May 12, 2017

Cash and chemicals - for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

From ReutersBy Brenda Goh and Andrew R.C. MarshallBOKEO, Laos (Reuters) - Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said.The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per ... [continue reading]

May 4, 2017

Climate change makes water scarce in dry season in HCM City

From Viet Nam NewsHCM CITY — Climate change has a huge impact on HCM City’s water resources, the head of its public water utility has warned.“Climate change, especially drought and saltwater intrusion [into rivers], has directly affected the Đồng Nai and Sài Gòn Rivers, making water ... [continue reading]

April 27, 2017

Resistance from within

From Rice TodayA recent technology is giving rice scientists a new weapon for fighting the notorious brown planthoppers: a combination of genesThe brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens) is an insidious insect with a massive appetite for destruction. These insects, also called BPH, ... [continue reading]

April 20, 2017

Protect small farms to meet growing global food needs, study says

From Thomson Reuters Foundation NewsBy Chris ArsenaultRIO DE JANEIRO, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the world moves towards large-scale plantation agriculture, it's crucial poor countries protect small farmers to meet the food needs of a growing global population, said a study from ... [continue reading]

April 13, 2017

Economist warns over threat to rice exports

From Khmer TimesA senior economist from the Asia Development Bank has warned the EU’s ban of Tricyclazole could damage Cambodia's agriculture sector, as farmers rush to eradicate the use of the fungicide by June.The strict new limits on pesticides will mean rice exported to the EU must not ... [continue reading]

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