19 October 1999
Farming around the world
- 2003 EU entry date disappoints Hungarian opposition
Hungarian opposition politicians blame the government as a provisional EU entry date is a year later than hoped.
- PACCAR Inc takes 14 per cent stake in Rush Enterprises
Rush Enterprises, which operates John Deere dealerships and a farm superstore, has announced that PACCAR Inc has bought 14 per cent of its common stock.
‘Blue tongue disease’ kills Bulgarian sheep
Some 1320 sheep in Bulgaria have died of an African virus dubbed “blue tongue disease”.
South Africa-EU deal finally signed
Four years of often bitter wrangling finally brought results when South Africa and the EU signed a trade, development and co-operation accord.
Banks fund New Holland acquisition of Case
Chase Manhattan and Credit Suisse First Boston extend $2.4 billion credit to New Holland. Proceeds from the deal will help fund New Hollands acquisition of Case Corp for $4.3 billion in cash.
- Harsh weather devastates Ukrainian harvest
Ukraine blames bad weather and the legacy of Soviet mismanagement for the worst harvest in 10 years.
- Brazil wins pork dispute with Argentina
A tribunal of southern trade bloc Mercosur rejects Argentinas claim that Brazil subsidises pork production through maize sale regulations.
- EU wants Seattle talks to go beyond agriculture
Next months World Trade Organisation talks in Seattle must not focus simply on agriculture and services, European Union international trade commissioner Pascal Lamy has announced.