Tamil Nadu Agricultural University & IRRI research collaboration on Digital Agriculture

A team of scientists from Philippines visited Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) here to explore the possibility of developing a joint research project in digital agriculture.

French Assemblée delays pesticide ban by three years

The French Assemblée has voted to push back its planned ban on the production of certain pesticides by three years to 2025, the same week as hundreds of thousands marched against climate change.


A gel for the skin to protect agricultural workers from harmful pesticide sprays.

Using easily available, inexpensive natural polymers, researchers in Bengaluru have developed a gel for the skin to protect agricultural workers from harmful pesticide sprays. The gel does not just act as a simple physical barrier; it chemically deactivates pesticides.


JazzCash Joins Hands with Punjab Government

JazzCash, leader in active mobile wallet base, and the Agriculture Department of the Government of Punjab have recently partnered up in an effort to digitize the disbursement of subsidy payments to farmers.


STEP Calling Africa’s Youths To Agriculture

Start Them Early Program” (STEP), is an intervention designed to take agribusiness studies to primary and secondary school students, engaging them in club participation, course work, and experimental learning.


Filipino firm Delbros designs tractor for sugar industry

CaneX is the first to deploy the 48-feet triple axle Intermodal Trailers, which employ the company’s “drag and drop” model and can haul multiple loads in one day, efficiently shortening overall delivery time of sugarcane.

Tea Board of India plans quality checks to keep standards

Tea Board of India plans to collect random samples from tea factories, packets and bulk tea stored in warehouses to check adherence to the quality standards.


Abu Dhabi rolls out Dh1bn incentive scheme in support of agri-tech companies

The Abu Dhabi Government has launched a Dh1 billion-programme to support the establishment of agricultural technology companies in the emirate, as part of the Ghadan 21 three-year stimulus package, announced last year.


Drip irrigation kits  for farmers by KVK : CMFRI

The Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)  has started sale of the drip irrigation kit—IrrigateEasy at its sales counter at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). The KVK introduced the kit to support those struggling to irrigate the vegetables due to scarcity of water.


Sony: One more step into agriculture

Sony is a brand name you associate with home electronics, but they have partnered with Syngenta to put Sony in your field. The collaboration has created a system that will allow farmers to use high resolution cameras on a drone to take detailed, high definition pictures of their fields and then interpret that data in a matter of minutes right on the spot.


Spain and France defend preservation of agro-food standards after Brexit

The governments of Spain and France have said that no future agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, once Brexit becomes effective, can be detrimental to the common standards reached for food quality and safety.

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Agro-industry to benefit from Peru-India FTA

India is one of the largest consumers of legumes. Thus, Peruvian beans and chickpeas have a great positioning opportunity ahead. The same applies to Peruvian fruits such as grapes and mangoes. Likewise, Minister Vasquez indicated products like asparagus, artichokes, and blueberries have potential in that market.


A section of industries using agro fuel only on papers: EPCA

The issue was discussed in a meeting held by the SC-appointed committee. In the meeting, EPCA directed the pollution control authorities of Delhi, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan to provide details of an audit of industries that use agro-based fuel.


Tyson Foods First Major Food Company to Receive Third Party Poultry Handling and Transportation Certification

As part of its commitment to animal welfare, Tyson Foods, Inc. has implemented a third-party certification program to help ensure the proper handling and transportation of birds in its chicken business. 


IFFCO's nano fertilizer to bring revolution in agriculture market

Dr U.S Awasthi, Managing Director, IFFCO, said on Wednesday that the company's nano fertilizer will bring a revolution in the world of agriculture. He said that it will be patented in due course. 

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‘Seed Mother,' illiterate, from a remote village, still Revolutionizing Agriculture

She toiled for 20 years and, today, she has conserved and multiplied about 43 landraces of 17 crops (paddy, hyacinth bean, millets, pulses, oil seeds etc) by establishing a germplasm conservation centre.


CNH Industrial launches 3D printed spare parts for agriculture

The company is ramping up the use of additive manufacturing in its workflow to streamline and enhance productivity and pursue more sustainable manufacturing practices.


Govt tells basmati exporters to stick to EU’s pesticide rules

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority asked exporters and laboratories to ensure that the rice samples are drawn in accordance with internationally accepted methods for the determination of pesticide residues. 


EU Council of Ministers Adopts Landmark Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco

The Council of Ministers of the European Union adopted on Monday a decision on the conclusion of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Morocco, the related implementation protocol and the exchange of letters accompanying the agreement, thereby paving the way for its future implementation.


