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Prof. MS Swaminathan to get World Agriculture Prize

Recognized worldwide for his basic and applied research in genetics, cytogenetics, radiation and chemical mutagenesis, food and biodiversity conservation, MS Swaminathan has been hailed by the United Nations Environment Program as “The Father of Economic Ecology” owing to his commitment towards the ever-green revolution movement in agriculture. Professor M S Swaminathan has been acclaimed by the TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century and one of the only three from India, the other two being Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. 

Aspirin Social Innovation Award 2018 now underway

It’s your turn to choose! The Aspirin Social Innovation Award 2018 is underway and interested parties have until October 25, 2018 to vote for their favorite social impact pioneers. This year, 28 projects from 16 countries have been nominated for the award endowed with EUR 100,000. Five winners will each be awarded EUR 20,000 for their groundbreaking approaches to humanity’s biggest challenges in health and nutrition. Four of these winners will be chosen by an expert jury on November 12 in Berlin, and one will be selected by the public through an online vote. For the second time in the award’s history, the foundation will additionally select a “Special China Award” winner to increase awareness of social innovations in China. 

ISTA Seed Symposium 2019 

The Seed Symposium of the 32nd ISTA Congress under the theme

Seed technology and quality in a changing world 
To be held in Hyderabad, India, 26-28 June

The symposium will bring together seed analysts, technologists, researchers and managers from universities, research institutes, government and the seed trade to discuss all aspects of seed quality.  The symposium will provide a forum for the discussion of recent advances in seed science and technology as well as an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information. Intending participants are invited to submit oral and poster papers under the above theme. The research reported in offered papers can cover both the scientific basis of aspects of seed quality and its technological application in seed testing.  In all sessions we welcome papers on established and novel seed testing methods, and on tropical and temperate crop species, wild species, flowers, trees and shrubs, including species with potential for use in plant breeding and in habitat regeneration.

6th Global Summit on Plant Science 2018

October 29-30, 2018 Valencia, Spain

Meet World’s leading Plant Science/Plant Physiology Professionals from 50 Countries & 5 Continents 

Theme: “Plants in a Changing Environment”

Peter Rockwell/Alexa Nickolas

Program Director | Plant Science 2018

Phone: +1-702-508-5201 | Fax: +1-650-618-1414

E-mail: plantscienceconferences@gmail.com

plantscience@conferenceseries.net

Mahindra Agri Solutions Forms Joint Venture with Japan Based Sumitomo Corporation for its Crop Care Business

Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today entered into a joint venture agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Group, Japan, a global player in multiple industries including crop care, having access to the latest crop protection technologies. The joint venture will have Mahindra and Sumitomo Corporation holding 60% and 40% equity respectively in the new company named Mahindra Summit Agriscience Limited, subject to the parties receiving all applicable approvals.

World Congress on Food and Nutrition     December 10-12, 2018 in Dubai, UAE

Nutri Food 2018 welcomes all the delegates and participants from far and wide the world to attend World Congress on Food and Nutrition during December 10-12, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. The conference highlights the theme” Discovering the new advances on food and nutrition for the new generation”. The conference organizes comprise effective keynote lectures, plenary presentations, poster sessions, young researcher sessions from the distinguished scientists, researchers and brilliant students across the globe creating a platform for information exchange and knowledge transfer. The lectures were designed on current and emerging areas of food and nutrition research which include Food, Nutrition and Health, Nutraceuticals and Nutrition, Food Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Animal and Plant Nutrition, Prebiotics and Probiotics Nutrition, Renal Nutrition and Metabolism, Food and Nutrition Disorders, Malnutrition and Malnourishment, Food Industry, Medicinal Food, Food safety and management, Food And Nutrition Therapy, Indigeneity and Food, Obesity Diabetes Cardiovascular diseases, Gastrointestinal diseases.

Contact - Simona Norkunaite – Delegate Registration & Group Discounts

Phone: +44 (0) 20 3141 0642

Email: Simonan@acieu.net

16th October 2018

World Food Day 

Communication Toolkits available for download on FAO website.

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Bayer partners with Genedata to digitalize Crop Science Research and Development

China is making its vegetables grow bigger, faster and stronger ... using electricity

AUSSIE DROUGHT:  ASIA TURNING TO ARGENTINA FOR WHEAT

Asian millers are seeking rare wheat shipments from Argentina in the coming months, as a second year of drought in traditional supplier Australia cripples supplies. Many key wheat exporting nations have faced severe droughts in recent months, and traditional sources of supply are struggling to fulfil all of Asia’s needs.

India Plans to More Than Double Sugar Export Aid

India, the world’s top sugar producer after Brazil, is considering a proposal to provide 45 billion rupees ($617 million) assistance to sugar mills to boost exports and cut domestic surplus next year. The government plans to provide a subsidy of 13.88 rupees per 100 kilograms of cane to sugar mills in the year starting Oct. 1, compared with 5.5 rupees in the 2017-18 season

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FOOD CHEMISTRY

Conference JULY 15-16, 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

UPL and the Arysta LifeScience acquisition: implications for Argentina

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

The Arysta LifeScience acquisition by Indian UPL could enhance its position in the Argentine chemical and biologics market. According to the UPL’s 2017/18 Annual Report, Argentina represents 2% of the global turnover or about 56 million dollars. Brazil, the largest market in Latin America, represented ten folds the local market, that is to say, 20% or sales for 513 million dollars.

CLARIANT CONFIRMS SABIC TO COMPLETE PURCHASE OF 24.99% STAKE IN CLARIANT

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced that SABIC has received the final outstanding regulatory approvals from the competition authorities for the purchase of a 24.99% stake in Clariant. 

पुस्तिका - किसानों द्वारा कीटनाशकों का सुरक्षित उपयोग Booklet - Safe use of pesticides by Farmers

Basic/Easy Visual Step Version

LIST OF PESTICIDES WHICH ARE BANNED, REFUSED REGISTRATION AND RESTRICTED IN USE IN INDIA

Nestlé and Starbucks closes the deal 

Nestlé and Starbucks Corporation today announced the closing of the deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops.

