Sale prices give timely lift to lamb sector

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OPTIMISM in the lamb business was reflected at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of gimmer shearlings – one of the largest fixtures of its kind in the North of England. The sale of young ewes last Tuesday attracted 5,000 entries – over 1,700 up on the previous year – and achieved an overall…


Lebanese farmers meet to discuss sector’s challenges

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BEIRUT: Lebanese farmers association held a meeting Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the agriculture sector in Lebanon and the solutions that must be adopted by the government to improve the performance of this sector. “The Lebanese agriculture sector is suffering a lot while the Agriculture Ministry is not properly assuming its responsibilities,” the association…


Agriculture in Vietnam gets a boost with new public-private sector project

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Twelve global companies have joined with the Government of Vietnam to launch a public-private task force to advance sustainable agricultural growth in the country. Developed through discussions of the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture Initiative, the task force will take an innovative approach to improve food security and agricultural sustainability nationwide. As the first of…


Dip in land and shares puts cloud over farm sector

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Farmland prices have slipped for a third successive month in the US, and share prices in agricultural groups markedly underperformed the market, raising a question mark over the sector’s standing with investors. Farm values, while continuing this month a rise in prices stretching back to the start of 2010, rose more slowly than in June,…


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…


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…


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…


Agricultural sector urged to boost exports

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Domestic agricultural producers must boost exports to help reduce the country’s trade deficit, said economist Pham Do Chi. Chi said if the sector did not increase production and foreign sales, the country’s trade deficit would reach US$15 billion this year. According to the General Statistics Office, in the first four months of this year, the…


Temasek to invest $55m into HAG’s rubber sector

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Singapore-based Temasek Group and Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group Joint Stock Co (HAG) have recently signed a principle deal whereby Temasek will invest $55 million in HAG’s rubber industry. Two signatories are discussing terms of a detailed contract which is expected to be finished in June, Vo Truong Son, HAG’s deputy general director in charge…


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