ASIA PACIFIC REGION: Following is a March 2017 compilation by APSA of relevant, timely and interesting seed and agriculture industry news leads from and involving various countries, including the Philippines, Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Turkey.
News covers everything from field, cover and horticulture crops, biotechnology, research and development to climate change, paddy production, marketing and trade.
- Asia Pacific: Weather in Indian Ocean directly affects climate patterns in Australia; Flower seeds from Turkey feed Chinese demand; GM Poppy seeds from China fueling Opium production surge; American lobby in China pushes for ease on GM seed trade restrictions; Agricultural meteorologist forecasts weaker monsoon this year. Pakistan to export hybrid rice seeds to Philippines; seed technology the way forward for food security; Semiautonomous agriculture robot to be a ‘game changer’; Akira Seeds acquired by Japanese holding company.
- ASEAN: Chemical free rice in Laos as economic factors impacting rice trade in Southeast Asia and Asia; Phytosanitary-based trade bans between Vietnam and India lifted; Vietnam seeks support from the Netherlands to develop vegetable seed production potential; Drones deployed to douse Malaysian paddy with chemicals; Local Myanmar government to retrieve vacant farmland; Quality rice seeds of drought-tolerant variety help Myanmar farmer increase yields by 40%, while water-wise solutions help farmers reduce waste; Increased rice research and production collaboration between the Philippines and Cambodia; Cambodian real estate agent proposes date farming as lucrative opportunity to tap into Indonesia market; Agriculture exports from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia on the up;
- India: Mustard seed prices rise 8% in two weeks on back of limited stocks and rising demand before futures take hit, as cottonseed oil prices fall. Potato farmers distressed from falling prices, seek locally produced seeds; Increased crop and seed supplies due to ‘good weather’ lead to decreased prices in local markets; Northeast India tribe preserves tradition with seed-sowing festival
- China: Researchers gain ground in the breeding of superior space mangoes; Ancient, 10,000-year-old rice strain with resistance and tolerance traits growing in popularity; China donates seeds, fertilizer rice to African nation; First International Rice Forum planned for April in the Hainan city of Sanya;
- Japan: Butterfly-sized drone can collect deposit pollen between flowers; Tokyo government to support, assist farmers in IP registration for protection abroad; Sowing seeds of “Gallant Sunflowers” spreads hope; Favorable weather cited for hearty white onion harvest; Promising research in Tokyo highlights potential of micro-algae as climate-resilient biofuel source
- Korean Peninsula: Koreas new biotech food product labelling requirements; Food-grains deficiency grows in North Korea; Specially-coated seeds from Sakata enable ethnic-Korean, Russian national grow tons of watermelons in the Ural Mountains of Russia;
- Australia: Fruit and veggie prices set to rise as Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc on north Queensland cropland; Seed sharing program provides farmers with affordable direct access to quality genetics; Record grain harvest this year anticipated in South Australia, a boon for those who had been affected by 2016 bush fire; Sorghum prices rise due to dry, hot weather; Climate change responsible for stagnating wheat yield growth; Harvesting tomatoes near the desert-clime Outback with sun and seawater as inputs; Cover crops provide income and better soil health; First Victoria crop of medical grade cannabis to treat suffering children, food authority mulls legalization of hemp as food and Queensland get official nod to supply medical marijuana seeds to licensed growers; New short-season medium grain rice variety promising to meet Middle East demand; Australian cotton seed producer invite growers for tour of operations; Metropolitan of Perth marked as agricultural quarantine zone after solanaceous pest detected in vegetable crops
- New Zealand: Improved fodder beet crop yields demonstrated with early application of nitrogen and pottassium; Quinoa farming in Kiwi country; heavy rains not good for grape growers; Mesh covers prove promising protection in New Zealand from tomato-potato pest.