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Covid-19 delays 2020 coffee harvest as prices weaken

The shortage of migrant workers to harvest coffee beans in South America due to travel restrictions aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic, could result in countries such as Costa Rica, not being able to complete their harvests.

Low EU canola output fuels Belarusian exports

Market conditions for canola exports will be favourable for producers in Belarus this year, due to a decline in the production of canola oil in the EU in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Rise in Brazil’s sugar production may ‘topple’ global market

There is growing concern that if the Brazilian ethanol market remained weak, the global sugar market could be flooded, which would send prices plummeting.

Oversupply crisis a hard blow for global potato farmers

Although the lockdown measures in countries around the world during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have resulted in strong demand for fresh potatoes in supermarkets and grocery stores, the closure of restaurants and fast food outlets has led to an oversupply crisis.

Record global harvests predicted for maize and wheat

The International Grains Council (IGC) is forecasting record-high global grain harvests for the 2020/2021 season.

COVID-19 inspires global surge of interest in home farming

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to put strain on the global food supply chain, more and more people around the world are turning to home farming.
Drones, ducks and loud music used in fight locusts in India

Drones, ducks and loud music used in fight against locusts

From deploying drones and fire trucks, to banging utensils and blaring loud music, farmers and authorities in India are experimenting with ways to battle a new wave of desert locust infestations across the country.

Investment in cannabis a global challenge during COVID-19

As the world finds itself facing a sharp economic downturn due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, access to capital will continue to be a challenge for the cannabis industry.
China imports soya bean from Brazil as tensions rise with US

China imports soya bean from Brazil as tensions rise with US

The world’s top soya bean importer, China, imported just over 5,93 million tons of the commodity from Brazil in April, compared with 5,79 million tons last year, according to data from the General Administration of Customs in China.

Much controversy in the UK over farm jobs for Brits

The UK government has urged unemployed citizens to apply for seasonal farm work, however, many applicants have expressed frustration about being overlooked for these agriculture jobs while others have bemoaned the working and living conditions these job entailed.

Alarm about souring of Australia-China trade relations

The Australian National Farmers’ Federation has expressed concern about disruptions to agricultural trade between Australia and China, following the suspension of beef supplies from four Australian abattoirs by the Chinese government.

New Zealand schools to teach pupils to avoid dairy and meat

New Zealand has implemented a new climate change curriculum in schools that advises learners to avoid consuming dairy and meat.

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