FSSAI approves ETHEPHON use for artificial ripening of fruits

ETHEPHON in powder form may be used as a source of ethylene gas provided that it shall be packed in sachets and these sachets containing ethephon in powder form shall not come in direct contact with fruits.

The Wheat Code is Finally Cracked

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published today in the international journal Science a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.

FAO: Fall Armyworm likely to spread from India to other parts of Asia 

14 August 2018, Rome/Bangkok - Fall Armyworm could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia as the invasive crop-eating pest is highly likely to spread further from India, with South East Asia and South China most at risk, FAO warned today.

Argentina in course to a super wheat harvest

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

Buenos Aires, August 13th. After the severe drought that cut 30% of the soybean harvest and 7 million metric tons of maize, officials from Presidente Macri’s Administration show themselves enthusiasts, waiting for a super harvest in the 2018/19 season that generates dollars for a starving economy. Maybe, this wheat harvest brings the first happiness for the Government.

UPL in early talks to pick up stake in Kaveri Seeds

UPL Ltd, formerly known as United Phosphorous Ltd, has initiated exploratory talks with Telangana-based Kaveri Seeds Co. Ltd for a potential stake purchase, said two people aware of the discussions.

INSIGHT-Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm co-founded by a genetics professor, altered the genes of a soybean plant to produce healthier oil using the cutting-edge editing technique rather than conventional genetic modification.

Seventy-eight farmers planted those soybeans this spring across 17,000 acres in South Dakota and Minnesota, a crop expected to be the first gene-edited crop to sell commercially, beating out Fortune 500 companies.

Mexican corn that can also fix nitrogen from the atmosphere

Multidisciplinary team of researchers from UC Davis, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated that has made a remarkable discovery: an indigenous variety of Mexican corn that can also fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers.

AgResearch: Key step forward for game-changing grass

With funding from the Government and industry partners, including DairyNZ, the genetically modified High Metabolisable Energy (HME) ryegrass has been shown in AgResearch’s laboratories to grow up to 50 per cent faster than conventional ryegrass, to be able to store more energy for better animal growth, to be more resistant to drought, and to produce up to 23 per cent less methane (the largest single contributor to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions) from livestock.

India’s rice heads to Beijing now 

New Delhi: China is set to import Indian basmati and non-basmati rice for the first time, said millers and traders who have started getting inquiries from buyers from the neighbouring nation. Beijing has already cleared 19 Indian rice companies to buy rice from. India exports 4 million tonnes of aromatic basmati rice a year and expects that to grow 5% this year with the opening of the new market, traders said.

About 84.5% of food samples collected on Char Dham routes adulterated

The prasad (offerings to gods in the temples) is also of a poor quality. Ilaichi dana was found to contain chemicals. The coconut was found to be stale and of a poor quality, as were chhuara, cashew and kishmish in Kedarnath. The pure ghee offered to Kedarnath Ji was also found to be adulterated. Chilli sauce, tomato sauce and vinegar used for chow mein and other Chinese meals were found to be 100 per cent adulterated. 

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont and Agriculture Victoria Announce Agreement

Indianapolis and Melbourne, Australia – August 3, 2018 – Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd. (AVS), the commercial arm of Agriculture Victoria, announced a license agreement for a novel source of blackleg resistance in canola (Brassica napus) developed by AVS using Optimum Haploid Value (OHV) technology.  The OHV technology was developed under the long-standing and productive strategic collaboration between AVS and Corteva Agriscience™.

Sumitomo Chemical: Merger of Group Companies in India

Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited (“Sumitomo Chemical”) announced today that the Board of Directors of each of Excel Crop Care Limited“( ECC”) , whose equity shares are listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and the BSE Limited, and Sumitomo Chemical India Private Limited (“Sumitomo Chemical India”), both being Group companies of Sumitomo Chemical, resolved yesterday on a merger between the two companies, subject to receipt of all regulatory and other approvals as per applicable laws.

Indigo Wheat™ Demonstrates Continuous Improvement with Significant Yield Gains in Second Commercial Season

Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, has released an early view on yield data from its microbial seed treatment for wheat. In its second commercial season, Indigo Wheat™ demonstrated an average yield uplift of 13% in side-by-side trials held on 24 fields, with four popular seed varieties across Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas showing a win-rate of 62.5%. Under higher-stress, low-yielding conditions, the average yield uplift was 19% with a win-rate of 76%.

John Deere acquieres largest sprayer manufacturer in Argentina

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

Buenos Aires, August 1st. After the buying of fiber carbon booms factory, King Agro, farm machinery John Deere announced its second acquisition in Argentina in 2018. It is one of the largest sprayers manufacturer: Pla SA.

Ethiopia releases new, perennial sorghum variety

Ethiopian scientists have developed a new sorghum variety that could lead to multiple yields annually. According to the National Statistics Agency in Ethiopia, the country has almost two million hectares of sorghum fields, and harvests about four million tonnes of sorghum grains every year.

Illegal GM Food in India

New Delhi-based research and advocacy body Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has exposed the large-scale illegal presence and sale of genetically-modified (GM) processed foods in the country. 32 per cent of these were found to be GM-positive. These food products were purchased randomly from retail outlets in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), Punjab and Gujarat. Both imported (35) and domestically-produced (30) samples were tested; imported samples fared worse: 80 per cent of the products which were found to be GM-positive were imported.

Arcadia Biosciences and Shriram Bioseed Reach Milestone in Developing Extended Shelf Life Tomatoes

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural food ingredient company, and Shriram Bioseed, a leading research and hybrid seed development company, today announced the achievement of a key milestone in developing Extended Shelf Life (ESL) tomatoes.

Foundation for Advanced Training in Plant Breeding (ATPBR)

Only organization in India which work to strengthen plant breeding capacity.