India nominates NITI Aayog's Ramesh Chand to head FAO

The FAO announced on Monday the slate of candidates nominated by their governments for the election that is scheduled in June to pick the successor to Brazilian economist Jose Graziano da Silva, who has served two terms since 2011. 


Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) launches online database of plants

Nature enthusiasts will now have free access to peer-reviewed information on over 10,000 species of plants from peninsular India, thanks to the Digital Flora of Peninsular India, a website developed by Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES).

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British mackerel has sustainable status stripped after years of overfishing

As of this weekend, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has warned people against purchasing mackerel caught in the North East Atlantic, which will no longer bear its “blue label”.


Iran, Switzerland ink MOU to enhance agricultural co-op

Under this MOU, Iran and Switzerland will develop agricultural cooperation in the areas of research and technology, education, extension, preservation of genetic resources, monitoring of agricultural inputs and the production of vaccines and pesticides.


Boehringer Ingelheim and GNA Biosolutions partner on emergency veterinary diagnostics development

Boehringer Ingelheim and GNA Biosolutions announce that they have entered into a research collaboration focused on the development of a rapid African swine fever (ASF) diagnostic test.

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EU Court Rules Against Labeling Kosher and Halal Meat Organic

Organic regulations require animals to be stunned before being killed. Jewish and Muslim laws, in contrast, require the animals to be conscious when slaughtered


Jeff Bezos’ family office invests in Chilean plant-based food start-up

NotCo, a plant-based food manufacturer in Chile, has received a US$30m cash injection from a group of investors, including Jeff Bezos' family office, to fund its expansion into new markets.


Plant setup by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) ready; to turn sludge into bio-fertilizer

Plant setup by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) ready; to turn sludge into bio-fertilizer; to convert 100 tonnes of dried sewage sludge into bio-fertilizer


Mycoplasma synoviae demanding more attention as poultry industry grasps its full impact

Emerging, variant strains of Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) are causing eggshell apex abnormalities as well as production drops in both layer and breeding flocks worldwide, Anneke Feberwee, DVM, PhD, from GD Animal Health, the Netherlands, told Poultry Health Today.


Packing Insecticides in Tiny Capsules Could Increase their Toxicity

Environmental toxicologist Stacey Harper and her team found that a common insecticide in its “capsule suspension” formulation—with molecules of the active ingredient encapsulated in tiny, inert plastic pellets—was more toxic than the same amount of active ingredient delivered straight up in water.


Toxic Glyphosate Found in Most Beer and Wine

According to a new study released by the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund, the toxic weed killer glyphosate has been spoiling the harvest. The study found that 19 out of 20 beer and wine samples tested contained the toxic pesticide glyphosate.


Desktop & Mobile software for ease of fertilizer sale soon

In a bid to overcome the connectivity (network) problems faced in carrying out transactions particularly in the rural areas, the Department of Fertilizers has decided to take several steps including developing desktop software and Android application.


Study first to show processes determining fate of new RNA pesticides in soils

A new generation of pesticides can be used to control pest insects by compromising the bug’s ability to create essential proteins. These gene-silencing pesticides can be genetically engineered into agricultural crops such that these crops can literally grow their own defense.


Nutrien enters into binding agreement to acquire Ruralco

Nutrien Ltd. has announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with Ruralco Holdings Limited. to acquire all the shares of Ruralco at a price of AUS$4.40/share.

Fisheries NZ complete count of Northland's west coast fish

The survey was the first since 1999, and the first in a series of three aimed at establishing the abundance and distribution of snapper, tarakihi, red gurnard and john dory off the west coast of the North Island, from 90 Mile Beach to Mana Island.


Iran’s agricultural sector: 40 years of flourishing

In the past forty years, since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has witnessed a remarkable improvement in various sectors and the agriculture industry has been one of the areas in which the country has undergone huge development.

Need to Rent a Farm? Just Head to the Airbnb of Agriculture

Tillable, a website that connects landowners and growers, aims to bring transparency to the $32 billion U.S. farmland rental market.


CARB Seeking Participants for Agricultural Tractor and Mobile Equipment Survey

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is seeking participants for an update to their Agricultural Tractor and Mobile Equipment Survey.  For those that remember, CARB conducted a similar survey in 2008, and partnered with Cal Poly in their review of the submitted surveys.

John Deere develops 400hp electric cable-powered tractor

John Deere has developed an electric tractor that drags a power cable up and down the field, developing up to 400hp.


