COMMODITY / ENERGY BRIEFS

COMMODITY / ENERGY BRIEFS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERING

DOWN IN NEW ZEALANDWELLINGTON, New Zealand - The number of livestock slaughtered in New Zealand in April-June 1995 fell 1.6 percent from the same quarter in 1994, Statistics New Zealand said.

''Changes in livestock slaughtering between the June 1994 and 1995 quarters were: cattle up 11.4 percent, sheep up 82.9 percent, lambs down 8.9 percent and pigs up 3.4 percent," it said when releasing its second-quarter New Zealand production statistics.

WARM WEATHER IN CHINA

MAY HELP AGRICULTURE

BEIJING - Climatic changes will affect China's farms, forcing changes in crop planting and spawning more floods, the Economic Information Daily said.

"By the year 2050, almost all China's planting systems will have big changes except the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and the north part of the northeastern region," it quoted Ding Yihui, director of the National Climate Research Centre as saying.

He forecast a shift to warmer, drier weather as well as more floods as melting glaciers in the Himalayas swell rivers.

The warm weather will help China's agricultural output since it will be able to grow more crops and diversify in areas that are currently cooler, he said. China would be able to grow more rice crops because of the warm weather.

But it will be difficult for China to enlarge rice acreage because average output will decline in the drier weather expected by the year 2050, he said.