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Government of Canada Helps Stimulate Northern Food Production

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector provides good, middle-class jobs across the country, while providing nutritious, high-quality foods for all Canadians. Agriculture also plays a large role in Canada’s north, with over 230 farm operators in the Yukon and Northwest Territories in 2016.

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Purdue Extension offer food produce safety training

Purdue Extension is offering produce food safety training sessions at locations throughout Indiana to aid farms and growers in learning the basics of food safety and assist in establishing safety programs for their operations.

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New FAO Framework to Bolster Focus on Food Security to help Sustain Peace

Civil wars and conflicts have increased markedly in the past decade, leading to the recent reverse of a steady trend towards reducing hunger. They take their heaviest toll on rural communities engaged in agriculture.

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EU Continues to Top Global Agri-Food Trade

With an agri-food trade value of €255 billion in 2017, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter and importer of agri-food products.

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KDA Offers Focus on Food Safety Seminars

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program has partnered with the K-State Confucius Institute to offer two Focus on Food Safety seminars in Mandarin Chinese.

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Food4Foresight Initiative Poised to Bring Enhanced Foresight for Global Food Systems

The Food4Foresight initiative is intended to bring together foresight practitioners from around the world, in a global drive to address key issues around the future of food and agriculture.

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Research and Innovation in Quebec’s Agri-Food Sector

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec announced the launch of the Programme Innov’Action agroalimentaire, which will run until 2023.

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Health and Food Science Experiments at Bayer Science Teens Camp in the U.S.

Thanks to scholarships awarded by the Bayer Science & Education Foundation 26 Bayer Science Teens are going to be researching into a wide variety of life science, medical health and food science topics in Colorado from 23 July to 4 August.

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Update on GM Food Regulation

Section 22 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 provides inter-alia, that no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any genetically modified article of food except as otherwise provided under the Act and regulations made there under.

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Odisha to implement its own food security act from October 2

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that the state government would implement its own food security act from October 2 this year.

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Canada invests in innovation to support the food sector

Canada’s agri-food industry continues to diversify to meet the changing needs of Canadians and those around the world.

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Global ID Group Rebrands as FoodChain ID

Global ID Group, based in Fairfield, Iowa has rebranded as FoodChain ID, effective immediately.

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India’s agro-food sector made strong progress

India has made tremendous economic progress since the mid-1990s, raising GDP per capita by more than 5% per year, cutting the incidence of poverty in half, significantly decreasing undernourishment and transforming itself into a major agriculture exporter.

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Unprecedented Uncertainty Makes Agri-Food Trade Issues Top Priority

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today called on all Parliamentarians to support better access to world markets as continued trade uncertainty threatens Canadian jobs and long-term prosperity.

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New World Bank Support to Unleash Agri-food Sector’s Potential in Morocco

With the increased productivity of Morocco’s agriculture sector over the past few years, driven by ambitious reforms under the Agriculture Plan, Plan Maroc Vert (PMV), the country aims to drive sector growth by promoting agri-business competitiveness and increasing agri-food market efficiency.

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Meghalaya launched draft policy on Jackfruit Mission

The Meghalaya government has come up with a draft policy to market and promote jackfruit.

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Israel Invests in the Galilee as the Future Hub for Food

Food technology startups are being encouraged to cast their eyes northward, with the government offering subsidies, free land and tax breaks to those that set up in the north of the country.

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Rwanda unevield agriculture program to enhance food security

Rwanda unveiled a six-year agriculture strategic plan that seeks to support the country's efforts to achieve food and nutrition security.

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BRICS producing genetically modified foods to enhance food security

BRICS agriculture ministers have vowed to tackle the controversial issue of producing genetically modified foods to enhance food security.

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IFC Invests in KazFoodProducts to Boosts Agribusiness in Kazakhstan

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $25 million in KazFoodProducts LLP, a leading Kazakh food processing group of companies operating in grain milling and confectionary sectors

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Telangana’s food processing Panel in Mysuru

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on agro-processing units headed by Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy visited the Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru to study development of value-added products in Karnataka.

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UK food manufacturer invests million in new technology

Moy Park has announced an investment of over £18 million across a number of its sites in Lincolnshire.