- Professional Training

- Liasoning & collaboration

- Communication

- Consultancy

Agronegocios Jewell, a prominent pulses exporter from Argentina

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

Buenos Aires, July 18th. Based at Rosario (Santa Fe Province), Agronegocios Jewell (AJ) is one of the largest chickpeas exporters from Argentina. Acquired in 2010, the company is part of Roagro Group, a commodities trading company that operates both spot as future grain markets.

Nestlé Professional launches WORLDCHEFS ACADEMY with Worldchefs

WORLDCHEFS Academy, an online portal and mobile app was established to offer culinary education to aspiring students that may not have the means, mobility or flexibility to attend full-time culinary school. The WORLDCHEFS Academy is free of charge and open to anyone, no matter what background or current skills-level. 

BIOTA Nutrients: A Netherlands company claims to have developed 100% Organic Fertilizer 

Organic fertilizers have long been the missing link in true organic growing. But that has changed. BIOTA Nutrients succeeded in creating 100% organic fertilizers. Created using natural substances from residual flows. These can be absorbed quickly, stimulating growth, improving plant resilience and resulting in higher brix and nutritional values.

Sorry, but China-US trade war has no impact for Argentinean soybean farmers

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

In dialogue with www.eFarmNewsAr.com, a source from the oilseed industry explains this particular moment. “Argentina is the world largest soybean meal export, but we don’t export even a gram to China. For this reason, China import duties over US soybean have no impact for us.

UPL set to acquire Arysta LifeScience for over  $4 billion

The acquisition of Arysta LifeScience will help UPL enhance ‘its solutions to fit local farming needs’ and bring in synergies that can benefit its operations in overseas markets.

UPL Ltd is close to buying the farm pesticides business of investor Bill Ackman’s Platform Specialty Products Corp.—known as Arysta LifeScience—for more than $4 billion in one of the largest outbound deals by an Indian company, three people aware of the matter said.

The first English site on Argentina farming

eFarmNewsar: The first of its kind Argentina Farming website in English.

Bioceres drought tolerant soybean ready to market in 2019

(efarmnewsar.com reports)

Buenos Aires, June 27th. We start for the end: it’s expected that during 2019 China approves Bioceres drought-tolerant soybean for food and feed use, that will trigger the commercialization of the seed. As explained Bioceres Commercial Manager, Claudio Dunan, during IFAMA’s Buenos Aires Conference, US Food and Drugs Administration yet approved this soybean, and now it is expected Brazil do the same, and then, next year, China continue the path.

Bayer Animal Health and Mitsui Chemicals Agro sign global license agreement

Bayer to expand its strong parasiticide portfolio for companion animals with new compounds derived from MCAG’s chemical library / License agreement is the result of the long-term collaboration between Bayer and MCAG

India’s first biofortified jowar (sorghum)

In a major boon to millions of people suffering from anaemia due to iron deficiency, city-based International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has developed a new variety of jowar (sorghum) which contains 50 -300 per cent more iron than the normal varieties.

Top seed industry official quits over IPR concerns on GM crops

National Seed Association of India director general Kalyan Goswami has resigned due to differences with NSAI president M. Prabhakar Rao over IPR of GM crops.

A scientist and expert on GM technology said on condition of anonymity: “NSAI committed a big mistake by seeking price control and disregarding patent rights... Because some established players wanted the technology for free, the domestic industry is shattered by this selfish behaviour.”

Novel packaging made from mango peels could extend the shelf life of poultry meat

Peels from four different mango varieties were used for the study — Alphonso, Kesar, Langra and Badami. The peel content was extracted using different techniques and the bioactive properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of the extracts were studied.

Pollutants from agriculture a serious threat to world's water

Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report.

Agrophotovoltaics (APV)

Agrophotovoltaics (APV), a technology which combines the production of solar electricity and crops on the same land, has already been successfully demonstrated in pilot projects in several European countries. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in cooperation with the Innovation Group “APV-Resola” have proven the feasibility of Agrophotovoltaics with a 194 kWp APV pilot system realized on a farm near Lake Constance in Germany. The project results showed that APV increases the land-use efficiency by 60 percent.

Herbicide Industry Sows Relationships With Farm Robot Makers

Robotic weeders and weedkillers are slated to hit U.S. markets in 2019, and herbicide companies said they are looking forward to artificial intelligence-based farming tools, despite the threat of a reduction in sales. The businesses hope to stay current with the evolving technology by investing in—and partnering with—robot manufacturers to ensure herbicides continue to help farmers.

Bayer begins open offer process to buy 26% stake in Monsanto India

German chemicals and pharma major Bayer AG has launched the process for over Rs1,300 crore open offer to acquire up to 26% additional stake in Monsanto India, following global acquisition of the US biotech major for $63 billion. Bayer AG, along with its Indian arm Bayer CropScience, has proposed to buy up to 44,88,315 shares, representing 26%of the fully diluted voting equity share capital of Monsanto India, according to a regulatory filing.

Risking Arrest, Farmers Sow Unapproved Monsanto Cotton Seeds

Many Indian farmers are openly sowing an unapproved variety of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds developed by Monsanto, as the government sits on the sidelines for fear of antagonizing a big voting bloc ahead of an election next year.

Autogrow API plus Amazon Alexa creates 'world first talking AgTech system'

Growers can get information on greenhouse conditions and instruct system to take action.

The system can answer a variety of questions related to readings from Autogrow’s range of sensors including EC, pH, humidity, temperature and light as well as action a release of nutrients into aeropnic and hydroponic systems.

Bayer plans closing of Monsanto acquisition on June 7

Leverkusen, June 4, 2018 – Bayer plans to complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June, 7, following the receipt of all required approvals from regulatory authorities. “The acquisition of Monsanto is a strategic milestone in strengthening our portfolio of leading businesses in health and nutrition. We will double the size of our agriculture business and create a leading innovation engine in agriculture, positioning us to better serve our customers and unlock the long-term growth potential in the sector,” said Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG. 

