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Standards Need to Remain Voluntary, Industry Reps Caution

Canada launched national standards for grain biodiversity that are meant to manage the risk of plant pests and disease. The voluntary standards include guidelines for safe handling, transport, and use of equipment. Opinions on voluntary status of standards vary.  http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/standards-need-remain-voluntary-industry-reps-caution-11775

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National Grains Biosecurity Standard Launched

Canada launched national standards for grain biodiversity that are meant to manage the risk of plant pests and disease. The voluntary standards include guidelines for safe handling, transport, and use of equipment. Opinions on voluntary status of standards vary. http://www.grainews.ca/news/national-grains-biosecurity-standard-launched/1002112717/

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India’s Farm Minister for FDI Agriculture

IndoAsiancommodities.com organized a discussion in which they advocated for adopting modern technology, particularly biotechnology, to address the problems of coming years with grains, oilseeds, corn, and other crops. Genetically modified technology and seeds were suggested as a viable solution to achieve sustainable development. Additionally, implementing grading standards in the market to help consumers understand the […]

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FAO to Help Train AP Farmers in Raising Productivity

The FAO is working with the Indian Agriculture Department to improve productivity of oilseeds and pulses in Andhra Pradesh. This will consist of a training program tailored to the particular climatic conditions and needs of the region. The FAO will assist in capacity building for staff, especially for efficient water use technologies and the effect […]

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Grain Storage for Gulf Region Planned

The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAID) is planning a storage system for three to six months of Gulf region grain reserves. The location will most likely be in the UAE because it is close to the port of Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman. This project comes in conjunction with the start of […]

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Initial Oilseed Rape Yields Are Encouraging

Ireland postharvest assessment of what brought in higher yields (fungicides, etc.) The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) recently launched the TELLUS project, a comprehensive soil analysis programme of the border counties from Donegal to Louth. The information gathered will be invaluable for tillage and livestock farmers in providing detailed data on soil nutrients and facilitating […]

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Post-Harvest Management for Food Security tops FAO-Agriculture Dept meeting

A workshop was organized by the UN FAO in partnership with the Dept of Agriculture in The Gambia to discuss PHL. Particular focus was on grain cereals, pulses and oilseeds, “as these sectors constitute the predominant staples in many African communities in Africa.” The FAO and the Dept of Agriculture’s relationship has also recently led to the […]

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