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* Farm ministry puts winter rapeseed area up 9.5 pct
* Wheat area little changed, winter barley down 4.6 pct
* This year's sugar beet crop hiked to record 45 mln T
* Grain maize crop raised, soft wheat output cut again
(Adds revised 2017 production estimates)
* Wheat up after falling to lowest since January
* Soybeans down again as rain forecast in Argentina
* Mood restrained ahead of USDA reports later on Tuesday
BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) -
* China's Ministry of Agriculture reported on Tuesday two
foot and mouth disease hitting its livestock industry
* The O-type strain of the disease was found in 78 pigs on
farms in Duyun city in China's southwestern Guizhou province,
the ministry said in a statement, leading to the culling of 273
PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - France's farm ministry on Tuesday
estimated the area sown with winter soft wheat for the 2018
harvest at 5.028 million hectares, in line with this year.
In its first estimate for next year's crop, the ministry
estimated winter barley sowings down 4.6 percent at 1.36 million
In oilseeds, the farm ministry estimated the winter rapeseed
area for next year's harvest at 1.5 million hectares, up 9.5
percent from this year's harvested area.
By Stefanie Glinski
GANYIEL, South Sudan, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -
S urrounded by swamps and accessible only by plane or boat, South
Sudan's Ganyiel, a rebel-held town in a country torn apart by
civil war, has been dubbed a "haven of peace" by its residents.
Impoverished and living with the constant threat of floods,
Ganyiel's population of some 40,000 people nevertheless consider
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By Michael Hirtzer
CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. agricultural cooperatives
are building new soybean crushing plants at the fastest rate in
two decades as farmers in the world's top producer prepare to
sow another record area with soy.
* November inventories 2.56 mln t, up 16 pct vs Oct
* Sharp fall in exports on weak India demand - trader
* Production to further decline until April next year -
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Malaysia's palm oil stocks
at end-November rose 16 percent to 2.56 million tonnes from the
previous month, industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board
(MPOB) said on Tuesday.
November production declined 3.3 percent from October to
1.94 million tonnes. Exports fell 11.9 percent to 1.35 million
A Thomson Reuters survey had pegged inventory levels to rise
11.4 percent to 2.44 million tonnes in November. Production was
seen down 3 percent at 1.95 million tonnes, while exports were
WELLINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Cattle at four more New
Zealand farms have tested positive for mycoplasma bovis, which
can seriously affect animal health, the nation's Ministry of
Primary Industries said on Tuesday.
That brings the total number of affected farms in the
world's biggest dairy exporter to 12, with one more property
suspected of harbouring the disease.
"These new developments are not good news," said Geoff Gwyn,
a spokesman for the ministry in a statement.
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 11 (Reuters) - World Trade Organization
(WTO) members are unlikely to reach a final deal to curb fishery
subsidies during the ministerial conference underway this week
in Buenos Aires, spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters on
Delegates of the 164-member body were instead discussing an
"interim" deal, but remained divided on whether such a temporary
agreement should contain exemptions for certain countries while
negotiations for a final deal went ahead, Rockwell said.