WORLD EXPO 

FROM FEED TO FOOD

VIV EUROPE 2018

JAARBEURS, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 20-22 

With a target of 25,000 visits and 600 exhibiting companies, VIV Europe is the top quality event for the animal protein industry. Professionals active in the production of poultry meat, eggs, pig meat, fish and dairy all have numerous reasons to meet up in the heart of the Netherlands, at this World Expo from Feed to Food that gathers and promotes every 4 years the latest innovations of the industry.

ICRISAT, NRGene collaboration results in MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN CHICKPEA AND PIGEONPEA RESEARCH

Breeding high nutritional varieties of chickpea and pigeonpea just got easier. With new technology, genomic processes that could have taken years, have been completed in just a few months. This has been possible by work of scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquartered in India, in collaboration with NRGene, Israel who have helped create multiple assembly lines of pigeonpea and chickpea genomes. 

FAO Report: Global tea consumption and production driven by robust demand in China and India

The report, which was dicsussed by the FAO Intergovernmental Group (IGG) on Tea, at its biennial meeting in Hangzhou, China, suggests that tea consumption has also benefited from increased awareness about the beverage's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and weight loss effects. Such health and wellbeing benefits are seen as the key drivers of future consumption growth.

KeyGene Opens a Representation Office in India

KeyGene announced the opening of a representation office in India enabling it to better serve the vast and growing Indian agro food market with valuable non-GM solutions for improved crops. The office is located in the seed capital of India in the southern state of Telangana in Hyderabad. 

BayG.A.P. online training

Bayer launches online training in good agricultural practices

The seven-week training course was developed in cooperation with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)and provides farmers, auditors and agronomists all over the world with guidance in Good Agricultural Practices.

Global Access to Nutrition Index 2018 is out, Nestle tops overall rankings.

The Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) is today publishing the 2018 Global Access to Nutrition Index – the third Global Index that ranks the world’s 22 largest food and beverage (F&B) companies on their contributions to addressing the twin global nutrition challenges of overweight and diet related diseases and undernutrition. The Index measures companies’ contributions to good nutrition against international norms and standards. The Index also includes a separate ranking of the world´s leading manufacturers of breast-milk substitutes (BMS), as well as a newly added Product Profile, which measures the healthiness of companies’ product ranges in nine markets.

CCI approves $66 bn Bayer-Monsanto merger, but with host of riders

Monsanto will have to sell its 26% stake in Mahyco, merged entity will have to maintain non-exclusive distribution channels and a policy of broad-based non-exclusive licensing of GM and non-GM traits

Corteva Agriscience™, Ag Division of DowDuPont, and Monsanto Company Reach Licensing Agreement on Next-Generation Corn Insect Control Technology

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and Monsanto Company announced today the completion of a licensing agreement for next-generation technology for insect control in corn for the U.S. and Canada that will expand options for farmers fighting corn rootworm, dubbed the “billion dollar bug” for the damage it causes. 

Sonalika Tractors plans to enter China this year

Sonalika International Tractors plans to enter the Chinese market in 2018 as it looks to expand market to double overall sales to 2 lakh units annually in the next five years, a top company official said.

Monsanto CEO intends To Leave Monsanto post Bayer Acquisition.

Bayer announces Executive Leadership Team for new Crop Science division.

Monsanto Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant announced his intent to leave Monsanto at the closing of the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG.

Bayer announced the selection of the new Executive Leadership Team for the Crop Science division, which will go into effect as of the closing of Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto. 

Mahindra & Mahindra Joins McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures As Strategic Partners in New Brunswick-Based Resson

Resson, a predictive analytics company for the agricultural industry, today announced a $14 million Series C up round of financing that welcomed Mahindra & Mahindra as a strategic partner, joining existing strategic partners McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as well as existing investors Build Ventures, Rho Canada, BDC Capital, East Valley Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. Resson's strategic partners and investors participated in this round of financing.

Coming soon: SOFI 2018

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 

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Agriculture Grand Challenge

A unique opportunity for Agri-tech startups with a commercially viable solution to solve for innovative challenges in the sector. Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India is looking for new concepts & innovations in 12 different areas. The objective is to support the technology base by funding the best fundamental concepts while helping talented and creative innovations to pursue promising avenues at the frontier of the technology. It will provide startups with access to priority infrastructure, and make Agriculture an attractive sector for the country's best brains.

CALLING INVESTORS: A Brazilian Ag Startup 

Ceres Tecnologia has researched, developed and validated products and created innovative methodology for the use and application of calcareous marine algae and fresh marine algae for agribusiness, human food supplementation, pharmacology for soft capsules and residual industrial and residential treatments.

Contact: Antônio Carlos - CEO

WhatsApp – 027-996441877

E-mail – formulafrp@gmail.com

Switzerland to vote on pesticide ban 'in 3 years'

Swiss citizens will get the chance to vote on a complete ban on the use of synthetic pesticides after campaigners secured enough signatures to force a referendum.

More than 100,000 Swiss signed the call for a ban that would apply to all farmers, industries and imported foods.

FSSAI fixes sodium content at 55mg per 100g for milk and 650mg per 100g for milk powder.

FSSAI has fixed the total sodium content at 55mg per 100g for milk and 650mg per 100g for milk powder. In this regard, the country’s apex food regulator has released a draft notification aimed at consolidating the standards for milk and milk products, particularly the sodium content, in accordance with the daily value. 

FSSAI orders FBOs to use blue colour in manufacturing of industrial ice

FSSAI has ordered food business operators (FBOs) across India to use blue food colour in the manufacturing of industrial ice to differentiate it from the edible ice, which will remain colourless. The order shall come into effect from June 2018.

Solvent Extractors' Association of India paves path to 100% increase in Castor Farming Productivity

SEA has done an exhaustive study by comparing productivity in across 200 model castor farms  in the last two years

FAO: Investing in agriculture vital for Syria’s future

"Despite significant setbacks, agriculture continues to sustain almost half of the food supply in Syria, serving as a lifeline for millions vulnerable Syrians. This is a powerful testimony of the resilience of the people of Syria and of the agriculture sector," FAO Deputy Director-General for Programmes Daniel Gustafson said in a statement. "Without additional assistance to the agriculture sector and to resilience programmes in rural areas, food insecurity will continue to rise as well as migration, and stability will remain elusive," he said.