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Aleph Farms to the USDA: Clean Meat Can Improve Food Safety

Aleph Farms is calling on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote clean meat for its compelling safety advantages, such as being antibiotic free and pathogen free.

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New Genetic Technologies for Public Good & Better Food Crops

A global partnership on technologies to potentially benefit millions of smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa, was signed on May 25, 2018 in Mumbai.

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Scientists looking to find innovative ways to produce food

Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find ways to feed the future.

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Demand for food processing and packaging machinery

The German food processing and packaging machinery manufacturing companies look forward to the interpack trade fair full of confidence.

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PepsiCo, ITC Investment in Food Processing Sector

Elated from the policy, Pepsico India and ITC Limited have announced to expand their operations in the state in the agro-food processing sector.

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Food Processing Ministry to collaborate with international labs

Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the Ministry will collaborate with multiple international laboratories testing various food products so that the food products approved by laboratories at National Institute of Food Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) get worldwide acceptability.

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Food Processing Sector Key to Double Farmers' Income

Strengthening food processing sector is key to achieving government's aim to double farmers' income, union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said at an ASSOCHAM event.

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Cornell Center of Excellence to Grow State’s Food and Ag Economy

Cornell has established a new Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture Innovation at the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, thanks to $1 million in state funding secured by State Sen.

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New Jobs Created for Agri-Food Sector

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in southwestern Ontario, creating 87 jobs and retaining more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy.

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FoodLogiQ Launches New Innovation Lab

FoodLogiQ, announced the creation of FoodLogiQ Labs, a research and development hub dedicated to the acceleration of new products.

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Cargill invests $20M in egg processing facility

To meet increasing customer and consumer demand for a greater variety of cooked egg products, Cargill is investing $20 million to expand its Big Lake, Minn., egg processing facility.

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Technical services in food, biotech sectors

FOBICS - Food and Biotechnology Consultancy Services - was started with the idea of transferring technologies from the various technology-developing agencies.

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FSSAI proposes labeling norm for food products

Food regulator FSSAI has proposed that all packaged food items with 5 per cent or more genetically modified (GM) ingredients should declare the information through labelling.

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Govt sets foodgrain production target for 2018-19

The agriculture ministry has set a target to increase foodgrain production by over 6 million tonnes to record 283.7 million tonnes in 2018-19 crop year on hopes of weather office forecast of normal monsoon.

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UC Davis World Food Center Relaunches

The University of California, Davis, has renewed its World Food Center within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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ICRISAT and DowDuPont partnership to strengthen food security

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, inked a multiyear partnership to strengthen food security by improving crops that feed millions through sharing of high-tech and modern breeding technologies.

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership Launches in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotian farmers work hard to ensure that they are able to respond to the growing need for their high-quality and safe products.

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CFTRI announced program for food microbiology

In tune with the National Mission of Transforming India as the skill capital of the world, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has announced a programme starting from May 28 for training life science graduates to work in food and allied industries.

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Omnivore investment in agri-food sensing solutions startup

Impact venture fund Omnivore has made its second investment in agri-food sensing solutions startup AgNext Technologies.

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Union food processing minister inaugurates Uttarakhand’s second mega food park

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated the second mega food park in Uttarakhand at Mahuakhera Ganj village, Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district.

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Cargill to install chicken processing technology at London

As part of Cargill Protein’s efforts to address growing interest from customers and consumers for continuous improvement in humane handling of food animals, Cargill Protein is investing $22 million (CDN) to install a state-of-the-art Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system at its London, Ontario, chicken processing facility.

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Growers Form Controlled-Environment Agriculture Safety Group

According to leading CEA growers, a new food safety group for controlled-environmental agriculture will sprout in June in Chicago. “The intent is to establish food safety standards,” says a spokesman.

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Indo-Israel project to boost vegetable production

The Centre of Excellence for Vegetables, a Rs. 10.18-crore Indo-Israel project at Reddiyarchatram meant for offering sophisticated Israeli technology to farmers.

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Investment in agricultural research into grain quality and storage

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing nearly $484,000 in equipment and infrastructure needed to conduct specialized research projects on grain preservation and storage.