Across sub-Saharan Africa, farmers face some of the lowest rates of mechanisation. Despite the benefits of tractor mechanisation, cost and access have been key impediments to its widespread adoption.

Sony Launches Agriculture Solution for Crop Management

Smart Agriculture Solution Combines Sony's Industry-leading Sensing Technology with Customized Analysis for Enhanced Crop Insights and Productivity

Kolkata Institute collaborating fisheries dept for self-sufficient in fish production

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI), Kolkata which developed the roadmap for inland open water fisheries for NE states for ushering in blue revolution, is collaborating with Manipur government for the self-sufficient in fish production by 2020 .


Maharashtra Budget: Agriculture, rural and irrigation sectors get boost

While agriculture and allied sector was allotted Rs 9,568.95 crore, Rs 3,679.61 crore was allotted for rural development and Rs 9,566.38 crore for irrigation.


Zero Pesticide Residue - The third pathway between conventional and organic farming.

In response to the growing concerns over health, a collective of French companies got behind an initiative in the French market termed as zero-residue label.


BioAg World Congress honors Pam Marrone with inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

BioAgWorld Congress – Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. a leading global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, announced that Dr. Pamela Marrone, founder and CEO of MBI, was honored  with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by BioAg World and Bionema


Willis Re launches Asia agriculture business, appoints team of three

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson, has made a trio of hires to set up its Asia Pacific business, including that of former Canopius agriculture global head, David Gregori, who will lead the new team.


Malaysia’s Felda seeking investors for hitech agriculture and cash cropping

Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) is seeking committed investors to maximise potentials at its marginal land. “We are in talks with investors who have shown interests to plant up durians at slopes and marginal land that receive less rainfall and therefore not suitable for oil palms,” said Felda director general Datuk Dr Othman Omar.


Syngenta Selects beqom for “Flexible,” “Powerful” Long-Term Incentive Plan Management

beqom, the provider of a cloud-based total compensation solution, today announced the go-live of its Long-Term Incentive (LTI) plan management system for Syngenta, the global Swiss agribusiness that aims to improve the sustainability, quality, and safety of agriculture with world-class science and innovative crop solutions. 


The Good Harvest School: India’s First All-Girls Agricultural School

There are no concrete buildings and no class-like system here. On the contrary, the girls learn about good farming practices through hands-on experience in the space of 3,000 sq feet. The school also houses a nursery, a seed bank and cattle.

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Delhi At Epicentre of Global Groundwater Crisis: Report

New research has shown that the largest groundwater depletion in the world is happening in northern India. Delhi is the epicentre of this fast-developing crisis, and it’s getting worse by the day.


Agriculture can end Uganda’s job problem, says new study

A study has concluded that polyhalite mined at ICL Boulby in East Cleveland, UK, is more environmentally friendly than other fertilizers. The mine, managed by Israel Chemicals’ subsidiary ICL Fertilizers, is currently the world’s only producer of polyhalite (marketed as Polysulphate), which contains four plant nutrients – sulfur, potassium, magnesium and calcium. 


Study finds polyhalite is more environmentally friendly than other fertilizers

According to the study, which was conducted by Advance Afrika, an NGO, in Lira, Soroti and Abim districts in 2018, the agricultural sector is a potential source of jobs for the growing number of Ugandan youth.


GPCB issues closure notice to fertilizer firm 

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has issued closure notice to Coromandel International Ltd, facility situated at Nandesari – GIDC for flouting air pollution norms.

The Fertilizer Institute Introduces New Market Intelligence Tool

Available on TFI's members-only web portal, individuals can create custom data reports and capture data snapshots to visualize fertilizer industry trends over time.

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Water Tool 3.0 Launched in India

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its partners on Wednesday launched the third version of India Water Tool (IWT), a water-related data compiled from information provided by the government and other organisations.


Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Acquires Clearfield® Canola Production System in Canada and U.S. from BASF

BASF. Clearfield® canola is a globally-recognized non-genetically modified herbicide tolerance (HT) system.


Cabinet Approves New Solar Energy Scheme For Farmers

The proposed scheme consists of three components. All three components combined, the scheme aims to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.


Coffee farmers betting on blockchain to boost business

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a recent report that blockchain had huge potential to address challenges smallholder farmers faced by “reducing uncertainty and enabling trust among market players”.


This Indian startup is using tech to milk demand for good, old-fashioned organic dairy products

Bengaluru-based Happy Milk has a range of organic dairy products, including milk, curd, ghee and paneer, sourced from cows fed on organic feed and in glass/clay packaging.


