Sri Lanka: one-third of rice “completely destroyed”

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Heavy monsoon flooding in the second-half of January has cut Sri Lanka’s staple rice crop by 35%, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced today. Reuters reports that the Ministry estimates that more than 300,000 hectares of rice has been “completely destroyed”, and while commodity traders expect the impact on world prices to be minimal, it nevertheless equates to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Rice @en

New CIAT bean guide aims to boost yields and seed sales

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Small-scale bean farmers could soon boost yields and develop high quality seed for sale, thanks to a new field guide produced by CIAT Africa. Bean disease and pest identification and management contains detailed photographs, descriptions and treatments for an exhaustive list of pests and diseases of common beans in Africa, from cut worms and pod borers to blights andRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en