Popularity of greenhouse farming options on the rise

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Dubai: The agricultural landscape witnessed a 15 per cent increase in organic greenhouse farming last year in the UAE as farmers are being urged to move away from traditional farming techniques and go in for water-saving options. Farming in greenhouses helps save water by reducing evaporation in hot temperatures and also gives organic farming a…


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…


Iowa ag secretary hears switchgrass update

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Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee this week.  He was attending his first meeting as a director of the 25 X 25 Group, a national organization focused on renewable energy.   Northey says they heard presentations on research involving switchgrass and other cellulosic materials to produce biofuels. “We’ve…


Organic agriculture flourishing in Serbia

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Through the Serbian Organic Foundation—an organization founded to promote the spread of organic agriculture in the country—outlets for selling organic products in Belgrade have expanded from only 2 one year ago, to more than 40 currently. Organic agriculture is one of the programmes emphasized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to create an ideal quality of life…


$2.3M to offset costs for farmers, ranchers

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HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is helping Pacific rim farmers and ranchers offset costs of shipping their products. U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka said in a joint news release Thursday farmers and ranchers in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim are to receive $2.6 million in payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture…


Modern agriculture’s enormous environmental footprint

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What amazes many environmental advocates to this day is how the widespread adoption of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for use in agriculture was dubbed the “Green Revolution,” when in fact this post-World War II paradigm shift in the way we produce food has wreaked untold havoc on the environment, food quality and human…


GSO plans rural, agriculture, fishery census

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The General Statistics Office (GSO) will conduct a national rural, agricultural and fishery census in July. Illustration photo The census aims to collect basic information to serve the assessment of reality and the making of orientations, planning and policies for agricultural and rural development in the future. The census will focus on three major domains,…


Scientific research essential for agriculture

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed the need to promote scientific research in a bid to ensure sustainable development for the agricultural sector. The Deputy PM was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on June 17, during which he described agriculture as one of Vietnam’s…


Vietnam introduces UK to agricultural potential

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Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan highlighted Vietnam’s potential for agricultural development on July 5 in calling for the UK’s investment and cooperation in the field. Deputy Minister Tan said at a meeting with British firms in London that the agricultural sector earned US$19.5 billion from exports in 2010, accounting for…


Better methods to boost cacao crop

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The area under cocoa in Viet Nam will quadruple in a decade to 80,000ha under a Government programme if the country strengthens its agricultural extension activities to improve farmers’ growing and other techniques, a conference heard in HCM City yesterday. Speaking at the conference, the annual meeting of the Viet Nam Cacoa Co-ordination Committee (VCC),…


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