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Post image for South Koreans worry that foreign woes will hit home

SEOUL, South Korea Moments before jumping to his death from an office high-rise this week, a South Korean stockbroker sent text messages to several clients, apologizing for the losses their investments had taken during the worldwide downturn. Though an isolated incident, the suicide suggests how worried some South Koreans are by economic woes in Europe [...]

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Post image for Who Controls Our Seed And Therefore, Our Food And Farming?

Increasingly, big corporations are taking control over Seed! 64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means [...]

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Post image for Receding Indus water may affect tail-end growers

Karachi The next immediate crops like sunflower, chili, tomato and other vegetables and then wheat and pulse cultivation might be affected as due to less rainfall the River Indus has received only 36,500 cusecs of water upstream of Kotri till the first week of August, which is insufficient to meet the demand of cultivation of [...]

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Post image for Gold hits record high as most commodities dive on downturn fears

LONDON: Gold forged yet another record high this week, as investors sought safety, but most commodity markets plunged on concern that eurozone and US economic woes could spark another fierce global recession. “The vagaries of macroeconomic data and fickle sentiment towards risk remain the overriding drivers of commodity prices,” said Barclays Capital analyst Sudakshina Unnikrishnan. [...]

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Post image for Fruit, veggie exports increase 10% this year to $500 million

Employees of Hoang Hau Dragon Fruit Co wrap produce for export. Viet Nam is expected to make US$500 million from vegetables and fruit export. It is expected that Viet Nam will earn US$500 million from the export of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of 10 per cent over last year, according to the [...]

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Post image for Japan extends cattle-shipment ban to fourth prefecture

Tokyo – The Japanese government on Tuesday extended its beef cattle shipment ban to a prefecture 100 kilometres north of Tokyo amid mounting food-safety fears caused by the nuclear crisis. The decision was made after authorities found four cows raised in Tochigi prefecture to be contaminated with radioactive caesium exceeding the official limit, Chief Cabinet [...]

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Post image for Onion growers left in tears

Purchases of the edible bulb have been stopped since a week at the APMC onion market, where purchasers from elsewhere in Karnataka and neighbouring States such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala source the vegetable. Huge stocks of the perishable vegetable are lying without transaction due to a dispute among hamals, onion buyers, [...]

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Post image for Vegetable exports to Saudi Arabia still pending

AMMAN – Traders are “disinclined” to export agricultural produce to Saudi Arabia as the local market is witnessing a high demand on fruits and vegetables, a senior official said on Sunday. Ministry of Agriculture Secretary General Radi Tarawneh said no shipments of local vegetables have yet been sent to the Saudi markets as traders prefer [...]

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Post image for Radiation-Free Food Delivers Japanese Sales Boom to South Korean Exporters

South Korean food exports to Japan are climbing at the fastest pace on record after radioactive contamination and supply disruptions prompted consumers to switch to overseas producers. Sales of watermelons, tuna and noodles led a 38 percent jump in South Korea’s shipments of food to its Asian neighbor to $604 million in the second quarter [...]

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Post image for Germany Accuses China Of Causing ‘Catastrophic’ Starvation In Africa

Germany’s Africa policy chief Guenter Nooke said that the destructive drought in the Horn of Africa is a man-made “catastrophe.” According to Agence France-Presse, he blames Chinese land buy-ups there for greatly exacerbating the already tremendous humanitarian crisis and causing social conflicts and conditions that rob small farmers of their livlihoods. “In the case of [...]

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Post image for Meat Processor Shuanghui to Accelerate Pig Breeding Business

China’s largest meat processor Shuanghui Group, parent of listed arm Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co. Ltd. (000895.SZ), said it would expand its pig breeding business to ensure meat quality following the clenobuterol hydrochloride scandal which engulfed the company in March. Shuanghui plans to speed up the development of its pig breeding business by building [...]

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Post image for Russia – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin meets with Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik

Vladimir Putin: What is the current situation with the harvest? Yelena Skrynnik: Mr Putin, we have worked for six months, and the overall figures in the context of the state programme show a growth trend: up 0.7% for the entire agriculture sector. There is a marked increase in agricultural production. As for harvesting, we have [...]

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Post image for Excessive rice cultivation puts soil fertility at risk

Southern Institute for Agricultural Science and Technology director Bui Chi Buu spoke with the newspaper Nong thon Ngay nay (Countryside Today) about plans to expand the area under rice cultivation. What is your assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of expanding the area of rice cultivation this autumn and winter by 100,000ha (one fifth) in [...]

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Post image for As Central Asia Dries Up, States Spar Over Shrinking Resources

Qubay Ortiqov is a farmer from Karakalpakstan, a remote region in the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan. “We have planted cotton with expectations, but we cannot irrigate it. Right now we’re supposed to have finished the second stage of irrigation, but we haven’t been able to do it,” Ortiqov said, adding that he had lost [...]

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