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3rd Greenhouse & Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

March 21, 2018
Hands-on training

Delish Veggies, Graeme Smith Consulting and Future Farms have announced the 3rd Greenhouse and Hydroponic Training Program in Pune, India, after the successes of their two training courses in 2017. Read More »

Autonomous greenhouses challenge using Artificial Intelligence

March 21, 2018

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is organising an international challenge to boost vegetable production using artificial intelligence and autonomous greenhouses. The challenge is sponsored by Tencent, Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate whose subsidiaries specialise in various Internet-related services and products, entertainment, AI and technology both in China and globally. The goal of the challenge is to produce a cucumber crop within 4 months with a high level of production and a high resource use efficiency.

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Experts wade into World Water Day discussions

March 20, 2018

World Water Day – held on 22 March every year – is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

A range of Western Sydney University experts have come together to share their views on water sustainability and what it will take to ensure that the 2.1 billion people living on the planet have access to safe drinking water. Read More »

Top 5 Advantages of Container Farming

March 19, 2018
Container farming

The allure of container farming has introduced many new farmers to indoor agriculture. The portability and low fixed costs have expanded the possibilities for grow sites for many people. Industry players estimate that there are between 250 and 300 branded container farms in the world, with likely as many homegrown operations in existence.

This growing practice has not only captured the imagination of the media, but it has also attracted entrepreneurs and investors. A container farm’s size, cost and ability to grow in extreme temperatures have made it a great option for the right kind of farmer. While they do have their niche and their own challenges, container farms have several advantages.

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NSW blueberry industry takes lead on Code of Conduct

March 19, 2018
NSW blueberries

Australia’s growing blueberry industry has taken the lead on addressing key land use and rapid industry growth challenges with the release of a new industry led Code of Conduct. Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said the Code of Conduct would clearly define industry best practice to support a vital part of agriculture in NSW.

“Blueberry production is one of the largest agriculture industries in my electorate and is vital to the Northern Beaches and Clarence Valley’s economy, worth around $95 million in 2015-16,” Mr Hogan said. Read More »

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

March 19, 2018
Sexless insects

More than 20 scientists from across the globe gathered in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing. Experts from South America, Africa, India, Canada and Europe met in Palmerston North to discuss advances in the sterile insect technique – a new weapon against insect pests. The technique involves releasing large numbers of sterile insects into the environment, providing mates for the existing population but no offspring. The technique is being developed for a range of pests, from sugar cane pests in South Africa to navel orange worm moths in California. Read More »

Growing cities no drain on water supplies

March 16, 2018

Australian cities have kept their thirst for water under control in the past financial year with demand holding steady at 2,480 gigalitres, despite strong population growth. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the Urban Regional Water Account for 2016-17 showed work to save household and industrial water was paying off. Read More »