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“The TFMA wants the government to reconsider the corn absorption rates for feeds which do not typically use corn, such as fish feed, shrimp feed, and pet food,” the USDA said. “However, the government is reportedly considering an exemption only for the shrimp feed industry and may allow them to import approximately 110,000 tonnes of feed wheat without being required to use domestic corn. This figure is based on the amount of feed wheat that has historically been imported for shrimp feed production, and accounts for 10% to 20% of the total shrimp feed ration. The government is also considering a 2:1 domestic corn absorption rate for a pet food producer that requires approximately 20,000 tonnes of feed wheat annually. The Ministry of Commerce in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ Department of Livestock Development and Department of Fishery is seeking cabinet approval, which may be granted in the next couple of months.”
The report forecast declining wheat imports of 3.6 million tonnes in market year 2016-17 and 3 million tonnes in market year 2017-18 due to the reduction in feed wheat imports. In addition to the new import regulations, the sale of government feed-quality rice stocks of around 1.6 million tonnes in April 2017 will reduce import demand for feed wheat in swine feed rations as the price of feed quality rice stocks is 30% to 35% lower than the price for imported feed wheat, the USDA said.