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Punjab to promote cultivation of maize and cotton

Punjab to promote cultivation of maize and cotton | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Punjab government is in the process of constituting three development boards for motivating farmers in the state to grow maize and cotton as alternate crops and encourage plantation of litchi fruit.

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Research seeks to make maize protein behave like gluten

Research seeks to make maize protein behave like gluten | MAIZE | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — Creating gluten-free products might become less difficult if researchers are able to make another protein work more like wheat gluten. Zein, a protein from maize, shows promise.

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Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type

Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type | MAIZE | Scoop.it
MILAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Three Italian ministries havesigned a decree banning the cultivation of a type of geneticallymodified maize, citing environmental concerns, the agricultureministry said on
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East Africa Fighting Against Lethal Maize Disease

East Africa Fighting Against Lethal Maize Disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Threats to food security by disease out brakes are not new to East Africa; neither is it about to end if reports by farmers are anything to go by. A sustainable solution to this challenge however lies in crop diversity. Yet in East Africa, farmers are yet to move away from over-dependence on maize as their staple food with devastating consequences due to a scourge of a fatal disease dubbed Maize Lethal Necrosis in East Africa.

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Kenya's Government unveils plan to fight deadly maize disease

Kenya's Government unveils plan to fight deadly maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Government has urged farmers to plant maize once a year to break the cycle of a viral maize disease.
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Kenya Lost U.S.$24.4 Million to Maize Disease Last Year

Kenya Lost U.S.$24.4 Million to Maize Disease Last Year | MAIZE | Scoop.it

ABOUT 26,000 hectares of maize was affected by Lethal Necrosis Disease last year.

Crop Protection deputy director at the Ministry of Agriculture Joseph Ngetich said the loss is translates to an estimated 697,000 bags worth Sh2.1billion.

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Pakistan: Most farmers use substandard hybrid maize seeds

Pakistan: Most farmers use substandard hybrid maize seeds | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Lahore: As farmers have shifted to high-yielding hybrid maize seeds from traditional or open pollinated varieties after the introduction of hybrid varieties, most of them use substandard hybrid seeds and old farming practices and fail to get desired production

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Genetic Modification: Seed Companies Fight Back

Genetic Modification: Seed Companies Fight Back | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Renee Lafitte walked recently through a field of sickly looking corn. "You can see how the leaves are starting to burn," she said, pointing to a stalk where the long green leaves were tipped with brown. "One of the things we're looking for and thinking about going forward is what we anticipate about climate change. We expect things to get worse."

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Tanzania: Maize Disease Worries Rural Farmers

Tanzania: Maize Disease Worries Rural Farmers | MAIZE | Scoop.it

THE government will give a statement this week on the magnitude of the "Maize Lethal Necrosis" (MLN) that has ravaged farms in some regions in the country.

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Uganda, Kenya set to release new non-GM maize varieties for the market

Uganda, Kenya set to release new non-GM maize varieties for the market | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Farmers in Kenya and Uganda could soon start growing conventional drought-tolerant maize once they are approved for commercialisation by the respective regulatory authorities.
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India: HAU signs MoU with private firm on production of hybrid maize

India: HAU signs MoU with private firm on production of hybrid maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana agricultural university (HAU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Balaji Agri Biotech Pvt Ltd of Odisha on Monday for production and marketing of two hybrid varieties of maize.
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India: Madhya Pradesh farmers turn seed producers to enhance income

India: Madhya Pradesh farmers turn seed producers to enhance income | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Growing crops, harvesting and selling the produce lead to earning of revenue. Another way is growing crops for seeds that can be sold to government authorised seed centres.

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Mali develops, releases early maturing hybrid maize

Mali develops, releases early maturing hybrid maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Researchers using maize inbred lines have developed two early maturing hybrid maize varieties that have been released by the Malian government to boost maize production. The improved hybrids, which are locally named sanu and mata, are resistant toStriga, a parasitic weed, and possess genes that enable them to withstand drought which occurs at the flowering and grain filling periods. They are also tolerant of low soil nitrogen, and are high yielding with good cooking qualities.

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Strigagenome's curator insight, June 14, 2013 12:20 AM

Striga resistance maize released!

