Six times higher yield in Hydroponic cultivation

The Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center opened by Agrico, Qafco and Yara International in 2019 has achieved six times higher yield than the average productivity in Qatar and 50% higher than the best Qatari farmers could achieve by using the similar technologies. The quality of the facilities and the materials used in cultivation, associate with…

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New (GM) cowpea was approved in Nigeria.

Nigeria has approval a new GM cowpea verity, named Sampea 20-T, and carries a microbial insecticidal gene from a bacterium. The new variety carries a microbial insecticidal gene making it resistant to a major pest that affects this crop. It was developed by an international team, led by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation in collaboration…

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Organic cotton production rises 56% and reaches eight-year high

Increase in organic cotton production has reached eight-year-high in the past eight years. According to the 2019 Organic Cotton Market Report, by the non-profit organization Textile Exchange. In total, 180,971 metric tons were produced in the last campaign, the largest volume since the beginning of the economic crisis. In fact, although cotton is grown organically…

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Kenya Closer to Giving Long-Awaited GMO Cotton a Green Light

Kenya is closing in on commercialising Bt cotton, a high-yielding, genetically modified cotton varieties resistant to the notorious ball worm pests. The crop has undergone two successful seasons of national trials to determine which varieties are suitable for which ecological zones. The outcome has been impressive, biotech researchers say. Dr Charles Waturu, the principal researcher…

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Hybrid maize seed production starts

The highest yield of maize is recorded in Shaki-Zagatala and Aran economic regions. The Research Institute of Crop Husbandry implements the “Hybrid Maize Seed Production in Azerbaijan” project together with a number of Turkish research centers, said Azerbaijani Ministry of Agriculture.The project  produce for the organization of hybrid maize seed production in Azerbaijan, as well…

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USDA hints that CRISPR gene-edited crops should be allowed in organic farming

USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee that plants grown with the aid of genetically modified organisms and gene editing could be sanction to be certified organic in the future. “I think there is the opportunity to open the discussion to consider whether it is appropriate for some of these…

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Kenya field trial shows Bt cotton the nation’s first GM crop

As Kenya harvests its national performance trials of genetically modified (GM) pest-resistant Bt cotton, Preliminary results shows Bt cotton it boosts yields four-fold over standard varieties. Upon harvesting the field trial planted at Mwea in Kenya’s Central region, Bt cotton yields 6.1 tonnes per hectare, said Dr. Charles Waturu, a senior research scientist with the…

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Argentina developing pest-resistant, GMO cotton using gene-silencing technology

In Argentina, the existence of the cotton weevil represents a challenge for cotton production due to the production losses it causes. Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural and Livestock and the cotton provinces of Chaco, Formosa, Santa Fe, and Santiago del Estero have been working on the evolution of different strategies to deal with this plague….

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‘Second generation’ GMO plants could turn marginal soils into productive farmland

Roughly one-third of the world’s arable land suffers from lack of approachable iron, rendering it inhospitable to staple crops like maize and soybeans. In 2018, a Stanford research team led by associate professor of chemical engineering Elizabeth Sattely discovered a genetic adaptation that allows one hardy plant to thrive on these marginal soils. Although more…

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