OIL PALM PESTICIDE CALCULATOR

An APP to make planters life easy.

Quick Calculator for Pesticides

 

The scope and responsibilities of planters have increased dramatically in recent years – all too often, they have to manage a vast land area, with low skilled and less experienced workers. They also have to satisfy the interests of stakeholders, cope with social welfare issues, respond to Environment Safety Health (ESH) and sustainability auditors, and attend meetings regularly.

 

As a result, millennial – identified as those born between 1980 and 1995 – are not generally attracted to plantation jobs, with the demanding workload and challenges of multitasking in an outdoors environment.

 

However, the fast development and use of innovative technology and smart phones is now countering such reluctance, and enabling them to work effectively and efficiently. Tools such as Apps, sensor technology and intelligent logarithm software’s are assisting in quick reference and swift decision-making in daily estate operations.

Moving on the same line of innovative technology to help with weed management, pest and disease (P&D) control issues, I have developed an Android App “Oil Palm Pesticides Calculator” available for free at Google Play Store:

-          Search for the Oil Palm Pesticides Calculator App.

-          Download and Install

The App can be used even when there is no data or Internet connectivity. It is divided into five sections. The first four are separate calculators for Sprayer Calibration (add the required information to the column in the blue icon); Herbicide Mixing, Insecticide Mixing and Fungicide Mixing.

 

Calibration of spray equipment and application of the correct dose of pesticides are important for a satisfactory ‘kill’. This will not only reduce over-use of pesticides, but will save costs as well.

 

The final section in the App is a guide to weeds and P&D management, with the recommended rate being based on general conditions. To control tough weeds and P&D problems, the user should consult the R&D department, Concerned Manager or Plantation Advisers.

Devarajen Rajagopal

Developer - Oil Palm Pesticides Calculator

 

The author is not responsible for any liability, loss of profit or other damage caused directly or indirectly by the guidelines, techniques, recommendations or information in this article.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE MARKET - New Features

eNAM

This includes MIS dashboard for better analysis, BHIM payment facility by traders, mobile payment facility by traders, enhanced features on mobile app such as gate entry and payment through mobile, integration of farmer’s database and eLearning module in e-NAM website 

MoFPI issues operational guidelines for cold chain scheme under PMKSY effective 1st March, 2018

The ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) has issued operational guidelines for the scheme of integrated cold chain and value addition under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojna (PMKSY). These guidelines were made effective by March 1, 2018.

Indian agrochemicals market to reach US$ 6.3 billion by FY2020: Report

New Delhi: Indian agrochemical industry, which is estimated at $ 4.4 billion in FY15, is expected to grow at 7.5 percent annually to reach $ 6.3 billion by FY20, with domestic demand growing at 6.5 percent per annum and export demand at 9 percent per annum, according to a report jointly presented by Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) and FICCI at the latter’s sixth National Conference on Agrochemicals 2016 in New Delhi.

Finance Minister Makes His Stand Clear, Agriculture Is Top Priority

January 15, 2018

The government's priority is to ensure the gains reach the farmers and the growth is visible even in the farm sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at an event in New Delhi.

Turning the Big 6 Into a Big 3 Will Take a Bit Longer
Bayer and Monsanto may have to wait a few months for antitrust approval of their $66 billion merger. The initial target to complete the deal was late 2017, but EU regulators say they may need until March 5 to complete their review.

A New Global Rice Standard is Coming to India and China!

Do you know what is "Global Rice Sustainability Standard?"

Do you know what is "Sustainable Rice Platform?"

Herbicide Tolerant Rice on its way: BASF and IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and BASF will develop cytoplasmic male sterile (CMS) and restorer lines with the non-GM Provisia™ trait for herbicide tolerance.

Agriculture income may fall by 25 per cent due to climate change: Economic Survey

NEW DELHI: Agriculture income may fall by up to 25% in the medium term because climate change will hit crop yields, making it imperative to replace power and fertiliser subsidies by direct income support and to drastically expand irrigation, the Economic Survey said.

20 Insecticides Banned!!!! PUNJAB CM ORDER

CHIEF MINISTER’S OFFICE, PUNJAB

PUNJAB CM ORDERS BAN ON SALE OF 20 INSECTICIDES FOUND HARMFUL FOR HUMANS & ENVIRONMENT

BAYER GLOBAL: OFFERING FINANCIAL & SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT

FOR INNOVATIVE NEW CROP PROTECTION SOLUTIONS

Bayer offers you financial and scientific support to promote the exploration of your ideas for novel molecular targets towards the development of innovative new crop protection solutions for weed, pest and disease control.

Syngenta completes acquisition of Nidera Seeds from COFCO International

Syngenta announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Nidera Seeds from COFCO International.

Nidera Seeds is an important player in the South American seeds market, diversified across crops, with a pool of proprietary germplasm and a relevant presence in key South American countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. These capabilities will enhance Syngenta’s ability to be competitive in seeds and bring more value to its customers.

UPDATE 2-Brazilian antitrust agency approves Bayer-Monsanto tie-up

Brazilian antitrust agency Cade on Wednesday approved Bayer AG’s proposed takeover of U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co without requiring further asset sales beyond a global proposal announced last October.

Agroplasma:

A Spanish 100% Organic Fertilizer Company is looking for an Exclusive Dealer in India

We are looking for dealers for ours products. AGROPLASMA Spain Factory manufacture 100% Organic fertilizer with ECOCERT certification worldwide, WSDA usa, CDFA usa, Sohiscert EU, etc. in Malaga City Spain.

