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Outbreak: Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus spotted in Spain.

Outbreak: Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus spotted in Spain.

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According to Spain local news source,the leader of Plant Health Service of the Government of Andalusia, Rafael  Sanchez Trujillo, has reported  the outbreak of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) , as this was detected in a greenhouse in Ameria during the Semilla Innova Congress held in Almeria. Though the government agencies are yet to confirm this.  The affected greenhouse has been quarantined. “All the risks have been minimized to ensure that neighboring farms are protected,” says Rafael. So far the virus has been detected in Germany, California, Mexico, Italy , Greece, Israel  and United Kingdom. It has spread to Netherlands  attacking 10 greenhouses. For now there is no vaccine or resistant varieties to fight ToBRFV, but the only available option is to eradicat
kenya:Chuka Univeristy  Farm Offers Free Soil Testing for Farmers.

kenya:Chuka Univeristy Farm Offers Free Soil Testing for Farmers.

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The Director of Chuka University , Dr. Jafford Njeru, has launched a free soil testing project for farmers in Tharaki Nithi County to enable farmers ascertain soil requirement and fertilizer application that would boost their agribusiness productivity. According to Dr. Jafford , this project will help to educate more farmers to know about Soil pH and what fertilizer to use to achieve maximum output. So far , the institution has received 245 samples ,which depends on Bluetooth connectivity ,they are in a position to test only an average of 30 samples. As being one of their Institution Corporate Responsibility to run a free soil testing for 2 years ,this will go a long way to help farmers save Sh1,000- Sh2,000 per soil sample.
New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programmed-Science daily.

New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programmed-Science daily.

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Tuberculosis tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists , science daily reports. The traditional TB tuberculin skin test shows a positive result for cows that have the disease as well as those that have been vaccinated against the disease. By distinguishing between these two groups, the new tests will facilitate the implementation of vaccination programs that could considerably reduce the transmission of this infectious bacterial disease from cattle to cattle and humans. 'TB kills more people globally than any other infectious disease. In fact, three people die every minute from the disease,' said Vivek Kapur, professor of...
MyFarmbook App helps Farmers sell beef in South Africa.

MyFarmbook App helps Farmers sell beef in South Africa.

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A pioneering app "MyFarmbook" in South Africa lets investors eager to benefit from rising global beef demand buy shares in a cow from their mobile phone for as little as 576 rand ($41). Self-styled “crowd-farming” company Livestock Wealth connects investors with small-scale farmers via its “MyFarmbook” app, where they can buy their own cow and receive interest rates of between 5% and 14% depending on where they put their money. Launched in 2015 with 26 cows, the project now includes more than 2,000 cows and has taken in 50 million rand, with 10 percent of investors coming from outside South Africa. Groups of investors can buy a whole cow, while individuals can purchase shares in a pregnant cow or young calf. A pregnant cow costs 18,730 rand and takes 12 months before th
Green fertiliser made from cow dung and chicken feathers could transform big agriculture.

Green fertiliser made from cow dung and chicken feathers could transform big agriculture.

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A raft of strategies is being trialled in Europe to turn nutrient-rich farm waste such as chicken feathers, cow dung and plant stalks into green fertiliser. Full of phosphorus and nitrogen, recycled products could help reduce intensive agriculture's emissions and reliance on fertiliser imports. European agriculture produces an abundance of high quality food, but also massive amounts of waste from crops and farm animals, including about 1.4 billion tonnes of manure each year. Farm waste is bursting with nutrients, but these are often in complex organic molecules, which take time to break down into minerals for crop plants to use. Manure is voluminous, difficult to transport and usually generated far from crop fields. Consequently, farmers rely on ...
US records $308.1m agro exports to Nigeria.

US records $308.1m agro exports to Nigeria.

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The United States (U.S) Department of Agriculture said its agro exports to Nigeria stood at $308.1 million last year. In a statement, the USDA said agri- export produce to Nigeria constituted 11 per cent of its share of the country market share in West Africa. Top  exports prospect for US producers, included condiments and sauces, corn, prepared foods, soybeans, wheat, wine and beer . To improve relationship, USDA will lead a trade mission to Accra, Ghana, October 28 through 31, seeking to unlock new export opportunities in several West African countries where strong economic growth is driving demand for imported food and farm products. According to the statement, the mission is to support the Administration’s Prosper Africa initiative, which seeks to strengthen the United S
Tanzanian to sell tons of   maize, flour to help Kenya combat food shortage.

Tanzanian to sell tons of maize, flour to help Kenya combat food shortage.

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Tanzania will sell one million tons of maize and flour to Kenya for a year to help curb a food shortage. That is according to a senior agriculture ministry official in the country. Hussein Bashe, the deputy minister of agriculture said “we have generally agreed to supply them with one million tons of maize flour and grains throughout a year to help them end the prevailing food shortage” . Officials from Tanzania and Kenya will meet next week to discuss the details. The cereals board of Tanzania will oversee the deal, he said. Bashe said that the first consignment of about 20,000 tons would be sold next month. Prices had been agreed but are not yet public. The deal follows a meeting between Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta i
World hunger on the rise as 820m at risk, UN report finds .

World hunger on the rise as 820m at risk, UN report finds .

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More than 820 million people worldwide are still going hungry, according to a UN report that says reaching the target of zero hunger by 2030 is “an immense challenge”. The number of people with not enough to eat has risen for the third year in a row as the population increases, after a decade when real progress was made. The underlying trend is stabilisation, when global agencies had hoped it would fall. Millions of children are not getting the nutrition they need. The UN says the pace of progress in halving child stunting and reducing the number of low birthweight babies is too slow, which jeopardises the chances of achieving another of the sustainable development goals. The report is from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultura
Kenya halts maize imports plans from Mexico, turns to regional market.

Kenya halts maize imports plans from Mexico, turns to regional market.

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KENYA – The Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya has halted importation of 11.1 million bags of maize from Mexico and will instead be importing the commodity from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries, as reported by Food Business Africa. The decision comes as different State agencies seek further clarification on whether the reported shortage justified a waiver of tax to ship in the grains duty-free. The Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri had said that the country was to allow importation of up to 12.5 million bags before October to plug in a looming shortage. According to a Business Daily report, the state was now planning to import up to 18.8 million bags of maize from Tanzania, Uganda and Mexico. In a letter issued by the Agriculture Principa