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Hybrid innovation seen as key to growth

Posted by sonimanish Published on Tue, 2015-06-23 17:51
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Mr Saunders, speaking at last week's City Leaders Lunch, noted the contribution of the 150-plus member Enterprise Angels group of local investors - now broadened beyond the Bay to the Waikato.

"Enterprise Angels members have invested $14 million into new companies - $6.5 million of that into local start-ups," said Mr Saunders. "That's game-changing for the Bay."

Seed business may radically reorganize if Monsanto-Syngenta merger goes forward

Posted by sonimanish Published on Tue, 2015-06-23 17:21
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A successful attempt by Monsanto Co. to buy Syngenta AG and form an agrochemical powerhouse would prompt major rivals to also reconsider strategy and review cross-licensing deals, said the head of Bayer AG’s CropScience unit.

Water trading rule change for Balonne

Posted by sonimanish Published on Mon, 2015-06-22 19:04
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IRRIGATORS in the Lower Balonne have welcomed the prospect of greater control over their water allocations, thanks to local resource rule changes.

Under proposed changes to the Condamine and Balonne Resource Operations Plan 2008, expected to take effect by the end of July, Lower Balonne irrigators will be able to legally trade water entitlements linked to on-farm storage.

Land claims threaten state’s forestry company

Posted by sonimanish Published on Mon, 2015-06-22 18:58
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RAMPANT illegal land occupation and a fraught land claims process could jeopardise the viability of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), the Department of Public Enterprises said in Parliament last week.

BSWM needs P500 M for soil research

Posted by sonimanish Published on Mon, 2015-06-22 18:53
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To rejuvenate the country’s soil resources, the Department of Agriculture needs to allot an initial P500 million.

That is the recommendation of former Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar, during the recent launch of the International Year of Soils celebration at the DA’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

Dhanuka Agritech surges on future growth plans

Posted by sonimanish Published on Mon, 2015-06-22 18:48
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The company is targeting Rs. 2,000 crore topline by 2020, fuelled by its new Rajasthan plant and latest specialised product launches.

CropX Raises $9M To Drive Agriculture Efficiency Through Technology

Posted by sonimanish Published on Mon, 2015-06-22 18:40
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One thing Israel is widely respected for is the advances it has made with regards horticulture in general, and irrigation in particular. There are numerous examples throughout the country where land that was either malarial swamp or desert has been transformed to be a productive resource. Much of this change has been achieved through the use of advanced irrigation techniques – Israeli irrigation companies have an extensive history of exporting their technology globally.