Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 150

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“ The time has come when production needs to be measured by per thousand liters of water used for irrigation, instead of yield per hectare.”

– Ashok Gulati, the chairman of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), expressing concern over the depleting ground water resources in states like Punjab while addressing the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit.

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“Lack of sufficient water for irrigation is the major concern for agriculture development in . We have got plenty of land but what we are cultivating is not more than 70,000 hectares whereas we have 2.3 million hectares of cultivatable land.”

– Dr Ahmed al Bakri, Director-General, Agriculture and Livestock Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, speaking on the sidelines of the Fifth Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA ) under the umbrella of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations.

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TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP MIRED…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 149

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I’m often asked ‘Whose fault is this? Who’s stopping this?’ It depends on what area you go to. Bullets don’t say which side they came from, and it’s the ongoing fighting that keeps us away.”

– U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on the poor harvests and international sanctions which have damaged Syria’s ability to fund food imports and could sharply increase the number of people requiring food aid. Syria’s most recent wheat harvest was its worst in decades and traders say the country, mired in nearly three years of civil war, will need to import at least 2 million tonnes of wheat this year to help cover the shortfall.

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AFTER THE FAKE BURGER, HERE COME ARTIFICIAL EGGS

The world may have recently been introduced to the first lab-grown burger, but the poultry sector is ahead, with plant-based egg products recently hitting US supermarket shelves.

It’s no novelty either, according to founder of Hampton Creek foods Josh Tetrick, whose mission to replace eggs and other agricultural products with plant-based alternatives…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 148

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“This is a pretty serious issue. Regionally, this is a huge area in which the land is being degraded and the food supply for local people is being reduced.”

– Thomas Hilker, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world. Researchers found that about 12 percent of the biomass has disappeared in this country which is more than twice the size of Texas, and 70 percent of the grassland ecosystem is now considered degraded.

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ZAMBIA’S AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES: MONEY WELL SPENT?

Zambia spends 90% of its agricultural budget on subsidies, but a shift in focus may better help small farmers boost output.

Zambia’s decision to spend 90% of its agricultural budget on subsidies has left little money for activities that generate a greater impact on agricultural growth and poverty reduction.

Farmers were elated to discover in October last year that the ministry of agriculture had designated…

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