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Food Crops News 288

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Cassava bread initiative can generate N255bn annually – Association

Vanguard - ‎15 thg 6, 2017‎
The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria says the revival of the cassava bread initiative is capable of injecting about N255 billion into the country's economy every year.

FG Distributes High Yielding, Disease Resistant Cassava Stems to Farmers

THISDAY Newspapers - ‎13 thg 6, 2017‎
The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA), Ondo State, Dr Samson Odedina, who commenced the distribution of the cassava materials at the college ground in Akure, said over 90,000 bundles each consisting of 50 cassava stems would ...

Cassava ethanol plant sought

Khmer Times - ‎14 thg 6, 2017‎
Cambodia has asked Japanese petroleum company Idemitsu Kosan to invest in Cambodia by setting up a plant generating ethanol fuel from cassava. Establishing an ethanol processing plant would benefit cassava farmers who were seeking to expand their ...

Abronye DC abandons state vehicles seizure for cassava farming

GhanaWeb - ‎15 thg 6, 2017‎
Maverick Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe has revealed that he has brought his role as the head of a presidential taskforce to retrieve state vehicles in possession of past government officials to a close.

AATF, IFAD-VCDP partner on cassava mechanisation

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog) - ‎12 thg 6, 2017‎
Mr George Marechera, AATF Senior Manager, Business Development and team lead of the cassava Mechanisation and Agro Processing project (CAMAP) indicated that the partnership is meant to address major constraints faced by farmers, these include but ...

Government isolates farms for investigation over cassava poisoning

Guardian (blog) - ‎9 thg 6, 2017‎
The Kogi Government has isolated cassava farms in Adavi Local Government Area for thorough examination to ascertain the origin of the killer cassava variety which recently killed some livestock. Mr James Ogunmola, Managing Director, Kogi State ...

Kogi govt moves to stop spread of killer cassava variety

Daily Trust - ‎9 thg 6, 2017‎
The Kogi Government on Friday said measures were being taken to curtail the spread of poisonous cassava variety with high concentration of Hydrogen Cyanide across the state.

Japan firm backs plan for cassava fuel plant

The Phnom Penh Post - ‎15 thg 6, 2017‎
Representatives of Japanese petroleum firm Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd met with the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) earlier this week to discuss potential plans to invest in a cassava processing plant that would convert the agricultural stock into ethanol ...

The iftar table: samosas and Tanzanian lamb with coconut and cassava

The National - ‎7 thg 6, 2017‎
"At iftar, we might have makai paka - fresh corn in coconut milk, mkatewa sinia - a rice and coconut cake that's first cooked on the stove and then browned in the oven, as well as my favourite - cassava with lamb and chillies in a creamy coconut sauce.".

Nigeria: We Will Turn Kogi to Rice, Cassava Haven - Dangote - ‎12 thg 6, 2017‎
Lokoja - The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has expressed his readiness to build the biggest agricultural company in Kogi State with focus in the areas of rice and cassava production. Dangote, who said this when he paid a ...

Banana vs Cassava : You are a corrupt person, blame Nigerian music for that

Pulse Nigeria - ‎10 thg 6, 2017‎
It's like blessings, money, cassava, and banana has been constantly falling on you.” I threw in a Davido and Tekno reference in there.

BRIEF-China Bio Cassava says unit entered loan agreement

Reuters - ‎8 thg 6, 2017‎
SHANGHAI China will offer support and assistance for Myanmar's follow-up efforts after a military plane crashed off the Southeast Asian country's southern coast with 122 people on board, state media said.

Cassava Production: NGO, BOA Partner On Farmers' Loan

The Tide - ‎13 thg 6, 2017‎
The Technical Assistant to the Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta (MADE), Mr. Loveday Alozie, has disclosed that the NGO has gone into partnership with the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), to enable cassava farmers have access to loan. Alozie ...

Prices of cassava flour, beans surge in Huye

The New Times - ‎7 thg 6, 2017‎
Cassava bread lovers in Huye District will now have to dig deeper into their pockets to enjoy the staple food following a surge in cassava flour prices. According to a mini-survey by The New Times, the cost of cassava flour has increased to Rwf800 per ...

