Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 392

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote is from Savaram Ravindra, writing for IOT (Internet of Things) for all. The IOT is a network of devices (Cars, drones, kitchens Etc) that share data that can be accessed anywhere. Savaram describes how the IOT can is being adopted by the Agriculture sector.

“In IoT-based smart farming, a system is built for monitoring the crop field with the help of sensors (light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.) and automating the irrigation system. The farmers can monitor the field conditions from anywhere. IoT-based smart farming is highly efficient when compared with the conventional approach.”

These hi-tech systems are initially more capital-intensive but lead to more efficient use of inputs (water, fertilizer, treatments) and optimize yields.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TURNS TONNES OF FOOD WASTE INTO POTENT BIO-FERTILISER EXPORTED TO ASIAN FARMS

An Australian university is turning tonnes of kitchen scraps into high-value fertiliser that is being sold to farmers in Asia.

James Cook University has become the first university in Australia to…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 391

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote of the week for this week is taken from Ben van Delden, KPMG head of markets and AgTech sector leader.   Speaking to Which-50 for their cover story on Australia’s role in potentially leading the world in AgTech, Van Delden stated: “What we’re sitting on is all the right ingredients for Australia to ultimately become a leader in what we refer to as Agri 4.0 — Industry 4.0 application to agriculture — where we’re digitising the way we produce food and the supply chain.”

 

GERMANY LAUNCHES EARLIEST GRAPE HARVEST YET AMID HEAT WAVE

Europe’s blistering heat wave, which is seeing many areas suffer through temperatures reaching above 45°C, has been welcomed by German wine growers who have launched into their earliest harvest ever.

At a vineyard in Loerzweiler, south of Mainz in southwestern Germany, white grapes were beginning to be picked on Monday.  According to the German Wine Institute, this is the earliest start yet to the country’s grape harvest –…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 390

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries in regard to World Trade Organisation rule reforms.

Julia Klöckner, German minister of Food and Agriculture says, “If one wants to do business, trade, at an even level, it can’t be a one-way street, trade is a way of protecting peace, if one cooperates, if one communicates with people from other countries and nations, I think fair trade is a good answer to protectionism.”

The Argentine Agriculture Minister Luis Miguel Etchevehere says, “There will always be controversies. What differentiates us from the past is the way to solve them. Independent of all the news there was surrounding (the meeting), we managed to reach a unanimous consensus. And since the meeting was taking place, all the countries had bilateral meetings to continue trying to find common ground.”

LAND PRICES ARE GOING UP

The unfortunate drought condition impacting Australian farmers has not held back the rising values of farming properties in NSW….

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