Australia says farm production value remains stable despite drought

The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $56 billion, despite very dry conditions in some places, ABARES in the latest forecasts released in the September quarter Agricultural commodities report. “Although dry conditions are affecting agricultural production in eastern Australia, expected […]

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Global fish production seen rising 18 percent to 201 million tonnes by 2030, says FAO

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Global fish production will continue to expand over the next decade even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture’s previously explosive growth is now slowing, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The latest edition of the agency’s The State […]

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Indian government goes big on agriculture in its budget to address rural distress ahead of key elections

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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rolled out major sops for the agriculture sector in its attempt to arrest rural distress and help farmers earn more ahead of key state elections this year and national polls in 2019. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely announced a slew of new schemes and measures in his annual budget proposals […]

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India becomes world’s largest fish producing country as output increases – minister

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India’s overall fish production has increased by about 19% in comparison to the last three years to make the country the biggest fish producing nation with a total output of 11.41 million tonnes in 2016-17, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said. Speaking at an event to mark the World Fisheries Day, Singh said inland fish […]

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High antibiotics in shrimps for export raises India’s concern

Detection of antibiotics such as nitrofuran and chloramphenicol by European Union authorities in shrimps exported from India has prompted the government to start urgent consultations with industry and other stakeholders in its efforts to find ways to mitigate the damage. The use of antibiotics in Indian shrimp farms and hatcheries has seen frequency of inspections […]

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Fishing less, and better, could generate additional $83 billion for global fisheries sector – World Bank

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Fishing less, and better, could  generate an additional $83 billion each year for the fisheries sector, creating a much-needed revenue stream in developing countries and improving global food security, according to a new World Bank Group report. The Sunken Billions Revisited, an update on a 2009 study, shows that reducing the global fishing effort would […]

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