Govt allots Rs 1,000 cr to FCI for clearing dues of rice millers in Andhra Pradesh

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HYDERABAD: The Central Government has announced the release of Rs 1,000 crore to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) with the aim to help clear the dues of the rice millers in the state. This amount will be paid for the rice procured from the millers. Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state Chief Minister, has…


Expansion of good agricultural practices urged

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Application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in agricultural production to promote quality and safety is expected to help Vietnamese farm produce gain wider acceptance in both domestic and international markets, experts said at a conference in HCM City last Saturday. GAP is a collection of principles that apply to o­n-farm production and post-production processes, ensuring…


Agricultural sector focuses on climate change

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will spend nearly 9.5 billion VND (430,000 USD) implementing a national programme on climate change in 2011 in order to ensure sustainable agricultural production and national food security. The programme will assess the level of climate change, build climate change and rising sea level scenarios and implement…


Commentary: Banning agricultural antibiotic use is a false solution

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there about food and food production.  Usually we can look the other way, simply shaking it off as a matter of personal preference or fashionable trend that will eventually wane with time.  But there’s one issue where that approach is unacceptable:  the use of antibiotics in livestock.  After all,…


US corn, wheat post falls on debt talks, forecast rain

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US grains futures fell around one per cent on Monday, hurt by forecasts for rain this week in the heat-stricken US Midwest and by concern over a seeming stalemate in US debt talks. Agricultural commodity markets are at the mercy of weather in the United States as corn and soybean crops mature, as well as…


HCM City eyes 6% agricultural growth

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The ongoing Agriculture and Rural Development Programme in HCM City targets an increase of more than 6 per cent in farm output this year, an official said. HCM CITY — The programme, run by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and various associations and organisations, will stop rice farming on around 1,000ha of low-yield…


Agricultural sector to cut rice output losses

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The agricultural sector aims to reduce rice production losses from 12 per cent currently down to 5-6 per cent by 2020. There are also plans to increase export value by 20-25 per cent. These targets were announced by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat at a conference to look at ways…


Proposed county budget would gut funding for agriculture

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The county’s proposed budget would gut services to Miami-Dade’s $2.7-billion agriculture industry. Growers say the cuts are disrespectful to a major economic engine. There’s a long way between County Hall and the avocado groves of Redland, the rows of tomatoes in Homestead and the plant nurseries of deep South Miami-Dade. But more than miles seem…


As Agricultural Riches Waylay Pollinators, an Endangered Tree Suffers

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For the conservation of species, hostile territory might sometimes have its advantages. That’s according to a study of pollen flow among trees found only in remnant patches of native Chilean forest. The data show that the pollinators those rare trees rely on can be waylaid by the abundance of resources found in agricultural lands. As…


Agricultural sector aims to boost added value

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The agricultural sector plans to raise the added value of its products by at least 20 percent in the next decade. The target is set as the volume and value of exports of Vietnamese farm produce increase constantly in the recent years, but farmers’ income did not increase in correlation. Additionally, 90 percent of the…


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