Seven rules of thumb to follow in aquaponics

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From a media bed unit start-up in Bangkok to a fully developed 120 households deep water culture (DWC) unit in Ethiopia, aquaponics is showcasing its true potential to produce sustainable food anytime, anywhere. A marriage between aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, snails or prawns in tanks) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water), aquaponics […]

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Australia says agriculture rebounds from drought, forecasts all-time high production value of $66 billion

Australia said on Tuesday that a forecast of an all-time high $65.9 billion in production value this fiscal year confirmed that the agriculture sector was in the midst of an exceptional rebound from drought. Figures released by Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (ABARES) at the virtual Outlook 2021 conference revealed the industry is […]

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India urged to allocate higher funding for agriculture R&D in government budget

Amid the ongoing protests by Indian farmers over three key legislations, global consultancy Deloitte has recommended policymakers relook at the way funds are allocated for agriculture in the upcoming union budget in order to boost the sector’s overall productivity. Out of the 5% allocated for agriculture in the budget for the current fiscal year, most […]

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Troubled year turns out to be a turning point for India’s agri-tech segment

The unprecedented disruption caused by Covid-19 last hit most industries hard, except maybe the agri-tech sector which was actually fast tracked by the crisis year. Agri-tech that broadly entails bringing in new age technology tools or platforms like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, etc. in agricultural practices — including allied segments like […]

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India increased minimum support prices (MSPs) for all crops in the range of 40-70% last year

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Union Minister for aviation, Hardeep S Puri has said that the government has not only implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee to increase MSP to 1.5 times of the cost of production but it increased MSP in the range of 40-70% in case of all crops. The government’s expenses for procurement at MSP has increased by […]

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Weekly wrap – India’s haemorrhaging economy begins to heal

The global economy is recovering from the depths of the coronavirus crisis, but there are signs of slowing momentum in countries with a resurgence in infection rates, the International Monetary Fund said in a new report for G20 major economies. The report, released ahead of this week’s virtual meetings of finance officials and leaders from […]

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Antimicrobial resistance – challenges for agriculture and food sectors

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An estimated 700 000 people die each year from antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections and an untold number of sick animals may not be responding to treatment. AMR is a significant global threat to public health, food safety and security, as well as to livelihoods, animal production and economic and agricultural development. The intensification of agricultural […]

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