ASIA PACIFIC: Herein is a selection of crop and seed industry news headlines and highlights from around the region, covering China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan and Korea. From early on in the month, agriculture production in many parts across the region has suffered from the onslaught of wet and nasty weather, but there is some positive news to report. Scroll down for all the latest seed leads.
- Asia Pacific: Grape seed extract can help with colon cancer, research suggests; Wet weather suspected for crop virus outbreak in Samoa; Beijing approves American GM soy and corn products for import as American GM-soy pioneer praises China; Seeds from sesame, guava and pineapple packed with healthy benefits; Hemp industry on the rise in Asia, where top fiber and seed suppliers are; Chinese entrepreneur in Iowa bridging bilateral seed, crop trade;
- China & Chinese Taipei: Automated potato and silkworm grow-pod on the moon in 2018; Seeds from 5,000 year old tree sent to space for two months, germinate on earth; Seeds of evergreen seeds high in amino acids; Torrential rains, flooding bring havoc to Taiwan; Insurance coverage increasing for crops; Importing GM potatoes.
- Australia & New Zealand: Cooler than average June threaten growing regions with frost, dry spell; Moratorium on GMOs in Tasmania questioned; GM flowers recalled in Australia, New Zealand; Expanding cropping investment opportunity in the Northern Territory; Horticulture firm looks to solar to protect production facilities; Mice, slugs and snails threaten dampened crops; Grain growing area forecast to mirror last year, productivity to slow; lettuce famine affects fast food offering; Immigration turn away attempted tomato seed smuggler; Deadline announced for GM potato food applications; feijoa crop boom;
- South Asia: Nepalese paddy farmers sourcing illegal Indian seeds to meet demand; Agriculture production suffering from erratic weather; Sesame seed opportunity in Bangladesh; Seed imports in Pakistan down as domestic variety demand rises with vegetable prices; Many going hungry in Pakistan despite wasted food; Seed bombs for Bangalore; Bangladesh to boost hybrid rice production through import of seed from Philippines; Bangladeshi company to partner with Sri Lanka govt in boosting vegetable seed production; Cracking down on spurious seeds in Telangana; Smartphone app developed for seed sowers in Andhra Pradesh; Monsoons arrive early with planting optimism, coinciding with devastating cyclone; cropping seed demand slows in face of lower market prices; hybrid seed prices to be cut by 10%; onion seed subsidy this kharif; procuring sunflower seeds at minimum price; three new machine-friendly chickpea varieties released; GM technology exploitation barrier slashed for Desi companies; Indians should eat more millets, diabetes on the rise;
- Southeast Asia: Food commodity prices published to help monitor Indonesia food security; GM biosafety recommendations; traditional harvest festival insights in East Malaysia; Rooftop herb garden in Kuala Lumpur; Chia seeds to the rescue in Singapore; high-yielding, early maturing palm oil seeds; Floodwaters cause trouble for farmers in Central Thailand; Planting a mango forest in the Philippines with 2,000 seeds; Rice research making progress, conference shows; East West says Philippines needs more share of veg market; Many tariffs on food imports to Philippines reduced; Vietnamese, Myanmar rice demand on the up; Villagers in north Vietnam plant trees to boost population. Mekong seeds poised for quality improvement; Myanmar seeks more international markets for its ag produce;
- Japan: Genome-edited rice being trialed in Tsukuba, October harvest anticipated; traditional seed-grinding mortars rich in history;
- Korean Peninsula: Imports increasing for GM products for research; Cloud seeding pilot tests commence allegedly to offset harmful Chinese dust; Sent off to die in Kazakhstan, Koreans thrive;
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