China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday it plans to train more than 6, 000 farmers in Kenya to help tackle the re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) which threatens maize yields across the country.
The Mexican scientific community has been torn apart by a legal battle over transgenic maize (corn). Almost a year after activists challenged scientists’ right to plant experimental genetically modified (GM) varieties of the crop that is a staple and symbol of Mexico, maize research is still being stymied by a legal stalemate.
Maize is among the few success stories in the recent farm history of India. The cereal is so versatile that it lends itself to multiple uses — food, feed, fuel and ferment. As a cereal, maize is used as ingredient in food preparation; it is feed for poultry and livestock; it is feedstock for biofuel (ethanol); it is used as raw material in distilleries; and for starch production because of its high starch content (60 per cent).
Bulawayo ‑ Zimbabwe’s 2013/14 season maize yield has increase 46 percent owing to Government Input Support programme and heavy rains received in most parts of the country, the country’s President Robert Mugabe has said.
The Punjab government has approved the proposed installation of five more maize dryer units, to promote maize as an alternative crop for paddy and to check the depletion and contamination of groundwater.The initiative may encourage farmers to bring more area under maize
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.
Plumes of bellowing voices filled Mvomero sky over the weekend as farmers who participated in the on-farm demonstration of the new hybrid maize varieties celebrated following the new harvest that had doubled production.
Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.
South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organization representing local farmers of the crop.
THE Nigerian National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) has released the first generation of maize hybrids, resistant to Metsulfuron Methyl (MSM) herbicide, and also endowed with resistance to the parasitic weed, Striga Hermonthica.
The delayed monsoon this year is likely to hit the sowing of maize, an important kharif crop, across India.Maize is primarily grown in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra during the kharif season and in Bihar during the rabi