• Make own strategy to double farmers’ income: Agriculture minister to states

    Putting the responsibility on states, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday asked them to chalk out individual strategies to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. Radha Mohan said the Centre had come out with a four-volume report suggesting ways to boost farmers’ income which states could study and see how best it could be implemented. Addressing a two-day national conference to evolve a sowing strategy for the Rabi season, he said the focus should not only be on crop productivity but also on allied farm activities like timber cultivation and honeybee cultivation.
  • Colorado Dept. of Agriculture investigating local service dog business

    About a year ago, Brandis Perry received a service dog as a gift from The Resource Exchange (TRE) to help her 6 year-old daughter who has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and a rare genetic condition. The dog came from a Colorado Springs based business 'Noelle's Dogs Four Hope'. The total cost of the service dog according to Perry: $9,000. "We figured that we could get a service dog to help us alert or assist when she needed help," said Perry. When Perry received the dog, she said she had problems- the dog would have accidents and separation issues from the family. Perry has worked to train the dog, but she says it's been difficult.
  • Aid for flood-stricken farmers in the Baltics

    The Agriculture Ministry will consult the agriculture ministries of Estonia and Lithuania about jointly seeking the European Commission's aid for the flood-stricken farmers in the three Baltic countries, as the Agriculture Ministry told LETA after a meeting with non-governmental agricultural organizations today. During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers) and farmers discussed the dire situation in multiple rural areas in Latvia following adverse weather in the summer that was followed by heavy rains in September. The Rural Support Service will until October 2 continue to accept farmers' compensation claims from 29 regions in Latgale and Vidzeme provinces where a state of emergency has been declared in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. According to
  • Agriculture Minister to meet with Blue Mountain coffee farmers

    Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, (MICAF) Karl Samuda, is to meet with coffee growers from the Blue Mountain area to discuss their concerns regarding the current price of coffee. The announcement follows a demonstration at the Ministry's Hope Road offices on Monday as coffee farmers voiced their concerns about this year's coffee price. The coffee farmers yesterday demanded a meeting with Minister Samuda to discuss the $6,000 they are being paid per box of Blue Mountain Coffee beans from marketing companies.
  • Alberta agriculture societies unsure of funding status with the province

    Agricultural societies across Alberta are getting frustrated with a lack of funding coming from the province. Usually, they receive an annual grant in June that allows rural communities to operate things like local arenas, county fairs and community halls, however, no grant money has arrived so far this year. The CEO of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Tim Carson, said he hears from concerned communities everyday.
  • China, Japan and South Korea seek co-operation in agriculture

    On September 17th, the Trilateral Local Governments' Forum on Three Rural Issues 2017 of the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Japan opened in Guiyang, Guizhou. It was endorsed by Guizhou Provincial Foreign Affairs Office and the Agriculture Commission, and organized by huanqiu.com. In the theme of "Develop Mountain Agriculture and Share Green Benefits", the forum welcomed approximately 400 government officers from the three countries, representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization and professional traders from the agriculture industry. The Secretary-General of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, Lee Jong-heon said in an interview with huanqiu.com, "China, Japan and South Korea give the central and first priority to agriculture, meanwhile facing problems
  • Farmer fears justice system ‘stacked against’ victims after guns confiscated

    A farmer who armed himself with an unloaded gun to protect his family from a knife-wielding thug says he fears the justice system is “stacked against” victims. Father-of-three David Dunstan, 52, was left reeling after police turned up at his property near the NSW-Victorian border to investigate the home invasion — and confiscated the farmer’s legal firearms while they were there, the Herald Sun reports. It came after the cattle and crop farmer confronted a teen armed with a knife and a block of wood who knocked on his back door about 3am last Thursday. “He had a seven foot log of red gum in his hand a knife concealed in the other,” Mr Dunstan said.
  • A bad time to expand: Brexit stalls beef farmer's ambitions

    Shay Galvin had been planning to expand beef production on his farm and build new sheds, but due to uncertainty around Brexit, and recent fluctuations in the value of sterling, he has shelved his plans. “We were looking at upscaling our beef production unit, but at the moment indicators are that we should probably be scaling back, because if the market in the UK goes or dwindles at all, it will be very hard to sell beef from Ireland, ” Mr Galvin said. The UK leaving the EU poses a challenge for farmers around the country. Forty per cent of Irish food and agricultural exports go to the UK, so any reintroduction of Border controls or tariffs will hit farmers North and South hard.
  • CM cites data to counter Oppn on farmer suicides

    Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has cited data to rubbish the Opposition claims that suicide by farmers had doubled since his government announced the farm loan waiver and assured that the waiver would be implemented shortly. He said he would not allow these parties to harm the interests of the farmers with false propaganda. The notification on waiver would be issued in the next few days. The farmers covered in the first phase of the waiver, as announced in the Assembly, need not pay their loans. He claimed unlike the Akalis, his government was fulfilling its promises to the farmers despite the fiscal mess inherited from the former.
  • Paraguay's agriculture: Just how much is at risk?

