Coronavirus threatens to trigger new round of global food crisis: China official

first_imgThough China has sufficient grains to meet domestic demand, some other import-reliant farm products like soybeans and edible oils may be impacted by the global pandemic, Yu said.China’s exports of aquaculture, vegetables, and tea will be affected due to the disease, Yu added.Speaking at the same conference, Agriculture Minister Han Changfu ruled out a food crisis in China, saying it had the confidence and ability to secure supplies of grain and other major agricultural products.While the pace of domestic virus transmissions has slowed, China is focusing on infections from overseas arrivals as it guards against a major resurgence and monitors the spread in northeastern Heilongjiang province.”The risk of imported coronavirus is still huge and will put considerable pressure on livestock production,” Yu said.China is also fighting with the deadly African swine fever, which has slashed its pig herd by at least 40% and is still spreading. The country has reported 13 new cases of African swine fever since March.”African swine fever risks have significantly increased, as pig production recovery accelerates and more piglets and breeders get transported,” Yu said.China’s farmers, lured by good profits and a series of government policies, have sped up efforts to rebuild pig herd.Pests, drought and floods also present harsher threats than usual to output this year, Yu added. “If the epidemic continues to spread and escalate, the impact on international food trade and production will definitely worsen, and might trigger a new round of food crisis,” Yu said during a video conference on the country’s agriculture outlook.The pandemic and measures some countries took to secure domestic supplies have inhibited normal trade and supplies, and caused some major price fluctuations, Yu added.The coronavirus pandemic, which started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected 2.3 million people and killed 159,000 people worldwide.Strict lockdowns and quarantines to control the coronavirus outbreaks have disrupted China’s supply chains and made it difficult for many industries to find enough workers, delayed poultry and pig production in the world’s top meats market. Topics :center_img The global coronavirus pandemic threatens to cause a huge shock to international food trade and trigger a new food crisis, a top agriculture official in China said on Monday.The comments came as coronavirus outbreaks roiled global agriculture supply chains and upended trade, and after some countries restricted exports of main grains and increased procurement for reserves.”The fast spreading global epidemic has brought huge uncertainty on international agriculture trade and markets,” said Yu Kangzhen, China’s deputy agriculture minister.last_img read more

Comeback luck finally runs out for USC

first_imgA season of living on the edge finally caught up to the USC women’s basketball team.USC (13-7, 7-2), which has made a habit of coming back from second-half deficits, ran into one it could not overcome Saturday against Oregon. The Ducks (13-8, 4-5) opened up a 15-point lead in the second half before cruising to victory 85-77.Double-double· Sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath had a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with her 18 points in USC’s 85-77 loss. – Heather Lee | Daily Trojan The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Women of Troy and dropped them into a tie with UCLA for second place in the conference.“I thought we did well in the first to hold them to 38 points and we were right there in the game,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “We just didn’t do it well enough in the second half.”USC trailed the Ducks 38-35 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw 13 lead changes. The Women of Troy held Oregon ­— which entered the game leading the nation in scoring at over 86 points per game — to just 36 percent shooting in the half.The second half was a different story, however, as the Ducks ramped up their defensive pressure and started hitting shots. Oregon scored 47 points and shot nearly 50 percent from the field.“Our defense kind of collapsed a little bit [in the second] half,” Cooper said. “It could have been because of fatigue.”Relentless pressure defense from Oregon turned the game into a track meet and wore down the Women of Troy. USC shot just 32 percent from the field in the second half.“It’s not anything where they want to necessarily get steals, they just want to get you to play at a faster tempo than you want to,” Cooper said.Junior center Kari LaPlante said Oregon’s defense got the Women of Troy playing too fast and away from their game plan. USC turned the ball over 18 times in the game.The Women of Troy got solid contributions from several players but were unable to keep pace with Oregon, which got outstanding games from senior guards Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks. Cocks scored 24 points but was overshadowed by her backcourt mate, who put on a shooting clinic at the Galen Center.Lilley knocked down a school-record nine 3-pointers en route to a career-best 36 points. The diminutive guard repeatedly got free from larger defenders for wide-open shots from beyond the arc.“We know she can shoot very deep,” LaPlante said. “We’re used to putting our heels on that 3-point line, but she’s way farther back and she’s just launching them.”Lilley entered the day fifth in 3-pointers made in Pac-10 history with 146 3-pointers.LaPlante and sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath led the way for the Women of Troy. Gilbreath turned in another strong all-around performance with 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. LaPlante had perhaps her best game of the season with a career-high 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral paced USC with 22 points but shot just 7 of 20 from the field and failed to record an assist. Corral came into the game leading the conference in assists with over five per game.USC looks to rebound this week with road games against California and No. 2 Stanford.last_img read more

