cereals output this year of 10.3 million tonnes, including of 4.91 million tonnes of soft wheat, 2.42 million tonnes of hard wheat and 2.92 of durum. The duty cancellation would ensure regular supply "in light of the slow pace of the collection of national output", the agriculture and fisheries ministry said in a statement. It gave no details. The decision, which will enter into force after the approval of the government council, will enable importers to better plan reserves, it said.

Morocco has offered incentives for local millers to opt for domestic wheat instead of imports between mid-May and mid-October. These incentives include a flat rate subsidy of 10 dirhams ($1.068) per 100 kg of soft wheat to millers using local wheat as well as a premium of 2 dirhams per 100 kg per 15 days for storage agencies.

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Algérie : un plan de promotion des exportations agricoles en selle

Algérie : un plan de promotion des exportations agricoles en selle | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

par Espoir Olodo (Agence Ecofin), 19/07/2018 - D’ici septembre prochain, une feuille de route visant à dynamiser les exportations agricoles de l’Algérie sera soumise au gouvernement. L’annonce a été faite hier, par Said Djellab (photo), ministre en charge du portefeuille du Commerce.  

Il s’agit entre autres, de l’établissement d’une cartographie des produits agricoles, de la restructuration du fonds de la promotion de l’exportation, de l’instauration d’une prime à l’export, de la conception d’un guide pratique de l’exportateur et de l’élaboration d’un cadre réglementaire pour l’octroi d’autorisation aux exportateurs agricoles.

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