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A deadly maize disease hits Mozambique

A deadly maize disease hits Mozambique | Maize | Scoop.it
A lethal maize disease in East Africa is now spreading southwards, threatening food security of millions.
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French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize | Maize | Scoop.it

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

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Zambia : Government cautious on lifting Maize export ban, food security is top priority

Zambia : Government cautious on lifting Maize export ban, food security is top priority | Maize | Scoop.it

GOVERNMENT is consulting various stakeholders on calls by commercial farmers and grain maize traders for the lifting of the ban on the export of maize.


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Kari to release high-yield maize varieties for all ecological zones in Kenya

Kari to release high-yield maize varieties for all ecological zones in Kenya | Maize | Scoop.it
The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) is set to release new maize seed varieties that can withstand challenges posed by climate change.
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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa | Maize | Scoop.it
High-yield wheat and rice produced dramatic gains in harvests in Asia and Latin America. Is it Africa’s turn now?
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India: Corn exports likely to fall 31% in 2013-14

India: Corn exports likely to fall 31% in 2013-14 | Maize | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI: Outbound shipments of corn are expected to slide 31 per cent to 3.2 million tonnes in the 2013-14 marketing year hit by weak export demand, according to a report by the US Department of...

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Twelve EU ministers urge Brussels to rethink GM maize

Twelve EU ministers urge Brussels to rethink GM maize | Maize | Scoop.it
* Unclear when EU Commission will approve new GM crop* Letter warns of impact ahead of parliamentary electionsBy Barbara LewisBRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Ministers from 12 EU countrieshave written
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China Worried About Its Dependence On Corn Imports

China Worried About Its Dependence On Corn Imports | Maize | Scoop.it

Chinese leaders are worried the world’s second-largest economy will come to depend on imports for corn, just as it does for soybeans.

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India: On and off goes maize in Punjab

India: On and off goes maize in Punjab | Maize | Scoop.it

The most preferred crop one season and out of favour the next, maize will alternate between extremes in Punjab’s selective policymaking. The diversifying state gives maize the largest area shifting away from paddy, around 35 per cent of 12 lakh hectares, which would take the total area under the crop from 1.29 lakh hectares until 2012 to 5.5 lakh hectares once the diversification is complete.



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Germany to abstain in EU vote on new GMO maize

Germany to abstain in EU vote on new GMO maize | Maize | Scoop.it
HAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany intends to abstain in a European Union vote on the cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.Some German opposition
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Greenhouse 'time machine' sheds light on corn domestication

Greenhouse 'time machine' sheds light on corn domestication | Maize | Scoop.it
By simulating the environment when corn was first exploited by people and then domesticated, Smithsonian scientists discovered that corn's ancestor; a wild grass called teosinte, may have looked more like corn then than it does today. The fact that it
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Vietnam: Rice areas to cultivate other crops - maize and soybeans

Vietnam: Rice areas to cultivate other crops - maize and soybeans | Maize | Scoop.it

In 2013, the country had total rice planting areas of 7.9 million hectares and 1,157ha of corn. We have had too much rice, while having to import nearly 4 million tonnes of corn and soya yearly. So, around 130,000ha of rice will be shifted to cultivation of other crops, mostly corn and soya.

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USDA considering allowing genetically altered seed for 2,4-D

A proposal by Dow AgroSciences to eliminate restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically altered to resist 2,4-D has caused a lively debate.
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DuPont Pioneer taps new disciplines to improve yields

DuPont Pioneer taps new disciplines to improve yields | Maize | Scoop.it
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide corn hybrids that offer greater yield potential for growers, DuPont Pioneer is tapping into new technologies and areas of scientific expertise.
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Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture

Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture | Maize | Scoop.it
Gangs selling counterfeit high yield seeds are trapping farmers in a cycle of poverty as crops fail. Francisco Toro writes
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India: Hybrid maize seed market set to double in two years

India: Hybrid maize seed market set to double in two years | Maize | Scoop.it
The Indian hybrid seed sector is now pegged at around Rs 12,000 crore with hybrid maize accounting for little over Rs 1,500 crore.
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China’s Shut-Out of American Corn Won’t End Anytime Soon

China’s Shut-Out of American Corn Won’t End Anytime Soon | Maize | Scoop.it
American farmers are continuing to plant corn containing genetic modifications not yet approved in China, suggesting the export challenges will persist for some time.
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France moves to ban GM maize planting in short and long term

France moves to ban GM maize planting in short and long term | Maize | Scoop.it
PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) - France published a decree onMonday to prevent the planting of genetically modified maize asa stop-gap measure, while the government works on changes todomestic and European
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Nigeria: How Drought Tolerant Maize Variety Enhances Production

Nigeria: How Drought Tolerant Maize Variety Enhances Production | Maize | Scoop.it

Maize is a very important food and economic crop in the country and with the impact of climate change around us, what do you think of maize varieties that can give farmers good harvests, when cultivated after the rainy season, under reduced rainfall or limited water, and even drought?

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India: Maize exports may drop 15%

India: Maize exports may drop 15% | Maize | Scoop.it

Despite drop in price over last year, Indian maize remains uncompetitive in export market.

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Tanzania: Local researchers confident on GMO field trials

Tanzania: Local researchers confident on GMO field trials | Maize | Scoop.it

Some local researchers who have done applied laboratory research on sustainability of genetically modified organisms (GMO), are confident that a clause which holds them and their partner companies liable for any negative effects will be changed this year.



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China cancels U.S. corn purchases as GMO dispute drags on

China cancels U.S. corn purchases as GMO dispute drags on | Maize | Scoop.it

Chinese importers canceled purchases of four cargoes of U.S. corn this week, after one cargo was diverted to Vietnam last week, U.S. government data showed on Thursday, as a dispute over an unapproved genetically modified strain remained unresolved.

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New initiative to upscale commercialization of anti-striga weed in maize technology launched

New initiative to upscale commercialization of anti-striga weed in maize technology launched | Maize | Scoop.it

A new initiative has been launched to upscale use of commercialisation of StrigAwayTM – an herbicide-resistant seed and treatment – to improve productivity and competitiveness of smallholder maize farmers.


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First African study on biodiversity in genetically modified maize finds insects abundant

First African study on biodiversity in genetically modified maize finds insects abundant | Maize | Scoop.it
A new study from South Africa shows that the biodiversity of insects and related arthropods in genetically modified crop fields is essentially the same as that among conventional crops.
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South Africa: Resistance Over GMOs As South Africa Pushes Biotechnology

South Africa: Resistance Over GMOs As South Africa Pushes Biotechnology | Maize | Scoop.it

Masopane — On a family farm tucked between the rolling hills of Masopane, 40 km outside of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, 35-year-old Sophie Mabhena is dreaming big about her crop of genetically modified (GM) maize.

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Zambia Headed for Poor Maize Yield, says former Finance minister Magande

Zambia Headed for Poor Maize Yield, says former Finance minister Magande | Maize | Scoop.it

Magande has said in an interview that it is unfortunate and worrying to note that three quarters of the farmers across the country have not yet received farming inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

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