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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Vietnam 

Bình Phước pepper prices down, spelling struggles for farmers – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Farmers harvest pepper in the southern province of Bình Phước. — Photo baobinhphuoc Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The price of pepper in the southern province of Bình Phước has sharply fallen, making local gardeners worried they could face a season of losses. The price of pepper currently ranges from VNĐ45,000 (US$1.90) to VNĐ46,000 per kilo, down by about VNĐ5,000 from last month. With this price, many farmers failed to make a profit, with some even suffering losses due to the costs of fertiliser, electricity, water and…

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Home 

The biggest winners in Shenzhen, ‘China’s Silicon Valley’? Pig and chicken farmers

The big stock-market winners in Shenzhen aren’t artificial intelligence and semiconductor companies. They are farmers. Chicken breeders Shandong Xiantan and Shandong Minhe Animal Husbandry have climbed around 40 per cent this year through Tuesday, while pig farmer Muyuan Foodstuff is up 34 per cent. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange’s agriculture index has rallied more than any other subgauge in 2019, and is the only one to eke out a gain in the past three years as the city’s benchmark slid 22 per cent. Analysts attribute the more recent gains to the…

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Vietnam 

Mekong Delta farmers embrace new technology – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces are making efforts to develop digital farming, enabling farmers to use technologies to take care of their farms remotely. — Photo baocongthuong.vn MEKONG DELTA — Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces are making efforts to develop digital farming, enabling farmers to use technologies to take care of their farms remotely. Since 70 per cent of the delta’s population works in the agricultural sector, it is an ideal place to develop new farming models…

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China 

China says it will buy more soybeans, but American farmers see a bleak future

China’s surprise pledge this week to buy more American soybeans has failed to convince US farmers that brighter days lie ahead. In a meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday, Liu He, China’s vice-premier and lead trade negotiator, told the US president and his advisers that China was committed to purchasing another 5 million metric tonnes of American soybeans. The announcement, which was not discussed or anticipated as part of the trade negotiations, was seen as an olive branch extended by China in the hope of moving…

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China 

Can China get its farmers back on track with US$400 million fund for state-run cooperatives?

Beijing is rebooting an old state-run cooperative system to help boost the rural economy, but after years of reform some analysts are sceptical about how effective it can be in helping the country’s millions of impoverished farmers. Since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, the central government has rebuilt more than 10,000 primary supply and marketing cooperative s (SMC), taking the total across the country to nearly 32,000. About 95 per cent of towns and villages now have them, compared to just 50 per cent six years ago.…

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Vietnam 

City farmers struggle to sell shrimp – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Shrimp farms in HCM City are forced to sell their products to traditional markets despite achieving VietGAP standards since they cannot meet local supermarkets’commercial conditions.  Supermarkets in the city want them to supply only 20kg a day while the breeders say all the shrimp in a pond is harvested at the same time. Thus, they have to sell their shrimps to wholesale markets or agents who buy all the crustaceans in their ponds regardless of size and weight. There are…

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