Author: Hithaishi CB

[ hithaishi.cb@mmactiv.com ]

California-based bioplastics manufacturer Sway has unveiled a groundbreaking new technology that it hopes will facilitate the commercial-scale production of bioplastics from seaweed. Representing an entirely new class of biopolymer plastics, Sway ‘s Thermoplastic Marine Algae (TPSea) plastic is a completely bio-based, home compostable, microplastic-free component made from a Ocean trees have the ability to regenerate, contribute to ecosystem structure and function, and support coastal communities. Sway’s new technology is designed to connect seamlessly with most existing large-scale plastics manufacturing systems, enabling growth and impact. The packaging sector is the world’s largest generator of single-use plastic waste. Sway’s growing product portfolio made with TPSea includes…

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On 24 Feb, India launched the largest grain storage plan in the cooperative sector for farmers with the inauguration of 11 godowns set up by 11 primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) across 11 states. The Prime Minister announced that 700 lakh tonne storage capacity will be created over the next five years with an investment of 1.25 lakh crore. There will be thousands of warehouses and godowns built across the country under this scheme. In 500 more PACS, the Prime Minister laid the foundation for building godowns and other agri infrastructure. A project to computerize 18,000 PACS across the country…

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Scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have achieved a breakthrough in molecular plant pathology, marking a technological leap forward for breeding durable disease-resistant crops. Plant pathogens – organisms which cause plant diseases – greatly reduce agricultural productivity and are a persistent threat to global food security. Annually, rust pathogens lead to crop losses of US$1 billion worldwide. The scientists developed a novel rapid gene-screening platform which can identify new avirulence (Avr) effector genes in plant pathogens, building on decades of CSIRO research in synthetic biology, genetics and molecular plant pathology. CSIRO’s Dr Peter Dodds, co-lead of the project, said…

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A groundbreaking $42.7 million national biosecurity initiative led by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in partnership with five state government departments is set to transform the effectiveness and responsiveness of Australia’s grains biosecurity system. Announced by GRDC Chair and grain grower John Woods at the Grains Research Updates in Perth today (February 26), the National Grains Diagnostic and Surveillance Initiative (NGDSI) is a co-investment between GRDC and the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), the New South…

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Rabobank and Seed Valley extend their fruitful partnership. The bank will continue as a partner of Seed Valley for the next three years. Last week, Bob van der Hout, Director Food & Agri, and Erik Jan Bartels, Chairman of Seed Valley, reaffirmed their collaboration. The seed sector holds significant economic importance, and both Rabobank and Seed Valley aim to inspire new generations to join the seeds and young plants industry. They seek to enhance education-to-employment alignment and promote innovation. Making an impact together Erik Jan Bartels emphasizes the significance of this agreement, stating, ″The partnership with Rabobank strengthens our network.…

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To lead the growth strategy for the Asian markets BioMar appoints Cedric van den Bossche as Vice President for the Asia division to operate from business units in Vietnam and China Cedric van den Bossche is joining BioMar as the new Vice Presidents to build up businesses in the Asian markets. As VP for Asia, he will be working out of China, developing the product portfolio and the market strategies for the Asian markets together with the local teams. Furthermore, he will take lead looking into new opportunities for developing BioMar across Asia. “BioMar has built a solid position in…

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The wind farm will cover an area of 855.25 hectares with he expertise of China and Vietnam stakeholders Electric Wind Power, a subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, has signed a deal with local firms to provide its advanced wind turbines to joint venture partners Hai Anh Wind Power Company, IPC Construction Joint Stock Company (IPC E&C), and Asia Industrial Technology Joint Stock Company (ACIT) for the Hai Anh Wind Farm Project in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. The wind farm will cover an area of 855.25 hectares with an installed capacity of 40MW and will utilize eight of the Company’s WH5.25-172 wind turbine units,…

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The forum reviewed key enabling policies as well as the situation of yellow corn across the value chain The Southeast Asian Regional for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with Bayer Crop Science in the Philippines held the “20 Years and Onward: Advancing the Future of Philippine Yellow Corn” Forum, marking the two decades of use of Bt corn, or more locally known as yellow corn, after its first commercial planting in 2003. The event created a platform for discussion to sustain and scale up innovative approaches to boost productivity and improve farmer livelihoods. More than 160 attendees…

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Five regional trade offices of the Republic of Korea (in Riyadh, Kuwait, Almaty, Baku, and Melbourne) will provide intensive support to Korean companies exporting goods and services related to smart farming The exports and construction project orders of smart farms more than doubled from the previous year to reach $296 million in 2023. With this record, the smart farm sector is emerging as a new export industry.  In February, as part of the efforts to keep the export growth on an upward trajectory, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) designated five trade offices in three regions—the Middle…

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Agreement for 33 Hectares is the First of 2000 Hectares Planned in the Yunnan Province as Company Advances the Promise of Premium Superfruits, 52-Weeks a Year Agrovision, one of the world’s fastest growing producers and year-round suppliers of premium superfruits and the only large-scale berry company to claim 100% vertical integration has signed an agreement with the Longhua Residents Committee, Midu County, to introduce large-scale farming operations in the Yunnan province of China.  The agreement for a 33-hectare berry plantation begins the first of several agreements for a total 2000 hectares. The new Yunnan farming operation serves to advance the…

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