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Maize trade disruption could have global ramifications

Maize trade disruption could have global ramifications | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Analyzing the maize trade among 217 nations suggests that if U.S. maize exports are disrupted due to environmental or other factors, supplies and food security in many nations could be jeopardized due to the bilateral nature of trade patterns.
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Maize stalk borer in South Africa quickly evolves resistance to GM crops

Maize stalk borer in South Africa quickly evolves resistance to GM crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
One of the most destructive maize pests – the stalk borer – has figured out a way of safely feeding on genetically modified crops even when farmers apply recently recommended strategies in managing the new generation of hard-to-kill...
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Nigeria: First Vitamin A-rich, Open-pollinated Maize Varieties Released

Nigeria: First Vitamin A-rich, Open-pollinated Maize Varieties Released | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The first generation of pro-vitamin A-rich orange open-pollinated maize varieties was released by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) in Nigeria last month; the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has disclosed.

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UK: Maize varieties suitable for biogas identified

Producers of biogas can simplify the choice of which maize variety to use as a feedstock for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants thanks to a new descriptive list from the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), published at the Livestock Event.
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Kenya: 2.5 million bags of maize rotting in NCPB silos

Kenya: 2.5 million bags of maize rotting in NCPB silos | MAIZE | Scoop.it
More than 2.5 million bags of maize stored at the National Cereals and Produce Board under the Strategic Grain Reserves are now rotting due to the financial crisis at the board.
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KAMOTHO's curator insight, July 4, 2013 4:56 PM

More saddening news on how tonnes of cereals stored in Kenya Cereal Board can go to waste

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Zambia: SEED-Co to export over 10,000 tonnes of maize seed

Zambia: SEED-Co to export over 10,000 tonnes of maize seed | MAIZE | Scoop.it

SEED-Co Zambia Limited has earmarked more than 10,000 tonnes of treated maize seed for export with at least 8,000 tonnes to cater for the local market.

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Tanzania: Six Regions Under Maize Quarantine

Tanzania: Six Regions Under Maize Quarantine | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Dodoma — THE government has put under indefinite quarantine five northern zone regions following the outbreak of maize lethal necrosis disease, effectively banning trade of the grain there.

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Monsanto to spend $100 million to develop corn hybrids in Canada

Monsanto to spend $100 million to develop corn hybrids in Canada | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Monsanto Canada plans to invest $100 million over the next 10 years to produce corn hybrids in Western Canada, the company announced Monday.

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Africa will lose 40% of its maize-growing land to drought & heat by 2030

Africa will lose 40% of its maize-growing land to drought & heat by 2030 | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Regular food shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa….shifting rain patterns in South Asia leaving some parts under water and others without enough water for power generation, irrigation, or drinking….degradation and loss of reefs in South East Asia resulting in reduced fish stocks and coastal communities and cities more vulnerable to increasingly violent storms….these are but a few of the likely impacts of a possible global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius[1] in the next few decades that threatens to trap millions of people in poverty, according to a new scientific report released today by the World Bank Group.

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Maize Maze in Uganda

Maize Maze in Uganda | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Maize is one of the best-selling cereal in the region, right? Well not quite, at least for now. Joseph Sekitoleko, a maize grain trader in Kasambya sub county, Kibaale District, is stuck with over 50 tonnes (50, 000 kilograms) of dried maize grain in his store after the market price for the grain dipped below his expectations.

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Tanzania: Mara On Alert As Lethal Maize Disease Hits Kenya

Tanzania: Mara On Alert As Lethal Maize Disease Hits Kenya | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Dodoma — MARA Region has been cautioned against importing maize from Kenya following the outbreak of a maize lethal necrosis disease in some parts of the neighbouring country.

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Zimbabwe: Review Maize Producer Price to Encourage Production

Zimbabwe: Review Maize Producer Price to Encourage Production | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Every year farmers complain about the low maize producer price, with the Government showing little inclination towards fixing the pricing issue. The maize producer price has become a perennial menace, which only the Government can solve, failure of which we continue to burden ourselves with huge import costs. What has unfortunately emerged over a couple of seasons is the reluctance by Government to tackle the issue and have farmers paid producer prices that allow them to recover their cost of production, break even or even make a profit, for that is the essence of being in business.

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