Agriculture News from Week 20


New Zealand

NZ invests in new varieties

Related Articles N ew Zealand's horticulture industry is set to receive NZ$38.5m (US$20m) from the country's government to access imported plant varieties and breeding material. The funding, which will be spread over the next four years, was announced as part of the New Zealand government's 2020 budget.

Intensive Agriculture: Impact on Humans, Animals, and the Planet

Intensive agriculture may be efficient, but it comes at great cost to humans, animals, and the environment. With a growing global population, it's time to reflect on the current food system. Intensive agriculture may be efficient, but it comes at great cost to humans, animals, and the environment.

It's time to reward farmers for looking after the land

OPINION: The coronanvirus crisis has shown us what can be achieved in New Zealand if we work towards a common goal rather than being wholly directed by self-interest. In my view, farming in New Zealand could be driven by a similarly united ambition to become, first, carbon neutral and then, ultimately, a net extractor of atmospheric carbon.

'Together We Grow NZ' initiative launched to celebrate Kiwi farmers

Some of New Zealand's leading women in agriculture have launched "Together we Grow NZ", a new initiative with a goal to connect urban and rural communities. "Together We Grow NZ" will showcase the importance of both communities working together by sharing stories, collaborating, and creating opportunities to highlight New Zealand's farming background to the next generation.


Australia: Good News, For Now, But Huge Challenge Lies Ahead | Action Forex

This week we have been heartened by the record 16.4% increase in the Westpac Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index. Admittedly it has followed a record 17.7% fall in the Index in April. But the Index is now only 7.6% below its average level for the period September to February before governments had imposed any restrictions.

Australian farmland in high demand

INSTITUTIONAL investors have continued to find Australian agricultural assets appealing, according to Colliers International. The real estate company, which specialises in large-scale, high value asset transactions and whose clients are commonly corporate farmers and investors, released a research and forecast report which said agriculture offered institutional investors portfolio diversification and long-term returns.

Free trade agreement good for agriculture

"This is great news for Australian farmers and Australia's agricultural sector," Minister Littleproud said. "Indonesia is already our 6th largest agricultural export market. This agreement will help us see the $2.5 billion export market grow even further. There is still more work to be done on technical barriers for trade with Indonesia but this is a great basis in which to start from.

Upper Hunter locals say the region is on track for a good year of rain, are hopeful the drought is over - ABC News

A chorus is building across New South Wales in the form of one hopeful question: is the drought over? Historical data suggests drought is over The BOM's latest outlook suggests more rain is on the way Many farmers have surpassed their 2018 and 2019 rainfall totals since January 1, 2020 Downfalls have been welcomed across drought-ravaged areas of the state, with many farmers able to sow crops and restock sheep and cattle.

South America

Depleted soils drive Argentina to sustainable farming

"With agrochemicals everything is easier: you kill everything that can harm the plant. But at the same time, you are also killing the soil," says Amadeo Riva, a producer of soybeans and other crops in Argentina whose farm went from using 9,000 liters of pesticides per year on its 1,200 hectares to only 1,000 through agroecology.

Latin America's livestock sector needs emissions reduction to meet 2030 targets

Livestock is a pivotal source of income for Latin American countries but the sector is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the region. Agriculture in Latin America produces 20 percent of the region's emissions, 70 percent of which comes from livestock, according to research by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Next Monday Itaipu opens its spillway to help lift the drought stricken Parana river level

The world's largest operational hydroelectric dam, Itaipu Plant announced that starting next Monday, May 18, it will open its spillway to help Paraguay and Argentina, which are suffering from a drought and hence having problems transporting their grain harvest. Below the point where the power plant is, the Paraná River is very low, thus impairing cargo transportation via this route.

Argentina's famed steakhouses adapt to life under lockdown

By Juan Bustamante and Maximilian Heath BUENOS AIRES, May 12 (Reuters) - On the tree-lined streets outside Buenos Aires steakhouse Don Julio in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, diners are used to joining snaking lines to get a coveted table at the restaurant as evening falls.

Food Updates

Eating organic foods could have benefits for one's health -

By Michele S. Byers A trip to the supermarket, or to a local farmers market or farm stand, offers a dazzling array of fruits and veggies. Which should you pick? If you are looking for the healthiest choices, head straight for the organic section.

What is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is any diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products. People often have different interpretations of what 'plant-based' eating looks like.

One tin of chickpeas - 17 delicious ways to use it, from halloumi salad to chocolate torte

Chickpeas are a long-term store cupboard staple, the kind of thing you take with you when you move house. But they also build up: it's not unusual to have more tins of chickpeas than you know what to do with, and an excess of one ingredient is nothing if not dispiriting.


Baking essentials for every beginner

By | Published: 12:38 pm New Delhi: Now that most of us have adjusted to the new normal of being confined in our homes and working remotely, one area that has kept creativity alive and brings cheer to otherwise monotonous days is cooking.