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  • Targeting total eradication of a devastating livestock disease

    The world can definitively stamp out a plague that devastates sheep and goats, freeing hundreds of millions of rural families from one of the major risks to their food security and livelihood. FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) will outline a strategy for the total eradication of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) by 2030 at a an international conference starting today in ...

  • Bangladesh: agricultural sector devastated in cyclone-hit areas

    The agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors in southern Bangladesh have suffered enormous losses and large-scale assistance is urgently needed to address the damage caused by Cyclone Sidr, FAO said today. The cyclone has affected over 6.7 million people in 30 southern districts, and latest government reports put the death toll at around 3 000 people. According to data from the Disaster ...

  • Big society can help tackle ragwort risk

    Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said today. Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said today. With the Common Ragwort season in full bloom, Mr Paice is calling on landowners, local groups and nature-lovers to work together to ...

  • Tall fescue toxicosis and management

    Tall fescue toxicosis is one of the most devastating problems facing forage-livestock agriculture. While there is currently no cure for this costly disorder, there are proven management strategies to lessen the impact of toxicosis. A new professional guide, Tall Fescue Toxicosis and Management is now available to livestock producers and land managers who want to better understand and control ...

  • Cattle plague`s defeat holds valuable lessons

    The Secretary of the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) from 2000 to 2007, Dr Roeder, will discuss the success of the campaign – regarded as one of the most important achievements in veterinary history – when he presents CSIRO’s Snowdon Lecture in Melbourne today. "This is the first time that humans have succeeded in wiping out an animal disease in the wild, and only ...

  • Be Prepared

    As you are aware, there is a current outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) and the number of outbreaks are increasing across the globe leaving flocks and farming businesses devastated. When an event like this occurs are you equipped to deal with your fallen stock on site to limit the extent of the outbreak further? Have you ever considered incineration as the ultimate bio secure method of ...

  • Chromatin Announces Relief Program for Sorghum Growers Hit by the Kansas-Oklahoma Fire

    Chromatin, Inc., is moving quickly to assist farmers and ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek Fire that destroyed 400,000 acres. Led by Chromatin’s Sorghum Partners® brand, this initiative will provide farmers with seed that can rapidly produce feed for livestock and ground cover to prevent soil erosion. “We are saddened to hear of the tragic damage caused by this fire to ...


    By Chromatin, Inc.

  • EU and FAO partner to help flood-affected Serbian farms rebuild

    The European Union (EU) will partner with FAO to help small-scale farmers in Serbia recover from the devastating floods of the past spring. An EU grant of EUR 8 million, aimed at restoring the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming families, was announced at a ceremony here today. Agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy in Serbia and an important source of income for the majority of ...

  • Bangladesh cyclone: European Commission boosts planned aid to 6.5 million euro

    The European Commission is launching a second humanitarian decision for €5 million to help victims of Cyclone Sidr that struck Bangladesh last Thursday. The proposed new emergency funding comes on top of €1.5 million in fast-track aid allocated on Friday and would bring the total Commission contribution to 6.5 million euros so far. Announcing the move, Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for ...

  • Nitrogen fertiliser `could prevent locust swarms`

    A surprising finding promises a cheap and environmentally friendly way of controlling locust swarms, a major plague that devastates crops around the world. Land erosion caused by heavy livestock grazing promotes ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Senegal nears first victory in war on tsetse fly

    A campaign against the tsetse fly, a pest that transmits a disease that devastates livestock, in the Niayes area near the capital Dakar has radically reduced the fly population and is paving the way for complete eradication. "Since the project started, there is already less disease. It has not only reduced the tsetse but also ticks, which cause lots of other diseases in the area. We have noticed ...

  • Kentucky Cattleman Testifies before U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee

    Today, Tim White, a cattle producer from Lexington, Kentucky, testified before the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade regarding the future of America’s small family farms. In his testimony, White called on Congress to address the overly burdensome regulatory environment that is hampering rural America, repeal the federal estate tax, and to ...

  • Crunching genomes to boost animal health

    FAO has chosen the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a designated reference centre to expand its access to state-of the-art technology in combating dangerous viral infections, including avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, in farm animals and wildlife. The SIB is equipped with high performance computers, ...

  • Invited to provide expert advice in Mexico

    The Expo Porcicultura 2016 trade show, held this year between October 5th – 8th at Cancun, attracted huge numbers of visitors both from Mexico and neighbouring countries anxious to catch up on the latest pig farming and pork production innovations. At Matthews Environmental Solutions we were honoured that Managing Director John Schofield was invited to attend the Expo as part of a special ...


    By Todaysure Matthews

  • Chile, India link up for rural development

    Chile and India will work together to promote agricultural innovation and explore the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving rural livelihoods. The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) signed an agreement on agricultural cooperation with Chile's Foundation for Agricultural Innovation (FIA) in Chennai last month (20 March). MSSRF chairman M. S. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • FAO calls for US$23 million to step-up farming in Haiti

    FAO has called for US$23 million from international donors for agriculture in Haiti as part of the United Nations US$562 million appeal for that country following the devastating earthquake. The money is needed to support to food production in fields and backyards, not just in and around the area hit but in rural areas not directly affected but which will nevertheless feel the aftershocks of the ...

  • Syria: Poor crop prospects reflect the impact of continued conflict and drought conditions

    Drought conditions combined with continued conflict are adding pressure to an already dire food security situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, raising the prospect of further severe reductions in wheat and barley production in key areas, along with increased food import needs and higher prices for 2014, FAO reports. Wheat and barley are the country’s two most important food crops. The ...

  • Keeping alive − a new year`s resolution for farmers in Wales

    Farmers across Wales are being encouraged to make their New Year's resolution a promise to come home safe from the field. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched the next phase in its 'Make the Promise' campaign at an agriculture safety day at Welshpool Livestock Market with the stark message that people are still dying in needless farm accidents. Across Great Britain, 38 people lost their ...

  • Tree planting in Kenya`s Mau Complex signals new beginnings for a critical ecosystem

    Kenya took a step to restore its diminishing water towers and address rapid environmental degradation when it launched a tree planting drive in the Kiptunga area of the Mau Forest Complex on Friday. 20,000 tree seedlings were planted on 20 hectares at a ceremony attended by Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, Angela ...

  • Study finds gene clues to African cattle disease

    Scientists studying the tsetse fly-borne disease "sleeping sickness" and a devastating version found in cattle say they have found two genes that may in future help rescue the livelihoods of millions of farmers in Africa. In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal on Monday, the researchers said the genes should help cattle breeders identify animals that can ...


    By SciDev.Net

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