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China Agritech appoints new VP of finance

China Agritech, Inc., a leading organic compound fertilizer manufacturer and distributor in China, recently announced the appointment of Ms. Choco Tan as VP of Finance. Ms. Linda Dai, who previously served as VP of Finance, will head the internal auditing department going forward.

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Oilmeal exports from India soar 42 per cent

Oilmeal exports from India, Asia’s top supplier of animal feed made from soybeans, jumped 42 per cent to 4.92 lakh tonnes (lt) during November as against 3.46 lt the same period last year, according to latest data compiled by the Solvent Extractions' Association of India (SEA).

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China on track for good corn harvest

The US Grains Council recently concluded its annual China Corn Tour, estimating an increase in production over 2009. The Council estimates the total production for China’s 2010 corn crop at 158 million metric tons (6.2 billion bushels). Given the projected corn harvest area of 30.8 million hectares, this implies a yield of 5.13 tons/hectare or 81.5 bushels/acre.

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Asia urged to increase rice reserves

rice-The Asia Society and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Task Force report, Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia, was the focus of the Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Rice at the Third International Rice Congress held in Hanoi, Vietnam recently.

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Pesticides demand to reach US$52bn in 2014

pesticide-sprayWorld demand for pesticides is projected to increase 2.9 per cent per year to US$52 billion in 2014, according to latest research. These gains will reflect a reversal of the substantial declines registered in 2009, caused in part by a precipitous price drop for glyphosate, the leading herbicide product.

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