Locust swarm from China ravages northern Vietnam bamboo forests, corn fields

A locust swarm from China has been destroying bamboo forests and corn fields in Dien Bien Province in northern Vietnam since last week. The yellow-spined bamboo locust (Ceracris kiangsu) swarm, which has an estimated 100-400 individuals per square meter, devoured bamboo leaves in 20 ha of ...

Tat Dinh

Farmers given 90 days to hand in chemicals

Manufacturers or importers of hazardous agrochemicals paraquat and chlorpyrifos — which are banned under Thai law — have 270 days to destroy their stock while a 90-day deadline has also been given to farmers to return the chemicals for destruction as their possession is considered ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green waist-high ...

ADB, Lao PDR sign agreement to enhance sanitary, phytosanitary management systems

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed an agreement on 13 November for a $10 million grant as additional financing for a project that will enhance Lao PDR’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity, and improve ...

The FINANCIAL Reporter

Myanmar can raise value, volume of agriculture exports by going organic

Myanmar has potential to develop an organic market that will help to boost the value of local crops produced for export purposes and farmers’ standards of living. In fact, farmers in Myanmar already use less chemical fertilisers and pesticides compared to their neighbours, yet many are ...

240 spots contaminated with pesticides remain in VN

Việt Nam still has 240 pesticide-contaminated locations in 15 localities, causing serious and extremely serious pollution, according to the 2016 National Environmental Report.Keep reading ...

Call to limit imports, use of chemicals in agriculture

Imports of farming chemicals should be restricted to ensure food safety for the public, a social forum in Bangkok featuring government ministers proposed this week.Keep reading ...

Đà Nẵng to up use of organic fertiliser

The central city of Đà Nẵng plans to increase the use of liquid fertiliser made from organic waste in its farms and public gardens, a local official said.​ Speaking at a review of a three-year (2015-2017) project on recycling organic waste last week, Nguyễn Phú ...

New agriculture centre to improve crop production

An agricultural service centre, which began construction in Huaphan province on February 18, aimed to enhance the quantity and the quality of crops and animals produced in the province for export to Vietnam. The agricultural service centre is the largest agricultural cooperation project between Vietnam ...

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai of related farmland. Chutima ...

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