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6th Global Summit on Plant Science 2018

October 29-30, 2018 Valencia, Spain

Meet World’s leading Plant Science/Plant Physiology Professionals from 50 Countries & 5 Continents 

Theme: “Plants in a Changing Environment”

Peter Rockwell/Alexa Nickolas

Program Director | Plant Science 2018

Phone: +1-702-508-5201 | Fax: +1-650-618-1414

E-mail: plantscienceconferences@gmail.com plantscience@conferenceseries.net

Insect protein on the rise

Moves this week by Canadian-based pig and poultry processor Maple Leaf Foods to invest in north America’s largest insects for human consumption business highlight the growing interest in alternative protein sources.

FSSAI launches Project Dhoop to combat Vitamin D Deficiencies among young

In order to address rising incidence of Vitamin ‘D’ Deficiencies (VDD), particularly amongst the young people, FSSAI has launched a unique initiative, ‘Project Dhoop’ in association with NCERT, NDMC and North MCD Schools.

FSSAI notifies draft regulations for materials used to pack food items.

Draft “Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulation, 2018.

The objections or suggestions, if any, may be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, 03rd Floor, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi. 110002. The objections or suggestions may also be mailed to regulation@fssai.gov.in on or before 01.05.2018.

Aviagen Asia Appoints Larry Blackstone as Indian River Commercial Manager

Bangkok, Asia – Aviagen® Asia announced today that, effective April 2, 2018, Larry Blackstone will assume the role of Commercial Manager for the Indian River® brand of broiler breeders. Reporting directly to Aviagen Asia Business Manager Mark Wright, Larry will be responsible for maintaining and increasing market share of the Indian River brand, managing the Asian commercial sales and support operations of the team and promoting Aviagen’s long-term business development in the region.

Monsanto and Pairwise Announce R&D Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation in Agriculture with Gene Editing

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Pairwise Plants (Pairwise), an agricultural startup, have announced a collaboration to advance agriculture research and development by leveraging gene-editing technology. Under the agreement, Pairwise will work in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and canola crops exclusively with Monsanto. 

USAID and FAO working together to pre-empt the next global pandemic

Over 4,700 veterinary professionals in 25 countries trained in just one year

Seventy-five percent of new infectious diseases that emerged in recent decades had their origins in animals.

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Global Food Safety Initiative reveals new bench-marking requirements

The announcement is in regards to its latest version of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements, a document outlining what makes a good food safety system and enabling the benchmarking of food safety certification programmes. Version 7.2 focusses on improving auditor competency and covering the entire supply chain, providing FMCG businesses with an outline of requirements for a robust food safety infrastructure and explaining the step-by-step process for applying for a GFSI-recognised certification programme. 

Deere to acquire leading manufacturer of carbon fibre technology products

Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire King Agro, a privately-held manufacturer of carbon fiber technology products with headquarters in Valencia, Spain and a production facility in Campana, Argentina.

FSSAI issues standardised testing methods for five food product types

These methods are standardised and would be helpful in uniform testing methods across India, resulting in non-variable results. The country’s apex food regulator said that these methods were approved by the scientific panel on methods of sampling and analysis.

Download FSSAI Standardised Methods of Testing for 5 Food Product Types

Jain Farm Fresh Foods acquires 100% stake in Belgium-based Innovafood N V

Jain Farm Fresh Foods Ltd (JFFFL), a subsidiary of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL), has acquired a 100 per cent controlling stake in Innovafood N V Belgium with its affiliated companies. Due to this acquisition, JFFFL’s range of products would reach European markets along with Asian countries.

CLOUD BASED MICRO IRRIGATION

Cuts 80% Water Usage and Double Crop Yield on an Indian Farm.

Project: SCORRES

An innovative cloud-based, micro-irrigation system developed by a Scotland-based university and tested on a farm in India has brought about 80 per cent cut in water usage. At the same time, the system has managed to double crop yield at the farm.

eFishery  

The Smartest Fish Feeding Technology

eFishery offers a very viable automatic smart feeder that uses sensors to measure the fish’s appetite and then dispense food appropriately. Designed for both small and large scale operations, the system can also deliver real-­time reports of consumption straight to the farmer’s smartphone.

Horticultural Knowledge: Innovative systems for precise fruit growing

The most evolved prediction model aiming to optimize and increase the crops yield

 

Perfrutto is a high-tech service used to forecast production in the orchards of apples, pears and kiwifruit.

It arises from a predictive algorithm developed n 30 years of university research.

CLIMATE FIELDVIEW: To help you in making data driven decisions for you fields.

A digital platform for your fields to maximize profits for every acre and an open platform for digital agriculture service providers.

Some red flags in the economy numbers: Agriculture is the most alarming
When agriculture’s GVA growth climbed from -0.2% in 2014-15, to 0.7% in 2015-16, everyone expected agriculture to continue doing well. This was confirmed by this growth rate further rising to 4.9% in 2016-17. But what happened now?

How India lost its historic agriculture recovery growth phase in just four years.

Government reports say 2004-14 had the highest agriculture growth that has fast slipped back to near-zero growth despite normal monsoons and bumper yields

Digital Agriculture: Farmers in India are using AI to increase crop yields

Welcome to digital agriculture, where technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Machine Learning, Satellite Imagery and advanced analytics are empowering small-holder farmers to increase their income through higher crop yield and greater price control.

World wheat output to fall in 2018-19 for first time in six years

World wheat production will fall in 2018-19 for the first time in six years, the International Grains Council

The First Agriculture Blockchain Trade

Louis Dreyfus Co., one of the world’s biggest foodstuffs traders, teamed up with Dutch and French banks in December for what it says is the first agricultural commodity trade to use the ledger-based digital technology known as blockchain. The 166-year-old Rotterdam-based trading house used a blockchain platform to sell a cargo of U.S. soybeans to China’s Shandong Bohi Industry Co.

Expansion of world's largest drip irrigation project in India

HUNGUND, BAGALKOT:  The success of 'world's largest community drip irrigation project' to irrigate 60,000 acres of arid land, may soon prompt the water resources department to extend it to about 13 lakh acres of cultivable land across the state.

BEAN WAR!!!! A Fight for Soy Market

SOON We Will have EDIBLE ELECTRONICS  TATTOOED ON FOOD

The development of organic circuits that can be transferred onto food and pills paves the way for a new era of biomonitoring.

