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Aggressive insecticide marketing, main driver to misuse causing pest plagues

Pest plagues drive Asian insecticide marketing crackdown

By Kacey Culliney

Unregulated insecticide marketing in Asia is driving overuse and misuse by farmers leading to widespread pest infestations and damaging millions of tonnes of rice each year, according to industry experts.

Indian edible oil processors want change in 2012

Indian edible oil processors want change in 2012

By Ankush Chibber

The Indian edible oil industry is banking on a slew of corrective measures in 2012 to revive its fortunes after the last year ended on a downhill thanks to changes in the Indonesian palm oil tax structure.

Stevia Corp enters research partnership to encourage cultivation in Vietnam

Stevia: Economically viable in Vietnam

By Kacey Culliney

US farm management company, Stevia Corp, has signed an agreement with a Vietnamese research institute to strengthen knowledge of stevia cultivation and crop management to drive production in the country.

Thai government agency to help rice production following destructive floods

Thailand to help farmers ramp up rice production

By Jennifer Phang

The recent deluge of rain in Thailand will not hamper overall rice production in 2011 as farmers will be aided by the National Science and Technlology Development Agency (NSTDA) to increase rice production with better quality seeds.

Global scheme to set out sustainable rice standards

Global sustainable rice scheme launched

By Kacey Culliney

An international system has been launched that will establish environmental standards for sustainable rice production in a bid to increase rice yields.

FSANZ wants input from industry on GM corn line

FSANZ body calls for submission on GM corn line application

By Ankush Chibber

The trans-Tasman food standards watchdog has called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified (GM) corn line to be sold in the region.

Singapore government pledges $45m to food manufacturing sector

Singapore invests $45m in food manufacturing

By Kacey Culliney

Singapore’s government has pledged funds over the next five years towards the country’s food manufacturing sector in a bid to improve productivity by 20%.

New Zealand gas leak sparks fears over production losses

Gas leak sparks fears over food production losses

By Nilpa Shah

A gas leak on New Zealand’s upper North Island forced the closure of many food factories in the affected area, stifling production and increasing concerns for the country’s economy.

Australian watchdog puts Coles and Woolworths on notice

Australian watchdog puts Coles and Woolworths on notice

By Ankush Chibber

Australia’s top competition regulator has said that it would keep an eye on the country’s two top supermarket chains over long-standing concerns that they were wielding too much power in the country’s food sector.

India's protectionist stance panned by WTO

India's protectionist stance panned by WTO

By Ankush Chibber

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has criticized India for its protective trade policy on food items, in an environment that is causing record food prices across the world.

Indian food losses open doors for cold chain consultancies

Indian food losses open doors for cold chain consultancies

By Ankush Chibber

A lack of an appropriate cold chain infrastructure and increasing food losses in India has opened the doors for Ingersoll Rand India Ltd to begin offering cold chain consultancy services in the country, the company said last week.

Traffic light labelling debate heats up in Australia

Traffic light labelling debate heats up in Australia

By Ankush Chibber

A prominent consumer group in Australia has come out in support of traffic light labelling in Australia – but a food industry survey claims the current system is adequate and working.

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

By Ankush Chibber

A new report raises serious doubts about the future prospects of Australia’s dairy exports, citing various reasons why the country's production levels will not be able to keep pace with demand for dairy.

Agri panel slams food processing ministry in India

Agri panel slams food processing ministry in India

By Ankush Chibber

A top level panel in India has slammed the food processing sector in India for the apparent wastage of food every year due to a lack of the necessary infrastructure in the country's food supply chain.

Dairy prices to soften, says Glanbia

Dairy prices to soften, says Glanbia

By Helen Glaberson

A modest weakening in dairy prices is expected, forecast Glanbia, as the company posted a profit jump in its half year results.

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

By Sarah Hills

Bringing a halt to genetically modified (GM) food trials would undermine competitiveness, according to one expert responding to the destruction of a GM wheat trial at a CSIRO farm in Canberra.

New research collaboration for novel seaweed applications

New research collaboration for novel seaweed applications

By Ankush Chibber

The use of certain seaweeds in commercially viable food products could be a step closer thanks to a research collaboration with a top Australian university and Australian Kelp products, a specialist seaweed products company.

Turning the spotlight on regional Asian trends

Turning the spotlight on regional Asian trends

FoodNavigator-Asia spoke to suppliers at the recent Vitafoods show in Geneva about launching new foods and supplements on the Asian market. What are the main challenges? And where are the most promising opportunities?

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