Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 404

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It focuses on the new possibilities that the Canadian Food Industry can appreciate due to the $28 million investment in Maple Leaf Foods. The market expansion will create 300 immediate construction jobs and will employ 1,340 full time employees by 2023.

“Our government is excited to invest in Maple Leaf Foods’ project to help bring new innovations to Canada’s food processing industry, keep Canada competitive in the global market and create new middle-class jobs in Ontario. This new state-of-the-art facility demonstrates how innovation is creating jobs and helping the environment with more sustainable poultry processing.”

 

 

 

 

Food Security for an Aging and Heavier Population

Changes in national and global food demand are commonly explained by population growth, dietary shifts, and food waste. Although nutrition sciences demonstrate that biophysical characteristics determine food requirements in individuals, and medical and demographic studies provide evidence for large shifts in height, weight, and age structure worldwide…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 403

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Illinois news network and focuses on sustainable farming to improve water quality and the nutrient level in the soil. Farmers in the United States are currently working on reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels to prevent runoffs, which might affect the water supply.

The researchers believe that the initiative will not only benefit residents on a local and national scale, but it also helps ensure soil productivity for future growing seasons. Soil is a key component to a successful yield and productivity both today and in the future. The quote focuses on the perspective of researchers, which believe that the nutrient levels are not only affected by local farmers but the whole society.

 

“We all contribute to nitrogen and phosphorous into water either through our publicly-owned treatment or otherwise,” she said. “I think we all play a role and certainly agriculture does play a role and we can also all contribute to the solution.”

 

Illinois News Network, 12th of November 2018

 

 

 

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 402

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from UFU president Ivor Ferguson who gathered with the four UK farming unions to discuss the future of farming in the United Kingdom. In the meeting the shared vision, values and ideals for the agriculture industry was highlighted. While the domestic industry is challenged by less than 150 days before the country leaves the European Union the leaders are dedicated and enthusiastic to work towards a solution that ensures the UK to continue to trade freely with neighboring countries.

“We’re now entering a time of unprecedented change which presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future of agriculture.”

 

 

 

Small-scale farmers plead with govt to allocate 10pc of budget to agriculture

 

The 36-year-old Ms Eda Chibuti, a smallholder vegetable farmer in Chamwino District, is suffering as she cannot meaningfully irrigate crops as infrastructure is poor.

She knows that enough dams can be built if the government amply finance agriculture by allocating 10 per cent of its national budget to…

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