You could get to eat ‘clean’ meat in India by next year 

Maharashtra government giving the state-funded Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) a go-ahead to establish a cellular agriculture research centre in the state. 


U.N. warns of locust surge on both sides of Red Sea

A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday, flagging a possible threat to crops and food security.


Drought, pests could force India to grant duty-free corn imports

Below-normal monsoon rains and an infestation of the fall armyworm, which devastated African crops in 2017, have slashed India’s corn output and boosted prices, increasing the chances the government will grant duty-free corn imports for the first time since 2016.


India increases minimum sale price of sugar to Rupee 31/kg

India raised the Minimum Selling Price (MSP) of sugar in the country on Thursday to Rupee 31/kg, up 6.89% from Rupee 29/kg previously, in a move expected to help sugar mills cover their cost of production and clear cane arrears.


PepsiCo India will expand its operations in the state of West Bengal

As part of the site’s development, PepsiCo India also will increase its potato sourcing from West Bengal by 50% through its Farmer Friends program. 


IFAD launches new agriculture investment fund

The International Fund for Agricultural Development announced a new $60 million fund to de-risk investments of small loans in agriculture value chains in Africa.


Dangerous farm chemicals still allowed for at least two years

PARAQUAT, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos are still allowed for use in Thailand for at least another two years, after the Hazardous Substance Committee yesterday reaffirmed its previous decision not to ban the three controversial agrochemicals.


Kenya seeks to set up open data in agriculture, nutrition

Kenyan researchers have formed a team to spearhead the establishment of open data to generate information and services for smallholder farmers in agriculture and nutrition. 


Telangana's Sweet lime (mosambi) and custard apple (sitaphal) to go international

Sweet lime (mosambi) and custard apple (sitaphal), known for their high nutritional values and grown abundantly in Telangana, will soon be promoted at the global level


Mr. Fish, IT Kharagpur start-up ensures fish to be healthier and tastier

A start-up incubated at the IIT Kharagpur has developed a feed which it claims to have been able to increase the size of fish in the least possible time besides enhancing its taste and nutritional quality.


The future of farming is up in the air

Food that’s grown in the air instead of soil could soon appear on plates in Britain and other parts of the world.

A new investment deal worth $1.8 million to build indoor farms uses technologies developed by a company called LettUs Grow, a Bristol, UK-based startup that designs irrigation and control technology for vertical farms.


UCLA biologist’s research could lead to more resilient crops

Jacobsen, who is a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, specializes in plant epigenetics — the study of how a gene’s function can change without changes to the DNA sequence — and his research could lead to more resilient crops.


Danish consumers are ’world champions’ of organic food: report

Sales of organic food are setting new records across the globe, and Denmark is at the front of the field. In a new international report with data from 180 countries, Denmark was found to have consolidated its position as the world’s leading country for organic.


Robots on Farms Could Fight Climate Change and Grow More Food

Farms are about to get a whole lot more automated. A robo-revolution is coming to the farm of the future, and it could cut greenhouse gases and support a growing global population.


'superfarm' by studio NAB proposes a vertical farm concept to combat land shortage

In response to the growing global population, studio NAB, has developed the ‘superfarm‘ concept as an alternative to traditional farming methods. 


A look at Andhra Pradesh's plan to stop the use of chemicals in farms.

Andhra’s programme aims to cover all 80 lakh hectares of cultivable land in the state by 2024. It was launched in June 2018, following a three-year pilot project spread across 700 villages.


New Holland Agriculture launches new TT3.50 tractor in Thailand

The new 50 horsepower model, which aims to meet the farmers’ growing need for tractors with great value and versatility, was presented to the media at a press launch event held today at the W Bangkok Hotel.


Seara 100% Natural Halal Chicken Selected as Finalist in Gulfood Innovation Awards

Seara is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Gulfood Innovation Awards, under the categories of 'Most Innovative Halal Food' and 'Most Innovative Meat or Poultry Product'.


Study: Aquaculture does little, if anything, to conserve wild fisheries

New research finds that aquaculture, or fish farming, does not help conserve wild fisheries. Aquaculture has expanded production, but does not appear to be advancing fishery conservation.

Tyson Foods to buy BRF’s EU and Thai operations

American multinational Tyson Foods has announced it intends to buy the Thai and European operations of Brazilian agri-food giant BRF S.A.

The transaction includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one in the Netherlands and one in the UK.

