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Business Fights Poverty
The mighty mung beans generate a triple benefit for smallholder farmers — additional income, affordable nutrient-rich food, and increased soil fertility. They’re also low maintenance, have minimal production costs, and a short growing time. It’s no surprise that they’re a popular crop, with more...
Far Eastern Agriculture
Grundfos Holding A/S, a Danish company, has announced plans to enhance its presence in the Philippines by introducing solar-powered solutions to aid the agricultural sector According to a BusinessWorld report, Rick Holland, the head of Grundfos Asia Pacific Water Utility Business, believes that...
Taiwan News
The government is considering allowing relatives of migrant workers or new permanent immigrants to legally work in Taiwan on a temporary basis, in a scheme the Minister of Labor has described as similar to a working holiday program. Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) said on Friday (April 7) that...
Peoples Dispatch
On Wednesday, April 5, thousands of farmers and workers from across India came to the capital New Delhi to protest the central government and its anti-farmer and anti-labor policies. The rally, organized under the banner ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally’ was held at the Ramlila Maidan grounds....
Japan on Friday announced a new biofuels policy. It could allow the U.S. to capture up to 100% of Japan's on-road ethanol market, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai said Friday. “The new biofuels policy Japan announced is the result of close collaboration between our two countries...
Focus Taiwan
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has agreed to a proposal by the Council of Agriculture (COA) to increase the number of agricultural migrant workers from 6,000 to 12,000 and relax the required ratio of local to migrant workers on individual farms to 1:1. Paul Su, head of the Workforce Development...
Green Queen
South Koreas North Gyeongsang Province has announced the opening of the North Gyeongsang Cellular Agriculture Industry Support Center. This 2,309 facility was built over six years with a total investment of KRW 9 billion (approx. USD$7 million), and it aims to develop biomaterials and support...
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Chantanon Wannakejohn, deputy secretary-general of the Office of Agricultural Economy (OAE), said agriculture growth would increase by 2 to 3 per cent to reach THB 700bn to THB 800bn in 2023. In the first quarter of this year, the sector recorded GDP growth of 5.5 per cent, equivalent to THB 182...