Nigeria Approves Genetically Modified TELA Maize for Open Cultivation

The Federal Government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer. TELA maize has the potential to transform Nigeria’s farming communities with higher yields, better grain quality, and higher farm income….

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Pakistan Launches Digital Initiative to Empower Farmers

Islamabad: A digital initiative has been launched in Pakistan’s fertile Punjab province to empower farmers with digital agriculture solutions and to create smart villages. This is the first of its kind digital agriculture community network pro-ject in Pakistan. Digital Dera aims to contribute as agriculture and food security innovation lab where AgriTech startups and investors…

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Pakistan Needs to Upgrade Agri Sector

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to upgrade the agriculture sector through the use of modern technology, said Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam. Chairing a conference on “Food Security vis-a-vis Sustainable Agriculture in Pakistan: Policy Outcomes and Prospects” on Wednesday, he said, “We can apply different methodologies to smaller areas that can…

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Cotton: Poor Farm Practices Led to Bollworm Attack in Punjab, Say Experts

Even as the Punjab government, following the pink bollworm attack, has ordered a probe to find whether farmers were supplied spurious BT cotton seeds, agriculture experts attribute the crop infestation in the state’s Malwa region to poor farm practices. “There is not much merit in claims on seed quality,” said Vijay Kumar, principal entomologist at…

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Imam Stresses to Enhance Agri-Sector

ISLAMABAD, Oct 06 (APP): Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam Wednesday stressed the need to upgrade the agriculture sector using modern technology and applying different methodologies on smaller areas that could be replicated on a larger scale upon success to multiply its benefits. Food security threat has always existed; however,…

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Pakistan’s agricultural woes: The status of our agriculture system is like a ‘dead man walking’

Successive governments though have not addressed systemic problems faced by the sector, and as such food security of future generations is at stake. Due to declining agricultural incomes, Pakistan has the highest rate of urbanization in South Asia. The major issue is how to encourage retention of youth in rural areas since rural Pakistanis are…

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Pakistan joins world community to reduce food loss and waste

Themed “Reducing food loss and waste and promoting global food security” and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration of China, and Shandong Provincial Government, the conference aimed to build an international platform and unite the…

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Steps Taken to make Country Self-Sufficient in Food Commodities: Imam

Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan Agriculture Research Scientists Association (PARSA) at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Imam said the present government has the outset focused on agriculture as 70 percent of the country’s population is dependent on agriculture as well as 45 percent of the employment is related to agriculture. Other important measures to…

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Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable rapid testing of synthetic auxin…

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Covid Virus Rapidly Evolves to Higher Infectivity during in Vitro Growth, Which May be Step toward Lower Virulence

They asked a simple question: Which mutations predominate when the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is grown in successive generations — called passages by virologists — in tissue culture? The UAB researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 isolates rapidly adapted as they grew in repeated passages in Vero E6 cells, a strain of kidney cells that is…

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