November 13, 2012

13/11/12: China's corn revolution; rice in Nigeria; Myanmar's corn exports

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  • Myanmar's corn farmers could benefit from the US drought, reports the Myanmar Times. After the summer drought, the US corn output has been reduced by $40 billion, according to the government. This will lead to reduced exports, which Myanmar could capitalise upon. Total production was estimated at 1.46 million tonnes , with an average yield of 1.43 tonnes an acre for the 2011-12 season. Myanmar’s corn is sought after by Chinese traders, who buy up to 91pc of total exports. Read more...
  • Higher-yielding seeds and modern technology are underpinning a 'corn revolution' in China, reports Reuters. In 2011-12, the country imported 5.5 million tonnes of corn, but the government is keen to push for self-sufficiency. It has approved the use of more hybrid seed varieties and invested in state farming institutions. Read more...
  • And lastly, an article on how rice milling is being used to combat unemployment in Nigeria. Annual rice consumption is 20 million metric tonnes per annum, of which 85 percent is imported. It is hoped that increased rice framing will lead to more jobs, less poverty and greater self-sufficiency. Read more... 
English: A display of six ears of field corn w...
English: A display of six ears of field corn with dented yellow kernels (Zea mays var. indentata) which won ribbons for "best of show" at the Steele County Fair in Owatonna, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






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