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China’s soybean imports from Brazil rose to a record in June | Instant News

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s soybean imports in June from Brazil’s main supplier surged to record highs, according to customs data released on Sunday, driven by increased soybean demand as a herd of Chinese pigs recovered after a deadly outbreak of African swine fever.

PHOTO FILE: Imported soybeans are transported at the port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China August 6, 2018. REUTERS / Stringer / Photo File

The world’s top soybean buyers brought in 10.51 million tons of oil seeds from the South American country in June, up 91% from 5.5 million tons a year earlier, data from the Customs Administration General showed. June’s figure also rose 18.6% from May’s imports from Brazil at 8.86 million tons.

China’s overall soybean imports in June were a record 11.16 million tons because Chinese processors also made most of Brazil’s prices lower because better weather facilitated exports.

China brought 267,553 tons of soybeans from the United States in June, down 56.5% from 614,805 tons in the previous year. Imports fell 45.6% from 491,697 tons in May.

China has increased purchases of US agricultural products including soybeans, and will need to increase purchases dramatically to fulfill its promises under a phase 1 trade agreement signed by both parties in January.

Some Chinese destroyers in the south are struggling with glaring supplies due to the arrival of seeds, while heavy rains and flooding in recent weeks have held back demand from the animal husbandry sector.

Destroying crops in the north has improved thanks to requests from recovered pig herds, according to importers.

Inventories are expected to remain high in the coming months because shipments from Brazil remain large.

China’s weekly national soybean inventory reached 7.39 million tons on July 21, the highest since November 2018, and more than double the record low at the end of March, when soybean arrivals from Brazil fell after bad weather slowed exports.

National soymeal stock also rose to more than 1 million tons earlier this month, up from a record low of 139,000 tons in April.

Reporting by Hallie Gu, Pei Li and Dominique Patton, Writing by Shivani Singh; Editing by William Mallard


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Canadian oil sands cause flooding, some residents fleeing in the middle of a viral war | Instant News

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Floods have forced mandatory evacuations in parts of Fort McMurray, the center of the Canadian oil sands industry, even as the province of Alberta tries to stem the spread of the corona virus.

The Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, which includes Fort McMurray, ordered mandatory evacuations for some residents which began on Sunday and extended on Monday. Ice jam caused the Athabasca River to spill over its edge.

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, said the federal government was looking for “very urgent ways” to help the region.

“The fact that the flood season and in time, the season of forest fires, coincides with the coronavirus in Canada poses some special challenges,” Freeland said Monday in Ottawa.

The area, like most of Canada, is subject to restrictions on movement and most businesses are closed.

Buffalo Wood Mayor Don Scott described the situation as a “crisis” on social media, and he had asked for military assistance.

Alberta expects some pandemic crossovers with floods and fires, and that and will ensure that evacuation centers reflect high standards for physical distance and sanitation, said the province’s chief health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Wood Buffalo food bank was flooded and had to be closed, he said on Twitter. Many food banks have seen a surge in demand during the pandemic.

Coronavirus infections in Alberta have increased in recent days, mainly due to the further spread south. The northern zone of Alberta Health Services, including Wood Buffalo, had 196 confirmed cases and 14 deaths on Monday, according to the provincial ministry.

Karim Zariffa, executive director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance, whose members include oil-producing companies, said he was not aware of any flooding on their site.

Several oil sands companies have deployed emergency personnel to help pump water out of the flood area, he said.

Oil sands sites run with fewer workers because of the pandemic, and many reduce production amid low prices.

This area was forced to close several sites in 2016 due to forest fires.

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing Aurora Ellis


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