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French farmers seek a pistachio bonanza

It will take at least five years for Jean-Louis Joseph to harvest his first organic crop, but already the young trees are producing their distinctive bright red flowers.

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Qu a biologist by training receives the most votes beating out candidates from France and Georgia.

Feedlot’s new owner will repay govt loan, says Salleh

Dr Mahathir was told in November and prospective buyer is waiting for government approval says NFC boss.

Fraud reports vindicate Sabah’s guarana ban, says minister

State government will not allow guarana plantations for now, to protect farmers and guard against South American leaf blight.

Sabah stops Aussie cattle imports

Sabah agriculture minister Junz Wong says despite hundreds of millions of ringgit spent over the years, beef production in the state remains less than 25%.

Malaysia can’t win palm oil war, say experts

Instead Malaysia should make efforts to increase yields and extend life span of oil palm trees, they say.

Forget manufacturing, go for agriculture, activist tells Sabah govt

Local activist Zainnal Ajamain says Sabah should make use of its vast tracts of land and strategic position to become the food basket of the region.

Race on to make urban agriculture viable, durable

In a world faced with the conundrum of mountains of waste and obesity for some and dire shortages and malnutrition for others the future of food is a main dish on today's global menu.

Crop traders take Trump’s China tariffs tweet with grain of salt

The latest announcement came after a disappointing week for crop bulls.

Brighter future for Sibu with setting up of development board

It will help the government boost 3 key sectors — tourism, agriculture and education.

Can Dr M help solve Malaysia’s food security problems?

The prime minister recently advised Felda settlers to adopt mixed farming methods — something agriculture activists have been suggesting for years.

Bean bonanza: coffee cafes pop up in remote corner of Indonesia

Coffee was introduced to the region by Islamic traders around the 18th century, but for most Torajans paying to drink it in a store was an alien idea.

With farms atop malls, Singapore prioritises food security

As urban agriculture is increasingly being recognised, Comcrop's Allan Lim believes high-tech urban farms are the future where more land cannot be cultivated.

Is China buying US soy? Washington shutdown keeps traders guessing

There is uncertainty over how much the top US soybean customer will purchase as hefty tariffs on US cargoes remain in place.

How Fama can help rubber tappers in difficult times

Former MP Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj says there are ways to increase rubber tappers' income.

Export of Musang King durians to China to jump by end-2019,...

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Sim Tze Tzin says more local companies are positioning themselves to export to China where there is a growing demand for durians.

Woman arrested over Australia strawberry needle scare

The sabotage crisis led supermarkets to pull the fruit from the shelves and saw farmers dump tonnes of the unwanted berry.

Sabah govt cancels expansion of shrimp farm

Billion-ringgit Pitas Shrimp Project won't be given extra 400ha of mangrove land promised by the previous government.

Swiss vote on regional ‘burqa ban’, GMOs

St. Gallen is expected to follow the example of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago that appeared to be aimed at burqas and other Muslim veils.

Officers to monitor all markets as SST comes into force

Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) will monitor not only its own markets but also all others.

Malaysia targets 80% rice self-sufficiency by 2022

The agriculture minister says technology transfer from China, Taiwan and Japan will help to achieve this.

Gene-editing startups ignite the next ‘Frankenfood’ fight

Calyxt Inc. altered the genes of a soybean plant to produce healthier oil using the cutting-edge editing technique rather than conventional genetic modification.

Heat brings relief for French vineyards

Torrid temperatures across much of France have made the past few weeks unbearable for many, the country's winemakers say the heat could not have come at a better time.

G20 agriculture ministers slam protectionism, pledge WTO reforms

The ministers say they had affirmed their commitment not to adopt "unnecessary obstacles" to trade, and affirmed their rights and obligations under WTO agreements.