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Developments in rice aim to improve food security

Source: leadership.ng The Nigerian federal government has taken steps to stop the humongous capital flight associated with rice importation and ensure food security for the populace through the introduction of a nitrogen-use efficient and salt tolerant (NEWEST) rice. The NEWEST rice project, being coordinated by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation …

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The modern scarecrow works on an iPad

Source: asia.nikkei.com Farmers in Asia can now flip out their iPads to see how their crops are faring. They can know exactly how many more days a crop needs until harvest. Like some people checking to see how many “likes” they get on Facebook, farmers can take the pulse of their …

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Bleak future for Liberia’s agriculture sector

Source: allafrica.com Many local farmers have over the years complained about the lack of technology center (machines) to enable them add value to their produce, improved market linkages and deplorable farm to market roads. These existing challenges limit opportunity for local farmers. Over US$200 million is extracted from Liberia’s economy …

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Sensor net makes life easier for rice farmers

Source: hackaday.com Rice is cultivated all over the world in fields known as rice paddies and it is one of the most maintenance intensive crops to grow. The rice paddy itself requires a large part of that maintenance. It is flooded with water that must be kept at a constant …

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Why plastic tubs may hold secrets to producing more rice for the world

Source: agprofessional.com Dozens of plastic tubs stacked in a room may look ordinary, but they store what could be the secrets to more rice to feed the world. The containers are the resting place for what’s known by scientists as a “core collection,” or fraction of all the known varieties …

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SunRice invests in North Queensland future

Source: queenslandcountrylife.com.au Further cementing its commitment to building a sustainable Queensland rice industry, SunRice has invested significantly in the last financial year to improve manufacturing productivity and quality of locally grown rice at the Brandon Mill, which it purchased in November 2014. Key developments have seen a weighbridge installed to enable …

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Rinskor from Dow AgroSciences promises bring farmers a new option for post-emergent control of grasses, broadleaves, and sedges in rice and other cropping systems. Source: Dow AgroSciences Dow AgroSciences has announced that Rinskor (pronounced RINZ-KOR) will be the brand name for the company’s new rice herbicide. Currently in the development …

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Ten new rice varieties for Ghana

The  Savanna Agricultural Research Institute at Nyankpala in the Northern Region of Ghana is close to introducing 10 new rice varieties next year as part of efforts to improve local rice production. Source: GhanaWeb Dr Wilson Dogbe, Head of Rice Programme at SARI, a research institution under the Centre for Scientific …

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A farmer fertilizes crops at a rice field at Karang Malang village in Indramayu, Indonesia. Photo:  Antara Foto/Dedhez Anggara
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Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says. Source: …

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Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output Source: SciDevNet Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered …

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