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Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

Smallholder farmers introduced to Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Farmers in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region have been introduced to a new storage sack aimed at improving crop storage. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage sack is also to help reduce post harvest losses associated with storage of farm produce after harvesting. …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

April 6th, 2016 / Eco-Business, Singapore

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. …

African agricultural careers attract young people

April 5th, 2016 / Compton Herald, US

Growing numbers of youth are embracing African agricultural careers as jobs become harder to find in dense urban centres. queezed out of the white collar job markets in many African nation’s growing cities, more youth across the continent are looking to agriculture as a viable employment alternative and are moving …

What is maize lethal necrosis

April 5th, 2016 / B4FA

New information from B4FA on this new, devastating disease in East Africa that leads to severe production losses and, in many cases, complete crop failure. The disease prevents the plants from growing tall, causes yellowing and death of the leaves, and stops the ears from growing and setting seeds. Infected …

Farmers sensitized on the nutritional value of soybeans – SARI 16

April 4th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports: In Ghana, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, has sensitized more than one hundred women soybean farmers in the Tolon District of the northern region on the nutritional benefits and utilization of soy products. Read …

Uganda: Chinese to train 10 000 Ugandan farmers

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda and China have embarked on a two-year project to benefit more than 10,000 farmers who will be trained in mechanised agriculture and value-addition. “The project promotes simple Chinese technology transfer to Uganda. Farmers will be trained in value-addition that will increase household income and create jobs,” a senior agriculture …

If you care for our planet, you should support GMOs

March 31st, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The term “GMO” covers a broad spectrum of benefits, but for our corn and soybean farm it breaks down to a few key ones:
1) Much safer herbicide products to control weeds;
2) No-till farming, crop rotation, cover crops keep carbon in the soil and conserves organic matter which further protects the …