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Korean food-tech firm developing delivery robot

South Korean food tech firm Woowa Brothers is developing a food delivery robot with the goal to commercialise it within five years.

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UK Researchers to Study Pollinator Food Availability on Farmland

In a new study, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating how food availability on farmland impacts bee communities in early spring.

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Partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

AgTech solutions company Autogrow and Plant & Food Research signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their intention to collaborate in the development of protocols to maximise yield and enable continuous production of perennial fruits.

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Food-tech platform SmartQ announced raise in funds

Online food-tech platforms SmartQ announced raising funds worth USD 1 million from an investor group led by a consortium of Dubai based investors.

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Japanese ISE Foods set up an egg processing unit

Japanese food processing major ISE Foods will set up an egg processing unit near Siddipet soon (Narmeta village of Nangnur mandal) with the State government handing over the necessary documents for permission, along with incentive details.

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No Additional Regulatory Requirements for Organic Producers and Handlers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017.

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Modern packing methods and test methods for guarantee safe food

Whether meat, fish and poultry or fruit and vegetables: A protective gas atmosphere (modified atmosphere) is one of the effective methods for packing fresh foodstuffs gently and safely.

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EU Auditors to examine organic-food control system

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is conducting an audit of organic-food checks in the EU. The auditors will examine the control system governing the production, processing, distribution and import of organic products.

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Rs 950 cr investment in Nashik’s food processing park

The Food Processing Park at Vinchur in Nashik district has attracted an investment of Rs 950 crore, and it is expected to generate 5,400 jobs.

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USDA’s NIFA Announces Support for Increasing Alfalfa Productivity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for the Alfalfa Forage and Research Program (AFRP).

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Farming crops with rocks improve global food security

The Manipur government is planning to set up a "full-fledged" food testing laboratory to curb toxic chemicals in food items, including fish coming from other states and Myanmar.

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Rs 5,800 crore investment in food processing industry

Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi said, Investment proposals to the tune of about Rs 5,800 crore have been received by the state government for starting ventures in food processing industry.Shahi said that his department has received 328 proposals from India and abroad for setting up food processing units and they would be finalised during the February 21-22 Investors’ Summit.

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Build Strong Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

While announcing a target contribution of USD 3.5 billion in loans and grants by IFAD for developing countries, Gilbert F Houngbo, the president of the International Fund for Agricultural development (IFAD) said that, alternative methods of farming, such as organic farming, introduced by the Indian government in several states is the right strategy to tackle food insecurity, improving nutrition and alleviating poverty in the country.

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Organic Farming Could Tackle Food Insecurity in India

While announcing a target contribution of USD 3.5 billion in loans and grants by IFAD for developing countries, Gilbert F Houngbo, the president of the International Fund for Agricultural development (IFAD) said that, alternative methods of farming, such as organic farming, introduced by the Indian government in several states is the right strategy to tackle food insecurity, improving nutrition and alleviating poverty in the country.

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Pulse Growers Target Food Service Industry

With Canadian pulse exports nearing $3.4 billion in 2017, supporting the continued growth of this sector is vital to achieving the Government of Canada's trade target of growing agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

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By 2051, UAE to Produce 60% More Food

The Minister of Climate Change and Environment announced that, the UAE aims to produce a whopping 60 per cent more food to feed a global population of nine billion people within the next 33 years.

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New Agri-Food Innovation Centre in Saskatchewan

The province of Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry celebrated the grand opening of the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre (AFIC), a 43,000-square foot facility that will diversify the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre’s (Food Centre) capacity to develop and process products from concept to commercialization.

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Cargill opens first dedicated fish feed plant in India

Fish farmers in India have increased access to high-quality feed this year, as Cargill opens its first feed mill dedicated to fish species in the country.

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AfDB Supports Lease Land Proposal for Food Supply to India

To improve the agriculture sector to increase food supply, provide jobs and propel economic growth on the continent, a $5 billion Exim Bank of India fund to support Africa's agriculture development through the "Feed Africa" project seems to fit into the Africa Development Bank's plans.

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Good Food Awards for 2018 Presented

The 2018 Good Food Awards were presented January 19, 2018, in San Francisco to 199 companies leading the way towards a tasty, authentic, and responsible food system.

