181115 Japanese Agriculture
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Japan introduces healthy yield and advanced farm technology

Source: siasat.com Farmers in Naruto city of Tokushima prefecture in Japan are cultivating sweet potatoes. Those potatoes grown on well-drained sandy soil near the sea are special bland called ‘Naruto Kintoki’. These are more sweet and expensive than normal sweet potatoes. Farmers are using latest cultivation methods to not only …

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161115 Robotic harvesting
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Showcasing the cutting edge of new agri-food technology

Source: farminguk.com Robotic harvesting of vegetables, automated weeding techniques and the use of sensitive disease detection software were among the innovative technologies showcased at the UK’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing as part of a new agri-tech initiative. Launched in line with the Government’s quest for the UK to become …

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061115 Solar irrigation and other award winners
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The 12 game-changing technologies recognized in International Water Week

Source: greentechlead.com At Amsterdam International Water Week, Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development recognized 12 new game-changing solutions that will increase water availability and promote efficient use of water in agriculture. The solutions that won the award include: AgroSolar Irrigation Technology – Kenya: Scaling a solar photovoltaic-powered …

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Crops and Clouds
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Farming by the sub-inch: What the future of food looks like

Source: cnbc.com Farmers for decades have relied on gut checks and generations-deep knowledge to make crop decisions. This tradition of land stewardship has meant preemptively wiping out an entire field to thwart what might be, for example, a small localized pest problem. But agriculture, like many industries, is increasingly digitized. …

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301015 Fruit picker Cambridge Consultants
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The fruit-picking robot that could replace humans

Source: thestack.com A robotics breakthrough with potential to revolutionise the fruit picking industry, seems likely to fuel the debate over the future of immigrants and contractual labourers working during harvest. Cambridge Consultants is developing a bot that is able to pick and sort through irregular organic fruit and vegetables, and detect …

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201015 World's first microhabitat
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World’s first smart microhabitat unveiled

Source: ecowatch.com Growing plants indoors can sometimes be a challenge for amateur gardeners, but with the Biopod, the world’s first smart microhabitat, you can grow your own herbs, vegetables—and even a rainforest—in your own home. What makes this tank so great for growing plants indoors? Basically, the environment inside the …

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121015 Desert Growing Horticulture
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Consortium aims to boost development in Middle Eastern horticulture

Source: hortidaily.com Leading Dutch and Saudi horticultural companies, with complementary strengths and knowledge, have formed a new consortium: Desert Growing. Desert Growing delivers turnkey greenhouse projects for the entire Middle East. From greenhouses and process automation, to screens and systems for irrigation, renewable energy, cooling and heating. The aim is …

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210915 Syngeta pesticide for tomatoes
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Nigeria’s Syngeta launches fast-acting pesticide

Source: businessdayonline.com To help the Federal Government’s agricultural diversification drive, Syngeta Nigeria has launched Ambligo, a new, fast-acting pesticide that could be used at any time, against many crop insects. These include Tuta absoluta, a deadly pest, which if not controlled could destroy up to 100% of the tomatoes in …

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100915 Rooftop farm
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Construction commences for world’s biggest rooftop farm

Source: hortidaily.com The groundbreaking ceremony of UrbanFarmers’ 1.200m2 rooftop greenhouse in the Hague will take place next week, 14th September. The rooftop farm will be the largest commercial urban farm in Europe. Construction is due to begin in September 2015 with completion in January 2016. The first fish and vegetables …

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040915 Vertical farming award
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Vertical farming invention wins award

Source: news.aisaone.com A home-grown vertical farming device has bagged a prestigious international design award. It can grow 10 times as many vegetables as traditional farming methods over the same area. The invention by local firm Sky Urban Solutions – a 9m-tall system with tiers of planting troughs which rotate around an …

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