Shortage of migrant labor hits Thailand

Many sectors, including construction, fisheries and agriculture face labor shortages due to the new labor law.  More than 5 million migrants are working in Thailand, but only half  are documented. You can access the whole article at

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels

France will restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels to reduce deforestation, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said early June. Special tax bills have been tabled on the use of palm oil in food, citing environmental damage caused by plantations. Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s two largest palm oil producers, opposed such a tax. You can

Mintel talks trends in sugar and sweeteners

Sugar reduction is a trend among most consumers (84%), with millennials leading the charge citing more reasons than older consumers for following the health trend, according Mintel. You can access the whole article at

Indonesia’s Natural Rubber Industry

Indonesia has a low level of productivity per hectare compared to its ASEAN competitors. This is in large part due to the general older age of its rubber trees in combination with low investment capability of the smallholder farmers. Whereas Thailand produces 1,800 kilogram (kg) of rubber per hectare per year, Indonesia only manages to

Food sector comprises one third of all manufacturing in Australia

Australia’s food and grocery sector turnover totalled $125.9 billion in 2014-15, comprising: Food and beverage processing $103.2 billion Grocery (non-food) manufacturing $16.9 billion Fresh produce (minimally transformed) $5.9 billion The defined industry represents 33.3 per cent of total Australian manufacturing by turnover with a combined value added of approximately $32.0 billion in 2014-15. The total value

Rice import restriction extended

THE Philippines is keeping the quantitative restriction on rice purchases in place for three more years, limiting supplies from major sellers like Thailand and Vietnam, according to an executive order released on Monday. The maximum volume of rice that private traders can ship in annually will remain at 805,200 tons until 2020, with the tariff

Vietnam expects healthy growth for seafood exports in 2017

The value of Vietnam’s seafood exports is expected to increase by 5 percent this year to around USD 7.5 billion (EUR 7 billion) despite having to overcome many potential hurdles, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP). You can read the whole article here:

How to improve the health of the ocean

The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. The ocean provides 3bn people with almost a fifth of their protein (making fish a bigger source of the stuff than beef). Fishing and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of one in ten of the world’s people. Climate and weather systems depend on the temperature patterns of the

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The Thai government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai  (170,000 hectares) of related farmland. You can read the whole article here.

Philippine Economy Posts 6.4 Percent GDP Growth in the First Quarter of 2017

Originally posted at Reference Number: Q12017 Release Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted a 6.4 percent growth in the first quarter of 2017. Manufacturing, Trade, and  Other Services were the main drivers of growth for the quarter. Among the major economic sectors, Services had the fastest growth of 6.8 percent. Industry decelerated