Sri Lanka to export cannabis, targets herbal medicine market

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States,...

NFA looking at Q1 rice imports to minimize domestic price impact

THE National Food Authority (NFA) hopes to time rice imports for early 2018, in order to stabilize inventories after the rainy season, with an...

Agriculture dep’t says strict bird flu quarantine hurt poultry industry

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will relax its avian influenza quarantine rules, noting that the protocols it administered during the August outbreak...

Mindanao farmers’ appeal for further ban on Luzon poultry products ignored

DAVAO CITY — The lifting of the ban on the entry of poultry products from Luzon will go ahead despite a petition by poultry...

Under EU attack, top palm oil producers Malaysia, Indonesia rethink trade strategy

FACING A BACKLASH in Europe over palm oil’s environmental toll, the world’s top producers are scrambling to find new markets and even striking unusual...

Fruits output rises in 2nd quarter; mango falls 10%

OUTPUT of major fruit crops, which include banana, pineapple and calamansi (Citrus microcarpa), rose in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. The...

Argentina’s next move to increase exports involves implanting microchips in cattle

ARGENTINA’S push to ramp up agriculture exports is moving to a new frontier: micro-chipped cows. For the first time, the nation’s government will work to...

Plastic film covering 12% of farmland in China pollutes soil

CHINA will expand its agricultural use of environment-damaging plastic film to boost crop production even as authorities try to curb soil pollution, a government...

Harvey floodwaters threaten 1.2 million cows in US southwest

A DELUGE of rain from Hurricane Harvey is soaking Texas pastures, leaving some cattle stranded in floodwater in the state that leads the US...

Diet guidelines biased vs poor nations — study

WIDELY PROMOTED guidelines to reduce fat intake could be unhealthy for people in low- and middle-income countries whose diets are already too starchy, researchers...

Better use of water key to Middle East’s future — WB

POLITICAL STABILITY and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa could hinge on better management of scarce water resources, the World Bank...

Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers €33M

EUROPE’S contaminated egg scare has cost Dutch poultry farmers at least €33 million ($39 million), according to a preliminary estimate by the government. The scare,...