Indonesia Lifts Palm Oil Export Ban

Fourth EstateBottles of Palm Oil

Indonesia will lift its three-week-old palm oil export ban starting May 23 following improvements in domestic cooking oil supply, President Joko Widodo announced on Thursday. Widodo said in a video statement that the supply of bulk cooking oil had now …

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Oman In Talks With Australia and Argentina As Alternative To India Wheat Imports

Fourth EstateA combine works a wheat field

Oman on Thursday said it has a plan to import wheat from Australia and Argentina as the country is looking for alternatives to India’s wheat source. The CEO of the Omani Flour Mills Company, Haitham Al Fana Al Araimi said …

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Mexican Avocado Growers Seek Asylum in the United States

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Migrant advocacy group Al Otro Lado said Monday that violence and lawlessness in the Mexican state, Michoacan, have pushed avocado growers to leave their homes and seek asylum in the United States. Al Otro Lado reported that 32 members of …

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Indonesian Farmers Protest Against Palm Oil Export Ban

Fourth EstatePalm Oil fruit stacked in a plantation in Indonesia (file photo)

Indonesian palm oil farmers staged a protest on Tuesday in various cities across the country, demanding the government to end an export ban on palm oil that has slashed their incomes. Farmers held a rally outside the offices of the …

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Saudi Arabia Injects $320m To Increase Domestic Coffee Production

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Saudi Arabia announced an additional investment of $319.9 million to increase domestic coffee production from 300 to 2,500 tons annually. The Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) said it has launched the Saudi Coffee Company to promote the Kingdom’s coffee …

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India Bans Wheat Exports Over Domestic Supply Shortages

Fourth EstateWoman harvesting wheat, Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh, India. - Yann Forget

India, the second-largest producer of wheat, banned exports of wheat after a scorching heatwave caused a spike in domestic prices, threatening local food security amid strong global demand. In a Commerce Ministry notice, the Indian government said the decision was …

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UN: Up to 40% of Land Around the World Now Degraded

Fourth EstateDeforested land - World Bank Photo Collection

Up to 40% of the land around the world is now degraded due to damaging human activities, a new report from the United Nations (UN) revealed. Food production has caused most of the damage to the world’s land, but overconsumption …

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Egypt Cotton Exports Rise to Nearly 75%

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The Egyptian government said they have succeeded in exporting 50,000 tons of cotton by the end of February 2022 with China and India being the main important countries. Egypt’s Cotton Arbitration and Testing General Organization (CATGO) on Monday said they …

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Largest Fertilizer Plant in Africa Opens in Nigeria

ACER ASPIRE E15$2.5 billion fertilizer plant in Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a $2.5 billion fertilizer plant in Nigeria, the largest by far in the continent. Buhari said that the Dangote Fertilizer Plant will help solve the Nigerians’ perennial fertilizer problems. “Our goal is to make fertilizer …

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Spanish Rural Alliance Holds Mass Rallies to Protest Against Rising Prices

Countryside workers who are part of the Spanish Rural Alliance flocked to the streets to protest the lack of action from the Spanish government to address the issue of skyrocketing market prices brought about by Russia’s war on Ukraine. The …

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