Agriculture

FAO continues to fight Desert Locust upsurge amid COVID-19 constraints

fao locust covidThe UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Research: Rothamsted scientists make gene breakthrough in fight against weeds

weeeeeds afffA team of scientists from Rothamsted Research have successfully adapted genetic techniques developed for crop improvement to be used in weeds – allowing them, for the first time, to directly study the genetics responsible for herbicide resistance

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Western Cape minister thanks farmers for continued food production

Western Cape farmers flickrWestern Cape minister Ivan Meyer has thanked farmers and agri workers for continued food production and taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19

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Global harvest outlook for grain is good

Harvest outlook afAs the governments are taking measures such as banning grain exports and suspending flour sales abroad to ensure their own food security in COVID-19 escalations, this could trigger disruptions in food supply chain in April and May, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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AfDB approves US$1.5mn emergency grant to curb desert locusts

locust pixabay afThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$1.5mn emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts that are threatening livelihoods and food security

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