Plan to End Use of Environmentally Harmful Chemicals On Commercial Crops Developed

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Two University of Alberta researchers have published a step by step plan to one-day end the use of environmentally harmful chemicals on commercial crops by developing plants that produce their own fertilizer. U of A plant biologist Allen Good says the energy required to produce nitrogen fertilizers has pushed the world-wide cost for agricultural producers…


Vietnam delays coffee loading, default risk looms

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Vietnamese coffee exporters have delayed loading part of contracts totaling around 100,000 tons since May because of a shortage of stocks, an industry official said on Monday. This prompted at least two traders to raise concerns of possible defaults in shipments. The thin stocks in Vietnam, the world’s second-largest producer, coupled with an International Coffee…


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),…


Seed shortage threatens crop

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Farmers in the central region are facing a shortage of short-term rice seed for the summer-autumn rice crop, which will be grown 25-35 days late because of the late harvest of the 2010-11 winter-spring rice crop. A prolonged cold spell has prolonged the maturing period of the current crop, causing a delay in harvest. To…


Hau Giang farmers produce large crop

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Orange growers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang have had a bumper crop, harvesting 25-35 tonnes per ha, almost a tonne higher than the last crop. Phan Van Nam, a farmer in Chau Thanh District, said he sold a kilogramme of the fruit for VND20,000 ($1), meaning his three-ha farm fetched…


Bumper crop cheers litchi farmers

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The Department of Industry and Trade in Bac Giang Province is forecasting a bumper litchi crop this year, estimating a harvest of 189,500 tons of litchis, an increase of 84 percent from last year. Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters saw many traders in Luc Ngan District of Bac Giang Province buying litchis for VND10, 000…


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