16 November 1999
Agriculture around the world
Fischler says Slovakias EU prospects quite good
European commissioner for agriculture Franz Fischler tells the Slovakian government that from a farming point of view its prospects for joining the EU are “quite good”.
Smart spreader means bigger yields
A Smart fertiliser spreader that works out exactly how much each square metre of a field needs will help farmers to achieve higher yields, say its developers.
Tensions as multiples muscle in on Irish retail
The sourcing of supplies by newly-arrived multiples is a difficult issue in the Irish Republic.
Seoul to import only non-GM soya
Following public concern about GM soya beans in tofu, South Korea will import only non-GM beans for processing.
US turns down duties on cattle from Canada
Canada wins a major victory as a US trade panel rejects a request from American ranchers to impose anti-dumping duties on about US$1 billion of Canadian cattle imports.
US cattlemen would consider EU hormone beef compensation
The National Cattlemens Association says it would look at any EU offer of compensation in the beef hormone case.
US reviews safety of wheat insecticide
The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing chlorpyrifos to assess its danger to humans.
Thai motor group switches to agriculture
Sammitr Motors Group aims to source 50% of its total revenues from agricultural machinery within five years.
Canadian wheat board chiefs GM warning
The head of the powerful Canadian Wheat Board has warned that a moratorium on GM grain may be needed if Canadian farmers are going to avoid being locked out of their best markets.
Livestock numbers up in Vietnam
Vietnams pig and buffalo numbers have increased by 3% and in the past year, with chicken and duck figures up by 2%.
- Beef in demand in North America
Analysts are surprised at high demand for red meat, defying the usual post-barbecue season slump.