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‘EU-US trade negotiations must include agriculture’

‘EU-US trade negotiations must include agriculture’

As the EU and the US recently resumed trade talks, the EU’s chief trade negotiator Phil Hogan said the region wanted to explore possibilities that would enable each side to...

Fall armyworm threat exacerbates China’s food security fears

The agriculture ministry in China has raised concerns about an increased risk of fall armyworm (FAW) infestations this year.

Farmers protest subsidy cuts in show of force in Brussels

Hundreds of farmers gathered in front of the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday to protest against cuts to the budget for the common agricultural policy (CAP).
India reports crop damage as locust plague spreads to Asia

India reports crop damage as locust plague spreads to Asia

Crop losses of up to 33% have been reported after locust swarms invaded more than 168 000ha of farmland in India, with the provinces of Rajasthan and Gujarat worst hit,...
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...

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Pineapple export troubles eased by demand from home-brewers

Pineapple producers in the northern KwaZulu-Natal region have expressed the hope that as the economies in overseas countries start to “open up” after the COVID-19 pandemic, exports will re-commence and...

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