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Kenya: Disease Threat to Vital Maize Crop

Nairobi — Maize lethal necrosis (MLN), a disease which has affected at least 300,000 maize farmers mainly in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, could adversely affect harvests of the staple nationally if it is allowed to spread, warn experts.
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World Bank urges Zambia to stop setting maize price

World Bank urges Zambia to stop setting maize price | MAIZE | Scoop.it

(Reuters) – The World Bank has urged Zambia’s government to stop setting prices at which it buys maize from local farmers and allow the prices to be determined by the market to promote sustainable growth in the agriculture industry.

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China may begin importing corn from Argentina as demand soars|Business|chinadaily.com.cn

China may begin importing corn from Argentina as demand soars|Business|chinadaily.com.cn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China, the world's second-largest corn consumer, may soon start importing Argentine corn, which has been barred because some genetically modified varieties are yet to be approved by Beijing.
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Angola: Maize drying and storing agro-industrial complex to regulate prices

Lubango – The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Afonso Pedro Canga, said on Wednesday in Matala district in the southern Huíla province that the A maize drying and storing agro-industrial complex will encourage the regulation of the cereals price in the market and generate new jobs in the region.

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Zambia: FRA destroys 23,978 tonnes of rotten maize

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UK: Perennial cereals could be the way forward for plant breeders

LAST week's announcement by minister for universities and science, David Willetts, that the UK Government is to invest £250 million in bioscience is good news for the farming industry.
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French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU

French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The EU's food safety body ruled there is 'no specific scientific evidence' that the insect-resistant strain is harmful to health or the environment...
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DuPont Unveils New Local Investments in Africa and Innovative Global Food Security Index

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman today announced two key efforts that will support collaborative, world hunger initiatives. First, DuPont will invest more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to achieve food security.

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Corn Traders Most Bullish Since March on U.S. Heat: Commodities

Corn Traders Most Bullish Since March on U.S. Heat: Commodities | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn traders are the most bullish since March on mounting concern that hot and dry weather will curb U.S. yields at a time of accelerating demand from China, the second largest buyer of U.S. farm goods.
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Kenya: Alarm raised over threat to maize yields

Kenya: Alarm raised over threat to maize yields | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Agriculture ministry has sounded the alarm over a maize disease in the South Rift that could threaten food security.
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Vietnam - Seed merchants urge Vietnam to grow genetically modified crops

Vietnam - Seed merchants urge Vietnam to grow genetically modified crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
GM maize plants have been present in Vietnam for the last three years. They have experienced one--testing on a small scale and two--testing on a large scale in different areas with different biological conditions in the northern mountainous areas, Red River Delta, Central Highlands and the East of the Southern region.
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USDA Predicts Enormous Corn Harvest This Summer

USDA Predicts Enormous Corn Harvest This Summer | MAIZE | Scoop.it
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Consumers could see some relief from higher food prices by late fall, if the latest government crop forecast holds up. The U.S.
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U.S. says 900,000 tons of corn sold to China

Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 900,000 metric tons of corn for delivery to China.
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EU: EFSA opinion rejects French ban on GM corn

EU: EFSA opinion rejects French ban on GM corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The European Foods Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected French efforts to ban genetically modified corn across member states.
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China may begin importing Argentina corn

China may begin importing Argentina corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China may soon start importing Argentine corn, which has been barred because some genetically modified varieties are yet to be approved by Beijing.
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IGC’s World Corn Harvest Forecast to Jump 5.4% on Big U.S. Crop

World corn production will jump 5.4 percent in the 2012-13 crop year, more than predicted a month ago, on a “huge” U.S. corn harvest, the International  Grains Council forecast. The outlook for wheat output was cut.

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India/ Punjab: No increase in area under maize in last three years

No increase in area under maize in last three years - Despite Punjab being asked by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to decrease at least 10 lakh hectare under water-guzzling...
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South Africa Approves Partnership of DuPont Business Pioneer Hi-Bred and Pannar Seed

DES MOINES, Iowa and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, one of the world's leading agricultural businesses, and Pannar Seed (Pty) Limited, a South African-based seed company with operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world, were today given approval to implement their agreement for Pioneer to purchase a majority share of Pannar.

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Zambia: Farmers threaten to quit maize production

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Kenya: Mysterious blight will destroy maize harvest

After almost seven months of silence, the government now says there is little it can do about a disease that is damaging maize crops across the country.
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Kenya to commercialize genetically modified foods by 2014

Kenyan scientists, researchers, crop engineers and seed manufacturers discuss ways of boosting the status of science and technology to emphasis chances of advancing scientifically and economically

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Pollination with precision: How flowers do it

Pollination could be a chaotic disaster. With hundreds of pollen grains growing long tubes to ovules to deliver their sperm to female gametes, how can a flower ensure that exactly two fertile sperm reach every ovule?


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Zambia makes deal to ease corn shortages in Zimbabwe, the former regional breadbasket

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s northern neighbor Zambia says it has struck a deal to sell 300,000 tons of corn to ease food shortages in Zimbabwe, the region’s former breadbasket.
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Genes underlying the key domestication process in sorghum and other cereals | Science Codex

A study by a team of university and government scientists led by a Kansas State University researcher, indicates that genes responsible for seed shattering -- the process by which grasses disseminate their seeds -- were under parallel selection during...
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Water-efficient maize boosts harvests for drought-hit Tanzanian farmers - AlertNet

Water-efficient maize boosts harvests for drought-hit Tanzanian farmers - AlertNet | MAIZE | Scoop.it
In an unusual switch, farmers are giving up sorghum, millet and legumes to grow maize...
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