August 09, 2013

09/08/2013: FPT Industrial presents its new president for Latin America; HGCA invests in feed research; growing crops in the desert

FPT Industrial Latin America has appointed José Luís Gonçalves as its new president. Gonçalves takes on the responsibility of maintaining and accelerating the company’s growth in the region, with particular focus on Brazil.

“My aim is to consolidate FPT Industrial’s operation and further develop the recent growth of the business in Latin America,” said Gonçalves. “After Europe, Latin America is the most pivotal market for the company and we foresee great potential for development in this area.”


HGCA is contributing £650k into research which will investigate better ways to measure the nutritional value of grain and oilseeds. The research would benefit growers and feed processors by examining the effects of feed quality on animal performance and developing quicker tests for nutritional quality.

Dr Martin Grantley-Smith, head of business development at HGCA said, "HGCA is investing in this suite of projects to help ensure grain of certain quality goes to the most suitable end use. This will cut down on waste for the benefit of the whole supply chain."

Cable News Network (CNN), USA, recently reported on research conducted by scientists in Qatar, that suggests saltwater can be used to help grow crops. 

Conceived in Norway, the Sahara Forest Project facility was launched back in November. Boasting environmentally-friendly technologies, the project utilises Qatar's supplies - an abundance of heat and seawater - and converts them into a range of valuable resources.

English: A Field of Oilseed Rape. The bright y...
English: A Field of Oilseed Rape. The bright yellow flowers of Oilseed Rape have become a common sight in arable areas in the spring. As well as providing vegetable oil, this crop makes a good 'break crop', improving the soil for wheat or barley in the following years. Oilseed Rape cannot be grown frequently in any field due to the build up of diseases in the soil. This may change however if farmers are allowed to plant disease resistant genetically engineered crops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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