Author: Hithaishi CB

[ hithaishi.cb@mmactiv.com ]

AGWA aims to capitalize on technological advancements to address shifting dietary patterns and support global food security AGWA (AgriFood Growth & Water Abundance), Abu Dhabi’s new food and water cluster, and Believer Meats, a global leader in the cultivated meat industry, announced their collaboration to develop capabilities in cultivated meat, including an opportunity for the company to establish a presence in Abu Dhabi, aiming to leverage the Emirate’s strategic location and resources to further its growth in the Middle East & North African (“MENA”) region. Believer Meats will pursue establishing a regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi that can support commercial…

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Australia aims to build a more sustainable agriculture sector has taken another step forward, with $20 million in funding awarded to 17 projects across states and territories to implement the National Soil Action Plan. Project delivery will commence in the second half of this year, with all projects finishing by June 2028.  Delivery of the projects will help develop soil workforce capabilities, accelerate the adoption of land use and management practices that protect soil, and support the collection and use of soil data to inform best practice management and decision making, amongst other benefits. One project will be based in…

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The gripper uses three cables to move 3D-printed hard plastic and silicone rubber-tipped fingers. A robotic gripper developed by Washington State University researchers is able to gently grab the majority of apples out of a tree without damaging the fruit. The research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission. The innovative gripper is part of a robotic set-up that the researchers are hoping will someday do fruit picking and other farm chores for Washington farmers to help alleviate ongoing labor shortages. Weighing about two-thirds of a pound, the…

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To embark several Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs Netherlands headquartered Koppert has signed a contract with Egyptian agricultural company Fresh Energy. The agreement, signed by Boaz Oosthoek, Business Unit Manager Middle East Africa at Koppert, and Mohamed Mohab, CEO of Fresh Energy, marks the beginning of several Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs to be implemented. Egypt, renowned as Africa’s largest horticultural producer, plays a pivotal role in the global fruits and vegetables market. Both Fresh Energy and Koppert share a vision of fostering healthy and sustainable food systems, with a strong commitment to enhancing food safety standards. Mr. Ayman Youssef, Managing Director of Fresh…

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Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Vietnam Rice Industry Association (Vietrisa) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) recently reviewed circular economy approach to minimize negative impacts on agricultural ecosystems and improve economic performance. “In Vietnam’s current conditions, farmers have an important role in developing circular agriculture. Therefore, the most important thing is to have policies that benefit farmers so that they can participate in developing circular economy in rice production” Yvonne Pinto, General Director of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Circular economy is an inevitable trend to achieve sustainable development in the future.…

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The soon-to-rise facilities in Zamboanga Sibugay has gained reputation as the “Rubber Capital of the Philippines” for its 80,000-hectare rubber production A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) and the DA-Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI) on June 13 to establish the “Research and Development buildings, Experimental station, and Propagation Nursery” of the DA-PRRI in a seven-hectare lot within the DA-Integrated Zamboanga Sibugay Research and Extension Services (IZRES) in Region IX. The soon-to-rise facilities in Zamboanga Sibugay has gained reputation as the “Rubber Capital of the Philippines” for its 80,000-hectare rubber production—shall serve…

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Agricultural Products and Regional Specialty Market with the theme “Week of promoting high-quality agricultural products and fruits” organized by the Center for Agricultural Trade Promotion Vietnam launches a trade-fair for Agricultural Products and Regional Specialty Market with the theme “Week of promoting high-quality agricultural products and fruits”. The forum is organized by the Center for Agricultural Trade Promotion – Ministry of Agriculture and Development In coordination with local organizations. The event officially inaugurated at the Economic and Trade Exhibition and Transaction Fair Area, No. 489 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Hanoi on 13 June. Some of the notable delegates at the…

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Signs MoU to commercialize controlled release fertilizers (CRF) with eco-friendly biodegradable resin coatings, utilizing world-class CRF production technology South Koreas Nousbo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SK leaveo, an eco-friendly materials investment subsidiary of SKC, at SKC’s headquarters for the commercialization of eco-friendly controlled release fertilizers (CRF). Nousbo, which was listed on KOSDAQ in 2022 based on its CRF production technology, holds a world-class level of sigmoid-type CRF technology that adjusts fertilizer release according to the growth curve of crops. The CRF produced by Nousbo significantly reduces labor compared to conventional fertilizers that require multiple applications. It also…

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Large-Scale Low-pass Whole genome sequencing model designed specifically for Low-pass WGS applications with a new plate-based library preparation reagent module MGI Tech Co., Ltd. (MGI), a company committed to building core tools and technologies that drive innovation in life science, announced a highly efficient whole workflow solution for agricultural large-scale Low-pass whole genome sequencing (Low-pass WGS) based on its proprietary DNBSEQ™ platforms. The new solution consists of an automated full-process product portfolio designed for large-scale molecular breeding genotyping of agricultural diploid species. The full workflow covers extraction, library preparation, sequencing, and SNP & InDel calling. The new MGIEasy Large-scale PCR-Free FS…

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Farmers achieve lower carbon emissions with new regenerative agriculture collaboration in Europe ADM and Bayer announced an extension of their collaboration, working with farmers in a bid to drive the further adoption of regenerative agricultural practices in Europe. Last year, the companies embarked on a feasibility study to evaluate the impact of regenerative agriculture practices in curbing carbon emissions, increasing biodiversity and improving soil health. They worked with oilseed rape farmers covering approximately 9,000 hectares in Poland to conduct an in-depth on-farm risk assessment that evaluated carbon emissions reduction potential while building grower-specific roadmaps for the transition to regenerative agriculture.…

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