Korea extends US$9mn to develop rice industry in Ghana

Ghana koreaThe Republic of Korea has extended US$9mn for the development of a rice industry in the central region in Ghana

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ProVeg to discuss animal agriculture at COP23 climate talks

Climate cProVeg International will discuss the role of animal agriculture at COP23, the latest round of climate talks following the Paris Agreement, which is going to be held from 6-17 November 2017, in Bonn in Germany

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IRRI’s MYRice project to improve farmers’ lives in Myanmar

Myanmar ricxeInternational Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) five-year research project in Myanmar is making a lasting impact on improving local rice farmers’ ability to adapt to agricultural challenges and respond to market opportunities

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FAO seeks to manage serious threat to the world’s bananas

Banana 2FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the World Banana Forum have launched a global programme requiring US$98mn to manage Fusarium wilt strain, a disease that jeopardises livelihoods reliant on banana, the world’s most traded fruit

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World Food Day: realising the life-saving and commercial potential of drones in agriculture

13950908853 177c223196 zRapid population growth and poor soil quality have meant that millions of people across the world struggle suffer from hunger. In light of these damning statistics, World Food Day, which took place on 16 October, sought to promote awareness and action for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all

Governments and corporations are increasingly looking towards technology to provide a solution, with drones considered vital for the future of sustainable farming. So far, systems are being used to scan the condition of crops in order to allow for the targeted use of crop treatments. Drones can scan thousands of acres in a matter of hours, detecting weeks and pests earlier so farmers can quickly take corrective action.

The UK is leading the way in this global food revolution. For instance, Hands Free Hectare, a team of Engineers from Harper Adams University, have forged new ground by farming exclusively with unmanned systems. Their use of autonomous machinery is an agricultural first and its success has the potential to transform global food production by opening up fertile land in previously inaccessible areas.  

Drone Major Group, who are supporting drone adoption across the agricultural sector, seeks to connect the key players within the global drone revolution, from private operators to manufacturers and everything in between. Central to the business is Drone Major, a portal which facilitates such industry connectivity. Agricultural drone manufactures make up a significant proportion of the key players engaged with the platform including QUESTUAV whose Q200 PPK drone has transformed the surveying of crops through 3D imagery.

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