Georgia vs. Auburn odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘SEC on CBS’ game of the week

first_imgStat that mattersAuburn is 7-1 against the spread as a home underdog under Gus Malzhan. That should at least make Georgia fans nervous. The Tigers are going to pull out all the stops here, so expect Malzahn to break tendencies on both sides of the ball to try to mix up Georgia.Auburn vs. Georgia predictionAuburn takes the early lead, perhaps on a trick play, and the defense gives Fromm problems in the first half. The Tigers, however, cannot capitalize on that early momentum and it’s a one-score game at home. Georgia stays patient in the running game, and D’Andre Swift — who had 25 carries for 86 yards against Florida — comes up with a few big runs in the third quarter. Georgia holds on in the fourth quarter to keep those Playoff hopes alive.Auburn vs. Georgia scoreGeorgia 30, Auburn 23 WEEK 12 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadAuburn, it’s worth mentioning, can still get to a New Year’s Day 6 bowl; this is its third matchup against a top-10 team this season. It’s the first one at home, however, and could set the tone for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30.The Bulldogs and Tigers have a lot on the line here. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup:Georgia vs. Auburn oddsSpread: Georgia -2.5Point total: 44Moneyline: Auburn-110, Georgia-110Georgia is a 2.5-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 56 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Bulldogs.MORE: Get the latest NCAAF odds and trends at Sportsbook ReviewAuburn vs. Georgia all-time seriesGeorgia leads the all-time series 59-56-8 and has won the last two meetings. Auburn won the last meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium, 40-17, in 2017.Three trends to know— The Tigers are 14-7 against Georgia when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, but the Bulldogs have won two of the last three regular-season meetings in that situation.— The Tigers are 7-2 against the spread this season, including a 2-0 against-the-spread mark as an underdog. Those games were on the road.—Georgia is 9-4 against the spread as a road favorite under fourth-year coach Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs have been favored in every game this season and are 5-3 against the spread.WEEK 12 PROJECTIONS: Bowls | PlayoffThree things to watchThe running gameAuburn (219.3 ypg) and Georgia (215.9) are both excellent on the ground, and the team that wins the battle could run away with this game. On defense, however, the Bulldogs have been better at 74.6 yards per game (fourth in the FBS). That’s nasty, and if it travels that would put Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix behind the chains. There is more pressure on the Tigers to get a running game started.A better Bo NixIn the losses to LSU and Florida, Nix was 26 of 62 (41.2 percent) for an average of 146 yards per game with two touchdowns and four interceptions. If that happens again, then Georgia will cruise to victory. Nix’s numbers are better across the board at home, and he averages 5.0 yards per carry. Perhaps Auburn uses more designed quarterback runs early to loosen up the passing game.What did Fromm learn?The last trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium was a nightmare on all fronts for Jake Fromm, who was sacked four times and managed a 13 of 28 passing day for 184 yards and a touchdown. Georgia had 32 carries for 46 yards in a game dominated by the Tigers’ defensive front. Georgia has won the last two meetings since, but this was on the road. No. 5 Georgia (8-1) travels to No. 13 Auburn (7-2) in the marquee SEC game of the week at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry has SEC and College Football Playoff implications for the second straight season. Georgia can clinch a spot in the SEC championship game with a victory, and Auburn can knock the Bulldogs out of Playoff contention once and for all with a win.last_img read more