China 

The US-China trade war has been a boon for Brazil’s soybean farmers. But can they keep up with Chinese demand?

There are winners and losers in any spat, and they are often not the parties at loggerheads.Brazil’s soybean farmers, for example, have triumphed spectacularly in the US-China trade war. In fact, they’ve done so well they may become victims of their own success, according to the head of a Brazilian trade promotion agency.After their shipments to China jumped by almost a third last year to fill the void left by soybean imported from the US, the South American growers may struggle to maintain the… Source link

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Vietnam 

Construction of country’s 1st farmers support centre begins – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Ground has been broken for construction of the Lavifarm Farmers Support Centre in Trà Vinh Province’s Càng Long District. — Photo courtesy of Lavifood HCM CITY — Lavifood Joint Stock Company has broken ground for building a farmers support centre in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh’s Càng Long District, the first of its kind in the country. The Lavifarm Farmers Support Centre will consult farmers on planting crops based on market demand and zoning plans. It will also provide them with technical…

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Home 

Swine fever ails more than just China’s favourite meat, with millions of small farmers, exports likely to suffer

One of my more shocking journalistic journeys was made in the mid-1980s, visiting a nondescript factory in the heart of Chongqing. I had asked to explore China’s farming industry, but the ministry of foreign affairs had some difficulties in getting me near an actual farm. Instead, this factory processed all of Sichuan’s pig intestines – 300 million a year.I watched mountains of recently warm intestines stretched along clean metal tables, while one end of each intestine was plugged to a tap in… Source link

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Vietnam 

Hà Nội helps bring farmers into 21st century with tech – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    A worker tends to orchids in a greenhouse at a farm in Hà Nội. The greenhouse is equipped with automatic watering and temperature control systems to boost production. — Photo Courtesy of the Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development     HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Đức Dần, chairman of the Ba Trại Commune People’s Committee, cannot hide his happiness as he discusses his community’s strides in tea production. Dần said tea production has been rising, boosting the incomes of local…

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China 

China’s migrant worker exodus has created demand for drone pilots to help ageing left-behind farmers

Zhu Beibei still remembers the acrid stench of rubber tyres even though it has been 10 years since he worked at a small car manufacturer in Wuhan in central China. Then 19, it was his first job out of technical school. He was paid 900 yuan (US$134) a month and there was a lot of overtime. He quit after six months.“I had to wake up at 2pm and work until at least 10am,” Zhu, now 29, said in an interview. “Every day I worked like a robot and did not…

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Vietnam 

Credit institutions asked to aid disease-hit pig farmers – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Credit institutions must scrutinise damages of the borrowers to restructure their debt repayment period and consider an interest rate cut. – VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) on Thursday directed credit institutions to support their borrowers who raise pigs and are suffering losses due to African swine fever (ASF). Under Document No. 1901/NHNN-TD, the central bank said as African swine fever has been reported in 20 provinces and cities so far and caused damages to pig farmers, credit institutions and…

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Vietnam 

Farmers need support to expand fruit production – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Dragon fruits is a key produce in Châu Thành District, Long An Province. — Photo dangcongsan.vn LONG AN — Fruit is a key produce of provinces around the Mekong Delta. However, small-scale production and poor links from production to purchase, from process to export, are hindering the development of orchards, attendees heard at a workshop held yesterday in the Mekong Delta province of Long An. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the…

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Global 

Canada’s canola farmers fear Huawei dispute could devastate rural communities reliant on China exports

It is 5pm on Thursday evening in Killarney, a rural community in Canada’s Manitoba province, and Scott Kroeker is about to call it a day.“It is warming up here, we’re at a balmy -12 degrees [Celsius] (10 Fahrenheit), it’s getting better – It’s been -25 all week,” he said, explaining that the blankets of snow that cover his 4,500 acres of farmland will soon begin to thaw, after which he had planned to plant the canola seeds for the year ahead.The Kroeker family farm has been growing canola since… Source…

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Singapore 

Urban farmers frustrated with people taking their produce from Choa Chu Kang garden, Singapore News

A group of local gardeners have had the last straw with passers-by taking and eating produce grown in an allotment garden at Choa Chu Kang Park. Stomp contributor Jaime and her uncle Wellington, who call themselves urban farmers, alerted Stomp to the situation after their fresh batch of passion fruits were found missing in the early hours of Mar 1. “Those passion fruits took three months to harvest,” an exasperated Jaime told Stomp. “On Feb 28 at about 4.30pm, I last saw my passion fruits intact and nothing was amiss,”…

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China 

Chinese farmers need lifeline to ride out wave of US imports in trade war deal, agribusiness tycoon says

The Chinese government needs to improve its fiscal and industry policies to protect domestic producers expected to be squeezed by higher imports of US agricultural products, according to agribusiness tycoon Liu Yonghao.“More imports of soybeans and corn will help reduce the cost of raising livestock, but Chinese farmers, and the animal feed industry in China will definitely be under pressure,” Liu said on the sidelines of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on Sunday. … Source link

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