Bangladesh rice farmers invent new varieties to withstand salt, storms

Bangladesh rice farmers invent new varieties to withstand salt, storms

If the plants managed to grow in soil made salty by decades of cyclones and floods, then strong winds would snap their stalks or pests would wipe them out. So, ten years ago, Tarafdar, 45, looked to his ancestors and started cross-breeding seed varieties that used to thrive in the southwestern Shyamnagar region but are […]

Alabama farmers battle excessive rains, soggy crops

Alabama farmers battle excessive rains, soggy crops

PIKE ROAD, Ala. (WSFA) – When is the rain going to let up? That’s the question on a lot of Alabamians’ minds lately. After all, it’s rained for 33 of the last 50 days! Farmers are asking the same question with one man in Pike Road having a unique perspective on the situation: It’s been […]

Organic crops join push to ease rural poverty in Ivory Coast

Organic crops join push to ease rural poverty in Ivory Coast

Agathe Vanie looks proudly at the products on the shelves of her shop, the first organic stall in the southern central Ivory Coast city of Divo. “We can make money,” she says. A farmer by profession, Vanie is the president of Walo, a non-profit organisation she founded to bring local women together to grow and […]

Genetically Engineered Crops: Boon or Bane

Genetically Engineered Crops: Boon or Bane

Due to continuous cultivation of modern high yielding hybrid varieties and GM crops, there may be chances of genetic erosion resulting in the loss of our heirloom indigenous seeds. This may have a negative effect more on countries like Nepal where people practice informal seed systems that mainly depend upon the seeds produced on their […]

Razzaque for cultivating non-traditional crops

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

Observing that the cultivation of unconventional crops like almonds, coffee and Black pepper can change the economic picture of the hilly areas, agriculture minister Md Abdur Razzaque on Saturday emphasised cultivating the unusual cash crops to make agriculture sector profitable one. ‘The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is now working relentlessly […]

Fisher, Minn., farmer takes in stride what nature metes out; region’s crops are a mixed bag after winds, dry weather | Grand Forks Herald

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Over the years, the Fisher farmer has witnessed crops that survived the same kind of freezing temperatures, extreme heat and winds that have characterized this growing season. He also has weathered crop failures, although he doesn’t believe this year’s will be counted among them. “It’s dry,” Knutson said, on Wednesday, June 16. “I don’t think […]

From Nigeria to Brazil ‘halo’ crops reap pandemic profits

Freshly washed ginger plant bulbs are seen at a market in Kaduna, Nigeria. April 30, 2021. Picture taken April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

“If I had the capital, I’d plant more. People are looking for ginger now, and there is not enough,” she said at her five hectare farm on the outskirts of Kaduna. As the pandemic rages, people around the world have sought to guard against illness by turning to so-called halo foods. While scientists have dismissed […]