GEORGIA, U.S: UGA forecasts pretty good yields for Georgia watermelon growers

by Clint Thompson, Albany Herald   Low commodity prices for cotton, peanuts and corn have forced Colquitt County farmers to seek other crop options for this year’s growing season.   Colquitt County is ranked among Georgia’s top 10 counties in watermelon acreage and farm gate value in 2014, according to the University of Georgia Center for […]

SOUTH SUDAN: UN agency urges stability ahead of planting season to thwart food insecurity

  Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning that the human costs of recent fighting in Juba will be compounded by deepening hunger across the […]

PAKISTAN: Solar energy can be utilised to increase crop production

  Technology obtained through solar energy could be utilised to increase crop production and better results and the scientists of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) were playing significant role in making the country self-sufficient in food production.   “The use of solar technology and advanced methods to dry dates could increase the production of dates […]

TAIWAN: Banana, pineapple prices to soar following typhoon

by Chan Shih-hung and William Hetherington, Taipei Times   Fruit prices, affected by a recent typhoon, have more doubled, with no end in sight, bringing one township that was spared the brunt of the storm enormous profits.   Typhoon Nepartak, which hit on July 8 with winds up to 205kph and dumped 40mm of rain in […]

INDIA: Waste-to-wealth model to process banana waste

  The city-based Central Food Technological Research Institute has developed a waste-to-wealth model for banana cultivators, allowing them to convert waste into organic manure.   According to CFTRI director Ram Rajasekharan, it has been demonstrated with active participation of farmers at the institute. The institute stepped in following banana cultivators’ concerns of waste generated every […]

AUSTRALIA: Pineapple growers smarten up to chemical use

by Ashley Walmsley, Farm Weekly   PINEAPPLE growers have sharpened their knowledge on the widely-used herbicide diuron, determined to make the most of it while they can.   The two-day Pineapple Field Days in Yeppoon last week attracted more than 100 people, with suggestions 80 per cent of Australia’s pineapple farms were represented.   It was […]