Wednesday, July 23, 2014

23/07/2014: China's big feed show attracts key exhibitors

Kris Gong from the organising committee of China Guangzhou International Feed Industry Exhibition 2014 - which takes place from August 26, 2014 - says the event will witness the opening ceremony of this biggest feed industry exhibition of South China. For short it is being called Feed China 2014 and will be held in China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex.

Up to now, many famous enterprises have confirmed their booth. For example, some leading feed equipment companies, such as Andritz Group, FAMSUN (Muyang), Rongda, Jinwu, have confirmed that they will attend Feed China 2014. Nanning Zeweier Feed Company, Biotogether Company and Yuxing Chemical Company will participate as feed additive exhibitors.

To make the exhibition known to all the public, Feed China 2014 now is working with hundreds of media including China Feed, Guangdong Feed China, Feed Additive, Feed Review, Northeast Feed Information, chinafeed.org.cn, businesswithindia.com, tradeshow.com, findexporters.com, gfmt.co.uk, aquafeed.co.uk, chinafeedonline.com, chinabreed.com etc. 


"We believe Feed China 2014 will be paid more and more attention by the insiders and will attract more and more worldwide exhibitors or buyers to attend," says Mr Kris Gong.

"For more information please contact me directly. Feed China 2014, the biggest feed industry exhibition of South China, may be a good chance for you to experience the various kinds of feed equipments and the trend of the China feed market," he adds.




Read more HERE.

Kris Gong can be contacted:
Tel: +86-20-29188711
Fax: +86-20-82579220
Email: krisgong1@163.com

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23/07/2014: EU looks to endorse new Philippines tariffs

Tuna byers could be the winner if the EU Commission finalises its favorable endorsement of the Philippine application for 6274 tariff lines for duty-free access to the 28-member European trading bloc.

Philippine Trade and Industry Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. told reporters during a press conference they have been informed in a note verbale of the EU Commission’s favorable endorsement to the EU Parliament.
 
“The approval was a little bit ahead as we were anticipating for an approval by August yet because we have to consider they have a new parliament to deal with,” Cristobal said.
 
With the earlier approval, the DTI expects the EU Parliament approval by end of the year paving the way for Philippine exports to start enjoy duty-free entry of their products to EU by early 2015.
 
Cristobal said the agency has convened the GSP task force and industry stakeholders in cooperation with EU Trade Related Technical Assistance and to ensure that local exporters are ready and compliant with the EU requirements to be able to access the EU market, which sets high standards on imported products.
 
The workshops to be conducted by the GSP task force would include topics on rules of origin, technical issues and the practical side of doing business.
 
“We are doing this because giving access is one thing but bringing products over there is another thing,” he said.
 
“Food exports could be challenging because of the high standards of EU and the whole standards of GSP is under the concept of sustainable development that include environment issues,” he said.
 
One environmental concern being raised by EU is the overfishing issue against the Philippines.
 
“So it is important that we implement reforms or adjustments enumerated by EU. We have until September this year to do that and we are doing with the Department of Agriculture, particularly the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources,” Cristobal added.
 
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23/07/2014: New technical support specialist for aquaculture at Meriden

Kat Konstanti - Meriden's new international
technical support specialist
Meriden Animal Health has recently appointed Kat Konstanti to the role of International Technical Support Specialist. Kat's main focus will be to support the drive and growth of Meriden's products in the Aquaculture industry through her technical knowledge and understanding of the market.

Kat has recently graduated from the University of Stirling, Scotland, with a Masters in Sustainable Aquaculture. During her studies, Kat investigated several aspects of aquatic animal culture and gained a solid understanding of the principles that surround the aquaculture industry.

With a focus in aquatic animal health control, nutrition, food safety and practical feed production, Kat's studies have set her up well for her career with Meriden.

Kat will also be providing additional technical support to the other species areas of the business; however her main focus will be on aqua.

"Meriden has gained a solid base in the aquaculture industry since re-formulating its flagship product to create Orego-Stim Aquatract and developing Phyconomix," says Kat
speaking of her appointment.

"It is my goal to continue the development of these products within the aquaculture industry which is in dire need of effective, natural and sustainable products."

Orego-Stim Aquatract has been formulated to reduce mortality, increase harvest weight per area and provide support against stress during vaccination and grading. The product is available in both liquid and powder form.

Phyconomix is a ready-to-use range of algae-based products that mirrors optimal larval diets encountered in the wild. Available in powder and liquid form, the nutritionally complete products produce healthier, more resistant post larvae for on-growing.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22/07/2014: Childhood obesity weighs on WHO

If current trends continue, the World Health Organization warns there will be 70 million obese children globally by 2025.

WHO reports the number of overweight or obese infants and children has increased from 31 million globally in 1990 to 44 million in 2012. Over the same period, it says the number of obese children in Africa alone has risen from four to 10 million.

Peter David Gluckman co-chairs the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, established by WHO’s director-general, Margaret Chan. Chief science adviser to New Zealand’s prime minister, Gluckman said obese children will grow up to become obese adults, who will suffer from diabetes, heart disease, high rates of cancer and other health problems.

People have to understand that children are not little adults, he said. Therefore, tackling obesity among this group will involve a strategy different from that employed among adults.
There are two main ways to intervene in childhood obesity, Gluckman says that “they go together.”

“It is about optimizing the health of mothers, of women, of girls before they get pregnant. Optimizing the conditions of pregnancy. Promoting good breast feeding and weaning behaviors, much of which has been lost, particularly in Western countries,” he said.
 
