Farmer's Weekly (South Africa)

World in brief

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CUBA

A decades-old ban in Cuba on the private slaughter of cattle and sale of beef and dairy has been relaxed as part of agricultur­al reforms as that country battles food shortages.

Farmers will now be allowed to “do as they wish with their livestock after meeting state quotas, and always with a guarantee that it will not result in a reduction of the herd,” Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, said.

ETHIOPIA

The area suitable for cultivatin­g high-quality specialty coffee types in Ethiopia is likely to shrink if climate change continues unchecked.

However, computer simulation­s had shown that the area suitable for average quality coffee could increase gradually until the 2090s, according to Abel Chemura, lead author of a new research report by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

“This is an issue not just for coffee lovers, but for local agricultur­al value creation,” Chemura said.

CHINA

Following huge investment­s in rebuilding China’s pig herd, that country’s firstquart­er pork production has risen 31,9% year-on-year (y/y) to 13,69 million tons.

This was according to recent data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China, which indicated the highest quarterly volume in two years, after the deadly African swine fever virus decimated the industry in 2018 and 2019.

China’s pig herd had increased to 415,9 million head by the end of March, a 29,5% rise y/y, and up from 406,5 million at the end of December. – Staff reporter

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