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Myanmar ready to implement crop insurance scheme for paddy farmers

Alex Whitebrook/ April 24, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Myanmar has approved a crop insurance scheme for smallholder farmers to assist them in facing agricultural challenges and fighting uncertainties. The crop insurance scheme will include only paddy for now. (Image source: philHendley/Flickr) The programme is in line with Myanmar government’s ambitious plan to protect crop damages due to unpredictable weather conditions in the far-eastern Asian nation. Yangon-based Global World

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Satellites, supercomputers and machine learning provide real-time crop type data

Alex Whitebrook/ April 24, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Corn and soybean fields look similar from space—at least they used to. But now, scientists have proven a new technique for distinguishing the two crops using satellite data and the processing power of supercomputers. “If we want to predict corn or soybean production for Illinois or the entire United States, we have to know where they are being grown,” says Kaiyu

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New farming technology helps monitor humidity for root crops

Alex Whitebrook/ April 23, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

University of Vermont Extension idea to help preserve root crops over the winter is being called revolutionary by some Vermont farmers. You could say the Jericho Settlers Farm has had a successful run since Mark Fasching and his wife bought the property in 2006. “We do eggs, pork, lamb, chicken and a bunch of vegetables,” Mark Fasching said. And recently

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How ‘regulatory lag’ in approving GMO crops hurts international trade

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

Time is money. This time-worn axiom of business school courses and the corporate world is also particularly applicable to the regulatory world. The time required for technology development firms to receive regulatory approval for a genetically modified (GM) crop, and thus the ability to commercialize the technology, has consistently increased over the past two decades. Jaffe (2005) reported that in

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An app for farmers to help them improve crop output

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

India’s agriculture yields are low not because improved practices do not exist, but because many farmers are unaware of them, or don’t have easy access to such knowledge. To bridge this gap between farmers, technology and better agro-practices, a mobile application, AgriApp, is providing farmers direct access to the latest scientific information and tools that may help them improve their

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Pakistan, Uzbekistan discuss crop improvement technology

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

Pakistan and Uzbekistan discussed joint ventures for crop improvement through conventional and biotechnological approaches. They also talked about sharing of knowledge regarding suitable agricultural technologies for adaption to climate change during a ministerial meeting between Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Bosan and Republic of Uzbekistan State Committee Deputy Chairman Laziz Kudratov here on Wednesday. Bosan

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Research questions accuracy of drone data in agriculture

Alex Whitebrook/ April 18, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Farmers keen to adopt drone technology to improve crop health should be wary of ‘off the shelf’ aerial products, according to researchers at the University of Queensland and the University of New England, in Australia. The warning comes after new research which appears to show that aerial imaging kits – hardware and software platforms sold to farmers for up to $4,000 apiece – are

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Universities and business teams up to create revolutionary crop technology

Alex Whitebrook/ April 17, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

  A new type of imaging system for use in agriculture, designed to be less expensive than existing technology and to increase crop yield, is being developed in a partnership between academics and industry. Academics at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the University of Strathclyde (UoS) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI), led by Glasgow based product design firm Wideblue, have teamed up to develop

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Satellites Are Great, But They Don’t Beat U.S. Crop Forecasters

Alex Whitebrook/ April 13, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

For decades, government satellites have been taking detailed photographs of crops around the world that are now being tapped by traders like Cargill Inc. to gain an edge in global grain markets. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the benchmark in forecasting domestic crops — says the images by themselves still can’t be relied upon to predict annual corn, wheat or

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Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

Alex Whitebrook/ April 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa. The sector is responsible for 83.9% of imports and 80% of total employment in Ethiopia alone. Technology-led transformation promotes good business practise and encourages farmers to work collaboratively. On a larger scale, aerial images from satellites, weather forecasts and soil sensors are making it easier to

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