IRRI Partners With BASF To Promote Direct Seeded Rice In Asia

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and BASF signed three agreements, paving the way for wider dissemination and adoption of direct-seeded rice (DSR) tools and technologies. Through this partnership, the two organizations will establish a multi-stakeholder DSR Consortium and further research on the use of non-genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant rice. Under optimal conditions, direct seeding is …

What needs to be done to give Africa’s smallholder farmers access to machinery

Agricultural machinery manufacturing has been growing on increased demand in domestic market. But in the absence of industry-specific policy, sustainability of the trend looks uncertain. From tractors and front-end loaders to wheat and maize thrashers to potato diggers, there is a long list of machines that are produced locally. Refurbishing of old, imported ginning and …

India Promise To Woo Investors Into Agric Business in Nigeria

The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) said it would collaborate with the Nigerian Government to woo investors to invest in agriculture and other allied sectors of Nigeria’s economy. Mr Edwin Devakumar, Chairman of ASSOCHAM India-Nigeria chapter, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. He made this known …