Agriculture

Underground solution to starving rice plants

Rice gene-IRRIScientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20 per cent more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus, an important, but limited, plant nutrient

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New monitoring system to track wheat fungus in 27 countries

Stem rustWheat experts have reported a breakthrough in their ability to track the crop fungus Ug99 and related strains of mutating wheat pathogen ‘stem rust’ that threatens wheat fields from East Africa to South Asia

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Small-scale irrigation schemes' fillip to food security

Farmers-asiaAs food prices escalate globally, a new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

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Mercy Corps to launch mobile banking for farmers

Mobile-banking01The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps has launched a multi-country programme that will use mobile technologies to give farmers in the developing world a package of services to increase their harvests

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Indonesia waives soybean import duty

TofuThe Indonesian government has decided to waive soybean import duty in view of the recent hike in price of the commodity

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