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RTBfoods new program to encourage better variety choices in Africa

A new program called RTBfoods (Breeding RTB Products for End User Preferences) was launched recently. It is a 5-year effort created to pinpoint the quality traits that determine the adoption of new root, tuber and banana (RTB) varieties developed by breeders.

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Training on Food Processing Technology

Two academic cum research Institutes under administrative control of Ministry of Food Processing Industries namely; National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli, Haryana and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu are imparting education and conducting research in food technology to improve manpower in food processing industry.

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Biotech Brings Positive Impact on Food Production Market

VIT Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI) is organising a six-week non-residential training programme on food and agro processing from January 29.

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VIT organizing training programme on food and agro processing

VIT Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI) is organising a six-week non-residential training programme on food and agro processing from January 29.

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Climate Change Affecting Food Production

India is particularly vulnerable to global warming, and it is now well established that rising temperatures make for anaemic harvests. India’s long struggle with hunger and food security may have become tougher.

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Modern food lab in Manipur

The Manipur government is planning to set up a "full-fledged" food testing laboratory to curb toxic chemicals in food items, including fish coming from other states and Myanmar..

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Cargill strengthens pet food production and distribution

Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based manufacturer of private label and co-manufactured pet foods, including premium dog food brand Black Gold®.

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Use of Jute gunny bags to pack food grains made mandatory

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which has expanded the scope of regulations and standards to include a wider range of food products in the past two years, has asked companies to re-validate their product approvals, if their products are not covered under these regulations.

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Food companies to confirm compliance with new regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which has expanded the scope of regulations and standards to include a wider range of food products in the past two years, has asked companies to re-validate their product approvals, if their products are not covered under these regulations.

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Zest Labs Joins the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology

Zest LabsTM, a subsidiary of Ecoark Holdings, Inc. (“Ecoark”) (OTCQX: ZEST), announced that it has become a member of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, Calif., operated by Western Growers.

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USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) Brandon Lipps today highlighted the vital work Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has done this year to provide food assistance to the millions of Americans impacted by unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires, as well as the numerous actions FNCS has taken to promote self-sufficiency, integrity, and customer service within federal nutrition programs.

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Canada has Identified Agriculture & Agri-Food as a Key Growth Sector

Particularly in rural communities, Canada's hardworking farmers and food processors are the backbone of Canada's economy.

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Cargill partnering with Techstars and Ecolab to accelerate food

Cargill is partnering with Techstars and Ecolab to create the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator launching in Minneapolis in 2018.

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Tech Revolution Needed in Farming to Ensure Food Security

Director of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) A Arunachalam said that, if food security needs to be ensured in the country, there must be a technological revolution in agriculture.

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New integrated food manufacturing and logistics facility at Kapurthala

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday inaugurated ITC's new integrated food manufacturing and logistics facility at Kapurthala which, he said, would give major fillip to the state's food processing sector and help the state farming.

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Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety

In College Station, Texas, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists developed a new test, could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens.

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ITC Launches Farmland range of variants in potatoes

ITC, India's leading FMCG major today unveiled 'Farmland' - its new brand for fresh Fruits & Vegetables.

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India Managed to Protect Its Farmers' Interests, Food Security at WTO

Even as the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is unlikely to yield much progress, India managed to protect its farmers' interests and ensure food security for its poor.

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To Meet Ambitious Agriculture and Food Goals, Canada Needs to Adopt Blockchain Technology

The Advisory Committee on Economic Growth and Dominic Barton set an audacious goal for the country in February. To become the world’s trusted supplier of safe sustainable food for the 21st century and in doing so double our agri-food exports.

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Training programme on Food processing

A group of 25 farmers and SHG members from Salari and Nafra villages benefited from a two-day training programme on processing of locally available fruits and vegetables.

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To Meet Future Food Demand, Need to Develop Ag Sector

The government said that, in order to meet future demand of food grain, the country's farm sector needs to be developed further, which some estimates show could reach 355 million tonnes by 2030.

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Goa launches India's first ever mobile food testing lab

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched country's first-ever mobile food testing laboratory.

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