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Avian flu outbreak exacerbates coronavirus woes in China

Avian flu outbreak exacerbates coronavirus woes in China

Chinese authorities have reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 avian flu on a farm near Shaoyang in the southern province of Hunan.
Low disease and frost resistance for EU crops due to hot weather

Low disease and frost resistance for EU crops due to hot...

Near-record high temperatures in areas of western and central Europe early in the season have resulted in an increased risk of pests and diseases in the region’s already delayed grains...
Call for permanent ban on wildlife trade in China

Call for permanent ban on wildlife trade in China

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has welcomed the recent decision by Chinese authorities to temporarily ban the trade in wild animals to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

US agri commodity prices to remain under pressure in 2020

After US farmers faced a challenging year in 2019, there was cautious optimism that the prices of maize, soya bean and wheat could receive a boost from the new trade...

FAO declares 2020 International Year of Plant Health

The cultivation of healthy plants depends on healthy soils, according to Dr Hendrik Smith, a conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator at Grain SA and the Maize Trust.

How virtual reality goggles can improve cows’ well-being

Russian milk producers have developed a new and unexpected solution to dairy output challenges.
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Polish authorities on high alert as bird flu spreads

Multiple cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus have now been confirmed in turkey populations in eastern Poland, according to local authorities.
Biogas plants planned to tackle farming pollution in India

Biogas plants planned to tackle farming pollution in India

In a bid to prevent the severe pollution resulting from farmers burning crop residues every winter, authorities in India have announced plans to establish more than 100 biogas plants in...
Western Europe fortifies defences against African swine fever

Western Europe fortifies defences against African swine fever

A wild boar infected with African swine fever (ASF) has been found near Nowogrod Bobrzanski in Western Poland, just 40km from the German border, leaving German authorities on high alert.
New Zealand adds methane loophole for farmers in carbon bill

New Zealand adds methane loophole for farmers in carbon bill

New Zealand’s parliament has approved a Bill that commits the country to being carbon neutral by the year 2050.
Widespread protests against ‘farmer bashing’ in the EU

Widespread protests against ‘farmer bashing’ in the EU

In the latest incident in a string of protests across Europe during the past few weeks, farmers took to the streets of Paris, France on Wednesday and blocked the city’s...

Severe onion shortages lead to protest action in India

The federal government in India has approved 120 000t in onion imports to supplement supplies as severe shortages hit the domestic market.

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Budget hints at plans to reverse SA ports’ efficiency decline

The risk posed by failures and inefficiencies at South Africa’s main ports to the country’s economy, particularly the damage this was doing to export competitiveness, was acknowledged in the Budget...

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