June 04, 2013

04/06/2013: Brazil grain farms; Bangladesh eyes local hybrid rice; African food security

Brazil is poised to unveil $65bn plans to boost its agriculture through measures including a splurge on grain storage and a minimum price for cotton, although it may be sugar producers who benefit most.

Brazil's farm minister, Antonio Andrade have revealed Brazil's annual "harvest plan" for 2013-14, ($63.4bn-65.6bn) to support the sector, a rise of some 20% year on year.

Bangladesh has tapped a local agricultural firm to develop a new variety of hybrid rice that can spur hybrid rice production and exportation in the South Asian country, BusinessWorld reported. 

Agriculture minister, Matia Chowdhury, said in a statement that she is “interested in potential expansion of a collaboration with SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC) after the Filipino-developed SL-8H made a mark in Bangladesh’s hybrid rice sector, accounting for 20 per cent of the seed supply.”

The three heads of the Rome-based United Nations agencies have called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the centre of the international agenda for African development. 

Special attention should be given to supporting small holder farmers to improve global food security and empowering rural women, addressing gender inequalities and enabling them to transform their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.

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