    Despite the political and economic instability facing South America, the small nation of Paraguay is experiencing growth. This upturn is due to a record soy harvest alongside a number of infrastructure projects supporting predictions of the country’s economy to grow by over 4.2 percent this year. The Crops The most important part of the Paraguayan economy is its agricultural sector, which is the world’s fourth-largest soy exporter. The 2016/17 soy crop yield is estimated to be more than 10 million tonnes and expected to be worth $3bn. These figures are very important to an economy that lacks in mineral resources while the nation has recently been affected by weather conditions that have destroyed 430,000 hectares of high-protein wheat sown this year.
  • Hurricane Irma path 'lethal' to Florida crops, state official says

    Florida's agriculture commissioner said Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented. Florida crops took between 80 and 90 percent losses in parts of the state after Hurricane Irma flattened greenhouses, toppled trees and flooded pastures as it tore through the state’s most fruitful regions, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday. Shoppers should expect some temporary spikes in the price of certain items at the grocery store, such as orange juice and tomatoes, said Ron Rice, director of the University of Florida/ Palm Beach County extension office.
  • Aspiring PNG politician wants agriculture to drive development

    A Papua New Guinea woman who wants to be her country's first female prime minister says the future of PNG lies with agriculture. Lydia Tasi manages irrigation projects for Israeli agribusiness company, Innovative Agro Industry, but she has had to climb to that position from a life of poverty in Wewak, in East Sepik province. Ms Tasi says 80 per cent of PNG's population comes from similar rural farming backgrounds, where agriculture is the only source of income, and it's obvious that development priorities should focus on the sector.
  • Iraqi farmers fight against imported goods, corruption

    The Tureibil crossing, or more commonly known as the Karameh border crossing, between Jordan and Iraq reopened in early September in tandem with the opening of another border crossing with Saudi Arabia. This means that more foreign goods are likely to flow into the Iraqi market, which already lacks national products, especially food and agricultural goods. The prospects for increased imports, which is not good news for the local production industry in Iraq, prompted parliament’s Agriculture, Water and Marshlands Committee on Aug. 14 to accuse the Ministry of Agriculture of mismanagement and confusion in supporting these foreign goods, which caused the local market to become flooded with imported products.
  • Government of Canada investing to grow Alberta agriculture

    A strong and competitive agriculture sector is vital to Canada's prosperity; creating good jobs, growing the middle class, and bringing high-quality products to the tables of Canadian consumers. Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Kent Hehr, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Calgary today to announce our Government is investing $4.4 million to help farmers stay on the cutting edge of innovation, expand markets and manage their business risk. As part of this investment, our Government has committed $2.2 million to projects that will help support the world-class cattle industry in Alberta and across Canada.
  • Nigeria Agriculture Awards woos younger generation

    Winners of the Nigeria Agriculture Awards, NAA, 2017 essay competition for secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the country with the theme, “Building a Crop of Young Young Agropreneurs,” have received their cash award. During the 2017 NAA awards presentation ceremony in Lagos, cash awards were presented to three groups that emerged winners in the tertiary category as well as to two students from different schools, which emerged winners in the secondary school category. Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer, AgroNigeria, Richard-Mark Mbaram, said that NAA saw the need to bring the youths on board because it realised that they are the missing development keys to the chain that is called the value chain in agriculture.
  • Why a loss for Japanese farms is a win for Brexit Britain

    The Japanese, like other nations, have long placed food and farming at the heart of their traditional culture. They have long regarded rice, especially, with a semi-mystical reverence, performing a whole series of seasonal rituals to honour and propitiate local rice deities to ensure an abundant crop. Over the last 70 years or so, farming hasn’t loomed large only in the Japanese psyche. Farmers have also played a disproportionately powerful role in Japanese politics. In an economy that has long been fiercely protective of many domestic industries, few have been quite so shielded from foreign competition as the local agricultural sector. However, the power of Japan’s farming lobby is now waning, and the consequences of its decline promise to reshape international
  • Ministry to allow hiring foreign workers anew in agriculture sector

    The Ministry of Agriculture on Sunday announced plans for allowing the recruitment of new foreign workers in the agricultural sector. The scheduled step is aimed at increasing the number of guest workers in the agricultural sector as more lands are expected to be cultivated this year, following the reopening of the Karameh-Turaibil border crossing late last month, according to sector insiders. Ministry of Agriculture Spokesperson Nimer Haddadin said that the ministry, in cooperation with related ministries, is planning to allow the recruitment of new foreign workers in the agricultural sector. The government announced in June last year that it had stopped the recruitment of new guest workers in an effort to regulate the labour market and study the number of guest workers in
  • Agriculture holds the key to unlocking Africa's vast economic potential

    Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), private sector agribusiness like Syngenta, Bayer and OCP, Rabobank and the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They are united in one firm belief: that
  • India-Israel agricultural cooperation needs to align with the ‘New India’

    The Agriculture is the driving force of the ‘New India’. Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi has set a target to double the income of the farmers by 2022. A few days back, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in India have organized the pledge taking ceremonies to achieve this target, in 562 districts of the country, where the Central and State Governments representatives, Agricultural officers, Students and a large number of farmers have participated in each district. For the first time, we have seen such kind of ceremonies for a government’s commitment.
  • Brazilian police raid agriculture minister's home

    Brazilian police raided the house of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in a corruption probe early Thursday, adding yet more pressure on the scandal-plagued government of President Michel Temer. Federal police said in a statement that authorities were searching 64 addresses in the capital Brasilia, Sao Paulo and the state of Mato Grosso. They did not name the people being targeted. Major Brazilian news sites said the principal suspect was Maggi, Temer's agriculture chief, a farming tycoon and a former governor of Mato Grosso. An AFP photographer saw police leave Maggi's Brasilia home carrying a computer. Police were serving a search warrant issued by the Supreme Court, which handles cases involving ministers and other federal-level politicians.

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