BASF FILES LAWSUIT OVER PATENT INFRINGEMENT

BASF FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST WILLOWOOD LLC TO HALT THE ONGOING INFRINGEMENT OF CERTAIN PATENTS.

Monsanto Co is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market.

Rivals BASF SE and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable U.S. agricultural export.

Futuristic Farming - Insect Monitoring: Using Light to Detect Insects

Global BioAg Linkages: A global alliance of BioAg Experts

We are business experts, advisors, and consultants in the BioAg field spread globally. With collective business experience of more than 150 years, our founding partners previously held roles within multinational companies and have decided to alter direction and join forces to help the BioAg sector.

The Future -

ANIMAL FREE MEAT!

Clean meat, also known as cell-cultured meat or in-vitro meat, is produced from animal cells that are grown to vast numbers from a single biopsy, taken without hurting the animal itself.

The production of clean meat begins by incubating cells in a media that is rich in nutrients. Those nutrients help the cells thrive and divide. It is biologically the same as the meat that comes from animals. Our products will be non GMO and with no animal products besides the original cells.

EU keen on Digital Farming Data in Bayer Monsanto deal.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer needs to ensure that a merger with rival Monsanto does not stifle competition in digital farming, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Verstager told a German newspaper on Saturday.

Bayer and Mitsui Chemicals Agro sign licence agreement for novel fungicide

Bayer and Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) have announced the signing of a license agreement for the development and marketing of quinofumelin, a new fungicide invented by MCAG. 

Under the terms of this agreement, MCAG has granted Bayer a worldwide exclusive right to develop and commercialize quinofumelin-based products for crop use, except in other selected countries and regions including Japan where MCAG holds exclusive or shares co-exclusive rights with Bayer.

Arab Potash Co. and Yara enter potassium nitrate MoU

Arab Potash Co. has announced that it has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Yara to explore possible collaboration on potassium nitrate.

Both parties will reportedly explore and evaluate the possibility of doubling the production capacity of Kemapco – Arab Potash Co.’s potassium nitrate producing subsidiary – and, accordingly, Yara is targeting a minority position (30%) in Kemapco, with a 100% product offtake (except some local and regional markets).

FIRST EVER ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON ILLEGAL ONLINE SALE OF PESTICIDES - AND GUESS WHO IS THE ACCUSED?

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

The pesticides, including insecticide in the form of chalk and cockroach bait powder, were sold by independent sellers who offered the products through Amazon's website.

GLOBAL REPORT - Organics are on the rise.

INDIA Top's in number of producers.

A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars. 

India continues to be the country with the highest number of producers (835’200)

 FOOD SAFETY DISPLAY BOARDS MANDATORY FOR RESTAURANTS

The FSSAI has operationalised the Food Safety and Standards (Licencing and Registration of Food Business) Amendment Regulations, 2018 and has made it mandatory for restaurants to display food safety boards listing the dos and don’ts with respect to hygiene, sanitation, good manufacturing practices (GMP), etc., prominently, besides employing trained food safety supervisor on their premises. 

BASF in advanced talks to buy Bayer's vegetable seeds business

German chemicals maker BASF is in talks with drugmaker Bayer to buy its vegetable seeds business, which is valued at around 1.5 billion euros ($1.85 billion) including debt, two people familiar with the matter said.

Imagine you had the technology to determine where every insect in your field was and that you could spray only where the harmful insects were, saving pollinators and beneficial insects. This might sound like science fiction, but it is a reality: FaunaPhotonics has developed the technology and is working to bring it to farmers in collaboration with Bayer Digital Farming.

Bayer in the NEWS

- EU Commission: Merger Can't 'Impair' Competition

- Bayer Sue Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service

Syngenta in the NEWS

- Syngenta acquires FarmShots, Inc., high-resolution satellite imagery innovator

- Syngenta's GM Cotton approved in Australia

Nippon Soda and Syngenta enter agreement for novel seed treatment technology

Nippon Soda and Syngenta announced today a global seed treatment licensing agreement for PICARBUTRAZOX, a new active ingredient from a novel chemical class discovered by Nippon Soda.

Bayer partners with IRRI  To advance technologies for direct-seeded rice in Asia

Singapore/Philippines, March 01, 2018 – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Bayer have signed an agreement confirming Bayer’s participation in the Direct Seeded Rice Consortium (DSRC) led by IRRI.

Indian cotton seed companies threaten supply halt over price cut

Indian seed companies threatened on Thursday to halt supplies to 8 million cotton farmers in protest against a potential government plan to cut prices by 7.5 percent, the chief of a producers’ body said.

Other than cutting the prices of GM cotton seeds, India is likely to impose another cut to Monsanto Co’s royalties paid by domestic companies for its GM cotton seeds.

ARAKU COFFEE from INDIA goes for GI (Geographical Indication) Tag

The Centre and Andhra Pradesh are now at loggerheads over the prized Araku organic coffee that is exported to countries like Italy, UAE, Spain and France. The Coffee Board of India under the Union ministry of commerce & industry and the Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) Limited, Government of AP, are both claiming geographical indication (GI) tag for Araku organic coffee grown in Araku Valley of Vishakapatnam.

UP opens agro market worth Rs 600 billion (9 Billion USD) for private investment

In a major agro reforms action, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to throw open the state’s organised farm produce market estimated at over Rs 600 billion for private investment and participation.The Adityanath cabinet has approved amendment to UP Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act, 1964 allowing the setting up of private mandis to give competition to the government-run mandis operated by UP Mandi Parishad.

China conditionally approves Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto

Bayer on Tuesday secured conditional approval from China’s commerce ministry for its planned acquisition of the world No. 1 seed company Monsanto, chalking up a victory in the onerous struggle to win over watchdogs across the globe.

