PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 27/MARCH 5, 2021

This is Money

In Australia, agricultural production has reached 66 billion dollars

Australia's farm production is predicted to reach a record high on the back of a remarkable turnaround from a long period of drought. The federal government's agriculture forecaster forecasts that production will reach almost $66 billion in 2020/21.  

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New York Times

Thousands of farmworkers to receive the coronavirus vaccine

An initiative in California is bringing vaccines to the fields, to vaccinate a work force often made up of immigrants at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Many of the workers are undocumented, which raises doubts as to whether they should take precedence when turning to public institutions. Thousands of workers are being invited to visit vaccination clinics hosted by growers and run by the Department of Health. 

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All Africa

East Darfur to install 200 solar-powered water supply units

An agreement to supply and install 200 solar energy units to operate water stations in East Darfur has been signed between El Azari Maki El Sadig International Company and the local government. The project will cost an estimated 1.3 million euros and will be completed in 75 days, bringing drinking water to disadvantaged areas. 

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South China Morning Post

China concerned about mutant strains of African swine fever

Researchers have recently found two variants that spread more easily than the dominant type. A document published by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute says that genetic analysis has been carried out on various natural mutations of the virus found in seven provinces between June and December. The disease led to the slaughter of millions of pigs in 2018 to contain outbreaks. 

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BBC

UK reduces food waste through NGOs and apps

With the coronovirus lockdowns, thousands of tonnes of food have been unused or unsold. To overcome this problem, numerous initiatives are being set up to sell, for example, many liters of milk at discounted prices via a smartphone app. Or surpluses are being donated to charities, as happened with the three lorry loads of celeriac handled by Fareshare, which connects 11,000 other organizations and groups across the UK. 

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BBC

Farms will need new robots

From autonomous harvesting robots to drones that can spray crops, artificial intelligence to the use of “big data”, farmers across the world are turning to high tech solutions to address issues ranging from food insecurity to climate change and pandemics. Precision farming is in fact a booming industry: a recent report suggests that its global value will reach 12.9 billion dollars by 2027, with an average annual growth of 13%. 

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