PMAC weekly update 17th July

PMAC weekly update 10th July to 17th July

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  1. Government agencies: Holiday Break; Country Freedom Status; Expo in Beijing; Study to explore water use for BOP economic growth;
  1. New Zealand News: ExportNZ sounds warning over Labour, Greens, NZ First coalition government; Labour backs new agri food advisor; Mainfreight banned from hiring migrant workers; Big kiwifruit growth plans for Maori ; NZ horticulture fruit & veg growers to vote on levy reduction; Amendments to NZ Kiwi Export Regulations 1999 approved; New Zealand dairy farms being replaced by avocado orchards; $30m invested to develop kiwifruit enterprises in NZ; Avocados drive up New Zealand food prices; NZ: Progress made in red kiwifruit breeding program; Post-harvest solutions provider invests in cloud-based platform
  1. International news: GAIN reports; Russia extends embargo of EU food products to end of 2018; OECD and FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low; China, Russia ink MoU on agricultural cooperation; European Seed Association welcomes restriction of plant patents; EFSA proposes new values for crop protection; FSI welcomes Rabobank as new member; Growth continues in Voluntary Sustainability Standards; Cloud-based traceability program designed for the produce industry; Jack Ma's first unmanned supermarket; More demand for residue-free products; Citrus may help reduce risk of dementia, study finds; Food packaging chemical found to increase onset of chronic disease;Newly developed pouch reduces pathogens in fruit & veg shipments