ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has developed white maize varieties. Scientists design pathway to take the maize germplasm to the clients for boost up production of maize in the country on large scale.
The Ashanti Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Kwaku Minkah Forjuor, has hinted that the country would face shortage of maize early next year. He attributed the projected shortage to the erratic rainfall that hit the nation during the year as well as deficit in the supply of fertiliser to farmers across the countr
According to FAO's monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief release, the forecast for 2014 world cereal production by about one million tons. At 2.5 billion tons, the full-year production figure would be 3.7 million tons below 2013's record output.
Geoffrey Maina Kamande only wanted to grow some food crop for his family. However, his small farm has now become a demonstration site on the new drought-tolerant maize variety to many farmers at Kivue in Embu county.
In a bid to break the wheat-paddy cropping cycle and promote crop diversity in Punjab, the state government is trying to encourage the cultivation of maize, which relatively consumes less water. This might help contain the steady decline in the water table in the state and restore the natural resource base, which is being eroded by this cropping pattern.
Iowa corn farmers have a lot of clout during the political cycle in America. Former US Vice-President Al Gore even sided with environmentalists and embraced ethanol - which all of science said was a bad idea - and later acknowledged it was just to appeal to Iowa. They help pick presidents and now it turns out that their 2.2 billion bushels of corn are helping to save the planet too.
The government has fixed an all-time record target of producing 2.17 million tons maize from 0.3 million hectares of land during the current 2014-2015 Rabi season in the country, official resources said.
Canterbury growers will have a better picture of the best maize varieties for their soils after performance trials over the next two years. Maize crops near Lincoln are among four trials running nationally by the Foundation for Arable Research to evaluate varieties in different growing conditions.
GYGA is an international project requiring collaboration among agronomists with knowledge of production systems, soils, and climate governing crop performance in their countries. A standard protocol for assessing Yp, Yw, Yg, and WP will be applied for all crops and countries using a bottom-up approach based on actual data and robust crop simulation models. Detailed maps and associated databases will be displayed and accessible through the GYGA website. GYGA aspires for global coverage of yield gaps for all major food crops and countries that produce them. The first phase of the project (2012 and 2013) focussed on maize, rice, wheat, sorghum and millet. The crop list has been extended with soybean, sugarcane and barley.
A set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. Purdue professor of agronomy Torbert Rocheford and fellow researchers found gene
Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing conventional hybrid strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa left its 2014 maize output forecast unchanged on Tuesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to sluggish growth in Africa's most advanced economy.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa raised its 2014 maize output forecast by over 2 percent on Wednesday as good weather helped produce a bumper crop that should contain food prices and give a lift to