Scientists Say Modified Bacteria Could Protect Crops and Replace Pesticides

“Beneficial bacteria such as burkholderia that have co-evolved naturally with plants, have a key role to play in a sustainable future,” said Professor Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, lead researcher of the study published in Nature Microbiology. Modern agriculture relies on regular spraying with pesticides to keep insects and fungal disease at bay. Beneficial bacteria that co-evolved with plants, have …

UN Reports World’s Food Supply Under Threat

The world’s food supplies are increasingly under threat from the ongoing destruction of the planet’s biodiversity , a new UN report has warned. Plants, animals and micro-organisms which are crucial to supporting and upholding the human diet are not being protected, the study by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation found. Some 20 per cent …

Global Rural Revitalization Is the Solution to Poverty and Hunger

Rural areas are in crisis. Rural residents make up 45 percent of the world’s population but bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, malnutrition, and poor quality of life. The global rural poverty rate is 17 percent (compared to 7 percent in urban areas). Rural people comprise 70 percent of the world’s extremely poor. Rural areas …

Nigeria Economic Outlook

The growing importance of services has bolstered growth in the economy. The sector accounts for about half of GDP, dwarfing the 10% from oil and 22% from agriculture. Real GDP growth was an estimated 1.9% in 2018, reflecting a recovery in services and industry— particularly mining, quarrying, and manufacturing. The recovery benefited from greater availability …

Farmers Must Protect their Animals from Plastic Consumption

Cattle farmers need to protect their stocks from consumption of plastic materials and other dangerous objects because it results into huge financial loses. The dairy and cattle farmers are responsible for the cows welfare, after milking and grazing them,they are allowed the cows scavenge or find food available in dumps of debris lying in the …

China to Improve Agric Reform to Boost the Rural Areas

China will deepen reforms of its agriculture sector to promote its rural economy, the government said in its first policy statement of 2019, as it seeks to bolster growth and offset trade challenges. Beijing’s statement, released late on Tuesday, comes after the world’s second-largest economy saw its weakest growth in 28 years in 2018 and …

5 Steps to Successful Tilapia Farming

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Tilapia is an omnivorous animal because it will eat diets of both animal and plant origin. Compared to other fish species tilapia breeds easily, ease of cultivation and it can grow in ponds or tanks if water at optimal levels of warmth is maintained. Tilapia farming can be done in brackish or salt water and …