Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 423
Posted on: April 26th, 2019


Quote of the week

Vietnam, Australia’s fourth largest grain trading partner, has banned the use of the widely-used herbicide glyphosate.

GrainGrowers chairman Brett Hosking said “they’re a really valuable trading partner and so we respect their right to make decisions about how they manage things like glyphosate in their country. There is already a standard around the world for residue limits and all grain exported out of Australia is tested and we know very confidently that the grain we export meets those thresholds for residues.”

Glyphosate is one of the world’s most widely used and rigorously tested chemicals and Mr Hosking said he wasn’t aware of any other country where there was a glyphosate ban in place.

Source: ABC Rural, 12 April 2019






The chicken is local, but was it happy? GPS now tells the life story of your poultry

Shoppers are willing to pay a premium for ingredients that are cage-free, organic or wild caught. Now, Chinese insurance company, ZhongAn Online, has begun fitting GPS tracking devices to chickens to ensure produce is actually what it says it is.

It’s not as absurd as it sounds, says Robyn Metcalfe, a food historian who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. A GPS tracker says Metcalfe, means “that people who potentially will buy that chicken will know every step that that chicken has taken.”

ZhongAn Online has already outfitted more than 100,000 chickens with trackers. The sensors upload information, such as how much exercise each chicken gets and what it ate. The company says the technology will be on 2,500 farms in China by next year.


Metcalfe says plenty of consumers are genuinely interested in knowing where their food comes from and are willing to pay for it. The real push, however, is from the industrial sector. “Obviously they’re trying to look at technology for ways to lower risk,” says Metcalfe. Suppliers want to validate the safety of food going through the system, helping them avoid costly recalls and public relations nightmares. Tracking devices can pinpoint exactly which farm was affected by the bird flu or which one produced E. coli-tainted lettuce. They can also tell you how long produce was in transit and whether it was exposed to warm temperatures.

Source: 24 February 2019






Singapore makes room for allotment gardens as urban farming takes root

Agriculture makes up only about 1 per cent of Singapore’s land area, but urban farming, including vertical and rooftop farms, is fast becoming popular. Rain or shine, every day for the past year, Kanti Kagrana walks a short distance from his son’s flat to Singapore’s HortPark, a national park where he grows chillies, eggplant and spinach in his allotment garden.

After their introduction in November 2017, Singapore now has more than 1,000 allotment gardens in a dozen of its national parks. Each is a raised planter bed measuring 2.5 metres by 1 metre, and can be leased for three years for S$57 ($42) annually.

Singapore last year topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Food Security Index for the first time, scoring high on metrics such as affordability and availability. Yet, as the country imports about 90 per cent of its food, its food security is susceptible to climate change and natural resource risks, the EIU noted.

Singapore aims to produce 30 per cent of its nutritional needs by 2030, by increasing the local supply of fruits, vegetables and protein from meat and fish.

Source: 17 April 2019





Chart of the week
This graph displays the forecasted value of the nuts and seeds market worldwide from 2017 to 2024 (in billion US Dollars). In 2017, the global market value of nuts and seeds amounted to 975.4 billion U.S. dollars, and is forecasted to reach about 1.35 trillion U.S. dollars by 2024.




Source: Statista, 2019





Joke of the week







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