Agriculture

FAO Food Outlook

FAO's Food Price Index rose one percent to 234 points in June 2011 - 39 percent higher than in June 2010 but four percent below its all-time high of 238 points in February of this year.

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Nutrients for oil palm: A question of balance

Oil_palm_webAdequate nutrition is essential during the growth and development stages of the oil palm since nutrient uptake establishes the plant’s production potential.

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Can the Philippine sugar industry redeem itself?



gi-sugaar_webFaced with import tariffs, difficult trade policies, production woes and tough competition from other sugar-producing countries, it is indeed a rough road ahead for the Philippine sugar industry.

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Yasheng Group expands seed segment business scope

Yasheng Group, a China-based agricultural company, is expanding its seed segment business scope to include contract R&D seed breeding services, large-scale seed multiplication operations, processing of certifications for import and export, and distribution for international seed companies to access China's seed market. Currently the company produces planting seeds for use within the company and for resale to other growers, as well as edible seeds, seeds for animal feeds, and oils.

 

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A coarse road ahead for Philippine rice industry

rice_weeb_wbFor Filipinos, rice is like air and water—they can never live without it. As the country’s most important food commodity, rice accounts for 9 per cent of total domestic household spending as well as one-third of total food consumption. Playing a crucial role in the country’s political stability and national security, it is said that rice is a huge decisive factor for running the country’s national affairs.

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