World Bank Country Director for Vietnam Ousmane Dione addresses the meeting in Hanoi on December 5 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a meeting in Hanoi on December 5 to discuss ways to sustainably develop raw material areas and improve processing capacity and market access for agro-products of Vietnam. MARD Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong said though the agricultural sector of Vietnam has obtained major achievements, it cannot rest on its laurels due to three challenges, which are the small production scale, climate change impacts and economic integration into the world. He admitted that the country has good agricultural production capacity but the production remains ineffective due to the small scale. Besides, deep processing has just developed for only some commodities like shrimp, tra fish and milk to create products with higher added value. Most of other agricultural products have very short value chains. Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Meeting talks sustainable development of agricultural material areas
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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has challenged soil scientists to identify strategies that would ensure the agricultural sector predominated the nation’s economy. Dr. Muhammed Bello, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said this at the experts’ dialogue on Thursday in Abuja to commemorate the 2019 World Soil Day (WSD) with the theme “Stop soil erosion, save our future”. The dialogue was organised by the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Bello appealed to soil experts to prioritise erosion and diversification as they constituted a threat to soil health and drastically limited agricultural productivity. READ ALSO: Agriculture: IITA seeks joint efforts on digital tools Bello, who identified erosion as a threat to soil health and agriculture production, however, described the country as a paradox. He noted that a section of the country was … [Read more...] about FG challenges soil experts on strategies to better agricultural sector
Professor Simon Blackmore, head of robotic agriculture at the UK's National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University in England, says that increasingly sensitive and precise sensors and instruments are being developed that can measure the "complex nature of the growing environment" on every square meter of farmland — the soil and water conditions; the presence of pests and diseases; the location of weeds, and the size of crop plants. In addition to measuring the state of a crop, robots will be able to actively improve growing conditions, not least by getting rid of weeds. "We're developing a whole range of smart machines now that potentially might be able to replace the tractor and the combine harvester," Blackmore said. "And we're coming up with systems that will allow us to replace herbicides... One project I'm developing is called laser weeding." This picture shows a prototype experimental 'Hyperweeder' attached to the back of a tractor. Blackmore's goal … [Read more...] about Could agricultural robots replace glyphosate?
Video PlayerClose VIENTIANE, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in cooperation with China's Hunan Jinye Zhongwang Technology Co., Ltd and Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd, will establish a model organic and bio-fertilizer processing factory for clean agriculture (CA) development in Laos, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed here on Wednesday by Director-General of the Agriculture Department of Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Vilaysouk Khennavong, Hunan Jinye Zhongwang Vice President Huang Jian and Xuanye (Lao) President Xu Guowu. The ceremony was attended by Lao Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bounkhouang Khambounheuang and Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy to Laos Wang Qihui along with the government officials from relevant sectors and representatives of the companies. "The ministry through the Department of Agriculture is currently encouraging Lao farmers to … [Read more...] about Chinese firms to develop clean agriculture in Laos
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