AFAN Blames Cost Of Cassava By-Products On Farmers' Losses

The Tide - ‎4 thg 6, 2017‎
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has blamed the high cost of cassava by-products on the losses which cassava farmers incurred three years ago. The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of AFAN, Mr Femi Oke, made the observation while ...

Asia Cassava Resources Holdings Ltd (0841.HK) Needle Moving on Volume

Concord Register - ‎15 thg 6, 2017‎
Shares of Asia Cassava Resources Holdings Ltd (0841.HK) have seen the needle move -2.25% or -0.01 in the most recent session.

2017-2022 Global Cassava Starch Sales Market by Type, Application and Specification

MilTech - ‎15 thg 6, 2017‎ has published new report on “Global Cassava Starch Sales Market 2017 Industry Trend and Forecast 2022”.

A CASE for agriculture

Jamaica Gleaner - ‎10 thg 6, 2017‎
Students and staff who represented the College of Agriculture Science and Education at Agri-Fest 2017 held at Jamaica College on May 21.

DOST-Batangas trains 4Ps beneficiaries on crops-based chips processing

Philippine Information Agency - ‎14 thg 6, 2017‎
LOS BANOS, Laguna, June 15 (PIA) --Banana, Cassava and Taro have fueled livelihood opportunities for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) members of MataasnaKahoy, Batangas in a training organized by DOST Batangas recently.

Nigeria: Wheat imports soar 54% to $201mln in Q1 2017

Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa - ‎16 thg 6, 2017‎
Explaining the unavailability of HQCF on the market, Nike Tinier, President of the Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Association of Nigeria, said the price at which millers currently buy HQCF is no longer sustainable as prices of raw cassava tubers have ...
On June 8, 2017, Brazil's Comissão Técnica Nacional de Biossegurança (CTNBio, or National Biosafety Technical Commission) has approved the commercial use of the first genetically modified (GM) Bt sugarcane (Bt Sugarcane), CTC 20 BT, developed by the Brazilian company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC).
Bt Sugarcane, the first GM sugarcane approved for cultivation in the world, is resistant to damages caused by sugarcane borer (Diatraea saccharalis), the main pest of sugarcane in Brazil. According to agricultural experts in Brazil, damage caused by the sugarcane borer results in approximately R$5 billion per year. The Bt gene (Bacillus thuringiensis) in CTC 20 BT, has been used widely for over 20 years in biotechnology-derived crops such as soybean, maize, cotton, and brinjal/eggplant.
The scientific dossier which evaluated Bt Sugarcane was submitted to CTNBio in 2015 for health and environmental safety assessments using internationally-accepted standards. Processing studies proved that sugar and ethanol from the new variety are the same as those derived from conventional sugarcane. The studies also showed that both the Bt gene and protein in CTC 20 BT Sugarcane are completely eliminated from sugarcane derivatives during the manufacturing process. Environmental studies did not find any negative effects on soil composition, sugarcane biodegradability, or insect populations, with the exception of the target pests (mainly the borer). CTC will now work closely with producers, starting with the distribution of 20 Bt Sugarcane seedlings, followed by closely-monitored field planting.
For more details, read the article from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA).
Highlights of the ISAAA Brief 52 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops for 2016 were presented by Dr. Paul S. Teng and Dr. Rhodora R. Aldemita to some 50 participants composed of representatives from the government, academia, industry, and media at the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp., Seoul, South Korea on June 9, 2017.
Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Scientist Emeritus Dr. Hang Ryol Liu, who is also the president of consumer group Future Food Resources Forum (FFRF), opined that in South Korea, vocal critics hinder adoption of biotech crops. "GMOs are being met with unconditional opposition without scientific basis, but the Korean public must appreciate the contributions of biotech crops in solving hunger by increasing productivity and enhancing the quality of the products," he said in his message.
Sejong University Emeritus Professor Dr. Kyu Hang Kyung moderated the event and provided short summaries of the presentations. He emphasized that through more interaction with biotech critics on the safety and nutritive potentials of biotech crops, negative perceptions by consumers will definitely be minimized. He also reiterated the fact that biotech crops and products have been in the Korean diet since 1996 and there has not been any recorded ill effects.

