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Rise in fertilizer consumption expected in 2012

Fertilizer sector has now fully recuperated from the setback of 2008/09 and is maintaining a steady stream of investment in new capacityThe International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) has released its short-term Fertilizer Outlook 2012-2013 to the public. The report shows that the fertilizer sector has now fully recuperated from the setback of 2008/09 and is maintaining a steady stream of investment in new capacity, capitalizing on the positive forecasts of a 3 per cent increase in consumption worldwide for the main nutrients – nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) – in 2012.

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Lifecycle of avocado anthracnose

Mature__fruit_showing_raised_dark_spots_indicative_of_pre-harvest_anthracnoseAvocado—which originated in Central America, particularly in high-elevation areas of Mexico and Guatemala—is now being produced commercially throughout the tropics and subtropics with Asian and Pacific Rim countries including India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia and New Zealand becoming increasingly important producers.

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Food prices almost unchanged

Food prices almost unchanged, record cereal harvest forecast The FAO Food Price Index in November was virtually unchanged from its October level.

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Indonesia to start Green Palm Oil Certification in 2012

Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practicesThe Indonesian government will start regulating its palm oil producers to check on sustainability practices from the beginning of next year, newspaper The Jarkarta Post reported.

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Japan expands grain import capacity

Japan_is_the_leading_market_for_US_cornThe U.S. Grains Council’s 2011 Corn Mission to Japan, China and Vietnam toured the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, Japan, and heard firsthand the plans to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels.

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