February 01, 2016

01/02/2016: Meeting rising challenges through technology & education

by Chris Jackson, Export Manager UK TAG

First published in Milling and Grain, November 2015

This month has seen me travelling across the world, from China to Indonesia via the US. I have been privileged to see farming on an industrial scale in China using the most up to date technologies available, and at the same, time witnessing subsistence farming.

Indeed, it is a story of two extremes. In the USA, farming is still a major source of income and a very important part of their export economy supplying meat, beef and pork as well as soya been and maize. The cereal exports from the US, Australia and Brazil are key to counties such as China who have to rely on imports of raw materials for their own domestic meat industries as they do not have the climate or the land mass to produce all of their own raw materials.

From the USA, I travelled to an exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is another country of extremes where poultry are the major source of animal protein and where there are super efficient large-scale producers of meat fish and vegetables. Like China, Jakarta is a very large rural community dependent entirely on their small farms for their livelihoods.

The Government is actively encouraging these small farmers to co-operate and to produce more by changing their farming systems for instance by encouraging them to keep five instead of two cows and to use their land differently to feed the extra animals.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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