ADB helps China boost crop output with US$200 million loan

China-ADBThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a US$200mn loan to improve crop output and farming productivity in some of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) most important grain producing regions

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Myanmar could become Asia’s granary, says IRRI

IRRI-MyanmarWith a focus on helping rice farmers reach Myanmar’s production potential, the European Union has pledged a large amount of money and the World Bank recently ended its 25-year hold on grants to Myanmar

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Scientists find clues to more disease-resistant watermelons

Watermelon-genomeA consortium of more than 60 scientists from the United States, China, and Europe has published the genome sequence of watermelon which could lead to a more nutritious, tastier and disease-resistant fruit

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Greater food output, less environmental impact of agriculture possible

Food output-natureA study published in Nature by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and McGill University in Montreal suggests food security and a healthy environment are both possible

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China to use hybrid corn seeds for production boost

cron  FeatheredTarChina has approved the use of hybrid corn seed varieties like those from Monsanto Co., DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta AG to boost yields and meet the rising corn demands in the country

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