The event was co-organized by FFRF, Korean Biotechnology Information Center and CropLife Korea. For further details, contact
Researchers from Kansas State University have identified a gene that can resist wheat streak mosaic virus. The team identified Wsm3 gene, the third gene known to resist the virus, and the first that can do so at outdoor temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and higher.
The first two genes known to provide resistance to the virus were Wsm1 (identified by Kansas State University about 25 years ago) and Wsm2 (discovered by researchers at Colorado State University), but these two provide protection in lower temperatures only. The researchers hope that the warm-weather friendly Wsm3, used in combination with Wsm1 or Wsm2, could become part of a breeding mix that can give farmers much-needed relief.
Wheat streak mosaic virus causes severe yield losses, and in extreme cases, the crop cannot be harvested.
For more information, read the article at K-State Research and Extension News.
CRISPR-Cas9 has been widely used to produce gene-specific edits in both mammalian and plant systems. Most modifications in plants have been small insertions or deletions, with only a few large target gene deletions, especially for indica rice.
The team of Ying Wang from Syngenta Biotechnology China designed several CRISPR sgRNAs and successfully deleted DNA fragments in the DENSE AND ERECT PANICLE 1 (DEP1) gene in the elite Indica rice line IR58025B. The team achieved up to 2% mutation frequency for a 430 bp target and a 9% frequency for the 10 kb target among T0 events.
Improvements in yield-related traits, such as dense and erect panicles and reduced plant height, were observed in dep1 homozygous T0 mutant plants produced via CRISPR-Cas9.
For more on this study, read the article in Plant Cell Reports.
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Red Cross Steps up to Provide Food and Water in East Africa
Inconsistent rainfall, extreme heat, flooding, and low crop yields have led to severe food insecurity for more than 20 million people in east Africa.
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Citrus greening: Will a signature industry for Florida survive?
She's the dean for research with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural ... Q: What crops could be grown as alternatives to citrus?
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Climate change, food security and adaptation
With more people eating meat and dairy products, and more farmland given over to biofuel crops, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation believes ...
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HILLSBOROUGH: Biofuels are negatively skewing food production
By limiting the cultivation of crops for biofuels, attention can once again be diverted towards yielding food, a scenario that will lower food prices as well.
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Modi Government's Skewed Farm Sector Priorities Continue to Cause Farmer Distress
About 55% of India's gross crop area is rainfed. Rainfed does not imply low rainfall. The rainfed area accounts for 48% of area under food crops and ...
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Ethiopia running out of food aid money, magnifying regional threat
A farmer shows his failed crops and farmland in the Megenta area of Afar, Ethiopia. The farmer said he has lost 100 percent of his crops.
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Govt. to meet activists again on GM mustard
Should the Minister's consent be obtained, GM mustard would be the first transgenic food crop to be allowed for commercial cultivation in India. It could ...
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Finding ways to fight the artificial with the plant-based trend
A lot of that is about helping food and beverage manufacturers get the best from effective natural colours and flavours. When they make the switch from ...
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Make Way for Life-Saving Science on Your Farm [opinion]
Opinions on either side of the table can become quite heated, especially when talking about employing the modern science in food crops for the ...
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How Indian middle class's desire for 'cheap' food is harming farmers
And as we know from a cursory reading of the news, the crux of the present crisis is exactly the reverse- low price of food crops, especially at the ...
The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria says the revival of the cassava bread initiative is capable of injecting about N255 billion into the country’s economy every year. Mr Joseph Ubah, the Publicity Secretary of the association, said this on Thursday in an interview in Abuja.

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FACT FILE: Climate change, food security, and adaptation
With more people eating meat and dairy products, and more farmland given over to biofuel crops, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization believes ...
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Food shortage fears as worms, weeds attack farms
Farmers in Nyeri, Meru and Murang'a counties are now worried following the discovery of the pests and weed that have attacked food crops.
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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-China approves two new GMO crop varieties for import, renews 14 -ag ...
China does not permit the planting of genetically modified food crops but does allow GMO imports, such as soybeans, for use in its animal feed ...
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Bioengineered Foods are the Future: Ethical and Technical Constraints Still Prevail: Occams ...
Bioengineered foods have some genetically modified characteristics obtained from the gene of some other plants. The fundamental objective of ...
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Egypt food security in wake of climate change and water scarcity - Daily News Egypt
Egypt has an intensive agricultural sector, with around 5m feddans of crops farmed annually by Egyptian farmers. Such intensive agricultural leads ...
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