“At the same time, you have got to worry about obesity in the environment, reinforce and making sure that there are a number of things that you can do to promote healthy eating and diet in young people,” Gluckman said.

At one time, communicable or infectious diseases were considered the major threat in developing countries.  But, now non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes and cancer are emerging as major challenges.

They are linked to four life-style risk factors, including unhealthy diet, little physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and tobacco.

A growing problem for future
All these factors contribute to the growing obesity crisis, Gluckman said, emphasizing that what happens in early life determines what happens later in life.

He noted huge problems of obesity in the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean and Middle East.
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa also are at risk, Gluckman said, “countries like Nigeria, Ghana and so forth.  We are seeing the co-existence of malnutrition on one hand and obesity on the other hand.  And, we are seeing numbers that are really quite astounding, particularly in the urban environment.  Children now are living in environments with the lots of use of cooking oil, of fried foods and so forth.  It is changing quite rapidly.”

The 15-member commission is composed of social scientists, public health specialists, clinical scientists and economists. It will examine evidence on prevention of childhood obesity and how to reverse it in overweight children. The members will work out a monitoring scheme to see whether their efforts to turn the epidemic around are bearing fruit.
The commission will deliver its report to the WHO director general next year. The World Health Assembly in May will subsequently discuss the recommendations.

Read more HERE.

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22/07/2014: Organic Canadian kelp available soon



Cooke Aquaculture announced it’s farmed kelp product from Bay of Fundy and certified to the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard will soon be available.

‘True North Salmon’ brand, which can be eaten fresh or cooked, will promote two seaweed species from the site, Alaria esculenta and Saccharina latissimi.

“Seaweeds, like kelps, are popular around the world and in North America we are discovering how easy they are to prepare and how delicious and healthy they are,” said Andrew Lively, marketing director of True North Salmon, the processing and sales arm of Cooke.

“Our sales team has been identifying a wide range of potential customers, such as chefs, restaurants and non-food sectors like the cosmetic and feed industries. We look forward to providing our first customers with organic kelps in the next few weeks.”

The Bay of Fundy site is a collaborative project between Cooke, the University of New Brunswick and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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22/07/2014: Philippines failure in shrimp might give hope for future



The Philippines has failed to seize big market opportunities in shrimp with flat production since the 1990s at around 50,000 tonnes while Thailand and Indonesia are producing around 500,000 tonnes from about the same level as Philippines’ three decades ago. 
Mind you lessons can be learnt from Thailand’s issues.

Failure to supply needed fry, particularly for tiger prawn or sugpo, contributed to a low production in the country in the first quarter of the year.

“The production decline experienced by operators in Zamboanga Peninsula was attributed to limited supply of fry, high mortality rate, and white spot syndrome,” according to Santeh Feeds Corp. President Phillip Ong.

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22/07/2014: Alaska senator praised by industry



Sponsored legislation (S.2608 ) in the US Congress by Lisa Murkowski, the Senator from Alaska, is a bill to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments and for other purposes.

This would block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters. 


"Alaskans know what happens when the President unilaterally closes millions of acres of public lands - it means a loss of jobs and a hit to the economy," said Senator Murkowski, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus. 

President Obama has repeatedly expressed interest in using the Antiquities Act to unilaterally establish new national monuments or expand the boundaries of existing monuments. 

His most recent action - expanding the boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 77,020 to more than 782,000 square miles - is "a stark reminder of the sweeping, unilateral actions that the executive branch can take," Murkowski said. 

"My legislation is designed to ensure that our oceans are not locked away with a stroke of the President's pen," Murkowski said. 

"The continued foreclosure of our lands and waters threatens economic activities from fishing to exploration for oil and natural gas." 

Murkowski's legislation would amend the Antiquities Act to require: 
  • Congressional approval prior to any national monument designation
  • Application of the National Environmental Policy Act. The bill would also require any national monument proposed within an exclusive economic zone meet the following requirements: * Specific authorization by an Act of Congress
  • Approval by each state legislature within 100 miles of the proposed monument
  • A stakeholder review process prior to the implementation of any restrictions on public uses within the designated area 
Praise for S. 2608, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act "Federal fisheries management in waters off Alaska is successful because it is science-based and because conservation measures are developed through a transparent public process that encourages stakeholder engagement," says Stephanie Madsen of the At-Sea Processors Association. 

"Management actions, including area closures designed to meet different conservation objectives, are not issued by fiat. We applaud Senator Murkowski for updating the 100-year old Antiquities Act to reflect current best practices for open, participatory government." 

"We applaud Senator Murkowski's leadership in introducing legislation that places reasonable limits on the President's power to make far reaching conservation land withdrawals in all 50 states, both onshore and off," said Rick Rogers, Executive Director of the Resource Development Council for Alaska. 

"United Fishermen of Alaska is pleased to hear of Senator Murkowski's legislation to require Congressional approval of any National Monument designation. Decisions regarding closing our oceans should be made carefully, and UFA applauds Senator Murkowski's efforts to ensure that the impacts to stakeholders are thoroughly considered in a public process," said Julianne Curry, Executive Director, United Fishermen of Alaska. 

"The fisheries off Alaska's coast are highly complex, involving multiple species, vast fishing grounds and different fishing gear. The Magnuson-Stevens Act provides an open, public process for stakeholders to help in the development of conservation measures that protect our fishery resources and the marine environment. 

"On the other hand, decisions under the Antiquities Act are made behind closed doors. Closing off areas of Alaska's fisheries could devastate Alaska's fishing communities, so we believe Congress needs to be part of the decision-making process," said Joe Plesha, General Counsel, Trident Seafoods. 

Read more HERE.
 


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