Agriculture

UNCTAD promotes foreign investment in agriculture

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in agriculture—a long-neglected sector—tripled between the start of the decade and the onset of the global recession, climbing from US $2 billion in 2000 to $6 billion in 2006-2008.

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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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Sweetpotato: Coming of Age

sweet_potato_editedFrom being ‘a poor man's crop', sweetpotatoes today is perceived as a commodity of high commercial value and importance for a variety of reasons including its varied utility and broad adaptability.

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