Bayer Is Said to Face U.S. Antitrust Hurdles Over Monsanto

Bayer AG’s plan to win antitrust approval for its takeover of Monsanto Co. hasn’t satisfied U.S. officials who are worried the merger could hurt competition, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Bayer wins EU approval for $62.5 billion Monsanto buy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German conglomerate Bayer won EU antitrust approval on Wednesday for its $62.5 billion buy of U.S. peer Monsanto, the latest in a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the agrochemicals industry.

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks unveil joint venture, Joyn Bio

Joyn Bio’s initial efforts focus on nitrogen fixation to enhance sustainability in agriculture / Researchers will broadly explore application of beneficial microbes to plants for next generation solutions to agriculture’s biggest challenges / Dr. Mike Miille appointed as CEO

FAO: Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

New analysis and modelling released today by FAO and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people.

BASF crop protection innovation pipeline with projected peak sales potential of €3.5 billion

  • Product candidates from all indications in advanced development phases

  • Growth driven by continued investment in innovation and strong partnerships

 

BASF is on track to launch innovations from its crop protection pipeline with projected peak sales of €3.5 billion by 2027.

Packaged Food WARNING SIGNS!

Pretty much every country in the world now has an obesity crisis. But no one's really figured out what to do about it.

 

Chilean government now requires symbol-based warning labels on the front of food products that contain high levels of salt, sugar, calories, and saturated fat.

According to a leaked document shared with Vox, US trade representatives are seeking to override national food labeling policies in Mexico, Canada — as well as in the US — through the NAFTA renegotiation.

Granular, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ Software Business, Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Planet to Deliver Satellite Imagery to Farms Globally

WILMINGTON, Del., March 20, 2018 – Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, through its software business, Granular, announced today with Planet – an integrated aerospace and data analytics company – a significantly expanded global partnership to deliver digital agriculture software solutions for farmers.

ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE PARTNERS WITH MEIJI SEIKA PHARMA TO DELIVER NOVEL (Flupyrimin) RICE INSECTICIDE TECHNOLOGY FOR INDIA

Arysta LifeScience, a Platform Specialty Products Corporation  company, announced today that it has finalized an exclusive licensing agreement with Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd. (Meiji) to develop and commercialize formulations of Meiji’s Flupyrimin insecticide technology for applications in rice in India. Flupyrimin is a new proprietary active ingredient that provides effective control of damaging pests in rice and other important crops.

Hybrid swarm of ‘mega-pests’ threatens crops worldwide, warn scientists

New strain could be significant biosecurity risk and has potential to go 'completely undetected'

A pair of major agricultural pests have combined to produce a “mega-pest” that could threaten crops around the world. 

The hybrid shows signs of rapidly developing resistance to pesticides and it scientists fear it could cross international boundaries undetected, wiping out all the crops it comes across. 

FSSAI to roll out laboratory network system INFoLNET by end of May ’18

FSSAI has decided to finally roll out the implementation of the Indian Food Laboratory Network system (INFoLNET) by the end of May 2018. INFoLNET is the system that would connect all the referral, state and private labs notified by the country’s apex food regulator, which has also warned the facilities failing to connect with it of action. 

Temasek Holdings buys 3.6% stake in Bayer for €3bn

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer  is raising 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) towards its planned $62.5 billion takeover of seed maker Monsanto  by selling a 3.6 percent stake to Singapore’s state investment company Temasek.

ZERO by 40 TO HELP ERADICATE MALARIA BY 2040

London: 18 April 2018 -Today, at the London Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the world’s leading Crop Protection companies announce their commitment to support the research, development and supply of innovative products to save lives and help eradicate malaria by 2040. BASF, Bayer, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Syngenta have been the major driving force behind the development of innovative vector control solutions

TWO WOMEN SCIENTISTS  RECEIVE ICRISAT’S HIGHEST SCIENTIFIC AWARD

MALAWI, April 17, 2018: ICRISAT’s highest award for research, was announced by its Governing Board today. Dr Mamta Sharma and Dr Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur are joint recipients of the Doreen Margaret Mashler Award for 2018, for significant work in their respective research fields of plant pathology and biotechnology at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

India, for the first time, will chair the board of International Coffee Organization (ICO)

The President of India Coffee Trust (ICT), Anil Kumar Bhandari has been elected as the Chairman of Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) of International Coffee Organization for a term of one year.  PSCB is an International Coffee Organization body comprising of 16 leading industry representatives from producing and consuming countries.

FAO: Origin labelling of food a boost for local economies and sustainable development

The study Strengthening sustainable food systems through geographical indications by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) analyses the economic impact of Geographical Indication registration in nine case studies: Colombian coffee, Darjeeling tea (India), Futog cabbage (Serbia), Kona coffee (United States), Manchego cheese (Spain), Penja pepper (Cameroon), Taliouine saffron (Morocco), Tête de Moine cheese (Switzerland) and Vale dos Vinhedos wine (Brazil). 

BASF and Solenis to join forces by combining paper and water chemicals businesses

BASF and Solenis have signed an agreement to join forces by combining BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business with Solenis. The combined entity with pro-forma sales of around €2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees in 2017 aims to deliver additional value for paper and water treatment customers. The goal is to create a customer-focused global solutions provider for the industry.

HitGen and BASF enter DNA-encoded library based research collaboration

Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Chengdu, China, March 13, 2018 – BASF and HitGen Ltd. have entered into a research collaboration to identify novel, small molecule leads that have the potential to become new BASF crop protection products.

Yamaha Motor makes commercial UAV industry debut with precision agriculture drone

International auto motor manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. has announced it is entering the UAV market this year.

The company will begin limited sales of the YMR-08 industrial multi-rotor drone, featuring coaxial rotors to provide excellent agrochemical spraying performance, from June 2018 in Japan.

The industrial drone, which will feature a lightweight carbon body, will be capable of continuous spraying of one hectare per flight.

Mahyco with Phytelligence brings MultiPHY™ technology to India to revolutionize Indian horticulture

Phytelligence, a leading agricultural biotechnology company revolutionizing the way food crops are grown, today announces a partnership with Mahyco Grow to provide Indian farmers with the most advanced technology available in horticulture.