Central Highlands Agriculture Trade Fair 2011 opens in Dak Nong

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Guests visiting Dak Nong province’s hi-tech agricultural products booth. The event features 250 enterprises from across the country displaying their products at nearly 400 booths. This is the biggest ever agricultural fair in the Central Highlands, showcasing agricultural accomplishments, farming products and specialties, as well as consumer goods and traditional handicrafts. A range of activities…


Livestock a bridge too far

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Businesses are hesitate to invest in livestock breeding despite exceptional profit rates. Pumping money into livestock breeding was risky currently despite its exceptional profit margins of 20-25 per cent, said Nghe An Animal Breed Centre director Luu Cong Hoa. “Besides, the [animal husbandry] sector is always threatened by epidemic outbreaks. Once an outbreak took place,…


Climate change is indeed a global threat to agriculture

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HYDERABAD (Commodity Online): Will climate change endanger food security worldwide and make food inflation a reality of the future? News reports from around the globe presents an alarming picutre, here are a few: Andhra Pradesh: Nalgonda district has turned ‘arid’ to semi-arid in the last 30 years. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is studying…


Wood exports fetch US$1.1 billion

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Vietnam’s wood exports generated US$1.1 billion in the first four months of the year, up 52% from same period last year, with the U.S. and European countries remaining key buyers. Meanwhile, local wood processors so far have imported US$350 million worth of timber and other materials, up 18% over the same period last year, according…


Noble flags dent from defaulting US cotton farmers

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Noble Group highlighted hits from US cotton farmers defaulting on deliveries, and of poor Brazilian weather on its sugar operations, even as it unveiled a jump in agriculture profits. The coal-to-oilseeds commodities giant, whose rise has made a billionaire of founder Richard Elman, said while high cotton prices had boosted the group’s revenues from the…


High demand, low supply cause of high agriculture product prices

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An unsatisfied demand for some agriculture foodstuffs was the main reason for increased prices, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat  on 12 July, 2011. He told a meeting to discuss methods of stabilising agriculture foodstuff prices that domestic demand had reached a peak while the supply was still low. Meanwhile, imports…


Agriculture Dept. researchers publish data from tracking greenhouse emissions from dairy

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Federal researchers have finished a yearlong study tracking the amount of greenhouse gases like ammonia and methane emitted from a corporate dairy operation in the Magic Valley. The U.S. Department of Agriculture study is the first to look at greenhouse-type gas emissions from an open air-dairy operation, and researchers say the…


Organic Farming: Answer to Climate Change

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CLIMATE change remains a critical issue especially for least developed countries which have proved to be the most vulnerable since they have the least capacity to adapt. Among many other challenges, farmers are grappling with floods and inconsistent weather patterns that have affected rainfall in most parts of the Southern African region where agriculture forms…


Foreign NGOs support agriculture

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Eleven general non-governmental organisations (NGO) financed almost 2.3 million USD for 9 projects in a fields of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and irrigation in a initial 6 months of this year. In a news to a Working Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations on Jun 27, a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) pronounced that a projects…


Texas ag losses could set record amid drought

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With strong demand pushing up crop prices, economist thinks farmers may lose $8 billion By Betsy Blaney of The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — Randy McGee spent $28,000 in one month pumping water onto about 500 acres in West Texas before he decided to give up irrigating 75 acres of corn and focus on other…


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