Crop yields set to drop

Alex Whitebrook/ June 22, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Pollution, soil erosion and expansion of farming contributing to area half size of EU declining significantly in quality every year. Over three quarters of the Earth’s land area has been severely degraded, and this figure could increase to 90 per cent by the middle of the century, according to a new report. Human expansion across the planet’s surface diminishes the quality of

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Crop export revenue triples in six years

Alex Whitebrook/ June 21, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Myanmar’s agriculture exports have been on the rise, with revenues from selling locally produced crops such as fruits and vegetables to other countries nearly tripling between 2010 and 2016, said U Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.  In 2016, total revenue from agriculture exports hit $140 million compared to $55 million in 2010, U

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Preventing health and safety risks in agriculture with technology

Alex Whitebrook/ June 21, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

New technology in farming machinery coupling could make agriculture safer and reduce health and safety risks for farmers. Here, Government Europa speaks to Andy Newbold from FarmSmart. Farmers usually have to hitch and unhitch tractors to trailers and tools several times a day which can be time-consuming and unsafe. Technology is currently being developed to do this at the push of a

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Panel for adopting latest genetically modified technology

Alex Whitebrook/ June 20, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Dalwai committee on doubling farmers’ income has suggested India should adopt latest genetically modified (GM) technologies in important non-food crops since use of GM in food crops is an issue under debate. In a draft report, released for public comment on Tuesday, the committee said GM technology is an important aspect of long-term research. Panel for adopting latest GM

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New multi-million round of funding to boost crop resistance

Alex Whitebrook/ June 19, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

UK universities and research centres which improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops will benefit from a funding package worth around £5.3 million over five years, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced last week. The funding will go to four leading agricultural research centres to help develop new technologies and environmentally friendly production for farmers and growers across the country. They

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Senate farm Bill harnesses technology to maximize conservation impact

Alex Whitebrook/ June 11, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The Senate farm bill, scheduled for markup this week, will modernize the measurement of conservation practices and their contribution to farm productivity. It demonstrates strong bipartisan commitment to conservation programs. “With a focus on soil health, technology and innovation, the Senate bill is truly a farm bill for the 21st century. It maintains full funding for core conservation programs and

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Agriculture is the new bee for Big Data analytics!

Alex Whitebrook/ June 8, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Big Data has been disrupting innovation in almost every sector of the world and Agriculture is not left behind either. Though, the agriculture field is less impacted by any technological advancement, but Big Data and AI are such powerful forces that have the potential to transform the agricultural domain. Farmers have mostly banked on a range of different techniques to

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India’s farms prove fertile ground for tech startups

Alex Whitebrook/ June 7, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Startups are reshaping the landscape of Indian agriculture, a sector that employs half of the nation’s 1.3 billion people, by improving traditional farming methods with information technology and new business models. In the southern state of Karnataka, farmers deliver produce to a pickup point near their fields where it is inspected for size, shape, color and damage. The tomatoes, cumbers

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Mainstream organic weed control tech

Alex Whitebrook/ June 6, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A product devised in Sweden as a means of controlling problem weeds in organic cropping systems, has shown promise as a weed control tool in conventional farming as well, in particular for farmers with problems with herbicide resistant weeds. Inventor Jonas Carlsson came up with the CombCut technology as a means to eliminate thistle from his cereal paddocks. The cutter

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