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Monsoon crops

India’s Kharif crop area increases 14% y-o-y

Ample food supplies and manageable prices are just a season away as India’s kharif crop area surges by 14%, the agriculture ministry says.  Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Rural Development confirmed that the pulse acreage alone has risen by 50% from 2023’s. He was speaking during a review of kharif...

Consumers in the Netherlands favor meat over legumes  

Consumers in the Netherlands favor meat over legumes  

A survey shows that two-thirds of consumers in the Netherlands overlook legumes as meat substitutes, Nieuweoogst reported on July 11, 2024. The 2023 survey by vegetable and legume processor, HAK, paints a poor attitude by the Dutch towards plant-based protein foods. Nicole Freid, HAK’s MD, said during the survey reading that 67% of consumers still carry an “old-fashioned image” of...

A nature farm in England

The UK agriculture sector receives PM Starmer’s backing amid environmental uncertainty

Britain’s new Labour government of PM Keir Starmer has vowed to back the UK agriculture sector. The affirmation comes amid uncertainty on how his government will handle remaining post-Brexit agricultural and fishing problems. The party’s win in the July 4 general election claimed significant farming counties in Conservative zones such as North Somerset and Suffolk Coastal. Oddly enough,...


Cowpea farming in East Africa is 2,300 years old, archaeologists discover

A new find on the Kenya-Uganda border indicates cowpea farming in East Africa could have began 2,300 years ago. The discovery could help fill missing gaps such as the earliest plants in a region famous as the “cradle of mankind.”  A Royal Society Publishing organization publication on July 10, 2024 revealed that the Kakapel Rockshelter near Mt. Elgon in Western Kenya...

Salmon aquaculture in Norway

Norway institutes wild salmon fishing ban on 33 rivers

A wild salmon fishing ban has begun on Norway’s 33 select rivers, in a bid to revamp a downturn in Atlantic salmon numbers.  This a few days after details of late June and early July price decline of Norwegian salmon emerged.  The decision follows a June 22, 2024 initial temporary closure on the 33 rivers, pending the latest review on July...

Food groceries

World’s food prices level off in June as cereals shed 3%

The world’s food prices stabilized in June 2024 following a decline by 3% in cereal prices, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported July 5. FAO’s Food Price Index (FFPI), a measure that weighs monthly trade volumes against prices worldwide, stood at 120.6 points for June.   May’s FPPI was originally 120.4 points before revision to 120.6 points, an increase of over 1.1...


Cotton prices in Pakistan rise beyond the government’s minimum price

An uptick surge in the number of ginning factories has made yarn competitive and is pushing cotton prices in Pakistan. By July 7, 2024, bale prices had improved by 600 Pakistani rupees ($2.15) per mound (37 to 40 kg).  For one, the southeastern province of Sindh offered cotton from 18,400 to 18,600 rupees ($66.06-66.77) in week 1, July 2024. At the...


Arabica coffee prices recover after Brazil harvest-affiliated dip

Arabica coffee prices finished strong on July 5, 2024 after harvest pressure in Brazil had dipped them before July 3. After a -0.48% decline on July 3, Arabica bean rates for September delivery rose by 2.01% on July 5. The International Coffee Exchange (ICE) recorded $2.29 a pound for September 2024 deliveries, a 1-and1/2 week price high. In comparison, the...

Rice terraces in the Philippines

“Rice-for-all” program brings rice affordability to the Philippines

The government of the Philippines is introducing an ambitious nationwide “Rice-for-all” program that insures affordable retail “palay” prices. This comes after “Program 29” which is offering select Manila and Bulacan residents a dream 29 pesos ($0.50) a kilo for rice. On July 6, 2024, Genevieve Guevarra, the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Agriculture (DA), promised to start...