China’s farm policy will be “modernised,” the government has said, with a movement towards more market-oriented policies in areas such as the maize sector. However, farm subsidies aimed at narrowing the growing income gap between urban and rural areas are likely to remain a central feature of the Asian country’s agricultural policy, sources said.
In China, genetically modified food is a hot-button issue, replete with bilateral trade spats and an official ban on the commercial production of GMO grains on home soil. Or at least, there is supposed to be such a ban. An eight-month probe last year by Greenpeace found what it calls large-scale production of GMO corn in the northeastern province of Liaoning, a major breadbasket region, the environmental watchdog said in a report Wednesday. Some 93% of random field samples and 20 of 21 samples from grain markets and supermarkets were found to contain GMO strains that are illegal in China, it said.
About 10,000 years ago, the teosinte plant underwent a mutation that would change the world. The tough greenish husks surrounding its golden grains disappeared, and the plant began its long evolution into what we now call corn.
In the case of maize, the GM crops planted and consumed in South Africa are known as Bt-crops, so named because they contain a protein (Bt) produced by a common soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. The protein is the bacterium’s weapon against hungry bugs; when they digest it, they die.
A massive rise in corn imports last month is bringing back into the spotlight China’s hunger for the yellow grain and showcasing how Chinese policy-makers successfully overhauled the country’s food supply routes to lessen its dependence on the U.S.
Less than 10 percent of the corn grown in America is consumed directly. Yet it is in “almost every product in the supermarket today,” having been fed to animals or processed into sweeteners, according to a new book on the history of corn.
Ethiopians, rich and poor, traditionally indulge in fresh corn during country’s rainy season By Abebech Hailekal ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Alganesh Alemayehu and Amina Kedir sit on the streets of Addis Ababa fanning small charcoal furnaces on which they grill cobs of corn that they sell to hungry passersby. They keep their furnaces stoked throughout
At the beginning of 2014 the Kenyan government officially launched Galana-Kulalu Food Project, one of the largest irrigation undertakings in East Africa. The public-private partnership aims at addressing food insecurity in the region by irrigating one million acres of land to produce maize, sugarcane and meat, alongside other crops, livestock and fish farms.
As the state's department of agriculture along with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is trying hard to foster crop diversification, the district agriculture offices (DAO) are on their toes to promote maize cultivation which is yet to receive popularity among Punjab farmers. The maize cultivation, according to experts, offers several benefits to the farmers.
Currently, agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, contributing approximately 25 per cent of GDP, and employing 75 per cent of the national labour force. If it remains chronically inefficient, agriculture cannot modernize.
There are almost 275,000 acres of corn planted in South Carolina, with an economic impact of approximately $130 million. Though this is dwarfed by Midwest states such as Iowa (13.7 million acres, $8.75 billion), it's still a lot of corn - enough, at least, to make a person think S.C. would be a utopia for the insects that like to feast on tasty yellow kernels.
Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. ANDREA TEAGLE takes a look at some of the risks and benefits of South Africa’s beloved mielie today.
If not for a single genetic mutation, each kernel on a juicy corn cob would be trapped inside a inedible casing as tough as a walnut shell. The mutation switches one amino acid for another at a specific position in a protein regulating formation of these shells in modern corn's wild ancestor, according to a study published in the July 2015 issue of Genetics, a publication of the Genetics Society of America.
US: With research in the past 10 years showing notable exceptions in how well predictions of corn yield potential matched actual yields on northern New York farms, the farmers of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) wanted to learn more about the factors influencing the beyond-expectations success.
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