Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 201


US President Barack Obama told a United Nations meeting on Tuesday that pollution must be contained to address climate change. Specifically, he called out China, saying that the most populous country on Earth, with the fastest increase in carbon pollution, must join the United States to lead the rest of the world in carbon reduction.

The climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do hear them. We have to answer the call. We know what we have to do to avoid irreparable harm. We have to cut carbon pollution in our own countries, and prevent the worst effects of climate change. We have to adapt to the impacts that unfortunately we can no longer avoid. We have to work together to tackle this global threat before it is too late. We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.



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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 200


South Australian Senator, Sean Edwards, says an outbreak of beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers in his home state this season. But he believes the potential solution is within strengthening plant biotechnology research.

Should the aphids develop further resistance to (the chemical pesticide) Transform, the outcome would be devastating as yields would reduce, affecting South Australia’s nearly 415,000 tonnes of canola for export. I suggest the solution lies with the further development of plant science in Australia, particularly in the area of genetically modified (GM) organisms. According to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, 12 of 36 active trial sites are seeking to develop GM canola with desirable traits. These include herbicide tolerance, altered oil content, drought resistance and other characteristics that will help yield numbers into the future.




Singapore’s small but advanced vegetable farming industry is attracting firms that are eager to invest in or adopt its technology for use in Japan.

Singapore has in recent years become a…

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Vietnam Update – September 2014

Economic indicators in August continued to suggest a steady recovery.

HSBC released the Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) of 50.3 in August, down from 51.7 in July as output growth slowed while new orders fell for the first time in nine months. Similarly, August YTD Industrial Production Index also inched up marginally to 6.3% YoY from 6.2% YoY last month, of which the manufacturing and processing industry was a key growth driver, expanding 8.1% YoY.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.22% MoM or 4.31% YoY this month, the lowest level for August in the last 5 years.1 The surge of prices in food and foodstuffs as well as garment and footwear were partially offset by three consecutive fuel price reductions. Although YTD inflation remained sluggish at 1.84%1, growing demand in the upcoming consumption season is expected to lift inflation considerably to a year-end target of 5% .

Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus of USD 100 million in August, widening the national trade surplus in the first eight month of this year to USD 1.7 billion, led by key export items including telephones…

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