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World is getting greener: India and China are leading the global greening effort

A latest NASA study has revealed that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago and India and China are leading the global greening effort.


African Union honours FAO’s Director-General for contribution to Zero Hunger vision in Africa

Graziano da Silva receives recognition for supporting food security, nutrition and sustainable food systems in Africa; dedicates award to former Brazilian President Lula da Silva


Pests and Diseases Cause Worldwide Damage to Crops

Farmers know they lose crops to pests and plant diseases, but scientists have found that on a global scale, pathogens and pests are reducing crop yields for five major food crops by 10 percent to 40 percent, according to a report by a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientist and other members of the International Society for Plant Pathology.


Tinder-style app for cows tries to help the meat market

So you think the dating scene is like a meat market? Well, wait till you hear about the latest matchmaking app.

Following the example of Tinder, UK farming start-up Hectare has launched its own equivalent for livestock and called it Tudder.


Monsanto wins arbitration ruling over royalties from Nuziveedu Seeds

German drugmaker Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit has won proceedings against Indian seed maker Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) in a royalty dispute, lawyers familiar with the matter said.


Why scientists are making the case against octopus farming

A group of scientists is urging the seafood industry to halt efforts to industrialize octopus farming.

Global stocks of squid and octopus are in serious decline. At the same time, demand is up. As a result, seafood businesses are in something of an eight-armed race to industrialize octopus farming.


'Catastrophic collapse': Plunging insect numbers threaten 'survival of mankind'

Insect numbers are collapsing around the world, which could cause the "catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems" and threaten "the survival of mankind".

The first global scientific meta-analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at 73 studies conducted around the world. And the results were disturbing.


Karnataka budget: Big boost for agriculture, Rs 12,650 crore for loan waiver

With a proposed budget size of Rs 2.34 trillion for fiscal 2019-20, the state has set aside Rs 12,650 crore towards loan waiver scheme which includes crop loans from both commercial and cooperative banks. 


Tamil Nadu government allocates Rs 10,550 crores to agriculture in Budget 2019-20

The Tamil Nadu government allocated Rs 10,550 crores to agriculture. Panneerselvam announced that the government will give priority to better water management in the state.


Approved: Rs 2,000 Crore Nabard agriculture market infrastructure fund 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a corpus of `2,000 crore for Agri Market Infrastructure Fund (AMIF) to be created with Nabard for development and upgrade of agricultural marketing infrastructure in rural and regulated wholesale markets. 


RBI increases limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs 1.6 lakh

To boost liquidity in the farming sector, particularly among small and marginal farmers, the RBI on Thursday announced increasing the limit on collateral-free agriculture loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs 1 lakh.

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Cisco leads massive rural 5G trial aimed at revolutionizing agriculture

Rather than just paying lip service to the premise of offering 5G outside cities, Cisco is leading a group of 29 partners in what might be the “world’s most ambitious rural 5G trial,” with the aim of showing how high-speed networks can transform agriculture over the next decade.


Small number of crops are dominating globally: That's bad news for sustainable agriculture

A new study finds that globally we're growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale.


Radicle Growth Invests $250K in Leaf to Give Farmers a Streamlined View of Agriculture Data

Radicle Growth, an acceleration platform for early-stage ag and food technologies, today announced that Leaf Agriculture has been awarded $250,000 as the winner of the Radicle Global Pre-Seed (GPS) Challenge.


Kerala introduces new scheme to support distressed farmers in north India

The LDF (Left Democratic Front) government in Kerala is set to introduce a scheme that would support distressed north Indian farmers, according to the state's finance minister Thomas Isaac.


The Kerala State Horticulture Mission has launched project titled ‘Muthalamada Mango Package’

The project envisages replanting and revival of mango cultivation in 100 hectares, mechanization, high breed nursery, grading process, marketing, value addition etc. 

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FAO & Govt. of Switzerland International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

FAO and the Government of Switzerland are calling on individuals, private companies or institutions to submit a nomination for one of the following categories before 28 February 2019.

  • Award for Digitalization and Innovation for Sustainable Food Systems (USD 40 000) 

  • Award for Innovations that empower youth in agriculture and food systems (USD 20 000)

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Access to Seeds Index 2019 Published

East West Seed leads the rating with its smallholder farmer approach, Syngenta tops in Good Governance with its Good Growth Plan while Bayer tops for its monetary use-based contribution within the access and benefit-sharing framework in Genetic Resources category.